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School of Nursing at Shady Grove Wins Partnership Award

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville, Md., was presented with the Adventist HealthCare Spirit of Partnership Award at the organization’s gala Nov. 18. Through the award, Adventist HealthCare recognizes individuals and organizations that have led the way in furthering its mission through their commitment to health care and improving lives.

UMSON at USG was honored for the strong partnership it has formed over the years with Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospital The School of Nursing has provided Adventist HealthCare with the most nursing residents of any nursing school, helping to build a pipeline to the medical center of nurses who deliver high-quality and compassionate care. Adventist and UMSON at USG work together to ensure nursing students gain hands-on experience while completing their senior practicum, including 180 hours at the bedside with a nurse who guides the student’s clinical practice. On average, eight School of Nursing students complete their practicum at Shady Grove Medical Center each semester. Additionally, students finishing their junior year at UMSON at USG serve as externs in Adventist’s externship program, which prepares students to succeed in the residency program in the future.

“Adventist HealthCare is a very strong supporter and partner of the nursing school program at USG. Our students have been welcomed in all areas of the enterprise, and, in turn, many of our graduates have chosen to begin their nursing careers at the various Adventist Health entities,” said Rebecca Wiseman, PhD ’93, RN, associate professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s program at USG. “It is a pleasure to work with a quality-driven organization that continually strives for excellence in meeting the health care needs of Montgomery County.”

Shady Grove Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 305-bed, acute-care facility in Rockville, is a part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of health care services. It is nationally recognized for cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, orthopedics, and joint replacement. Adventist HealthCare, based in Gaithersburg, Md., is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization of dedicated professionals who work to provide excellent wellness, disease management, and health care services to the community.

“We are thrilled that the School of Nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove has been recognized by this distinguished award from Adventist HealthCare,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We have a longstanding and shared commitment to bringing excellent nursing care to individuals and families throughout Montgomery County and the region. We are deeply appreciative of our partnership with Adventist HealthCare; it is essential to ensuring that the next generation of nursing professionals is well-prepared to meet the needs of our diverse and growing population.”

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 22, 20170 comments
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Study on Women’s Reproductive Health Seeking Volunteers

Did you know that microbes residing in the vagina are critical to women’s reproductive health and play a key role in preventing disease that can lead to infertility and cancer?

Be a part of a Sentinel Study that will help researchers understand how the vaginal environment can protect women’s health and subsequently develop interventions. The study is co-led by School of Nursing associate professor Mary Regan, PhD, RN.

The study is seeking participants Mondays, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. Come to the School of Nursing lobby to get more information about the study and to participate. Participants will be compensated $20 for completion of the study activities. Call 410-706-3200 for more information.

Giordana Segneri Collaboration, ResearchNovember 15, 20170 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the November issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on UMB’s outreach to alumni, a wrap-up of Founders Week, Derreck Kayongo’s Politics and Policy presentation, MPower seed grant recipients and an award for the BioPark, stories on RISING Baltimore and the schools’ Mission of Mercy community service, a safety tip, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 10, 20170 comments
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Summer 2018 Student Global Health Project Applications are Open

The Center for Global Education Initiatives is pleased to announce five global health interprofessional projects for the summer of 2018. Students have an opportunity to participate in projects in Costa Rica, Israel, Rwanda, The Gambia, and Zambia. Applications are open until Dec. 3.

  • Costa Rica: A comparative analysis of emerging infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response in Costa Rica and the United States.
  • Israel: Expanding greywater reuse in water-scarce regions in Israel.
  • Rwanda: First assessment of injection drug use practices and associated HIV risks in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • The Gambia: Health system strengthening in The Gambia: A continuation of prior work.
  • Zambia: Assessment of medical and pharmacy student knowledge of antimicrobial spectrum in Lusaka, Zambia.

For more information on these projects, go here.

Additional information about the grant application process can be found here.

Heidi Fancher Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, Research, USGANovember 7, 20170 comments
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Call for Proposals For Interprofessional Education Faculty Award

All University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty are eligible to apply for a Faculty Award in Support of Interprofessional Education (IPE).

The deadline for priority decision is Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Additional applications will be considered on a bimonthly basis in January, March, and May 2018 pending availability of funds.

The purpose of the IPE is to encourage and build a community of faculty members across the schools of UMB and throughout the University System of Maryland who have interest and expertise in interprofessional education. This could potentially include IPE activities nationally and internationally.

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 two 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 deemed appropriate for the proposed activity.

All UMB 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 The co-directors of the Center for Interprofessional Education serve as the award committee.

Visit the Interprofessional Education website  for additional information and to download a proposed template. For questions or to submit an application, contact Patricia Danielewicz at 410-706-4224 or


Patricia Danielewicz Collaboration, Education, UMB NewsNovember 7, 20170 comments
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Nursing’s Mueller-Burke and Colleagues to Assess Sedation Safety in Children

A 6-year old is experiencing a medical issue that doctors are unable to properly diagnose without ordering an MRI. On average, an MRI lasts 30 minutes to an hour and requires patients to lie completely still in a narrow, enclosed space — a tall task for a young child. In cases like these, and for other medical or dental procedures, sedation is often used to allow providers to treat children, especially those younger than 7. While sedating a child may allow for successful diagnosis and/or treatment, there are risks. According to a 2015 report in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, approximately 5 percent of children suffer life-threatening, adverse events while sedated during a procedure.

When colleagues at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) approached Dawn Mueller-Burke, PhD ’01, MS ’98, CRNP, NNP-BC, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), to investigate how children undergoing procedures are being monitored for safe and adequate sedation, it was a well-matched collaboration, as Mueller-Burke had previously worked on a National Institutes of Health-funded grant regarding sedation in UMMC’s pediatric ICU.

Now, Mueller-Burke is teaming with fellow UMSON faculty member Shari Simone, DNP ’11, MS ’96, CRNP-AC, PPCNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP, assistant professor; and UMMC colleagues Peggy Dorr, DNP, CPNP, pediatric nurse practitioner, Pediatric Sedation Service, and Karen Kaiser, PhD, RN, clinical practice coordinator, Oncology, Pain, and Palliative Care, on a $14,800 UMNursing Collaborative Grant for the joint research project, “Testing Reliability, Validity and Clinical Utility of the Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale in Spontaneously Breathing Children Undergoing a Procedure,” which they hope will prevent future sedation/agitation complications in a young population.

The Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale (RASS) can accurately assess mechanically ventilated, sedated, pediatric critically ill patients. Mueller-Burke and the UMMC team will determine the validity, reliability, and clinical utility of RASS when used by nurses in the largest pediatric population of spontaneously breathing children to be assessed to date. Using a single tool across an institution’s care settings may reduce the risk of communication errors due to misinterpretation by providers and staff in different settings. Mueller-Burke expects the team’s findings to be applicable to a large procedural sedation population and allow description of procedural sedation patterns, both priorities of a national pediatric sedation professional organization.

“It’s great to see UMSON and UMMC nurses collaborating on a nursing project that has clear nursing outcomes. It’s really important to determine if the tools nurses use to assess children are good for the task. If they’re not, we need to adjust them or develop others,” said Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor and associate dean of research, UMSON. “This research will make a meaningful contribution to nursing practice and quality of care for vulnerable children as they undergo procedures required to diagnose and treat their health conditions.”

In addition to being exposed to sedatives during procedures more frequently than are adults, children are at risk for adverse events while receiving sedative or analgesic medications because they require a deeper level of sedation and their physiology places them at higher risk for respiratory depression and hypoxia (Cravero, et al., 2006). Although clinical judgment is important, the use of a reliable, valid, clinically useful sedation/agitation tool is critical in determining a young patient’s sedation needs. This routine assessment should minimize adverse effects associated with the sedation medications used.

“As a faculty member of the School of Nursing, I’m embracing the opportunity to work with an incredible cadre of nurse scientists and clinicians from UMMC where this idea was born. I look forward to this special opportunity as a joint collaboration between the School of Nursing and UMMC to enable multiple educational opportunities for our doctoral students,” Mueller-Burke said. “Linking arms with our fellow DNP and PhD colleagues and the bridging of academic and UMMC resources and expertise exemplifies the goal of true translation of best evidence to practice.”


Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 6, 20170 comments
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Holiday Market and Wellness Expo Features Handmade Gifts, Expert Lectures

The Institute for Integrative Health is holding its In Good Health Holiday Market and Wellness Expo on Nov. 18, featuring more than 30 local artisans selling unique handmade gifts and experts lecturing throughout the day, including Alessio Fasano, MD, and many UMB faculty members.

Fasano, a renowned expert on gluten-related disorders, will deliver a keynote address at 10:30 a.m. See how to make a gluten-free pie crust from Jules Shepard, founder of gfJules, at 11:40 a.m., and learn about Ayurveda from Susan’s Kitchen & Breathe Ayurveda at 3 p.m. Other speakers include UM School of Medicine Center for Integrative Medicine team members Chris D’Adamo, PhD; Delia Chiaramonte, MD; Kelli Bethel, PT; and Blaine Guelde, CRNP.

You also can enjoy wine tasting from noon to 3 p.m. courtesy of Opici Family Distributing; relax with massage and/or acupuncture, nosh on food samples, and spend quality time in the Kids Zone.

The Institute for Integrative Health is located at 1407 Fleet St. in Baltimore. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free. There also is a $15 VIP breakfast that begins at 9 a.m. Reserve your spot here.

The Center for Integrative Medicine is proud to be a bronze sponsor for this event.

To learn more about this event, click here.

Rebekah Owens Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, University LifeNovember 6, 20170 comments
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Burda Elected Director at Large of International Nurses Society on Addictions Board

Charon Burda, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, assistant professor and director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Family Specialty, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been elected director at large of the board of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA).

Burda has been a member of IntNSA since 2010 and will serve a two-year term. She joins UMSON colleague Katherine Fornili, DNP ’16, MPH, RN, CARN, assistant professor, who is IntNSA’s president-elect.

IntNSA is a professional specialty organization for nurses committed to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of addictive disorders, including alcohol and other drug dependencies, nicotine dependencies, eating disorders, dual and multiple diagnoses, and process addictions. Its goal is to help nurses provide comprehensive, high-quality nursing care for addicted patients and their families.

As director at large, Burda is tasked with supporting the society’s mission by assisting with its leadership and general promotion. She is responsible for advising, governing, and overseeing IntNSA’s direction and policies. Burda also will regularly attend board meetings, participate in committee work, volunteer for assignments, and help evaluate management staff. Additionally, she will engage in financial management and participate in the board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.

“I am thrilled to be on the board and am excited to be part of the leadership that IntNSA represents locally, nationally, and globally. This role will inform my professional leadership goals as well as my teaching, mentorship, and service in academia,” Burda said. “I am deeply committed to upholding the values of IntNSA, and I will work hard to represent all of its members as well as those we serve.”

Burda, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, has worked with patients with co-occurring diagnoses, involving psychiatric and addiction diagnoses, for more than 15 years. She also co-developed an undergraduate elective course, “Addictions, Society, and the Role of the Nurse,” and has been published in the Journal of Addictions Nursing. With Fornili, Burda is preparing students to communicate with patients in all decision-making and treatment goals, focusing on the known risks and realistic benefits of opioid therapy.

“We congratulate Dr. Burda on her election to the IntNSA board,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Given her longstanding commitment as an educator and clinician to enhancing understanding of the issues surrounding addictive disorders, she is ideally suited to contribute her substantial expertise to the work of the society. Her service to the board comes at an important time as nurses strive to respond nationally and locally to the impact of addiction on our communities.”

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 3, 20170 comments
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Diversity Recognition Award Nominations Sought

The President’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) at UMB is requesting nominations for the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards.

The awards honor individual or group achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness at UMB. The recipients serve as models for the campus of personal and professional commitment to the ideals of equality, justice, and opportunity for all people epitomized by Dr. King’s life and work.

Individuals or groups will be recognized in three categories:

• Outstanding UMB faculty or unit.
• Outstanding UMB staff or unit.
• Outstanding UMB student or student group.

In addition to the underlying principles outlined above, the DAC will use the criteria on the attached nomination form when evaluating potential honorees. Those making nominations are encouraged to address as many of the criteria as appropriate. Self-nominations are acceptable.

Nominations must be received by the close of business Nov. 22, 2017.

You may submit your nominations online at the 2018 MLK Diversity Awards Nominations page.

Or, you may send nominations to:
Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN
DAC MLK Jr. Award Committee Chair
School of Nursing
655 W. Lombard St., Room 475C
Baltimore, MD 21201

Vanessa Fahie Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 2, 20170 comments
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Help the West Baltimore Community at Project Feast on Thanksgiving Day

For 28 years, University of Maryland School of Medicine students have coordinated Project Feast, a community event in West Baltimore that provides free Thanksgiving meals, clothing, and health resources to those in need.

This year’s Project Feast will take place Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Booker T. Washington Middle School (1301 McCulloh St., Baltimore, 21217). We will be passing out meals and clothes and providing health information during the event.

This has always been a  rewarding experience for those involved, and we look forward to having volunteers from all of the UMB schools. For more information please visit our website or send us an email.

Lillian Assatourian Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, People, UMB News, USGANovember 1, 20170 comments
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2016-2017 IPE Seed Grant Recipients Holding Symposium on Nov. 15

The five 2016-2017 IPE Seed Grant recipient teams will hold a symposium Nov. 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the SMC Campus Center, Room 351, with the principal investigator of each team presenting a 15-minute overview of their project. A reception will follow at 4 p.m.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Patricia Danielewicz by Nov. 10.

More information about the 2016-2017 IPE Seed Grant recipients can be found on the Center for Interprofessional Education’s web page.

Patricia Danielewicz Collaboration, Education, UMB News, University LifeNovember 1, 20170 comments
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Take the UMB Community Survey on Intimate Partner Violence

The UMB Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is conducting a brief survey of students, staff, and faculty to better understand the needs of our campus community related to intimate partner violence.

The UMB Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is a multidisciplinary effort composed of faculty, staff, and students from the schools of social work, law, nursing, medicine, dentistry, and  pharmacy as well as the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Your answers to this short survery (it takes about five minutes) will directly inform the development of awareness efforts, training, and education programs for the UMB community.

All students, staff, and faculty at UMB, UMMC, and the Baltimore VA Medical Center are eligible to participate. Your responses are anonymous.

Please visit the survey.

Lisa FedinaCollaboration, ResearchNovember 1, 20170 comments
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HS/HSL Provides Online Toolkit for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) has put together a toolkit of information for entrepreneurs and innovators on campus interested in learning more about intellectual property, starting a company, innovating, and other related topics.

The guide was constructed with the help of innovative individuals at UMB and is a work in progress — to be updated with future suggestions from innovators around campus who would like to contribute to the toolkit.

If you know of a resource that would make a nice addition to the toolkit, please email the HS/HSL at If you are including a web page or a website that you are directly responsible for, please include a note with permission to link to it.

Everly Brown Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB NewsNovember 1, 20170 comments
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Gift Pays for Community College Nursing Students’ Accelerated Courses

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is covering the cost of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) courses for community college students participating in its Dual-Admission Partnership with seven community colleges statewide. Funds from a gift from Bill and Joanne Conway through their Bedford Falls Foundation make possible this opportunity for students to begin taking courses toward their BSN degree at no cost while completing their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). The funds will be available for the spring, summer, and fall 2018 semesters.

Maryland is one of four states predicted to experience a shortage of 10,000 registered nurses or more by 2025. As a result, the Maryland Action Coalition (MDAC) is focusing on ensuring the state has a well-educated nursing workforce as it promotes several pathways to academic progression, one of which is the dual-admission articulation model that allows students to apply and be admitted to a BSN program while in an ADN program at a community college.

“Financial aid is a key barrier for students. Unfortunately, students receiving financial aid for their associate degree program are unable to receive the financial aid required for the BSN courses,” said Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE, assistant professor and associate dean for the baccalaureate program. “These scholarship monies remove that barrier and facilitate seamless academic progression.”

In response to MDAC’s plan, UMSON began its Dual-Admission Partnership program in 2015. UMSON has agreements with Anne Arundel Community College, Carroll Community College, Cecil Community College, College of Southern Maryland, Frederick Community College, Montgomery College, and Prince George’s Community College. Through these partnerships, students enrolled in an ADN program receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at the community college. Students  then are granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree in nursing, thereby saving them time and money while completing their BSN degree. To matriculate into UMSON’s BSN program, students must graduate with an ADN from one of the community colleges and satisfy UMSON’s progression criteria.

“Through the generosity of the Conways, we are able to provide financial assistance to students who wish to begin taking BSN courses as they complete their Associate Degree in Nursing,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, who serves as co-chair of MDAC. “This will significantly expand opportunities for students and support our efforts to increase the number of baccalaureate-educated nurses throughout Maryland.”

An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the Dual-Admission Partnership is helping further the mission of the 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 launched action coalitions, of which MDAC is one, in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and 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.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 1, 20170 comments
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With Hard Work and Passion for Kids, Kareem Wins Employee of the Month

When asked if she ever gets overwhelmed as the assistant director and curriculum coordinator for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) CURE Scholars Program, Lauren Kareem, MEd, smiles serenely and admits, “Every day.”

But you would never know it.

“Her calm and reassuring temperament is an asset in our high-energy, fast-paced, often-precarious community outreach work environment,” said Robin Saunders, EdD, MS, executive director of the UMB CURE Scholars Program.

Kareem recently was named UMB Employee of the Month for October and was surprised with the award by President Jay A. Perman, MD.

“I want you to know what people said about you, and I pulled out a few phrases — consummate professional, seeking additional responsibilities, attending to details, tireless work ethic,” Perman said. “I have seen those things in action … and your passion for the kids.”

Kareem has been with the University since June 2016. Previously, she spent five years teaching science, math, and special education in Boston and Washington, D.C. She was looking to teach robotics over the summer when she learned about this position.

“I thought, ‘That’s very, very cool,’ ” she said.

Her primary responsibility involves creating curriculum and activities for UMB’s Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE), a pipeline program that is preparing 80 West Baltimore middle schoolers for health and research careers this year and will continue with an additional 25 middle schoolers each year while funding is available. She also is responsible for communicating with the parents and families of students in the program, the teachers and principals at the three feeder schools, and the University partners and stakeholders. She even does a little teaching occasionally, explaining that no two days are the same.

“I love how dynamic it is and the amount of freedom I have. As a teacher, I had my hands tied a lot,” she said. “[Here] I have a lot of latitude to do what is best for the students, to be creative. … I feel like the job is so important. It matters, and it makes a huge difference and is incredibly fulfilling.”

Saunders said that Kareem relates well with students, parents, teachers, colleagues, and community partners. When asked to describe her, one mom of a CURE scholar said, “You can tell she really cares about my son because she sends out weekly messages and responds to all my calls. She has helped him to work hard and helped our family get through hard times.”

Kelly Quinn, PhD, coordinator of UMB’s Community Engagement Center, said Kareem is “excellent” to work with.

“Part of what I admire is how she nurtures these relationships with families, cheering for their successes and helping through challenges,” Quinn said. “Our work is hard, and Lauren makes things go smoother with grace and humor.”

Kareem admits that the job can be stressful and she puts in long hours, including evenings and most weekends.

“The amount of work she handles truly is astounding and yet she gives the appearance of handling things seamlessly and without deviating from UMB’s standards of excellence,” said Malinda Hughes, BSN, MA, chief of staff in the Office of Academic Affairs and the Graduate School as well as a UMB CURE mentor to several middle school scholars.

Kareem credits her mentor teachers for her work ethic. She explained that as a teacher, you don’t get much recognition for the work you do. At UMB, however, there are amazing resources and an incredibly supportive team that is passionate about its job and the program’s goals and missions. She was surprised to win the Employee of the Month award, but reassured that she must be doing the job well.

“It requires a lot of effort to do it the right way, but our children are worth it,” Kareem said. “It’s definitely a labor of love for me. There is no way I could do this if it weren’t.”

— Betsy Stein

Betsy Stein Collaboration, For B'more, People, UMB NewsNovember 1, 20170 comments
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