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TIME FOR WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 26


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Brodie Remington Vice President, University Relations ADVISORY BOARD

J. Paul Carey ’82 M.B.A. CEO, Enumerate Terry Flannery ’83, ’87 M.Ed., ’95 Ph.D. Assistant Vice President, University Marketing and Communications John Girouard ’81 President and CEO, Capital Asset Management Group Anil Gupta Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Strategy and Organization, Robert H. Smith School of Business Danita D. Nias ’81 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 Jeanette J. Nelson Art Director Joshua Harless Brian Payne Contributing Designers Monette A. Bailey ’89 Denise C. Jones Kimberly Marselas ’00 Tom Ventsias Writers Jessica Price Pamela Stone ’95 M.A. Ellen Ternes ’68 Mark Walden ’96 Contributing Writers Michael D’Angelo Adam Lewis Patty Look Magazine Interns E-mail terpmag@umd.edu 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 terpmag@umd.edu The University of Maryland, College Park, is an equal opportunity institution with respect to both education and employment. University policies, programs and activities are in conformance with pertinent federal and state laws and regulations on non-discrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Dear Alumni and Friends, THE SUN IS SHINING, the birds are singing and the flowers in the Moxley Gardens are bursting with color.To borrow from Cole Porter, I just love Maryland in the springtime. In fact, that was the theme of the alumni association’s Seventh Annual Awards Gala. Held in early April, it was the perfect time of year to grow our distinguished list of alumni. More than 450 of you attended the event to honor 17 outstanding individuals, including Jack ’47 and Jackie ’49 Heise, who received the association’s first-ever Spirit of Maryland Award. Read more about this devoted Terp couple on page 11. The alumni awards gala helped cap off a momentous year for the Maryland community, one that began in the fall with a grand dedication of your home on campus—the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center.The September event celebrated the alumni spirit in Terp style, recognizing all of those, especially its namesake, the late Sam Riggs ’50, who made this facility possible. Since then, the Riggs Alumni Center has played host to the university’s newest Nobel Prize winner, Robert Schelling and, most recently, to the women’s basketball team. Relive the team’s drive to the national championship on page 26. Gov. Robert Erhlich also chose the center when he announced his goals for higher education this past January.This issue of Terp covers several stories highlighting how our faculty are paving the way to Maryland’s top research university status. Many disciplines are targeting the aging (ouch!) baby boomer population of which I am a member. (See page 22.) The studies in the NanoCenter

could benefit human health and more. And sociologist Sandy Hofferth is taking on how kids spend their time. No surprise,TV continues to make up many hours. (Read more in M-File, starting on page 12.) One way to turn your kids away from the TV is to take a tour of the Fear the Turtle sculptures that dot the campus and the Maryland-D.C. region. Fold out the map to find their locations and pick your favorites.The sculptures, which celebrate Maryland’s 150th Anniversary, will be on display all summer long. As the season approaches, the university is quiet, save for the tolling of the Chapel chimes and the flowing fountain outside my office. “The Sounds of Maryland” captures this campus calm on page 18. Rest assured; indoors is buzzing with activity, as the university community firms up its plans for the upcoming year—one filled with great expectations. Come to think of it, I love Maryland every moment of the year. Fear the Turtle!

Danita D. Nias ’81 Executive Director, Alumni Relations


2 BIG PICTURE You are there … Anti-war protests prompt Route 1 blockades; The greening of campus; Kiplinger’s names Maryland a Best Value; and more 6 THE SOURCE University venues cater to business breakfasts, birthday bashes and tee-time outings 7 ASK ANNE The inn with two names; Directions to campus compass; and more 8 CLASS ACT Fashionable Terp takes on Reality TV; Automatic dues renewal takes off; Heises receive Spirit of Maryland Award; and more 12 M-FILE Nanotechnology is big; Scientist proves mothers do know best; Engineers design “flying” ferry; and more 16 MARYLAND LIVE Terps go on location; Alumni golf tournament in full swing; 4th of July fireworks sparkle; and more 29 IN THE LOOP Nelnet’s gift leads to Maryland’s movie debut 30 PLAY-BY-PLAY Look back on legendary coaches 31 SPOTLIGHT Fear the Turtle sculpture teaches fifth grade class a lesson on collaboration and creativity 32 INTERPRETATIONS Numbers can speak volumes

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18 THE SOUNDS OF MARYLAND From the Memorial Chapel chimes to the hum of airplanes and the rush of Route 1 traffic, the many sounds of Maryland’s campus create a spectacular symphony. BY KIMBERLY MARSELAS COVER PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI; CHAMPIONS PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

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OH, BABY! BOOM TIMES AHEAD

By 2030, more than 70 million Americans will be over the age of 65. Following true Baby Boomer form, this generation approaches the age of retirement with a radical new perspective. BY ELLEN TERNES

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“IT’S OUR TIME!”

With the pressure on, the women’s basketball team jumped to the challenge.The Terps nabbed their sixth overtime victory to win the national title against Duke. BY KIMBERLY MARSELAS


bigpicture Domino Effect Hits Route 1 COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 15, 1970—An estimated 2,000 Maryland students “liberated” Route 1 last night before being dispersed by police and National Guard troops. This is the fifth clash between protestors and law enforcement since President Nixon sent American soldiers into Cambodia on April 29. The Route 1 showdown came after faculty refused to base their final semester grades exclusively on coursework completed through May 1—the day that many students left the classroom to protest Nixon’s decision, the war in Vietnam and ROTC presence on campus. Instead, faculty would allow penalty-free withdrawal, a decision with life-altering implications for draftees, who must complete a full year’s coursework to retain their academic deferments. Three hundred Maryland National Guard troops and 200 police under the command of Maj. Gen. Edwin T. Warfield III began to clear the street at 10:05 p.m. yesterday. Reinforcements arrived shortly thereafter to help finish the job and enforce a midnight curfew. At around 11 p.m., an unidentified man with a gas can set the lobby of the Main Administration Building alight. The flames, though quickly extinguished, caused more than $2,000 damage. In response to these events, Gov. Marvin Mandel has declared a state of emergency on campus and Warfield has banned all gatherings involving more than 100 persons. The university Strike Committee, with representatives from various student organizations, has ignored the order, scheduling a protest at the Computer Science Building and a march to University President Wilson Elkins’ home.

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Protests, states of emergency and curfews have characterized the “domino effect” taking place at Maryland, where “protestors discovered early that if they block Route 1—especially at rush hour—the authorities will have to do something,” says Diamondback arts editor Bob Mondello, who has reported these events since day one. Initial anti-war protests over May Day weekend halted traffic and caused Mandel to deploy large numbers of police and National Guardsmen. Their reportedly indiscriminate use of tear gas and batons compounded existing frustrations, triggering another Route 1 takeover on May 4. National and local events—the shooting of four peace activists during uprisings at Kent State University on May 4; calls for a nationwide student strike and yesterday’s faculty decision—have thwarted both sides’ de-escalation efforts during the past two weeks. Sources close to Gen. Warfield suggest he will try again to calm tensions by moving the bulk of his forces to reserve positions in Greenbelt and allowing Strike Committee plans to proceed. —MW

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National Guardsmen control crowds in an attempt to prevent further rioting on Route 1. Meanwhile, students like those pictured above gather for teach-ins and antiwar rallies.

A Personal Perspective A veteran film critic, Bob Mondello ’71 remembers Maryland’s May Day Riots like a movie. “I had just arrived back on campus after a screening of Z. It was weird Bob Mondello ’71, because, in the movie, there then a Diamondback arts editor, in a 1970 were helicopters swooping yearbook. Today he over protestors—gas rising is a film and theater into the sky—and here were critic for NPR. those same images.” During the uprisings, Diamondback editors abandoned their usual beats—everyone covered the story. “We had a real passion for getting it right at a critical time. A lot of us are still in journalism because of those experiences.” Today, Mondello’s commentaries can be heard on NPR. But he knows that, if he ever feels nostalgic, he can dust off his bound volumes of the old campus paper or put a certain obscure title in his movie queue.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES


YOURwords The article about the missing Purloined Pendulum from the Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology (winter 2006) brings back memories, especially for my wife, Dottie Garner Lohr. Dottie was one of the secretaries working at the Glenn L. Martin Institute in the early 1950s. She secured the Pendulum every evening and untied it every morning. She attended the university in 1952–53 but dropped out of school to work so that I could graduate. —James Lohr ’55

The Next Big Thing

Because of the 150th Anniversary celebrations, the Generations articles in Terp magazine and another family member graduating last December, we have been inspired to do some family research. … We enjoy the bright and informative magazine as well as Terp football, basketball and many other sport and campus activities. Thanks to you, we have now recorded some of our Terrapin family history. —Frances White Walker ’54

SURE WE’VE SPENT this year celebrating our 150th Anniversary, but that doesn’t mean we’re resting on

our laurels. We asked students, faculty and other Maryland supporters to predict what they thought would be the “next big thing” to spring forth from the university. Answers ranged from the lighthearted (the College of Chemical and Life Sciences discovering the formula for love) to the dead serious (eradicating infectious diseases through rapid and inexpensive testing). Here, for your prognosticating pleasure, are a few predictions that may or may not come true in time for our bicentennial festivities:  A team of soccer-playing robots crafted by students at the A. James Clark School of Engineering will win the World Cup.

 A system of tunnels, moving sidewalks and “teleportation” will help students and staff navigate an ever-growing campus.

 The Robert H. Smith School of Business will develop holographic 3-D imaging to enhance mentoring, networking and academic programs.

 Maryland alumni will serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and in the White House.

 We’ll have hovercrafts for all!

By 2056, you may see a lot of older-than-average Terps enjoying all that new technology. Several people predicted the human life span would increase to 150. We can attest that’s definitely a great age to be. —KM

Editor’s Note: The Charles E. White Chemistry Library is named for the writer’s father who attended Maryland in the 1920s and was a professor through the 1960s. I read the article on the making of the movie “Keeping the Promise” (winter 2006). What a grand undertaking. Since a whole lot of alumni live beyond the viewing area of Md. public television, we were not able see the movie on March 8. How about making the film available on DVD for sale? I would love to be first in line. —William Van Arnam ’62 Editor’s Note: The DVD is available through the University Book Center,

Do you have your own university predictions? Share them on the Terp Blog at terp3101.squarespace.com/predictions.

ILLUSTRATION BY JEANETTE J. NELSON; PENDULUM PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

301.314.BOOK, and the Maryland Book Exchange, 301.927.2510.

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niversity officials are bringing new life to virtually every corner of campus. These landscaping projects—part of the Facilities Master Plan guiding development through 2020—are protecting the environment, making campus more pedestrian friendly and encouraging others to follow our path.

A Second Mall An endless sea of surface parking lots and disjointed sidewalks near Van Munching Hall and the southwestern edge of campus are gradually becoming a linear, treelined lawn. Offering a grand view of the cupola atop Anne Arundel Hall, this 850-foot-long mall will mesh with continuing building renovations and future construction. The landscaping is needed both aesthetically—to reconnect a part of campus that once seemed cut off—and environmentally—to enhance the Guilford Run watershed. About two-thirds complete thanks mostly to private funding, the project will continue to evolve over the next 10 years.

Making an Entrance The future looks bright for a patch of unused land across from the College Park Fire Department. Landscape architecture students helped design North Gate Park, a natural retreat that will be adjacent to the university’s main entrance. Shrubs and flower plantings will pay homage to the university’s historical landscape, with an orchard, native grasses, a wildflower meadow, a forested stream buffer and, possibly, a rain garden to filter storm water runoff. The park also emphasizes walking, biking and alternate transportation. There’s a bus shelter, a lighted path for pedestrians and cyclists, and a bridge to connect everyone to the heart of campus. Work is expected to begin this fall and should help inspire the overall redevelopment of Route 1.

An Oasis Amid Industry The dense cluster of buildings between Campus and Stadium drives isn’t exactly known for its open space. But that’s beginning to change. The Chemistry Courtyard—space created by the completion of a new wing in 2003—features ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers and the perfect lawn for an outdoor class or lunch. In areas where trees and grass can’t grow because of underground utilities, such as the Kim Engineering Building’s plaza, the university is hardscaping with brick planters, walkways and patios. This network of open space shifts pedestrian routes closer to classroom buildings and replaces parking lots that once served as unsightly shortcuts.

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VAN MUNCHING HALL PHOTO COURTESY OF ALISSA ARFORD-LEYL; ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING COURTESY OF FACILITIES MANAGEMENT; CHEMISTRY COURTYARD PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI


Maryland Named a Best Value THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND was named 18th in nation (and highest in the state) among the top 100 public colleges and universities for value in higher education in the February issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. In its rankings of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges,” Kiplinger’s measures both academic quality (almost two-thirds of the total score) and affordability. The rankings are based on data provided by more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities. And, though the university, like many of its peers, has seen tuition rise, its in-state tuition of $7,821 is far below the cost of private universities, which is more than $21,000, according to Kiplinger’s. —BAM

Maryland Day Takes the Cake—Literally What’s the recipe for the “world’s largest” strawberry shortcake—big enough to serve 50,000-plus slices—and celebrating our 150th birthday on Maryland Day? Take 1,000 pounds of flour, mix in 1,249 pounds of sugar, 21 pounds of salt, 62.44 pounds of baking powder, 667 pounds of eggs, 999 pounds of milk, 499.5 pounds of cake shortening and 3.5 quarts of vanilla extract. Mix well and bake. For the frosting, take 1,530 pounds of confectionary sugar, 1 quart of vanillin, 387.6 pounds of icing shortening and 40.75 gallons of warm water and mix well. Between the three layers, spread 1,440 pounds of strawberry filling. To keep moist, pour 43 gallons of strawberry simple syrup directly on the cake (actually, 170 cakes that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle to create the 16 ft. by 24 ft. by eight inch high masterpiece). For the crowning touch, take 90 pounds of white chocolate, 40 pounds of piping gel and 70 pounds of red, yellow, orange and black food coloring paste and arrange until it looks like the University of Maryland logo. Begin baking (then freezing) those cakes three months in advance. Gather a team on Hornbake Plaza in the wee hours of April 29th to assemble each carefully marked piece. Watch the 5,040-pound cake containing an estimated 6,500,000 calories, disappear—every last crumb— by 4:18 p.m. on Maryland Day. For the Dining Services team that produces more than 50,000 cupcakes, 12,000 cakes, 395,000 scoops of ice cream, 700,000 dinner rolls, 45,000 éclairs, and a million cookies each year, you might say it was a “piece of cake.” —DB

President Dan Mote (right) and his wife, Patsy, are joined by Pastry Chef Jeff Russo for the cutting of the 150th Anniversary cake.

PHOTOS BY JOHN T. CONSOLI

Canine Controls Fowl Course Conditions THE “GIFTS” LEFT by geese were once a major problem for patrons of the University of Maryland Golf Course—until director and head golf professional Jeff Maynor found help from a highly trained, four-legged professional. Cayenne, an 11-year-old Australian shepherd, has been on goose patrol at the golf course for the last eight years. Each morning she climbs into a golf cart with her handler, Dale Riemer, to search out and herd groups of geese. By chasing the geese into the water, and then following them back onto land, Cayenne creates such a commotion that the frustrated geese fly away, leaving the course green—and clean. With fewer contaminants left by geese, fewer chemicals are needed to maintain the course. This improvement, combined with excellence in meeting the other criteria, led environmental education organization Audubon International to grant Maryland’s course desirable Wildlife Sanctuary Status in 2003. Achievement of this status requires excellence in environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, reduced chemical use, outreach and education, water conservation and water quality management. Maynor says it would have been more difficult for the course to decrease chemical levels without Cayenne’s assistance. “This approach is great, because it’s not threatening the geese physically,” Maynor says. “She’s not trying to injure them; she just wants to herd them.” —JP

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the Source JUNIOR’S TURNING 5 SOON. YOU JUST CAN’T DO ANOTHER CHUCK E. CHEESE PARTY. OR PERHAPS YOU NEED AN ELEGANT SETTING FOR A 100-PERSON DINNER. FOR BUDGETS LARGE AND SMALL, THE UNIVERSITY HAS A VARIETY OF VENUES TO SUIT YOUR EVENT NEEDS.

The Dairy (Turner Hall)

Adele’s

University Golf Course Club House Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center It offers: Seating capacity from 10 to 1,000 in an array of beautiful and business settings, from the grand Orem Alumni Hall to the more intimate, wood-paneled Chaney Library. A list of preferred vendors offers florists, photographers, wine tastings, musicians, even skin care specialists. Choose from several catering companies that have met a list of tasty requirements. Where to go: The Riggs Alumni Center is located off Stadium Drive across from Byrd Stadium and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Enter on the Moxley Gardens level to catch blooms of red, white and gold.

It offers: A fantastic view from a room that seats up to 120. It comes with a reputation for quality, full-service catering from a recently revamped menu. For golfers, a bonus is playing a few holes on the Audubon International-certified course. One of the few university spots to offer free parking, it hosts many golf outings and the club house books fast. Where to go: The University Golf Course, which features a landscaped “M” on the greens, is located off 193 West across from the Stadium Drive entrance to campus.

It offers: Elegantly contemporary decor that complements a creative menu. Large windows along one side of the restaurant provide plenty of warm, natural light. Traditional dishes (crab cakes) share menu space with trendier fare (vegetable sushi). There is limited availability; call as soon as you have an event date. Where to go: Adele’s is located on the second floor of the Stamp Student Union. Park in the garage right next door for a small fee.

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It offers: A room that can be booked for up to three hours for free while your kid and his friends feast on rich ice cream or Nathan’s hot dogs. This university landmark’s side room is available for other kinds of gatherings—and is free to anyone if rented during its business hours. If booked outside of business hours, there is a $100 fee. A birthday cake may be brought in, but other food must be purchased at the Dairy. Where to go: Turner Hall is home to The Dairy as well as the Visitor’s Center and is located right off of Route 1. Right across the street is the Rossborough Inn, the oldest building on campus.

◗ SAMUEL RIGGS ALUMNI CENTER

301.405.9756 or riggsinfo@ur.umd.edu. www.riggs.umd.edu ◗ UNIVERSITY GOLF COURSE CLUB HOUSE

Yves Pelletier, 301.314.4120 or ypelleti@umd.edu www.golf.umd.edu ◗ ADELE’S

301.314.8022 www.dining.umd.edu/where_to_eat/restaurants/adeles.cfm ◗ THE DAIRY

Shirlene Chase, 301.314.9573 or schase@umd.edu

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ask Anne Questions for Anne Turkos, university archivist for University Libraries, may be sent to terpmag@umd.edu.

150th Anniversary book, Q. On page 12 of the

there is a photo of the

Rossborough Inn from the 1920s. The building has stenciled across its topside “Rossburg 1798.” Why the

discrepancy in names? Whether it’s called Rossburg or Rossborough, this building is the oldest on campus.

Note the Rossburg 1798 inscription, the purported construction date for the inn. By the late 19th century, it served as home to the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station.

A. The name “Rossburg” stems from that of the owner of the tract of land where the inn sits in the late 18th/early 19th century, Richard Ross.This property changed hands on several occasions during this time period, and it is referred in the various deeds as either “Rossburg” or “Rossborough,” so both names are technically correct.We are more familiar with the longer version, which was the name used when Ross sold the property to John Davis in 1814.

Q. I was a member of the Maryland First Place Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Team in 1958 and played in the varsity program from 1957 to 1960 coached by Bud Milliken. Would it be possible to obtain any film footage of those years I remember so well? —Al Bunge ’60 A. Having learned a great deal about the history of Maryland basketball in my 21years here in the University Archives, yours was a very familiar name to me, and I am honored to be able to answer your question! We do have some footage from the 1957 through 1960 basketball seasons, including a videotape copy of some coverage from the 1958 ACC Tournament championship game against North Carolina.There is also footage of Maryland playing NC State, Duke and Georgetown. I would be happy to provide you with contact information for our off-campus vendor if you wish to obtain duplicate copies.

IMAGES COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES; PHOTOS BY JOHN T. CONSOLI

Q. The Wikipedia Web site has an entry about the campus fire of 1912: “A large brick and concrete compass inlaid in the ground designates the former center of campus as it existed in 1912. Lines engraved in the compass point to each building that was destroyed in the Thanksgiving Day fire, except for Morrill Hall, which was eerily spared by the blaze.” Do you know if this compass still exists? —Donald Dichmann M.A. ’86, Ph.D. ’94 A. The compass is part of an installation located behind Shoemaker

Hall, down the hill from Morrill Hall, dedicated in 1989 to recognize the 75th anniversary of the fire.The compass is inlaid in the sidewalk, and there is an explanatory plaque built into the side of a hill at that spot.

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classact Share Your Story in the Class Reunion Memory Book

alumniprofile Spreading the Spirit Rabovsky Reviews First Year as Alumni Board President AFTER LAUNCHING, running and selling

board members and association staff to find

companies; parenting five children and

generation-specific ways of connecting

serving on the Maryland Alumni

Maryland graduates with their alma mater.

Association Board of Governors, Marvin

The effort has produced new admissions

Rabovsky ’81 is not easily amazed. But,

advising for alumni parents with college-bound

reviewing his first year as board president,

teenagers and will create more career network-

he will admit to being surprised by the

ing opportunities for young alumni. Reunion

infectious nature of the Terrapin spirit. “At the beginning of my term, I visited with the deans and discovered the contagious pride they had in their programs.”

CHANCES ARE that your hairstyle

That satisfaction spreads to faculty, staff

is not the only thing that has changed since your college days. The University of Maryland prepared you for great things. Now’s the time to show off all your accomplishments and reminisce about your time at alma mater. Share what’s new (or old) with you by participating in the Class Reunion Memory Book.The Memory Book will be distributed to attendees of Reunion 2006: October 20–21. Mark your calendars and join us for this exciting weekend as we honor the classes of 1956, 1966 and 1981. To submit a memory book online or for more information on Reunion Weekend, visit www.alumni.umd.edu. —JP

and students according to Rabovsky, who

programming has expanded for Terps who Alumni board president Marvin Rabovsky ’81 will begin his second term in July.

remember mums on Homecoming and the Ugliest Man Competition. It’s no surprise that Rabovsky is still adding to his to-do list. While spreading goodwill, he intends to spread the good word:

has also seen it transmitted to alumni at association

“Beyond the tangible benefits, there is intrinsic value in

events like the annual awards gala.

being affiliated with an organization focused on alumni

To keep the spirit moving, he has worked with

connection and community engagement.” —MW

Auto Dues Renewal Takes Off THE MARYLAND Alumni Association is offering university graduates

an opportunity to put their membership dues payments on autopilot through the Auto Dues Renewal Program.

Introducing

AUTO DUES

RENEWAL From The Maryland Alumni Association!

Under the program, launched in March, alumni can have their annual

dues automatically deducted from credit card or bank accounts by filling out enrollment forms available on the association’s Web site. Then, shortly before their membership renewal dates approach, they will receive withdrawal notifications rather than invoices. “Our members are busy people,” says Sonia Huntley ’92, director of membership and marketing. “Auto Dues Renewal cuts down on paperwork and makes it easier for them to ‘Carry the Card’.” Convenience is only half the story. Huntley also notes that the program provides continuity of service. When members make payments only once per year, it’s easy to forget when the last check was sent. It can be frustrating for those standing at a merchandise tent or registration table to discover that they are carrying expired cards. Notifications will be sent before transactions take place and participants can cancel at any time by simply notifying the association in writing. —MW For more information on Auto Dues Renewal, visit

Terp magazine incorrectly identified alumnus Ben Ruder ’05 in a photo caption in our winter 2006 issue (“Campaigning for Life-saving Contributions,” page 9). Ruder is pictured on the left. Terp regrets the error.

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www.alumni.umd.edu or call 301.405.4678, 800.366.8627.

PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI; PHOTO COURTESY OF BEN RUDER


alumniprofile Terp-a-nista Styles Reality-TV

travel 2006 Alumni College in Sicily September 30–October 9 Explore the Mediterranean melting pot of Sicily, renowned for its architecture, ancient ruins and culinary achievements. Stay in the historic town of Taormina. Attractions include Mount Etna and the magnificent town of Syracuse, known for its outstanding ruins. Passage of Lewis and Clark October 27–November 4 Retrace the final leg of the journey of explorers Meriweather Lewis

THINK ABOUT IT: No contact with the outside world for five weeks. It may sound more like a quarantine for the bird flu than a requirement for a television show, but this is what Pascale Lemaire ’86 agreed to before starring in the WE Network’s fashion-focused reality show, “Style Me.” Lemaire (pictured below) joined 11 other sequestered contestants in New York City to compete in challenges that ranged from accessorizing a little black dress with flea-market finds to creating an original ad campaign for world-renowned designer Carmen Marc Valvo.The prize—the chance to style the show’s host, actress Rachel Hunter, for a red carpet event and a $10,000 paycheck. Lemaire was no stranger to the world of fashion before her stint on reality TV. Over the course of her career as a wardrobe stylist she has worked for George magazine, Vanity Fair, O (Oprah’s magazine) and People, and has styled such luminaries as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, soccer pro Mia Hamm and Maryland’s own Kevin Plank ’97, founder of Under Armour performance apparel. Though she was eliminated in one of the final episodes, Lemaire says the experience defined her capabilities and inspired her to follow her dreams. She resigned from her position as fashion editor at Baltimore magazine in March to pursue a career in television and hopes to one day host a fashion-focused show of her own. “I felt like I was in a pot where my roots couldn’t grow,” she says. “Now, my roots can grow as deep as they choose.” —JP

and William Clark as you sail down the Willamette, Snake and Columbia rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The Queen of the West, a re-creation of a 19th-century sternwheeler provides luxury Lewis and Clark could have only imagined. Village Life: Waterways of Burgundy and Provence October 13–21 Cruise through the French heartland while taking in the landscapes that inspired artists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Sample cuisine from the world’s culinary capital. This trip features faculty lecturer Michael Olmert, who has written about the history of Burgundy.

Style UM Mira Azarm ‘01 models a traveling Terp ensemble styled by Lemaire. This outfit is the perfect fit for any summer vacation destination.

For more details, visit

Maryland tanks ($16.98) at the University Book Center. Low-rise cropped jean

www.alumni.umd.edu or call

($49.90) at The Limited. Fringe cowboy hat ($24.99) at the University Book

301.405.7870, 800.336.8627.

Center. Red Terp flip-flops ($40) by Eliza B, Sterling/onyx Terp choker ($60) and coral cube Terp earrings ($26) at the Maryland Alumni Association. —JP

TRAVEL IMAGES COURTESY OF ALUMNI HOLIDAYS INTERNATIONAL; TERP GEAR PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI; PASCALE LEMAIRE PHOTO BY DAVID COLWELL

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Student’s Maryland Tree Has Many Branches You might just need a master’s in genealogy to keep track of Caitlin Ervin’s ancestors.The soon-to-be sophomore is a fifthgeneration Terp, continuing a family tradition to attend the University of Maryland. CAITLIN ERVIN’S FAMILY TREE: Great-great Grandfather:

Great-grandfather:

Grandfather:

Great uncles:

Father:

Uncles/Aunt:

F.P. Veitch 1899, (Hon. Doctorate) ’20 1F.P. Veitch 1899, (Hon. Doctorate) ’20

Theo Bissell ’20 2 Theo Bissell ’20

Harry Ervin ’51 3 Harry Ervin ’51

William Bissell ’52 Robert Bissell ’52

Bob Ervin ’81 Bob Ervin ’81

Richard Ervin ’77 Kathleen Connors Laguna ’81 Daniel Connors ’82 Steve Connors ’84

“IT’S AWESOME,” Caitlin says. “I couldn’t see myself anywhere else.”

That is good news to her father, Bob Ervin ’81, who was hoping that Caitlin would choose Maryland. “It was almost like it was pre-ordained,” he says. He might be right. Caitlin is a descendant of the Veitch Family, who owned acres of land near the campus back in the 1930s when the university started to expand. Her great-great grandfather F.P.Veitch attended the Maryland Agricultural College. Still, Bob does admit that bringing Caitlin to basketball games with him since she was a little girl may have encouraged her “destiny.” Like Caitlin, Bob’s devotion to Maryland got an early start and came from both sides of the family. He frequently visited his maternal grandfather, Theo Bissell ’20, an entomology professor at the university and an extension agent.“There were a lot more barns and animals back then,” recalls Bob of the visits. He also attended countless football and basketball games with his father, Harry Ervin ’51.“My father had a big loyalty to Maryland, because he went on the GI Bill,” says Bob. Harry chose a different path than his father-in-law’s agricultural one, becoming an FBI agent. Legendary Maryland president Curly Byrd ’08 encouraged Harry and several of his fraternity brothers to talk to FBI representatives who were looking for new recruits to fight the Cold War. Meanwhile, Harry’s brother-in-law, William Bissell ’52, focused on engineering. In 1981, Bob Ervin graduated with a business degree.Today, he owns three Slush Puppie franchises 1 in Maryland, Delaware and northern Virginia. His brother, Richard, is a 1977 graduate. Now the Terrapin torch has passed to Caitlin who hopes to pursue a business major like her father. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, the same sorority as her grandmother, Sally Bissell Ervin, who is thrilled at the choice. Caitlin is also interested in becoming an orientation advisor. Perhaps one day soon she will be advising All in the family: Caitlin her sister and brother, now in high school, Ervin and her father, Bob Ervin, hold photos and add even more branches to her family of Terp relatives. tree at Maryland. —BAM 10

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alumniprofile Longtime Terps Receive Spirit of Maryland Award

THE EVENING AIR carried the sweet aroma of fresh-

by playing in a bridge club with fellow alumnae for cut lilies and Orem Alumni Hall glowed Maryland more than 50 years. She remains active in her sorority, gold at the alumni association’s Seventh Annual Kappa Kappa Gamma, and holds several leadership Awards Gala. But the grand décor was pale in compositions in the Gamma Psi and Kappa foundations. parison to the contagious energy that Spirit of Over the years, Jack has received several awards Maryland award recipients, John (Jack) ’47 and from the university. He has also served as president of Jacqueline (Jackie) ’49 Heise, brought to the setting. the Terrapin Club, M Club and University of Maryland The audience erupted with applause and stood to Alumni Association International, and formerly chaired honor the couple when they accepted the Spirit of the Maryland Educational Foundation. Today he is a Maryland Award at the April gala—the first time the trustee of the University of Maryland College Park alumni association has bestowed the honor. Foundation. “We were thrilled, surprised and “Jack has been involved in all honored to win the first award,” Jack For more on the Heises and aspects of the university life, so we says. “I received a great education other alumni award recipients have many interests,” Jackie says. from the University of Maryland. I as well as to nominate fellow “Sports is the main one because it’s enjoyed the professors and liked a graduates for a 2007 award, a place where you can meet a variety lot of the people. I’ve always felt it’s go to www.alumni.umd.edu. of people.” worth the while to give back what Danita Nias ’81, can attest to how you received, so we’ll continue to be active.” athletic events bring people together. She remembers As an undergraduate in the 1940s, Jack managed getting to know the Heises on a basketball trip to Japan the men’s basketball team and played for the lacrosse nearly 25 years ago. Today as executive director of team. Jackie was a cheerleader, and cheered at the Alumni Relations, she is delighted to bestow the Spirit Maryland’s first bowl game. Considering their passion of Maryland award on such a deserving couple. for Maryland athletics, it’s no surprise that the couple “I’ve been witness to the Heises’ Terrapin spirit over met and fell in love while driving to a football game the years,” says Nias, who is pictured above with the during Jackie’s freshman year. Heises and Coach Gary Williams ’68. “I saw firsthand Sixty years later, they are still cheering on the what it means to serve our alma mater with steadfast University of Maryland, side by side. loyalty and commitment. They have been great role Jackie stays connected to the university community models for me and countless others.” —JP

HEISE PHOTO BY MIKE MORGAN; BOOKCOVER PHOTOS BY JOHN T. CONSOLI

BYalumni In The Future of the Wild (Beacon Press), Jonathan S. Adams M.S. ’97 presents his vision for increasing conservation in the United States, uniting community efforts with the work of the scientific community to protect natural environments. Adams’ work suggests the importance of finding common ground between groups debating how to best use land so that humans, animals and their surroundings can coexist. Brooke Lea Foster ’98 pens her own addition to the The Way They Were (Three Rivers Press), a guide for adult children dealing with their parents’ divorces. Foster documents the overlooked trauma caused by the increased divorce rate among baby boomers, helping members of her own generation to cope with the need to rebuild relationships with their parents while avoiding getting caught in the middle of conflict. In The Future of Organized Labor in American Politics (Columbia University Press), Peter L. Francia M.A. ’99, Ph.D. ’00 describes the leadership and influence of AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, examining the political impact of his term as leader of one of the nation’s largest unions. In his book, Francia warns that the decline in union membership could cause a crisis within the labor movement.

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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. “Boomers may join for the benefits, but they are not going to actively participate in anything that has the name ‘old,’ ‘aged,’ ‘retired.’ If you go to one of the AARP programs, everyone’s going to know you’re over 50.” LAURA WILSON, DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER ON AGING, ON AARP CREATING NEW PROGRAMS AND PRODUCTS

“It’s like Mary Pickford changing studios in the glory days of Hollywood, and it proves the star system still drives the TV industry today.” DOUGLAS GOMERY, JOURNALISM, ON THE HUBBUB SURROUNDING KATIE COURIC’S DEPARTURE TO CBS NEWS, THE [BALTIMORE] SUN, APRIL 6

TO ATTRACT THE BABY BOOMER GENERATION, NEW YORK TIMES, APRIL 11

“Nonstandard and weekend work is here to stay. All the trends fueling it— an aging population with more discretionary income, advancing technology—show signs of expanding, not shrinking.”

“'The start of adolescence to about age 30 is the most important time to get enough calcium. It’s that small window of time when they build the bone density that can help prevent osteoporosis in later years.” RICHARD FORSHEE, CENTER FOR FOOD,

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“I think people see clearly that there could be a job for them waiting down the road if they master the language and culture.” GERALD LAMPE, NATIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER, ON STUDENTS’ INCREASED INTEREST IN LEARNING ARABIC, LOS ANGELES TIMES, MARCH 22

“Simpler is better— despite popular wisdom and a marketplace ingrained in the creation of products that are ever smaller, faster and more feature laden.” ROLAND RUST, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE, ON “FEATURE FATIGUE,” WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL, APRIL 17

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UM Scientists Answer to Dr. Know IS IT TRUE you have five seconds to eat that cookie you dropped on the floor before it starts crawling with germs? University microbiologist Daniel Stein recently answered the question in a Discovery Health Channel series. University microbiologist Stein is one of severDaniel Stein debunked science myths. al faculty members, students and labs that appeared on the show “Dr. Know” last semester, using science to test such old wives’ tales. Dr. Know—in real life, New Zealand physician Paul Trotman—and a film crew came to Maryland to find real scientists who could help them. In the “Talking Dirty” episode, Stein did an experiment to test the five-second food rule. University chemist Philip DeShong, who appeared in “Sugar & Spice,” helped find out the science behind the effects of sweet and hot foods on our bodies. He says that he’s known in the department as the go-to guy for these kinds of offthe-wall questions. His favorite call came from a grandmother wanting to know if she could use gasoline to remove fingernail polish her granddaughter painted onto her Limoges china. Even Dr. Know didn’t know the results of Stein’s off-camera experiments until they rolled tape and asked him to reveal the answer. “I didn’t know how they were going to play the final context of what I said. I saw it on TV when it was first aired. They really did a good job with keeping to the story line we agreed on.” Both professors found the taping to be a lot of fun, and a lot more work, than it looked. DeShong admits that it’s also “kind of frightening to see yourself on TV.” Oh, and the answer to the five-second rule? “Food that has been on the floor for five seconds or less is no safer to eat than food that has been on the floor for a long time,” says Stein. “If you drop any moist food on the floor for the shortest period of time, it will pick up whatever bacteria are present.” —MAB

ILLUSTRATION BY BRIAN PAYNE; PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI


Make Time Well Spent Your Priority CHILDREN MAY NOT play outside as much as they once did, but they’re reading more and spending more time in church and youth activities, according to a recent university study. Sociologist and demographer Sandy Hofferth explores what this shift in time spent says about families. Conducted between 1997 and 2003, the study tracked more than 3,500 children ages 6 to 12. Trained interviewers asked questions about activities on one randomly selected weekday and one weekend day. This was an update of data collected between 1981 and 1997. Hofferth, a professor in the Department of Family Studies, notes that the major change in increased studying, particularly reading, occurred among children ages 6 to 8 of mothers with some college education. She attributes this, in part, to an increased emphasis on academics as a result of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act. Also, an increase in homes with two parents working full time meant that children spent more time in school and day care. As for the increase in religious and youth group activity, Hofferth found that it occurred most often within two-parent families and, again, among children of college-educated mothers. “An increase in secularization of society fits in with an increase in concerns with the spiritual world. Also, the 20022003 data reflects 9-11 …There was an increase in church attendance.” One area remains consistent across the previous two studies. Television is still a major part of free time. “There’s not been much change in use, but other media are taking over,” such as the Internet, computer and video games and even cell phones. Despite competing interests, parents can make good use of

unstructured time with their children, says Hofferth. “Families are spending a lot of time carpooling. That can be used for talking with kids. Spending mealtime together is a good time to catch up, too. Set priorities, and that will set your time.” —MAB

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m-file Expanding Knowledge, One Nanometer at a Time RESEARCHERS EXPLORING THE WORLD of nan-

otechnology have discovered that when things get small enough, new scientific phenomena appear. The carbon nanotube is a perfect example: it can be thought of as a single atomic layer of graphite—the material in pencil lead—that when rolled into a tube yields completely new physical properties that are much better electrically than silicon chips, mechanically far superior to steel or titanium, and terrific at transporting heat. And they are very, very small—10 billion carbon nanotubes could easily fit inside the period at the end of this sentence. “As we learn to control and fabricate things at the nanoscale, we open the door to major advances in technology,” says Gary Rubloff, a professor of materials science and engineering who is founding director of the Maryland NanoCenter, a new multidisciplinary research center at the University of Maryland. At the NanoCenter, almost 80 researchers from across the university are exploring new ideas that could bring products and technologies that were only dreamt of as recently as a decade ago: immediate medical diagnostics available in our home, and if needed, on our bodies or in our clothes; cheap vinyl siding that harvests energy from sunlight; and communicating microsensors that measure atmospheric conditions, water pollution or biological hazards

in our environment. The intense crossdisciplinary research in the NanoCenter “is a new way of doing business,” says Larry Sita, professor of chemistry and associate dean in the College of Chemical and Life Sciences. Sita explains that several areas of research related to human health are ongoing at Maryland, and these efforts are The Maryland NanoCenter played a significant role in the University of Maryland benefiting enormously being named No. 1 in nanotechnology research and education by Small Times magazine last year. For a detailed look at the NanoCenter, including three sophisticated from advances made in laboratories that support its research, go to www.nanocenter.umd.edu. nanotechnology. Innovative research involving nanotechnolocon in electronic devices. The goal is to develop gy will also determine the future of the electronelectronics that can work anywhere—on paper, ics industry, with Maryland researchers already plastic, glass, fabric—not just on a silicon chip. at work conceptualizing the next generation of The NanoCenter is also involved in educaelectronic microchips. Michael Fuhrer, associate tion, with an interdisciplinary minor in nanprofessor of physics, leads a research group otechnology now available to undergraduates. that focuses on several aspects of nanoscale “Nanotech raises the value of cross-disciplinary electronics. His research involves the use of thinking to new heights, and our nano minor is “pre-assembled” nanoscale components such an opportunity to meet this challenge for the as carbon nanotubes or individual organic molefuture nanotech workforce,” says the cules to replace conventional materials like siliNanoCenter’s director Rubloff. —TV

Ice Exists on Surface of Comet, But Most Lies Deeper SCIENTISTS FOR DEEP IMPACT, the University of Maryland-led NASA mission that made history when it smashed into a comet this past July 4th, have added another first to their growing list: the finding of water ice on the surface of a comet. “These new findings show that our technique is effective at finding ice on the surface,” says Deep Impact mission leader Michael A’Hearn, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland. “And the fact that we found only a small amount of surface ice indicates that most of the comet’s water must be in ice particles found below its surface.” Comets have been described as giant “dirty snowballs,” and scientists

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have long known that, in addition to dust, comets must contain substantial amounts of water ice. However, prior to Deep Impact they didn’t have any knowledge about how such ice was distributed among the surface, subsurface and inner core of a comet’s nucleus. A’Hearn said the Deep Impact team will announce more new discoveries in coming months. Previous findings show that comet Tempel 1 has an unexpectedly fluffy structure that is the consistency of dry powder snow. “Prior to our Deep Impact experiment, scientists had a lot of questions and untested ideas about the structure and composition of the nucleus, or solid body of a comet, but we had almost no real knowledge,” A’Hearn says. “Our ongoing analysis of the data produced by Deep Impact is revealing a great deal, much of it rather surprising.” —LT

PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI; DEEP IMPACT IMAGE COURTESY OF NASA/JPL


UM Engineers Help Design Unique “Flying” Ferry LOOK OUT ON the bay! It’s a boat. It’s a plane.

It’s a flying ferryboat. The new “flying” ferry being developed by Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) and engineers in the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering may not be faster than a speeding bullet, but it soon could make quick work of trips across the Chesapeake Bay, Seattle’s Puget Sound or anywhere else that a fast, cost-efficient ferry is needed. Part plane, part boat, this radical new craft will get under way using small hydrofoils (wings) mounted on struts to raise the hull out of the water. Then a wing-shaped hull will generate additional lift. Together, the wing and foils will lift the ferry to fly some four feet above the water. Once airborne, the craft will travel at almost 50 miles an hour, carrying 80 passengers so smoothly they can drink lattes without spilling a drop. The concept for the new type of ferry grew out of work MAPC has done

designing three hydrofoil ships for the U.S. Navy. However, a critical step in designing the boat’s first-of-its-kind airfoil hull was the testing conducted in the university’s Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel. “When we began, we expected to find most of the data we needed in the literature,” says Jewel Barlow, wind tunnel director. “However, we had to do our own experiments because it turned out no one has published sufficient data on air flow over an airfoil this thick, flying this close to the ground.” Funded by a Maryland Industrial Partnerships grant, Barlow and his wind tunnel staff and students worked with the company for almost a year testing airfoil shapes. Barlow’s former graduate student Daniel “Rick” Harris Ph.D. ’02 was the lead MAPC engineer for the testing. “Data from the University of Maryland has allowed us to start preliminary design work on two ferries. Both look very encouraging from a competitive standpoint” says Mark Rice, president of MAPC. —LT The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel played a critical role in testing the future flying ferry.

PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI; FLYING FERRY IMAGE COURTESY OF MARYLAND TECHNOLOGY ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE (MTECH)

Set Your Eyes on Fruits and Veggies

WHEN OUR PARENTS insisted that we eat our carrots

because they would help our vision, they may have been on to something. Frederick Khachik, University of Maryland adjunct professor of chemistry and senior research scientist for the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, pictured above, reveals that fruits and vegetables containing a group of compounds known as carotenoids may help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In his research with carotenoids, Khachik showed that green fruits and vegetables (leafy greens, broccoli, beans and kiwi) as well as yelloworange ones (sweet potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, watermelons and oranges) have 40 to 50 carotenoids that are handled by the body. When fruits and vegetables are eaten, approximately 12 carotenoids are absorbed into the blood and metabolized. Khachik explains that lutein and zeaxanthin have a protective effect on the retina. These carotenoids accumulate in the macular region of the eye just behind the retina, and act as optical filters and as antioxidants that can prevent damage to the photoreceptors in the retina. As we age, overexposure to bright light and the presence of oxidizing species degenerate the macula, which can lead to AMD. One concern of the research was investigating any potential side effects from the supplements. The National Eye Institute-funded research featured 18 monkeys who were supplemented with high doses of lutein and zeaxanthin. Khachik says, “one of the biggest highlights of the research was the high dosages revealed no toxicity or side effects. That’s been an accomplishment of my work at Maryland.” —DCJ

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On campus and throughout the region In celebration of our 150th Anniversary, regional and local artists have transformed 50 cast resin terrapins into one-of-a-kind Fear the Turtle sculptures. The sculptures will be auctioned on October 19, with all proceeds benefiting student scholarships. For details, go to www.feartheturtle.umd.edu/ fttsculptures. For specifics on locations, check out the fold out cover in this issue.

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2006 Fear the Turtle Anniversary Sculpture Exhibition

Spotting a diamondback terrapin in the wild is rare. But in its newest form, Maryland’s beloved mascot is everywhere! Watch for Fear the Turtle sculptures at off-campus locations throughout the region.Visit campus to see even more sculptures and take in a fabulous 4th of July bash at the same time. Come home again in the fall for arts and athletics activities ‌ save the dates!


Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center Get reacquainted with former classmates when the Maryland Alumni Association celebrates the Classes of 1956, 1966 and 1981, as well as surrounding class years, at Reunion 2006. Enjoy the company of old friends and create new memories in your new campus home, the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. Explore the growing campus and get expert advice on Maryland’s admissions policies for your future Terps. Cap it off with a variety of fun activities, including the Homecoming game against NC State.

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Campus, Lot 1 (Near Tawes Theatre) Co-sponsored with the City of College Park Pack a picnic, grab some lawn chairs and head to the University of Maryland for a 4th of July celebration. Enjoy all the fun on Lot 1, including live music, then settle in for a spectacular fireworks display. (Limited refreshments available on site.)

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The Terps home slate expands to seven games in 2006, as Maryland welcomes ACC rivals Miami, Florida State, NC State and Wake Forest, as well as non-conference foes Florida International, Middle Tennessee and William & Mary to Byrd Stadium. Don’t miss the action. Order your season tickets today!

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SEPTEMBER 8 | 8:00 p.m. Barbara Cook and Marilyn Horne Just Between Friends


The Many

SoundsMaryland of Rise, shine and listen up. It’s early morning and busy little squirrels are laying down a scratchy crunch, crunch, crunch as they forage through fallen leaves, their sharp little claws blending with the melodious chirping of starlings looking for their breakfast. Meanwhile, the gentle trickle of McKeldin Mall’s Omicron Delta Fountain serves as a delicate bass line and the steady hum of traffic floats over from Route 1. Less than a mile away, a plane takes off, its purring engine adding a new dimension to the surround sound as it streaks over campus. Along Paint Branch Creek, 100 Air Force ROTC cadets come running out of the woods and cut through any remaining quiet with precisely timed cadences delivered in a stunning baritone. Then, at 8 a.m. sharp, the bells in Memorial Chapel usher students to the first class of the day, and the daily sidewalk banter and cell phone ringing begin in earnest. Easy to miss or blaring with urgency, these are the many sounds of Maryland: the soundtrack of each student’s campus experience, a symphonic blend of magical and quite ordinary sounds that we’ll forever identify with being a Terp.

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While the Memorial Chapel bells will always be an audible landmark, they are no longer the biggest noisemaker on campus. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a deadly tornado that hit campus just weeks later, an eerie new sound showed up in College Park.The university’s Department of Public Safety installed an Early Warning System in spring 2003 to alert people on campus and in the surrounding community to natural or man-made emergencies. On the first Wednesday of each month, three sirens mounted atop the Benjamin Building, the Computer and Space Sciences Building and the Service Building each blare at a harsh, highpitched 128 decibels. It’s a 30-second test heard across campus— fortunately during a class change at 11:55 a.m. “At first it would terrify me,” says senior Joel Willcher.“I would want to drop and roll. But then I checked my watch and realized, ‘Oh, it’s Wednesday.’” Sept. 11 also changed the sound coming out of the venerable College Park Airport, in operation since Wilbur Wright trained military officers there in 1909. Federal flight restrictions have cut takeoffs and landings to about 200 a month, down about 85 percent since early 2001. Today, all pilots must pass fbi and faa background checks and attend a security seminar before they can use the airport, according to Airport Manager Lee Schiek.The aircraft most often spotted directly over campus are emergency medical helicopters, often transporting patients from the Baltimore area to Washington Hospital Center. There are still a few other pilots who you can just about set your watch by.Two planes arrive most weekday mornings, descending from about 1,000 feet to land in the city during the hubbub of a Route 1 rush hour. The first is a twin-engine plane owned by the Montgomery County Transportation Department. Schiek says the pilot and crew,

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who serve as spotters and troubleshooters during rush hour, land in College Park for a break each weekday around 8:05 a.m. About 20 minutes later, you’re likely to hear a restored 1964 Cessna 150 make its way into town. After taxiing, the owner disembarks and then gets into his car to finish his commute from Hagerstown to Lanham. Landings continue around the clock, but takeoffs, which are perceived as being louder because of engine start-up, are limited to the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Schiek says the reduced traffic flow may make individual planes seem louder, only because they fly by so rarely that they’re no longer part of the ambient sound. “You’re much more likely to look up when you hear that engine,” says Schiek, who managed the airport from 1973 to 1976, then returned in 2000 after 25 years working in the Midwest.Today, his favorite sound at the airport isn’t necessarily related to planes or helicopters. “What’s enjoyable here for us is when the pilots are out on the deck on a nice fall day, having a cook out,” he says.“If the wind is blowing the right way, we can hear the UM band practicing for a football game.” Officially known as the Mighty Sound of Maryland, the 280-member band starts its fall rehearsals a week before the fall semester. Students attend band week, begrudgingly nicknamed “hell week” by some, for three-a-day practices stretching from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. For those who work nearby, it’s a musical reminder that a new school year is about to begin. It’s also a glimpse into the upcoming season that includes everything from scales to an arrangement of “West Side Story” or a big band, swing-style show. “We’re the only class that hangs our dirty laundry out on the line,” says Director L. Richmond Sparks.“Everybody sees and hears how good or bad we are.” During football season, 50,000 fans might hear the finished product of all those rehearsals. In rehearsals though, the marching band plays alone, rather than competing with the pep band, cannon fire or cheers of “M-A-R-Y-L-A-N-D.” If you’re a fan of a particular instrument or want to see harmonies dissected, sneak over to the chapel lawn.There, percussion players may stake out a shade tree and perfect their part. Flutists gravitate toward the steps of the Reckord Armory. Keep listening, and your ears will take you to the trumpet and tuba players—all of whom could be practicing the same few bars, over and over and over again. “One of my favorite comments to the band is ‘If we can’t play in tune out here, we’ll make a fish and play scales to get the intonation right,’” says Sparks, who, along with his drum majors, stands atop a

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piece of portable scaffolding to direct marches and fine-tune the sound via megaphone. The marching band isn’t the only group playing free concerts in the form of rehearsals. If you have a thing for what snare drummer Jon Quigg calls “esoteric instruments,” you might find your Maryland sound by wandering over to the bottom of Lot 1 on a Thursday or Sunday evening between May and September. The City of Washington Pipe Band, comprised entirely of bagpipers and drummers, has been practicing across from the University United Methodist Church for at least 10 years.They start by “trying to knock the kinks out,” a process Quigg says can take almost a half-hour because of the refined tuning process for bagpipes, which have four reeds (compared to one in a clarinet). But anyone who sticks around through the end of rehearsals will be lucky enough to hear one of only three grade-one pipe bands in the United States run through an entire competition set. Apparently, busy students don’t know what they’re missing. “To be honest, I don’t recall ever having drawn a crowd,” Quigg admits.“We’re sort of a curiosity.” If it’s a crowd you want, campus concerts are probably your thing.With the addition of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, there’s a professional-level musical performance on campus

nearly every day. Elsewhere, the strum of a guitar floats through the air, whether it’s a soloist struggling through a few rusty chords somewhere on the mall or a folk band playing the weekly Phat Phriday concert at Stamp Student Union. Other times, you can almost feel the thumping bass beat as you walk up the hill from Hornbake Plaza, uncertain if it’s coming from an idling car or a performance at the Nyumburu Amphitheater. Senior Gretchen Dellinger likes to leave the window in her South Campus residence hall open on a nice day just to capture the sounds of people relishing the good weather, playing Frisbee and or a game of touch football. Of course, taking it all in has its drawbacks. “I always hear the dumpsters being unloaded at 7 a.m. on a Saturday,” Dellinger says.“It seems like the clank, clank, clank goes on for five minutes.” On a campus the size of a small city, there will most certainly always be sounds of work and progress in the form of heavy equipment, pounding jackhammers and buzzing saws. It makes Willcher, the senior, a bit nostalgic. “Sometimes this campus feels really new, even though it isn’t,” he says.“That’s what I like about the [chapel] bells. I think they make you realize it is historic.” TERP

Bes are Ringing Since 1953, the iconic Maryland sound has been the hourly tolling of the chapel bells. These days, it’s an electronic carillon—not real bells—responsible for marking the passage of time. A digital console and a set of speakers replaced bells in the 1980s, according to Julie Luce, who served as Memorial Chapel coordinator for six years. The new system is programmed to play the Maryland Alma Mater nearly every hour on the hour. That tradition started in 1999, when chapel officials decided they’d had enough people ask why “Oh Tannenbaum” was playing in the middle of the summer. “It would be really confusing to new students or visitors who thought we were playing Christmas music all year,” Luce says of what was in reality

the state song, “Maryland, My Maryland.” When the louder chimes were first installed, students didn’t necessarily appreciate the automation or being wakened by loud chimes at 7 a.m. on Saturdays—at a time when dorms were not air-conditioned and windows were often left wide open overnight. After a scathing article in the Diamondback, university officials adjusted the bells so they’d start ringing at 10 a.m. on weekends. Careful listeners might notice one other miscue that’s never been corrected. Each Friday afternoon, the carillon plays a random song— often a march or part of the Maryland fight song—thanks to a programming error that originated in the 1980s.— KM


I’ve been a baby boomer for just about 60 years. I’ve been hearing about boomers all my life. Now that I’m helping to lead this huge group kicking and screaming into our seventh decade, I can’t get away from boomer news. But today, it’s all about how we’re getting…uh, how to say this…old. Some days, the only boomer I want to hear about is Esiason. Well, guess what. Esiason, born in 1961, is a boomer too. Scrap the notion that boomers were only the children born in the late ’40s to couples making up for the lost love years of World War II. The population spike that produced 77 million American babies, the largest demographic in the history of the country, lasted from 1946 to 1964. At the university alone, 11 new dorms went up in the ’60s to house waves of boomer students. “A group like this has never been dealt with before or since,” says Douglas Gomery, professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Gomery, a boomer himself, is one of a number of university faculty who study the boomer generation and aging (assuming one were to actually “age.”) They’re looking at where we’ve been and where we’re going.

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What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been “Every generation rewrites history from the perspective of its own time,” says Keith Olson, professor of 20th century history. “Sometimes, it takes a long time to see the impact, but there are some tentative conclusions about the baby boomer generation that I think will hold.” Taking root in the ’60s, Olson says, were three boomer legacies that echo in policies today:The boomer mantra “Do your own thing;” distrust of authority; and the impact of television, in particular witnessing police actions during civil rights marches and the Vietnam war. Boomers are the television generation, says Douglas Gomery. “Everything the baby boomers did was based on what they saw on television.They grew up as television grew up, and each had an impact on each other. They will continue to drive the media for the next two decades.” From the perspective of American studies professor Jo Paoletti, another lasting boomer change will be the way America dresses.Thanks to boomers, you now get to argue with your kids about tongue piercings and tattoos.“There is far less formality in dress, about what’s appropriate for age, gender and the occasion. That seems to be permanent,” says boomer Paoletti. “Boomers reacted to the rigidity of the ’50s with the question ‘Why should we do this?’” “The big surprise legacy of the boomer generation,” says Gary Gerstle, professor of 20th century American history,“is that it will be remembered more for the triumph of conservatism than for the triumph of radicalism.The cultural changes introduced by the 1960s—feminism, civil rights and gay rights—were deeply unsettling for a lot of people and drove them in a conservative direction.”

Boomer Facts By 2030 More than 70 million Americans will be over 65 U.S. population of 55 and older is about to double

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Size Matters “We love to lump people together,” says Nancy Schlossberg, education professor emerita, who writes about retirement, “but there’s no such thing as a typical boomer.” It’s our sheer volume that looms like the 800 pound gorilla over the future.What boomers do for the next 20 years will matter a lot, not just for us, but for our kids and grandchildren, who have to clean up after us … so to speak. Researchers are finding it’s the advice our parents, those proper ’50s folks, drilled into our heads, that we should heed. Eat right and exercise. Stay busy. Save your money.

Eat Right, Exercise Boomers will be the healthiest old folks in history. After all, 60 is the new 50, or maybe 80 is the new 60.Whatever, ask any boomer, and they’ll tell you they plan to stay active a long time, which, according to predictions, will be until we’re 90 or older. Modern technology and new information will help make that possible. University of Maryland researchers have found that some very basic eating habits can make a difference. Nutrition professor Nadine Sahyoun has found that eating whole grain when you’re older can actually help prevent conditions that lead to diabetes and heart disease. Researcher John Jeka, in the College of Health and Human performance, studies why the elderly fall, and how intervention might help those at highest risk for falls. He says that in addition to cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training, everyone over 55 should add balance training to their exercise regimen.“A lot of people think strength training will keep them from falling, but it won’t if you’re fall-prone,” he says.“With the baby boomer generation moving into One third of boomer men, four retirement age, every out of 10 women are obese good athletic facility Nine out of 10 boomers want to should have a balance live at home in later years training program.” 1,576 of the University of Maryland’s 3,674 faculty are boomers Keeping boomers healthy will take a lot of new public health workers,

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asked some boomers to recall the ultimate boomer event in their lives. Here are some of the top memories. Read more, or post your own on the Terp blog at terp3101.squarespace.com

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not just to serve the population of old folks, but to replace the droves of boomer health workers who will retire in the next five years.To help fill the need, the College of Health and Human Performance is making the major move of creating four new areas of public health study. “We’re putting an infrastructure in place that will address the needs of this enormous population of baby boomers,” says Dean Robert S. Gold.

• Assassination of John F. Kennedy • Vietnam • Man lands on the moon • March on Selma • Hearing the Beatles for the first time

Stay Busy As director of the university’s Center on Aging, professor Laura Wilson has polled lots of boomers about how they want to spend their time after retiring. It won’t be stuffing envelopes in the church basement. “Boomers want to continue participation in lifelong learning and meaningful civic engagement,” says boomer Wilson. “The more actively engaged they remain, the better the chance of limiting negative impacts on their cognitive and physical status.” The center has developed Legacy College and Legacy Corps, which offer courses and leadership opportunities for people over 50.The programs are so successful,Wilson travels around the U.S. and to foreign countries to help other communities start their own programs. Save Your Money Boomers may be the wealthiest generation ever, but they also will be the longest working generation ever. Paying for our retirement, good hair color and other demands of …ah-hem…old age, could be a problem. “It’s still rather uncertain whether the children and grandchildren of the baby boomers will be able to support the commitments of the Social Security and Medicare programs as currently designed,” says Jeffrey Werling, director of INFORUM, a university center that makes economic predictions. Jinhee Kim, who teaches family finance in the department of family studies, talks to boomers about the importance of saving for retirement. Many of them are also worried about paying for their children’s college and helping aging parents of their own, so retirement savings often get put on the back burner. “You have to save for your own retirement,” Kim says. “Your kids can get college loans, but retirement doesn’t have any loans.”

our self-image to get us to keep spending money. “Baby boomer spending habits are different from those of their parents,” says Janet Wagner, marketing professor in the Smith School of Business. “They will spend more on health care, insurance and travel.The reality of the marketing opportunity presented by the aging of the baby boomers is beginning to be recognized by the advertising industry. I’m beginning to see more ads targeted at baby boomers.” Love Shack So that explains the subtle retirement investment ad with the psychedelic animation and Iron Butterfly’s “In-AGodda-Da-Vida” thumping in the background (Far out, man). And the one that has a very attractive 50ish boomer couple (Do I detect Botox?) driving their sports car into the mountains, where a huge stag emerges, as “Love Shack” plays in the background.Which brings us to sex. Which, says boomer Robin Sawyer, who teaches human sexuality in the College of Health and Human Performance, has played a big role in boomer history.“The sexual revolution was the vanguard of a movement from the stoic ’50s. And the birth control pill was huge. For the first time in history women could have sex and not get pregnant.” Today, other pills, like Viagra and hormones for women, give aging boomers an outlook on sex not available to our parents.“Our sexuality has not ended,” says Sawyer.“The boomer attitude is very youthful.They feel much younger.” Until we go to our high school reunion and find ourselves thinking,“Who are all of those OLD people?” Quick, give me that mirror. TERP

Believe Half of What You See We may be diverse, but one thing that characterizes a lot of boomers, says the Center on Aging’s Wilson, is that we don’t want to think of ourselves as being old. (Uh, Laura, have you thought about changing the name of your center?) “I’ve done image research that demonstrates most people perceive someone at least a decade younger when they look in the mirror,”Wilson says. It’s a message not lost on marketers, who will cater to PHOTOS COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES AND ELLEN TERNES

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1 Point guard Kristi Toliver exults as the Terps defeat Alison Bales and the Duke Blue Devils. (Photo by Peter J. Casey/The Diamondback) 2 Final Four Most Outstanding Player Laura Harper takes the tip-off for the Terrapins. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki) 3 Head Coach Brenda Frese cuts down the nets in Boston after leading her squad to its first national championship. (Photo by Peter J. Casey/The Diamondback) 4 The Terrapins raise the national championship trophy at TD Banknorth Garden. (Photo by Peter J. Casey/The Diamondback)

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VERTIME IS OUR TIME,” said freshman guard Marissa Coleman, echoing the late-season mantra of her teammates and coach Brenda Frese.“[Junior Guard] Shay [Doron] looked at everybody [and said] ‘What better way to win a national championship than in overtime, which was our time all season long.’ ” The championship game at Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden was the culmination of a climb back to prominence for the Terps, who were making the school’s first Final Four appearance since 1989. Maryland’s storied past in women’s basketball includes one previous trip to a national final, the 1978 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Championship.The team lost the game to ucla but won eight acc Tournament titles between 1978 and 1993, all of them under the leadership of coach Chris Weller.The Terps, however, had largely fallen out of the national spotlight since capturing a No. 1 ranking back in 1992. When Frese came to campus in 2002, she and Athletic Director Deborah Yow laid out a five-year plan to secure the university’s first ncaa Championship.With a starting lineup of two freshman, two sophomores and one junior, the Terps defied expectations, a No. 2 tournament seed, and a severe stomach virus during the Elite Eight round to deliver the goods a year early. The players’ youth never bothered Frese, a finalist for the Naismith Award Women’s Coach of the Year and former AP Coach of the Year.When the team was in Boston for a game against Boston College in January, Frese took them to the Garden for a little inspiration. She knew how far her players could go, and she wanted to make sure they knew they could get back there in the post-season. “You can understand the big picture of why we’re working so hard,” she told them at the time. After the women cut down the Garden’s nets and hoisted the championship trophy above their heads in April, Frese praised them for their poise and togetherness. “They wanted the pressure, they wanted the expectations and I think you were able to see as the game unfolded our leadership and our veterans really kind of kept us in the game,” Frese said at the post-game news conference.“And then once our two young players were able to settle down, they just played with so much confidence.They have been there, they have practiced, they have put in the time, and they knew they were going to be able to step up and perform.” The team’s execution netted several honors throughout the season: Sophomore center Crystal Langhorne racked up 1,000 points faster than any Terp before her; Coleman was named acc Rookie of the Year; and the team garnered a No. 3 national ranking heading into the tournament. The return of five starters and a promising new class of recruits has fans and even espn analysts predicting that Maryland will be a women’s basketball powerhouse for years to come. “They came with the spirit to build a great enterprise,” President Dan Mote told thousands of supporters who greeted the Terps on their post-championship return to College Park. “This is, fans, the building of a dynasty.” TERP

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When 200 members of the Fairfax Stars girls’ basketball league attended a Maryland-Duke game back in January, only a handful wore shirts proclaiming their Terp loyalty. Now, says league director Aggie McCormick-Dix, they’re all wearing Maryland paraphernalia. One excited Fairfax player even brought a cake to practice to celebrate the Maryland women’s basketball championship. Judging by the turnout at a raucous victory celebration for the Terps, those young players may have more competition for Comcast Center’s prime seats in the future. “Now that they’ve won a championship, they’re going to have more fans,” McCormick-Dix says. “I guess we’ll just have to buy [tickets] earlier next year!” Average attendance at women’s games went from 2,584 during the 2003–04 season to 4,814 this season. Despite successful efforts to attract youth teams and other groups, the women’s numbers still lag those for men’s home games.The champs hope that fact will right itself now that a women’s national title banner will hang from the rafters. “I took a scientific poll … and I found out this team has arrived,” an ebullient Coach Brenda Frese told a crowd of 2,000+ supporters who crowded into the Nyumburu Amphitheater for a glimpse of the team and its championship plaque. “Now we need you all supporting this team.” Brian Ullmann, assistant athletic director for sports marketing, says the players were treated like rock stars that afternoon, posing for pictures and signing autographs for Maryland students and dozens of young girls and boys who attended the rally. If response to a post-championship ticket special is any indication, many of those fans are looking forward to going to more games next year. Ullmann says a special promotion held immediately after the championship doubled the number of season ticket holders in just seven days. And there will no doubt be more of the faithful—including potential recruits—tuning in when the Terps take to the court on national television. Rachel Jackson ’02 didn’t attend a single women’s game when she was a marketing student here. Now living in Boston, she grabbed tickets to the semifinal and championship games at TD Banknorth Garden. “I wanted to support my team onto victory,” says Jackson, now a committed fan. “I can’t wait to watch the team get even better next year!” —km


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theloop Nelnet Puts Maryland Center Stage Maryland Day, the university’s annual open house. its university ties, education When a conversation about this year’s Maryland services firm Nelnet venDay events turned to the anniversary-related theme tured into the movie busiand the movie, the company decided to support ness this year and helped Maryland’s venture into the spotlight. Nelnet’s genmake Maryland a star. erous contribution covered production costs for A national leader in about six months of filming and editing. education financing, col“We really appreciate Nelnet’s support on this lege planning and software project,” says Deborah Wiltrout, director of universisolutions, Nelnet conty marketing.“It was a major undertaking, but tributed $50,000 to finance knowing that you have financial support from a the making of “Keeping sponsor makes everything a bit easier.” the Promise:The Rise Providing student loan origination, lending and of the University of consolidation, Nelnet has offices in Washington, Nelnet's Eric Solomon, media relations manager, and CEO David Bottegal, right, celebrated Charter Day, which marked the Maryland,” the D.C., and 18 other cities across North America. debut of the documentary film their firm sponsored. university’s 150th Executives headed to Maryland to help promote Anniversary documentary. the DVD on Maryland Public Television, and they celebrated the “We very much wanted to continue and enhance our relation- university’s birthday with visits to campus on Charter Day and ship with the university,” says David A. Bottegal, CEO of Nelnet’s Maryland Day—where Nelnet was a major sponsor. Education Services division.“This was an historic opportunity to Bottegal, a longtime Terp fan, says joining forces with a univerdo that.” sity on the rise is simply smart business. Nelnet’s generous support stretches back at least three years, to “We are just building our presence in this area of the country, the creation of an affinity partnership with the alumni association and it gives us a chance to connect locally and leave people with that gives Maryland graduates access to special loan consolidation at least a big picture impression of the services we offer,” Bottegal services. Nelnet and its subsidiaries have also served as sponsors for says.“It’s been a great partnership.” —KM LOOKING TO FURTHER

specialGIFTS Patrick Tak Sung M.S. ’69, Ph.D. ’72, and his wife, Marguerite Tien-Yu Young Sung ’70, pledged $2 million to establish two endowed professorships in chemical engineering and a graduate research fellowship in mathematics. The Sungs’ gift will enhance faculty recruitment and engage students of the highest caliber. Real estate developer David Hillman, president of Southern Management Corporation, and his wife, Suzanne, have generously pledged $1.7 million in support of the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program. This new pilot program will provide scholarships to students who transfer to Maryland after two years at Prince George’s Community College. It is designed to assist students who may not otherwise have aspired to a four-year degree. Donna Aldridge ’60 made a $500,000 bequest provision in support of the Department of Art. The Aldridge Family Student Enhancement

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Fund will enhance and increase the educational experiences of students and support programs such as visiting artists, juried student exhibitions and programs that prepare students for the business side of art. Aldridge, a retired lawyer, is an artist herself and collects Asianinspired work. Associate Dean of Architecture John MaudlinJeronimo donated a large collection of the works of Jose de Rivera, including seven oil paintings and five metal sculptures valued at nearly $200,000. De Rivera is recognized as the 20th century’s most renowned kinetic metal sculptor. The George Wasserman Foundation pledged $100,000 for the burgeoning Institute for Israel Studies in the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies. The fund will support biennial cultural programming featuring Israeli performing artists, filmmakers, writers, intellectuals and scholars. —PS

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A Look Back:Terrapin Coaching Legends IN APRIL, as women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese made her way through the thousands

of supporters on hand to welcome the 2006 NCAA champs home from Boston, a thunderous roar of “Brenda! Brenda! Brenda!” arose from the crowd. Brenda Frese had arrived, joining other Terrapin coaches—Gary Williams ’68, Ralph Friedgen ’70, M.A. ’72, Missy Meharg ’90, Cindy Timchal and Sasho Cirovski—who excel in competition and are beloved by Maryland fans. While there is a full roster of winning coaches throughout Terrapin sports history, only a select few have attained an almost legendary status. Listed below is our short list of Maryland coaching legends.To share your recollections of these coaching greats, or add to the list, go to the Terp Blog (Terp3101.squarespace.com). —TV • In 1912, HARRY C. “CURLEY” BYRD ’08* went from star student-ath-

lete to head football coach. Under his leadership (first as coach and later as director of athletics), Maryland’s football, baseball, basketball, track and tennis programs all won conference championships, with the lacrosse, cross-country and rifle teams each laying claim to a national championship. • Football coach JERRY CLAIBORNE* led the Terrapins to prominence in the 1970s, developing the Terps into a powerhouse that went 11–0 in 1976, ranked fourth nationally.

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• Men’s basketball coach CHARLES “LEFTY” DRIESELL is perhaps best known for starting what has become the national tradition of Midnight Madness. Driesell never had a losing season at Maryland, and he coached some of the school’s greatest players, including Len Elmore ’78, Tom McMillen ’74, Buck Williams ’88 and Len Bias.

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• JIM KEHOE ’40 coached the Terrapin track and field program to 48 Southern Conference and ACC indoor and outdoor championships during a 16-year span. Later, as director of athletics, he KEHOE spearheaded a nine-year run that produced 40 ACC team championships.

(while also serving as a prominent faculty member in biology), leading the Terps to nine national championships, eight ACC titles and 249 victories.

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• SUE TYLER Ph.D. ’86 coached Maryland women’s lacrosse for 16 seasons, compiling a 195–61–3 record. Her teams won AIAW national titles in 1981 and TYLER 1986. She also coached the Terrapin field hockey team to a national title in 1987. • Women’s basketball coach CHRIS WELLER ’66 spent her entire 27-year collegiate coaching career at her alma mater, winning a record eight ACC championships along the way. Her 499 wins rank in the Top 25 nationally for all-time NCAA coaching wins. *deceased

Men’s basketball coach Gary Williams ’68 will join at least 10 other head coaches this spring for Operation Hardwood 2, a weeklong trip to the Persian Gulf in support of American troops. The coaches will work oneon-one with teams of service members, who will then compete in a mock NCAA basketball tournament.

Maryland has earned four national championships this past year, more than any other university. The latest came in April, when just two days after Maryland’s field hockey, men's soccer and women's basketball teams were honored at the White House for their NCAA titles, the Terrapin Competitive Cheer team won the 2006 National Cheerleaders Association Division I National Championship. Go Terps!

Athletic Director Deborah A. Yow, a native of Gibsonville, N.C., was named to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May, where members include former Washington Redskin Sonny Jurgensen, golfer Arnold Palmer and race car driver Richard Petty.

The National Soccer Coaches Association named men’s soccer coach Sasho Cirovski National Coach of the Year for 2006, the year his team won its first national title since 1968.

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spotlight The Young and the Fearless IT’S 3:30 IN THE AFTERNOON and students at Germantown Elementary School in Montgomery County are heading home. But for seven young artists and their art teacher, Samantha Baker ’97, it’s time to put finishing touches on their “Mosaic of Maryland,” one of 50 decorated Fear the Turtle sculptures selected for exhibition. Baker learned about the call for artists while surfing the university’s Web site just before the entry deadline.When her proposal and design were accepted, she put out her own call for entries to all the fifth graders she teaches. Baker provided a list of Maryland symbols and asked them to select one, tell her why it was chosen and to provide a drawing—all by a deadline. That’s how Daniel Flythe’s blue crab, Hannah Schrantz’s Ocean City, Justin Goh’s Ski Liberty, Gerald Crawford’s chicken, Mallory Bolling’s state fair, Elizabeth Fries’s oriole and Laelah Ortiz’s horse became part of a sculpture that made its debut on Maryland Day at the university. “They did all of the research and came up with the drawings,” says Baker, who who notes that everybody collaborated on all aspects of the finished sculpture. For example, a flag was originally part of the Ski Liberty drawing but the group decided it worked better as the base. And when the students looked at Testudo’s 10 toes, they were inspired to inscribe in paint the word, “Germantown.” Collaboration does call for creative license, such as the moment a cow in a farm scene was inadvertently painted pink. Voila! A pig, instead. “I generally had an idea about where I wanted the sections to be, but I really let them guide it,” says Baker of the completed project. “I liked thinking about what Maryland looked like and putting our ideas together,” says Hannah, whose parents are Maryland alumni. Those ideas took shape through a

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range of art techniques that Baker taught, among them sponge painting, drawing and brush painting. Acrylic paint, usually verboten in elementary school, was their medium. One artist learned its staying power when a fellow artist, working in close quarters, dripped red paint into her hair.The saving grace: “It was Valentine’s Day,” says Mallory, recalling when the project first got under way.The painting took about five weeks to complete, working after school and during recess. As much thought went into creating the sculpture’s front design as the shell mosaic. Plans called for a verse of “Maryland, My Maryland,” the state song. After reviewing all nine verses, the students chose the fifth because it refers to a “shield … bright and strong.”The last touch includes painting their names on the base. The sculpture’s home is by the Journalism Building on McKeldin Mall. “I am so happy that ours is going to be on

“Mosaic of Maryland” artists pose with their sculpture: in back, Elizabeth Fries, Laelah Ortiz, Hannah Schrantz, Daniel Flythe, Justin Goh and art teacher Samantha Baker; front, Mallory Bolling and Gerald Crawford.

campus because we can take the kids down and they can see it,” says Baker.The artists concur, relishing the thought that work created by grade-school kids has earned a prime place at a university. —DB

Spot, Snap and Share all 50 Sculptures Be sure to fold out the front cover to discover a colorful map, showing where all the Fear the Turtle sculptures can be spotted. If you’re heading to Ocean City this summer, check out the Taste the Tradition sculpture by Phillip’s. Annapolis’s Lawyer’s Mall, Washington’s Union Station and Baltimore’s Harborplace are among other destinations where you might want to strike a pose. And, there are more than two dozen places on campus alone. Send us your digital photos and you might see them posted on Maryland’s 150th Anniversary Web site. There, you will also find details about the upcoming auction of the sculptures on Oct. 19, 2006, and learn how you can make your favorite Fear the Turtle sculpture your own. —DB

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Interpretations Numbers Can Speak Volumes pus, with major tenants in place, and more tional opportunities awaits, and our faculty waiting in the wings.The impact of the is taking full advantage of the rapidly park will soon be felt far and wide. expanding initiatives in physical sciences, Equally strong is our incoming freshman national security, biosciences, bioengineering, language, nanoscience and public class for Fall 2006.There is no doubt that health.We are doing our part and the state the best and the brightest are choosing is fully engaged.The Maryland. Alumni play a funding commitcritical role in helping us ment by Governor build this momentum. I Ehrlich to kick-start Visitors to Maryland Day encourage you to recomour new biological mend us to the best high sciences building school seniors in your area; exemplifies a way mention the importance of Pieces of strawberry shortcake served that capital budget public higher education to a assistance enables us Maryland state legislator; to enrich the state’s provide a student with an New jobs to be created by M Square economic developinternship in your organizament. tion; hire a Maryland gradThe research park uate.They are also the Goal for student scholarships that we are building, newest members enjoying M Square, will prothe benefits of our vide an additional Maryland Alumni The university’s age Association. 6,500 jobs when Finally, as you travel completed.The about the state this summer, National Oceanic Academic programs in Top 15 be sure to look for our “50 and Atmospheric Nifty Turtles.”The unique Administration has and brightly painted sculpjust broken ground Number of “Nifty Turtle” tures celebrate the terrapin on a national center sculptures in region spirit in amazingly creative for weather and cliways. One stands tall at mate prediction Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis, there, with an anticiOur public research university goal where artist Lynne Heiser’s pated 800 employ“Maryland Mosaic” embodees. Furthermore the ies the strong symbiosis budget of the new between the university and Center for the Advanced Study of Language is now an the state.There is a method to this turtleannual $20 million, up from $5 million last mania that will have lasting impact on our year. This is the result of a partnership students. On October 19, the turtles will be between the university and the governauctioned, with all proceeds earmarked for ment. NOAA and CASL are but two student scholarships. Our campaign goal to examples of partnerships that a research raise $200 million for scholarships and park will bring. Five years ago the notion of financial assistance will ensure that students such a park seemed a pipe dream.We had can have affordable access to this great unino land and no money. Today, we have 124 versity. Cheer the Turtle. acres located less than a mile from the cam–Dan Mote, President

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mind these days. In early April, our women’s basketball team brought home its first national title and later that month they were signing autographs for some of the 75,000 people attending Maryland Day— another record-breaking crowd. In addition, we celebrated our 150th anniversary in further record-breaking ways. Imagine serving the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, big enough to give a piece to more than 50,000 people.This was our eighth annual open house and it has become one of the most highly anticipated events in the region. Over the course of the past eight years, the university has rocketed up in the U.S. News & World Report rankings—from 30th to 18th.That is remarkable progress and all indicators show that we have the capacity to make the leap into the Top 10 public research universities by 2011.To do so requires three intertwined elements: topranked programs, top-flight students and a top-notch research enterprise.We already have 61 academic programs ranked in the Top 15 and, of these, 31 are in the Top 10. We are fortunate to be at the nexus of opportunity with our location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Federal research labs abound, an array of interna32

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Red Carpet

Since its premier, our 150th Anniversary video, Keeping the was brought to you through the generous support of Nelnet — the loan consolidation company that encourages you to combine your federal student loans into a single low interest rate package before July 1. For more information, call 1.877.303.7442 or visit www.alumniconsolidation.nelnet.net.

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