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Attend GiveBackHack Baltimore on Feb. 1-3

Have a big idea to change the world? Join us at GiveBackHack Baltimore on Feb. 1-3 at Allovue, R. House 2nd Floor, 301 W. 29th St. in Baltimore.

Contact Thomas Wise at twise@umaryland.edu today to receive a promo code for 50 percent off your ticket(s). What better way to start the New Year than by pursuing your dreams?

As part of our continuous efforts to improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland, the Graduate School at UMB supports GiveBackHack Baltimore, a weekend-long event where passion meets innovation and community members can come together to develop sustainable solutions.

Create a new team or join an existing one to bring your social impact idea to life. Participants also will have the opportunity to tap into mentorship as well as to network with makers and entrepreneurs with similar interests. The winning team will receive $2,000 in in-kind resources to further support their idea and will ultimately walk away with an invaluable experience.

Jade GrantCollaboration, Community Service, Contests, For B'more, People, TechnologyJanuary 17, 20190 comments
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Hello ... Hola

Stay Informed About the Spanish Language Conversation Group

The Spanish Language Conversation Group will be meeting at least twice a month this semester. Share your email at the SurveyMonkey link below to stay up to date on our activities, meetings, and events.

Spanish speakers of all abilities (or none at all) are very welcome to attend. This organization is hosted by student groups at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and we warmly welcome all students from the UMB campus to attend.

Share your email here.

Katie GoldenBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 16, 20192 comments
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The President's Message-January

The President’s Message

Check out the January issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the Graduate School’s centennial. Also, former Senator Barbara Mikulski urges civic engagement at the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy; crime was down 21 percent in 2018, UMB Police Force reports; the School of Medicine launches a cultural transformation; seed grant events here and at College Park show the importance of collaboration; UMB CURE Scholars enjoy a Winter Wonderland; and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJanuary 10, 20190 comments
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Next Women In Bio Baltimore Meet-Up Set for Jan. 31

A Women In Bio Baltimore Meet-Up will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the University of Maryland BioPark Auditorium.

The event is titled “Full-Time Employment and Side Ventures” and will feature a panel that consists of Jenny Owens, ScD, MS, executive director of the Graduate Research Innovation District (Grid) and Hosts for Humanity; Jennifer Hammaker, vice president, business development, TEDCO; and Megan Wahler, FastForward Program manager at Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures.

Baltimore meet-ups are a way for people to network and mingle with science-like folk, promote self development, and learn about biotechnology and life sciences industries. Our members consist of professionals at leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, device, and diagnostics companies; nonprofits; academic institutions; government agencies; and support service companies, including law firms, consultants, and financial service firms.

This meet-up features a panel of women who will share their stories on full-time employment and side ventures. Why is it important to them? What are their side gigs? How do they juggle it all?

Register here.

Karen UnderwoodCollaboration, Community Service, Education, TechnologyJanuary 10, 20190 comments
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The Journey Home

Volunteers Needed for Baltimore’s Homeless Point-in-Time Count

The Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Human Services’ Homeless Services Program is planning for its annual Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, which will take place this month, and needs volunteers to help.

The PIT Count is an important service engagement and data collection strategy that helps to advance “The Journey Home,” Baltimore’s plan to end homelessness. The PIT Count helps Baltimore to identify individuals, families, and youths experiencing homelessness and connect them to much-needed housing and support services. It also helps the mayor’s office gather important data on the needs and characteristics of people experiencing homelessness. This information is used to inform community planning and the development of effective interventions to end homelessness in Baltimore.

During the week of Jan. 27, volunteers are needed to canvass neighborhoods, hospitals, service provider’s locations, and other places that people experiencing homelessness can be found in Baltimore to administer surveys to individuals experiencing homelessness.

There are three ways volunteers can get involved:

Street Count

Small groups of volunteers will be led by an experienced homeless service provider in canvassing streets and outdoor locations to survey individuals experiencing homelessness. This shifts take place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, and 6:30 pm to 11 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. Volunteers must be available for both nights. On the first night of the street count, volunteers will receive training and dinner.

Daytime Site-Based Count

Small groups of volunteers will be led by an experienced homeless service provider in surveying individuals at community sites such as the Beans and Bread Center or Paul’s Place. These shifts take place each day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, to Wednesday, Jan. 30. Site-based volunteers will attend a webinar training the week before the PIT Count. The webinar will be recorded for volunteers who cannot attend live. You will receive a registration link for the webinar a week before the training.

Leader Positions

Service providers, individuals with PIT Count experience, or those interested in taking on more of a leadership role can volunteer to be a team leader for the two-night street count on Jan. 27-28, or at a daytime site-based location during the Jan. 28-30 time period. Team leaders will receive a more detailed, in-person training and will lead teams of five to seven volunteers during the count.

All interested volunteers may sign up on our registration page.

Your cooperation and time are greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Brian.Reynolds@baltimorecity.gov or call 410-396-6807.

Brian ReynoldsCommunity Service, For B'moreJanuary 9, 20190 comments
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Dean's office staff at Ronald McDonald House

Bringing Breakfast to Families at the Ronald McDonald House

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

To encourage employees to offer their time and talents in service of the local community, Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), recently launched the UMB Employee Volunteer Initiative. This initiative offers eligible employees four hours of paid leave to volunteer at a local charitable organization during a normal work day. Inspired by this effort to support and encourage UMB employees to give back to the community, seven staff members from the School of Pharmacy’s Offices of Communications and Marketing and Development and Alumni Affairs volunteered to make and serve breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Baltimore on Dec. 10.

Serving Families in Need

Located within walking distance of Pharmacy Hall on the UMB campus, RMH provides an affordable “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children while they receive treatment at Baltimore’s world-renowned hospitals, including the University of Maryland Medical Center and R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Up to 36 families stay at the house each night, and more than 1,400 families stay each year.

When President Perman announced the UMB Volunteer Initiative in November, he remarked, “I hope this small gesture reinforces just how valuable your service is, and how much it contributes to the strength and vitality of Maryland.” I took this offer to heart and decided to rally my co-workers and coordinate our team’s service at RMH. As someone who previously volunteered with RMH, I had seen firsthand just how appreciative the families were of the service that volunteers provided. You know that you are making a difference.

Bringing the Comforts of Home

Breakfast and dinner at RMH are often prepared by volunteers, with the former providing much-needed energy before families head to the hospital each morning. Staying in a new city can be a bit uncomfortable, so we hoped that by cooking breakfast we could make it feel a little more like home for the families.

We arrived bright and early to serve egg casseroles, mini muffins, and yogurt parfaits to the families staying at RMH. Once the food was ready and the holiday decorations were in place, an announcement was made over the loudspeaker and families began trickling into the dining area. Some were more awake than others, but all were smiling when they saw the freshly made coffee and a hot meal waiting for them. We were humbled that, despite the circumstances, every single person made it a point to thank us for coming.

Encouraging Others to Serve

Dr. Perman’s offer of paid leave time to encourage employees across the University to volunteer in service to the local community is very generous, and just one of the reasons why UMB is such a great place to work. Our team was honored to have this opportunity to serve others, especially during the holiday season, when a hospital stay can take an extraordinary toll on a family. We hope other employees across the University will be as inspired by our experience as we were by Dr. Perman’s words and find time to give back to the local community this year.

— Kate Robinson, development associate

Kate RobinsonCommunity Service, People, University LifeDecember 12, 20180 comments
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The President's Message - December 2018

The President’s Message

Check out the December issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on our record-shattering year in extramural funding — $667.4 million in grants and contracts. Also, a holiday greeting; TEDx UMB showcases our big ideas; ceremonial opening for HSRF III; Project Feast serves Thanksgiving meals to those in need; Nursing, Social Work win HEED awards for diversity; students prevail in national public health interprofessional challenge; informatics pioneer saluted at UMB; University takes the fight against opioid addiction on the road; be merry, and wary, around the holidays; and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Back issues of the newsletter can be found in the archives.
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGADecember 10, 20180 comments
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Project Jump Start: Helping the Homeless

Project Jump Start is funded in part by the University Student Government Association at UMB, and our mission is as follows:

  • To assist homeless individuals in meeting their basic needs through weekly food, clothing, and toiletry drives.
  • To provide homeless individuals in Baltimore with the information and support they need to access available resources in the community.
  • To collaborate and build partnerships with others to advocate for the development of policies and programs that will meet the needs of the homeless population in Baltimore.

Learn more at this webpage.

 

Darya BarshakCommunity Service, People, University Life, USGADecember 4, 20180 comments
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Hello ... Hola on chalkboard

Spanish Language Conversation Group Meeting on Dec. 7

The Spanish Language Conversation Group will meet Friday, Dec. 7, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 pm. at the School of Social Work, Room 2310.

The group will be joined for the first part of the meeting by guest speaker Amy Greensfelder, who will talk about her work as executive director of the Pro Bono Counseling Project of Maryland and will offer information about volunteer opportunities and advanced clinical field placement opportunities for social workers. The meeting will include some time afterward for discussion in Spanish.

There will be light snacks provided, so please bring your lunch.

For questions, please email Katie  at kgolden@umaryland.edu.

Katie GoldenClinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeDecember 3, 20180 comments
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The Christmas Store

UMB’s Christmas Store Seeks Donations of Affordable Gifts

We know Christmas gifts can be expensive. Our goal at the Christmas Store, an annual partnership between UMB’s Office of Community Engagement and The Foundry, is to provide families with a unique opportunity to purchase gifts at a significantly reduced price, so that every family can experience the joy of giving.

Donating to the Christmas Store is fast, easy, and affordable. Using the online Target Registry or Amazon Wish List, donors can purchase gifts priced as low as $3.99 from their computers or mobile devices, whether at work or at home. The gifts are automatically shipped, at no cost, to the Christmas Store organizers, who will arrange the gifts in the Community Engagement Center.

If you’re donating through a registry for the first time, the directions below might come in handy. Thanks for donating, and happy holidays!

How to Donate to the Christmas Store

    1. Click here to access the The Foundry & Christmas Store’s Target Registry. Alternatively, click here to access the Amazon Wish List. 
    2. Select toys to purchase by clicking “Add to Cart.” After adding an item to your cart, you can either “View Cart and Checkout,” where you can immediately purchase the item(s) added to your cart, or you can click “Continue Shopping” to select more items. When you’re ready to check out, click the button shaped like a shopping cart at the top right corner of the screen.
    3. Review your cart summary to make sure that your order is correct.
    4. If you have a Target.com or Amazon.com account, make sure you’re signed in. If you do not have an account, create one.
    5. Under shipping address, select “Ship to the address on the registry (or wishlist).” Do not add a new address. Click “Save and Continue.” The delivery cost in your order summary should say “free.”
    6. Choose your payment method, then enter your payment and contact information. Follow the order process until you successfully place your order. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your purchase and notification of its shipment once it is processed.

There also are opportunities to volunteer at the Christmas Store on two Saturdays, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Please contact Camille Givens-Patterson in the Office of Community Engagement or call 410-706-3955 for any questions.

Office of Community EngagementCommunity Service, Global & Community Engagement, University AdministrationNovember 21, 20180 comments
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Three helpers

Kudos to the Facilities & Operations Team

Bill Joyner, MSW, senior economic inclusion specialist in UMB’s Office of Community Engagement, contacted Dawn Rhodes, MBA, chief business and finance officer and vice president for administration and finance, this week with praise for the facilities and operations team and Terence Morse, MS, interim associate vice president, facilities and operations:

Dawn,

I want to tell you how much it meant to me that your team went out of its way to rescue materials for our community garden.

A Home Depot delivery of fencing materials, including at least 1,600 pounds of concrete, and additional lumber and supplies were dropped off without a phone call, and therefore left at the wrong place. Because of this error, thousands of dollars of materials were left exposed to the elements and the possibility of theft. They also were  dropped in a place that prevented access to utility areas of the BioPark Garage. The materials were just too heavy and too large to move.

That’s when Terry Morse jumped into action, while simultaneously addressing the water main break on Baltimore Street. He coordinated with Mark Drymala to get a forklift to move the materials. Because this was at the very end of the work day for many facilities workers, he moved. When I left the Saratoga Building to meet him there, he was racing on foot in the pouring rain.

After the forklift moved the pallet of materials to the garden, Terry and I started loading the bags of concrete and lumber into the shed by hand because the forklift couldn’t enter the unpaved lot. Matt and Bill, also pictured, heard what was happening and drove over to help volunteer.

These three guys went out of their way to literally do the heavy lifting of community engagement in pouring rain. And Terry did so while dressed like an AVP in dress clothes and dress shoes, covered in mud and concrete.

Then, he went right back to the Saratoga Building to continue working on the water main issue, like it was just another day. I was so grateful, and so impressed. It was a great example of the amazing culture of service in Administration and Finance.

I thought you should know. We were so hot and sweaty in the humid and rainy weather that my camera was fogging up. I’m sorry I couldn’t get a clearer picture.

Thanks!

Bill JoynerCommunity Service, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 20, 20180 comments
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Students and police officers at Drug Take-Back Day

Helping Baltimoreans Safely Dispose of Medications

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 27, student pharmacists from the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists’ (APhA-ASP) Generation Rx joined forces with the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Police Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to host our bi-annual Drug Take-Back Day at the SMC Campus Center. An initiative started by the DEA in 2010, Drug Take-Back Day has led to the collection of almost 10 million pounds of prescription and non-prescription medications across the United States.

National Initiative, Local Impact

Drug Take-Back Day is a nationwide initiative aimed at addressing a critical public safety and public health issue. According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 50 percent of individuals ages 12 and older received pain relievers, stimulants, and sedatives from a friend or relative for a nonmedical use in the past year, with 5.7 percent of those individuals taking the medication without asking the original owner. By offering a convenient location for community members to bring in these medications, we are helping to reduce the risk of those medications being diverted and protecting our most vulnerable populations from misuse or abuse of these drugs.

Set up in the heart of the UMB campus, the drug take-back boxes are available to the public beginning at 9:50 a.m. These boxes are completely free, anonymous, and open to anyone to use. All members of our community are encouraged to bring in their unused or expired medications for safe disposal. In the three years during which I have participated in Drug Take-Back Day events led by the School of Pharmacy, our group has collected more than 300 pounds of medications for safe disposal. This means those medications are no longer taking up space on people’s shelves and no longer have a chance of being improperly disposed of or detrimentally impacting our environment.

Nationwide, more than 910,000 pounds of medication were collected and disposed of at EPA-approved facilities during this year’s event, with 11,119 pounds of medications collected across the state of Maryland alone.

Improving People’s Health and Protecting Our Environment

Having been involved in numerous Drug Take-Back Day events during my time as a student pharmacist, I hold these events close to my heart.

As a strong environmentalist, I approached my first Drug Take-Back Day from that perspective, really wanting to pair my environmental background with my future pharmacy career. I was immediately overwhelmed by the outpouring of support not only from the Generation Rx chair at that time, but also from community members, who shared with me their support of those same ideals. Each year, many community members thank us for providing this service, saying that they specifically set aside their old medications to bring to our Drug Take-Back Day events because they want to dispose of them properly and in a manner as safe to the environment and to those around them as possible.

In addition, the 2017 NSDUH reported that 11.4 million individuals ages 12 and older admitted to having misused opioids in the United States — a dramatic increase from the 4.3 million Americans reported to be nonmedical users in 2014. With approximately 115 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency on Oct. 26, 2017, which has helped to bring even more light and attention to treating the prevalence of this substance abuse.

When we come together to host Drug Take-Back Day events, it can sometimes feel like we are only taking a small step when compared to the enormity of this crisis, but together these small actions add up to create larger impacts on our communities and among our friends. We start a ripple of awareness, and that ripple carries across communities, counties, and even states.

The October Drug Take-Back Day events marked our group’s 14th year of hosting Drug-Take Back Day events across UMB, a feat we could not have accomplished without the assistance of Cpl. J.R. Jones of the UMB Police, Special Agent Andrew Biniek from the DEA, and all of our amazing student volunteers who took time from their days to make these events possible. Each time I reflect on my involvement in these events over the past three years, I am reminded of the positive impact that Generation Rx has hopefully imparted on the West Baltimore community.

— Kimberly Cai, third-year student pharmacist

 

Kimberly CaiCommunity Service, University Life, USGANovember 13, 20180 comments
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The President's Message-November

The President’s Message

Check out the November issue of The President’s Message. It includes:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on UMB leadership’s 10-day trip to Asia
  • A look back at Founders Week
  • UMB Police launch COAST outreach team
  • A new cohort of CURE Scholars dons white coats
  • First piece of public art at UMB unveiled
  • Then-Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith joins White Paper discussion on gun violence
  • A look ahead to the UMB TEDx event (Nov. 9) and Barbara Mikulski’s visit (Nov. 27)
  • A roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements and a call for Board of Regents’ Staff Award nominations
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 9, 20180 comments
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Thanksgiving Food drive volunteers

Thanksgiving Collection: Donate a Basket Through Nov. 13

UMB’s Staff Senate and the Office of Community Engagement are teaming up to host a Thanksgiving food drive through Tuesday, Nov. 13, to benefit CURE Scholar and Police Athletic/Activities League families of West Baltimore.

Departments or individuals can sponsor a family by collecting the items below to fill a Thanksgiving food basket.

Each donation basket should include:

  • 2 boxes of stuffing
  • 2 cans of cranberries
  • 2 boxes of mashed potatoes
  • 2 cans of sweet potatoes
  • 2 cans of gravy
  • 4 cans of vegetables (corn, peas, green beans, etc.)

Don’t Have Time to Shop?

You can donate online through the Staff Senate giving page.

Collection Drop-Off

Through Nov. 13, donations can be placed in collection bins located at the following locations:

  • Saratoga Building lobby, 220 Arch St.
  • Lexington Building, first- and second-floor lobbies, 620 W. Lexington St.
  • MSTF Atrium, BIORESCO, 695 W. Baltimore St.
  • Cancer Center, Clinical Research Center, 22 N. Greene St.
  • School of Social Work lobby, 525 W. Redwood St.
  • School of Nursing lobby, 655 W. Lombard St.
  • School of Nursing, sixth floor, in front of elevators
  • SMC Campus Center lobby, next to guard station, 621 W. Lombard St.
  • Facilities Maintenance Service Center, 622 W. Fayette St.
  • Bressler Research Building, Room 7-022, 655 W. Baltimore St.
  • HSF II Building lobby, 20 Penn Street
  • School of Law lobby, 500 W. Baltimore Street
Brian SturdivantCollaboration, Community Service, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 9, 20180 comments
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