Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0205. Sunday, 12 March 1995.
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Monday, March 13, 1995
Subject: Landmark and Future Move
Last week, SHAKSPER's active members passed the 1000 mark. Our membership is
diverse; we are textual scholars and bibliographers, editors and critics,
professors and high school teachers, undergraduate and graduate students,
actors, poets, playwrights, theatre professionals, librarians, computer
scientists, and interested bystanders. Our members are from Australia,
Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany,
Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico,
The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan,
Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. We are indeed a global conference.
SHAKSPER began on July 16, 1990, with a dozen or so members; a few of these
founding members, myself included, are still with us. The Conference was given
birth by Kenneth Steele, then a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto.
In May of 1992, I took over as SHAKSPER's editor, while Ken Steele took leave
from his graduate studies. At that time, the membership was in the lows 230s.
Ken now lives in London, Ontario, where he has his own computer company --
Stainless Steele Communications. There have been notable landmarks in this our
six years of operation, reaching 1000 members is surely one of those.
However, having such a large membership for a moderated conference brings
certain challenges. SHAKSPER has increasingly been occupying more and more of
my time. Some days, when the traffic is heavy, I spend two and half to three
hours preparing the digests and handling other administrative tasks. I am
committed to keeping SHAKSPER a moderated list, and I could supply a dozen or
more reasons for this commitment.
One of the major goals of my editing involves maintaining a consistent look to
the digests. Here is where the membership can assist me. I generally do not
include long signatures or emoticons, but I do insist on attributing postings,
for which I have made a few misattributions of late. If your name is not
included in the transmital information or if you are using a husband's, wife's,
parent's, child's, or friend's account, please be sure to sign your
submissions; for consistency, I normally only include one's name and
affiliation; unless more information appears called for.
You can also help me in a few other ways. First, I want to discourage
cross-posting from other lists, unless the posting is of an informational
nature of interest to large numbers of the members. Second, please do not use
the REPLY/EDIT function; this just creates larges blocks of text that I have to
delete. Use the REPLY function instead, or edit the digest you are replying
to, including only the minimum of material from that posting. Quoting in
length from previous posts is normally a waste of resources. Third, if you are
using the REPLY function but are submitting a contribution on a subject other
than the one in the SUBJECT line, please identify the subject of your post.
You need not reproduce all of the material you see in your digest's headers; in
fact, this too creates more work for me.
I do have one other important announcement. In the very near future, SHAKSPER
will be relocating to my institution -- Bowie State University. The University
of Toronto has been SHAKSPER's home since its creation, but our size and
activity have been contributing to the stretching of the resources of U of T's
present set up. The money for the hardware and software necessary to run
SHAKSPER from Bowie State has been allocated and the purchases are currently
being made. I will keep everyone fully informed of future developments, but
members can expect a one to two week downtime while we are making the switch.
I have taught at Bowie State for the past eighteen years. I am currently an
Associate Professor of English there, but I have also been working part-time
for the Provost and the President for the past year and a half, including two
days a week this semester while I am on sabbatical leave. I have included
below my institution's History so that members can become more familiar with
SHAKSPER's new home.
BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY
Bowie State University is an outgrowth of the first school opened in Baltimore,
Maryland, on January 9, 1865, by the Baltimore Association for the Moral and
Educational Improvement of Colored People, which was organized on November 28,
1864, to engage in its self-appointed mission on a state-wide basis. The first
normal school classes sponsored by the Baltimore Association were held in the
African Baptist Church located on the corner of Calvert and Saratoga Streets.
In 1868, with the aid of a grant from the Freedmen's Bureau, the Baltimore
Association purchased from the Society of Friends a building at Courtland and
Saratoga Streets for the relocation of its normal school until 1883, when it
was reorganized solely as a normal school to train Negro teachers.
The Baltimore Normal School had received occasional financial support from the
city of Baltimore since 1870 and from the State since 1872. In 1871, it
received a legacy from the Nelson Wells Fund. This fund, established before
Wells' death in February 1843, provided for the education of freed Negro
children in the State of Maryland. On April 8, 1908, at the request of the
Baltimore Normal School, which desired permanent status and funding as an
institution for the education of Negro teachers, the state legislature
authorized its Board of Education to assume control of the school. The same law
re-designated the institution as Normal School No. 3. Subsequently, it was
relocated on a 187-acre tract in Prince George's County, and by 1914 it was
known as the Maryland Normal and Industrial School at Bowie. A two-year
professional curriculum in teacher education, which started in 1925, was
expanded to a three-year program. In 1935, a four-year program for the training
of elementary school teachers began, and the school was renamed Maryland State
Teachers College at Bowie. In 1951, with the approval of the State Board of
Education, its governing body, Bowie State expanded its program to train
teachers for junior high schools. Ten years later, permission was granted to
institute a teacher training program for secondary education. In 1963, a
liberal arts program was started and the name was changed to Bowie State
College. In succeeding years, a graduate school and a number of innovative
programs have been established to prepare students to fill a productive role in
our changing society and economy.
Bowie State College was authorized to grant its first graduate degree, the
Master of Education, in 1970. A significant milestone in the development of
graduate studies at Bowie State College was achieved with Board of Trustees'
approval for the establishment of the Adler-Dreikurs Institute of Human
Relations in 1975. Currently, the University offers 18 undergraduate programs
and 13 graduate degree programs, including the Bachelors in Technology, Masters
in Teaching, and dual-degree programs in both Engineering and Dentistry.
On July 1, 1988, Bowie State College officially became Bowie State University,
a change reflecting significant growth in the institution's programs,
enrollment, and service to the area. On that same day, the University also
became one of 11 constituent institutions of the newly-formed University of
In Fall 1993, Bowie State University took another distinctive step into the
international market by becoming the first historically black university in the
nation to expand its satellite and continuing education programs overseas. In
partnership with the University of Maryland (University College) and the
University of Maryland (College Park), Bowie State now offers graduate programs
in Management Information Systems and Administrative Management to military
personnel stationed in Germany.
In Spring 1994, the Maryland Higher Education Commission approved a new Mission
for Bowie State University, reaffirming its heritage and special commitment to
the African-American community, and identifying a special focus on computer and
technology applications, as well as an enhanced role as a teaching institution.
Bowie State University now serves a student population that has grown more than
50 percent in recent years. Students are technologically sophisticated,
culturally diverse, and internationally sensitive. In response to these
dramatic shifts, the University has recently completed construction of Alex
Haley Hall, a 350-bed residence hall that provides state-of-the-art technology,
safety, and comfort features. Discipline-based technology and research have
been integrated throughout the academic curriculum.
A host of other exciting developments over the past few years have enhanced the
University's responsiveness to regional needs. The creation of a range of
community-focused programs -- including the Academy for Computer Training,
Violence Prevention Education Project, Entrepreneurial Development Program,
Small Business Incubator Project, and the Center for Alternative Dispute
Resolution -- link University expertise and resources to addressing major
community and regional issues. Bowie State is enjoying national recognition for
both its production of minority computer science graduates and its Summer
Emerging Scholars Program.
Under the leadership of Dr. Nathanael Pollard, Jr., its eighth permanent
president, Bowie State recently "retreated" to provide focused attention on how
it will continue to increase its levels of quality, competition,
responsiveness, and cost efficiency.
Today, Bowie State University is emerging as central Maryland's regional
comprehensive University, and a jewel in the crown of the University of