Archive for November, 2015

Disney Classic Fairy Tales

Disney Live presents ‘Three Classic Fairy Tales’

Disney Live! Presents “Three Classic Fairy Tales” at the Lyric Opera House Dec. 4 to 5.

Employee Pricing

Special pricing for employees starts at $15.

Deadline to Order

Special pricing deadline to order is Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Noon.


Contact Taveun Ferguson for more info or call (866) 248-8740 and choose option three. Check out the Disney Live website for more information.

Emil Manuel Bulletin Board, People, University LifeNovember 30, 20150 comments
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IPEC 2016 Spring Institute – Call for Proposals

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will be hosing faculty teams at an Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute scheduled for May 4 to 6, 2016 at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, Virginia with a special focus on quality improvement and patient safety.

Proposal Requirements

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Center for Interprofessional Education Director Jane Kirschling and Co-Directors Heather Congdon and Dave Mallott would like to invite you to prepare a brief (no more than one page) proposal, including a brief description of the proposed Interprofessional Education (IPE) project that the team will design and implement as a result of participating in the Institute. The team selected to represent UMB will be asked to submit a proposal for seed grant funding from the Center for up to $10,000 to support the IPE initiative. To learn more about the seed grant application and template, visit the IPE website.

Deadline for Proposals

The deadline for proposals is Friday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. The team members identified in the proposal must represent at least three different health profession disciplines. One member of the team can be from another University of Maryland System university if she/he is representing a discipline other than those offered at UMB. The team should range in size from three to five members. Please send your proposal via email to Patricia Danielewicz.

All costs associated with attendance will be covered by the UMB Center for Interprofessional Education.

Creating Faculty Champions

The overall goal of the IPEC effort is to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences and assessment of learners. Faculty across the health disciplines will join together to explore how to embed such content into their curriculum. Upon returning to their home institutions, it is expected that workshop participants will help to develop faculty teams with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement an interprofessional education project.  The scope of the project must be interprofessional and have a direct link to clinical care. Your project will require a final report within 18 months of the conference.

Please share this information with faculty who might be interested in submitting a proposal.

Patricia DanielewiczCollaboration, Education, UMB News, University LifeNovember 24, 20150 comments
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Get Creative for the Holidays

Is there room in your shopping budget to buy yourself a little something? If so, here’s an interesting opportunity for you. The folks at the CITS Software Licensing Office are very excited to announce that they are now able to offer University of Maryland, Baltimore students, faculty, and staff the Adobe Creative Cloud collection at a cost of $285 per user, per year.

License Details

This license allows for installation on up to two computers, which can either be University or personally owned. These are annual licenses, and must be renewed every year for the software to continue to function. This means that once the license expires, or the user leaves the University, the software will no longer be usable. Contact us for additional details.

More Titles Available

Several individual titles are also offered, at a cost of $150 per user, per year: AfterEffects, Audition, Dreamweaver, Flash Pro, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, Muse, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro.

Payment can be made with University funds via a Journal Entry, or via credit card.

Brook BotvinTechnology, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeNovember 24, 20150 comments
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Procedure Library Satisfaction Survey

As we finalize implementation goals and tactics of the 2011-2016 UMB Strategic Plan, we now seek feedback on one of the tools designed to assist users on campus. The Procedure Library launched May 2015 and has now published five of the identified priority departments. While several features are still under construction, the committee seeks user feedback on the current status and next phase.

The next phase will be to add additional departments and migrate the policies into the developed structure on the current website platform for increased functionality.

Please take the time to complete our survey.

Shannon Wrenn Collaboration, Technology, UMB NewsNovember 24, 20150 comments
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"Home-Sick," Tara Byrd - First Place Winner

Announcing the Snap! UMB Photo Contest 2015 Winners!

Tara Byrd, assistant director of administrative services in the School of Nursing, captured first place in the Snap! Photo Contest, which was open to UMB faculty, staff, and students. Her entry, “Home-Sick,” one of 110 entries received from Sept. 18 to Oct. 31, shows an old home in disrepair, with distinctive blue shutters and ivy growing on the outside.

Other winners named Nov. 19 were Lindsay Rutt, MS, a lead research specialist at the Institute of Genome Sciences (IGS) in the School of Medicine, who finished second for her entries “Beach Storm” and “Windows – Lawrence, Kansas,” and an array of third-place finishers.

They included Pawel Gajer, PhD, a research associate at IGS; Rutt; Kathy Martin, DNP, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing; Bruce Anderson, PharmD, DABAT, director of operations for the Maryland Poison Center in the School of Pharmacy; Colette Beaulieu, office manager in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library; and Tao Liang, student in the School of Pharmacy. Many other contestants achieved honorable mention.

Celebrity Judges

All the photos were judged by a panel of Snap! celebrity judges, who included Yumi Hogan, first lady of Maryland and honorary chair of UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture; Fletcher Mackey, a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art and board member of UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture; John Consoli, director of photography, Marketing and Communications at the University of Maryland, College Park; and Calla Thompson, an associate professor in photography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Entries were accepted in two categories: “The Architectural Landscape” and “UMB, Baltimore, and Beyond.” The photos could be high or low resolution, allowing entries taken with regular cameras or with cell phones.

Exhibit at SMC Campus Center

The 42 winning entries will be displayed in the Fireplace Lounge of the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center from Dec. 4 to Feb. 29 and an online gallery can be viewed at the Snap! Photo Contest Website.

“We received an amazing assortment of entries with a variety of beautiful imagery,” said Stephen Bossom, MFA, web developer of interactive media in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, who headed UMB’s Snap! committee. “I enjoyed coordinating this year’s contest, and my appreciation goes out to all who participated.”

Chris ZangCollaboration, Contests, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeNovember 20, 20150 comments
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Hippodrome Tour Is a Hit

“Behind the Red Curtain,” the latest Broadway 101 lunchtime event organized by UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture, began with an apology and ended with a rousing ovation Nov. 18 at the Hippodrome Theatre.

Stagehands Bruce Holtman Jr. and Chuck Lamar greeted a group of 30 faculty, staff, and students from UMB and the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) by explaining that “we’re not professional tour guides” so keep expectations in check. But more than 90 minutes later, after seeing the Hippodrome stage, “fly floor,” spotlight room, orchestra pit, and dressing rooms, just to name a few, the visitors applauded their “non-guides” for a job well done.

Standing on the stage of the Hippodrome is beyond description. (See for yourself when this Broadway 101 tour is repeated next spring.) It almost makes one want to burst forth in song like Frank Sinatra did there in his first performance with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and in 1939 with Harry James’ band. The sight lines are amazing. You can see each of the 2,300 seats.

Behind the Scenes

But sharing the stage where Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, and Dinah Shore performed was an expected part of the tour, the third Broadway 101 event held in the past year at the Hippodrome, which UMB donated to allow for its magnificent renovation and reopening in 2004. What was unexpected was seeing what those working behind the stars do, often meeting seemingly impossible deadlines without a hitch.

“For ‘Book of Mormon’ we started loading in at 9 a.m. Monday, we worked til midnight Monday, we came back Tuesday and worked 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or so, took a dinner break and came back and did the first show,” recalled Holtman, head “fly man” at the Hippodrome and business agent for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 19. “The ‘Mormon’ traveling road crew knows the show and they rely on our ability to learn it quickly. There are seven crew departments — carpentry, sound, props, electrics, flys, etc. Each crew and each department has one or two people who know the show in and out. ‘Book of Mormon’ we had 24 people working. You just have to pick up the cues real quick.”

The “cues” come from the stage manager, who sits stage left just out of sight. There is much to do. In “Wicked,” Holtman recalls, there were 500 to 600 spot cues a show.

Intricate Rigging

To understand the complexity of what the stagehands do, those standing on the stage could look straight up. Way above the actors is an amazing array of intricate rigging, an endless series of adjustable pipelike structures on which fabric, lights, and more can be hung. They hold up to 2,800 pounds each. “It’s slightly dangerous,” offered Lamar, now the head soundman at the Meyerhoff and a former Hippodrome employee who still helps out with tours, summer camps, and Hippodrome Foundation events. “But we’re extremely qualified.”

For a closer look, Holtman and Lamar took the visitors up four flights of steps to the “fly floor.” There 86 double rows of cable reside, looking like the thick rope used in tug of war. For “Book of Mormon,” one road crew member and five Hippodrome stagehands raised and lowered the batten rigging on command. “It’s a lot of hands-on labor,” said Holtman, who explained how the counterweight system is “more boring but more safe” than some others he’s seen in his 26 years behind (and above) the stage.

Earlier, the UMB guests were shown the loading site, where truckloads of sets are unloaded by hand or forklift. “‘Phantom of the Opera’ had 22 tractor-trailers,” Lamar recalled. The two-lane unloading site looks like an average garage that has been stretched to tractor-trailer length. “One piece for ‘Phantom’ was 28 feet long,” Lamar added. “The Hippodrome is well-suited for Broadway shows, but they could never do opera here. The sets are much grander.”

Taking a Peek Downstairs

Less grand were the no-frills downstairs dressing rooms, with a bathroom, locker, sofa, and light-lined mirror for star No. 1 and even less fancy digs in the chorus room, where musicians performed for Billy Joel’s Broadway show “Movin’ Out” when the orchestra pit was too small. Downstairs is also home to a laundry room (three washers and three dryers), a wig and hair room, a makeup room (“Shrek spent a few hours a day there being painted green,” Lamar recalls), an equipment room, a kitchen, and more.

Several floors above, the spotlight room, which is above the last row of balcony seats, provided a hands-on experience for those willing to climb the steel built-in ladder to get there.

Throughout, Holtman and Lamar entertained the visitors with stories, observations, and tidbits like:

  • The best seats are the first row of the balcony.
  • Most crewmen start by doing summer concerts like Merriweather, but it’s so hot.
  • The Hippodrome’s central air conditioning unit is housed in the ornate roof above the central chandelier.
  • Tom Cruise, believe it or not, is normal. Real short, but normal.

Mutual Admiration

Both stagehands showed a love for their craft and for the Hippodrome.

“‘The Lion King’ played here for 14 weeks one time, but every night was different,” said Holtman.

The UMB guests left the Hippodrome impressed by what they saw. “It gives me an appreciation for why tickets to a show cost so much,” said Lindsay Alger, MD, medical director of labor and delivery at the School of Medicine. “There are so many people involved.”

“Encore,” said Arnold Hoffman of UMMC when the curtain came down for the last time. “This is so much more than I expected. You guys [Holtman and Lamar] did a fabulous job!”

— Chris Zang

Chris Zang Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 19, 20150 comments
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Craft Fair

Holiday Craft Fair

Join us for the 8th annual University of Maryland, Baltimore handmade and homemade Holiday Craft Fair!

Friday, Dec. 4
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center

Take advantage of over three hours of shopping bliss while supporting your fellow UMB students, staff, faculty, and friends!

Check out some of these great holiday gifts: gourmets treats, headbands, homemade spa items, seasonal wreaths and ornaments, stained glass mosaics, handcrafted jewelry, quilted placements and centerpieces, ceramic pottery, photography, knitted apparel, greeting cards, candles, and more!

Holly BaierBulletin Board, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 19, 20152 comments
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HS/HSL Opening Reception: ‘The Human Figure, Anatomical Drawings’

Please join the HS/HSL for its opening reception for Joseph Sheppard’s exhibit, “The Human Figure, Anatomical Drawings.” The reception will take place Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Weise Gallery. Please RSVP to

Artist and sculptor Joseph Sheppard’s current exhibit “The Human Figure, Anatomical Drawings” will be on display now through March 31, 2016 in the Frieda O. Weise Gallery on the first floor of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. On display for the first time, the exhibit features detailed drawings of anatomy found in several of his published books. His work, deeply rooted in realism, captures the detail and beauty in the human figure.

Joseph Sheppard’s work can be found all over the world. He is an artist and sculptor who attended and taught at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He has been creating works since before the 1950s, spending part of his year in Italy and the other part here in Baltimore.

Some of his work found locally includes the Brooks Robinson statue in the plaza at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Holocaust Memorial, and the statue of Pope John Paul II with Two Children at the Basilica of the Assumption. Sheppard’s painting called Vesalius, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rosenberg, Jr. depicting the first human autopsy, is on display outside of the Administrative Offices on the 5th floor of the HS/HSL.

Both his paintings and sculptures can be found at the Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard, a gallery dedicated to his work at the University of Maryland, University College. The gallery hosts a wide range of his work including detailed oil paintings and a large number of commanding statues.

Other notable works created by Sheppard include commissioned portraits of past and current political and religious figures including President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, Barbara Mikulski, Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer, Pope Benedict XVI, and Cardinal William Keeler.

This year, Joseph Sheppard was honored with the 2015 Sport Artist of the Year Award for “capturing the spirit and life of sport” by the United States Sports Academy. He also was honored by the Tuscan American Association for creating bridges between Tuscany (Italy) and the United States in the world of art.

Additional information about Sheppard’s work can be found at

Ryan Harris Education, For B'more, People, University LifeNovember 17, 20150 comments
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HIV AIDS Awareness

SMdPHA Annual World AIDS Month 2015 Events

Come out and join the Student Section of the Maryland Public Health Association in a month filled of events dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Thursday, Nov. 19:
TrHIVia Night
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Frank and Nic’s West End Grille


HIV trivia night is back by popular demand! Enjoy some good company, free food, and trivia. Prizes for the winning team! Open to the campus community.

PDC will be sponsoring a raffle! All proceeds will be donated to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric AIDS Program (PACE) which helps care for HIV infected and affected children.

More World AIDS Month Events

Monday, Nov. 30:
SMdPHA World AIDS Month: Forum
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: School of Nursing, Room 130

Tuesday, Dec. 1:
Chili Cook-off at SMC Campus Center
Time: Noon – 1:50 p.m.
Location: SMC Campus Center

For a full list of World AIDS Month’s events, visit our Facebook page. Contact information: Triet Tran and Chigo Oguh

Sign up to volunteer!

Sponsored by: SMdPHA, APhA (IPSF), AZO, PDC, PLS, SNPhA, SON, Jacques Initiative, KY, Nurses for Global Health, LGBTQ Health Interest Group, and American Assembly of Men in Nursing

Triet tran Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 17, 20150 comments
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International Service Learning Global Health Trip

The International Service Learning (ISL) organization is now accepting applications for their 2016 Global Health Trip to Baja, Mexico.

The trip will be from Sunday, May 22, to Saturday, May 28, 2016.

If you have any questions about the application, trip, or how to become involved feel free to contact ISL at

Elssy Lopez Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, University Life, USGANovember 16, 20150 comments
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