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D E A R S C H O L A R S COMMUNITY, Fall has arrived at College Park.

Patterns of new friends are falling into place. Football is not necessarily at ‘fever’ pitch, but it draws our attention. And annual field trips, such as SDU’s weekend to Greenbank Observatory, Life Science’s Saturday on the Bay, or STS’s visits to Walter Reed’s Military Advanced Training Center and the National Institute of Standards and Technology claim our interest and attention. Another signal that it is fall is the posting of Early Warning Grades (EWGs). EWGs are processed for “all 100- and 200-level courses, zero-level math courses, and for all first-year students who are currently registered for 300- and 400-level courses.” Sophomores are familiar with this exercise. Faculty and instructors post grades on work evaluated to date. Though most students monitor their academic performance, EWGs provide students an opportunity to validate what they should already know.

Based on what we observe in students’ applications, we know that Scholars have the academic credentials to succeed in college. However, each December, I find myself writing letters to 20 or so students who have experienced academic difficulty. For some, their difficulty results from the challenges in adjusting to college life. For others, their natural intelligence that served them well in high school is just not enough for the academic challenges of the college classroom. Good notetaking, study habits and time management somehow were never mastered. So what can students do? Here is a list of some wonderful advice to help all students adjust to college: If you are experiencing personal challenges, don’t hold them inside. Talk to your RA, Resident Director, Scholars program staff, or other campus supports such as my colleagues in the Counseling Center or Campus Chaplains. Review your EWGs. If you are

concerned with your performance, contact your professors, TAs, advisors, and/or the University’s Learning Assistance Services. Students. Don’t forget to tap into your network of friends in Scholars. They are a resource unique to the Scholars program. Many of them are taking the same courses so form study groups long before the night before exams. These are great suggestions for students, but what can parents do? There are many ways that parents can help students even when they are far away from home. Continue to be the support network you’ve always been and discuss courses and EWGs together. If there are some challenges, encourage them to speak to their academic advisor and seek out resources at the University’s Learning Assistance Service Office. Last but not least, let them know how much you care. And while academics consume most of students’ time, continue to enjoy the fall season in College Park. Attend a football game with

your Scholars friends. Participate in one of the remaining Scholars field trips, and make the most of the time you have with your new Scholars friends, by having fun and studying together. Sincerely, Dr. Greig Stewart Executive Director

E X C E L L E N CE FROM ALUMNI: Caitlin Demchuk “One of my first classes was GVPT100S [a Scholars section of the introductory government course entitled Principles of Government and Politics] and I got to see the dedication and passion of our teacher,” said Demchuk. “It convinced me that I wanted to be a government major and made me consider an international focus.” Some students come into college knowing exactly what they want to do, while other students aren’t quite sure where their college experience will lead them. Caitlin Demchuk, an International Studies alumna, entered Maryland undecided about what she wanted to do, but one semester in International Studies and its related courses helped her to realize her direction and goals.

Demchuk remembers other amazing memories from her years with College Park Scholars, such as field trips that left a lasting impression. “We got to visit the Costa Rican embassy and that was when I decided I wanted to go into International Affairs,” recalled Demchuk.

Demchuk has had many practical experiences where she has applied the knowledge she learned in International Studies and at Maryland. She has held several internships on Capitol Hill and been able to do things such as draft correspondence with constituents, complete administrative work, provide tours of the Capitol, and sit in on briefings. Demchuk is currently in her last year of graduate school at Maryland, studying to earn a Masters of Public Policy with a focus on Social Policy. She looks back on her time with Scholars as an incredibly enjoyable and important experience. “The community was a nice way to make Maryland a smaller campus,” said Demchuk. “And I really turned to the faculty and my TAs for advice and guidance. I definitely benefited from the Scholars network.”

Thanksgiving Transportation to NY/NJ Trying to get back home to the New York area this Thanksgiving? The Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) provides transportation to Metropark, N.J. and Port Authority, NY for the Thanksgiving break.

Buses leave Wednesday, November 24 and return Sunday, November 28. It is $30 for a oneway bus ticket and $50 for a roundtrip ticket. For information on registering for one of these buses, please visit the DOTS website.

DOTS will also be offering a shuttle service from Cole Field House to BWI airport on those days. There is no registration required for this shuttle; it will operate on a first-come first served basis.

A S T U DY IN MOTION WITH CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S “OVO ” Freshman and sophomores in Business, Society, and the Economy(BSE) watched their topic of study in motion as they attended a performance of Cirque du Soleil’s “Ovo” on Tuesday, October 5. The show is currently playing in Washington’s National Harbor as a stop on its national tour. This trip was an amazing opportunity for students to apply the knowledge they’ve gained by analyzing Cirque du Soleil as a business case study. Claudia Donnelly, Assistant Director of BSE, explained why the company is an important example from which students can learn.

“Our students study Cirque du Soleil as a unique business enterprise that has taken a simple concept and transformed it into a world-wide, multi-billion dollar enterprise,” said Donnelly. “This shows students what you can do with putting a new spin on a simple concept and market and brand it effectively and efficiently,” described Donnelly. “This lesson applies no matter what business you are running.” Students also enjoyed the chance to watch the incredible performances of the company that they’ve spent so long analyzing. Jenae Ramos, a BSE freshman, described the performance as extraordinary and unique. “It can’t even be described as a circus. With a circus, you think of big elephants or the usual acrobats. Here they use real people and have amazing acts that are really different for each Cirque du Soleil show,” said Ramos. Her favorite act? “One of the characters rode a unicycle on a tightrope, it was amazing.”

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the show and their study of Cirque du Soleil. “This is a successful world-wide enterprise and one of the most interesting companies we’ve studied so far,” remarked Ramos. Students and faculty alike enjoyed this fun trip that combined entertainment with learning.


S C IENCE, DISCOVERY AND THE U NIVE RSE the Milky Way through high-tech telescopes and are taught by astronomers how to collect and analyze the data. Every freshman also gets the chance to visit the Maryland Observatory and tour the facilities. They are exposed to the educational and public outreach programs that are offered at the facility, which is right off of campus.

Science, Discovery, & the Universe (SDU) is a program in College Park Scholars that studies objects and occurrences that are literally out of this world. SDU introduces students to research techniques used by astronomers, astrophysicists, geologists, and others working with the cosmos. The program is co-directed by Dr. Alan Peel and Dr. Neal Miller. Peel notes that the main appeal of the SDU program is that the learning extends beyond the classroom and into the field. “We go on varied excursions throughout the year,” said Peel. “Some are astronomy focused while others deal with pseudohistory of the subject. The trips are extremely popular with the students.”

Some of the trips included visits to the Baltimore Aquarium, the Holocaust museum, and a lecture by author Sam Harris exploring morality and whether science will affect it. The goal, according to Peel, is to get students away from monolithic thinking, allowing each student to broaden their view. “Just because a student is an engineering major, doesn’t mean he should just study engineering and take a few other classes to satisfy requirements,” said Peel. “The students need to understand that all of the different disciplines are all connected. We try to show that to them.” SDU takes a big trip to Greenbank, West Virginia each year to visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The students observe

SDU has a significant social scene as well. The SDU student advisory board plans many events for the students to get to know one another, such as a barbeque at the beginning of the semester as well as other parties and a trip to a haunted forest. These trips are planned without the help of either director. “We stay away from the meetings because we want the students to plan the events for themselves and not worry about us,” said Peel. Peel says that the most important aspect of SDU is the support for students and the community. “We are committed to building the community and giving the students something that they can rely on.”

STS Visits Walter Reed Science, Technology, and Society (STS) students learned about prosthetics and rehabilitation procedures for injured soldiers in a visit to the Military Advanced Training Center at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., a state-of-the art rehabilitation center, on October 1. Students also took a tour of prosthetics and orthotics fabrication laboratories. Betsy Mendelsohn, faculty director for the STS program, thought the trip was a great opportunity for the students to learn outside of the classroom. “It is the best place to go to see the prosthetics being made and see people learning how to work using the prosthetics,” said Mendelsohn. “We intended the trip to complement the theme of the colloquium.” Seeing the Military Advanced Training Center for Soldier Amputees first-hand showed students how veterans rehabilitate after

receiving a prosthetic limb. The trip was organized by the STS University Certificate Program to go along with its theme of “the human body and technology.” Students also got an opportunity to interact with rehab therapists and prosthetics specialists. “The experts showed the students how the technology has changed and how it has changed the way some people now live,” said Mendelsohn. The students enjoyed the trip as well. Andrew Zayac, a Scholar who was in attendance, said the experience had a profound effect. “The rehabilitation center was also really interesting to see firsthand,” said Zayac. “The trip to Walter Reed solidified my desire to go into orthopedics and prosthetics because it was a reassurance that all my interests were actually in the field on a daily basis.”

C ALLING ALL FUTURE SCHOLARS Is your child or sibling applying to the University of Maryland for Fall 2011? Do you think he or she might be interested in College Park Scholars? If so, let us know! The Scholars faculty and staff will be reviewing applications this winter, and you can help us by identifying potential future Scholars.

If your child or sibling is in the process of applying to Maryland and has submitted their application by the November 1 priority deadline, please send your child or sibling’s name and date of birth to the Scholars’ Assistant Director, Brent Hernandez at

Registration for the 8th Annual “Scholars in New York” Event opens November 1, 2010! Please join us for our biggest event of the year- “Scholars in New York,” to take place April 15-17, 2011. More than 300 students, faculty, families and alumni of College Park Scholars are expected to participate in this year’s beloved annual tradition. With package options including luxury round-trip transportation, two night accommodations at the Hilton New York, a ticket to a popular Broadway musical and entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you do not want to pass up this opportunity! For more information on how to register, visit http:// The link to the online registration system goes live on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. and seats are limited so book yours today!


College Park Scholars is proud to recognize the accomplishments of its incredible students. On October 1, 2010, Scholars hosted their Awards Ceremony for the Citation Class of 2010. The ceremony begins by honoring students from each program with outstanding achievement and outstanding citizenship awards. The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes students who exhibit scholarly attitudes in academics, research, and other activities. The Outstanding Citizenship Award is given to those students who have been involved in the planning and implementation of committees and activities or have held leadership positions. Additionally, College Park Scholars recognizes the diverse accomplishments of Scholars students with six Founders Awards.

Julie Brice, a junior Life Sciences alumna, won the Peres Award for Study Abroad. Brice has been on two trips abroad, visiting Belize with Life Sciences in January 2009 and spending a week doing community service in Uganda in March 2010 with the the Chevy Chase Leadership Internship Program. “Visiting Uganda really showed me what community was. Everybody there was so excited to get everything done and the locals would help so much. Young, old, American, Ugandan, everyone came together in a way that I’ve never seen before,” Brice said. This year's College Park Scholars Tri-Star award was given to Nick Duong, a junior Public Leadership alumnus. The award recognizes Duong's academic accomplishments, community contributions, and commitment to diversity in learning. “One of my most meaningful contributions to the community was through Public Leadership. We had to do a CommunityBased Learning Project and we started a project to send books to children in Africa. It turned into a

campus organization called Books Across Boarders and in the past two years we have already sent five thousand books to Africa.” Additional Founders awards were presented to: • Beth and John Pattison Award for Creativity: Albert Wavering of Science, Discovery, and the Universe • Ira Berlin Writing Award: Christine Sanquist of Public Leadership • Katherine McAdams Leadership Award: Christina Buckless of Life Sciences • Nancy and Ira Shapiro Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award: Natsuha Kuroda of Science, Discovery, and the Universe Please join the entire College Park Scholars community in congratulating the award winners on their amazing accomplishments and contributions to the Scholars community. For a full biography of each of the Founders Award recipients, please visit the Scholars website.

Supporting Scholars

For More Information, please visit any of the following websites: College Park Scholars Undergraduate Studies

1.You may send a gift by check. In this case, please make the check out to UMCP Foundation and indicate the area you wish to support, if any, in your check's memo field, next to 'College Park Scholars'. Gifts made by check without a notation beyond the program name will support College Park Scholars general fund. 2.You may make a gift online, through the University philanthropy site. Please choose College Park Scholars as the fund.

College Park Scholars Alumni Association UM Office of Parent & Family Affairs

Questions, comments, ideas, or suggestions? Please send us an email

If you have an interest in providing financial support to College Park Scholars, please contact Greig Stewart, or choose one of the following options:

3. If you are a University faculty or staff member, you may use payroll deduction as the method of payment, and you may indicate your preferred donation amount and the period during which the deductions should begin and end. Please contact Greig Stewart if you are interested in this option. On behalf of all of us in the College Park Scholars community, thank you for your consideration and support. Please visit our website for more information.

CONTRIBUTORS - October 2010 Pete Tartaglione Julie Brontman Shane Connolly Brent Hernandez Heather Bartholomew

Undergraduate Communications Co-Director Undergraduate Communications Co-Director College Park Scholars Videographer Assistant Director Coordinator for Communications

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