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Next Women In Bio Baltimore Meet-Up Set for June 19

Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx) has agreed to sponsor the next Women In Bio (WIB) Baltimore Meet-Up on June 19. The event is a mixer in the evening to cap off a great spring season.

Here are the details:

  • When: Tuesday, June 19
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Personal Genome Diagnostics, Bottle Building, 3600 Boston St., Baltimore, MD 21224
  • Price: Free to WIB mmebers; $15 for non-WIB members
  • To attend: Registration is limited because of space
  • Contact: WIB-Capital Region at CapitalRegion@womeninbio.org
Karen UnderwoodCollaboration, Community ServiceMay 24, 20180 comments
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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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At James McHenry School, Artwork Fosters Community Engagement

Last fall, fourth-grade students at James McHenry Elementary/Middle School helped local artist Candace Brush put the finishing touches on a hand-painted mural outside of their school. Upon its completion, principal Chris Turk said the mural reflects the spirit of the school and captures its power of positivity and optimism. Thanks to AARP Maryland and the nonprofit REAL School Gardens, those students now have an intergenerational outdoor community space next to that mural for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

At the opening ceremony for the new outdoor space on May 10, in an event called the “Big Dig,” volunteers, including those from UMB’s Office of Community Engagement, completed the project and joined in the celebration. The mural project and the creation of the outdoor space illustrate how art can be integrated into community spaces in ways not previously imagined.

The mural at James McHenry was the second in a series of public murals planned in partnership with several area K-12 schools. The mural project was made possible by the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Council for the Arts & Culture, which sponsored the artwork, and Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan, the council’s honorary chair.

The murals are designed and customized for each school by Brush, with input from students, parents, teachers, and administrators. On the day of the unveiling, a portion of the mural is left to be colored in by children from each school. The first mural project was held in 2016 at Southwest Baltimore Charter School, one of three West Baltimore schools that sends middle school students into UMB’s CURE Scholars Program. The Council for the Arts & Culture is working toward identifying the next location for the mural project, planned for fall 2018.

Nearly 100 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds participated in the “Big Dig” to construct the intergenerational community space at James McHenry. The result was an integrated neighborhood effort that will be enjoyed by many for years to come.

— Emma Jekowsky

Emma JekowskyCollaboration, Community Service, For B'more, UMB NewsMay 23, 20180 comments
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Discover and Share Data with New UMB Data Catalog

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is proud to introduce the UMB Data Catalog, a searchable and browsable collection of records describing datasets generated by UMB researchers.

The UMB Data Catalog promotes research collaboration and data sharing by facilitating the discovery of data sets that may be otherwise hard to find or unavailable from data repositories. Rather than functioning as a repository to store data, the Data Catalog provides information about data sets, including a description of the data set, keywords,  file format and size, access rights, and links to associated articles. With the UMB Data Catalog, researchers can describe their data and make it discoverable, but they are not required to share their data. Instead, the catalog allows users to request data access through an author, an administrator, or a repository. By allowing researchers to identify common research interests and by supporting the sharing and reuse of research data, the UMB Data Catalog has the capacity to promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

The HS/HSL is a member of the Data Catalog Collaboration Project (DCCP) along with New York University (NYU); the University of Pittsburgh; the University of Virginia; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Duke University. Members run their own installations of the data catalog, developed by NYU, but work together to share and improve system design, content curation, and outreach efforts.

The HS/HSL thanks the researchers who have contributed to the UMB Data Catalog during its initial development phase.

  • Sergei P. Atamas, MD, PhD, School of Medicine
  • Peter Doshi, PhD, School of Pharmacy
  • Corey Shdaimah, LLM, PhD, School of Social Work
  • Jay Unick, MSW, PhD, School of Social Work

Help us build the UMB Data Catalog! If you are interested in submitting a data set, have a suggestion for additional data sets to add, or need more information about the project, please contact us.

Everly BrownCollaboration, Education, Research, TechnologyMay 22, 20180 comments
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Commencement 2018: Tips for Graduates from Honorary Cast

We asked the commencement keynote speaker, honorary degree recipients, honorary marshals, and student remarker what one piece of advice they would like to pass along to UMB’s Class of 2018. Here are some of their responses:

Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW
Director of Peace Corps
Keynote speaker

“Find your passion and take the risks to achieve it.”

Carolyn Frenkil
Community activist, businesswoman, benefactor
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

“Two pieces of advice come to mind. One, life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. Two, no one is in charge of your happiness except you. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride!”

Mary Catherine Bunting, MS ’72, CRNP
Retired nurse practitioner, philanthropist
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

“Do what you love and are passionate about. That is what you will do best and will be able to sustain for a lifetime. Recognize your gifts and your talent so you can use them to the fullest. I did not know that I had dyslexia until after receiving my master’s degree. I did understand that I was a visual learner and liked being active. Nursing was a perfect fit.”

Mary M. Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, FISB
Professor emeritus, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Medicine
Honorary University Marshal

“As the many varied pressures of life increase, I would ask the UMB Class of 2018 to be kind and compassionate. Remember that with all of our individual differences and wonderful diversity, we are all one and we are all human. Kindness is possible in all that we do and compassion is essential to our very existence.”

Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN
Retired chair, Department of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing
Honorary Faculty Marshal

“Follow your dream — but if the unanticipated occurs, embrace the opportunity to dream bigger, and then let life happen.”

Aarti Sidhu
Francis King Carey School of Law
Student Remarker

“Live life and pursue careers without fear [nirbhau] and without hate [nirvair].”

— Chris Zang

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Chris ZangCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeMay 17, 20180 comments
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Commencement 2018: Honorary Degree Recipients

Here’s a look at the honorary degree recipients for UMB’s commencement on May 18:

Fred G. Smith, DDS ’78, MS

Venice K. Paterakis, DDS ’81

Honorary Doctor of Public Service

About Smith and Paterakis: The husband and wife, both graduates of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, come from prominent Baltimore families and have been heavily involved in charitable efforts at UMB, in the city of Baltimore, and beyond. Smith is vice president and director of Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns nearly 200 TV stations across the United States. Paterakis practiced dentistry in the Fells Point/Harbor East area of the city for 33 years and is one of six children in a family that rose to prominence through its H&S Bakery business and more recently has been involved in the development of Harbor East.

Charitable efforts: Smith and Paterakis have been performing acts of kindness for decades, with the goal of their efforts being to improve the human condition and serve the public good. In 2015, the couple donated $1.5 million to establish the first endowed professorship at the School of Dentistry. Smith also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc., among other groups, and Paterakis has been active with the Maryland Ronald McDonald House and supports many other charitable organizations such as Yumi Cares and Horizon Day Camps.

Quote: “Philanthropy and service to the community were values instilled in me at a very young age. I am honored to be involved with the University of Maryland, Baltimore and greatly appreciate this wonderful recognition bestowed on us,” Paterakis says.

Mary Catherine Bunting, MS ’72, CRNP

Honorary Doctor of Public Service

About Bunting: After a serious car accident at age 16 that required a 10-day hospital stay, she gained appreciation for nursing as a career and earned her nursing degree in 1958 at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. After a short stint as a labor and delivery nurse, she joined the Sisters of Mercy in 1959, staying in the order until 1974. From 1972 to 1996, she practiced at Mercy Southern Health Center, an outreach center in South Baltimore, and became a nurse practitioner. She retired after a 34-year career at Mercy.

Charitable efforts: Bunting, the granddaughter of George Avery Bunting, a University of Maryland pharmacist who invented Noxzema, which grew into CoverGirl Cosmetics and Noxell Corp, made a major gift in October 2007 as part of Mercy Medical Center’s $400 million capital campaign. The Mary Catherine Bunting Center is a 20-story tower that includes 259 private patient rooms and 15 state-of-the-art operating rooms. She also has donated large sums to fund scholarships and programs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she earned a master’s degree in 1972.

Quote: “I was blessed to come from a family that did not focus on wealth. And I knew that love — not wealth — is what brings joy and happiness,” Bunting says.

Carolyn Frenkil

Honorary Doctor of Public Service

About Frenkil: A businesswoman and community activist, Frenkil is president of Center City, Inc., and 10-30 W North Avenue, LLC, and helps runs the North Avenue Market project, renovation in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District in Baltimore. Before that, she created — and sold — Substance Abuse Services, Inc., which provided drug/alcohol testing of employees in the transportation industry. She was married to James Frenkil, MD, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) for 26 years before his death in 2009.

Charitable efforts: The couple’s first major contribution to UMSOM/Faculty Physicians, Inc. was an office building once used by Dr. Frenkil’s occupational medicine practice. They also set up the James and Carolyn Frenkil Foundation. She donated money to purchase equipment/furniture for UMSOM’s Executive Health Program and the school’s new Media Center, and she helped fund a course in pharmacogenomics and supported collaborative research in the medical school’s Program on Aging, Trauma, and Emergency Care, among other gifts.

Quote: “Quite frankly, I can’t imagine anyone not embracing an opportunity to be actively involved with this renowned institution,” Frenkil says of UMB.

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Lou CortinaCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeMay 17, 20180 comments
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Commencement 2018: Honorary Marshals

Here’s a look at the honorary marshals for UMB’s commencement on May 18:

Mary M. Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, FISB

Professor Emeritus, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Medicine

Honorary University Marshal 

About Rodgers: Rodgers joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) in 1994 and found a home in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, teaching biomechanics and conducting research. She was appointed department chair in 1998 and provided leadership and stewardship for 15 years. During this time, the department rose from unranked to the top 10 percent of all physical therapy programs in the country. She retired in 2017 and is now professor emeritus.

Research: Rodgers is director of the Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core for the Maryland Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at UMB. She also has held a number of research and education advisory positions, including senior advisor for the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health for the past eight years.

Quote: “I am very excited for all of these graduates who have worked so hard to complete their programs and are now ready to launch into valuable careers,” Rodgers says.

Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN

Retired Chair, Department of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing

Honorary Faculty Marshal 

About Kauffman: After two decades in acute care nursing, Kaufmann worked as a University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty member from 1995 to 1998. She left to start Life Passages Care Consultants, Inc., a long-term care consultation practice for older adults and their families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, then returned to UMSON in 2003 as the specialty director for community/public health nursing. She became chair of the Department of Family and Community Health in 2007 and retired in December 2017.

Public Service: Her dedicated service in the public sector has made a profound difference locally, nationally, and internationally for those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, a condition Kauffman witnessed firsthand for over 20 years while caring for her mother. She has been a national and chapter leader of the Alzheimer’s Association and won many public service awards, including UMB’s 2014 Public Servant of the Year.

Quote: “For me, serving as honorary faculty marshal for the 2018 commencement is truly the capstone to my many rewarding years in the academy,” Kauffman says. 

Jill Whitall, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Medicine

Honorary Student Marshal

About Whitall: A native of Windlesham, England, Whitall spent six years in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before joining UMSOM in 1994. She handled several administrative roles, including director of the PhD program, and taught/mentored students in the PhD graduate and Doctor of Physical Therapy professional programs. She is now professor emeritus after retiring in January 2018.

Research: Whitall attracted several million dollars in funding during her UMSOM tenure from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland Industrial Partnerships, and more. Her primary research focus for the last 20 years was on improving bimanual and gait rehabilitation for individuals with stroke by using motor control and learning principles to develop new treatment programs, testing these interventions, and trying to understand principles of recovery.

Quote: “I respect the tradition of graduation ceremonies, so I’m surprised and pleased to be asked to take part,” Whitall says.

More on commencement

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Lou CortinaCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeMay 17, 20180 comments
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Call for Proposals: IPE Faculty Award – May 2018

All UMB faculty are eligible to apply for an IPE Faculty Award. Please see the IPE web page for additional information. Submit your two-page proposal, including budget, to Patricia Danielewicz

Faculty Award in Support of Interprofessional Education

University of Maryland, Baltimore Center for Interprofessional Education

Deadline for priority decision: Wednesday, May 30. Additional applications will be considered on a bi-monthly basis (July, September, 2018) pending availability of funds. Please visit our website for additional information and to download a proposed template.

Purpose: The purpose of the Faculty Award in Support of Interprofessional Education (IPE) is to encourage and build a community of faculty members across the schools of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and throughout the University System of Maryland who have interest and expertise in interprofessional education. This includes, potentially, IPE activities nationally and internationally.

Activities: Faculty Awards may be used for a variety of endeavors that can include, but are not limited to, travel to other institutions to study IPE; regional and national meetings focused on IPE, including poster and podium presentations; educational products focused on IPE and other faculty development activities that are inclusive of UMB students from 2 or more schools. The funds must be used within a one-year window and any individual is limited to one award per year. Faculty Awards may provide a one-time salary enhancement stipend, if allowed by the UMB School, and appropriate for the proposed activity.

Award management: All University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty members are eligible to apply for a Faculty Award of up to $2,000 annually. Other faculty from the University System of Maryland require a partner from the UMB faculty and are eligible for up to a $1,000 award. A two-page proposal, including a budget, should be submitted via email to the Center for Interprofessional Education. Please include a title for the award, along with a description of the proposed activity and its potential to further IPE at UMB. If you plan to use standardized patients through the Clinical Education and Evaluation Laboratory, please contact the director, Nancy Budd Culpepper at nculpepper@umaryland.edu. The co-directors of the Center for Interprofessional Education serve as the award committee.

For questions or to submit an application, please contact:

Patricia Danielewicz
Center for Interprofessional Education
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Email: pdanielewicz@umaryland.edu
Phone: 410-706-4224

Template for IPE Faculty Award Proposals

Title of Faculty Award

 

Date Submitted

 

Primary and Contributor Contact Information

Full name

Credentials

Institution/School

Email address

Telephone number

 

Description of Proposed Activity

 

Background

 

Purpose and Objectives

 

Potential to Further IPE at UMB

 

Outcomes

 

Budget (not to exceed $2,000 per faculty member)

 

 

 

Patricia DanielewiczCollaboration, Education, UMB NewsMay 16, 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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Davidge Hall Tour Opens Door to History of University, Medicine

There’s probably nobody who knows the nooks, crannies, and secrets of Davidge Hall better than Larry Pitrof, executive director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Alumni Association for nearly 25 years.

And if Pitrof has his way, all University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students, faculty, and staff will get to know about the iconic building with the distinctive pillars that are featured in the University’s logo.

Toward that end, on April 24, Pitrof led a group of 30 from UMB through three levels of the West Lombard Street treasure, which dates to 1812 and is the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere continuously used for medical education. It’s a tour he regularly leads, but he’d like to do more.

“If you get a large enough group, I’d be happy to give a personal tour with some advance notice,” said Pitrof, an expert on the venue that was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997. “We are the heirs to this incredible tradition of excellence. Whether it’s medical, dental, law … we are all part of a proud, rich history.”

Pitrof offered notes on that history and the origins of Davidge Hall during the lunchtime tour, which was sponsored by the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture. Visitors left enlightened and enthralled. In fact, several who previously had been in Chemical Hall on the first floor were not aware of the room above it, Anatomical Hall, which sits below the building’s distinctive dome.

“This is fantastic. I had no idea this hall was in the dome,” said Nicole Willhide, MS, director of student services in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the School of Medicine. “We do our white coat ceremony downstairs, and I didn’t know there was a second lecture hall on top of the first one. This is wild.”

Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships in the UMB Office of Community Engagement, agreed. “I’ve heard bits and pieces of these stories but never the whole presentation, which was great,” he said. “I’ve brought plenty of groups of children here, and the kids love it. It’s awesome.”

Kicking Off in Chemical Hall

The tour started in Chemical Hall, where Pitrof spoke while participants ate boxed lunches and sat in the semicircular theater that features 212 numbered wooden seats. Behind him were kiln-like niches built into the front wall that had two purposes — to help medical students conduct experiments (pre-Bunsen burner) and to heat the building.

Pitrof introduced a six-minute video about Davidge Hall, which is named after Dr. John Beale Davidge, the first dean of what originally was called the College of Medicine of Maryland. Pitrof discussed the state of medicine in the United States over two centuries ago, saying it wasn’t a respected field and it was difficult to acquire dead bodies for medical study, so grave-robbing was a common practice.

“Most people at the time believed that when you died, your body served as a repository for your soul and needed to be buried until the end of the world when your fate was decided,” Pitrof said. “Yet here were these crazy medical doctors who were dissecting cadavers, cutting up bodies to educate their students.”

The dissecting room, where those cadavers were worked on, was the next stop on the tour, but now there are live bodies working there, because it serves as the Medical Alumni Association office. The group entered through a door, though originally there was no door there – and no easy entry, which was by design, Pitrof said.

“They wanted to keep this area secret. There were no windows on the side, and the only illumination we had was from the skylights,” he said. “To get into this room, you had to continue going up the stairwell, into Anatomical Hall, and then through a series of doors and a winding stairwell, we believe, that led people down here. Very few suspected there was a room like this.”

Anatomy of a Lecture Hall

The tour moved another 10 steps up to Anatomical Hall, which features rising rows of circular seating, an antique lectern at its center point, and a plaque below that marked the day in October 1824 when Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette received an honorary degree.

“This hall was used for anatomical instruction,” Pitrof said. “You can imagine the value of a room like this, where a professor could meet a relatively large group of students or physicians and give them a demonstration where virtually everyone would have the same vantage point.”

Pitrof discussed the history of Anatomical Hall’s design, tracing it back to Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol, and Maximilian Godefroy, a French architect who designed First Unitarian Church of Baltimore. Pitrof then had tour members take turns standing at the lectern, noting that the hall had “incredible acoustics” and they would experience a sensation as they spoke – and they did.

“The reverberations are all focused right on the center, and you can actually feel it when you stand there and talk,” Pitrof said. “So it was very important for the faculty member to be dead-center in the room, and he could be heard literally whispering if you were in one of the top rows. That’s how well designed it is.”

In the hallways surrounding this area, there are glass-enclosed displays attached to the walls featuring, among other things, Civil War surgical kits, antique eyeglasses, and a cadaver that was used at a 1960 conference at the School of Medicine. “It was so well-preserved, we decided to keep it here,” Pitrof said.

Preservation Efforts

Looking around Anatomical Hall and throughout the building, it’s clear that Davidge Hall needs renovations, with ceiling areas peeling or cracked and visible water damage. A fundraising effort is underway, with the goal of raising $5 million in private donations before asking the state legislature for additional support.

“Our goal is to restore this building to its original, fabulous appearance,” Pitrof said, and the visitors agreed that was a terrific idea.

“This is a very cool place. It’s so awesome,” Willhide said. “Yes, we need to preserve it. It’s really, really important for the history of Baltimore and for the history of the School of Medicine.”

— Lou Cortina

Read more about the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture, its events, and its programs.

Read more about Davidge Hall and the Medical Alumni Association.

Lou CortinaCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeApril 27, 20180 comments
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Volunteers Needed for UMB’s Third Annual Neighborhood Spring Festival

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Council for the Arts &  Culture needs volunteers to staff the third annual Neighborhood Spring Festival in partnership with the office of Maryland’s first lady, Yumi Hogan, who also is the council’s honorary chair.

The festival will be held Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the field next to the UMB Community Engagement Center, which is located at 870 W. Baltimore St. Volunteers are needed for setup of the event, serving refreshments, staffing children’s activities, and breakdown after the event.

Here are the three shifts:

  • First shift (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.): Setting up tables and chairs, directing vendors to assigned areas, setting up children’s activities, etc.
  • Second shift (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Support during the festival by staffing information and children’s activities stations, assisting in serving food, controlling lines for activities, etc.
  • Third shift: (12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.): Continued support during the festival, breakdown of chairs and tables, etc.

Interested volunteers should contact Brian Sturdivant, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, at bsturdivant@umaryland.edu or 410-706-1678

Brian SturdivantCollaboration, Community Service, University LifeApril 26, 20180 comments
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Volunteer Opportunities Available at Community Schools National Forum

The 2018 Community Schools National Forum will take place at the Hilton Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center the first week of May. About 2,000 practitioners, school administrators/staff members, legislators, and more from around the country are expected to attend.

The Family League of Baltimore is looking for student volunteers in education, social services, and business fields to help with registration setup, tote-bag stuffing, ushering between workshops, and registration. Community service credits are offered. Shifts will vary, with most running three to four hours.

Here are the shifts:

  • Monday, April 30: 9 a.m to noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 1: 9 a.m to noon; 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2: 9 a.m to noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 3: 9 a.m to noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, May 4: 9 a.m to noon

Some shifts include a meal and all shifts include a conference T-shirt and snacks! Please contact Debra Korb at dkorb@familyleague.org to sign up for a shift.

Jennifer HasselbuschCollaboration, Community Service, Education, PeopleApril 26, 20180 comments
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Hippodrome Tour: Wranglers, Wenches, Warlocks, and More

A tour of the Hippodrome Theatre was running 20 minutes overtime on April 19, yet guide Danyela Marks was still enlightening the group of 20 from UMB that had gathered for the latest edition of “Behind the Red Curtain,” a Broadway 101 lunchtime event organized by the University’s Council for the Arts & Culture. (See a photo gallery.)

Marks, who has worked at the Hippodrome since 2006 and been its assistant house electrician for the past three years, was discussing all types of jobs associated with the theater, stressing that you don’t need to act, sing, or dance to work in the industry. For instance, if there’s a show that includes kids, such as when School of Rock was performed there in March, an adult must be assigned to shadow each child while they’re in the theater.

“These people are called ‘child wranglers,’” she said, a phrase that drew laughter from the group. “That is their technical term. And they’re basically a baby sitter. Anyone who is a minor in the theater cannot go unescorted anywhere. They cannot be left to go from their dressing room to the stage – even if it’s 20 feet away.”

This was just one interesting tidbit from the Hippodrome tour, which started on the historic venue’s stage, moved up to its “fly floor,” and escalated even higher to a floor 80 feet above stage, where riggers ply their trade. The group moved back into the theater, just above the balcony seating, and climbed one by one up a metal ladder and into a cramped room where three spotlights operate during a show. All the way through, Marks shined a light on the Hippodrome’s history and what it takes to produce a Broadway show.

She noted that the original building was a hotel but burned down and was converted in 1914 to a movie house that also hosted vaudeville performances. Business boomed for decades but slowed in the 1970s and ’80s, leading to the theater’s closure in 1990. A renovation was undertaken in the early 2000s, merging it with the Western National Bank Building and the Eutaw Savings Bank Building to form the Hippodrome Theatre at The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in 2004.

“When it opened in 1914, the Hippodrome was the leading vaudeville house in Baltimore and the largest theater south of Philadelphia,” said Marks, who pointed out that two rows of seats – the grand suites – below the balcony are from the original venue. “These seats were restored and are much more comfortable with more room to them than the other seats — they’re also more expensive,” she said with a laugh. “Usually the best view of the show is from those two rows.”

Ropes, Rigging, and Spotlights

On the fly floor, tour participants learned how “fly men” and “fly women” operate synthetic ropes to lower and raise such things as set pieces, backdrops, or borders that help frame the show’s scenery. This part of the tour sparked several questions from the group, as Marks described how these items are attached to a series of pipes and that one to eight people could be manipulating the ropes during a show, depending on how fast or how many pieces need to move at a time.

“Any sort of flying set piece that needs to move in and out is attached to a pipe,” Marks said. “Electrics with lights on them, even though they don’t move during the show, have to get hung and flown up in the air at some point. So there’s a wide variety of things that will get hung on these pipes.”

The operators label the ropes with numbers, and the Hippodrome crew must quickly learn the show’s cues. “There will be a head fly man that comes along with the show, and the rest will be locals,” she said. “The cues are different every show, but pulling a rope is pulling a rope. It’s just a matter of when and how fast. So you have your cue sheet, and you follow it.”

The tour moved up several levels to the floor where riggers work. They are responsible for hanging any motors that a show will use, and anywhere from 10 to 80 could be used during a show, said Marks, who added that once the rigs are set up, this level is generally unoccupied during a show. “If there is someone up here, that means something’s wrong.”

Heading back down into the theater, the tour made its way to the spotlight room, where three 3,000-watt spotlights are operated. The spotlights have a housing area up top where operators can use frames to emit six colors, and the spot can be widened or narrowed.

“They manipulate the spotlights throughout the show,” Marks said. “The operators will use a cue sheet but also will be on a headset, with someone telling them who to pick up and in what color and what size.”

A Laundry List of Jobs

The tour’s final two stops took the group down into the basement for a look at the green room – it used to be painted purple, but now it’s white — and rooms where cast members can dress, get their wigs fitted or hair done, or take a break. Then there was the laundry room, where Marks again dropped some interesting theater terminology.

Costumes are sent out for dry cleaning, but cast members’ undergarments such as socks or bras need to be washed on-site. Each item is tagged with a number that corresponds to the cast member and put into a “ditty bag” that is sent to the laundry room. The person who washes all these clothes? That would be the “laundry wench” or “laundry warlock.”

“Those undergarments have to get cleaned every night, so their whole job when a show is in town is to do the laundry,” Marks said. “So that’s another non-theatrical job, and they live in this room.”

Theaters also need masseuses, physical therapists, seamstresses, and staff that make travel, hotel, and catering arrangements. As for her theater role, Marks says she’s thrilled to be working in the industry.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work on every Broadway show that’s out there,” she said. “It’s always changing and there’s always something new. It’s a very exciting job.”

— Lou Cortina

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Lou CortinaCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeApril 25, 20182 comments
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Enhance UMB’s Social Media Efforts With This Online Survey

The University’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs wants your input on UMB’s social media. Complete our survey and let us know how we can better improve our engagement, content, and social presence.

Your input will help the office define our communications with the UMB community. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes, and we assure that all answers provided with be kept in the strictest confidentiality. Please complete the survey by Friday, May 25.

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Kristi McGuireBulletin Board, Collaboration, People, Research, University LifeApril 20, 20180 comments
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Med Students, Surgeons Share College/Career Advice with Local High Schoolers

On April 16, a group of first-year students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine hosted 23 freshmen from the PTECH School at Dunbar for a panel discussion on college and health care careers. This was followed by “Stop the Bleed” training provided by trauma surgeons from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign designed to prepare laypersons to address life-threatening bleeding after everyday emergencies or natural disasters. It is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma.

The PTECH School at Dunbar is a new six-year high school program that featuesg integrated high school and college coursework leading to an industry recognized postsecondary degree in a health care field (physical therapy, nursing, health information technology, and respiratory care) for all enrolled students. As an industry partner and Baltimore anchor institution, UMB partners with PTECH to provide campus-based learning opportunities and mentors from the University community.

The April 16 activity was organized by first-year medical students and panelists Dominique Gelmann, Mohammad Hadavand, Molly Himmelrich, Atizaz Hussain, and Madeleine Smith, in partnership with trauma surgeons Laura Buchanan, MD, Sharon Henry, MD, Habeeba Park, MD, Jason Pasley, DO, and the UMB Office of Community Engagement (OCE). Participating students gained valuable information about general preparation for higher education and specifics on how to prepare now for future careers in medicine.

Alexia Smith, corporate education liaison for PTECH, said about the visit, “The information our students gained from this experience was invaluable! Not only did they learn to start thinking critically and early about the process of continuing their education beyond their high school diploma and associate degrees, they gained a valuable skill in the Stop the Bleeding training, which can help them save people’s lives. The kids were ecstatic, and this experience really helped build their confidence. Thank you!”

OCE challenges student groups, staff, and faculty across the UMB campus to develop creative ways to share their chosen career paths with our K-12 partners. If you, your student organization, or department would like to propose such an activity or gain assistance in developing creative ways to engage our community partners, please contact Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, via email at  bsturdivant@umaryland.edu or by calling 410-706-1678.

Brian SturdivantCollaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, USGAApril 18, 20180 comments
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