THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COMMUNITY
VOL. 2, NO. 3 SPRING 2005
INSIDE THE ETHICS LABYRINTH 18
HALL OF FAME HONOREES 22
RENEWING A RIVALRY 30
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
Dear Alumni and Friends,
John Girouard ’81 President and CEO, Capital Asset Management Group
WHEN THE alumni association was
Anil Gupta Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Strategy and Organization, Robert H. Smith School of Business Danita D. Nias ’81 Executive Director, Alumni Relations 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
Dianne Burch Executive Editor Beth A. Morgen Managing Editor John T. Consoli ’86 Creative Director Mira Azarm ’01 Tom Ho Jennifer Paul ’93 Brian Payne Contributing Designers Monette A. Bailey ’89 Kimberly Marselas ’00 Tom Ventsias Writers Pamela Stone ’95 M.A. Ellen Ternes ’68 Neil Tickner Lee Tune Mark Walden ’96 Contributing Writers Katrina Altersitz Arthur Silber Kimelia Weathers Magazine Interns E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
located in the Rossborough Inn, the view from my window constantly reminded me of Maryland’s long history. Now that we have moved into the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, I have a new view: the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, a venue where future artists perfect their skills. It’s equally inspiring. In this issue of Terp, you’ll see enough of Maryland’s past, present and future to inspire you as well.There’s “Ask Anne,” our tribute to the legacy on which our modern excellence is based. (Speaking of the past, remember the Maryland vs. Navy game? It’s back! Find out more on page 30.) Today, this university is on the cutting edge of research and learning. In partnership with NASA, Maryland is leading Deep Impact, the mission to strike a comet with a probe the size of your dishwasher in order to collect data on the origins of the universe. Read a mission update beginning on page 26. Recent U.S. News & World Report rankings show that Maryland is leading its peers in a wide variety of disciplines. While some of this nation’s brightest faculty spur our talented students—the CEOs, scientists and scholars of tomorrow—to ponder new possibilities, they are also teaching them about the ethical responsibilities of leadership. Read how starting on page 18.
Past, present and future are working together at this university—the Philip R. Rever Alumni Hall of Fame spans them all. This June, in a ceremony that takes place once every five years, we will induct our third Hall of Fame class.You can read about these 16 special graduates on page 22.Their likenesses will join 35 past inductees in the Rever Alumni Hall of Fame.There is room to add many more in the decades to come. The Riggs Alumni Center promises to be a source of amazing energy for the entire Maryland family as we rub Testudo’s nose and focus on the challenges ahead.We send some of that energy to you through the mail three times a year with this magazine.The balance we will hold in trust at the center, awaiting your return to College Park. I hope to see you here soon. Until then, enjoy your spring edition of Terp, a 360-degree view of your university. It comes with our best wishes. Sincerely,
Danita D. Nias ’81 Executive Director, Alumni Relations
P.S.: New to Terp magazine? View abridged versions of past issues online at www.terp.umd.edu.
2 BIG PICTURE Three Pisner quints leave the shell; 150th Anniversary on a roll; and much more 6 THE SOURCE See the stars on campus 7 ASK ANNE Recognizing all champions, and more 8 CLASS ACT UM love carved in stone; Terps go Italian; Terp pride rings true for all; and more 12 M-FILE Little berries, big health benefits; Pulling the feather out of Avian flu’s hat; Quiet time aids infant language development; and more 16 MARYLAND LIVE Independence Day with celestial shows of all kinds; Nobel Laureate honors Einstein; Nancy Drew and friends find new home; and more 29 IN THE LOOP Building a flagship from the ground up 30 PLAY-BY-PLAY Renewing a rivalry: Maryland vs. Navy 31 SPOTLIGHT Selch Collection takes to the road 32 INTERPRETATIONS Power of pace-setting gifts
features INSIDE THE ETHICS LABYRINTH
With scandal splashed across headlines, it’s encouraging to know Maryland professors and students are putting in the time to map out honest success. BY KIMBERLY MARSELAS
MARYLAND ALUMNI LIGHT THE WORLD
Sixteen alumni—from athletes and journalists to business executives and entertainers—will enter into the Rever Alumni Hall of Fame. BY MARK WALDEN
A SMASHING GOOD TIME
Deep Impact: the NASA mission led by a Maryland research team to explore the heart of a comet closes in on comet collision set for July 4. BY LEE TUNE
COVER ILLUSTRATION BY PAT RAWLINGS. COURTESY OF NASA/JPL/UMD.
bigpicture Out of the Pack Pisner quints leave Maryland, each other, to launch careers AFTER SPENDING THEIR ENTIRE ACADEMIC CAREERS
together, three of Maryland’s famed Pisner quintuplets have graduated from the university and are striking out on their own. As Terps, the quints shed their group image and the cameras that followed them for much of their childhood. They enrolled in different courses, opted to live apart and took in all campus had to offer—often without their siblings. “Maryland definitely allowed us to be as close or as far apart as we wanted to be,” says Shira Pisner, a communication graduate who, along with her four brothers, turns 22 in June. Shira is embarking on events planning and hopes to specialize in trade shows. Michael created a logo and corporate identity for an interior designer firm as an intern, and wants to parlay the experience into a magazine design position. Ian seems to be the one with entrepreneurial genes. He’s hoping to work in advertising, then start his own firm. He might eventually give brother Michael an invite to come on board, but Ian has relished some “me” time in college. “There was a great feeling of being on my own and doing things for myself,” he admits. “I got a chance to meet and experience new and exciting things during my fours years and, at the same time, stay close with my siblings.” —KM
Ian, left, Shira and Michael
“Maryland definitely allowed us to be as close or as far apart as we wanted to be,” says Shira Pisner, a communication graduate who, along with her four brothers, turns 22 in June. PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
Getting in Gear for an Anniversary Bash The University of Maryland is on a roll. Fear the Turtle. www.maryland.edu
WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE, some would pre-
fer not to call attention to their age. Not so with institutions. Reaching a milestone is reason to celebrate and the University of Maryland is no exception. The upcoming academic year marks our 150th Anniversary—officially noted as March 6, 1856, charter date of the forerunner Maryland Agricultural College.The year-long celebration will have a literal kick-off on Sept. 3, 2005, with the reinstitution of a traditional rivalry between Maryland and Navy dating back more than 100 years (read more on page 30). But to get things rolling a bit early, visitors at Commencement on May 21, had a chance to offer congratulatory messages and signatures to a “Cheer the Turtle” billboard festooned with our 150th Anniversary design and images depicting our long history.The billboard may be spotted at alumni and university gatherings throughout the course of the year, beginning with the Navy-
TRUCK GRAPHICS BY MARGARET HALL; BOTTOM PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
Maryland game in Baltimore. If you see it; sign it. We have also rolled out eight new ShuttleUM buses within our fleet of 34, each wrapped with the anniversary design and colorful images. The buses will be used on our on-campus routes and those that include the Metro and the city of College Park. Taking the university’s message on the road includes a 150th Anniversary display at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis from December 2005 through November 2006. On the road, too, will be 18-wheel tractortrailers that travel up and down the East Coast sporting Fear the Turtle and 150th Anniversary messages.This bit of serendipity came about because Robert Facchina, president and CEO of Johanna Foods and a member of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees, volunteered a fleet of his trucks for this purpose.You might say the university is really on a roll. —DB
150th Anniversary Signature Events Departments within the University of Maryland will be tailoring a wide array of activities to highlight this momentous occasion in our history. There are some signature events that you will be seeing more about in the pages of Terp, through the anniversary Web site and other vehicles. Here’s a sneak peek. “Celebrating the University of Maryland: A Model of the Modern Research University” Union Gallery September 29-November 5, 2005 Photographic exhibition featuring contemporary photos of the university by John T. Consoli and archival images from University Archives. Fear the Turtle Sculpture Exhibition & Auction Throughout the Anniversary year Here’s your chance to sponsor the artistic transformation of a cast resin Testudo or the “fighting” Terp. Fifty works will be on display throughout the campus and auctioned off at a concluding gala event. 150th Anniversary Book The Modern Research University: 150 Years in the Making Celebrating the University of Maryland: 1856–2006 This pictorial “coffee-table” book, hard- and soft-cover editions, will make its debut on Charter Day, March 6, 2006, but advance orders will begin this fall. Forum on the Modern Research University April 2006 For the latest information about these activities and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.150years.umd.edu TERP SPRING
hen the Maryland Agricultural College opened in 1859, the library was merely one room within the main building. Today, as we look toward the university’s 150th anniversary, the library system consists of eight libraries and houses everything from books to broadcasts to digital media. Believing in Books What’s on the shelf: More than 3 million books and journals are on the shelves of the eight libraries. The newest chapter: The Libraries dedicated their 3 millionth book, Tennessee, a collection of three Tennessee Williams’ plays, including the never-before-published These are the Stairs You’ve Got to Watch. The book, which will be part of the Book Arts Collection as acknowledgement of its original illustrations by alumna Clarice Smith and exquisite leather binding and casing, is on display in the Hornbake Library along with the very first, the one millionth and the two millionth books obtained by the Libraries.
Saving the Spoken Word What’s on the radio: Audio, video, wire, phonograph, film and CD recordings, along with still pictures bring the Broadcast Archives total to just under 500,000 items. The newest noise: In 2003, the Broadcast Archives received the honor of housing the audiotape reels, and now CDs, of the National Public Radio broadcasts. This collection paints a timeline from NPR’s first show in 1971 through more recent times, covering major events such as the release of the Pentagon Papers, the Vietnam War, President Nixon’s resignation and more.
Drumming Up the Digital What’s on the screen: With just a tap of the keys, Maryland students can now reach 350 electronic databases, containing 4,000 full-text journals, 107,489 full-text books, 300 digital videos and 200 hours of music. The newest site: The Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM) is a searchable database that houses over 2,000 documents: faculty-deposited works, doctoral dissertations, masters’ theses and technical reports. Through this Libraries-managed service, any Web user can access these documents at permanent URLs, which the university is committed to maintaining. (Check it out at drum.umd.edu.)
PHOTOS BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
Rankings on the Rise
Terps in Need Meet Friends Indeed
The University of Maryland boasts two top-ranked programs in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate schools and 31 total programs ranked in the top 10 nationally by the magazine.
FOR MANY TERPS, scholarships are lifelines
connecting them to a successful future. On April 13, at the annual Celebration of Scholarships held in the new Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, students were able to meet and thank members of the Maryland family who have created those lifelines by lending financial support to the university’s scholarship programs. Undergraduates and graduate scholarship recipients gave poster presentations on their research before joining donors for an elegant luncheon and a keynote address by Head Men’s Basketball Coach Gary Williams ’68, who is leading an effort to raise $200 million for student scholarship programs at his alma mater. —MW
More than 450 students and friends gather beneath the A. Ford Hall Ocular in Alumni Hall during the annual Celebration of Scholarships—one of the first events to be held at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center.
The College of Education’s Counseling and Personnel Services (CAPS) program maintained the top ranking that it has held for more than five years, while the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences came out on top in the magazine’s first-ever ranking of criminology programs. Another 12 programs ranked in the top 10 in the new rankings, including five in the College of Education, which ranked 22nd overall nationally.
Lauding the Sadat Lecture for Peace On April 14, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III (far right) delivered the Sadat Lecture for Peace at Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The audience of 760 guests included President Mote (left) and Dr. Jehan Sadat (center), widow of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, for whom the event is named. In his remarks, Baker outlined challenges facing America in the Middle East and possible steps to a peaceful resolution of that region’s long-standing conflicts. Secretary Baker joins former president Jimmy Carter and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on a growing list of world leaders who have given the Sadat lecture. —MW
The A. James Clark School of Engineering ranked 17th overall, and the Robert H. Smith School of Business was 27th overall.
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For a complete list of the university’s rankings, go to www.newsdesk.umd. edu/facts/2005rank.cfm
PHOTOS BY JOHN T. CONSOLI; ILLUSTRATION BY JENNIFER PAUL
the Source NESTLED INTO THE TREES OF COLLEGE PARK IS AN OASIS OF KNOWLEDGE, A PLACE TO LOOK TOWARD THE STARS—THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND OBSERVATORY. HERE, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CAN EXPLORE HORIZONS FAR BEYOND THE BELTWAY.
Time to Shine Rather than: Watching the eclipse in your backyard or
From Amateur to Rocket Star
missing Deep Impact crashing
Rather than: Always complain-
into a comet,
Rather than: Blindly buying a
ing there is nothing to do,
You can: Join with the
telescope or constantly point-
You can: Check out the
Maryland community to wit-
ing out the Big Dipper to your
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ness the dances of the stars
on the Observatory’s Web site.
firsthand. Many of you proba-
You can: Go online to the
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bly saw the Observatory’s tent
Observatory Web site to find
with meetings, lectures and
at Maryland Day, so be sure to
instructions on how to buy the
stargazing events in the area.
come back to monitor Deep
Start Them Young
right telescope for your needs
Though most are not run
Impact in the weeks leading up
Rather than: Taking 10 or more
as well as various books and
through Maryland, the
to and following the July 4 col-
kids to the movies or roller
software to help your studies
Observatory’s calendar will link
lision. You’ll have to watch
skating for a birthday celebra-
of astronomy rocket off the
you directly to clubs, planetari-
closely as Elizabeth Warner
tion or planning a field trip to
ground. If you have exhausted
ums and other observatories
promises that “the coolness of
the Smithsonian yet again,
the online resources and still
with amazing activities. You
the whole thing is very subtle.”
You can: Call two weeks ahead
need assistance, people within
can watch meteor showers or
(Also see the Terp feature on
of time to schedule a group
the Observatory are accessible
even make your own telescope!
Deep Impact on page 26.)
session before the Observatory
via e-mail to answer your ques-
Plus, you’ll need to keep a
Open House, where the only
watch on the calendar for Deep
muscles worked are in the
brain. You and your family will get a presentation and time to look through the telescopes (weather permitting). During the day, classes have the opportunity to view the sun through specially filtered telescopes. Groups should have at least 15 people, but two small-
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OBSERVATORY INFORMATION 301.405.6555 www.astro.umd.edu/openhouse/ Contact Elizabeth Warner, director of the Observatory, firstname.lastname@example.org HOURS: M-Th, 9 a.m–4 p.m; F., 9 a.m.–2 p.m., eve. hours M., 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
LEFT PHOTO BY ELIZABETH WARNER; INSIDE LEFT PHOTO BY ISTOCK; INSIDE RIGHT PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI; RIGHT PHOTO COURTESY OF NASA/JPL/UMD
ask Anne Questions for Anne
was a member of the 1962–1967 Terrapin swimming teams. Last fall I returned to campus for the first time in 30 years and couldn’t find the five ACC Championship trophies we won during that period. Would you please see what happened to a part of this proud history?—Burt Bondy ’67
Turkos, university archivist for University of Maryland Libraries, may be sent to email@example.com.
A. I am very happy to report that the swimming trophies are indeed on display in the Comcast Center.The case in which they reside is on the same level as the varsity coaches’ offices, one floor down from the main concourse.When you return to campus, do visit the natatorium in the Campus Recreation Center, where the team swims now. It is a spectacular facility and a great benefit to today’s teams. A number of major swimming events have been held there, including hosting Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps for an appearance last year.
Q. As a 1976 alumnus (and the fact that I grew up across the street from Ledo’s Restaurant), I am the ultimate Terp. During my four years at Maryland, I never missed a home game, nor the Annual Christmas Tournaments that Coach Lefty Driesell had. I had floor seats when Maryland played UCLA. I would like to know how I can get a copy of the Maryland versus University of South Carolina men’s basketball game in the early 1970s. Maryland won in triple overtime, if I remember correctly, and Jimmy O’Brien scored the winning basket. —Jim Melvin ’76
A. You are referring to the 31-30 overtime
A. I know precisely
victory over South Carolina on Jan. 9, 1971.There was only one overtime period in this game, though, not triple overtime. (It was a landmark game, so no wonder you envisioned the three overtimes!) Happily,Terp fans have not had to endure triple overtime too often—only five times since 1927. We do have some footage from this game, and I would be happy to help you obtain a copy of it.
the one. It was called Maryland: A University Portrait, and it was issued by the University Book Center in the late 1980s.This was a very beautiful piece, with lots of terrific shots of campus. It is unfortunately out of print, and I do not have a good source to suggest to you for obtaining a copy. On a happier note, I can tell you that as part of the university’s 150th Anniversary celebration, which begins this fall, we will be publishing a pictorial history of the campus.This work is slated to debut on March 6, 2006, the actual 150th Anniversary of the granting of our charter as the Maryland Agricultural College.
Q. When I was at Maryland (1984–1990), my roommate had a hard cover book of photographs from around campus that I would love to have now. It was sort of a coffee table book, mostly photos but also some narratives on the pictures shown in the book. I have been unable to find it and have been told that it is out of print. Do you know of this book and if and where it is available? —Anthony Woody ’90
TOP RIGHT PHOTOS BY JOHN T. CONSOLI; BOTTOM PHOTOS COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
Master Stone Carver’s Career Comes Full Circle IF THE BARD is right and the world is a stage, then sculptor Malcolm Harlow gravitates toward theater in the round. Five decades after launching his art career as a Maryland undergraduate, he’s back on campus creating a monument to the Maryland family in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center’s Pedro and Ann Wasmer Rotunda. Since March, the tradesman has been carving the Alma Mater and the names of the Riggs Alumni Center’s most dedicated supporters into the rotunda’s limestone walls. Before coming home to Maryland, Harlow designed and carved gargoyles for the façade of Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral. He taught art to Baltimore-area high school students and opened his own studio. Harlow’s handiwork appears on the FDR Memorial and the Treaty of the Holston monument in Knoxville, Tenn. One of his many bronze creations—a statue of America’s first president as a young surveyor—is on display at George Washington’s Office Museum in Winchester, Va. Stone chips will be flying in the Wasmer Rotunda through September while Harlow finishes work on the curving walls that have brought him full circle. —MW
Maryland alumni (from left) Peter Lupo ’94, Doug Burr ’01 and Anthony Lupo ’00 have transformed a down-on-the-heels College Park nightclub into a fashionable Northern Italian restaurant.
Downtown Eatery Proves Popular UN PRANZO RAFFINATO (fine dining) in downtown College Park? Ma naturalmente! (But of course!) Lupo’s Italian Chophouse, open since fall of 2002, is the culmination of a lifelong dream for three young Maryland grads. Co-owners (and brothers) Peter and Anthony Lupo—along with their “almost brother” Doug Burr—invested close to $1.5 million to completely renovate the former Terrapin Station nightclub, transforming a local haunt that had been shuttered for almost three years into an upscale Italian eatery. “We saw the need for a top-tier restaurant in College Park, and felt this was a great opportunity,” says Peter Lupo, who graduated from Maryland with a dual major in political science and history. Lupo says he left a good job in state government six years ago to pursue a restaurant career at the insistence of his younger brother, Anthony. “We both grew up around the restaurant business, and have always loved it,” Peter says. “When Anthony was ready to graduate from college, he said we should take what we knew about running a restaurant and go for it.” The young entrepreneurs first opened a small restaurant in Fairfax,Va., called Il Lupo. “We had good success in Virginia, but our hearts have always been in Maryland, and especially in College Park,” says Anthony Lupo, who majored in communications and business at Maryland. When the College Park location became available, the Lupo brothers enlisted lifelong friend Burr as a business partner, and then spent 18 months renovating the downtown site, completing much of the interior trim and tile work themselves. City officials were happy to see the rundown property reopen as a more refined establishment. Running two successful restaurants is a demanding job, Peter Lupo says, but the owners still maintain a close relationship with their alma mater—almost three-quarters of the staff at Lupo’s are current University of Maryland students. —TV
PHOTOS BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
alumniprofile Gamers Hope to Break Monopoly IT’S NOT EVERY DAY that fishing boat captains and global bankers join forces to create a business, espe-
travel 2005 Great Lakes September 2–12 Experience the rich history and natural treasures of North America’s Great Lakes, including historic Sault Sainte Marie, one of the oldest settlements in the region. Charlemagne’s Dream: MainDanube Canal and Danube River Cruise September 23–October 1 Journey through the heartland of the Bavarian Alps and the breathtaking Wachau Valley on this exciting tour of Nuremberg, Regensburg and classic Vienna. This
cially one that eschews international marketing to focus on playtime. But Dominic Crapuchettes and Satish Pillalamarri, both M.B.A ’04, started their unlikely partnership by doing just that and ended up perfecting a new kind of board game. Today, the North Star Games co-owners are tearing up the toy store aisles as they break into an industry long monopolized by big-name game companies. “People want new games, and there’s a growing trend here,” says Crapuchettes, who sailed the Alaskan seas to pay for his undergraduate studies. “It’s trying to break into the shelf-space lock that’s so hard.” North Star’s first game, Cluzzle, is already available at more than 50 retailers nationwide and online, and iParenting Media named it one of the best toy products of 2005. Cluzzle players create clay sculptures, then make their opponents guess what the creations are in a short version of 20 Questions. Crapuchettes came up with a prototype for Cluzzle before he won a scholarship to the Robert H. Smith School of Business, but he knew he’d need a partner to help turn a lifelong passion for gaming into a business. With a polished business plan and the support of Smith School professor J. Robert Baum, he teamed up with Pillalamarri. A trivia buff who once appeared on “Jeopardy,” Pillalamarri calls himself the “inartistic” part of the North Star team. Despite his expertise in Asian markets, he admits there’s been a learning curve when it comes to breaking into toy markets. North Star is currently preparing to launch a second game, capitalizing on the U.S. obsession with all things gambling in Wits and Wagers. Players guess answers to Dominic Crapuchettes, left, and Satish numerical trivia—“How many crayon colors did Crayola produce Pillalamarri show off Cluzzle, a board in 2004”—then bet on each other’s answers to win chips. An infugame combining hands-on clay action with a 20 Questions-like guessing game. sion of roughly $400,000 from a new partner should put the Co-owners of North Star Games, the men game into production and onto shelves in time for the holiday began their business while classmates in shopping season. —KM the university’s M.B.A. program.
trip features faculty member Suzanne Beicken. Beiken is a lecturer in historical musicology, a performer, a concert manager and a music administrator. Alumni College in Sorrento October 31– November 8 Delight in the beauty of Italy’s charming coastal cities and explore the ruins of Pompeii, the most famous and impressive ancient remains in the world. This trip features faculty lecturer and Emmy Award-winning writer Michael Olmert ’62, ’80 Ph.D, his fifth time co-hosting an alumni tour.
For more details, visit www.alumni. umd.edu, or call 301.405.7870, 800.336.8627.
LEFT PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION; BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
Turning Frustration into a Solution A journalist by training, Ugent began to ask questions of nurses, doctors and other patients.What she created out of her research was safepole (www.safepole.com). It features a domed base that covers six rubber wheels. Hooks for IV bags hang from a more stable, inverted U-shaped pole; their cords snake through a tube router. A plastic basket offers handy storage space. A hook secures the pole to a gurney, wheelchair or even a towel rack to prevent it from sliding down pitched bathroom floors. “When I told doctors and nurses about safepole, they were hitting their heads saying, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’” Ugent connected with a medical management company for business advice and an industrial design firm to create her invention. She then sold safepole to her first client, the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. Ugent, author of the recent book, Leg the Spread: A Woman’s Adventures Inside the Trillion-Dollar Boys’ Club of Commodities Trading, has started a company to sell safepole worldwide. —MB
WHILE SPENDING TWO MONTHS in the
hospital undergoing a stem cell transplant, Cari Lynn Ugent ’95 turned down a larger room with a “gorgeous view.” Getting around a bigger room meant more hassles with her essential, but cumbersome, IV pole. Although the smaller room proved convenient, getting healthy required more mobility. “There was a big push to get up and do laps around the hospital, but I couldn’t walk without kicking that stupid thing.” Out of frustration and boredom, she began sketching a better IV pole. One that didn’t trip its users, tip over or allow cords connected to bags of vital fluids and equipment to be dragged along the floor—a pole that helped nurses keep IV bags organized. Ugent, now healthy, tells the story of a 19-year-old female patient she met during a return visit to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Bald from chemotherapy, stuck in a hospital for weeks and what was the worst thing for her? “She points to the IV pole,” says Ugent.
Author Cari Lynn Ugent ’95 designed the safepole (left) during her stay in the hospital.
It’s Not Always a Man’s World Cari Lynn (she drops Ugent as an author) turned her two years as a clerk on the floor of the Chicago Merchantile Exchange into a vivid account of what she has called a sexist, though exhilarating experience. The book’s provocative title, Leg the Spread, is a trading term
that alludes to being able to both buy and sell, covering the spread. In its review of the book, Business Week said the title also “coarsely” refers to the common assumption among traders that to be successful women must compromise their integrity.
Lynn, who finished the book during her stay in the hospital, found during her stint at the “Merc” women who thrived, despite the oftentoxic surroundings.—MB
ABOVE PHOTOS COURTESY OF CARI LYNN UGENT
BYalumni The One Ring for Maryland Grads BACK IN 2003, while most Americans were watching a brave band attempt to destroy a ring in J.R.R. Tolkien’s
Return of the King, a larger cadre was busy fashioning one at the University of Maryland. Often discussed but never pursued, the Official Class Ring program took off in 2002 when alumnus Brandon DeFrehn ’03 sent a letter to the alumni association, emphasizing the importance of a single icon that could unite Maryland alumni, while instilling them with a sense of pride and accomplishment. By fall 2004, 25 students, alumni, faculty and staff had created an Official Class Ring for all past, present and future Terps, with Testudo on one shank and McKeldin Mall on the other. This traditional style and an alternative signet version are topped with a garnet, encrusted with the university’s seal. The official ring is available exclusively to University of Maryland, College Park alumni, graduate students and undergraduates with 75 or more credits. While rings can be delivered by mail, recipients are invited to attend the university’s semiannual ring ceremony—the first of which was held on May 7 in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. Wondering how you can order yours? No need to skulk around dark caves like Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins—just watch your mailbox later this summer or visit www.alumni.umd.edu for more information.—MW
University Updates Memorial Honor Roll WHEN THE UNIVERSITY’S MEMORIAL CHAPEL was dedicated in 1952, the campus community received a Memorial Book listing the names and graduation dates of Maryland alumni who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This year, for the first time in more than five decades, the staff of the Memorial Chapel and the University Archives are launching an initiative to update the book’s contents— extending the chronicle beyond Korea to southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Family and friends of Maryland’s fallen servicemen and women are invited to submit veteran information online at www.chapel.umd.edu/veterans/, by phone at 301.314.9893 or by mail to Memorial Chapel, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. The updated honor roll will be on display in the chapel. For preservation purposes, the original volume has been placed in Hornbake Library’s Maryland Room and can be viewed by appointment. Call 301.405.9212 for more information. —MW
Captain John W. (“Bill”) Guckeyson ’37 starred on every major Maryland sports team—football, basketball, track and baseball—and was labeled “the perfect athlete” by his coaches. For his combat service in WW II, the pilot was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. Guckeyson was shot down on May 21, 1944, during a mission over Germany. PHOTO COURTESY OF MEMORIAL CHAPEL
Brad E. Sachs ’81, ’83 Ph.D. shares his expertise on raising children and helps parents understand the most challenging period of their child’s adolescence—the teenage years. Through helpful quizzes, exercises and problem-solving strategies, The Good Enough Teen offers a candid approach to helping parents learn how to love and accept their teens despite their imperfections. Jan Pottker ’71 M.A. takes readers into the lives of two of the nation’s most influential women and prominent social figures in Sara and Eleanor: The Story of Sara Delano Roosevelt and Her Daughter-In-Law, Eleanor Roosevelt. Through indepth research and family interviews, Pottker explores the complex connection between the former First Lady and her motherin-law, dispelling any myths about their intricate relationship. In The ABC’s of Black History: A Children’s Guide, Craig Thompson ’92 celebrates the contributions of black artists, inventors, educators and pioneers. From Africa to Zora Neal Hurston, this beautifully illustrated children’s book offers a fun and educational way to learn about the achievements of black men and women, recognizing that black history is American history.
m-file NEWSdesk UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY ARE THE SOURCE NEWS MEDIA TURN TO FOR EXPERTISE—FROM POLITICS AND PUBLIC POLICY TO SOCIETY AND CULTURE TO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.
“Why do you use sound? Why do I use sound? … What hearing evolved for is to listen to prey and to hear predators and to learn about the environment.”
“If you start mobilizing the quiet majority by putting this on the agenda, society starts to change.”
ARTHUR POPPER, BIOLOGY, ON REEF FISH FINDING
SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO MARRY, TIME, APRIL 17
SHIBLEY TELHAMI, ANWAR SADAT CHAIR, ON SAUDIA ARABIA’S LEADING CLERIC DECLARING THAT WOMEN
THEIR WAY BACK TO REEFS BY LISTENING FOR THEM, NPR: WEEKEND EDITION, APRIL 9
“China needs Japan and Japan needs China, and the leaders in both countries recognize that. They will find a way to navigate this storm.” PETER MORICI, BUSINESS, ON JAPAN ANNOUNCING
“In order to find material for the test-tube jockeys, we are going to have to be a heck of a lot more careful when we recover fossils.” THOMAS HOLTZ, PALEONTOLOGY, ON THE DISCOVERY OF BLOOD VESSELS IN THE FOSSILIZED LEG OF TYRANNOSAURUS REX, USA TODAY, MARCH 29
PLANS TO DRILL FOR OIL IN WATERS CLAIMED BY CHINA, NEW YORK TIMES, APRIL 15
“The costs [of traffic signal management] compared to building a highway are trivial. The question is why isn’t it being done more often?” PHILIP TARNOFF, CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, ON THE PERCENTAGE OF TRAFFIC AGENCIES THAT HAVE NOT RETIMED THEIR TRAFFIC SIGNALS IN
“With the passing of Nightline, network television will lose one of its purest, most prestigious and precious news programs in history.What network news show can possibly compare with its commitment to serious news and discussion? It held to the high road.” LEE THORNTON, JOURNALISM, BALTIMORE SUN, APRIL 1
10 YEARS, USA TODAY, APRIL 21
“The promising trends in terms of farm numbers, increasing incomes and decreasing inequality don’t mean there are no economic problems in American agriculture. But they do mean that the industrialization of agriculture has not crowded out small, specialized farm operations. Even in the age of Monsanto and Cargill, there is still a role for Mom and Pop.”
City to Rise from the Ashes WHEN THE VOLCANO VESUVIUS erupted in 79 A.D., it
buried not only the well-known Pompeii, but also villas of wealthy, powerful Romans. A university-led project seeks to bring this resort area back to life. Stabiae was a summer respite, built on a bluff offering panoramic views of the Bay of Naples. Because farming and natural land shifts covered what was left, access has been limited. Leonardo Varone, a graduate student in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and a citizen of the modern city of Castellammare di Stabia, did his thesis project in the ’90s on access to the site. It was the beginning of a much larger undertaking. Work begins this summer on an archeological park that combines respect for the past with modern elements. Matthew Bell, associate professor of architecture and vice president of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation (www.stabiae.org), leads a team of students and professors that recently won the prestigious Charter Award for its restoration master plan from the Congress for the New Urbanism. New urbanism looks at how projects integrate themselves into and improve existing neighborhoods. Bell says the master plan includes, among other developments, a new train station to reconnect parts of the city, residential buildings, retail shops and a visitors’ center. The old station will house an innovative museum and café. As a teaching tool, Stabia offers student-faculty teams a chance to do new excavations, says Bell, adding that Maryland professors Stephen Sachs, Pablo Guiraldes, Roger Lewis and Steven Hurtt have also contributed to the work. —MB
BRUCE GARDNER, INTERIM DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES, MARCH 7, IN AN OP-ED FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
LEFT: GRANT WOOD, AMERICAN GOTHIC, 1930, FRIENDS OF AMERICAN ART COLLECTION. REPRODUCTION, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO; RIGHT PHOTO BY MATTHEW BELL
What You Can Do Most cancer experts agree that colon cancer is the easiest cancer to prevent or arrest in the early stages. “You can start by changing your diet, and that is always a good thing,” Magnuson explains, “But the most important thing is an annual exam that includes testing for colon cancer if you are over the age of 50.” Here are a few healthy eating tips from The American Institute for Cancer Research that can go a long way in helping to prevent colon cancer:
Some Berry Good Health News THE NEXT TIME you’re shopping at a local supermarket or a roadside produce stand, you may want to pay closer attention to the raspberries, blackberries and other brightly colored fruits and vegetables on display. Research by cancer specialists and food scientists nationwide has shown that anthocyanins— the antioxidant compound that produces the dark red, purple and blue colorings in many varieties of berries and vegetables—can help in the prevention of certain types of cancer, particularly colon cancer. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States. The health benefit of eating berries has certainly drawn the attention of Bernadene Magnuson, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. Magnuson recently completed two years of research that was supported by the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, a nonprofit organization interested in funding new ideas for cancer research. “We are trying to make people aware of the multiple health benefits of berries. This is a commodity that we can easily grow and that can have some proven cancer inhibiting
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qualities,” Magnuson says. Her research was done in three stages: First, anthocyanins were introduced to colon cancer cells in a culture dish to observe their effect. “It was fairly striking how [anthocyanins] inhibited the growth of colon cancer cells,” Magnuson says. Next, the berry extracts were tested on normal colon cells, to make sure they didn’t destroy healthy cells.The final stage involved inducing cancer in rats, and then observing whether the size or rate of growth of their cancer lesions diminished after anthocyanins were introduced to their diet. Magnuson believes that the highly colored berries are the best choices for consumers, and adds that blackberries, raspberries (both black and red) and grapes are not only excellent sources of anthocyanin, but contain lots of healthy fiber as well. “Ultimately, if we can try and find an answer [for cancer prevention] that is naturally occurring in the foods we eat, it is always better than looking for synthetic cancer inhibitors that will just put another new pill on the shelves.” —TV
Eat mostly fiber-rich vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans Vegetable and fruits have plenty of cancer-fighting nutrients, protective compounds and dietary fiber. Dieticians recommend 20–30 grams of fiber daily. Whole grains and beans are particularly rich in fiber: one slice of whole wheat bread has 2 grams of fiber and 1/2 cup of beans contains 7 grams. Also, eat fruit for dessert to boost your dietary fiber intake. Frozen is just as good as fresh for anthocyanin levels in berries. Eat less fat Red meats, processed meats, whole milk, butter, oil, margarine, fried foods, most chips and processed foods are high in fat, and often, saturated fat. Eat smaller amounts, or choose to eat them less often. And, make cooked meat portions less than 3 ounces (the size of a deck of cards) per day.
m-file A National Effort to Control Avian Flu THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND is taking a leading role in researching avian influenza, the virus that many public health officials fear could spur a worldwide pandemic. Assistant Professor Daniel Perez, an avian influenza researcher, has been named to head a new, far-reaching national research and education Daniel Perez’s research project, funded with a five-million-dollar grant explores the spread of avian from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is the influenza between species, threatening humans and birds. largest grant ever given by USDA to study a single animal disease or health threat. Researchers and extension specialists from 17 states are involved. Like the fox in the henhouse, avian flu wreaks havoc when it turns up in commercial poultry operations. In the past several years in the United States, avian influenza has caused many millions of dollars in losses of commercial poultry, the most important source of meat protein in many countries around the world. Avian influenza also has the potential to be a serious health risk to humans. Recent cases, in which humans have contracted a virulent strain of avian influenza directly from poultry in Asia and the Netherlands, have public health officials concerned that the virus could kick off a pandemic, much like the influenza pandemic of 1918, which killed more than 600,000 people in this country. Avian influenza originates in wild aquatic birds, natural hosts that rarely fall ill from the virus. “The problem starts when the virus jumps to other species,” says Perez, who studies how the virus jumps between species. “You can’t eradicate the virus as long as there are aquatic birds.” The goals of the avian influenza project, “include epidemiology, diagnostics, vaccines and education,” says Perez, “We also will try to understand the molecular basis of why avian influenza causes diseases in terrestrial birds.The project will also have a huge education component, to educate people to the risks of avian influenza to birds and humans.” —ET
Find out more about Avian Influenza: www.agnr.umd.edu/avianflu/
Shush! Little Suzy Is Learning to Speak Noise levels in some daycare centers and homes can interfere with the language development of infants younger than 13 months, says a new University of Maryland study published in the March 2005 issue of Developmental Psychology. The study is one of the first of its kind. Infants learn to speak by being spoken to, but during their first year they have difficulty distinguishing between voices in even mildly noisy rooms, says study author Rochelle Newman, a cognitive psychologist in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences and director, Language Perception and Development Laboratories. “All caregivers should set aside quiet time or a quiet corner where infants can get the language experiences they need,” Newman says. “Turning off the TV or radio, at least part of the time, would be a good place to start.” For her study, Newman developed a series of individualized audio recordings. In one, an unfamiliar female voice repeatedly called the child’s name, while in the background other voices created a potential distraction.The second version differed only in that the female voice called out someone else’s name. Each of the 100 infants in her study listened to the two versions of the recording in a laboratory setting while researchers measured how long they paid attention, varying the loudness of the background noise. Newman’s study found that the child’s age made a great deal of difference. “The fivemonth-olds could separate the streams of conversation and focus on the voice calling to them if the background was at a level you might find in a romantic restaurant with soft and intimate conversations,” she says. “But at that age the kids couldn’t isolate the foreground voice if the noise level nearly doubled—what you might hear in a crowded fast food restaurant.” By 13 months though, the children were much better able to separate the streams of conversation—even in the noisier setting. “That first year is critical,” observes Newman. “Caregivers simply need to pay greater attention to background noise.”—NT
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Bird’s Eye View Is Not Always Focused With almost 4,800 wind turbines generating enough electricity to power 65,000 homes, the Altamont Pass wind farm (pictured below) near San Francisco was originally viewed as a viable and environmentally friendly source of energy. But there is a downside: in the past two decades, thousands of birds that inhabit the region—including scores of federally protected species like the American golden eagle—have been killed in collisions with the turbine blades. “Given that raptors are recognized for their keen eyesight, and that the turbine blades are not moving at a tremendous speed, many people were surprised at the number of birds killed,” says William Hodos, a University of Maryland professor of psychology who has studied the vision of birds for almost 40 years. Hodos surmises that a phenomenon known as “motion smear” is to blame for the fatalities. He explains that as birds fly closer to the rotating blades, their retinal image of the blade increases in velocity until it is moving so fast that the retina can’t keep up with it. Once this happens, the birds literally can’t see the rotating props and fly into them.
PHOTO BY SCOTT HIGHTON
Hodos has recently completed a federally funded study to try and decrease the bird fatalities. Using miniaturized turbine props in his University of Maryland laboratory, he devised experiments with various patterns painted on the small propellers. The different patterns were tested to see which ones might give a bird’s retina more time to “rest” between successive stimulations, which in turn would prevent or decrease the onset of motion blur. For the research, Hodos used American kestrels (small hawks) from the nearby Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, attaching electrodes to their eyelids to measure the amount of activity of the bird’s retina using different visual stimuli. The birds were lightly anesthetized and were returned to the wildlife center unharmed when the study was completed. The results of the research have been very promising, Hodos says. He has received a patent for his research and the university’s Office of Technology Commercialization recently licensed the technology for field trials at Altamont Pass. —TV
Campus, Lot 1, near Tawes Theatre Co-sponsored with the City of College Park Maryland tailgates are typically associated with football season, but come Independence Day, in the middle of summer, parked cars and picnics are the scene on Lot 1. Join fellow Terp fans and friends as
JULY 4 Independence Day Celebration Featuring Live Music and Fireworks
$20 general public $7 students 8:00 p.m. This National Orchestral Institute concert includes Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 73.” An acclaimed University School of Music Program, NOI offers an intensive, three-week experience in orchestral musicianship and professional development for young musicians on the threshold of their careers. Each week culminates with a public performance. An additional NOI concert will be held on June 25, featuring David Robertson, conductor.
JUNE 18 National Orchestral Institute: Roberto Minczuk, conductor
The university welcomes summer with a musical tribute to some of the greatest composers. Come Fourth of July, College Park is the place for a fantastic fireworks display as the Deep Impact mission makes its own bang in outer space.Then, fall kicks off with a storied rivalry to mark the start of our 150th Anniversary yearlong celebration.
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore 6:00 p.m. The Terps take on Navy for the first time in 40 years. The game will be played on neutral turf in downtown Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium, with room for 69,084 Terp and Middie fans. Get a seat in the Maryland section by contacting university athletics and becoming a season ticket holder. Read more about the storied rivalry on page 30.
SEPTEMBER 3 Maryland vs. Navy Football Game
Campus, Physics Lecture Hall 4:00 p.m. The Department of Physics continues its centennial tribute to Einstein’s magical year— the year he first published his ground-breaking theories on motion and relativity—with a lecture from Nobel Laureate Sheldon Glashow who discusses “The Particle and the Universe.”
SEPTEMBER 28 Sheldon Glashow, Nobel Laureate in Physics
Come home for an electrifying tailgate, a fantastic Terp football battle vs. the University of Virginia Cavaliers and a peek at the new Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. Classes of 1955, 1965 and 1980 unite! It’s not only Homecoming—it’s reunion time. Visit the alumni association’s Web site, and watch your mailbox for more information on how you can join your classmates for memories and more, September 29–October 1.
OCTOBER 1 Homecoming
Hornbake Library The University of Maryland Libraries will celebrate its extensive collection of Girls’ Series books. The Libraries’ collection dates from 1917 to the early 1970s and features teenage sleuth Nancy Drew, career nurse Cherry Ames and many more. The collection is named for Rose and Joseph Pagnani who donated 300 Girls’ Series books to the Libraries in 1998.
SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER 2005 Nancy Drew and Friends: The World of Girls’ Series Books
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HORNBAKE LIBRARY 301.405.6320, www.lib.umd.edu/HBK/hornbake.html
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS LECTURE SERIES www.physics.umd.edu
DEEP IMPACT MISSION www.deepimpact.umd.edu/
CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 301.405.ARTS (Ticket Office),
ATHLETICS 301.314.7070 (Ticket Office), www.umterps.com
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 301.405.4678 or 800.336.8627, www.alumni.umd.edu
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Outer Space The Deep Impact flyby spacecraft launches a 3-by-3 ft. copper “impactor” spacecraft into the path of Comet Tempel 1. Astronomers on Earth will also observe the material flying from the comet’s newly formed crater, adding their data and images to those collected by the Deep Impact spacecraft. For more on Deep Impact, see page 26.
JULY 4 Deep Impact Meets Comet
the university and College Park celebrates the nation’s birthday with live music and fireworks. (Limited refreshments available on site.)
MAKING GOOD CHOICES WHEN THE PATH IS UNCLEAR Ignoring the giggles and vibrant chatter of students reluctantly returning for spring classes, James Green approaches with a smile and offers each one a pocket-sized slip of paper. Instead of the usual contact information, these business cards bear a list of universal values like integrity and courage, as well as a six-step primer on ethical decision making. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a heavy load to carry in a wallet, so Green encourages the wannabe entrepreneurs in his class to commit the principles and accompanying thought process to memory. STORY BY KIMBERLY MARSELAS ILLUSTRATIONS BY BRIAN PAYNE
There are the obvious conflicts— teachers who form unethical relationships with their students harm the children and doom their own careers—and those that are more difficult to navigate. Building housing that conforms to another country’s code requirements may be legal and cheap for contractors, but will the lower quality construction withstand the force of an earthquake or collapse on residents? “Ethics isn’t just about memorizing certain dos and don’ts,” says Dennis Kivlighan, chair of the College of Education’s Department of Counseling and Personnel Services. “The important thing is to help students understand the underlying principles of their profession.”
FROM ACADEMICS TO ACCOUNTING
He then assigns the Hinman CEOs their first project of the semester: a case study of a medical supply company that reduced inspections to save money but ended up selling 30,000 faulty artificial hips. So begins the “softer, gentler” portion of Hinman, a business and engineering program in which students master everything from project management to branding techniques—while avoiding the kind of ethical lapses that have undone much larger corporate players. Across disciplines and throughout campus, professors and college administrators are emphasizing ethics with renewed fervor after the collapse of behemoths like Enron
and WorldCom, as well as unethical choices that felled domestic diva Martha Stewart and journalists who once studied at the university. “Ethics in the marketplace, in the environment, in economics is very complex,” says V. Scott Koerwer, associate dean for executive education and marketing communications at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, kicking off a speaker series on ethics. “It’s not an issue of right and wrong. It’s very gray.We’ve got to debate and dialogue about it.” The business school has five courses devoted to ethics, but integrity and social responsibility are no longer topics reserved for the boardroom-bound. Departments ranging from education to engineering are preparing students for the types of morally ambiguous situations that abound in the workplace.
The university’s formal focus on ethics began with the adoption of a student honor code about 15 years ago, but the emphasis has evolved to incorporate leadership training and ethics discussions open to the entire campus community. Director of Student Conduct John Zacker and members of the Student Judiciary speak with as many as 70 classes a year to discuss behavior standards and academic no-nos. He says a series of highly publicized scandals since 2000 have brought more attention to issues his office strives to address. Faculty from a broad range of academic departments have asked for help in incorporating ethics into established curriculum, but Zacker says the business, engineering and journalism schools have been campus leaders. The 2003 downfall of New York Times reporter Jayson Blair rocked the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. After an intense investigation, reporters and editors
at the venerable newspaper found the former Maryland student had plagiarized or fabricated at least three dozen articles in his short tenure there. It was a difficult time for college administrators who’d nurtured Blair while simultaneously instituting one of journalism’s first required ethics courses and improving the college’s national reputation. But Blair’s egregious behavior, followed by the resignation of USA Today reporter and Maryland alum Jack Kelley over similar allegations, got students and staff thinking about their profession in a new way. “It just served as a catalyst to remind everybody what they already knew,” says Dean Thomas Kunkel. “It was important. But it’s not just some hypothetical discussion point. Ethical breaches really do happen, and frankly they happen all the time.” In a profession dependent on credibility, Kunkel says the public scourging sparked discussion about ethics in entry-level classes. Professors now tackle iffy topics like 20
obtaining secret documents, giving to political parties or accepting free meals or other gifts from sources long before the junior year ethics course. While journalists’ careers may be destroyed by unethical behavior, the punishment can be even more severe for those whose behavior crosses the legal limit. In the last two years, the business school has brought a former inmate and anti-corruption crusaders to campus to meet with students. Stephen Loeb, Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Accounting and Business Ethics, also has taken fulltime M.B.A. students to visit a white collar prison each spring. “They realize it’s really not the kind of place you want to be,” Loeb says. “You work for I think 12 cents an hour.You’re a former CEO and you’re sweeping floors.” Though Loeb is unaware of any ethicsonly classes taught at Smith before he arrived in 1970, Maryland has since become a leader in the field. Students sitting for the state’s CPA exam must have completed a course in business ethics, so the university’s optional courses fill up each semester.
Loeb’s approach is not to indoctrinate students with discussions on right and wrong, but to give them the tools they need to feel their way through a tough situation. According to the FBI, thousands of individuals still decide to abandon ethics for shortcuts to the top. In 2003, the last full year for which crime statistics are available, 427,787 people were charged with fraud, embezzlement, forgery and counterfeiting.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has also investigated several major companies since 2000. Now recruiters are looking for students who have ethics training and will be ready to make smart choices when challenged, says Paul Cadario, a World Bank manager and one of the Smith School’s featured speakers last winter. In engineering, students are handed a guidebook to professional development the day they enter the major.The longest section is devoted to ethics and explains that accepting a job in the engineering field means making a commitment to public safety.As a tangible reminder, seniors participate in the Order of the Engineer ceremony, in which they accept a steel ring to be worn on the small finger of their working hand. Civil Engineering Professor Deborah Goodings also established a campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders to cultivate social responsibility. Students have already completed one engineering project and are planning water supply and wastewater treatment projects for a Native American reservation in South Dakota.
“It can’t help but create an understanding of issues of poverty and professional responsibility on an international basis,” says Goodings. Students in most other majors are also talking about professional ethics, whether they’re training to be psychologists, law enforcement officers or cell biologists. Departments regularly bring in guest speakers to discuss the dilemmas of anything from cloning to spying in the Cold War era.
Student organizations, religious groups and the university’s famed living-learning programs are also getting in on the ethics act. “Life doesn’t end when you come into the classroom, and philosophical inquiry should not be turned off when you leave,” lecturer Marybeth Bauer tells students debating elephant management and genetically modified crops during Environmental Science and Policy 399. Her seniors recently created a book packed with case studies and classroom lessons for K-12 teachers incorporating environmental ethics into science courses. Ethical dilemmas are also a steady topic
DOWNLOADING LEGALLY HITTING THE LINKS This fall, ethics moves from the classroom to the green in Golf for Business and Life, a new two-credit course funded by the Professional Golfers Association. Lessons will focus on golf’s role as an interviewing and networking tool, technique and fair play. “The philosophy is if you cheat in golf, you’ll cheat in business,” says golf course director Jeff Maynor.
A pilot program allowing 16,000 students to download copyrighted music for free and without fear of prosecution could become a permanent fixture on campus. The Office of Information Technology educates students on the ethical and legal implications of peer-to-peer swapping, and officials hope the free service will reduce illegal file-sharing. The pilot runs through June, when student feedback will determine whether OIT launches a permanent, low-cost service.
of conversation for students in the Hinman dorm, where some are planning to launch their own companies. Computer science major Amandeep Lamba says an emphasis on ethics is crucial in a program that encourages students to bounce potentially lucrative business ideas off one another. Participants want feedback on their plans, but they also need to trust that classmates won’t steal them. Most students don’t have patents or other legal protections for their concepts. At The Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Hillel Center for Jewish Life, students can stop in to discuss the ethical implications of their faith over a plate of kosher Buffalo chicken. On any given night, they might debate whether—according to Jewish tradition and the word of the Talmud—it is proper to operate a monopoly, whether charity begins at home or abroad or whether they should participate in athletics or take exams on FORGING CAREERS Saturdays. The Ethics Officers Association Rabbi Ari Israel said such reports the median income of ethics or compliance officers hit discussions help students maintain $225,000 in 2003. Those entertheir faith and develop a sense of ing the field often have backself while navigating life at a large grounds in human resources, university. auditing, legal and administra“One of the missions of any tive departments. Career Center college organization is changing assistant director Linda LeNoir these young adults … into adults says including ethics training on who make responsible, wise decia résumé may also help students sions,” he says. “Some of the ethilooking for work in other fields cal issues we deal with are global, because employers list integrity and some are very, very local.” TERP as a trait they value. —KM TERP SPRING
LIGHT theWORLD sixteen of the university’s brightest to Written by MARK WALDEN Reported by ELLEN TERNES
SUNSHINE STREAMS through a glass
wall, bouncing off marble floors in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center’s Rever Alumni Hall of Fame. Interior walls supply additional illumination: the names, likenesses and achievements of Maryland’s 35 extraordinary Hall of Fame graduates. This June, in a ceremony that occurs only once every five years, the Maryland Alumni Association will bestow its highest honor on a third Hall of Fame Class, the first to be inducted in the Riggs Alumni Center. These 16 new inductees—entertainers, athletes, artists, journalists, teachers and researchers—have used their education and talents for the benefit of society.They have earned honor and respect that reflects back on their alma mater like sunbeams off marble. 22
Jon Franklin ’70 Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist “To define [science] in words is to be … a writer, working the historical mainstream of literature,” said Jon Franklin in a 1997 speech at the University of Tennessee. At Maryland, he “learned to tell a story, studying what a story was.” Now, with two Pulitzers for science writing, Franklin teaches the art of narrative in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
receive alumni association’s highest honor
Connie Chung ’69
Carly Fiorina ’80 M.B.A.
Robert H. Smith ’50
Prominent Broadcast Journalist
Developer of Crystal City
Connie Chung also started her career writing the news.Though a radio news director told her, “You’re never going to make it,” she exchanged pen for microphone and has spent 35 years knocking down barriers, becoming only the second woman—and the first Chinese-American—to anchor the network evening news.
Technology executive Carly Fiorina has used her leadership skills to climb over professional barriers, right to the top of the business world. At the Smith School’s CIO Forum in 2003, she gave her own definition of leadership: “… helping other people achieve more than they think is possible; helping people see a different set of possibilities for themselves.”
Robert H. Smith’s philanthropy has allowed his alma mater to see and achieve new possibilities.This past February, he launched Maryland into its newest fund-raising campaign with a record-setting $30 million gift. Smith, a real estate developer, built Virginia’s Crystal City and named the university’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. “Financial success,” he explains, “is only a way to give something back …”
MARYLAND GLOBE PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
Thomas V. Miller ’64, ’67 (Law)
Tom Norris ’67
Morgan Wootten ’56
Long-standing President of the Maryland Senate
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Basketball Hall of Fame Member
Thomas V. “Mike” Miller has been leading the Maryland Senate since 1987 and giving back through public service since 1971. His inspiration: Atticus Finch from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. “He was a lawyer who went back to his community, raised his family and stood up for what was right,” explains Miller.
By standing up for downed airmen as a Navy SEAL in Vietnam,Tom Norris earned the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1972. Despite wounds received in combat, Norris took up a second career as an undercover FBI agent in 1979. “All in all I’ve had a pretty interesting life,” he says. “I’ve always gone after the challenge.”
As DeMatha High School’s basketball coach, Morgan Wootten went after the challenge, too, and won a world-record 1,274 games in the process. “I got to work with America’s greatest resources—our young people,” he says. Between 1956 and 2002, his young people earned five national and 31 conference titles. In 2002,Wootten was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Renaldo Nehemiah ’81
Gary Williams ’68
Larry David ’69, ’70
Track and Field World Record Holder
Renaldo Nehemiah entered the Track and Field Hall of Fame thanks to low numbers. “I loved to perform,” he remembers.Those performances were the Minute Waltzes of sport. In 1981, the three-time NCAA Title winner and multiple world-record holder became the first to run the 110-meter highhurdles in 13 seconds.
“I thought I would be working for IBM,” recalls Maryland Men’s Basketball Coach Gary Williams. Technology’s loss is the university’s gain: since 1989,Williams has netted one of the ACC’s highest win records, taking his Terps to 11 NCAA tournaments and earning the 2002 national title as well as the 2004 ACC title.
“I had a wonderful childhood,” Larry David says, “which is tough because it’s hard to adjust to a miserable adulthood.” Many would love to share his misery: David’s adulthood includes two 1993 Emmy Awards for Seinfeld and numerous nominations for HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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Michael Olmert ’62, ’80 Ph.D.
Liz Lerman ’70
Manning Marable ’76 Ph.D.
Emmy Award-winning Writer
Authority on African American History
Thanks to his ability to entertain while educating, Michael Olmert also has two Emmies on the mantle: one each for his writing on the Discovery Channel’s Allosaurus: A Walking With Dinosaurs Special (2001) and Walking With Prehistoric Beasts (2002). “When I write something, I feel privileged to give new information … If I think it’s cool, it goes in,” says Olmert, who teaches in Maryland’s Department of English.
Liz Lerman also teaches through her performances, inviting the young, old and marginalized to express themselves in dance—to use movement to highlight social issues. For her efforts, she has received numerous awards including a MacArthur Fellowship (commonly known as the “genius” award) in 2002 and the American Choreographer Award in 1989.
Columbia University professor, African American Studies scholar and activist Manning Marable uses words to lobby for social justice. In a 1999 edition of his syndicated column, Along the Color Line, he wrote,“Only a leadership that learns from the past is capable of articulating a vision for the future.” Through books, articles and his current work as an educator, Marable sets the curriculum.
Tobin Marks ’66
Raymond Davis ’37, ’40 M.S.
Russell Marker ’23*
Nobel Laureate (Physics)
As a chemistry researcher and professor at Northwestern University,Tobin Marks is also leaving his fingerprints on the future. “I smile inside when I see what students have learned,” he says. Marks’ professional awards are as diverse as his research, which has been used to enhance plastics, high-speed data transmission and anti-cancer drugs.
The Nobel Prize is the acme of science awards—Raymond Davis won his in 2002 for trapping solar neutrinos. Davis goes a long way for his groundbreaking research, analyzing lunar rocks from the Apollo missions and building his neutrino detector in a mine, nearly a mile beneath Barberton, Ohio.
Russell Marker only excavated a few inches for the yams that yielded his pioneering discoveries. By isolating chemical compounds in the tubers, Marker was able to help develop inexpensive oral contraceptives and cortisone medications that have eased the suffering of those with arthritis, fertility problems and kidney dysfunction.
A Home for Honorees The Phillip R. Rever Alumni Hall of Fame at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center was named after
Maryland’s most famous graduates. The hall is located outside Alumni Hall on the
Hall of Fame members will be exhibited permanently on the walls of the Rever Alumni Hall of
Class of 1964 graduate Philip Rever, whose
center’s first floor. Its exterior glass wall provides
Fame to enlighten and educate all who visit the
efforts as a member of the center’s development
plenty of natural light, allowing visitors to take in
Riggs Alumni Center. —MW
committee transformed the hall from an archi-
the view of the center’s Moxley Gardens.
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As a kid, did you ever hit a rock with a hammer to see what was inside? Maybe it was a chunk of sandstone that exploded in your face, or perhaps a weathered brown pebble that broke open to reveal an interior of gleaming quartz. With one well-aimed blow you learned more about a rock’s strength and the nature of its inner “stuff ” than you ever would have from looking at its surface. Deep Impact, the much-anticipated NASA mission led by University
This smashing culmination to some six years’ work and more
of Maryland astronomer Michael A’Hearn, takes this basic but pow-
than $300 million will actually begin its final stages early on July
erful childhood experiment out into the solar system. The object
3rd when the flyby spacecraft releases the impactor into the path
of the Deep Impact experiment is not a rock, but the frozen core of
of the onrushing comet. After releasing the impactor, the flyby craft
comet Tempel 1, a potato-shaped chunk of dust and ice some six
will maneuver itself out of harm’s way and slow its speed so that
miles long and a third as wide. Tempel 1 now is nearing its peri-
at impact it will have a prime but relatively safe viewing position to
helion, the point at which it is closest to the sun. It is there, more
the side and front of the comet.
than 80 million miles from Earth, that the Deep Impact “hammer” will strike, giving humanity its first look at the inside of a comet. This hammer is actually a self-guiding, camera-carrying “impac-
The 820-pound impactor and the comet will collide at an impact speed of some 23,000 miles per hour, creating a football-field sized crater that A’Hearn and his fellow scientists expect will tell
tor” spacecraft that is about the size and shape of a wide garbage
them much about the structure and composition of interior of the
can. Joined to a larger “flyby” spacecraft, the impactor has nearly
comet. The impact will have no perceptible effect on the orbit of
completed a six-month arc that will end with a bang on July 4th
Tempel 1, whose path poses no threat to Earth. It is expected that
when the impactor spacecraft is run over by the speeding comet—
the expanding cloud of dust will increase the comet’s visual bright-
ness and make it detectable in backyard telescopes.
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“What makes Deep Impact such a big deal is the fact we cur-
“Data from Deep Impact also promises to improve our under-
rently know so little about the structure and composition of a
standing of how the solar system formed,” says University of
comet’s nucleus, the frozen core of a comet that is surrounded
Maryland research scientist Lucy McFadden. “And it may even
by the coma cloud of dust and gas that we see when we look at
shed a little light on how life on Earth might have formed,” says
comet,” says A’Hearn.
McFadden, a member of the science team and director of educa-
“Through this mission we will learn a great deal about a comet’s strength and density from the size, shape and depth of crater that
tion and public outreach for the mission. But, no matter how high tech its equipment or how rigorous
is formed, and from data on the amount of material ejected and
its science, Deep Impact can trace its linage to back to some-
the angle at which it is ejected,” he says. “Even if the unexpected
thing far more simple. “The desire to explore and understand the
occurs, such as the comet breaking apart or the impactor plowing
things that make up the world around us is the essence of science,
all the way through the comet, it will still tell us a lot about the
whether you are using a hammer, a telescope or a space probe,”
comet and its interior.”
According to A’Hearn, such information not only has tremendous scientific value, it might even prove critical should humanity
And as any child knows, if you get to smash something in the exploration process, what a bonus! —TERP
ever need to deflect a comet that threatens Earth.
Comets are chunks of ice, gas and dust that orbit the sun. The cloud of dust and gas surrounding a comet is created by the surface heating that occurs each time a comet’s orbit takes it near the sun. Scientists believe that the permanently frozen cores of comets contain primitive debris from the coldest and most distant regions of the disk of material out of which our solar system formed some 4.5 billion years ago. Comets may have played life-and-death roles in our planet’s evolution. Some researchers believe comet impacts brought the water and organic molecules that allowed life to evolve on our planet. An asteroid or a comet hitting Earth also may have resulted in the extinction of the dinosaurs. Tempel 1 poses no threat to Earth, nor does any other currently known comet. Though no comet has hit our planet in millions of years, the possibility of a future strike remains.
Spectrometers—one on the flyby spacecraft and others on space and Earthbound telescopes—allow scientists to analyze the inner contents of the comet expelled or exposed by the creation of the crater. The flyby ship carries two imaging instruments—essentially digital cameras with powerful telephoto lens—that serve as “eyes” that guide the flyby spacecraft and record images and data before, during and after the impact. The largest of these is known as the high-resolution imager (HRI). It feeds both a visible-light camera and spacecraft’s infrared spectrometer. In-flight testing has shown that the resolution of the HRI is not as good as expected. However, the problem is not a critical one and the Deep Impact team continues to expect a highly successful impact and mission.
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theloop Working Together to Build a Flagship A. James Clark ’50, who used to hitchhike to class at the University of Maryland, went to work for George Hyman Construction in 1951 and transformed it into the wide-reaching Clark Enterprises Inc. Robert H. Smith ’50, the grandchild of Russian immigrants who swore to educate their children, looked at a section of Arlington,Va., and decided it could be Crystal City. On February 3 in Annapolis, Clark and Smith, well-versed in building success from the ground up, stood before an audience including university president Dan Mote and Governor Robert Ehrlich Jr. to announce that they would each make $30 million gifts to their
alma mater—the largest ever to a public institution in Maryland. Designated for scholarships and programming in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the gifts are among the first received in the university’s latest capital campaign.The location of the announcement highlights the partnership that has developed between the state and the Maryland family in solidifying the university’s position as Maryland’s flagship for academics, research, arts and athletics. “We can achieve our flagship role,” declared Smith,“if the state of Maryland remains committed … and if our alumni …
rally to this cause.” For Clark, who attended Maryland on scholarships, and for Smith, who credits his alma mater with drawing out the innate abilities that allowed him to fulfill his dreams, $60 million is both a gift of thanks and a sound investment in the future—something that both have been identifying for more than five decades. After all,“…education is the fuel that stokes the economic engine of … our state,” said Clark.“So it is the responsibility of the governor, the legislature, the alumni and university friends to support the university in every way possible.” —MW
Governor Robert Ehrlich and President Dan Mote flank A. James Clark and Robert H. Smith at a press conference held at the Maryland State House to announce their record-setting gifts.
specialGIFTS Pedro E. Wasmer ’62 made a pledge of $1 million in support of the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. Wasmer has been involved with the Riggs Alumni Center almost since its inception, having encouraged fraternity brother Hugh Newell Jacobsen ’51 (’93 Honorary Doctorate) to submit a bid to become the building’s architect. He also led a campaign among his Sigma Chi fraternity brothers to name pillars around the center’s Moxley Gardens. In recognition of Wasmer’s personal gift, the rotunda will be named in his honor.
Professor Emeritus Monroe Martin, who came to the university in 1936 as an associate professor of math, made a gift of $500,000 to establish the Monroe H. Martin Professorship in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Martin, who is now 97 years old, founded the Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics, now known as the Institute for Physical Science and Technology.
Robert H. Smith ’50 pledged $500,000 to support a new initiative in Israel Studies in the College of Arts and Humanities’ Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies. Smith’s support will provide $50,000 a year over 10 years and, initially, will support the hiring of a prominent visiting professor in Israel Studies. The new Israel Studies initiative will play a critical role in the campus’ emerging Middle Eastern Studies program.
TOP AND BOTTOM MIDDLE PHOTOS BY JOHN T. CONSOLI; BOTTOM LEFT PHOTO COURTESY OF PEDRO WASMER; BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO COURTESY OF THE COLLEGE OF COMPUTER, MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE
John N. Lauer ’64, left, pledged $320,000 to support various activities around the university, including the Baltimore Incentive Awards Program and the President’s Special Initiative Fund. The majority of his gift will augment the John N. Lauer Banneker/Key Scholarship, which provides support for outstanding undergraduates pursuing studies in science and technology.—PS
play-by-play That Was Then;This Is Now
SCOREcard 1931: Coach Byrd put his men onto the field night after night, running play upon play under the flood lights and it paid off in Maryland’s first victory over Navy since the series started in 1897. 1934: Maryland lost, 16-13, but later, based on a tape, contested Navy’s second touchdown. Navy saw the score as final.
“If you know me, you know I don’t like to lose,” Coach Ralph Friedgen ’69 says, the memory of sitting in the Naval Academy’s mess hall after his freshman team’s only loss all season burned into his mind. In 1965, the last year Maryland and Navy met, the future Maryland football coach watched Midshipmen jumping up and down, chanting various cheers, carrying their varsity players around the room. “They used to have a saying at Navy,” Friedgen says. “Army is a must, but Maryland is a necessity.” He remembers it clearly because for the state’s only two Division 1 football teams, that game was do or die, a rivalry that went back to 1897. Students rallied behind their teams and the players put everything they had onto the field. “Today’s Terps,” says Friedgen, “have no conception of the rivalry”—but he knows his fellow alumni have not forgotten. “In all sports, it’s always been intense,” says Jack Heise ’47. He recalls lacrosse, basketball and baseball games and even compared the track meets to MarylandDuke basketball games today. Still, memories from Byrd Stadium’s christening game in 1950—“primarily of winning the game and All-American Bob Ward playing havoc over Navy’s defense”—stay with him. “Whoever won the game would let it be remembered for days and months to come,” he says. Alumnus John Rymer ’60, and an ardent Terrapin Club
Clockwise, from left: the 1963 Middies made Terp soup; Byrd Stadium’s christening brought a 1950 win for Maryland; Terp defense stayed rock-hard in 1952; while the offense shone in 1951 with stars like #39, “Mighty Mo.”
member, is looking forward to renewing the natural geographic rivalry. “I am really pleased to see a renewal of the series, even if it’s only one game,” he says. “It’s a start.” Friedgen, too, sees this as a great start. Despite his need to win and his memories of the rivalry, he is the first one to tell you that this game is about a greater cause than the stats book or the W, for everyone involved. By having a game at Ravens M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore, both Maryland and Navy have the opportunity to take the spotlight. “It allows us to be closer to the rest of the state,” Friedgen says. “It’s a home game for both teams.” Not only does it allow for the state to come together in Baltimore, with multiple activities planned, but it is a win-win for both schools as far as visibility and financial need (just think sold-out stadium). For Friedgen, a veteran of Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry, this could become that one game that gets you through every season. “Our potential is unlimited,” he says. “Playing Navy is just another piece of that.” —KA
1950: Navy practiced indoors to prepare for their opener at the “fancy modern athletic plant” now known as Byrd Stadium, but it didn’t stop the Terrapins from winning 35-21 in front of a 43,000 sell-out crowd. 1951: Navy returned a Maryland raid on the Academy by painting College Park blue and gold and burning an “N” into the campus lawn. 1959: Students from Maryland painted Tecumseh, Navy’s good luck statue, writing “Maryland U Sink Navy” while the Academy returned fire in the form of white-washed N’s across College Park. 1964: Kenny Ambrusko’s “one-in-a-million” shot— a 101-yard run from one end zone to another with seconds left in the game— brought Maryland from behind to win the game 27-22.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
spotlight A Traveling Glimpse of a Harmonious Future MUSICIANS GO ON TOUR constantly,
but, over the next year, their historic “tools”—books, antique musical instruments and artwork—will be stopping at selected venues across the country. According to Dean of Libraries Charles B. Lowry, the exhibit “contains some of the earliest, rarest, and most significant and valuable books in the history of music.” “The Legacy of Virdung” is an exhibit of books and related instruments that shaped the study of the history of musical instrumentation, inspired by Sebastianus Virdung’s Musica Getutscht. In 1511,Virdung crafted the first book dealing exclusively with musical instruments. It set the standard for all books of its kind that have followed in the long history of musicology. This stellar exhibition of more than 100 books was hand selected by noted collector Frederick R. Selch in an effort to represent the evolution of musical instrument study. It includes books ranging from the Virdung of 1511, to Badger’s Illustrated History of the Flute (New York, 1861).The books on display, supplemented by historic instruments, prints and paintings, include some of the most important historical evidence we have of musical technique, theory and instrument design—“a gold mine of topics for discussion or research,” according to New York’s Grolier Club, America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. “People who have a chance to see this dazzling exhibition will get an idea of how important Selch’s whole collection is,” says Bruce Wilson, recently retired head of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.This project is only one facet of Selch’s vision of the Frederick R. Selch Collection. Selch’s much larger collec-
tion—spanning five centuries and containing nearly 800 instruments, 6,000 books, and some 500 prints, drawings, paintings of musical instruments, as well as a large body of collectibles—is unsurpassed in private ownership in the United States. The collection, which is scheduled to arrive at the university near the end of 2006, draws from the fields of music, theater, dance, fine arts, history and ethnology to document the music of the Americas. It brings the entire workshop—bench, tools, plans—of William Whitely, a premier early American creator of wind instruments and much of the musical collection of 19th century actress and abolitionist Fanny Kemble and her composer husband. Parts of the collection like Kemble’s, embody more than musical history. People studying abolition, drama or famous women will be drawn to closely study Kemble’s documents. Others will open the doors to handle instruments constructed in Colonial times. Still others will view Selch’s collection of iconographic paintings depicting early American musical scenes as historical works or art worthy of study. Patricia Bakwin Selch offered this entire collection to Maryland in recognition of the university’s strength in performing arts and the existence of many other special collections already at Maryland, particularly within the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. Her hope is to lay the foundation for a Center for the Study of American Music History, her late husband’s dream. Lowry says, “It is so fitting for the Selch Collection to be at the university, located so close as we are to our nation’s capital. It will be all the more useful in its proximity to the other great institutions and collections.”—KA
Frederick R. Selch, the prominent scholar, writer, musician and collector, is seen here playing his cello at home in New York City, c. 1979.
The Legacy of Sebastian Virdung: RARE BOOKS ON MUSIC & INSTRUMENTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF FREDERICK R. SELCH (1930-2002) •
Boston College, Burns Library: April 14 – August 15, 2005 Duke University, Eddy Collection of Musical Instruments: September 17 – December 3, 2005 University of Chicago, Special Collections Research Center, Joseph Regenstein Library: March 6 – June 15, 2006 University of Maryland, Hornbake Library: August 21 – December 21, 2006
Interpretations Why They Give
The Power of Pace-Setting Gifts
MORE THAN A HALF-CENTURY AGO
aeronautics pioneer Glenn L. Martin gave the remarkable sum of $2.5 million to endow a technical institute at the university. This endowment, which has increased 20fold to more than $50 million today, provided the core around which was built a great engineering school with its nationally ranked programs and top aerospace engineering department, Martin’s favorite. Now two other great benefactors— A. James Clark ’50 and Robert H. Smith ’50—are etching their own marks in our history with campaign gifts totaling $60 million, the largest philanthropic investment ever made to a Maryland public institution. Like Martin, who changed the face of aviation, Smith and Clark are visionary builders who have changed the nation’s landscape. Their gifts of $30 million each to support students and programs in engineering, business and the performing arts are of great value beyond the enormous number of dollars involved.Their contributions will reward the people of Maryland and the university time and again in the years to come by ensuring quality programs and access to 32
them for future generations of students. Equally valuable—and easily witnessed— is Jim and Bob’s unwavering support of the university.Whenever called upon, they commit of their time generously, serve as university advocates, and engage others on our behalf. Their passion for the university is palpable. In addition to these milestone gifts, the picture of philanthropy is completed by innumerable friends and alumni who have helped advance the university through their own “stretch” gifts. Great thanks goes to them, too. Philanthropic support of our programs is an investment in quality and innovation—traits we have come to associate with this great university. It is also an investment in the future. By funding scholarships, donors keep Maryland accessible to students from all economic circumstances and transform lives.There is no doubt about it. Financial help from alumni and friends of higher education is essential because the state and the students are unable to pay the cost of the quality education needed to build the future.Without this support, we would not have 76 academic programs ranked in the top 25 nationally (up from 28 in 1998); a Libraries system that just celebrated the acquisition of its three millionth volume; research programs that provide leadership in scores of fields; a university that brags about a faculty other universities envy; and a student body that is remarkable for its talent and diversity. Now, sparked by the leadership of Jim Clark and Bob Smith, we have been challenged to lift our sights to still greater accomplishments.With the help of our alumni and friends, expect great things to come—for they will.
JIM CLARK AND BOB SMITH share much more than a common graduation year. They share an unflagging commitment to their alma mater.
“What I’ve seen in the past and what we are seeing today is an unbelievable transformation from an average state university to one of the premier universities of the country— not just in size but in excellence of education. This transformation did not happen by itself. It happened with leadership and vision. …. Since I am very proud of the university and I received my education for nothing, I not only feel it is a privilege to be a supporter, but it is an obligation.” —A. James Clark ’50 “I am a grateful American who believes that the course of human history is determined not by what takes place in the skies, but what takes place in the hearts of men and women. Financial success is not a destination. It is only part of the journey enabling you to reach your ultimate fulfillment. And that is to give something back in a meaningful way to try to make a difference. … I liken our new campaign to a gigantic boiler. Once a fire is lighted under it, there is no limit to the power it can generate.” —Robert H. Smith ’50
Dan Mote, President
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The Old Traditions Have a New Address The view of Byrd Stadium from the new Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center reminds us that Homecoming is just months away. Now we’re reminding you! Mark your calendar for October 1 and be a part of the excitement when the Terps clash with UVA in Byrd— we’re planning a celebration worthy of the Riggs Alumni Center’s inaugural year, and the university’s 150th anniversary.
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