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Brodie Remington Vice President, University Relations ADVISORY BOARD

J. Paul Carey ’82 M.B.A. CEO, Enumerate Terry Flannery ’83, ’87 M.Ed., ’95 Ph.D. Assistant Vice President, University Marketing and Communications John Girouard ’81 President and CEO, Capital Asset Management Group Anil Gupta Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Strategy and Organization, Robert H. Smith School of Business Danita D. Nias ’81 Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations and Development Vicki Rymer ’61, ’66 M.B.A., ’83 Ph.D. Teaching Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business Keith Scroggins ’79 Bureau Head of General Services, City of Baltimore, Dept. of Public Works Lee Thornton Professor and Eaton Chair, Philip Merrill College of Journalism MAGAZINE STAFF

Beth A. Morgen Managing Editor John T. Consoli ’86 Creative Director Jeanette J. Nelson Art Director Joshua Harless Catherine Nichols ’99 Brian Payne Contributing Designers Monette A. Bailey ’89 Kimberly Marselas ’00 Tom Ventsias Writers Pamela Babcock Mandie Boardman ’02 Dianne Burch Karen Jegalian Denise C. Jones Pamela Stone ’95 M.A. Ellen Ternes ’68 Contributing Writers Michael D’Angelo Ashley Gilmore ’08 Rena Hoffman ’08 Anu Kasarabada ’07 Michelle Williams ’08 Magazine Interns E-mail Terp magazine is published by the Division of University Relations. Letters to the editor are welcomed. Send correspondence to Beth Morgen, Managing Editor, Terp magazine, Alumni Association, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, College Park, MD 20742-1521. Or, send an e-mail to The University of Maryland, College Park, is an equal opportunity institution with respect to both education and employment. University policies, programs and activities are in conformance with pertinent federal and state laws and regulations on non-discrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Dear Alumni and Friends, OVER THE PAST several years, I have written frequently to you about the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. Many of you made personal investments in the center, contributing to the fund-raising campaign and volunteering your expertise to fulfill the vision for our alumni home. I am thrilled that since the Riggs Alumni Center’s opening in 2005, hundreds of events have been hosted here. However, it is the alumni association’s fall tailgate parties that fill me with pride. In addition to the center’s activities and services open to the public on game day, more and more Terps choose the center for their individual pre-game celebrations. My favorite place on game day? It’s the Garden Terrace where, minutes before kickoff, thousands and thousands of fans pass by on their way into Byrd Stadium, creating a stream of red, white, black and gold. A home where alumni could gather and raise the Terrapin spirit—that was the vision for the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. When university President Dan Mote began his tenure nearly a decade ago, he had a vision for Maryland to become a leader in the biosciences. Dedicated last month, the new Bioscience Research Building (“Main Attraction” on page 24) is a testament to his vision, already drawing the nation’s top scientists to the university. Also new to Maryland is the School of Public Health. Recognizing a national need for healthy public policy, university leaders combined departments from the former College of Health and Human Performance with new graduate programs to place Maryland on the map of this increasingly important field. (Read more on page 5.)

Some of you may remember when Cole Field House was new to campus. Jack Flynn ’46, Jack Heise ’49, Jack Scarbath ’54 and Jack Zane ’60 were students and young alumni when Cole opened in 1955.Through wins and losses, they have remained loyal to Maryland and have played unique roles in shaping the athletics program we know today. Now, Cole is home to the The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora. The center is named for distinguished professor David Driskell, an artist and visionary in his own right. An exhibition of his works will celebrate the center’s new location later this month. (Read more on page 17.) Visionaries have long been a tradition here at Maryland. I applaud all who have a dream for the university to stand tall among the nation’s best. Go Terps!

Danita D. Nias ’81 Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations and Development


ranked public research universities, and we have embarked on a historic journey to make our university among the very best. Great Expectations, The Campaign for Maryland is an unprecedented effort to raise $1 billion in gift support by 2011. Working hand-in-hand with alumni and friends, we are well on our way to meeting our goal with more than $400 million already committed. We are on a quest for resources to attract the best students and faculty, to create an environment for excellence and to support the spirit of innovation here at Maryland. Yes, we are blazing a road to greatness as we invest in our students. A full one third of the campaign goal directly supports students, ensuring that those who earn admission to the university get the education they deserve at a price they can afford. To find out more about Great Expectations and how you can help shape Maryland’s future, visit our Web site at:



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2 BIG PICTURE Journalism professor wins Pulitzer Prize for History; National Treasure 2 brings taste of Hollywood to campus; the popularity of Maryland’s overseas programs; introducing the School of Public Health; and more 6 THE SOURCE All the campus is a stage 7 ASK ANNE Hogs and heifers find refuge in dorms; aircraft displayed to recognize ROTC program; and Maryland in the buff 8 CLASS ACT Proving wimpy kids are winners; high Coast Guard post for alumna; HIV advocate educates on the connection to tuberculosis; tap into TerpNation; and more 12 M-FILE Hearing for dinos; exploring World War II survivors’ coping mechanisms; poetry goes digital; software to analyze multilingual text and speech; and more 16 PLAY-BY-PLAY Byrd Stadium spreads its wings 17 SPOTLIGHT New home for the David C. Driskell Center 18 MARYLAND LIVE Homecoming spirit hits campus; First Year Book author discusses his work; agricultural photography exhibit; and more 36 INTERPRETATIONS Becoming a world-class university



Sports are taking a front seat in the entertainment world, and Maryland’s academic programs equip alumni to handle some of the biggest sideline jobs in the industry. BY KIMBERLY MARSELAS ’00


The new Bioscience Research Building opens its doors to the certainty of researchers doing “great science” with the latest labs and equipment. BY ELLEN WALKER TERNES ’68



Meet the alumni who stack the deck in Maryland’s favor: Jack Flynn ’46, M.B.A. ’48; Jack Heise ’49; Jack Scarbath ’54; and Jack Zane ’60. BY PAMELA BABCOCK



Increasing support for student scholarships; recruiting a top researcher; helping scholars with tax-free IRAs; introducing volunteer Emilio Fernandez ’69 and more.




Professor Rewarded for Journalistic Courage NEARLY 50 YEARS removed from the danger, Gene Roberts

tells the story with a laugh: In order to protect both himself and those helping him investigate poor conditions at black, rural schools in eastern North Carolina, he hid in a hearse as he was driven around town. “One of the constant problems faced by journalists was to penetrate society and have both sources, in the white and black communities. You got into some strange situations,” says Roberts, professor of journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism for more than 15 years. He and co-author Hank Klibanoff, now managing editor at the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for History for The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. A Publishers Weekly review said it is “… so



enlivened with anecdotes that it remains a page-turner.” This brings the number of Pulitzers won by university faculty to seven. The book gives the black press ample credit for first covering this pivotal—and often violent—time in America’s history. It also acknowledges that black newspapers were largely marginalized once the white press turned its attention to the stories. Roberts, who led The Philadelphia Inquirer to 17 Pulitzers as executive editor, worries about today’s journalists. Though they are “better than ever,” many may not get to practice journalism with the same detailed intensity. The corporate nature of the business means fewer reporters. “Many [newspapers] do not have the depth of staff to examine many of society’s problems.” —MAB



Lights! Camera! College Park!

THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND will be one of the star locations of National Treasure 2, upcoming sequel to the popular treasure-hunting movie starring Nicholas Cage.The cast and crew, including Cage and co-star Jon Voight ( in above right photo, l-r ), spent a long Saturday in April on campus, shooting scenes in front of Holzapfel Hall and inside McKeldin Library. It was full-tilt boogie Hollywood, complete with a few hundred extras (some of them students and staff), star trailers and trucks filling Lot 1, huge lights and lots of makeup.The Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center became the canteen where the cast and extras ate food cooked by a Hollywood caterer. McKeldin Library’s Special Events Room was transformed into the White House Press Office, complete with imported junk mail. And while Helen Mirren wasn’t on campus for the scene, she plays Cage’s mother, a fictional professor at the University of Maryland whose office is in Holzapfel Hall. In the film, it will look like a beautiful spring day at the university. But only hours before the cameras rolled, the entire mall was covered with an inch of snow—beautiful, but not in keeping with the story’s springtime setting. Our university landscape staff saved the day when they suggested that the effects crew “rake” the snow off the grass with tractors pulling the chains that smooth the baseball diamond.Voila, Hollywood magic! The film is scheduled for release in December. —ET

Shuttle-UM Celebrates Ridership Milestone WHEN THE GREENBELT shuttle driver called in at 8:13 a.m. on May 10, it was the historic moment the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) had been waiting for. Anticipating word of a 2-millionth rider for the first time in a fiscal year, managers were in constant contact with dispatchers and drivers that entire week. “It was a really great milestone for DOTS,” says Nicola Corbin, the department’s manager of marketing and public affairs. The 35-year-old Shuttle-UM service normally has no problem clearing the 1-million-rider mark. But when trends showed ridership was going to reach a second million, director David Allen knew he had to do something about it—and it was something. As rider No. 2 million, junior John Choi, got off the bus at 8:17 a.m., he walked into a cheering crowd throwing confetti. For being the lucky rider, Choi received a bike with a lock and helmet, a week’s worth of car service, a lifetime membership to short-term car-rental company Flexcar and 50 free driving miles—“all in keeping with alternative transportation,” Corbin says. Choi, who is a shuttle regular, says that the Flexcar package will definitely come in handy, but the bike was what he really needed. It’s his first since ninth grade.


In the fall 2007 issue of Terp, readers were invited to share their memories of the Queen’s Game—that day, Oct. 19, 1957, when Queen Elizabeth II watched from the stands in Byrd as the Terps took on the Tar Heels. Below are a few samples. An exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s Game is on display in Hornbake Library through Dec. 1, 2007. I REMEMBER THE VISIT of Her Majesty very well, since I wrote the cover story for the special issue of The Diamondback that was presented to her by halfback Fran Healy at the ensuing football game. … David Heinly, then editor of The Diamondback, asked me to write the piece because I had witnessed Elizabeth’s coronation in London, during my tenure as an airman with the USAF. … Thank you for inviting me to share this memory. —David Graham Halliday ’59 … THE WEATHER WAS BEAUTIFUL and

we were most fortunate to be seated close behind the royals. My most vivid memory of the day was how lovely the queen looked. She had a very fair complexion and wore a peach, perhaps coral, velvet suit. Of course, the hat was of the same color and material. I did not notice her ubiquitous handbag but am quite sure she must have carried something tasteful. The game details escape me but there is always the delight in winning the game, more especially against certain teams. … —Barbara Ward




GROWTH spurt


orld-class faculty? Check. Brilliant students? Check. Rigorous academics? Check. A Study Abroad program recently ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report? Check. Maryland’s overseas programs are attracting more attention than ever before.

Globe Trotting While Maryland’s traditional overseas programs offer students the chance to become immersed in the cultures of countries from England to China, an increasing number are even more adventurous. In Peru, architecture students explore pre-Columbian use of space, while an ACC conference-wide summer program coordinated by Maryland travels through three South American countries to understand the impact of globalization. Meanwhile, students who travel to Cameroon in West Africa can work with HIV-positive youth. And in January, Maryland launched a new trip to the Grenadines, where students explored the geography of the Southern Caribbean from the deck of a Windjammer Tall Ship.

The New World More than ever, Terps are curious to discover what’s happening around the planet. Thanks to the support of President Dan Mote and faculty members, students are heading overseas to find out for themselves. The proof is in the numbers: In the 2006–2007 academic year, the percentage of students who studied abroad jumped 20 percent over the previous year. And the student group, the Traveling Terps, ensures that students and alumni with overseas experiences stay connected with each other and the campus.

Have Scholarship, Will Travel Number one reason why students decide against Study Abroad: lack of financial resources. Therefore, the Office of International Programs, which runs Maryland’s Study Abroad programs, offers a number of need-based scholarships. Many awards are available to students across the country, but Maryland alumni and friends also provide funding for overseas study: A recent gift from Erik B. Young ’74 and Joyce D.C. Young, for example, helps support students who participate in the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Program in Italy.




Launching a new School of Public Health

THE UNIVERSITY’S HIGHLY regarded College of Health

and Human Performance morphed into the School of Public Health this fall, adding new academic options and broadening faculty expertise in an effort to promote healthy public policy in Maryland and beyond. Faculty will focus on applied research, working directly with the community—particularly minority and underserved populations—and training a new generation of public health officials. The best way to improve the public’s health, says Dean Robert Gold, is to get the latest, most useful information to a broad audience as quickly as possible. That may mean promoting healthy choices and responsible behavior, rather than the latest finding from a Petrie dish. “Our greatest challenge is to make sure the public understands that, in the last century, our focus on behavioral, social and policy determinants has made the greatest difference in decreasing morbidity and closing health disparities,” Gold says. University officials have been developing plans for the new school for nearly three years, and won final approval from the Board of Regents in June. The school now includes six departments: epidemiology and biostatistics, family science, health services administration, kinesiology, the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and public and community health. “I am very excited about the inauguration of the new School of Public Health at Maryland,” says


President Dan Mote. “It aligns the assets of the university with the needs of our region and nation for high quality public health education and research. The new school propels us into this extraordinarily important and growing field.” Between 1994 and 2004, demand for admission to public health programs across the country grew by 57 percent. Other schools in the Washington, D.C. area had not been able to meet local demand. An aging workforce also complicates the issue. Starting this fall, students can enroll in a variety of new graduate degree programs, including three new concentrations for a Master’s in Public Health; a Master’s of Health Administration, a Ph.D. in Epidemiology, a Ph.D. in Health Services, and a Ph.D. in Maternal and Child Health. Officials expect graduate enrollment to grow steadily over the next several years to double by 2010. The Board of Regents has also approved a $10 million renovation for the school. Big changes are already beginning to show, from a new sign outside the school’s current home to the addition of the nation’s first center for health literacy. Created by a $2 million private gift, The Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy will advocate for improved health literacy, the elimination of health disparities and useful health literacy research and education. —KM

UMD Alerts Adds Text-Messaging to University’s Emergency Notification System THIS SPRING, the University of Maryland partnered with Roam Secure to add textmessaging capability to its emergency notification system, UMD Alerts. The new capability allows University Police to send a brief emergency notice quickly and directly to subscribers via cell phones, mobile devices and e-mail accounts—all combining to communicate an emergency on campus or in the area. Messages may include emergency notices, updates and instructions. The text messaging system expands the university’s ability to communicate an imminent threat to our community and to off-campus subscribers, complementing other notification tools like the university’s existing Early Warning Siren System. After receiving an initial message, the university community can access further information via:

Web postings at Campus Cable Channel 76 and UMTV Terp Information Radio (1640 AM), a campus radio broadcast that is used routinely for event traffic and weather notifications WMUC 88.1 FM radio station

“We hope that we never have to use it for an emergency, but should an active or imminent threat present itself, UMD Alerts will help us quickly and more efficiently warn the university community,” says Major Jay Gruber, Department of Public Safety. “We hope that everyone takes the opportunity to register a cell phone and/or e-mail address so they are included in the emergency alert network. Subscriptions are free and you can register easily. For more information, or to subscribe, go to: —MW




Table Talk

Act Out The Writers’ Block

Word Play Playbill: Styled as an opportunity for self-expression, the Juke Joint invites students from across campus to test their verbal chops at the microphone. Undergraduates perform poetry that spans a large spectrum of topics, from the political to the personal. Here’s your chance to discover just how creative Terps can be. Box Office: Juke Joints take place once a month in the Nyumburu Cultural Center and often include other events such as music, movies and games. Events are free.

Playbill: Each semester, the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program teams up with the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House to present the Writers Here & Now Reading Series. Poets and writers from around the world read from their latest works, presenting a glimpse into how they envision the worlds—and words—they create. Box Office: Readings are free and held in the McKeldin Special Events Room, except as noted on the readings schedule. Receptions precede the readings and are hosted at the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House.

Playbill: Located within the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the Department of Theatre nurtures up-and-coming talent while providing audiences with a good show. The 2007–2008 season includes productions of Filthy Rich, The Ash Girl and the Tony Award–winning Urinetown. In addition, check out Off Center, a unique program that stages short plays produced and directed by students who explore a wide range of plots, settings and characters. Box Office: All shows are staged at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Off Center productions are free, and seating is handled on a first-come basis.



Call 301.405.ARTS. Also, visit the Department of Theatre’s Web site for a full season schedule, TERP FALL 2007

Box Office: In Table Readings, English lecturer Michael Olmert directs a group of undergraduates through plays that span the centuries. Renaissance Revels focuses on works from the 1500s to the 1700s. Both are free.


Contact Professor of English Michael Olmert, 301.405.3746 or Visit the center’s Web site for the schedule of readings,


Playbill: No costumes, scenery or props accompany Table Readings and Renaissance Revels, the staged readings of plays organized by the Center for Baroque and Renaissance Studies. Instead, language—and the audience’s own imagination—take center stage. In each, graduate and undergraduate students read their lines (scripts in hand), performing a range of little-known works, from the 17th century’s The Roman Actor to the 21st century’s Talking to Terrorists.


For a schedule of Juke Joint events, call 301.314.7758 or visit ◗ WRITERS HERE AND NOW SERIES:

For a schedule of readings, call 301.405.0675 or visit


ask Anne Questions for Anne Turkos, university archivist for University Libraries, may be sent to

someone liberated a cow from the University of Maryland farm and found a new home for it on the second floor of a women’s dorm. We told him that sounds like a story a Q. According to a college friend,

person would tell during an evening at The ’Vous. He insisted it happened because it had been reported in The Diamondback.

Did it?

—Harriet Miceli ’71

A. Your friend did not fabricate the story.This prank occurred on March 8, 1966, when the co-eds on the eighth floor of Centreville South were awakened at 4:40 a.m. by a 700-pound heifer named Sharon, according to The Diamondback.While she is described in the paper as “nervous and shaky in the legs from her excursion,” she suffered no permanent damage.

Q. When going through some archived materials from the Department of Aerospace Engineering’s 50th anniversary celebration (1949–1999) we came across this photograph. Can you give us any history behind it? —Darryll Pines, professor and chair, aerospace engineering

Q. Can you find the skinny in citing the largest exposure of Maryland coeds in motion? I believe Maryland kicked butt. Do we hold the streaker record? —Steve Heibein ’78

A. The aircraft parked outside The Dairy on the engineering softball fields is a Douglas B–26 Invader.We found correspondence in the President’s Office files stating that the plane arrived sometime between July and November of 1949.We suspect it was on display in recognition of the university’s large Air Force ROTC program.The plane was apparently gone by October 1953, since it does not appear in an aerial photo published that fall.

A. The largest Terrapin streak consisted of 533 students who blocked Route 1 on March 7, 1974, in an attempt to set a national record.The University of Georgia broke this record the following day with 1,000.




classact Linking It All Together CLAIRE WINGFIELD M.P.H. ’06 (left) wants to lose her job.

A project coordinator for the Treatment Action Group (TAG), a think tank for AIDS research, Wingfield serves as an advocate for HIV- and tuberculosis-related issues (patients with HIV are often also diagnosed with TB). She took on the position in February, as part of a four-year project to link HIV and TB workers around the world with international resources that can strengthen their efforts. “If I work myself out of a job in four years, it would mean that we have made a real difference,” Wingfield says. A graduate of Maryland’s College of Health and Human Performance (see page 5 for the story on HHP’s transformation into the School of Public Health), Wingfield received her master’s degree in public health last year. However, the alumna has been working in the HIV community for more than 12 years, doing everything from representing HIV/AIDS patients in hearings for welfare, disability and other social services to running the HIV treatment education program for the state of California. She credits her Maryland degree with enriching her

professional experiences. “The [curriculum] gave me a level of sophisticated understanding that I didn’t have before,” says Wingfield. “It also gave me more background, history and context for my work.” These days, her work takes her around the world, developing curricula for advocacy training in Uganda, training activists to work with government officials in Nigeria or attending meetings in Australia on the science behind HIV and TB. According to Wingfield, “The overall goal is to help different groups share information and gain access to resources. If someone has a great TB/HIV program in Botswana, can it be replicated in India? How can we help them package the program so others can learn from their experiences?” She admits that the work can be exhausting. The people she meets, however, make it worthwhile. “I’m awed by the passion and commitment with which people work in sometimes very difficult circumstances,” Wingfield says. “I’m really lucky to work with them.” —AK

For Sollins, the Miles Don’t Matter Charles “Chip” Sollins ’82 (right) has earned an added bonus for staying connected to Maryland: frequent flier miles. Even though Sollins lives in Florida, he visits his alma mater frequently throughout the year. Since 2004, he has served on the Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors, including chairing the membership and marketing committee. In July, he became the board’s new president. During his two-year term, Sollins intends to strengthen the stature of the alumni association, grow its membership and help fellow Terps reconnect to their alma mater.“Maryland opened doors for me, so I’d like to do as much as I can to give back to it,” he says. Back home in Florida, Sollins, president and CEO of Prime Management, continues to spread the Terrapin Spirit. He, his wife Ellen ’84, and their two children attend South Florida Alumni Club events regularly, including the annual crab feast. In August, they hosted a summer send-off in their home for area freshmen and their families and local alumni. “The send-off is a way of forming new connections and gives us the chance to share our Terrapin pride with the next generation,” he says. When he can’t visit Maryland in person, Sollins logs onto the TerpNation Network, the alumni association’s new social and career networking tool. (See story on page 11.) “The technology that exists today allows you to be anywhere in the country and be involved,” he explains.“The TerpNation Network makes that much easier for us.” Look for Sollins this fall at the alumni association’s tailgate events at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center and cheering for the Terps at home football games— all while collecting those frequent flier miles! —MLB 8




travel 2008 Australia Discovery February 20–March 2 Journey “Down Under” to snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, spot native wildlife in Melbourne and visit the sites of Sydney. Treasures of Japan May 15–25 Explore the fascinating culture of Japan. Visit the bustling capital of Tokyo, and see its oldest temple, Sensji. Partially ascend majestic Mt. Fuji, relax at the hot spring resort of Hakone and cruise Lake Ashi. Board a bullet train to Kyoto, where 1,001 statues of the goddess Kannon await. Finally, head to Nara and marvel at the bronze Daibutsu, or Great Buddah. Italian

“Just Doof It”

Riviera May 3–11

ASK THE AVERAGE person about Igdoof and he probably won’t know what you’re talking about.

Enjoy the

Ask graduates of the early 1990s and they will likely remember the popular Diamondback comic strip by Jeff Kinney ’93. After graduating, Kinney stayed on at The Diamondback before moving to Massachusetts a year later. There, he started working for the Family Education Network and began working on a Web site called Funbrain. It is also where, in 2004, Kinney posted his Web comic, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Its star character is Greg Heffley, a middle schooler who brings the hazards of growing up to life through his journal. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid is my attempt to canonize my childhood and the middle school experience in general,” Kinney says. The comic came about in part from Kinney missing his work on Igdoof, which he attempted to syndicate after graduation.“I started a journal to shame myself into working on my cartoons again. I drew little doodles in my entries and I thought that the format was really appealing. So I decided to do a book that mixed cartoons with prose,” he says. Now, Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams Publishing) is sitting high atop the New York Times Bestseller list and Kinney is nominated for a Quill Award honoring the year’s most entertaining and enlightening titles. Since forcing pen to paper to get started, Kinney has certainly lived up to the motto that adorned an Igdoof T-shirt created while he was a student:“Just Doof It.” —MLB

splendor of the Italian Riviera. Embrace the charming seaside village of Sestri Levante. Explore the gothic church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia and lose yourself in stunning coastal scenery and delicious cuisine.

For more details on these and other tours featured in the Travel 2008 program, visit or call Stephanie Tadlock at 301.405.7870/800.336.8627.




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Alumna Makes Her Mark in Maritime Service

Rear Adm. Jody Breckenridge accepts a distinguished alumnus award from Michae’ Holloman ’03, Miss Maryland USA 2007, at the alumni association gala. Under Breckenridge’s watch, the Coast Guard seized 20 tons of cocaine near Panama (right).



LAST MARCH THE U.S. COAST GUARD seized 20 tons of

cocaine, with an estimated value of $300 million, off the coast of Panama. It’s the largest cocaine maritime seizure in U.S. history—and another accomplishment Jody Breckenridge M.P.P. ’91 can check off her list. Breckenridge is one of three women who hold the rear admiral rank in the Coast Guard. The rank is two away from admiral, the Coast Guard’s highest. She commands District 11, encompassing California’s coastline; the inland waterways of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah; and the offshore waters of Mexico down to South America. In 2006, the same year that Breckenridge was appointed rear admiral, her district responded to more than 3,000 search and rescue cases, saved more than 525 lives and was involved in the arrest of one of the FBI’s 10 most wanted. The latter was a member of the Arellano-Felix drug-trafficking organization, or AFO, the largest drug cartel in Baja. Although these accomplishments can make someone float for days, what Breckenridge really enjoys is seeing others shine. “One of my proudest moments was giving an award to a boarding officer who was

involved in the AFO [mission],” she says. The mother of three sons and one daughter, Breckenridge isn’t a stranger to awards either. She has been honored with two Legion Merits, the Meritorious Service Medal and four Coast Guard Commendation Medals. This past spring, Maryland’s School of Public Policy bestowed its 2007 Distinguished Alumnus Award on her. Before her Maryland days, Breckenridge studied biology at Virginia Tech. Taking her interest in oceanography and biology, she joined the Coast Guard in 1976 where she met her husband, Paul Breckenridge, who is now a veterinarian. To strengthen her skills, Breckenridge chose the School of Public Policy because it was “leading the curve” in national security, finance and the environment. It “blended very well with the mission of the Coast Guard,” she says. When she’s not leading the Coast Guard, Breckenridge just enjoys this “exciting time in my life.” This summer she saw her oldest son, Ian, an Army captain who returned from Iraq earlier this year, get married, and this fall she’ll welcome her first grandchild. —MNW


BYalumni How did the lives of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein change after they broke the Watergate story to the nation? In Woodward and Bernstein, Life in the Shadow of Watergate, Alicia C. Shepard ’02 shares the untold details of these two famous reporters before and after the Watergate scandal.

Grow Your Terp Network

MANDIE KNOWS PATRICK who knows Michelle who

knows Jim who now works with Mark. OK, so Mandie doesn’t really know Jim. But she helped him get a job. That’s part of the value of the TerpNation Network, an online social and career networking tool launched in September by the Maryland Alumni Association. “Think of the TerpNation Network as a MySpace or Facebook, just for University of Maryland graduates,” says Sonia Huntley, membership and marketing director for the association, referring to two popular social networking Web sites. The TerpNation Network allows Maryland alumni to connect online with friends and friendsof-friends based on shared interests, common acquaintances, professions, locations and more. Moving to Boston? Find alumni in the area. Enjoy mountain biking? Search for fellow classmates who share your interest. Job searching? Tap into the network for alumni working in your field. The network is a secure site—free for and exclusive to University of Maryland, College Park graduates. It’s just one way the alumni association is working to build connections among alumni. “TerpNation goes beyond the online social network tool,” says Huntley. “It’s really a rallying cry to encourage all disconnected alumni to re-engage and to join their fellow Terps in the alumni association.” Watch for more ways to become part of the TerpNation throughout the fall. In the meantime, visit and register for the social and career networking tool. Oh, and be sure to tell a friend!


HOW TO REGISTER The TerpNation Network is a secure online alumni community exclusive to University of Maryland, College Park, graduates. To take advantage of all that TerpNation has to offer, go to and register using your unique alumni ID number. This number is located on the mailing label on the back cover of this issue of Terp as well as on membership cards of Maryland Alumni Association members. If you are an alumnus who received your magazine on campus, contact the association at 301.405.4678 or for assistance with your ID number. Establish your login information today so you can build your profile and connect with alumni around the world!

The Redskins Encyclopedia by Redskins historian Michael Richman ’84, ’85 chronicles the team’s first 75 seasons and tells the biographies of 120 of the players—from Sammy Baugh to Joe Theismann. It relives classic Redskins memories, sharing anecdotes, quotes, trivia and more. Katie Strumpf ’02 shares an honest account of her experience surviving childhood cancer in her book, I Never Signed Up for This! An Upfront Guide to Dealing with Cancer at a Young Age. She offers advice and information for young people grappling with cancer as well as for family members and friends of someone diagnosed with cancer.



m-file Birds Shed Light on Dinosaur Hearing


“Those numbers tell a dramatic story of across-the-board growth for an industry that has heard almost nothing but gloom, doom and steep decline for years and years.”







“We built a 200-pound bicycle. Each time it is used to measure risk in other areas, it will go faster.” ED LINK, CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, ON A NEW THREAT-ASSESSMENT MODEL FOR FLOODPRONE AREAS, BUSINESS WEEK, AUGUST 20


“Money is a very crude barometer of support. If they don’t succeed in the campaign for money, they are destined to fail in the campaign for votes.” PAUL HERRNSON, GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS, ON CAMPAIGN FUND RAISING, LOS ANGELES TIMES, JUNE 30

“The majority of Americans say they believe in angels, and they believe in very personal angels, the kind who help them find parking spaces, win games and pass tests. In some ways, people are going to their places of worship when they turn on their TV sets to watch a show like this.”

COULD A DINOSAUR have heard the phone ring? It’s quite the hypothetical, but the likely answer is “just barely.” Unlike many modern mammals, dinosaurs couldn’t hear ultrasonic frequencies, according to research by Maryland psychology professor Robert J. Dooling. Dooling’s study of birds—the direct descendants of dinosaurs—indicates that the pre-historic creatures could best hear deep, low noises, like the footsteps of a larger dinosaur. Dooling says dinosaurs may have had hearing similar to today’s elephants. Their high-frequency limit was less than 3 kHz, about the upper limit of a conventional phone. Because birds and extinct dinosaurs belong to archosaurs, a group that also includes alligators, Dooling was able to compare their ear canals. He found that an animal’s body mass, the length of its basilar-papilla (the ear part that contains cochlear nerve endings), and audiograms correlate to its hearing capacity. Small organisms or those that have shorter papilla tend to hear and produce higher-frequency sounds better than larger organisms. While the bird’s auditory system has been helpful in understanding the dinosaur’s abilities, it may also help explain human capabilities. As co-director of the Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing, Dooling works with faculty—from chemical engineers to biologists—to understand the auditory system’s evolution and diversity. The National Institutes of Healthfunded center is currently researching whether a bird’s hearing returns after being damaged. If they crack this code, humans who suffer hearing loss could benefit. —MW





New Center Advances a Revolution in Language Technology UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND RESEARCHERS have joined with scientists at the Johns Hopkins University in a new language technology center that will help the federal government quickly cull and analyze a daily influx of multilingual materials. The Human Language Technology Center of Excellence—supported by at least $48.4 million in long-term funding from the Department of Defense—is advancing groundbreaking research in the machine analysis of text and speech. It involves sophisticated software able to comb materials for key information, make preliminary judgments about its significance, and then flag potentially important items for human attention. “There’s a revolution in language technology,” says Amy Weinberg, a University of Maryland linguist and computer scientist who will work at the new center, to be based at Hopkins’ Homewood campus in Baltimore. “We’re getting much better at making machines smart enough to help people rapidly judge what’s significant in a message. Decades of work in several inde-

pendent fields have begun to converge, and we can now start to build even more sophisticated software.” The language center will build on a significant history of complementary expertise developed by both universities, with each able to turn to several existing research centers, including Hopkins’ Center for Language and Speech Processing and the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. “There’s a formidable axis of language expertise that runs through Maryland from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore,” says Mel Bernstein, the University of Maryland’s vice president for research, who will oversee the school’s participation in the center. Both Hopkins and Maryland are experienced at working in multi-lingual contexts, adds Bernstein. Hopkins has exceptional strength in developing software capable of processing materials involving speech, while Maryland excels at software that analyzes text by accessing a broad range of information sources that help provide context and answer questions. —TV

Researchers Bonnie Dorr (far left) and Amy Weinberg will play a key role in a new language research center, using high-end computing resources to help analyze and translate foreign languages.




m-file Shakespeare in Cyberspace EARLIER THIS YEAR, English professor Neil Fraistat brought together a group of poets, computational linguists, poetry scholars and experts on computer interfaces and data mining.The meeting marked the beginning of a project to create a tool that analyzes the sonic structure of a poem—its sound patterns, rhythms and inflections. The goal of the project, according to Fraistat, the director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), is to develop a database with information on the sonic structures of a body of poems. “We want to look at the sonic structure of one poem and tell the database to show more like that one,” he explains. “Now you’re looking at a list of potential sources, potential influences and all kinds of results that could help scholars gain new insights and draw new conclusions in their areas of study.This is exactly what digital humanities is all about.” As a growing presence in the emerging field of digital humanities, MITH is involved in numerous projects that link technology to disciplines such as English, history and art. Says Fraistat: “All humanities disciplines, whether creative, scholarly

or archival, are being transformed by new media. Computers can be engines of provocation.They can suggest relationships among things that might not on the surface seem similar, forcing a scholar to ask, ‘Why is the computer telling me X?’” Scholars need to have enough data for the computer to analyze, however.To that end, MITH is part of an international research team that was recently awarded a twoyear, $1 million grant by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.The grant funds the humanities text-mining project “Metadata Offer New Knowledge” (MONK), which brings together digital text versions of everything from early Greek epics to 18th and 19th-century British literature. Researchers then focus on developing a toolkit for scholars to analyze and search for patterns in the digital text. —AK

Engineering Dean Is University’s New Provost NARIMAN FARVARDIN, who served as dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering for the past seven years, began his new role as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost on July 1. In his new position, Farvardin is the university’s chief academic officer with both programmatic and administrative accountability for all academic programs. “I am honored to accept the responsibility of helping this outstanding university continue its ascendance into the highest ranks of the nation’s public research universities,” says Farvardin, who has been at Maryland for 23 years. Farvardin joined the university in 1984 after earning his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He served as chair of electrical and computer engineering from 1994 to 2000, when he became dean of the Clark School. As dean, Farvardin promoted innovative new engineering programs, including the establishment of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, development of the Inventis and Keystone undergraduate programs, as well as new initiatives focusing on women in engineering, undergraduate research and technology entrepreneurship. A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Farvardin is widely respected for his research in communications and information theory. Farvardin succeeds William Destler, who left the university to become president of the Rochester Institute of Technology. —TV




Rebounding from trauma:

WWII survivors share powerful lessons

WHEN GLENN SCHIRALDI wanted to examine how soldiers and every-day people could better deal with traumatic events or prolonged stress, he looked to the past for clues. Schiraldi, a stress-management scholar in the School of Public Health, spent five years interviewing World War II survivors about their coping skills for his new book, World War II Survivors: Lessons in Resilience (Chevron Publishing). “Particularly after 9/11 and the war in Iraq, with the resulting up-ticks in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and depression, it seemed imperative to better understand what resilience is and how it develops,” Schiraldi says. “Sometimes trauma makes people hard and bitter inside, but that wasn’t the case with these people.” Schiraldi, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and Vietnam-era veteran, decided their perspectives might shed further light on effective coping strategies. Among his subjects: A Navajo code talker, a Tuskegee Airman, Marines from the Pacific theater, prisoners of war and those who participated in the Baatan Death March. Traveling across the country and meeting with most at their homes, he asked them about their experiences and 14 specific attributes that may have helped them survive. Like many of the people interviewed, university alumnus Col. Thomas McCoy Fields ’42 credited a combination of faith, morality, optimism, a

sense of purpose and strength with Dozens of soldiers shared their stories his ability to keep fighting as those of strength and survival with Maryland stress disorder researcher Glenn around him fell. The former Maryland Schiraldi. track standout served as a rifle company commander at the Battle of Iwo Jima. After 36 days on the island, Fields was one of about 20 survivors from a 224-man unit. “I had so much to do that I didn’t have time to think how bad things were,” Fields told Schiraldi. “You can’t fret about being hurt. You do your job.” After retiring from the Marines, Fields returned to Maryland and became an active part of his community and an avid university supporter. The Bronze Star winner married in 1951, and Schiraldi says the fact that those interviewed had long-lasting marriages was one indication that they adjusted well to life after the war. After 27 years studying stress and related disorders, Schiraldi knew that “character counted” when it came to surviving and recovering from harrowing situations. But he was surprised how willing the survivors were to paint a picture of their specific experiences and related feelings. “Their lessons are so timeless, particularly using war as a metaphor for life,” says an appreciative Schiraldi. “When you hear real-life, down-toearth people give words to their strengths, you start to understand them better and believe that maybe you can do what they did.” —KM




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We Must Expand This House

On the 35th anniversary of Title IX, Sports Illustrated named Dominique Dawes ’02 as one of the most influential people affected by the landmark law. After her career as an Olympic gold medalist gymnast, Dawes served as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation from 2004–2006.

AT HOME GAMES throughout the Maryland

football season, you often hear the rallying cry, “We must protect this house.”This fall, you may have heard a new chant,“We must expand this house,” as crews began the first extensive expansion to Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium in over a decade. Maryland football has seen a resurgence since head coach Ralph Friedgen ’70, M.A. ’72 arrived in 2001. He’d led the team to 50 victories, four bowl games and a 30-8 home record heading into the ’07 season. Friedgen thinks the upcoming improvements will further revitalize the program. “It’s going to have a big effect on recruiting,” he says.“Players will see the improvements being made and they’ll want to be a part of this program.” The renovations will also improve the overall experience for fans. As part of Great Expectations, the Campaign for Maryland, the expansion will be privately funded. A new video scoreboard on the West concourse is planned for the 2007 season. Says Barry Gossett ’62,“The improvements to the stadium help build a new era of excitement for the players and the fans.”

Other renovations planned for phase one include: An addition to Tyser Tower, allowing for 64 luxury suites Enhanced accommodations for fans with disabilities A 500-seat mezzanine level featuring heated and covered seats and food service. A university suite New work areas for television, radio and print media, as well as for coaches and game day operating staff A new team store



Future upgrades include safety railings on stairways, chair back seating in the 200 Level of the north side, new restrooms and concessions and a lowered field for improved sightlines.“The construction is a great way to help move us forward—help make Byrd Stadium a place for opposing teams to fear coming to,” says Terp supporter Bob Pinkner. “There are many choices for fans in the Washington Metropolitan area and they expect a first class experience.With the improvements being made to our stadium, there will be more of a reason to come to Maryland. And they will learn what I already know—there is no bad seat in Byrd Stadium,” says longtime Terp fan Martin Green ’81. —MLB

Former Maryland men’s soccer star Desmond Armstrong was inducted into the Old Timers Soccer Association of Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame. Armstrong was a three-time All-ACC Team member and went on to represent the U.S. at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Christina Restivo ’07, standout goalie for the 2005 and 2006 national championship field hockey team will play a new position this season—as assistant field hockey coach for ACC rival Wake Forest. After four years at the University of Maryland, women's basketball guard Shay Doron ’07 was drafted No. 16 overall by the WNBA’s New York Liberty. Doron helped lead the Terps to the 2006 National Championship. Maryland football joined the world of reality television in “Terrapins Rising.” The series, presented by UnderArmour, gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Terps football program.


spotlight New Space, Exhibition Showcase Art Legacy EXPANSIVE IN SCOPE and ambition, the David C.

Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland opens its doors in a new space next month prepared to fulfill its mission of education and exploration. The center officially opens the week of Oct. 15 with Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell. Mirroring the theme of evolution, the center now occupies an area transformed from an indoor pool in the Cole Student Activities Building into a spacious, brightly lit space filled with art. Curator-in-residence Adrienne L. Childs has assembled 75 prints and 10 to 15 additional works on paper that will provide insight into the distinguished university professor of art emeritus’ artistic process and development over five decades. An artist, art historian, collector and curator, Driskell was recently named a member of the nearly 200-year-old National Academy, an honorary association of American artists. He has served as curator for the Cosby Collection of Fine Arts since 1977. In this exhibit, Childs aptly illustrates Driskell’s willingness to experiment and turn the everyday into art.The seat of a three-legged stool inspired his 1974 “Round Still Life,” a colorful, abstract work. Driskell’s media include woodcuts, etchings, screenprints, lithography and more. Ruth Fine, curator of special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art, wrote in her essay for the exhibition’s catalog, “Moreover, embedded in his basic approach to life is the challenge to make something from something else, the dictum to waste not, want not, the desire to make all things beautiful.”

Home to an archive housing thousands of pieces of his work and historical documents, the new 10,000-squarefoot David C. Driskell Center also includes administrative offices; exhibition, storage and study space. It is open for research, and according to Executive Director Robert E. Steele, the center also allows the staff to nurture the nextgeneration arts community, whether they become artists, art administrators, exhibition designers or writers. “One of our primary thrusts is to replenish existing people of color in the field,” he says,“and expand career opportunities.” Steele and Dorit Yaron, deputy director, add that the center also exists to ensure that the contributions of African American artists are recognized.“African American art is an important component in the history of American art,” says Yaron. Steele compares such artistic contributions to those made by jazz and blues musicians to the mosaic of American music. Evolution is scheduled to start its national tour in the spring of 2008. —DB/MAB

Established at the University of Maryland in 2001, the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora provides an intellectual home for artists, museum professionals, art administrators and scholars of color, broadening the field. The center is committed to preserve, document and present African American art as well as to replenish and expand the field.

A fully illustrated, 120-page, scholarly catalog published by Pomegranate Communications, Inc. accompanies Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell. It includes a foreword and acknowledgments by Robert Steele, executive director of the


David C. Driskell Center. In addition, color reproductions of all the works are included as well as a comprehensive list of David C. Driskell’s prints, with thumbnail color reproductions of the prints not included in the exhibition.



Pep Rally and SEE Comedy Show, starting at 7:30 p.m., Cole Field House, Oct. 18

Reunions for the Classes of 1957 and 1967, featuring the Golden Terps Brunch, Reunion Reception and special seating at the Alumni Association Homecoming University of Maryland Homecoming Parade, includ- Festival, Oct. 19–20 ing spirited floats and the Annual Alumni Mighty Sound of Maryland, from 4–5 p.m., Oct. 19 Homecoming Festival with interactive displays by participating colleges and Pan-Hellenic Council

Student Leadership Celebration, two hours prior

Maryland vs. Virginia Homecoming Football Game. Watch the Terps battle the Cavaliers in this ACC match up, Oct. 20.

3 1/2 hours prior to kickoff, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, Oct. 20


Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium There’s no place like Maryland to celebrate the Terrapin spirit and no better time than Homecoming/Reunion Weekend. Our campus has grown extensively along with our rising status as one of the top public universities in the nation. Take this opportunity to reacquaint yourself with your alma mater and your fellow graduates while enjoying a variety of Homecoming activities:

Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

OCTOBER 19–20 2007 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend

Autumn brings an abundance of activities to the University of Maryland. Harvest your favorites—from an exhibit of agricultural photography to a festive Homecoming, and from a discussion with an environmental advocate to performances by Maryland’s own symphony orchestra.Then, reap the rewards!

NOVEMBER 30 James Ross, music director Jennyrose Spence, violin This last performance of 2007 features Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3, op. 55 Eroica.” Also, Ravel’s “Tzigane” with the Winner of the 2007 UMSO Concerto Competition.

OCTOBER 26 James Ross, music director The UMSO’s second concert of the season features Dimitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, op. 113 “Babi Yar,” with acclaimed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko as narrator, and the Men of UM Choirs. Also, Sibelius’s valedictory “7th Symphony.”

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center | 8 p.m. | $25 The University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra is among the nation’s finest collegiate orchestras, a progressive ensemble on the cutting edge of 21st century orchestral performance experience for audiences and members alike. Catch the UMSO’s second and third concerts of the season:

OCTOBER 26, NOVEMBER 30 Performances by the UM Symphony Orchestra

Hoff Theater | 4 p.m.

schools, a craft section for kids, game day highlights, food and refreshments for purchase and more, starting to the game, join past and present student leaders in The Atrium, Stamp Student Union, Oct. 20




301.405.ARTS (Ticket Office),



301.405.9363 ATHLETICS 301.314.7070 (Ticket Office),


ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 301.405.4678 or 800.336.8627,


Stamp Student Union The Latin poet Virgil wrote a series of poems called the Georgics (from the Greek georgos, “farmer”) that celebrate rural life and farming. Photographer and alumnus Edwin Remsberg ’89 brings the Georgics to life in his exhibit of agricultural photographs. His photographic odyssey took him across the country and beyond, capturing images of the livestock, laborers, markets and more that bring about the food that sustains us.

“What makes the cornfield smile; beneath what star Maecenas, it is meet to turn the sod Or marry elm with vine; how tend the steer; What pains for cattle-keeping, or what proof Of patient trial serves for thrifty bees;— Such are my themes.”

The University of Maryland welcomes to campus Mike Tidwell, author of the 2007–2008 First Year Book, The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas and the Coming Death of America’s Coastal Cities. In this work, the Takoma Park, Md., environmental activist tracks the effects of climate change from 400 A.D. Easter Island to present-day Alaska to a Manhattan under water by 2100.

THROUGH NOVEMBER 1 The Georgic Odyssey— Where Your Food Comes From: The Agricultural Photographs of Edwin Remsberg

OCTOBER 23 Lecture by First Year Book Author Mike Tidwell Presented by the Office of Undergraduate Studies

Step Show, 7 p.m., Cole Field House, Oct. 19


terps are victorious in the sports industry

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✖ by Kimberly Marselas ‘00



Pay a little more attention next time you watch your favorite sport on TV or tune in to catch a game on the radio. Chances are, you’ve been witnessing the efforts of some major-league Terps without even knowing it. Maybe you live in New York and root for the Yankees on the YES Network. Nicole Zussman M.B.A.’94 hires the people who put together the game-day broadcasts and classic sports footage you love. When the Olympics open in Beijing next summer, watch for USA Field Hockey team members to show up in Under Armour uniforms.That will be thanks to the skillful negotiating tactics of Tori Wellington ’02, who manages the apparel company’s sports marketing west of the Mississippi River. And if you’re at a Baltimore Ravens game, you’ll surely notice the corporate-sponsored onfield presentations and snappy ads on the electronic signs.You can credit those to Mark Burdett ’81, senior vice president for development and media sales for the NFL team. For every Maryland graduate who goes on to play professional sports, the university turns out dozens more who work in sports industries like player representation, advertising sales, sports reporting, marketing and even team ownership.They major in business, journalism, kinesiology and other areas.They may be athletic or simply like to cheer for their hometown teams. But more now than ever, according to kinesiology professor Stephen McDaniel, there is a growing demand for highly trained professionals in sports-related fields. “Once, these positions were for former athletes and coaches,” says McDaniel, head of a professional studies certificate program in sports management.“Now we’re talking about a need for people with management and business skills.” Several new programs across the university aim to strengthen our reputation as a leader in training sports specialists. McDaniel’s program is targeted toward professionals looking to shift from other industries into a sports career or those who may already work with youth or student athletes and want to move to a higher level. The Robert H. Smith School of Business will soon offer undergraduates four courses in sports management that develop skills for a variety of jobs.And the Philip Merrill College of Journalism this year named its first Shirley Povich Professor, demonstrating a renewed commitment to sports reporting.

Pioneering sports journalist Bonnie Bernstein '92 interviews San Diego Chargers linebacker and fellow Maryland alumnus Shawne Merriman.

As a student, Jim O'Brien managed quite a few lay-ups. As an NBA coach, he manages an entire team.

bonnie bernstein photo courtesy of espn; jim o’brien photo courtesy of university of maryland libraries



major league terps Leonard Elmore ’78 President, National Basketball Retired Players Association and ESPN commentator

Boomer Esiason ’84 Studio analyst for “The NFL Today” on CBS Television; announcer for Westwood One's “Monday Night Football,” playoff and Super Bowl broadcasts

Jim O’Brien, M.B.A. ’81 Head coach, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers

Kevin Plank ’97 Founder, Under Armour performance apparel company

Amanda Shank ’06 Player Marketing Coordinator for PLAYERS INC., the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association

Ed Snider ’55 Chairman, Comcast-Spectacor, which owns the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and the city’s Wachovia Center

Pam Ward ’84 ESPNEWS anchor and commentator for NCAA women's basketball, the WNBA and college football

a history of excellence Maryland is already a powerhouse when it comes to sports journalism. There’s an entire crew at ESPN alone. Now deputy editor for ESPN The Magazine, Jon Pessah ’ 74 covered the Duke lacrosse scandal and previously managed a 16,000 word project on steroids in baseball;Tim Kurkjian ’78 is a reporter for the cable channel’s “Baseball Tonight” and a senior writer for the magazine; and Scott Van Pelt is a SportsCenter anchor and lead reporter and host of golf ’s grand slam events. Broadcast graduates are doing play-by-play and delivering the nightly sport reports in small and mid-sized markets across the country.After years as an NFL sideline reporter for CBS sports, Bonnie Bernstein ’92 is now juggling sideline reporting on ABC’s college football games with hosting duties for ESPN’s “NFL Live” and “Jim Rome is Burning.” Bernstein, who originally wanted to write for Sports Illustrated, says the journalism school provided a well-rounded experience that prepared her for the demands of live TV. In JOUR360, Bernstein created a sports administration beat and learned how to shoot, edit and operate studio cameras and run a computer graphics board. She also tackled two internships.At WRC-TV in Washington, former Maryland kicker Jess Atkinson took the future network star under his wing as he covered the Redskins; at a local government access channel, Bernstein’s diligence impressed her news director enough to land her on the air. “When you put that kind of experience on a resume, you’re going to get hired pretty quickly,” she says. Not all Maryland graduates working in sports journalism earned journalism degrees. Many cut their teeth in the university’s now-defunct radio, television and film department.After that program closed shop, even journalism students had to depend on jobs at The Diamondback,WMUC or internships for sports-specific training. “In the last decade or two, obviously there has been a major emergence of sports journalism,” says Thomas Kunkel, dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.“So more kids than ever have come to [us] with sports careers in mind, and we just felt it was time for us to start paying it more official attention.” Bernstein, who worked her way up from a radio gig to become the first-ever female weekday sports anchor in Reno and then an ESPN bureau chief in 1995, says a great education is only the beginning. She suggests students use time in college to build a variety of skills so they’re ready for the unexpected. “It’s a highly competitive environment at the moment,” Kunkel says. “Everyone wants to be a SportsCenter announcer, but they don’t always stop to count that there are only 12 to 15 sportscasters on the show.” On the other hand, a prime location and a stellar Division I athletdepartBaltimore Ravens SenioraVice President Mark Burdett '81 of sports professions. ment can give students terrific advantage in a range attends training camp, a great venue for learning about the players he promotes through advertising and sponsorships.



burdett photo courtesy of phil hoffman/baltimore ravens; o’brien photo courtesy of pacers sports & entertainment; snider photo courtesy of comcast-spectacor, ward photo courtesy of espn; esiason photo courtesy of boomer esiason; plank photo courtesy of lisa helfert

“You perform because it’s what is expected of you, it’s what you expect from yourself and you want to perform for your teammates and coaches. all those lessons transcend to the workplace.” —tori wellington '02, sports marketing manager for under armour

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a competitive advantage On the other hand, a prime location and a stellar Division I athletic department can give students a terrific advantage in a range of sports professions.Washington, D.C., and Baltimore are home to at least 13 major league teams looking for public relations, sales and physical training interns.The nation’s two largest athlete representation firms are in D.C., as is the National Football Players Association. Burdett began his career as a sales intern at TV station WJLA in D.C. and eventually returned there as executive vice president and station manager in 1995.The station was Washington Redskins’ flagship, and as he worked to extend the relationship with owner Daniel Snyder, Burdett decided to switch sides. He oversaw sales and broadcasting for the team—an experience he likens to “boot camp”—managing advertising across several platforms. The next season, he moved to the Ravens, now ranked by Forbes magazine as the secondfastest growing brand in the NFL. Burdett oversees a staff of 12, including a 2007 graduate of the Smith School, and says he would hire more Terps in the future. “Maryland people are street smart, uninhibited, un-entitled, smart,” he says,“and very, very sports savvy.”

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism moved to solidify its powerhouse reputation this year, as former Washington Post sports editor George Solomon (left) became the first Shirley Povich Professor. Working alongside Dean Tom Kunkel, Povich’s family set out to create an endowed professorship that would produce reporters who could cover sports with accuracy, panache and a sense of ethics that influenced their writing and the wider world of sports. Povich was a widely read Post columnist for 75 years. “He was early in his career very sensitive to issues involving ethics and morality in the game, fairness and

solomon photo courtesy of

Connections make Maryland a great place to study sport management, says Phil Evers, associate professor in the Smith School and champion of the new Fellows program. In courses starting in spring 2008, students will tackle teams, suppliers, sports firms, apparel and equipment retailers, advertising, even basic sports law. Athletic Director Deborah Yow will help teach the introductory course, and the Smith School is busy lining up other participants like Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank ’97 and Lew Strudler, senior director of corporate marketing for Washington Sports & Entertainment.The business school will also work closely with students interested in pursuing post-baccalaureate internships with Yow’s staff. Wellington says her own connection to Maryland athletics provided key lessons.“If you don’t perform at any point, you can be replaced,” says the standout lacrosse player, who won four national championships as a Terp.“You perform because it’s what is expected of you, it’s what you expect from yourself and you want to perform for your teammates and coaches.All those lessons transcend to the workplace.” In Texas this fall,Wellington is teaching a college softball team how to play lacrosse, hoping the clinic improves their athleticism

money and greed and all the things that have become more obvious in the sports world,” says daughter Lynn Povich, a veteran journalist and former senior editor at Newsweek. “Today, there’s always some scandal—or potential scandal—whether it’s steroids or something else.” Solomon worked alongside Povich, and he recently edited “Shirley Povich: All Those Mornings,” a compilation of Povich’s columns, along with the Povich children. He’s taught a sports reporting course at Maryland for the last four years and is excited about the renewed interest the new program should create among Maryland students and journalists around the country. “We feel it will enhance the profession, as well as enhance the school,” he says. Students will have a

and her company’s relationship with the school.As manger for sports marketing, she’s responsible for promoting Under Armour to teams west of the Mississippi.The key connection for her: landing an Under Armour internship as an undergraduate—at a time when the company had just 26 employees. Although there are immediate openings and a growing demand for employees, faculty members say organizations are looking for sports workers with a certain competitive spirit. “One of the biggest opportunities is for people who are entrepreneurial,” says Evers. “Sport is just a form of entertainment. It really is a challenge to get people who can spend their money on so many things to come watch a game or buy certain apparel.” TERP

chance to test their skills across media formats andmeet guest speakers ranging from USA Today columnists to sports figures who are in the news. Past visitors included Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams and New York Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi. They can also expect Solomon to continue his tradition of taking students to sit it on a taping of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption.” Kunkel says courses and annual seminars will underscore the special ethics required of sports reporters in an age of blogs, blooper reels and sports-as-big-business. “They need to be grounded in the distinction between news and entertainment,” he says. — KM




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After the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson came out of an Iowa cornfield and told Kevin Costner “If you build it, they will come,” the phrase became something of a cliché. But in the case of the university’s new Bioscience Research Building, Joe’s adage is proving refreshingly true in College Park. “They” are top scientists from around the country who are joining Maryland faculty already making their mark in life sciences research.And they’re coming, in part, because inside the traditional brick and pillars of the new building is a configuration of 21st century labs and spaces where they will be able to take their biosciences research to world class levels. SEEKING WORLD CLASS

When Dan Mote began his tenure as university president, one of his first goals was to make the University of Maryland a leader in the biosciences.“There will be no great research university in the coming decades that is not excellent in the biosciences,” he told the Maryland General Assembly in 2002.“There will be no state that can lead in the biotech industry without the resource of a major

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“You can do good science anywhere. But without state-of-the-art equipment and core facilities, you can’t do great science.”

construction. It was a monuresearch university mental task in the midst of her with world class leadother duties as dean of a large ership in the biocollege, but one she’d had sciences.” experience with.“It was a rare And to make that opportunity to lead an excithappen, he said, the ing project, and play an university would need important role in transformmore space to add —David Mosser, ing the University of people and the kind of faculty member and Maryland,”Allewell said. research facilities that pathogen researcher “I’ve always been interwould let faculty, postested in the facilities that docs, graduate, and make the academic world undergraduate students soar in their study of the questions that work. Planning for the building caused us to do a lot of thinking about where we should have exploded in the wake of the biological be going with the research programs of the sciences revolution of the past few decades. college,” said Allewell.“Knowing we would The General Assembly agreed with President Mote and approved funds for con- have the new space, we were able to develop a strategic plan for building three of the most struction of a new building.Today, $69 milexciting areas of contemporary science— lion and three years after groundbreaking, neuroscience, genomics and pathogens—at the Bioscience Research Building is open Maryland.” for the business of research and learning.




With the building’s completion, Norma Allewell, dean of the College of Chemical and Life Sciences, feels a bit like 134,000 square feet of brick and mortar have lifted from her shoulders. One of Allewell’s assignments when she became dean was to help get the new research space, then see it through its

On the outside, the Bioscience Research Building looks like a lot of buildings on campus—red brick, modest white pillars at the entrance that faces Hornbake Plaza, banks of windows that look out onto the baseball field on one side and a football practice field on another.


Inside, though, the building is a modern, airy, brightly lit space with blond wood pillars. Unlike the Byzantine BiologyPsychology Building, where some swear a few confused undergraduates have been wandering for years looking for the exit, you can see from one end of a hallway to the other.There are 35 labs, a state-of-theart 480-seat lecture hall, conference rooms, small outcroppings with seats where colleagues can chat, and space for postdocs and graduate students to grab lunch in some comfort. Labs can be configured for whatever the researcher needs, then reconfigured if needs change. Several labs contain core instruments and equipment that researchers from anywhere on campus can use for genomics and microscopy research.Two labs are BSL3, meaning they have a strict biosafety design that allows researchers to safely work with live pathogens, the microorganisms that cause disease. In fact, the entire third floor will house the new Maryland Pathogen Research Institute (MPRI), headed by David Mosser, an internationally recognized Maryland faculty member and pathogen researcher. MPRI will be a primary user of the BSL-3 labs, to study new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent the spread of pathogens. It’s research that wouldn’t have been possible in the old lab space. “You can do good science anywhere,” Mosser says,“But without state-of-the-art equipment and core facilities, you can’t do great science.” For Chuck Delwiche—who has been doing his plant genetics research in the venerable H.J. Patterson Hall—knowing the power won’t go out on the freezer where he stores his samples, that air temperature will be stable, that he has enough gas pressure to fix broken glass, and that purified water is instantly ready on tap are some of the most promising prospects of his move to the new space.

ing seminar speaker saw the space and said ‘Wow, this is so much better than what I have.’” Payne expects it won’t be the last such reaction, now that there is outstanding space to hold seminars. “People will go away and say this is a wonderful place.” THE BEGINNING

But perhaps the one aspect of the new building that excites everyone is that it is so inviting for faculty and students, from everywhere on campus, across disciplines, to interact in a shared space.“It’s a peoplefriendly science building,” said Bill Olen ’85, ’89, the university’s assistant director of the building’s construction. Said Elizabeth Quinlan, a neuroscience researcher who’s been working out of the basement of the Chemistry building,“The new space will bring me and my lab closer to colleagues with similar research interests. I think the state-of-the-art lab space and experimental resources will inspire creativity and collaboration.” THEY WILL COME

One of the hopes for the building is already coming to fruition. Faculty who are going to be national and international leaders are

THE FLOOD Completing the Bioscience Research Building wasn’t exactly a walk in the cornfield. It started out great—a beautiful design, successfully fitting a large building into a tight space, crews working intensely to meet the August 2006 contract completion date. Then came The Flood. “June 25, 2006,” says Carlo

joining a core of established scientists already here. Quinlan, for example, says the promise of the research space was an important factor in her decision to come to Maryland.Vincent Lee, a young researcher who did his undergraduate work here and graduate and post-doctoral work at UCLA and Harvard Medical School, says the building helped his decision to return to Maryland. Following them, says biology department chair Richard Payne, will be others who want to work with the people at Maryland, and behind them will be graduate students who want to work with these bright minds.And, in the cycle of things, says Payne, having great graduate students draws more great researchers. Payne already has had the pleasure of seeing the reaction to the building of a researcher from another institution.“A visit-

Colella ’83, director of the university’s department of architecture, engineering and construction, the way one does when recalling a day of infamy. “I got the call in the middle of the night.” A freak rainstorm had dumped up to 14 inches of water into the basement of the building, submerging all of its electrical and mechanical equipment, much of it custom made. “The wind came out

As excited as she is with the Bioscience Research Building,Allewell hopes it doesn’t end here. “The campus needs more space to continue to develop life science facilities. One pressing need is for modern animal facilities to extend studies beyond the test tube.” But the building is a magnificent step, she says.“We hope and expect it will accelerate the momentum of the college to national excellence.We will all view the world differently through the message the building conveys.” TERP

of our sails,” said Bill Olen. “The momentum on the job came to a screeching halt.” The impact of the damage meant more than the $6 million of repairs. It meant scrambling to find lab and office space for new hires who had planned to move into the building for the fall 2006 semester, delaying their move for almost a year. Because of the timing, some even changed their

minds about coming. It was, said Dean Norma Allewell, “like living in a furnished apartment while waiting to move.” “It was a lot to overcome, but overcome we did. At the end of the day, it’s a very handsome building,” said Colella. “To be associated with this kind of facility, that will be here for decades, at a place where there is so much good work going on, is very satisfying.” —ET



4j the Four Jacks

Meet the men who stack the deck in Maryland’s favor by pamela babcock


ne played football, another lacrosse, the third baseball and basketball and the fourth wrote about a range of sports. But after accomplished careers off the field and the court, they’ve all become leading members of the same team—Maryland’s team. Meet the Four Jacks: three former Terrapin stars and a man who long chronicled Maryland sports. Three are in the university’s sports hall of fame and the fourth is soon to be inducted. On October 26, former lacrosse player and consummate Terp fan Jack Heise ’47 will be ushered into Maryland’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Among other accomplishments, Heise is former president of the M Club and the Terrapin Club, and now serves as volunteer legal counsel for the M Club. When his visage is mounted on a plaque in the Comcast Center, Heise will join a trio of late 1940s to 1960-era Hall of Fame members—Jack Scarbath, Jack Flynn and Jack Zane—who’ve bolstered Maryland’s athletic program and its campus with their unwavering loyalty and generous financial support. “Each in their own right has done—and still does—a tremendous amount not only for the M Club, but for the athletics department and the university in general,” says David Diehl ’74, executive director of the M Club. “And it just so happens they’re all named Jack.” While these alumni were only in their 20s and 30s when Cole Field House debuted in 1955, they embraced the Comcast Center when it opened in 2002. And their commitment has remained steadfast despite some inevitable changes and challenges to Maryland’s Athletics program. “We’ve been very fortunate and when you have this fortune thrust upon you, you have to pay back,” Scarbath says. “I think that all four of the Jacks have given in their own special way.” ♣ ♦ ♥ ♠





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Jack Scarbath ’54, an All-American quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up, is an ambassador for Maryland in many ways. “I think that as every decade comes along, people pick up where others left off,” Scarbath says. “When the four of us came along, we were picking up for others and carried forth through today.” The 1950s were heydays for Maryland’s football team, which was crowned national champ in 1953. In 1950, Scarbath christened Byrd Stadium with its first touchdown during the opening game against Navy.The following year, he led the Terps to a 1951 Sugar Bowl victory against No. 1-ranked Tennessee. Scarbath went on to play pro football for the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Scarbath is a longtime member of the M Club, which was founded in 1923 and is the oldest athletic letter winner’s group in the country. He’s married to Marilyn Brown Scarbath ’53, a former Terp cheerleader, and lives outside Rising Sun, Md. He also is former chairman of the Maryland Educational Foundation, which helps provide opportunities for scholar-athletes in financial need, and served on the university’s Board of Regents.

Jack Flynn ’46, M.B.A ’48, was an All-Southern selection in baseball and basketball and led the conference in scoring for basketball. “There’s a loyal connection there,” he says of his fellow Jacks and M Club members. “We follow the teams, win or lose.” Flynn, a retired aviation executive, is married to Dorothy McCaslin Flynn ’48, and lives in Chevy Chase, Md. The second executive director of the M Club, he was the first member to serve on the Athletic Council, which sets policy for Maryland athletics. He also served as the club’s historian and penned the club’s history. Flynn is also a former chairman of Maryland’s Athletic Hall of Fame and a longtime contributor to the Terrapin Club, which raises scholarship funds for scholar-athletes. Over the years, Flynn says he has witnessed not only the tremendous growth of the campus, but also major changes in college athletics. “It’s a whole different generation now,” Flynn reflects.“In the early days, you could play more than one sport, but today it’s very difficult because your full concentration all year round has to be on one.”

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“There’s a loyal connection there,” Flynn says of his fellow Jacks. “We follow the teams, win or lose.”

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Jack Zane ’60 was Maryland’s director of sports information and has a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of Maryland athletics. “I’ve seen the athletic department grow from 12 varsity sports to 27 varsity teams with the advent of Title IX and women’s sports,” Zane reflects. Zane, known as “Mr.Terp Everything,” was a sports reporter for The Diamondback. After college, he took a job at George Washington University compiling and reporting sports information for the media before Maryland called him home. Zane also worked as Maryland’s ticket manager and later as executive director of the Walk of Fame, an exhibit commemorating university athletes in the Comcast Center. He serves as Maryland’s point-person for Sports Legends at Camden Yards, a Baltimore museum. The Silver Spring, Md., resident and his wife, Judy, a devoted Terp fan and alumni association volunteer, travel with the football and basketball teams. Zane handles tickets for players’ families, friends and coaches and serves as the M Club’s historian. “We were so close to the program back then and we just stayed a part of it,” Zane says. “You just work wherever you’re needed.”

Jack Heise ’47, a semi-retired attorney who lives in Bethesda, Md., will be the first Hall of Fame inductee honored in the meritorious service category. He’s married to Jackie Mosey Morley Heise ’49, a former Terp cheerleader. Both were honored with the alumni association’s Spirit of Maryland Award in 2006. As an undergrad, Heise was manager of the basketball team. He is a past president of the M Club; the Terrapin Club; the Maryland Alumni Association and the Maryland Educational Foundation. He also served on the board of the University of Maryland, College Park Foundation. Heise attends all home and away football and basketball games, and all women’s home basketball games. In addition, he’s often a fixture at on-campus events such as field hockey, lacrosse and volleyball. And consider this stat: Heise has missed only three ACC basketball tournament games since 1946. “I’m a fervent fan and it’s a major part of our life,” he announces proudly, “That’s why I got the name ‘Mr. Maryland.’” TERP



Terp thanks Jane McCarl ’52 for submitting this story idea. She and the Jacks, longtime friends, have remained loyal Maryland supporters and have volunteered for many Maryland-friendly causes together over the years.


theloop University Helps Fund a Global Education She studies traditional Indian dance and Spanish, worked toward proficiency in Arabic and spent time studying British law and politics at Oxford. For Katie Silina (below), being a student at the university has meant a world of opportunities. A political science major who will graduate next spring, Silina did her best to take advantage of all Maryland has to offer—while maintaining a 3.98 grade point average and waitressing at least 30 hours per week to meet her financial need. Her hard work has been rewarded with numerous scholarships and awards, several made possible through donor gifts.These include the Behavioral and Social Sciences Future Alumni Awards and Maryland General Honors Scholarships in 2005 and 2006 as well as the Mary Elizabeth Roby Scholarship in 2005. “Really, I’m not exceptional,” says the Eastern European native. “I just applied.The money is out there.” Recently, she received a General Honors Scholarship that helped fund her trip to England. Silina wants to study international law and/or policy, eventually winding up as a professor in the field. This semester, she is enjoying a graduate seminar on post-Soviet eastern European politics by government and politics professor Vladimir Tismaneanu. One of the reasons she found Maryland attractive is its diversity, in coursework and in people. She participated in a graduate seminar on Islamic political philosophy.And as a selfdeclared “in between,” Silina appreciates the large community of people like her who are of more than one culture. Both of her parents have doctorates, so Silina had higher education in her sight from the beginning. She initially expected to study piano at a music conservatory.Why did she choose college? “Because it was not based on not breaking my pinky,” she says with a laugh. She did spend some time working as an accompanist at the university’s School of Music. The American Dream, she says, of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps


can be difficult to attain because “not everyone is starting from the same place.” However, she appreciates the financial assistance she’s received, including three College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Future Alumni awards, supported by friends and alumni of the college. “When I graduate, I’m going to give to the university, for other students.”—MAB

Many students find it difficult to make ends meet while pursuing their education. Family financial contributions and financial aid often still leave daunting gaps in meeting financial need. While the university’s top priority for Great Expectations, the Campaign for Maryland is to raise $350 million in private support for scholarships, it is important to provide other means of support such as fellowships, internship opportunities and assistantships so that students thrive. President Dan Mote has declared that no student should be forced to withdraw from this university because of a lack of financial resources—or be compelled to take on onerous debt to finish a degree. Here are a few ways that you can support Maryland students: Most colleges and schools have an alumni award and a more general fund for student scholarships. Gifts to specific scholarships or to the General Scholarship Fund can be made through the Maryland Fund for Excellence. Consider giving in memory of your days as a Terp student. Visit to make your gift online.

Visit the Celebration of Scholarship Web page,, and find an opportunity to give, either to a discipline- specific scholarship or one more general.

The Maryland Alumni Association has several scholarships supported by individual gifts. For more information, visit and click on the “Scholarships” link on the far right of the page.



in theloop Development Teamwork Leads to a Quantum Hire by Nancy Grund

One of the world’s leading experts in the field of single atom physics and quantum information science, Christopher Monroe joined the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences this fall, thanks to a recruitment effort that pooled development resources across the university to attract the rising star. Following Monroe’s own highly collaborative style, the university’s success in recruiting him represents a joint effort between the university, the college, an individual donor and the University of Maryland, College Park Foundation. Monroe will hold the Gus T. Zorn and Bice Sechi-Zorn Professorship in experimental physics. The Zorns were both professors in the department of physics and astronomy. Additional funds were provided by University of Maryland Regent Barry Gossett and the foundation to assist Monroe in his transition to Maryland. Monroe will be part of one of Maryland’s newest collaborative initiatives: the Joint Quantum Institute, a research institute that pairs

the quantum physics expertise of the college with that of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency. “Attracting internationally recognized experts away from wellestablished labs is a challenging task,” acknowledges Chris Lobb, professor of physics and co-director of the institute. “While the presence of other top scientists at College Park is an inducement, much more is required. We were able to attract Chris through a coordinated effort of various units at the university, and that effort has really paid off.” Professor William Phillips, a NIST scientist and Nobel Prize winner, agrees. “Our ability to attract a faculty member of the stature of Chris Monroe demonstrates how the Joint Quantum Institute has become the place to conduct research in the rapidly expanding area of quantum coherent phenomena. This appointment adds a lot of luster to an already brilliant collection of

University officials, college faculty and donors teamed up to attract a quantum star. A researcher in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences’ Joint Quantum Institute, Christopher Monroe is a world leader in single atom physics and quantum information science.

research teams at the institute.” Monroe’s long-term goal matches one of the thrusts of the institute: the development of a large-scale quantum computer network, where complex entangled states of multiple atoms and photons store and process information in ways that could eclipse the performance of any conventional computer. A quantum computer could make huge differences in many areas of our lives, such as revolutionizing the pharmaceutical industry by allowing researchers to simulate pharmaceutical compounds, whose molecules are quantum systems, which could dramatically reduce drug development times, according to Lobb. While a conventional computer processes information using bits that can be either zero or one, a quantum computer uses quantum bits or “qubits” that can store both zero and one at the same time. In 1995, while working at NIST laboratories in Boulder, Colo., Monroe and colleague David Wineland demonstrated the first twoqubit quantum logic gate using trapped beryllium ions. Related work was most recently honored with the 2006 Scientific American “50” Award, which recognizes outstanding technology leadership in research, business and policymaking. “About that same time, mathematicians showed that a fully developed quantum computer would be able to efficiently tackle a mathematical problem called factoring, which could be used to break codes,” explains Monroe, who received his bachelor’s in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate in physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, under the tutelage of Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman. For the last seven years, Monroe served as a professor of physics at the University of Michigan where he led the university’s trapped ion quantum computing group and directed a National Science Foundation Physics Frontier Center. Months before he arrived at Maryland, Monroe engaged in discussions with college faculty and working partnerships ensued. “I like having the freedom to work with lots of collaborators. It advances the whole group as a community,” he says. A fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, Monroe views his work in relatively simple terms, much like that of an auto mechanic or machinist who works on intricate systems. “What we really do on a daily basis is turn wrenches, build custom electronics and turn knobs on lasers to manipulate individual atoms,” he notes. He is quick to point out the fruits of his research may be many years down the road. “The fields of quantum information and quantum computing are very speculative,” admits Monroe, who also will teach undergraduate and graduate courses. “Much of the thrill in doing risky research like this is that it’s like playing the lottery.” The university is betting that Monroe’s teaching and research contributions will boost the college’s burgeoning reputation in the field of quantum physics and attract greater numbers of highly qualified students to participate in 21st century physics. TERP


Honor Roll to Recognize University Supporters A celebration of the achievements of Maryland faculty, staff and students would not be complete without giving thanks to the many generous donors who help make the university’s success a reality. Through Great Expectations, the Campaign for Maryland, supporters have already given more than $400 million toward an unprecedented $1 billion goal. Their support of student scholarships, faculty recruitment and retention, enhanced facilities and resources, and innovation at the University of Maryland fill us with optimism for the future. We look forward to recognizing campaign contributors in a full-color publication, to be published on Oct. 15, and on our Web site,



in theloop Helping Scholars with Tax-Free IRAs A provision in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows donors who are 70 1/2 years and older to make tax-free charitable gifts of up to $100,000 from their IRAs. The provision expires on December 31, 2007, and charitable contributions from an IRA apply to the minimum distribution requirements. Charles Irish Sr. ’52, member of the A. James Clark School of Engineering Board of Visitors and the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees, established a scholarship in civil engineering a few years ago. After learning about the IRA provision, he saw the opportunity to contribute additional funds to the scholarship by making a tax-free withdrawal from an IRA. The Clark School alumnus went to Maryland on the GI Bill following World War II. Knowing the value of a college education unencumbered by tuition bills, Irish says, “this is an investment in future civil engineering students.” Irish, who is senior vice president and chief operating officer of Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, is very proud of the caliber of students the university produces. Also, impressed with former provost William Destler, and new provost Nariman Farvardin, both former deans of the Clark School, Irish says, “it gives me a certain

amount of satisfaction to know that I am contributing to a very good school.” Like Irish, donors can take advantage of the IRA charitable distribution provision, under which qualified gifts are not taxable withdrawals. But don’t delay since the provision is available only through the end of this year. To learn more about taking advantage of this opportunity to give IRA funds, contact your financial advisor or John McKee, director of gift planning at 866.646.4umd or, or visit —DCJ

Innovator Emilio Fernandez ’69 At an early age, electrical engineering alumnus Emilio A. Fernandez ’69 was already tinkering with electronics when he made a simple radio receiver. When he was 11 years old, Popular Electronics magazine published his invention and called it “the world’s simplest receiver.” Two decades later, Fernandez and Maryland classmate Angel Bezos ’69 jointly founded Pulse Electronics Inc., an engineering-based company. Since 1996, Fernandez has served on the A. James Clark School of Engineering Board of Visitors, and he recently joined the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees.



Born: Havana, Cuba Recently Read: The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley Favorite Film: “A Beautiful Mind” Hobbies: Skiing and flying private planes. Professional Credo: An idea without a plan is nothing but a

dream. Personal Credo: Less planning and more spontaneity. Most Innovative Project: I co-developed low-cost data gathering devices used in the transportation industry to improve safety and reduce fuel consumption. Meaningful Maryland Moment: I had the opportunity to address

the 1994 graduating class of the Clark School at the school’s centennial, which was also the 25th anniversary of my graduation. On the same day, Bezos and I were inducted into the school’s Innovation Hall of Fame. —DCJ

For more on Great Expectations, The Campaign for Maryland, go to

specialGIFTS Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski, professor emerita of history and authority on the gardens of antiquity, has made arrangements in her will to leave her Silver Spring home to the University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The Stanley and Wilhelmina Jashemski Study Center will be used to house the school’s distinguished visiting professors and serve as a gathering place for the scholarly community Jashemski has so carefully cultivated during her 61-year relationship with the university. Amy and S. Bruce Jaffe ’77 made an unrestricted commitment of $750,000 to the Athletics Renovation Fund. Their gift will be used at the discretion of the athletic director to fund improvements to athletic facilities such as the Varsity Team House and Ludwig Field renovation projects—two of the facility renovation priorities for Athletics for the Great Expectations campaign. The Jaffes are also Top Terp level members of the Terrapin Club, and Bruce was elected to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees. James A. Ruckert ’49 (right) pledged a bequest of $500,000 to establish the James A. Ruckert Special Collections Endowment in the University Libraries. The Ruckert Endowment will provide support for the enhancement, preservation and promotion of the Special Collections in the R. Lee Hornbake Library. Ruckert, who is remembered by many as Jim Kehoe’s assistant track coach from 1951 to 1971, retired from the Prince George's County Public School System in 1983 after a career teaching environmental education. In recognition of his generosity, the Libraries will name the foyer and reception area in Hornbake Library the Audrey Armistead Ruckert Reception Foyer in honor of his wife.

Former assistant track coach James Ruckert has pledged $500,00 to support University Libraries.

Chairman and CEO of CSX Michael J. Ward ’72 and his wife Theresa have made a five-year commitment of $285,000 in support of the Incentive Awards Program. They will support students who graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School in Baltimore. These students will receive full tuition, fees, room and board thanks to the Wards’ generosity.

$350 MILLION to provide Students

the opportunity to reach for the stars. $225 MILLION to ensure our

Faculty are competitive with the best. $175 MILLION to create an

Joseph J. Drach ’47 and his wife Patricia recently made a bequest pledge of $500,000 in support of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The center, a research institution of the University System of Maryland, is charged with maintaining a comprehensive program of environmental research, education and service. Many of its graduate students receive their degrees from departments at the University of Maryland. Drach, a former Maryland football player, has established the Joseph J. Drach Graduate Fellowship endowment to support graduate students at the center’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Md.

progress toward $1 BILLION

Environment of excellence. $250 MILLION to support

Innovation to change the world around us.


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Interpretations Maryland’s Path to World-Class Stature overall budget, our commitment to greatly increase other funding is ambitious but attainable. By the end of 2011, we seek to raise $1 billion in private support through Great Expectations and bring in $500 million in sponsored research annually. Now, these are ambitious goals. Two important academic and research initiatives launched in September best represent what combinations of state funding, private support and increased research support will do for our future. Our new School of Public Health (see page 5) advances the state of health education and research in

often do not return. In fiscal year 2006, for example, only 34 percent of Maryland high school seniors who scored greater than 1300 on the SAT attended any in-state college or university.This percentage has been steadily dropping over the past five years.The state also sends away more than twice as many students as it imports from other states. These trends must be reversed for the benefit of our state. A world-class university leads in basic research, providing knowledge of the highest value to the state and the nation. A study published by the National Academies,

“… a world-class university transforms lives.” THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND is

abuzz with excitement and anticipation this fall. Many important milestones have been passed as the university moves forward and upward in stature when viewed on a global scale—call it world-class university stature. In July—thanks to the leadership of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees and gift commitments from thousands of alumni and friends—we topped $400 million in our Great Expectations campaign.This was followed quickly by news that externally sponsored research and outreach for the past fiscal year—funding from government and private sources that support our faculty research and other programs—surged to $407 million, an increase of more than $57 million from the previous year. Both of these significant milestones represent our awareness that private support and increased research funding are essential elements in advancing the university’s mission.While funding from the state of Maryland remains a key component in our 36


Maryland and beyond. And our Bioscience Research Building (see page 24) strengthens scientific discovery in genomics, host pathogen interaction, bioinformatics and other areas. Both of these initiatives will increase research opportunities substantially with nearby federal agencies and research centers, and they offer opportunities for private support and partnerships. The milestones I just described are highlighting our path to increasing world-class university stature. A world-class university in College Park signifies the state’s commitment to excellence in higher education. World-class universities attract hundreds of millions of research dollars, create highskilled jobs for the region’s work force and fuel new industries like no other enterprise can.Take a look at California’s Silicon Valley or North Carolina’s Research Triangle as good examples. Maryland must follow a similar path. A world-class university will retain the state’s most talented students. Students who leave their state for higher education most

“Rising Above the Gathering Storm,” called on the nation to strengthen basic research in science and technology to preserve highpaying jobs for Americans and provide for national security. Basic research on societal, economic, health and technology problems is fundamental to new businesses and services. Basic research is a hallmark of a worldclass university, where talent, facilities and the environment create opportunity for great discoveries and innovations. Perhaps most important is that a worldclass university transforms lives. It brings diverse, talented and inquisitive people into an environment with an unwavering demand for remarkable achievements.We are charting a course that will determine the university’s success over the next decade—transforming us from an excellent university to one of increasing world-class stature. As we move through the planning process, we seek input from the entire Maryland Family. Please join us and be a part of this journey. —Dan Mote, President PHOTO BY JEREMY GREEN


ranked public research universities, and we have embarked on a historic journey to make our university among the very best. Great Expectations, The Campaign for Maryland is an unprecedented effort to raise $1 billion in gift support by 2011. Working hand-in-hand with alumni and friends, we are well on our way to meeting our goal with more than $400 million already committed. We are on a quest for resources to attract the best students and faculty, to create an environment for excellence and to support the spirit of innovation here at Maryland. Yes, we are blazing a road to greatness as we invest in our students. A full one third of the campaign goal directly supports students, ensuring that those who earn admission to the university get the education they deserve at a price they can afford. To find out more about Great Expectations and how you can help shape Maryland’s future, visit our Web site at:



.net Tap into the power of the TerpNation Network, a new online social and career tool brought to you by the Maryland Alumni Association. Connect online with friends (and friends of friends of friends) based on shared interests, common acquaintances, professions, locations and more. TerpNation is free and exclusive to Maryland graduates. Register today at and watch your Terp network grow!

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