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School of Nursing, BCCC Sign Dual-Admission Agreement

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) recently signed an agreement of dual admission. BCCC becomes the ninth community college in Maryland to sign such an agreement with UMSON.

Through the agreement, students can apply and be admitted to UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program while in BCCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. Students will receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at BCCC and will be granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree, thereby saving them time and money in completing their BSN degree.

“This partnership with UMSON creates a smooth transition for BCCC students who are enrolled in our ADN program to obtain their BSN degree,” said Scott Olden, MS, RN, dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions, BCCC.

An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the agreement is helping further the mission of  Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP to advance comprehensive health care change. The campaign uses as its framework the landmark 2010 Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The partnership program specifically addresses one of the eight goals set forth in the report: to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.

“UMSON faculty and staff welcome the opportunity to work with the BCCC community to provide an avenue for its ADN students to earn their BSN degrees,” said Linda Murray, DNP, CPNP-Ped, assistant professor and director, RN-to-BSN Program, UMSON. “We are looking forward to working together to advise the nursing students at BCCC on how to successfully enhance their skills as they progress through the program.”

To matriculate to UMSON’s BSN program, students must graduate with an ADN from BCCC and satisfy UMSON’s progression criteria.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University Life, USGAMay 23, 20180 comments
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Join a Conversation with the Cast of ‘On Your Feet!’ on June 7

UMB students, faculty, and staff are invited to bring lunch to the Hippodrome Theatre on June 7 and join a conversation with cast members of On Your Feet! This musical is an inspiring true story about heart, heritage, and two people who believed in their talent and each other to become an international sensation: Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

  • Date: Thursday, June 7
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St.
  • Registration: Space is limited, so register today.


Alice PowellBulletin Board, For B'more, People, University LifeMay 23, 20180 comments
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Commencement 2018: Student Remarker Aarti Sidhu

Here’s a look at the student remarker for UMB’s commencement on May 18:

With an impressive array of internships and leadership roles, Aarti Sidhu gained great experience and enjoyed many accomplishments during her three years at the Francis King Carey School of Law.

But in applying to be the student remarker at UMB’s Commencement — and beating out a half-dozen candidates for the honor — Sidhu stressed that what made her a good candidate to speak to the Class of 2018 wasn’t her résumé but the perspective she brings to the lectern.

“As a minority woman in America, and the child of immigrants, I have overcome many challenges and adversities,” Sidhu says. “At every turn, I’ve learned and grown more, into the woman I am today. And UMB has contributed to this substantially.”

Sidhu’s contributions to UMB were substantial, too, as she turned her beliefs into action by advocating for social change, juvenile justice reform, and fair representation for underserved populations – and going the extra mile to do it. She joined Carey Law’s School-to-Prison Pipeline Clinic (now called the Youth, Education and Justice Clinic) in August 2016 and served for four semesters, well beyond the one-semester requirement.

“I’ve been most inspired in my work there,” says Sidhu, who is allowed to practice law under a supervising professor. “We advocate for youth in schools in Baltimore City. Our goal is to do our part to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and work to get students the education they deserve.”

Born and raised in Richmond, Va., Sidhu is one of three children of parents who emigrated from India in the 1970s. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and worked as a consultant and a paralegal before arriving at Carey Law in 2015.

In Baltimore, she found many outlets to help people:

  • As a legal intern with Disability Rights Maryland, she lobbied for special education rights in the state legislature and advocated for students with disabilities.
  • As an Education Reform Project intern with the ACLU of Maryland, she created policy recommendations for the legislative session to increase funding for Maryland schools.
  • As a volunteer with Community Law in Action, a program of the nonprofit Baltimore Corps, she promoted positive community change through youth mentoring.
  • As a law clerk with Maryland Legal Aid, she supported its Community Lawyering Initiative by planning and implementing direct civil legal services to the community.

“After graduation, I hope to work in juvenile justice and more specifically education,” says Sidhu, who won the Monumental City Bar Association’s Juanita Mitchell Scholarship for her work with underserved populations in Baltimore. “I hope to ensure students are receiving the education they’re entitled to.”

Sidhu also was an active member of the Carey Law community. In her second year, she was chosen as the first chair of the school’s Diversity Committee, a particularly meaningful role because of her passion for diversity and inclusion.

“The committee was created to serve as a liaison to the administration and to work with it to improve our school climate,” says Sidhu, who was an advisor during her third year. “I held a number of events, conducted a schoolwide survey to identify concerns regarding diversity, and set a plan to be carried out in coming years.”

Sidhu also served as secretary of the Black Law Students Association, community outreach co-chair of the Suspension Representation Project, and vice president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. She was selected to the school’s 21-member National Trial Team and was manuscripts editor of the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class.

Sidhu says she couldn’t have taken on these tasks without many other helping hands — “I’m thankful to my support system and those who challenged me and laughed with me,” she says — and leaves her fellow graduates with a simple message:

“Pursue your passions, stay true to yourself, and be kind.”

— Lou Cortina

More on commencement

Read more about the commencement speakers and honorees and about all the commencement festivities.

Lou CortinaBulletin Board, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University LifeMay 17, 20180 comments
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Lexington Market’s Crab Derby Offers Free Tickets to UMB Community

Lexington Market’s 2018 Crab Derby Festival is being moved to inside the market Thursday because of the forecast for rain, but here’s a bright spot: The event is offering free general admission tickets to all University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students, staff, and faculty members who present their UMB ID.

In addition, if a member of the UMB community wants to bring a friend or family member (kids 16 and under are free), they can get 20 percent off the price of tickets and ticket packages, which include food, drink and VIP packages. Also, those tickets can be purchased at the door as well, not just online.

The Crab Derby Festival  will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will feature live music from Strykers’ Posse; food from vendors such as Faidley’s Seafood and Connie’s Chicken & Waffles; local craft beer, wine, and signature cocktails; a kids zone with games, crafts, and activities; and — of course — crab racing.

For more details, go to the Lexington Market website.

Lou CortinaBulletin Board, For B'more, University LifeMay 15, 20180 comments
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Free Lunch and Learn Seminar: ‘Stay in the Game: Relief for Non-Arthritic Knee Pain’

Join Jonathan Packer, MD, from University of Maryland Orthopaedics for a free Lunch & Learn seminar on May 24 in Columbia, Md. He will answer questions and discuss the causes of and treatments for non-arthritic knee pain.

Here are the details:

  • When: Thursday, May 24
  • Time: Noon
  • Where: Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044
  • To attend: Registration is required. Sign up at this link or call 1-800-492-5538.
  • Note: Lunch will be provided.
Merideth MarrBulletin Board, People, University LifeMay 14, 20180 comments
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Gutchell Elected State’s Representative for Nurse Practitioners Group

Veronica Gutchell, DNP ’13, CNS, CRNP, assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been elected as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) representative for the state of Maryland. Her term begins July 1, 2018, at the close of the AANP’s national conference in Denver.

In this role, Gutchell will represent the interests of AANP, its members, and the community at large. She also will function as the key state contact person for the AANP regional director, board of directors, committees, and executive staff.

“It is an honor to have been elected as a Maryland state representative. I’m excited to act as a liaison between Maryland nurse practitioners and AANP,” Gutchell said. “I will collaborate with state organizations on issues affecting nurse practitioners and offer solutions by connecting them with the available resources provided by the national organization. In turn, I will share with AANP the outstanding work being done by Maryland nurse practitioners who are committed to delivering high-quality health care to Maryland residents.”

AANP is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the United States. It also provides legislative leadership at the local, state, and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education, and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. Serving as the voice of the NP, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, and patient-centered health care.

“We congratulate Dr. Gutchell on being elected the AANP representative for Maryland,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “She has demonstrated her deep commitment to advanced practice nursing and will do an outstanding job as a liaison between our state and the national organization. Dr. Gutchell represents nurse leadership at its finest, and I know that in her new role, we will all benefit from her ability to translate the experiences and interests of Maryland’s nurse practitioners to leaders at the regional and national level.”

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAMay 11, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the May issue of The President’s Message.

It includes the following:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on a new home for our Community Engagement Center
  • A recap of IPE Day
  • A look ahead to commencement
  • Dr. Robert Redfield’s appointment as CDC director
  • A Women’s History Month celebration of Dr. Angela Brodie
  • Shock Trauma’s Stop the Bleed program
  • A roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAMay 10, 20180 comments
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UMB Continues Participation in Nissan LEAF Rebate Program

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is continuing its participation in a program offering a significant rebate on the purchase of an all-electric, zero-emission vehicle.

Through June 30, 2018, UMB faculty, staff, students, and alumni can receive a $3,000 rebate on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of a 2018 Nissan LEAF. The benefit cannot be combined with any other Nissan special incentives.

To receive the incentive, bring a copy of both pages of the flyer linked here and proof of your University affiliation to a participating local Nissan dealership. Read the flyer to learn about the key features of the 2018 Nissan LEAF and visit Nissan’s website to learn more about the car or to find a dealer near you.

UMB has 16 120-volt or 240-volt elective vehicle charging stations (serving 32 cars) spread throughout our parking garages. The Baltimore region as a whole provides more than 200 charge station locations, and as electric vehicle popularity increases, the number of charging stations is expected to increase as well.

If you have questions about the program or charging electric vehicles on campus, please email Karen Park or call her at 410-706-2998.

Karen ParkBulletin Board, Technology, UMB News, University LifeMay 8, 20180 comments
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Dry Eye Study: Complete It and Receive $200

The University of Maryland Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is participating in a dry eye study to determine how your environment affects your eyes.

The study involves two visits to our Redwood Street practice and two visits to your home. You will receive $200 compensation for your time. To register or for more information, contact Joby Tsai at joby.tsai@som.umaryland.edu.

Merideth MarrBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, Research, University LifeMay 7, 20180 comments
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Nursing’s Resnick Named Recipient of Loretta C. Ford Award

Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, has was named the recipient of the 2018 Loretta C. Ford Award for Advancement of the Nurse Practitioner Role in Health Care. She will be honored at the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Induction Ceremony on June 28 during the organization’s national conference in Denver.

The Loretta C. Ford Award is presented annually to a nurse practitioner who demonstrates participation in health care policy development internationally, nationally, or locally. Additionally, the award winner has shown a sustained and specific contribution to clarification of the role and scope of practice of nurse practitioners and/or creative and effective action to turn a challenge to the nurse practitioner role into an effective opportunity to advance practice and improve patient outcomes.

“We congratulate Dr. Resnick on her receipt of this prestigious award,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Her innovative and rigorously conducted research has significantly enhanced our understanding of how to optimize function in older adults. Dr. Resnick is an outstanding example of leadership in nursing research and practice, and it is wonderful to see her recognized by AANP for her impact on the care of countless individuals and on policy.”

AANP honors Resnick, a gerontological nurse practitioner, nurse researcher/scientist, and educator, for influencing the role and scope of practice of gerontological nurse practitioners and other nurse practitioners through her leadership at local, national, and international levels. As a scientist, Resnick has focused her research on optimizing function and physical activity among older adults and facilitating healthy behaviors in this population across care settings. Her work has global significance to stakeholders across disciplines. Additionally, Resnick has been instrumental in helping nurse practitioners gain the ability to bill Medicare for services provided across all settings.

“It is an honor to receive this award, and I am particularly touched to have been nominated by a group of my colleagues,” Resnick said. “This award reflects on my work as a nurse practitioner and my work in interdisciplinary care and geriatrics. The work I’ve been involved with is particularly important as it has laid the foundation for the role of the advanced practice nurse among other members of the health care team.”

AANP is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 248,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state, and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve nurse practitioner patients and other health care consumers

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeMay 4, 20180 comments
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Commencement: Enjoy Party in the Park Before Academic Procession

Back by popular demand, UMB is celebrating 2018 Commencement with a Party in the Park before the Universitywide academic procession to Royal Farms Arena on Friday, May 18.

Enjoy complimentary food, music, and fun activities. The Oriole Bird and the Ravens’ Poe also will make appearances. Seating will be available for graduates and their guests. Come and hang out with your fellow graduates before the Universitywide Commencement. In addition, the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry will be open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., offering free admission and refreshments. Party in the Park and the museum tours are for graduates and their guests only.

  • When: Friday, May 18
  • Where: Plaza Park
  • Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • To attend: Tickets are not required; however, we ask that you RSVP at this link.

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More About Commencement

Read more about 2018 Commencement ceremonies and events.

Read about the Universitywide Commencement speakers and honorees.




Alice PowellBulletin Board, People, University LifeApril 30, 20180 comments
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Now Open: University of Maryland Vascular Center at Redwood

The University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center’s expert board-certified physicians now perform the latest endovascular therapies for the treatment and management of vascular disease in one convenient, office-based lab — optimizing the experience and efficiency for patients.

The  new location is University of Maryland Vascular Center at Redwood, 419 Redwood St., Suite 240.

Procedures at the University of Maryland Vascular Center at Redwood tackle a range of vascular conditions, including:

  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Arterial and venous disease
  • Catheter and port placements
  • Dialysis access issues

Additional benefits of performing core vascular procedures in the office setting include:

  • Shorter length of stay
  • Faster recovery time

For referrals and more information, call 410-328-5840.

Stephanie HuffnerBulletin Board, Clinical Care, PeopleApril 30, 20180 comments
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Former Governors Ehrlich, Glendening Highlight President’s Panel on May 1

Former Maryland governors Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., JD, and Parris N. Glendening, PhD, MA, will join UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, for the next President’s Panel on Politics and Policy on May 1 at the SMC Campus Center. The event starts at 8 a.m. with breakfast, followed by the panel discussion from 8:30 to 10 a.m. (Register to attend.)

The panel, titled “The Intersection of Federal Policy and State Priorities,” will be moderated by veteran broadcast journalist Bruce DePuyt, senior reporter for the Maryland Matters website and host of The Bruce DePuyt Show podcast.

The President’s Panel on Politics and Policy was launched after the 2016 presidential election to examine issues important to the UMB community that are likely to be affected by the Trump administration and Congress.

Ehrlich, who served as Maryland governor from 2003 to 2007, is senior counsel in the Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice group at King & Spalding LLP in Washington, D.C. Having served as a governor, U.S. congressman, state legislator, and civil litigator, he counsels clients on government matters, with particular expertise in health care, finance, and economic development. Read more about Ehrlich.

Glendening, who served as Maryland governor from 1995 to 2003, is president of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute and the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. In these roles, he speaks across the country and around the world about smart growth, sustainability, global climate change, land conservation, transit-oriented development, and equity. He regularly speaks to environmental advocacy groups, business leaders, and professional organizations. Read more about Glendening.

Here are the event details:

  • When: Tuesday, May 1
  • Where: SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballrooms
  • Breakfast: 8 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Panel discussion: 8:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Registration: Visit this link.

Read more about the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy and previous panels.

Lou CortinaBulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeApril 27, 20180 comments
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Free Retirement Planning Session for FPI Employees

MassMutual and University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. (FPI) are sponsoring a free education session on retirement planning for FPI employees on May 8. Get updates on your investment options, plan provisions, website changes, and more.

Here are the details:

  • When: Tuesday, May 8
  • Where: 250 W. Pratt St., seventh-floor conference room.
  • Group session: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Individual sessions: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • To register: Visit this link.
Merideth MarrBulletin Board, People, University LifeApril 27, 20180 comments
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Free Lunch and Learn Seminar: ‘Get a Grip on Hand Pain and Arthritis’

Join Ngozi Akabudike, MD, from University of Maryland Orthopaedics for a free Lunch & Learn seminar on May 2 in Columbia, Md. She will answer questions and discuss the causes of and treatment options for hand pain and arthritis.

Here are the details:

  • When: Wednesday, May 2
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044
  • To attend: Registration is required. Sign up at this link.
  • Note: Lunch will be provided.
Merideth MarrBulletin Board, People, University LifeApril 24, 20180 comments
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