Archive for September, 2015


Sympa: Mailing List Maker

Have you ever wished that you could create a mailing list to easily contact a lot of people at once, even if they are not members of the UMB Community? Your wish is granted!

The Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) offers a product called Sympa, that features an easy-to-use web interface that anyone at UMB can use to create different kinds of mailing lists. The two most common types of mailing lists are the “Newsletter” variety and the “Discussion” mailing list. The “Newsletter” creates a list to distribute information or announcements to persons with a common interest. Discussion lists are more conversational, but can have different levels of control; for instance, the list creator can appoint a moderator so someone can screen messages prior to distributing them. You also can use Sympa to search for mailing lists matching your main interests or your particular situation. All lists maintain a web archive, so if you missed a message you can easily search for it online.

Some UMB faculty, staff, and students have been using Sympa for years to create message lists for classes, student organizations, or other shared interest groups. Sympa is a tool that can easily reach out to a few, or a few thousand, people.

If you’d like to find out more, read the general introduction to mailing lists, which provides an overview of the different types of mailing lists, what features each has, and how they work. To create your own lists, you can go to Sympa and log in using your UMID and password. Once you are logged in, you have several options to choose from. One of the choices is “+Create list?” Selecting this option and clicking “Go” will take you to a screen that walks you through setting up a mailing list of the type you want to create.

For more information, please email the IT Help Desk or call 410-706-HELP.

Brook BotvinTechnology, University AdministrationSeptember 30, 20150 comments
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Calm Leadership Earns SOL’s Boggs Employee of the Month

When the Freddie Gray riots forced the Francis King Carey School of Law to rearrange its final exam schedule on short notice, Steven Boggs, JD, stepped up in a big way. For these efforts, along with his typical excellence and leadership, Boggs, director of law records and registration at Carey Law, was chosen as UMB’s Employee of the Month for September.

“His exemplary achievement this year was his quick, effective, and creative approach to administering exams in connection with the closure of the University in late April,” Susan Krinsky, MPH, JD, associate dean for student affairs at the law school, said in nominating Boggs. “Steven is a team player with amazing problem-solving skills.”

Keeping His Cool in Chaos

Boggs thought he was attending a meeting on the student record database when he went to the Lexington Building on Sept. 22. Then UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, walked into the room and surprised him with the award.

“You were calm and showed true leadership when law students were taking their exams in the midst of chaos,” Perman said. “Even Dean [Donald B.] Tobin conveyed that you embodied the core values of the institution — how to collaborate and be civil under stress. I’m particularly appreciative that we have the chance to honor you.”

Excellence and Professionalism

Krinsky said Boggs consistently demonstrates excellence and leadership. One of the law school’s goals is to educate the next generation, and Boggs’ excellence in running the registrar’s office, along with his commitment to students, will help to achieve that goal, Krinsky said.

After the ceremony, Boggs was grateful for more than the certificate and $250 he received.

“I appreciated being able to share the moment with the ladies that I work with most closely on a daily basis,” he said. “I am grateful to be the registrar for the law school and all the demands that come with the job because I feel supported every step of the way.”

Sarah RebackFor B'more, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeSeptember 30, 20150 comments
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Heart Walk

World Heart Day

Each year, Sept. 29 is World Heart Day. To mark World Heart Day 2015 we want to ensure that people everywhere take the opportunity to make healthy heart choices, wherever they live, work, and play.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s number one killer. However, much of CVD can be prevented by addressing risk factors such as tobacco use, lack of physical activity, and unhealthy diet.

Find out more about CVD by visiting our Heart Walk page and please join me, Julia Wightman, on Saturday, Oct. 10 for the 2015 Heart Walk.

Show your support by taking a Healthy Heart Selfie! #worldheartday

World Heart Day

Julia Wightman – #WorldHeartDay

Julia WightmanBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Administration, University LifeSeptember 29, 20150 comments
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Bring a friend to the Farmers Market

Bring-A-Friend to the Farmers Market Day

Happy Fall! Get your apple cider before it’s gone!

The University Farmers Market is hosting a “Bring-a-Friend to the Market” Day on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Invite someone to the farmers market who has not been before and show them all there is to discover!

Participants can enter a raffle to win a $25 Farmers Market Gift Certificate or take advantage of our special deal – buy one “Green on Greene St. Bag” and get one FREE for your friend!

Justin GravesCollaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB Go Green, University LifeSeptember 29, 20150 comments
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Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

It’s finally here. The new time sheet for exempt (salaried) employees has arrived! For an overview, watch this short video.

Here’s a quick checklist for your first entry:

  • Begin using the new format to record time worked and leave taken after Sept. 19, 2015.
  • Complete the employee profile if you’d like to use the “Apply Profile” button to autofill your normal work schedule.
  • Enter ‘D’ for all full or partial days worked.
  • Enter hours for leave taken.
  • When you work a partial day and take leave for the balance, enter a ‘D’ and the number of hours of leave taken.

How to Enter Outstanding Time Sheets

Old time sheets are no longer available for electronic entry or correction. To enter or correct time sheets for time worked or leave taken prior to Sept. 20, Exempt employees must submit a paper exempt time sheet. All review and approval will be manual. Once your paper time sheet is fully approved, submit it to your department’s payroll representative. If you reported leave, your payroll representative will coordinate manual adjustments to your leave balances. The system will then be updated. You will be able to view reported leave on the leave balances tab within the time sheet or from the “My UMB Leave Balances” link on “My UMB Employee Self Service” page.

Use the new “My Time Sheet History” page to check whether you have any outstanding time sheets. Log in to the myUMB portal, click the “My UMB Employee Self Service” tab. On “Time Sheet Tasks Information,” click “My Timesheet History.” On the “UMB Timesheet Inquiry” page click “Search.” Review the “Pay Run ID” column. If all time sheets have been submitted, there will be no missing pay periods (for example 16-03, 16-04, 16-05, 16-06).

Coming Soon

Faculty electronic time sheets are being readied now for release on Tuesday, Nov. 17. We’ll share more information here in coming weeks.

Have Questions?

Your department’s payroll rep can assist with additional questions as you begin to use the new exempt time sheet format. As a reminder, there are no changes for non-exempt (hourly) time sheets.

Robin ReidPeople, University AdministrationSeptember 29, 20150 comments
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NOVA Volunteer Meeting

The Neuroscience Outreach and Volunteer Associaton (NOVA) is holding its monthly meeting to discuss volunteer opportunities and brainstorm new ideas.

Join us on Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. in the SMC Campus Center, Room 353.

We will discuss reoccurring activities, lab tours for high school students, and collaborations with other campus groups.

Amanda LabuzaCollaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University LifeSeptember 28, 20150 comments
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Connective Issues

Connective Issues Newsletter

Check out the new issue of Connective Issues – the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) newsletter.

In this issue:

  • The Energy of a New Academic Year
  • New Information Services Desk
  • The Library Genie is Returning Oct. 1!
  • New Event – Technology Brown Bag
  • Helpful Hints for Students
  • News Regarding the MPowering the State Virtual Research Library
  • Public Access Compliance
  • Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection
  • HS/HSL Donates Computers
Everly BrownCommunity Service, Education, Research, TechnologySeptember 28, 20150 comments
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Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection at the HS/HSL

Please join us on Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m. for our “Lecture and Lunch” event in support of our current exhibit, “The Zwerdling Postcard Collection: Pictures of Nursing.” Jiwon Kim and Dan Caughey, exhibit educators from the National Library of Medicine, will be speaking. The luncheon will be followed by a tour of the exhibit.

Seating is limited!


“Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection” is on display now until Oct. 10.

Exploring a unique archive of 2,588 postcards and over 100 years of images of nurses and the nursing profession from around the world, the exhibit investigates the hold these images exert on the public imagination—then and now.

Julia PellegriniEducation, People, Research, University LifeSeptember 28, 20150 comments
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Pharmacy Hosts Evening Gala to Celebrate Donors and Friends

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy hosted a special dinner on Sept. 17 to celebrate the members of the David Stewart Associates (DSA) Society, its recognition society for leadership level giving by individuals.

Leadership Giving

“Members of the David Stewart Associates Society support the School in many tangible ways, including scholarships, fellowships, and awards; by naming the School as a beneficiary in their wills; with named spaces in Pharmacy Hall; and by designating funding for our greatest needs or for one of our departments or centers,” said Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy. “It is the support of these individuals, and their leadership and commitment to the School that helps to propel the cycle of philanthropy into the next generation.”

Established in the 1980s, the DSA Society is named for David Stewart, the nation’s first professor of pharmacy and one of the School’s founders. Members of this prestigious group recognize the importance of sustained, leadership giving to provide a solid base of private support and to ensure the School’s continued prominence in the pharmacy profession. These individuals make an annual gift of $1,000 or more to an unrestricted or restricted gift designation.

Approximately 85 percent of students attending the School of Pharmacy receive scholarship support thanks to the philanthropy of DSA Society members. During the dinner, fourth-year student pharmacists Rachel Smith and Joseph Goble delivered heartfelt remarks about how support from the DSA has made it possible for them to pursue their dreams of becoming pharmacists.

Opportunities for Students

The recipient of the Martin B. Mintz Scholarship, Smith spoke about how the School of Pharmacy ignited her passion for independent pharmacy. She described how the financial support afforded to her through the scholarship allowed her to take advantage of extracurricular opportunities to pursue this passion and enhance her professional development.

“With higher education costs continuing to increase, I have watched my peers sacrifice opportunities to grow professionally through involvement with student organizations in order to have more time to work,” said Smith. “Thanks to your generosity, I was able to become even more involved with the National Community Pharmacists Association student chapter by serving as the organization’s past president. I cannot thank you enough for investing in my future, and I hope to one day pay it forward by giving back to the School and showing that small businesses, like independent pharmacies, can have a big impact.”

Goble, who received the 2014 Beardsley Scholar Leader Scholarship, recalled an interaction that he had with a patient during a health outreach event in which he participated as a first-year student pharmacist. He explained how that interaction reinforced his desire to become a pharmacist and how the financial support from the Beardsley Scholar Leader Scholarship has helped him to pursue more opportunities to directly impact patients’ lives.

“After I finished speaking with the patient, she thanked me and told me that I would be successful no matter what path I chose to pursue in the profession because the care that I had for the patient’s well-being truly showed through my interactions,” said Goble. “She set me apart as a future health care professional and strengthened my passion for pharmacy. I am proud to stand before you as the 2014 recipient of the Beardsley Scholar Leader Scholarship — proof that your untiring support has an invaluable impact, ensuring that more students like me have the opportunity to pursue their passions and affect patients’ lives in meaningful ways.”

The Key to Pharmacy Hall

Before the evening concluded, Eddington presented the Key to Pharmacy Hall, which is awarded annually to an individual who has significantly impacted the School through his or her advocacy efforts and who has demonstrated commitment to assisting the School of Pharmacy with advancing its mission to lead pharmacy education, scientific discovery, patient care, and community engagement in the state of Maryland and beyond.

This year’s recipient was William J. Kinnard, Jr., PhD, former dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy.

“With a career spanning beyond pharmaceutical education and research, Dr. Kinnard’s dedication to the pharmacy profession, as well as to health care, remains unparalleled,” said Eddington. “In addition to his recognition as a Distinguished Alumnus of both the University of Pittsburgh and Purdue University, Dr. Kinnard has been awarded the B. Olive Cole Honorary Alumnus Award by the School of Pharmacy. He was one of the first two pharmacists elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1978, and as one of the DSA Society’s founding members, he helped to set the benchmark for philanthropy at the School. It is an honor to present him with this esteemed award.”

Kinnard received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Master of Science in pharmacology from the University of Pittsburgh. He later completed his doctorate in pharmacology at Purdue University, and served as dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy from 1968 to 1989, as acting president for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) from 1989 to 1990, and as acting assistant chancellor of the University System of Maryland from 1990 to 1991. He also held a number of appointments with external organizations during his time at the School, including his service as vice chair of the Citizens Health Council, chair of the Board of Trustees of the United States Pharmacopeia Convention, and president and chair of the board of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

“Because of the ingenuity and leadership demonstrated by individuals like you, the role of the pharmacist as a member of the health care team continues to expand,” said Kinnard. “As the pharmacy profession continues to evolve, so too will the School of Pharmacy. I have been fortunate to witness many changes within the School in the nearly 50 years since I became dean, and I am excited about the changes that the years ahead will hold. This School is one of the finest institutions in the United States, and it is an honor to receive this prestigious award.”

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the DSA Society, please contact Megan Moorefield, associate director in the School’s Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.

Photo Caption: (left to right) Rachel Smith, fourth-year student pharmacist; Joseph Goble, fourth-year student pharmacist; Barry Bress, BSP, MHA, senior director at NeighborCare; and Robert Beardsley, RPh, PhD, professor and vice chair for administration in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the School of Pharmacy.

Malissa CarrollABAE, Contests, Education, People, UMB NewsSeptember 25, 20150 comments
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Clinicopathological Conference

Medical Alumni Association’s Clinicopathological Conference

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
1:30 p.m. 
Westminster Hall

Since 1995, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore VA Medical Center, and Medical Alumni Association have produced an annual conference called “The Historical CPC.”

A CPC, or Clinicopathologic Conference, is a medical clinical exercise in which the history of a patient’s illness is presented to an experienced clinician for discussion in a didactic setting. This form of conference is used to teach our students and house staff how an experienced clinician would approach a difficult or challenging case.

We present an unusual, modern case on a weekly basis, but once a year we stray from our modern cases and discuss an historical figure. This event is free. Read more about this event.

Holly BaierEducation, Global & Community Engagement, Research, UMB NewsSeptember 25, 20150 comments
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Mobile App

The UMB Mobile App: More Than You Know!

“The Mobile UMB app puts UMB in the palm of your hand,” reads the official description. Well, it may not magically allow you to grab up the whole 71-acre campus, but unless you are already a regular user, it probably does provide more functionality than you might expect. Designed to be useful for members of the UMB community and visitors alike, Mobile UMB allows you to participate in the UMB experience in many ways when you are on the go, from any web-enabled smartphone.

What can you do with the UMB Mobile App?

  • Alerts – Receive public safety alerts
  • Calendar – Check out upcoming events on the The Elm Common Calendar
  • Dining – Locate dining options on or near campus
  • Directory – Look up faculty, staff, and students
  • The Elm – Connect with online content relevant to the whole UMB community
  • Library – Access library resources on the go
  • Maps – Search for campus buildings and get directions
  • News – Read UMB-related news stories from various media sources
  • Parking/Transportation – View car and bike parking options, etc.
  • Photos – View photos posted by UMB on Flickr
  • Room Scheduler – View scheduling options for rooms in the SMC Campus Center
  • Spotlight – Browse recent significant happenings on campus
  • Social – Read recent posts on the UMB Facebook page and Twitter feed
  • UM shuttle – Track the UM shuttle’s map location in real time
  • Video – Watch videos on the UMB YouTube channel
  • And more!

Plus, new for the 2015 fall semester, “My Classes” and “My Grades” offer supplemental information to SURFS. Students can now see their class schedules on the run and check final term grades as soon as they are posted!

The UMB mobile app is free and available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play now!

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs administers and manages the mobile app. Support is provided by the IT Help Desk, which can be contacted by phone or email any day of the week.

Brook BotvinEducation, People, Technology, University LifeSeptember 24, 20150 comments
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