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Shark Tank Feature

Shark Tank Competition Celebrates Pharmapreneurial Innovation

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy hosted a Shark Tank-style competition on June 15 to showcase the pharmapreneurial talent of faculty across its Departments of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR), Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS), and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC). The competition celebrated the School’s recently launched pharmapreneurism initiative, which describes its commitment to supporting and best positioning faculty, staff, and students to achieve their career aspirations and address the nation’s health care, research, policy, and societal needs, and awarded $50,000 to three winning teams – one team from each department – to help support their pioneering projects.

“Pharmapreneurism provides the School of Pharmacy with a mechanism through which we can capitalize on our entrepreneurial spirit to improve pharmaceutical research, practice, and education in the state of Maryland, the nation, and the world,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School. “I was awestruck by the amount of time, thought, and dedication that our faculty members put into their presentations for this Shark Tank-style competition. The innovative thinking demonstrated by our winning teams will undoubtedly drive additional pharmapreneurial endeavors across the School and help position us as the premier entrepreneurial pharmacy school in the nation.”

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Wendy Camelo Castillo, MD, MSc, PhD, assistant professor in PHSR; Danya Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD, assistant professor in PHSR; and Linda Simoni-Wastila, BSPharm, MSPH, PhD, the Parke-Davis Chair in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy and professor in PHSR, were the first to take a bite out of the competition with their proposal for a project that would link two national health and pharmaceutical claims datasets – Medicare and Medicaid – to help researchers better understand the course of pharmaceutical access, health care utilization patterns, and health outcomes among people with disabilities.

Their ultimate goal is to use the data to establish a multidisciplinary, patient-centered research collaborative within PHSR to identify disparities in access to and quality of care in patients with disabilities and design novel approaches to overcome those disparities.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as the winning team for our department in the School’s Shark Tank competition,” says Simoni-Wastila. “Our project truly embraces the spirit of pharmapreneurism and situates us to take the lead in informing policies and programs that support the hypervulnerable population of patients with disabilities. The unique linkage of Medicare and Medicaid datasets on the national scale will allow us to map the tremendous, yet neglected needs of this population and empower us to advocate for unified efforts to bridge the gaps in their care. We will establish the School of Pharmacy as a trailblazer in disabilities research.”

Interactive Learning

Kimberly Claeys, PharmD, BCPS, assistant professor in PPS; Emily Heil, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID, AAHIVP, assistant professor in PPS; and Neha Sheth Pandit, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP, associate professor and vice chair for research and scholarship in PPS, also made a splash during the competition with their proposal to develop novel, engaging training tools for students studying the spectrum of antimicrobial activity and antimicrobial stewardship using an interactive app-based platform.

Antimicrobials include any substance that kills or stops the growth of microorganisms, but causes little or no damage to the host.

In their presentation, the team noted that although digital learning tools are currently in-demand, no such tools specific to the spectrum of antimicrobial activity exist. They suggested that once these tools are developed, they could be used as educational supplements at schools of pharmacy, medicine, and nursing nationwide, with the ultimate goal of increasing student knowledge.

“All of the proposals presented at the Shark Tank competition were phenomenal, so it is truly an honor to be named the winning team for our department,” says Claeys. “With bacteria continuing to develop resistance to even the strongest antibiotics available, antimicrobial stewardship is urgently needed to help guide appropriate antimicrobial use and prescribing in all health care settings. By developing a visual-based, interactive tool to serve students across all health professions who are studying the antimicrobial spectrum, we hope to position the School of Pharmacy as an innovator in the development of app-based learning tools.”

A New Center for Research

Lastly, Angela Wilks, PhD, and Sarah Michel, PhD, professors in PSC, proved they did not have to fish for compliments with their proposal to establish a new research center at the School of Pharmacy focused on metalloprotein (proteins that require a metal ion) and metallotherapeutics research. Aptly named the Metallotherapeutics Research Center (METRC), the center would aim to improve human health and welfare locally, nationally, and internationally by identifying new metalloprotein drug targets, developing new metal therapeutics, and improving current metal-based medications.

Presenting their proposal to the audience, Wilks and Michel noted that, although metalloproteins have been implicated in a number of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, their function and role in these illnesses remains largely unknown. METRC brings together the expertise of numerous faculty members from PSC to not only develop new metallotherapeutics, but also to train future scientists to meet the needs of industry and government agencies in this critical field.

“Having this opportunity to share an idea that has been on our minds for some time, and to discover that others find it just as exciting as we do was tremendously gratifying,” says Wilks. “Oftentimes, expertise in metalloproteins and metallotherapeutics is siloed in traditional chemistry and biochemistry departments, where there is no access to pharmacologists, toxicologists, and pharmaceutical scientists. By disrupting this discipline-centric approach to academic departments and centers, METRC not only addresses a gap in the area of drug development and regulatory sciences, but will also position the School of Pharmacy as a nationally and internationally recognized leader in research on metals in medicine and the environment.”

Each winning team received $50,000 to help fund its proposed pharmapreneurial project. Other faculty members who participated in the competition included Susan dosReis, BSPharm, PhD, professor in PHSR; Ebere Onukwugha, MS, PhD, associate professor in PHSR; Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, professor in PPS; Vijay Ivaturi, MS, PhD, assistant professor in PPS; Joey Mattingly, PharmD, MBA, assistant professor in PPS; Brent Reed, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, FAHA, associate professor in PPS; Bruce Yu, PhD, professor in PSC; and James Polli, PhD, the Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics in PSC.

  
Malissa Carroll Education, Research, Technology, UMB NewsJuly 21, 20170 comments
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OneDrive

What is OneDrive?

OneDrive is our new, secure, and universally accessible storage location for all your work files. OneDrive utilizes both encryption and data loss prevention techniques to protect all data. As such, the University has approved OneDrive to store all data including those with FISMA, HIPAA, or FERPA requirements.

However, OneDrive offers a lot more than just file storage! It’s an integral part of Office 365 and by using OneDrive, you can:

• Access your files securely from anywhere
• Share files with others
• Work on Office documents with others at the same time

OneDrive offers you – FLEXIBILITY!

Once your files are in the OneDrive, you can access them from any computer or mobile device that has internet access. If you’re at a meeting across campus, at home, traveling for work – whatever the scenario – you access your files by using either the Office 365 portal or the mobile app.

OneDrive provides strong data protection so you can be sure that your files are safe and secure no matter where you’re accessing them from.

If you need a colleague to review a file, by using the “Share” feature, they can view and update the file that is in your OneDrive – their changes will automatically appear in your file. No need to email a file back and forth.

You can also be in the same file as your colleague and both make real-time updates!

By using OneDrive to securely store your files, you gain so much flexibility and accessibility! To help you, the Enterprise Training Group provides both training opportunities and resources. Please visit the Office 365 website for information: www.umaryland.edu/office365.

  
Sarah Steinberg Collaboration, TechnologyJuly 21, 20170 comments
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Quantum Financials

The Voters Have Spoken!

We have a winner! UMB’s new financial system will be known as Quantum Financials. The name was submitted by Chiradeep Mukherjee, enterprise wide application specialist in administration  and finance.

Chiradeep’s entry also included a tag line, which inspired the contest team to create one for the new name as well: Quantum Financials | A leap forward. Transforming systems. Empowering people!

Dawn Rhodes, CFBO and VP, commented that she likes the image of “leaping forward” with the new system. She continued, “Enhancing and improving UMB’s financial tools and reporting capabilities is one of the primary goals of this project. While development details and tactical project plans are still being finalized, one thing is certain. Many of you will be asked to become involved in the project as we further define, configure, test and deliver Quantum Financials.”

Thanks again to the hundreds of you who participated by submitting an entry and by voting for your favorite. We’ll keep you posted here and other places as we announce more ways to stay involved with this initiative.

  
Robin Reid Contests, TechnologyJuly 20, 20170 comments
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What is Skype?

Skype is an online meeting space that allows for tele/video conferencing, along with screen sharing and instant messaging (IM). Messaging, meetings, and screen sharing all in one app that works with Office. What exactly does this mean?

  • Tele/video conferencing – a basic “Skype call” allows you to have a meeting online. When using a headset, you’ll be hands free and there is no need for speaker phone. The audio is very clear and if you want to use video too- you can!
  • Screen sharing – while in a Skype call, a great feature is the ability to screen share. This can be to share information with everyone in the meeting (perhaps the meeting agenda, or a file containing important data that everyone should see), or it can be to troubleshoot computer problems.
  • Instant Messaging (IM) – allows you to send a quick message to other UMB employees. It’s quicker than e-mail or making a phone call and a Skype pop-up box appears on the recipients computer screen so that they can’t miss it.

We encourage you to access and start using Skype! It can make communicating with your fellow co-workers a lot easier and quicker. To help you, the Enterprise Training Group provides both training opportunities and resources. For more information, please visit the Office 365 website.

  
Sarah Steinberg Collaboration, TechnologyJuly 6, 20170 comments
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UMB Unveils Campus Climate Survey Results

UMB Unveils Campus Climate Survey Results

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) released results of its Gallup Climate Survey during President Jay A. Perman’s quarterly Q&A on June 19 in the School of Social Work auditorium.

The recommendation that UMB undertake a climate survey — assessing students’ and employees’ views on issues of diversity and inclusion on campus — first appeared in the University’s 2011–2016 Strategic Plan. A climate survey was broached again during UMB’s “Continuing Conversation About Race,” held in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s arrest and death in spring 2015.

The survey is meant to assess the UMB community’s perceptions of campus climate and to establish a baseline for future surveys, so that University leadership can determine whether progress is being made over time and can tailor interventions to assure improvement.

While Gallup developed an inclusiveness index for UMB’s use, the University tailored the survey to its own needs and worked with Gallup to expand the number of indices on which to gather data. Below are the campus climate indices that were measured.

  • Inclusiveness: Sample questions — My supervisor creates an environment that is trusting and open. I always trust my organization to be fair to all employees.
  • Honoring Diversity: At UMB, staff and faculty appreciate others whose race/ethnicity is different from their own. UMB provides an environment for the free and open expression of ideas, opinions, and beliefs.
  • Confidence in UMB: There is open communication throughout all levels of the organization. My organization encourages new ideas that defy conventional wisdom.
  • Input on Decision-Making: The leadership at the University level provides adequate opportunity for faculty and staff to provide input on decision-making through the shared governance process.
  • Organizational Values: I strongly believe in our organization’s values. I understand how the organization’s values impact how I do my job.
  • Safety: I feel safe on UMB’s campus. I feel safe in my work environment.

The June 19 climate survey presentation focused only on faculty and staff respondents. However, students were surveyed as well, and the results of the student survey will be shared this fall with the University Student Government Association and other student leadership groups.

In all, nearly 2,700 employees responded to the survey, 42 percent of UMB’s total employees. About half of all white, black, and Hispanic employees participated in the survey, along with 29 percent of Asian employees and 43 percent of employees who identify by two or more races. More women participated than men — 50 to 39 percent — and the greatest response rates came from employees working at UMB between 10 and 40 years.

The survey was developed on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 indicating that respondents are “extremely dissatisfied” and 5 indicating that they are “extremely satisfied.” Across all climate indicators and across all categories of employees — race/ethnicity, gender, and length of employment — virtually all responses fell between 3.0 and 4.0. (There were two outliers: Employees working at the University less than six months gave high marks to UMB’s commitment to diversity and organizational values; their average score on both indices was 4.15.)

Across all indices, there were differences in scores among the employee categories, but almost all of these differences were small. The one exception was found on the diversity index, where there was a moderate difference between genders, with men giving UMB higher scores than women.

Perman noted the relatively high scores on the organizational values index, where scores across all employee categories ranged from a low of 3.72 to a high of 4.15. “That encourages me; that’s a great place to start,” he said. “If people perceive the institution as not just sloganeering, but actually committed to its values, then that’s a good place to go forward.”

Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MPA, chief accountability officer and vice president of operations and planning at UMB, said that the results indicate a “pretty good baseline,” but that there’s clearly room for improvement. “In general, we performed above average,” he said, “but our goal is to get even better.”

Ward discussed next steps to do just that. He said the UMB leadership wants to understand the root causes of the differences in responses among employee categories and will use qualitative interviews and focus groups to gather more information. The University will create affinity groups — for instance, “women in leadership” or “junior faculty of color” — to allow groups of employees to connect and work together on advancing UMB’s diversity and inclusion goals. UMB will build diversity and inclusion priorities into recruitment processes and create programs to engage and develop diverse, inclusive leaders.

Added Ward: “We’ve committed to each of the deans to share their data with them so they can drill down to see how their own school performed. And that’s true for any administrative unit. We gathered the information so we can identify and expose areas perceived to be in need of improvement, and as important, learn from those areas that are perceived to be performing above the institutional averages.”

In three years, UMB will conduct a follow-up climate survey to assess progress. “This is a long-term effort,” said Perman. “That’s why it was so important to know where we are right now. Only then can we know where we want to be.”

– Nan Mulqueen

Download the full campus climate survey presentation. PPTX

  
Nan Mulqueen Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, Technology, University LifeJuly 5, 20170 comments
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SSW’s Parkent Is June Employee of Month

When Patricia Parkent, director of sponsored projects at the School of Social Work, was named UMB’s June Employee of the Month by President Jay A. Perman, MD, she was asked to sit at the head of the table for the ceremony.

It’s a well-deserved place of honor, say her colleagues in the School of Social Work, where Parkent began the Office of Research Administration in 2006 with just an administrative assistant for support and now boasts 12 employees with research funding exceeding every school on campus except for the School of Medicine.

“It really could be Employee of the Decade from the School of Social Work’s perspective,” said Dean Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, one of 16 Parkent supporters on hand for the ceremony June 21. “I did a little bit of calculating to figure out just how much you have done in this decade in addition to hiring the complete staff and building an office from scratch. Looks to me like it’s around 1,500 proposals that have gone out for about $500 million from across your desk. So, thank you for doing all that and doing it with such humanity.”

Indeed, the way Parkent goes about her job is as impressive as the results she achieves. When Perman praised her for being “the major piece” in creating the platform “so that these research grants can be properly presented, properly received, properly expedited, properly monitored,” Parkent gently corrected him, saying, “Well, me and my team.”

“The mark of a true leader,” Perman replied. “You know what they taught me a while ago? A leader gives credit, takes blame,” eliciting laughter from those assembled.

After Parkent received her plaque and was told there would be an extra $250 in her next paycheck, supervisor Gene Severance, MS, associate dean for administration, thanked her for her investment in her colleagues.

“Pat continually works hard at developing the capabilities of her staff and has been outspoken in the need for staff development for both exempt and non-exempt employees,” said Severance, who in his nomination also mentioned the late nights and weekends sometimes asked of Parkent. “You have really invested in them and almost all of them have advanced in their professional careers, have taken on more responsibility because of your leadership. That’s what has impressed me the most.”

Later, after the celebration had ended, Parkent said supporting colleagues is a win-win for both sides.

“Well, the more knowledgeable the staff are the better job they can do,” she said. “It’s important to know all of the laws that we need to deal with, and abide by. If you don’t have them memorized that’s OK, but you need to know where to go to look them up. And then be aware that they exist. I think every one of my staff now has had a promotion,” she said, smiling proudly. “The promotions have been well-deserved, and the staff has been able to move forward as the school’s moved forward. They are great people.”

Parkent couldn’t be prouder of the School of Social Work in general, especially the “warm and fuzzy” projects that cross her desk as signatory for the school. “The stories have to touch your heart,” she said. “A few years back I’m reading a Family Connections proposal where they wanted to purchase a dinette set because the family did not have any furniture. They needed somewhere just to eat their meals. Kids were sitting on the floor.

“This touched me so much that I got ahold of the social worker who was on this case and I said I want to do something for this family. We went to a secondhand shop and I bought them a living room set and told the social worker to give this to them for Christmas. I just wanted them to have furniture. Anybody should have furniture. Those are the stories you come in contact with at this school. With the kind of work we do, it’s so rewarding to serve behind the scenes because you see the good that comes out of it. It’s just amazing.”

And Parkent, who came to UMB in 2001, originally working at the School of Medicine, also thinks it’s amazing she is UMB’s June Employee of the Month. She recalled the little handwritten list of six grants and projects that then-associate dean Jennie Bloom, MSW, gave her when she started. At present, Parkent is responsible for the administration of over 200 active grants.

“We’ve come so far and it’s really nice to feel appreciated,” she said. “There are a few things that I feel like I need in my job, and, of course, money keeps you going. But you want to feel like you’re respected and appreciated and I do feel those things, so that makes this award very worthwhile and meaningful to me.”

Visit the website for other Employee of the Month stories.

— Chris Zang

  
Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJuly 5, 20170 comments
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contest

Vote for the Name of UMB’s Cloud Financial System

You overwhelmed us by submitting over 260 creative ideas. Now it’s time to vote for the name of UMB’s new cloud financial system. To make your job easier, we’ve narrowed the field down to a few choices. Here’s how to vote for your favorite.

  • You must have a UMID to vote.
  • To record your vote, you will simply click on your favorite name.
  • You may change your vote as many times as you like. Only your last vote counts.
  • Voting is open from 12:01 a.m., Monday, July 3, through 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, July 11.

Get ready. Get set. Go!

VOTE NOW

  
Robin Reid Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Contests, People, Technology, University LifeJuly 3, 20170 comments
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July 4 Fireworks

HS/HSL’s July 4 Holiday Schedule

Saturday, July 1, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 2, CLOSED
Monday, July 3, 6 a.m.* – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 4, CLOSED

If our hours change we will notify you on the library’s homepage and voicemail – 410-706-7995.

*Hours between 6 and 8 a.m. are limited to those with UMMC and UMB ID badges who enter through the Campus Center.

  
Everly BrownBulletin Board, Education, Research, Technology, University Administration, University LifeJune 30, 20170 comments
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One Drive

What is OneDrive?

At it’s very simplest, OneDrive is our new, secure, and universally accessible storage location for all your work files.

However, OneDrive offers a lot more than just file storage! It’s an integral part of Office 365 and by using OneDrive, it also allows for:

  • Accessing your files from anywhere
  • Sharing files with others
  • Work on Office documents with others at the same time
  • In a word – FLEXIBILITY!

Once your files are in the OneDrive, you can access them from any computer or mobile device that has internet access. If you’re at a meeting across campus, at home, traveling for work – whatever the scenario – if you need to access your files, you can use either the Office 365 portal or the mobile app.

If you need a colleague to review a file, by using the “Share” feature, they can view and update the file in your OneDrive – their changes will automatically appear in the file. No need to email a file back and forth!

You also can be in the same file as your colleague and both make real time updates.

By using OneDrive to store your files, you gain so much flexibility and accessibility. To help you, the Enterprise Training Group provides both training opportunities and resources. Please visit the Office 365 website for information.

  
Sarah Steinberg Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Technology, University AdministrationJune 28, 20170 comments
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UMSON Research

Research at the School of Nursing

In our constant pursuit to improve the quality of patients’ lives and the efficacy and humanity of our nation’s health care system, we are the nurse researchers who care about the people and communities with whom we live and work.

In installments throughout the summer, we’ll be highlighting a few of the innovative studies that School of Nursing investigators are leading. We’ll roll out a new video and article every few weeks, each focusing on a different nurse researcher (who) and exploring one of five different areas of research (cares).

See Who Cares

  
Libby Zay Education, People, Research, TechnologyJune 28, 20170 comments
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Multifactor Authentication

Multifactor Authentication Is Coming

UMB’s computing environment requires a high level of security to ensure the privacy, integrity, and confidentiality of the data that reside in its systems.

The UMID and Password

During the last 10 years, the UMID and password have developed and served as a common credential to gain access to systems and services at the University. This authentication strategy has greatly improved the computing services user experience. However, with the growth of cyber threats and attacks, and the attempts to convince individuals to reveal their credential, known as phishing, the computing industry recognized the need to develop a technology to address this problem.

Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

An approach was devised to leverage multiple verification methods and to no longer rely only on a single credential. The combined strength of these multiple factors of authentication create a confidence or level of assurance that the person accessing the system is the appropriate individual.

At UMB, we will be transitioning to a MFA approach that allows users to use a mobile device in addition to their UMID and password to achieve a significantly higher level of security and almost entirely negate the risk associated with phishing and similar attacks.

Implementation

The Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) has been preparing the computing environment for the implementation of this new technology since last year. CITS also has been coordinating with each school and department to plan the implementation of MFA across the campus.

The first phase of this roll-out will cover the systems that contain the University’s most sensitive data and the users that can access those data. As each of these systems are integrated with MFA, the impacted users will be contacted individually with relevant timelines and instructions for how to set up and use MFA in their daily computing operations.

For more information on this project, check out the CITS site.

  
Joe Dincau Collaboration, Education, People, Technology, UMB News, University AdministrationJune 21, 20170 comments
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network: Funding Your Innovation

Join the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network (EIN) for lunch and a talk on funding your innovative idea or startup.

The session will include ways to bring money in for exploring an innovative idea or building your business. Speakers will include successful entrepreneurs with experience raising money for their biotechnology ventures. Cosponsored by USGA, BHI, and EAGB. Food will be served.

  
Alex Meltzer Bulletin Board, Education, People, Technology, UMB News, USGAJune 21, 20170 comments
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Library

New Touch Screen Scanner at HS/HSL

The KIC Click scanner on the HS/HSL’s first floor is a high-speed, touch-screen scanner that allows you to quickly scan books, chapters, and other documents.

Save them as PDFs to a USB thumb drive or to your cloud storage service (Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Box). The touch screen is user friendly and offers options to modify PDFs, such as contrast, color, resolution, and the ability to clip a section. Come by and give it a try!

  
Everly Brown Education, People, Research, TechnologyJune 21, 20170 comments
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June President's Message

June President’s Message

Check out the June issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on his State of the University Address, a story on Police Chief Tony Williams’ retirement, a look back at Commencement, a story on Matt Hourihan’s federal research budget forecast, part of the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy, a primer on why philanthropic investment in UMB is so important, a look back at year 2 of the UMB CURE Scholars Program, an invitation to Dr. Perman’s Q&A on June 19, which will include a discussion of the campus climate survey, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

  
Chris Zang ABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJune 8, 20170 comments
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contest

Can You Name It?

As we told you a few weeks ago, eUMB Financials and RAVEN will be retired when UMB’s new cloud financial system goes live. That means that the new system needs a new name.  You could be the person to come up with that name! The winner will receive an Amazon Tap Alexa-enabled portable Bluetooth speaker with several accessories.

The sky’s the limit! Are you ready? Do you have a name you’d like to propose?

Here’s what you need to do:

  • UMB Employees or Affiliates may submit entries by email to fssystems@umaryland.edu.
  • Submissions must Include the following information:
    1. Submitter’s first and last name
    2. Campus email address
    3. Campus Phone Number
    4. Your suggested name for UMB’s new cloud-based financial system. (You may include more than one suggested name per email.)

Submit your proposed name(s) NO LATER THAN the end of day on Wednesday, June 28.

Here’s what happens next:

  1. The contest committee (who cannot enter, by the way!) will review all entries and select the top names.
  2. In the July 10 issue of the Elm Weekly, we will share the top submissions and ask readers to rank your favorites by July 18.
  3. The winning entry will be announced in the July 24 issue of the Elm Weekly.

The Fine Print

The winning entry becomes the property of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Background Information on the New System

To get some ideas flowing, here’s a little more background on the new system.  When it goes live, the financials cloud system will transform how we work with administrative systems at UMB. The decision to move our financial system to the cloud places UMB at the forefront of our industry – both with peers in higher education and within USM.

The new system will improve reporting and analytics and make it easier to access to UMB’s financial application since the cloud application will be available on mobile devices as well as on desktop computers. The new cloud system will allow UMB to take advantage of the best practices and process solutions built in to the software. The more frequent delivery of updates also provides the ability to stay current with these best practices and processes.

So go on…get creative! Come up with your unique idea. And make your mark on UMB systems history.

  
Robin Reid Bulletin Board, Contests, People, Technology, UMB News, University AdministrationJune 8, 20170 comments
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