THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COMMUNITY
VOL. 2, NO. 2 WINTER 2005
Garyland! RIGGS ALUMNI CENTER REALIZED 8
ALMA MATER VALENTINES 22
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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 Mira Azarm ’01 Art Director Monette A. Bailey ’89 Kimberly Marselas ’00 Tom Ventsias Writers Desair E. Brown Nancy Grund ’79, M.B.A. ’90 Pamela Stone ’95 M.A. Ellen Ternes ’68 Neil Tickner Lee Tune Mark Walden ’96 Contributing Writers Katrina Altersitz Arthur Silber Kimelia Weathers Magazine Interns
Dear Alumni and Friends, WHAT DO YOU love about the University of Maryland? We posed that question to readers last spring, and your responses kept coming in over the next several months. On page 22, you help us “count the ways”—from the places, people and memories, to Testudo and Terp sports—that your alma mater has captured your heart. There is no question that alumnus and men’s basketball coach Gary Williams ’68 is beloved by fellow Terps. He has given us good reason: 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, including clinching the championship in 2002, and capturing our first ACC title since 1964, last year. In the cover story on page 18, he recaps what it takes to lead a team to victory and the lessons he has learned along the way. He also shares his most recent challenge—one that is off of the court—of helping the university raise money for scholarships. Last fall, he became co-chair of the scholarship component of Maryland’s fund-raising campaign, and in typical fashion, Gary is leading the way with his own significant gift. Not long ago, another alumnus led the charge on a major university initia-
tive. In 1998, Samuel Riggs IV ’50 made a gift that laid the foundation for a campus building especially for alumni. Since then, more than 500 alumni, friends and organizations have contributed to the construction of the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center.We will open the center’s doors to the public this spring and have created many ways to celebrate in the months that follow. (See page 8.) We are saddened that Sam did not live to see his dream of a campus home for alumni become a reality. His legacy lives on in this breathtaking campus structure—designed by alumnus and award-winning architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen ’51—that bears Sam’s name and will welcome generations of Terps home to campus. It won’t be long before the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center becomes another reason to love this great university.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Terp magazine is published by the Division of University Relations. Letters to the editor are welcomed. Send correspondence to Beth Morgen, Managing Editor, Terp magazine, Alumni Association, Rossborough Inn, College Park, MD 20742. Or, send an e-mail to email@example.com. The University of Maryland, College Park, is an equal opportunity institution with respect to both education and employment. University policies, programs and activities are in conformance with pertinent federal and state laws and regulations on non-discrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
Danita D. Nias ’81 Executive Director, Alumni Relations
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2 BIG PICTURE Terrapin spirit at BWI; Research grants benefit local companies; Another MacArthur Fellow; Your Words; Driskell Center print series; A new scholarship and more 6 THE SOURCE Succeed (and save) with these campus resources 7 ASK ANNE Cheers for gymnastics, back to the theater and more 8 CLASS ACT Riggs Alumni Center dedication activities; Alumni offer advice to future grads; Alumna cooks up millions; Congratulations to the Dream Wedding Contest winners 12 M-FILE SAT shifts gears; Deep Impact soars to meet comet; Men and women see the world differently; Hurricanes bring new life at sea and more 16 MARYLAND LIVE Puppetry takes on new meaning; University opens its doors; James Baker presents Sadat Lecture for Peace and more 29 IN THE LOOP Hello from the student call center 30 PLAY-BY-PLAY Another Top 10 program for Terps 31 SPOTLIGHT Opera 101 32 INTERPRETATIONS Our unwavering commitment
features THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’—OR ARE THEY?
Will the strong turnout among young voters last four more years? One student says he’s committed, but Maryland experts are “cautiously optimistic.” BY NEIL TICKNER
COVER PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
GREETINGS FROM GARYLAND!
With his lead gift, Coach Gary Williams ’68 makes a fast break for academic scholarships. BY NANCY GRUND
HOW DO YOU LOVE MARYLAND?
Alumni of all ages help us count the ways, sharing their love notes to and memories of alma mater.
bigpicture Fear the Turtle Lands in a Big Way THE UNIVERSITY’S SUCCESSFUL marketing campaign, which captured a national
Grand Gold Medal by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education this past July, is now showing up in even bigger ways in the region. At the state’s largest airport, Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), patrons can’t miss prominent Fear the Turtle back lit ads on walls throughout the concourses and an even larger wall wrap by the public escalators in Concourse B.The airport presence began in November and will continue throughout 2005. “Maryland’s airport and Maryland’s university seemed like a natural connection,” says Deborah Wiltrout, director of university marketing. Nearly 50,000 people pass through BWI each day. In addition to the ads, fellow Terps will be able to spot their luggage easily if it sports a large Fear the Turtle tag.The tags will be distributed at upcoming university events. Fear the Turtle coasters will appear at airport watering holes in time for the ACC Tournament that will be held at the MCI Center—the first time in Washington since 1987. For those not flying off, look for the familiar Fear the Turtle smashing through a Pepsi logo on the backs of Pepsi delivery trucks throughout the Baltimore/ Washington/Northern Virginia region. Pepsi is the university’s preferred vendor on campus. Says Wiltrout of this multi-pronged approach: “It’s about picking opportunities that have a local, regional and national presence and getting the most for our advertising dollars.” And if you’re wondering where the fearless Terp will show up next, stay tuned for the university’s public service announcement that airs on nationally televised men’s basketball games, at Comcast Center and on the university’s home page. Let’s just say it’s “out of this world.” —DB
Raise Your Hands for Scholarships The popular rubbery wrist bands are championing a new cause. A total of 50,000 “Fear the Turtle” bands (black and red versions) will be sold on campus at the Comcast Center, Barnes & Noble and other venues and through regional retailers. All proceeds will benefit the university’s $200 million scholarship campaign, co-chaired by Gary Williams ’68, men’s head basketball coach. (Read more about the effort in the cover story on Williams beginning on page 18.)
PHOTOS BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
Research Grants Benefit Local Companies
YOURwords We just received the fall 2004 Terp
THE UNIVERSITY’S Maryland Industrial Partnerships program, or MIPS, recently awarded $7.3 million for 17 research projects that team up university faculty with Maryland companies to develop commercial products. This is the 34th round of projects sponsored by MIPS, which provides university funding—matched by the participating companies—for projects involving innovative technological or scientific concepts that have direct commercial applications. The participating companies must be based in Maryland, with university faculty and students helping with the research in close coordination with company personnel. “These research efforts are all product driven and many involve groundbreaking research in engineering, nanotechnology and the biosciences,” says Martha Connolly, director of the MIPS program. “Many of the projects bring in faculty from other institutions in the University System of Maryland, so we are continuously connecting entrepreneurs and researchers from every corner of the state.” —TV
and read with delight “Terp bragging rights,” regarding the gold medal awarded to the magazine for its innovative and eye-catching magazine publishing. We are not surprised! We had already sent you an e-mail telling you how impressed we were with the new look of the magazine and for its very informative content. Now, everyone in the educational field knows. Winning the five gold medals [for video production, print design and magazine publishing] is not only exciting but also justified. … Congratulations! We look forward to our next issue and, of course, bragging to our non-UM alumni friends about your success. Go Terps! —Art and Barbara Toms
The latest round of MIPS grants includes five research projects in the area of homeland security, six in biotechnology, four in electrical engineering and two in environmental engineering. Among the projects are:
I was interested to see the article “UM’s
Telhami Pens First Year Book” in the fall
20/20 Gene Systems Inc.
Chesapeake Fields Farmers LLC
Maryland Semiconductor Inc.
2004 Terp about this year’s First Year
Book and thought it was an excellent
Developing a new line of locally grown, wheat-based, low-carbohydrate and low-calorie artisan bread products by characterizing and p re serving wheat varieties with optimal amino acid and protein compositions. Farmers in the Delmarva region will harvest the wheat for Chesapeake Fields’ breads.
Developing high-speed, wireless universal serial bus (USB) hardware and software to interconnect office devices (such as computers, printers and scanners) at wireless data rates of 55 to 480 megabits per second.
choice. My husband and I were both
Enhancing and expanding 20/20’s BioCheck™ Powder Screening Test Kit, currently used by first responders to test for the possible presence of bio-terrorism substances in suspicious powders.
Program was instated. However, the book you listed was incorrect. The book that year was actually Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. I’ll never forget how many other freshmen were scrambling to read that book at the last minute before it was
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freshmen the year the First Year Book
discussed in my Honors 100 class. Thanks for keeping us updated on what Terrapin first-year students are reading. —Erika Carlson-Hiles ’98
Leonard Is in Good Company CONGRATULATIONS TO ENGINEERING alumna Naomi Leonard ’91 M.S., ’94 Ph.D. for being named one of 23 MacArthur Fellows in 2004. She will receive $500,000 in “no strings attached” support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation over the next five years. Leonard is an engineer who develops autonomous underwater vehicles. Beyond its contributions to engineering and behavioral science,
autonomous underwater technology allows oceanographers to place measuring instruments in the right place at the right time to collect data essential for understanding the physical forces controlling ocean dynamics. The technology also holds promise for military defense applications. In being named a MacArthur Fellow, Leonard finds herself in good company. Three other Maryland alumni have been MacArthur winners: author Ellendea Proffer Teasley ’66 in 1989 as well as dancer and choreographer Liz Lerman ’70 and novelist Karen Hesse ’74 who both received grants in 2002.
TOP PHOTOS BY ERIC SCHURR; BOTTOM PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION
the omission of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, which was indeed the book selected for the 1994–1995 academic year. Lincoln at Gettysburg was the 1993–1994 choice.
ince 1914, when students lugged their own bed linens, napkins and a broom to Calvert Hall, the first Maryland dormitory, today’s residence halls have undergone an extreme makeover. Now, residents enjoy all the conveniences and amenities of home–and more.
The Traditional: Ellicott Hall When: Built in 1966. Where: Conveniently located by the Campus Recreation Center. Trivia: Last dorm built solely for male students. Features: Like all 33 residence halls on campus, Ellicott Hall has personal Internet and cable connections as well as telephone lines for each student. These revamped dorms also have the most modern security features, including electronic card readers and “prop monitors” at the doors.
The New Wave: South Campus Commons When: The 13 buildings opened between fall 2000 and fall 2004. Where: On Knox Road. Trivia: The SCC is privately financed and privately managed student housing. Features: Everything to the fullest! These new apartments offer full-size beds in single rooms, fully equipped kitchens, full washers and dryers. The only thing that isn’t full is the bathroom–just two people per bathroom.
The Well-connected: E-Dorm When: 2002. Where: South Campus Commons. Trivia: Houses the Hinman CEOs (Campus Entrepreneurial Opportunities) and provides them with a business-like living environment. Features: Offers voice, data and video communications from each student’s PC. Students also have access to an in-house boardroom with group video systems and IP viewstations that let them conduct professional presentations and consultations with potential business partners and advisors from anywhere around the world.
TOP PHOTO BY AL DANEGGER; OTHER PHOTOS BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
Maryland Wins $12 Million Grant for Homeland Security
That Which Is Old Is New Again
MARYLAND WILL BE home to a major
moon shot. David C. Driskell, then professor and art department chair at Fisk University in Nashville, created a number of exquisite woodcuts. He set them aside, and they were never printed. Only a conversation in February 2004 between Driskell, a professor at Maryland for the past 27 years, and Robert Steele, director of the university’s David C. Driskell Center, rescued them. Steele believed that the center should launch its own series of special-edition prints.The proceeds would support the Last September, 50 copies of African Women, Windows, 2004 center’s mission—to explore the cultural (shown above, 30” x 22”) were produced by master printer dimensions of the African Diaspora. Curlee Raven Holton from Driskell’s 1969 woodcut and made available for an initial purchase price of $1,500. Alumni and friends can look forward to a new print each year, the work chosen in coordination with the center’s director, time Driskell colleague, Faith Ringgold, will assistant director for visual arts and a visual supply the 2005 print from her new Jazz arts committee. Painter, sculptor and longSeries. —MW
U.S.-sponsored social and behavioral research center dedicated to reducing worldwide terrorism. Its research will focus on areas such as how to disrupt the formation of terror networks and minimize the impact of future attacks. On January 10, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge announced a $12-million, three-year grant to Maryland and its academic partners to establish the Center of Excellence for Behavioral and Social Research on Terrorism and CounterTerrorism. It will be the fourth university-based center of excellence funded by the department. “This is a major opportunity for us to help the nation confront the threat of terrorism,” says Jacques Gansler, Maryland's vice president of research. “The expertise of social scientists can help disrupt terror operations and reduce the aftereffects of attacks. But so far the nation hasn't taken full advantage of their knowledge. With this new team, we hope to change that.” Maryland will build a research team with its five major partners— University of Colorado, University of Pennsylvania, Monterey Institute of International Studies, University of South Carolina and the University of California, Los Angeles—and more than 10 other academic institutions in the United States and abroad. “This may be the social science equivalent of the Manhattan Project,” says Gary LaFree, the University of Maryland criminologist who will direct the new center of excellence. “Too often, policy-makers have had to counter terrorists on the basis of assumptions and guesstimates. Our job will be to give them more solid information to work with.” —NT
IT WAS 1969, the year of the Apollo
Merrill Scholars Honored Twenty-five Maryland seniors recently reconnected with their favorite K12 teachers to launch the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program. The university’s top students chose the first crop of Master Teachers, and with the support of Philip Merrill (top left), chairman of the ExportImport Bank of the United States, the university will grant scholarships in their names. The awards will go to incoming Maryland freshmen who attended each teacher’s school. President C.D. Mote Jr. (bottom left, flanked by wife, Patsy, in red, and members of the Merrill family) hosted the students, teachers and university faculty at a November luncheon (below) and a Center for Teaching Excellence workshop on the topic of high school to college transition. —KM
WOODCUT COURTESY OF THE DAVID C. DRISKELL CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA; MERRILL PHOTOS BY ISA ANGULO
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PHOTOS BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
ask Anne Questions for Anne Turkos, university archivist for University of Maryland Libraries, may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
member of the varsity baseball team in 1976. Is there any possibility that I could obtain a copy of the 1976 team picture? Q. I was a
—Brad Beyer ’79
Q. I was a student during those halcyon times in the spring of 1970. While all Hell was breaking loose outside, we were inside Tawes Fine Arts rehearsing a sweet little French farce called Hotel Paradiso. The Diamondback did an article promoting the show complete with photo. Is it possible to find it? Also missing are photos of Antigone, Man of La Mancha and The Queen and the Rebels. —Jeff Rollins ’71 A. Based on your description of the photo from Hotel Paradiso, we believe we found the exact shot you are seeking! We also located photos from Man of La Mancha and The Queen and the Rebels. We found programs from Antigone but not any photos.There is also a scrapbook on Man of La Mancha that you might find interesting.
A. We did locate one image of the 1976 baseball team, in the 1976 yearbook. (Brad Beyer is located in the second row, second from the right.) Q. I wonder if you have in your archives a singular sporting event which brought a conference championship to the university under most unusual circumstances a little more than 50 years ago. The team that won the conference championship was not part of the university’s athletics program; it was a club team. This Cinderella team won the conference championship on its first attempt! —Al Kuckhoff ’51
PHOTOS COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND LIBRARIES; TOP RIGHT PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
A. The answer to your sports mystery
is Gymkana! We found many articles in the Diamondback chronicling Gymkana’s accomplishments during the 1949–50 season, including its winning the Southern Conference Championship.We also found your name mentioned frequently in the articles and were delighted to encounter a photograph of you performing on the flying rings in the Feb. 24, 1950, issue.
classact Welcome Home Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center Opening
The dream for an alumni home on campus is nearing reality.The Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center will officially open its doors to alumni this spring, and, through the fall, the alumni association will host many dedication activities to celebrate this landmark building.
May 15 Wedding Show Expo Meet the vendors—from florists and caterers to bridal shop owners and photographers—who can make weddings at the center magical and memorable.
April 23 Ring Ceremony The Maryland family is inaugurating what promises to become one of its most beloved traditions: an official Class Ring for Maryland graduates.
April 30 Maryland Day Open House See the center on Maryland Day, the university’s annual open house. Alumni association members, enjoy a special tour and refreshments prior to the official start.
Reception for New Graduates Dream Wedding for Remy Shaffer Visit the center with your graduating ’00 and Casey Gomes ’02 student and consider naming a brick You helped plan the wedding for in his or her name as a graduation these Dream Wedding Contest wingift. ners by choosing their cake, flowers, wedding attire and more. (See winners on page 11.) Alumni Hall of Fame Honor Maryland’s distinguished alumni as they are inducted into the Dedication Ceremony and Ball Alumni Hall of Fame. Return to your alma mater for a gala affair and donor recognition ceremony. —BAM
All-star athlete and scholar Len Elmore ’78 (center) was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2000 and was congratulated by University President Dan Mote (left) and former alumni association president Adrian Teel ’64.
For more information about the dedication activities or renting space in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, contact Linda Roth ’84, director of corporate and community events, at email@example.com, or call 301.405.4678.
LEFT PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI; RIGHT PHOTOS BY MIKE MORGAN
BYalumni Two for the Road (to Success) CONSIDER THEM PART of a graduating senior’s best defense against making costly career or financial mistakes early in their lives.This dynamic duo helps fledgling Terrapins successfully, confidently leave the Maryland nest. In his seminar “Job Hunting: From Preparation to Paycheck,” Stuart Ritter ’89 helps students effectively communicate what they can offer an employer. He advises students not to limit themselves to major-specific opportunities. Ritter, a certified financial planner with T. Rowe Price Associates Inc., speaks from experience. “I was an electrical engineering major and I have a political science [graduate] degree from American University,” he says. “But employers care more about your Don’t Skip Breakfast skills than the degree on your on Maryland Day: diploma.” He’s given humorous, Saturday, April 30, 2005 informative talks to students through the Maryland Alumni It’s early on a Saturday morning and Association-sponsored seminars the smells of rich coffee, flaky pastry for almost 10 years and can be and fresh fruit catch your nose. No, Alumni Lanta Evans ’86, ’88 there’s nothing like a relaxing breakseen regularly on WBAL and Stuart Ritter ’89 return to fast at home on the weekend … Channel 11 in Baltimore. Maryland to share career and unless it’s breakfast at your homefinancial tips with students. Lanta Evans ’86, ’88 away-from-home: the Samuel Riggs M.B.A., picks up where landing IV Alumni Center. a good job leaves off. Her “Financial Literacy” seminar teaches the importance of good financial management. On Maryland Day, Saturday, April 30, Evans is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley and an the Maryland Alumni Association will host a continental breakfast for its alumni chapter board member of the Robert H. Smith members at their home address on School of Business. campus—the Riggs Alumni Center— Evans says she starts with some basics that help build a before sending them off to “Explore solid foundation for smart financial decisions.“It may end up Our World.” being repetitive for some,” but she hopes to also have offered The Maryland Day breakfast is just people “a different way of thinking about money.” one of several events commemoratEvans holds an ing the center’s inaugural year. accounting degree and an M.B.A. in finance, and “What better way to welcome considers sharing her our members home—to start a day of tours and enjoyment— knowledge an exciting than with a little breakfast responsibility.“This among friends?” asks Sonia grew from an interest Huntley, the association’s to a passion to a calldirector of membership. ing. It’s very fulfilling So, alumni association in a way that you members, remember to don’t get in working bring your membership with corporate America.” card and drop by for Ritter echoes her senbreakfast this April 30— timents. “It’s a chance to just be sure to change out pay back the people who gave of your pajamas first. —MW me a wonderful experience, help others and stay involved.” —MAB
ILLUSTRATION BY MARGARET HALL
Frederick J. Augustyn Jr. ’96 takes readers on a stroll down memory lane in his Dictionary of Toys and Games in American Popular Culture. Centered on 1950’s and 60’s social and cultural history, this A-to-Z reference guide covers everything from action figures to yo-yos and provides a unique way of looking at American culture and childhood.
Natasha Sajé ’95 shares her thoughts on gender and power, the real and the imagined, the body and landscape, in her second collection of poetry, Bend. Ranging from pure lyric to prose narrative, the poems are unusual and challenging, reflecting Sajé’s sensual yet contemplative spirit.
Jan Latter Cullinane ’75, ’80 knows everything you need to retire right and enjoy the rest of your life. Coauthor of The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life, Cullinane provides a userfriendly handbook to help baby boomers navigate decisions related to work, money, healthcare, lifestyle and more.
Cooking Up Millions USUALLY, WHEN THE cookie crumbles, things are going badly.
For Suzanne Conrad, M.L.S. ’95, the cookie (or granola bar) crumbled perfectly, cooked to a golden brown, then wafted out the sweet scent of $1 million and—even sweeter—her Nana’s approval. Conrad, the overall winner of the 2004 Pillsbury Bake-Off, took one week to perfect her Oats ’n Honey Granola Pie, barraging her husband’s co-workers with samples of the everprogressing pie to taste-test.The couple could not eat another piece, but the judges at Pillsbury definitely could. After submitting her recipe, Conrad flew from her home in Ohio to Hollywood, Calif., on June 28 to compete against 99 other cooks. In their 100 mini-kitchens, they created culinary dreams like chicken fettuccine à la fuente and waffled pizza dippers, but none had the same sweet scent of success as Conrad’s creation. The mother of two took 15 minutes to mix crushed Oats ’n Honey granola bars, walnuts, chocolate chips and a dash of oatmeal, sweetening the mixture with brown sugar and corn syrup.The outcome is a dessert she feels “gives you a chance to relax with your family.” The first payoff came when Dick Clark announced her as the winner of the “Weekends Made Special” category and $10,000, but when she found out she won $1 million and a new GE kitchen, she was in shock. “I’m still in shock,” she says months later, after paying off her library science loans (“That’s the first thing I did!”) and starting college funds for her 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. Conrad shouldn’t have been surprised at taking the top prize. She should have known that she had a winner as soon as her grandmother, Dora “Nana” Sullivan, asked for the recipe—for “the first time ever.” —KA
Recipe for Oats ’n Honey Granola Pie “There’s really nothing to it,” Suzanne Conrad says. “I think I just got lucky.” See if you can cook up millions in your own home. Ingredients 1 refrigerated pie crust (from a 15-ounce box), Makes 8 servings softened as directed on box Preparation time: 15 minutes Total time: 1 hour 35 minutes 1/2 cup butter or margarine (1 stick; see note) 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 3/4 cup corn syrup 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 eggs, lightly beaten 4 crunchy granola bars (2 pouches from an 8.9-ounce box), crushed (see note) 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oatmeal, uncooked 1/4 cup chocolate chips Whipped cream or ice cream, if desired Method • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pie crust in 9-inch glass pie pan as directed on box for one-crust pie. • In large microwaveable bowl, microwave butter on high for 50 to 60 seconds or until melted. Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup until blended. Beat in salt, vanilla and eggs. Stir crushed granola bars, walnuts, oatmeal and chocolate chips into brown sugar mixture. Pour into pie crust-lined pan. • Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until filling is set and crust is golden brown, covering crust edge with foil during last 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Cool at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Store in refrigerator. NOTE: Use real butter or stick margarine. Do not substitute reduced-fat spreads; their higher water content often yields less-satisfactory results. NOTE: To easily crush granola bars, do not unwrap, and crush with rolling pin. PER SERVING: calories: 525; protein: 7 grams; total fat: 28 grams; saturated fat: 11 grams; cholesterol: 110 mg; sodium: 370 mg; carbohydrate: 61 grams; dietary fiber: 2 grams; exchanges: 2 starch, 5 1/2 fat
PHOTO COURTESY OF PILLSBURY BAKEOFF CONTEST
And the Winners Are … Last spring, Remy Shaffer ’00 and Casey Gomes ’02 (left) were selected the winners of the alumni association’s Dream Wedding contest out of 24 couples. The couple will join family and friends for a reception in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center after the ceremony in Memorial Chapel on June 25, 2005. Throughout the fall, alumni were invited to vote on the couple’s wedding attire, menu, music, florals and cake. More than 2,000 votes were cast, and here are the results:
travel 2005 Norwegian Splendor: Bergen & the Fjords, July 1–15 Visit the charming city of Bergen and the resplendent fjords of Norway on this tour from city to countryside.
Great Lakes, September 2–12
Meet the winning couple at the Maryland Alumni Association’s Wedding Expo on May 15 at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. (See details on page 16.)
Experience the rich history and natural treasures of North America’s Great Lakes, including historic
Wedding Attire Provided by Annapolis Formal Remy will be pretty in pink in this silk strapless Watters Brides’ gown with crystals at the midriff. Her bridesmaids will capture the Maryland spirit in a two-piece red ensemble by Bridesmates. And, Casey will greet his bride in this non-traditional tuxedo with red vest.
Sault Sainte Marie, one of the oldest settlements in the region.
Charlemagne’s Dream: MainDanube Canal and Danube River Cruise, September 23 –October 1 Journey through the heartland of the Bavarian Alps and the breathtaking
Menu Provided by Corcoran Catering Mouths will water when Corcoran Catering serves whole tenderloins of beef marinated and grilled over apple wood slices and presented on horseradish whipped potatoes.
Florals Provided by Creative Accents The bride will carry white. The winning bouquet includes gardenias and white roses, while the centerpiece has white lilies and hydrangea.
Cake Provided by Corcoran Catering
Wachau Valley on this exciting tour of Nuremberg, Regensburg and classic Vienna.
Alumni College in Sorrento, October 31–November 8 Delight in the beauty of Italy’s charming coastal cities and explore the ruins of Pompeii, the most famous and impressive ancient remains in the world.
This winning cake has vanilla Genoise splashed with Chambord and filled with white chocolate mousse and fresh raspberries. A
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French butter cream design will be customized for the bride and groom.
2005 catalog at www.alumni.umd.edu. Or
Music Provided by Amaretto The 10-piece band features a song list ranging from ballads to Motown. Listen to a sound clip at www.alumni.umd.edu.
contact Stephanie Tadlock, director of strategic operations and continuing education, at stadlock@ terpalum.umd.edu or 301.405.4678.
TOP PHOTO COURTESY OF REMY SHAFFER AND CASEY GOMES; WEDDING WINNER PHOTOS BY LISA HELFERT; AMARETTO PHOTO COURTESY OF AMARETTO
m-file Creating a North Pole at Maryland
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.
“The Chinese have created a Frankenstein’s monster. If they go cold turkey and stop financing the deficit, the dollar will collapse and they’ll lose their export market, which will mean riots in the streets.” PETER MORICI, BUSINESS, ON THE WEAKENING DOLLAR, LOS ANGELES TIMES, NOVEMBER 20
“The holy grail is a single device that will do everything.” BEN BEDERSON, COMPUTER SCIENCE, ON THE
“They get a bad rap for being stupid little reptiles. But they’re very curious, very alert, and they want to know what’s going on.” DAPHNE SOARES, BIOLOGY, ON ALLIGATORS, NEW YORK TIMES, OCTOBER 26
“How did we get into this mess? There’s a resegregation happening that’s not based on race … but on income.We need to think of creative mechanisms to have top-class universities at [affordable costs].”
FUTURE OF HAND-HELD DEVICES, WASHINGTON
C.D. MOTE JR., UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND PRESIDENT,
TIMES, NOVEMBER 5
ON THE COST OF H IG HE R EDUC ATION, QUOTED DURING THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY HIGHER EDUCATION
“Play is the work of kids, and for that, the basic toys—blocks, baby dolls, pull-toys, clay, crayons and paper—are best.”
FORUM, WASHINGTON TIMES, OCTOBER 28
“It’s not an ‘if’ they have an opening, it’s ‘when’ they have an opening.”
MICHAEL BRODY, AMERICAN STUDIES, ON NEWER
TREVOR PARRY-GILES, COMMUNICATION, ON REPLACING
TOYS VERSUS THE CLASSICS, NEW YORK TIMES,
SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, THE [BALTIMORE] SUN,
“With politics as polarized as they have been in the last four years, some people go over the deep edge in life and in death.” PAUL HERRNSON, GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS, ON FAMILIES ASKING FRIENDS OF DECEASED RELATIVES TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DECEASED’S FAVORITE POLITICAL CANDIDATE, THE [BALTIMORE] SUN, OCTOBER 25
A STRONG MAGNETIC field that surrounds the Earth acts as a primary shield against harmful radiation from the sun, while also keeping a Boy Scout’s trusty compass pointed in the right direction. Scientists have studied this magnetic field for more than 150 years, theorizing now that it is caused by a dynamo effect of the Earth’s hot molten core motion interacting with the planet’s rotation. Now, a University of Maryland researcher is attempting to re-create this phenomenon in his laboratory, using a three-meter-wide stainless steel sphere filled with liquid sodium to replicate the Earth’s magnetic field. “If we can create and sustain a dynamo, then researchers can use our work as a benchmark,” says Daniel Lathrop, an associate professor of physics and director of the new Geodynamo Lab. Physicists and geophysicists already A Maryland physicist is examining changes in the Earth's know that significant magnetic field brought about magnetic field by the planet's molten inner changes have core interacting with the Earth's rotation. occurred during the Earth’s multi-million year history, Lathrop says. For instance, the field has reversed (where north becomes south and vice versa) hundreds of times. What scientists don’t know, and what Lathrop’s research hopes to clarify, is how to accurately predict a timeline between these magnetic reversals—with the times ranging between thousands to hundreds of millions of years. Scientists have been able to measure the strength of the Earth’s magnetic field since the mid-1800s and have documented a steady decrease of the magnetic field by about 10 percent. If this decrease continues, Lathrop says, satellites in geosynchronous orbits will have severe problems. —TV
For more information on the lab, as well as a link to a series of physics lectures celebrating the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, go to www.physics.umd.edu.
LEFT ILLUSTRATION BY MARTIN HAAKE; RIGHT ILLUSTRATION BY SHELLEY NICHOLS
Aptitude Test Shifts Gears CHANCES ARE THAT high school students studying for the SAT this year already learned skills that should help them on the new test, says Assistant Director of Freshman Admissions Fumi Ala. Teachers and test preparation experts began working the changes into their curriculum much earlier. Beginning in March 2005, the College Board will begin administering an SAT with a new writing section, a new math section—and the verbal section being renamed critical reading, with a new emphasis on short-paragraph reading. Quantitative comparisons and analogies, which seemed to polarize test takers into “love them” or “hate them” categories, will be eliminated. Ala says that Maryland will accept both old and new SAT scores for fall 2005. However, beginning fall 2006, the university will only take the new version of the SAT “or the ACT, but we will require the new writing portion of the ACT as well,” she says. “What students should know,” says Ala, “is that the standardized scores are one of 26 criteria that we consider for admission. The weight won’t change in our admissions process; there is no cutoff or minimum score, but we are still in the process of evaluating how the new sections of the SAT will be used in the context of our review process.” Malcolm Williams, a junior at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Md., with his eye on attending Maryland, feels comfortable with the 25 minutes allotted for the essay. “We practiced timed essays in school, so I’m prepared.” Ala, and College Board administrators, stress that the essay gauges a student’s ability to take a position and use reasoning and relevant examples to support it. It is less a grammar or spelling exercise. “The changes should work to the benefit of the student, ” assures Ala. —MAB For more information about the SAT, visit www.collegeboard.com.
Deep Impact Soars to Meet Comet ON JANUARY 12, the Deep Impact Space Craft was launched at Cape
Canaveral, Fla., on its journey to an historic encounter with Comet Tempel 1. On July 4, this NASA Discovery Mission led by University of Maryland astronomer Michael A’Hearn will be the first to smash through a comet’s surface and reveal the secrets of its interior. At encounter, some 83 million miles from Earth, the Deep Impact flyby spacecraft will launch a cylindrical copper “impactor” spacecraft into the path of Comet Tempel 1.With its cameras “rolling,” the 820-pound, 3-ft.-diameter impactor will collide with the speeding comet at about 23,000 miles per hour.The impact is expected to create a crater several hundred feet in size. Nearby, Deep Impact’s “flyby” spacecraft will collect pictures and data of the event and send them back to Earth. In addition, the Hubble and
Spitzer space telescopes, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and telescopes on Earth will observe the material flying from the comet’s newly formed crater, adding their data and images to those collected by the Deep Impact spacecraft. “The information we gain from Deep Impact will improve our understanding of how our solar system formed, says A’Hearn. “It should also increase our knowledge of the density and composition of comets, information that could be important should a comet ever threaten Earth.” —LT For more information on the Deep Impact mission, visit http://deepimpact.umd.edu.
TOP PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI; BOTTOM PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MIRA AZARM, SPACE PHOTOS COURTESY OF NOAO AND NASA
m-file Men and Women Literally See the World Differently SO YOU’RE HAVING that discussion about what color to paint the
living room. She says, “How about something in an Iced Mauve?” He says,”You mean there are colors besides beige?” It could be you’ve encountered an ancient gender color divide that can be chalked up to evolution. A new University of Maryland study shows that the same kind of gene variety that causes color blindness—usually in men—also may give humans—especially women—a better perception of color. Sarah Tishkoff, assistant professor of biology, and former Maryland postdoctoral fellow Brian Verrelli, now an assistant professor at Arizona State University, studied DNA from more than 200 subjects from different geographical populations around the world, and, to their surprise, found that one of the genes connected to color vision has maintained an unusual amount of genetic variation, possibly for millions of years of human evolutionary history. “Usually, it’s a bad thing to have too much change in a gene, and natural selection gets rid of it,” says Tishkoff, “but in this case, we’re seeing the reverse. Natural selection is acting to maintain that variation.” The Maryland researchers found that variation in this color perception gene may have given women in particular the ability to see more subtle shades of colors.Women have two X-chromo-
somes, men only one. Because this color vision gene resides on the X-chromosome, rare detrimental changes at this gene cause colorblindness in males—eight percent of the world’s men are color blind—whereas females are likely to have at least one good copy of the gene. Tishkoff and Verrelli speculate that in a time when humans were hunter-gatherers, enhanced color perception would have allowed women, who were traditionally gatherers, to better discriminate among colored fruits, insects and background foliage. “Men and women literally may be seeing the world differently,”Tishkoff says. The findings also suggest, says Tishkoff, that geneticists may want to look at the impact subtle changes have in natural selection, especially in disease prevention. “It’s long been thought that if it’s not a dramatic change, it doesn’t matter. But we see in this study that subtle changes can make a difference.” Tishkoff uses DNA to search for the origins of modern man, and is especially interested in the role infectious disease has played in humans. In 2003, she was named one of the country’s top 10 “Brilliant Young Scientists” by Popular Science magazine. —ET
ILLUSTRATION BY MIRA AZARM
Deadly on Land, Hurricanes Bring New Life at Sea MOST FLORIDIANS WOULD like to forget the 2004 hur-
Artificial Linguistics on the Horizon YOUR PC WILL soon be able to provide basic translations of different documents in Spanish and Chinese using software created in the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP) laboratory at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. “We are looking for ways to provide information to users who may speak more than one language or documents written in languages they don’t speak,” says Bonnie Dorr, an associate professor of computer science and co-director of CLIP. Dorr works with a team of 20 researchers, including faculty and post-doctoral fellows, to help evaluate and design syntactic, semantic and statistical systems that translate multiple languages. Military and government agencies help sponsor her research. “Now, we are finding new ways to do semantic analysis to build better machine translation software,” Dorr says, whose team is also looking into Arabic, Hindi and Korean translations. Machine translation and cross-language tools like the CLIP team is building could easily facilitate intelligence analysts, who must process and filter multilingual documents. Dorr’s hope is that computers will be able to teach themselves new languages within the next five years. “We still have a long ways to go and we still have problems to solve,” says Dorr, “but we are making progress in bringing together different techniques and gathering resources by mining the Web.” —DEB
An undated aerial image of the region of Gulf Shores, Ala., before Hurricane Ivan struck on Sept. 16, 2004.
ILLUSTRATION BY CYNTHIA MITCHEL; PHOTO COURTESY OF NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
ricane season, and the devastation its storms left in their wake. However, hurricanes can also bring life to “desert” regions in the ocean, says University of Maryland scientist Jim Carton, a professor in the Department of Meteorology and the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center. “In some parts of the ocean, circular currents and low winds inhibit mixing of ocean layers, trapping nutrients at depths too deep for plants to grow. The passage of a hurricane stirs up these stagnant ocean waters, bringing nutrients to the surface and allowing ocean plants to bloom,” says Carton. Carton and a team of researchers led by Carton’s former graduate student Steven Babin, now a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, have studied more than a dozen North Atlantic hurricanes that occurred between 1998 and 2001. Using data from NASA’s SeaStar satellite launched in 1998, they found that blooms of tiny microscopic ocean plants, called phytoplankton, occurred in the wake of these storms. Carton, who studies the productivity of oceans and how carbon is cycled through them, says these findings indicate that a large increase in hurricanes might, by promoting increased phytoplankton growth, even slow global warming. This is because, as phytoplankton grow, they remove carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere. And it is the rising concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that is thought to be the main cause of global warming. —LT
Puppetry takes on new meaning in the hands of artist Blair Thomas, who creates a new dimension of reality with this program. Thomas combines multiple forms of puppetry with music and narrative based on the writings of Federico Garcia Lorca and Wallace Stevens and the compositions of Ben Johnston and Arnold Schoenberg. The performances promise to be among the wildest, most unpredictable and visually arresting events the center has ever hosted.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
MARCH 4: 8 P.M. MARCH 5: 8 P.M. MARCH 6: 3 P.M. Blair Thomas & Co. Puppeteers Featuring Contemporary Music Ensemble eight blackbird and Soprano Lucy Shelton
Be a part of the madness—March Madness, that is. Join Maryland fans for a pep rally during the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament. This year’s tournament is in Terp territory (at the MCI Center in D.C.), a great opportunity to build the Terrapin Spirit as the basketball team seeks to hold on to the championship title. Enjoy visits by the band, cheerleaders, Testudo and more.
Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C. Time 9:30–11:30 p.m. Free (cash bar)
MARCH 10 Terrapin Tournout Pep Rally
Mix it up this spring. Start with a production uniting puppetry, plot and music. Add some madness at a basketball pep rally. Sprinkle in some dreams at the alumni Wedding Expo. Cook up your own activity at our annual open house; then cool down at a library exhibit.
MARCH–JULY 2005 “Taking a Leading Role: Women in Broadcasting History”
In celebration of the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center’s inaugural year, the alumni association is welcoming alumni and friends to Wedding Expo 2005. The region’s finest wedding and special events companies will gather to display their products and services. Wedding Expo 2005 includes a fashion show and tours of the Riggs Alumni Center’s 16 public event spaces, which can be adapted for bar and bat mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries and more. RSVP by April 29 to be entered in our drawing for door prizes.
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, University of Maryland 1–4 p.m. $5 Alumni Association Members; $20 Non-members
MAY 15 Wedding Expo 2005
The University of Maryland’s annual open house is a day of learning, exploration and fun for the entire community. There is something for everyone to experience—exhibits and workshops, live music and dance performances, sporting events, lectures, petting zoos and tours of campus sights, including the new Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center.
Campuswide 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
APRIL 30 Maryland Day 2005
Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the university’s Library of American Broadcasting made accessible to researchers 18 collections pertaining to women and the roles they have played, both in front and behind the scenes, in the development of American broadcasting. The upcoming exhibit includes a publicity shot (right) of comedian Fred Allen and CBS executive Helen Sioussat from her book Mikes Don’t Bite.
SADAT LECTURE 301.405.6734, www.bsos.umd.edu/SADAT TERRAPIN CLUB 301.314.7020, www.terrapinclub.com
UM Concert Band L. Richmond Sparks, conductor Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 8 p.m.
TOP LEFT PHOTO COURTESY OF BLAIR THOMAS; TOP RIGHT PHOTO COURTESY OF SPORTS RELATIONS; CENTER PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LIBRARY OF AMERICAN BROADCASTING; CENTER LEFT PHOTO BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
MARYLAND DAY 301.405.4615, marylandday.umd.edu
UM Symphonic Wind Ensemble John Wakefield, conductor
Now in its 29th year, this annual crowd pleaser boasts an entire evening of audience favorites for brass, woodwinds and percussion.
MAY 7 Annual UM Bands “Pops” Concert
HORNBAKE LIBRARY 301.405.6320,
CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 301.405.ARTS (Ticket Office),
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 301.405.4678 or 800.336.8627, www.alumni.umd.edu
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The University of Maryland welcomes James Baker to campus as the keynote speaker for the Sadat Lecture for Peace. Baker served under three presidents, including as Secretary of State under President George H.W. Bush from 1989–1992. The annual lecture is part of the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development that was established at the University of Maryland in the fall of 1997 in memory of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The chair was made possible by the commitment of Anwar Sadat’s widow, Jehan Sadat, to her husband’s legacy of leadership for peace.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 7 p.m.
APRIL 14 Sadat Lecture for Peace Featuring James Baker, former Secretary of State
F RO M
Williams Gives Full Court Press for Scholarships
As defined by Webster’s Dictionary, an icon is an object of uncritical devotion. For University of Maryland Men’s Basketball Head Coach Gary Williams ’68, who has earned the adulation of scores of passionate Maryland fans as well as the scrutiny of contentious critics in the fiercely competitive Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), that designation may not be technically correct. Still, one is hard pressed to find a better word to describe the heartfelt love and devotion that Williams has earned in his 16 years as head coach at Maryland. When Williams was hired by Maryland in 1989, he inherited a team that had won only nine games the year before and finished in last place in the ACC.To put it mildly, the program was in shambles, morale was low and many felt that nothing short of a miracle would turn the program around. Enter Williams, who within one year helped the Terps reach 19 wins while advancing to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament—making him the first coach in the history of Maryland basketball to lead a team into the postseason in his first year.
STORY BY NANCY GRUND P O R T R A I T B Y J O H N T. C O N S O L I
Left: Williams bonds with members of his team at the NCAA Tournament in 2002. Right: Williams takes his piece of the net—a symbol of achievement—after the Terps win the NCAA Tournament.
Williams recalls the somber mood on campus when he returned to the university in 1989.“It seemed to me the university needed an attitude adjustment,” recalls Williams. “As a coach, I am always looking at attitude and I felt the university was afraid to say how good it was, afraid to say our programs were among the best in the country.” Those first years were difficult ones for Williams, but he coached himself through it—often returning to his office at the end of a long day of dealing with lawyers and NCAA sanctions to give himself a muchneeded pep talk. “I can get stubborn; remember I am from New Jersey.When you are backed into a corner, you just fight your way out. My experience as a player helped in that situation,” he admits. “I stayed positive about the fact that we could be a great program and I wasn’t afraid to talk about it and to work through it.” A METHOD TO THE MADNESS
The breakout for Williams came in 1994 when the Terrapins rejoined March Madness and gained a coveted spot in the NCAA Tournament. “That gave everybody a jolt,” says Williams. “We showed people good things could happen.” The rest is history.Williams has led the Terrapins to national dominance, including 11 consecutive NCAA tournament berths, seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, a pair of 20
back-to-back Final Four showings, the coveted 2002 NCAA national championship, the first of its kind in Maryland basketball history, and the first ACC tournament title (last year) in more than two decades with the youngest team in college basketball. His accomplishments are even more meaningful given his strong ties to the school. He lettered as the Terps’ starting point guard from 1964 to 1967 under head coach Bud Millikan, serving as team captain during his senior year. “The greatest lesson I learned during my undergraduate years at Maryland was that I was good enough to compete with my peers,” shares Williams. “I was from a small town in New Jersey and was not well-traveled, so I had doubts about my abilities.” Following graduation, Williams channeled his love of basketball into a potential career. At the age of 22, he was leading his own high school junior varsity team and knew that coaching was his calling. Throughout his academic and professional career, he has always believed in “following your dream” and has
supported and encouraged all of his players and coaches to do the same. “If you set a realistic goal, you have to do everything you can to get there.” For Williams that meant coaching a men’s soccer team in order to coach the men’s basketball team at Lafayette College, his first college coaching position. Williams still stays in contact with the man who introduced him to Maryland and accompanied Williams on his first trip to campus, his high school basketball coach John Smith. Smith traveled to Atlanta in 2002 to share in the excitement of his former player’s extraordinary accomplishment—winning the NCAA national championship. That victory came after a devastating loss just a year before to Duke in the 2001 Final Four. Following that painful defeat, the usually cautious Williams went out on a limb to tell his team, “You are good enough to win a national championship and we can do it.” His confidence in the team never wavered and in 2002 they gave Williams one of his greatest wins ever. Williams fully appreciates how his life has come full circle at Maryland.“When you are successful, part of that success is due to where you went to college.Wherever you go, whatever you do, where you went to college never changes— it is always an important part of your life. I am happy to be part of a great university and to have the chance to give back.” W I L L I A M S ’ L AT E S T CHALLENGE
From fear of failure to Fear the Turtle, the meteoric rise of the men’s basketball program tracks closely with the university’s growing recognition and enhanced reputation over the last decade.“The university has
TOP PHOTO COURTESY OF SPORTS INFORMATION; BOTTOM PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
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made such great strides,” says Williams.“A big part of that progress has been due to the ability to generate more scholarships to assist students in need and to attract the top scholars.” In 2004,Williams became one of the university’s top recruits to co-chair the scholarship component of the university’s upcoming fund-raising campaign. He sees his newest responsibility as a natural fit. “So much of what I do involves traveling around the country and meeting with alumni groups,”Williams shares. “This just seems like a natural extension.” Always looking for the fast break, Williams boosted his fundraising team’s efforts by making a significant lead gift of his own for scholarships.That commitment gave the $200 million scholarship drive a quick start and reaffirmed Williams’ personal gratitude to the university. He admits he may never have attended college had he not received an athletic scholarship from Maryland to play basketball.The first member of his family to graduate from college, it still bothers Williams that a lack of financial resources kept his older brother,“a much better student than me,” from pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Williams’ only child, daughter Kristen Scott, shares in her father’s excitement about the chance to give back to Maryland. “His loyalty to the university is both remarkable and admirable,” says Scott. “I only hope I can teach my children those qualities and to do what my father has done so successfully—find your passion in life and pursue it.” Scott, too, remembers her father’s early coaching years at Maryland and the university’s unwavering support for him. She notes that a large part of Williams’ joy in
the job has come from seeing the many opportunities his former players have realized, including many student-athletes who have played for the National Basketball Association and for professional teams in Europe. “He feels that the fruits of his labors have been fulfilled, especially when players complete their degrees or return to Maryland after working several years to finish their degrees.” Former student-athlete Keith Booth ’03, is one of those success stories. Booth grew up in Baltimore watching Maryland basketball on television. It was a dream come true to play for Maryland during those rebuilding years. Now Booth feels like a “hometown hero” returning to campus as an assistant coach. “From day one when I walked on the court as a studentathlete, Coach Williams did a good job of breaking things down and teaching me to take things one day at a time. He teaches you to believe in the moment,” says Booth.“I adopted those philosophies, which are important lessons for life on and off the court.” Many of Williams’ few spare moments are now spent winning over several new Terp fans, his three grandchildren. Daughter Kristen recalls a visit last summer when the coach tried to give his grandson, David, a few pointers at the kid-size hoop in her family’s backyard. In typical five-year-old fashion David responded with, “No thanks, Granddad. I like doing it my way.” Williams could hardly argue that point. After all, he has done it his way for more than 16 years and the results speak for themselves. —TERP
AGE: 59 GRADUATION YEAR: 1968 CAREER: Head men’s basketball coach
extraordinaire, University of Maryland, 1989 to present; co-chair of Scholarship Campaign that is part of a larger university fund-raising initiative. ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
2004 ACC Tournament title, the first for the Terrapins since 1984.
2002 NCAA National Championship, the first of its kind in Maryland basketball history.
Heralded as National and Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2002.
One of six college basketball coaches since 1980 to guide his alma mater to the Final Four and was the first coach since 1974 to lead his alma mater to a national title.
One of only five coaches in the NCAA Division 1 to lead his team to each of the past 11 NCAA Tournaments.
A winner of nearly 70 percent of his NCAA Tournament games while at Maryland, he ranks ninth among active coaches in the NCAA Tournament winning percentage overall.
With a victory over No. 1 Florida in Gainesville on Dec. 10, 2003, he is the winningest coach in the nation against top-ranked opponents (six).
Left: As a student, Gary Williams was captain of the Maryland’s basketball team and lettered as the Terps’ starting point guard. Right, bottom: Two of William’s biggest fans—his daughter, Kristen Scott, and grandson, David, watch from the stands.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SPORTS INFORMATION
Count the Ways There is no better time
month of February to share these love notes from alumni to their university. In last spring’s issue of Terp magazine we invited readers to tell us what inspires you, enriches you and makes you wax nostalgic. From a 96-year-old in Washington state to an alumna from the Class of ’96, you responded, sharing those Maryland memories and moments you hold so dear to your heart. —BAM
“One of the main construction projects was the new
Chapel. I was walking across
campus from one class to another one day in 1951 or ’52 when I saw this monstrous crane actually lifting the steeple onto the new Chapel building. Most of the students just sat down on the grass and watched.” James N. Hobb ’52
“There is one place I must always return to upon each visit, and that is Talbot Hall.Tremendous times and friends were fostered there that remain today. Once, we broke into the dome atop Talbot and carved our names inside it. I carved mine facing north, toward my home state of New Jersey.” Chuck Collins ’78 “My then boyfriend (now fiancé!) and I used to get ice cream and eat it at the ODK Fountain.We would dangle our legs in the fountain and enjoy the campus at its most beautiful—at night.” Tricia Burrows ’04, James Cecil ’02
Campus landmarks—Memorial Chapel, residence halls and the sights on McKeldin Mall—continue to resonate with alumni.
“To me, there was no better place to spend a crisp fall afternoon than the McKeldin Mall. … The beautiful colors of the leaves on the trees that lined the sidewalks stood out against the buildings. … It always seemed peaceful.” Candice Kendall (Eshleman) ’94 “The Dairy brings back memories of working in the sales room while attending classes there. I remember killing time, playing chess with my roommate in the Dairy. I remember that we both made sure that we made it to breakfast in the dining hall when creamed chipped beef on toast was being served. Not too many others enjoyed it as much as we did.” George Paul Baumgarten ’62
“No matter how hot it was on campus or what time of the year it was, you could always feel refreshed by the sweet sound of bells of Memorial Chapel playing ‘Oh Christmas Tree’… Sorry, I mean ‘Maryland, My Maryland.’ ” Macarena Rivero Janninck, ’96, ’01 “The late 1960s were a unique time, and College Park was no exception.Yet, Maryland allowed everyone to fit—hippies, jocks, geeks or whatever. I came to the university in ’66, out of the Army and couldn’t believe how much knowledge there was for the taking. I would drop in on classes just because they were interesting. I loved sitting in the stacks of McKeldin until it closed, just reading. … My best friends, 30 years later, are people from College Park. I love being a Terp.” Michael P. Farrell ’69
Maryland, My Maryland “I loved being in College Park in the summer; it was like you had the town to yourself. My fondest memory from those summers is going to class in the early, early morning (well, early for a college student), and while it was still humid, the air would be cool and the campus quiet and still.” Karen L. Taylor ’90 “I remember late night practice sessions in Tawes, going to concerts and recitals in the recital hall. Listening to music in Hornbake in the music library and studying for comprehensive exams there, too.” Scott Joseph Frock ’81, ’85 M.M.
“Every once in a while I would test Testudo on some economic theory, then share with him the answer.When I was done, I’d take a deep breath, pick up my books, pat Testudo on the top of the head, and head off to class. It must have been quite a sight to behold, watching a student in full conversation with Testudo.To this day, whenever I’m preparing for a big presen-
“[I remember] my experiences with the pep committee, including driving Testudo II, the mobile mascot, for the pep committee. I did more than drive it; I kept it running through tune-ups, oil and tire changes, repairing flats, hauling it to Atlanta for the Peach Bowl. I wonder where Testudo II is today?” Roger Welker ’71 tation or important phone call, I naturally look for an updated version of Testudo to use as my good luck charm.” Stuart Alper ’84
C ampus life
“Among the most enjoyable times are the many Sunday afternoons I played pick-up softball games in front of the chapel.These games went on every Sunday from 1 p.m. until dark from May to the start of the regular NFL season.” Charles R. Enis ’68, ’72, ’74 M.B.A., ’81 Ph.D. “My advanced accounting class with Dr. James Borra; a professor who also helped many students pass the CPA exam. Our mantra:When in doubt, choose ‘B’ for ‘Borra.’ ” Ann C. Eilers ’86, CPA
Testudo is beloved by the Maryland family. It has been presented in all shapes and forms—from the mobile mascot (above, top left) to the bronze lucky charm presiding over McKeldin Mall. 24
“What I love about Maryland: the diversity. Having grown up in Lancaster, Pa., I had minimal exposure to other cultures, but when I came to Maryland, I was exposed to a wealth of fascinating cultures and religions that I wouldn’t have
experienced on other campuses. One year, I shared a house with an African American woman, an Indian woman and an Iranian woman.We looked like a Benneton ad! We still keep in touch to this day.” Lori Hill ’89
friends since college days developed as a result of the Gymkana Troupe. … Year after year we travel from Florida for the spring Home Show and reunion.” Carolyn (Cheek) Terrell ’56, George Terrell ’54
“I met the man of my dreams at UM in the Gymkana Troupe, and we were married in the Chapel on Oct. 1, 1954. Gymkana is our greatest love and continuing memory. Our closest
“I played rugby for the Terps from 1980–1983. We won the ACC championship in 1981. I was the only senior graduating in fall 1983 when we qualified for the national tournament to be held in the spring.The team finished second in the country.” Michael D. Kane ’83, ’88 MSCE
“I love being a Terrapin. Now that I live in Florida, among the Canes, Gators and Seminoles, I proudly display my Maryland pride by wearing my Maryland Terrapin T-shirts. I am enrolled at the University of Miami (the other UM, in the executive M.B.A. program).
Every Saturday, I go to class wearing one of my Maryland or Terrapin T-shirts.Terps rock and Maryland rules.” A.J. Minhas ’85 “I love saying, ‘Fear the Turtle!’” Carol J. Beswick ’86
“Raised from age 4 by a widowed mother and bossed around by an older sister, I was in danger of becoming a wimp. …
The university entered my life and offered me a job in the R.O.T.C.department cleaning rifles. … And, yes, there are memories galore, starting with the trailer-sized hamburger
located just outside the campus main gate where they kept the buns warm and moist ready to be filled with the most delicious hot mash of hamburger. … And now, at age 96, as I sit at my modern day computer writing this tale, I want to
express my thanks to a quite large yet most considerate University of Maryland for providing the education and help to enable a 16-year-old small-town boy from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to carve his own niche in
this world, build a wonderful family and enjoy a long and lasting life.” John H. Loux ’28
ABOVE: JOHN H. LOUX’S YEARBOOK PHOTO
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ OR ARE YOUNG VOTERS TURNED OUT IN UNUSUALLY STRONG NUMBERS LAST NOVEMBER, RAISING HOPES THAT A MORE POLITICALLY ENGAGED AND CIVICALLY ACTIVE GENERATION HAD COME OF AGE. OR WAS IT JUST A MOMENTARY BURST OF ENTHUSIASM?
THEY? BY NEIL TICKNER
P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y J O H N T. C O N S O L I
It’s lunchtime at the 601st Precinct polling place in Forestville, Md., and Matt Stern gets to sit down for the first time all day. The 18-year-old University of Maryland freshman has been on the job as a non-partisan poll worker since 6 a.m. Only about a dozen people are waiting to vote. But until now, the lines have been “out the door and around the corner,” says Chief Election Judge Edith Robbins. This is the first presidential election Stern could vote in, and he likes the idea of spending it in this school cafeteria. “This is helping people vote,” Stern says. “If you want your politicians to serve you, you’ve got to elect them.”
With a device that dangles from his neck, Stern preps the special cards needed to activate the electronic voting machines, and gets voters ready to go. One voter intimidated by the computerized equipment says to him,“Tell me exactly what to do,” but leaves saying,“it’s easy.” About 30 Maryland students are working at other polling places on this November day, part of a new collaboration between the university’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship and the federal government. Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer (D–5th District) sponsored it to “ignite the civic spirit” of young people and reverse what he calls a “civic engagement crisis.” 26
difference between the candidates on these issues and responded to a heavy mobilization campaign. At a campus discussion following the vice-presidential debate last October, one student put it this way:“We’ve got a stake in this. It’s hard to get worked up about Social Security at our age, but the war and the economy, that’s different.That’s right now.” Young people took an active role in the voter mobilization effort. At Maryland, for example, more than 200 students from a variety of political and service organizations joined forces in a voter registration drive.They registered about 3,000 students and “kept things at a heightened pitch,” according to Craig Slack, assistant director of the Office of Campus Programs. “This election demonstrat“YOU CAN’T HAVE GREAT LEADERSHIP ed on a large WITHOUT FOLLOWERSHIP. WHEN scale that young YOU MOBILIZE FOLLOWERS YOU’RE people respond to face-to-face CREATING LEADERSHIP ” peer mobiliza—JAMES M AC GREGOR BURNS. tion,” says Galston.“If the parties are concerned about the future, they’ll pay attention to this.” One reason Stern’s 17.5-hour shift left him with sore feet, but committed to the work. A couple of weeks later at a debriefing session, he nodded in agreement as another student poll worker described their service as “the ultimate expression of political engagement.” Researchers and politicians closely watched the new generation of voters like Stern on Election Day 2004 to gauge their level of political and civic involvement. A burst of voter registrations had raised expectations that young voters would turn out in force, and perhaps tip the balance in a close race. But as election results came in, news reports suggested the youth vote had been a bust. Research by the university’s Center for Information and Research on
Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) quickly showed that to be wrong. “Youth responded to the call,” says William Galston, a University of Maryland political scientist and director of CIRCLE. “They turned out in massively greater numbers.”The center’s analysis shows the under-30 turnout rate at the highest level in a dozen years, at nearly 52 percent—an increase of more than nine points over 2000. All this represented a turnaround. “If you were reading the tea leaves two years ago, you might have said this generation would offer more of the same—low levels of political interest and involvement,” Galston says. One hypothesis suggested the generation coming of age was disillusioned by conventional politics and might instead embrace volunteerism.That didn’t happen, Galston explains, because young voters became deeply concerned about issues like the war in Iraq and the economy, saw a 28
For the past three years, CIRCLE, based in the u n i v e r s i t y ’s School of Public Policy, has conducted, collected and funded research on the civic and political participation of young Americans. Its Web site offers extensive information, including research findings. MORE ONLINE: www.civicyouth.org
The James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership supports a variety of initiatives aimed at developing leadership skills and fostering political involvement. The academy spearheaded campus debate watch activities during the presidential campaign, and offers a living/learning program in leadership development for freshmen and sophomores, College Park Scholars in Public Leadership. MORE ONLINE: www.academy.umd.edu/for/college_students.htm
is that first votes can shape budding loyalties. “In a way, it’s a little like establishing a brand loyalty,” he says. THE LONG-TERM TEST
Last November’s successful mobilization of young voters may not be a good measure of enduring civic and political engagement. “Historically we’ve had these tremendous outbursts of activity, and then it goes back to the way it was,” says James MacGregor Burns, the distinguished senior scholar at the University of Maryland’s Academy of Leadership that bears his name. “The test will be whether these young, alleged activists get involved in local, state and congressional elections.There’s a difference between a presidential election with all its hype and getting involved at the grassroots level, which is often less exciting,” Burns says. Galston agrees there may be no easy way to replicate the intensity of the 2004 presidential race. “You can’t bottle it,” he says. “If political temperatures drop it may be different next time.” Still, many of the hot-button issues from 2004 remain a concern, and Burns and Galston both say that could help maintain political engagement. “People who came to the political process during the New Deal proceeded to become the great civic generation,” Galston says. “But that takes time.” In the long run, Burns says it’s vital that political parties do more to reach out to the young. “You can’t have great leadership without followership,” he says.“When you mobilize followers you’re creating leadership.” Matt Stern, the UM freshman poll worker, is hooked. He’s beginning his university career in the Academy of Leadership living/learning community. Although he’s planning for a life of public service, he’s not ready to choose. His work on Election Day fit perfectly—it kept him involved, but required no long-term commitment. “I’m trying not to be too partisan,” he says. “I’m not going into this on a crusade. I’m in college to learn.” But, after some intellectual exploration he expects to “align” himself politically.“My favorite song is Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are a Changin’,” he says.“It’s inevitable that things will change, even though it may not look like it from the red and blue map.” —TERP
theloop Hello … Maryland’s Future Calling AT 6 P.M., WHEN many
offices around the university are dark, there’s one place on campus where the work day has just started: the Maryland Fund for Excellence. Here, a shift of 28 students is on the phones, calling alumni, asking them to support their alma mater. While some universities hire private companies to call alumni, Maryland has a different philosophy.“Students are the university’s best ambassadors.These guys could be working at the library or dining services,” says telefund manager James Logbo ’04, “but they have chosen to serve as a link to the Maryland family instead.” That point isn’t lost on the students who man the phone banks.“You get to have some amazing conversations,” says student supervisor Maura Kennedy.“The best
is when you call someone from your own major—then it’s even easier to establish a connection, to talk about the school and our needs.” Each of the 80 students working for the Maryland Fund for Excellence attends a week-long training course where they learn how to talk to former students about what is going on at the university. “You’re going to be nervous,” warns Kennedy, “but it’s okay—you’ll be talking with some great people.” “And every gift, no matter where the donor designates it—to a scholarship, a dean’s fund or some other initiative—has an immediate impact on your Maryland experience,” adds Logbo. Since state funding covers 27 percent of the university’s budget, alumni support is essential to enhance the academic, artistic and athletic programs that have propelled Maryland’s momentum. So when alumni answer their phones
Students on call for the Maryland Fund: (back to front) Boh Suh, Bisola Daramola, Helga Spencer and Jamone West.
and hear a friendly voice say, “This is the Maryland Fund for Excellence,” they can rest assured—it’s not another telemarketer. It’s Maryland’s future on the line. —MW
specialGIFTS Patricia Bakwin Selch, widow of collector Frederick R. “Eric” Selch, made an unparalleled gift to the university of her husband’s comprehensive collection covering the history of American music. The Frederick R. Selch Collection, which will be housed in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, embraces many types of music performed by myriad cultural groups in These early New England bowed string basses are part of the Selch America. Valued at $3.2 million, the Collection. Selch Collection includes nearly 800 musical instruments, approximately 6,000 books and manuscripts and an array of musical works of art and ephemera.
Richard A. Kay generously donated $500,000 to support the construction of the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building. In recognition of his support, a prominent room will be named the “Richard and Rebecca Kay Board Room.” The Kim Engineering Building, which opens officially in September 2005, houses some of the most sophisticated engineering research and educational laboratories in the nation. Kay is the president of Strategic Management Consultants, which he founded after the sale of his company, OTG Software, to Legato Systems in 2002. Robert L. Edwards ’39, and his wife, Gertrude, were inspired by the university’s Scholarship Benefit held last September to make a gift of $500,000 to establish the Gertrude and Robert Edwards ’39 Scholarship Fund. The non-endowed fund will provide scholarships for undergraduate and M.B.A. students in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. —PS
TOP LEFT ILLUSTRATION BY MIRA AZARM; TOP RIGHT PHOTO BY TERRELL BATTLE; BOTTOM PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FREDERICK R. SELCH COLLECTION
play-by-play SCOREcard Experience what it’s like to sit courtside with the women’s
Another Top 10 Program for the Terps! of the largest staffs in the country. The 16-person staff, a “very bustling, very records and rankings like yesterday’s lottery numactive unit” according to Yow, pushes the athletes bers, but they need to make room for one more. The Terps out-scored 62 Division I instituto be as competitive in the classroom as they are tions to take sixth place nationally in the on the field. Advisors, directors, graduate assistants Excellence in Athletics Cup.The award, created and learning specialists work closely with their by the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate students to ensure their success. Everyone was Athletics, recognizes points on the field, A’s in the rewarded this fall when 311 athletes were honclassroom and equality across the scoreboard. ored for achieving a 3.0 or better GPA, earning Athletics Director Debbie Yow attributes these the title of scholar athlete. Four even shot the honors to the Academic Support and Career moon with a 4.0. Development Unit (ASCDU) housed within Of course, there is always more to do.Yow Intercollegiate Athletics.Yow says the budget for and the ASCDU are looking toward the future, the ASCDU has been significantly enhanced over with goals of matching athletes’ graduation rates the past decade to accommodate the growing to those of the entire university and adding number of athletes.The budget currently totals scholarship money to underfunded teams. more than $1 million and provides funds for one Yow just marked her 10-year anniversary as a Terp and will remain so until 2010, thanks to a “Our philosophy in athletics at the University of recent contract extension. President Mote says she is Maryland is that we don’t have to choose between “the finest athletics direcwinning and graduating student athletes.The goal tor in the country,” but she is also a woman who is to do both.”—Deborah Yow spends 70 hours a week on her job, crosses her fingers for a Terp win over Duke and nitpicks at her star players’ use of grammar. “Our philosophy in athletics at the University of Maryland is that we don’t have to choose between winning and graduating student athletes.The goal is to do both,”Yow says. “I will never believe that we have to choose one or the other.” —KA LOYAL TERPS CAN rattle off Maryland’s sports
basketball team! As of January 9, women’s head basketball coach Brenda Frese and her Terps became the subject of a 13-week reality TV show that follows them from training camp through their season. See Under The Shell on Sundays, 11:30 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet or Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. on Fox College Sports TV. Byrd Stadium held a record number of fans this season for home football games. This year’s average attendance was again over 50,000, topping last year’s record by almost 200 Terp fanatics. Sophomore Paula Infante, junior Lauren Powley and senior captains Kristin Harris and Sara Silvetti all garnered All-American honors by the National Field Hockey Association. Former Terp lacrosse star Tori Wellington found herself in elite company when Sports Illustrated On Campus named her one of the “Top 30 Under 30” in the sports business industry for her role as a sports marketing manager for Under Armour. The Newly renovated Shipley Field will see its first game action March 2, when the baseball team hosts Towson University. Recent upgrades include a new artificial turf infield, overhauled dugouts, new seating and an expanded press box.
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spotlight Voices, Acting, Passion—That’s Opera! THE IRRESISTIBLE JOY of young artists: broke, wild, passionate and in love, in Paris at Christmas. Follow the young lovers from the first spark of their amour through the harsh, bitter winter. Can their love last through the spring? Now that’s a story line. If you haven’t been to an opera lately (or perhaps never), this spring’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème is an excellent
choice for opera devotees (after all, it has been attracting audiences for more than 100 years) and for those new to the scene. Ever since Madison Avenue realized opera’s commercial selling power about 20 years ago, opera stepped down from its high-brow-only stature, says the internationally acclaimed Jeffrey Rink ’77, M.M. ’80, who will be conducting the Maryland Opera Studio production at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, April 16, 20, 22 and 24 in the Ina and Jack Kay Theatre. While symphonies and choral groups (both of which he leads) are struggling to attract younger audiences, Rink says, “Opera is the one with increasing audience nationally because it is a complete package
combining music, acting and dance.” Rink is in his 15th season as director of the Massachusetts-based Chorus pro Musica and 10th season as music director of the Newton Symphony Orchestra, as well as on faculty at the University of Massachusetts–Boston, and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass. Having not conducted at Maryland since graduating, he regards this as a
reunion of sorts. As a student, Rink served as an assistant to the University of Maryland Chorus, then under the direction of Paul Traver. So he finds it particularly gratifying that members of the University
Alumnus Jeffrey Rink conducts the Maryland Opera ` Studio production of La Boheme. A model of one of the sets is shown at left.
of Maryland Chorus will play student artists and another dozen members of the Maryland Boys Choir, street urchins, in addition to conducting the University of Maryland Orchestra in the pit. Rink will be working with director Pat Diamond, a young Yale graduate known for his crossover success in both opera and theater. Diamond has chosen to move the action forward a century and to use Brassai’s famed 1933 Paris de Nuit photos that capture the seamy side of Paris nightlife as inspiration for the set. Rink finds it quite appropriate because the artist wanted, through his works, to reveal the “real” Paris of which the characters in the opera are so much a part. Says Rink, who has conducted other productions of La Bohème, “It’s always good to put something away and look at it fresh.” —DB
OPER A APPRECIATION 101— A DELECTABLE COURSE WHETHER YOU KNOW your way around a libretto or not, the Maryland Alumni Association’s “Evening at the Opera” takes you from cocktails and dinner through final curtain calls—knowledgeably and within walking distance. This popular event, which has featured trips to the Kennedy Center in D.C. or the Metropolitan Opera in New York, comes home this spring to take advantage of the new Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center setting and its neighboring Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Friday, April 22 is your ticket to a delicious dinner, a lecture by a faculty member from the School of Music and the Maryland Opera Studio’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème. To learn more, contact Stephanie Tadlock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.405.4678. —DB
PHOTO AND SET DESIGN MODEL BY ERHARD ROM; TOP RIGHT PHOTO BY LEO GOZBEKIAN
Interpretations Access to Quality: Our Unwavering Commitment IN A TIME of limited resources, our greatest challenge is to provide access to quality education for our most highly qualified applicants. It is our unwavering commitment.We are determined to ensure that top students of low to moderate financial means will be able to graduate from the university without taking on backbreaking debt.We also relentlessly pursue educational programs that stretch our students intellectually, enhance their personal growth, and prepare them for productive lives.Two new initiatives illustrate our focus on these goals. Maryland Pathways guarantees that every student who is a Maryland resident from a family whose income is below the poverty line ($22,000) can graduate debtfree.These students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, are required to work 10 hours per week, maintain a full course load and remain in good academic standing.We help them maximize federal and state financial aid grants, and provide our own resources, including private gift support, to bridge the gap between what these students need and what is available to cover their tuition, room and board. We are exploring a new Maryland Pathways initiative to guarantee in-state students with family incomes in the $22,000 to $65,000 range that they can graduate with debt not exceeding the cost of one year’s attendance for tuition, room and board.That debt burden would be relatively manageable, would be known in advance of admission, and is substantially less than the average debt of today’s students. Implementing these Maryland Pathways programs depends on raising resources through increased philanthropic support for scholarships. Using scholarships to control
The response from new applicants to the President’s Promise initiative has been overwhelmingly positive. Now, we look forward to delivering on the promise. What kind of institution will the University of Maryland be in 10 years? We will be an entrepreneurial, public research university that will be largely financed through our own efforts. And with the support of our Maryland family, we will be one of the nation’s truly great universities, creating knowledge through cutting-edge research, fueling the economic development of the state, leading the nation in programs across the spectrum and graduating top students on their path to productive lives. As always, I welcome your thoughts and support in all of our efforts. debt is a new reality for today’s student. As reported in this issue, we have embarked upon a significant scholarship campaign— co-chaired by alumnus and men’s head basketball coach Gary Williams—that will raise at least $200 million for scholarships. This effort will go far toward helping us reach our goal. Another new initiative for Fall 2005, the President’s Promise, guarantees every entering freshman the opportunity for a special learning experience to complement the major curriculum.We have a wealth of such opportunities, including our nationally acclaimed living-learning programs, research projects with faculty members, study abroad, public and private sector internships, service-learning experiences and many more. Nearly two thirds of our students already take advantage of such programs.With this initiative, we guarantee that every student who wants such an experience will have the opportunity for one.
Dan Mote, President
TO LEARN MORE President’s Promise Initiative Office of Undergraduate Admissions www.uga.umd.edu 1.800.422.5867
Maryland Pathways Office of Student Financial Aid www.financialaid. umd.edu/Maryland Pathways.html
Supporting Scholarships If you are interested in learning more about ways to contribute, please contact Patricia Wang, 301.405.7764.
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