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New Slideshows Coming Soon

Our web slideshows are getting a face-lift! The new designs, to be released Tuesday, Sept. 5, feature an engaging new look as well as some useful functional adjustments.

Web content managers: If you use the slideshow and slide content types on your web pages, please prepare to update your content as soon as possible. New fields and image size requirements can be reviewed in the UMB Web Manual. Don’t be caught off guard when the template is updated next month. This announcement affects,,, and

bossomTechnologyAugust 14, 20170 comments
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A Bridge to Academic Excellence

Saturday Volunteer Tutoring Opportunity

Love to teach? Want to make a difference?

Come tutor with us each Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon in Pharmacy Hall, as we try to make a difference in the lives of Baltimore youth. Membership and participation in ABAE are completely free. Just show up and start teaching!


Please contact Jonathan Tran if you are interested or have any questions.

Jonathan Tran ABAE, Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGASeptember 26, 20160 comments
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"Home-Sick," Tara Byrd - First Place Winner

Announcing the Snap! UMB Photo Contest 2015 Winners!

Tara Byrd, assistant director of administrative services in the School of Nursing, captured first place in the Snap! Photo Contest, which was open to UMB faculty, staff, and students. Her entry, “Home-Sick,” one of 110 entries received from Sept. 18 to Oct. 31, shows an old home in disrepair, with distinctive blue shutters and ivy growing on the outside.

Other winners named Nov. 19 were Lindsay Rutt, MS, a lead research specialist at the Institute of Genome Sciences (IGS) in the School of Medicine, who finished second for her entries “Beach Storm” and “Windows – Lawrence, Kansas,” and an array of third-place finishers.

They included Pawel Gajer, PhD, a research associate at IGS; Rutt; Kathy Martin, DNP, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing; Bruce Anderson, PharmD, DABAT, director of operations for the Maryland Poison Center in the School of Pharmacy; Colette Beaulieu, office manager in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library; and Tao Liang, student in the School of Pharmacy. Many other contestants achieved honorable mention.

Celebrity Judges

All the photos were judged by a panel of Snap! celebrity judges, who included Yumi Hogan, first lady of Maryland and honorary chair of UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture; Fletcher Mackey, a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art and board member of UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture; John Consoli, director of photography, Marketing and Communications at the University of Maryland, College Park; and Calla Thompson, an associate professor in photography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Entries were accepted in two categories: “The Architectural Landscape” and “UMB, Baltimore, and Beyond.” The photos could be high or low resolution, allowing entries taken with regular cameras or with cell phones.

Exhibit at SMC Campus Center

The 42 winning entries will be displayed in the Fireplace Lounge of the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center from Dec. 4 to Feb. 29 and an online gallery can be viewed at the Snap! Photo Contest Website.

“We received an amazing assortment of entries with a variety of beautiful imagery,” said Stephen Bossom, MFA, web developer of interactive media in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, who headed UMB’s Snap! committee. “I enjoyed coordinating this year’s contest, and my appreciation goes out to all who participated.”

Chris ZangCollaboration, Contests, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeNovember 20, 20150 comments
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Volunteer for Baltimore

May 1, 2015

Dear Students and Colleagues:

I thank everyone from our UMB community who has reached out to assist our neighbors in West Baltimore. Your action and support are vital to the communities we serve.

We’re currently collecting supplies for families in Baltimore’s most severely affected neighborhoods, especially seniors. With our partners at the Baltimore City Division of Aging, the University is coordinating a drive to collect toiletries and other items typically bought at local pharmacies. As many of you know, the destruction of CVS and Rite Aid pharmacies in West Baltimore on Monday evening has severely limited residents’ access to stores selling personal care products. This drive will fill an important and immediate need.

Collection bins have been placed in the lobby of each school, the SMC Campus Center, and the BioPark. Please go to UMB Responds for a list of requested items.

For a longer term solution, we will help transport seniors in affected West Baltimore neighborhoods to nearby grocery stores. The Baltimore City Health Department has arranged for pick-up at numerous senior housing facilities, on a rotating schedule, to provide the facilities’ residents access to a safe place to cash social security checks, fill prescriptions, and buy personal care items – activities that otherwise would have been undertaken at local pharmacies.

We’re looking for volunteers to accompany the seniors and help them complete their errands. If you’d like to volunteer for this effort or other efforts currently being planned, sign up here. Staff will be in contact with you to discuss opportunities.

Finally, please continue to monitor our UMB social media accounts, including @UMBCommunity, for the latest information about ways to help, and visit UMB Responds for resources, events, and volunteer activities.

Thank you again for all you’re doing to support our city and its people – now and always.


Ashley Valis, MSW
Executive Director, Community Engagement

Photo above: Duane Haley, School of Social Work, with his son, Joseph Haley, 3, at a clean up event on Tuesday, April 28. Photo courtesy of Duane Haley.

Clare BanksCollaboration, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, University LifeMay 4, 20150 comments
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Nalini Negi

Social Justice Champion

Nalini Negi’s research at the University of Maryland School of Social Work is focused on enhancing the well-being of Latino immigrant day laborers. Negi brings a global perspective, having lived in seven countries across four continents, with the understanding that her global experiences also influence her local research. Her passion for social justice helps shape policies in Baltimore and beyond. Learn more.

Clare BanksCollaboration, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, Research, UMB NewsApril 24, 20150 comments
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Brian Sturdivant

Inspiring Kids

Brian Sturdivant, director for strategic initiatives and community partnerships in the Office of Community Engagement, is the crucial link between the University of Maryland, Baltimore and its neighbors. He leads initiatives like CLUB UMB, which connects University faculty, students, and staff mentors with young students in West Baltimore schools. CLUB UMB gives students a leg up on healthy living, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) achievement and college/career exploration by linking partner West Baltimore schools with UMB and Baltimore community resources. Learn more.

Clare BanksCollaboration, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, Technology, UMB News, University LifeApril 10, 20150 comments
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The Baltimore Ravens Announce GamePlanEarth

GamePlanEarth is a week of environmental initiatives from Dec. 8 to 12, led by the Baltimore Ravens to help better the Baltimore community. This week, the Ravens plan to make Baltimore a little greener by informing fans about the growing environmental challenges and educating them on how to recycle, reuse and conserve.

Check out the week’s events!

Sarah RebackEducation, For B'more, Global & Community EngagementDecember 9, 20140 comments
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Yes, We CAN

When Bill Joyner walks into CUPs coffeehouse in the Hollins Market area of West Baltimore, everyone knows his name. It’s not so much that he’s a regular there―although the baristas know he usually orders a caramel macchiato―it’s because he has a lot to do with the coffeehouse’s ongoing success.

Last year, Joyner, then a master’s candidate at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, helped organize a fundraiser for CUPs (“Creating Unlimited Possibilities”), which employs at-risk young adults, providing them important skills that can be applied to future careers. The fundraiser, a brunch held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), attracted more than 160 people and netted almost $7,000 in much-needed operating funds for the nonprofit.

“CUPs is important because it helps change the narrative of people―particularly young black males―who have typically been looked at as threats to safety or a drain on the community,” says Joyner, who lives in a rowhouse a block from the coffeehouse. “When you come to CUPs, you see them being productive, happy, valuable citizens, and that helps shift the identity of a group that has been disconnected in so many ways.”

Though only 26, Joyner has been honing his community-organizing and advocacy skills over many years. As an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, he co-founded an organization promoting LGBT rights. At UMB, he co-founded the Community Action Network (CAN), an organization allowing social work students to apply skills and principles learned in the classroom to empower Baltimore communities. CAN sponsored the CUPs fundraiser and also produced an online map of businesses, volunteer opportunities, and points of interest in West Baltimore, helping drive badly needed foot traffic to the Hollins Market area.

“Bill’s passion, vision, and commitment to the community aren’t only inspirational, they’re infectious,” says Holly Gray, owner of CUPs. “Bill is determined to make our local communities into places where businesses and residents can thrive.”

Joyner’s gotten a new chance to do just that. He recently joined UMB’s Office of Community Engagement, where he helps coordinate, focus, and strengthen the hundreds of local outreach programs led by UMB faculty, staff, and students. “I knew immediately that Bill had both the professional training and the personal drive to make a big impact on our engagement work in West Baltimore,” says Ashley Valis, MSW, executive director of community initiatives and engagement at UMB. “He’s already well-respected in this community, and he’s as dedicated as anyone I know to making it stronger.”

One of Joyner’s responsibilities is to identify local procurement opportunities for UMB. It’s part of the University’s work with the Baltimore Integration Partnership, an alliance that fosters economic inclusion through local hiring, purchasing, and community reinvestment.

The work aligns perfectly with Joyner’s long-held goal: to help communities help themselves through social enterprise. “When I came to the School of Social Work, I wanted to study social issues on a macro level, to use economics to improve entire communities,” he says. “One of the biggest conditions that leads to community-level disinvestment or social problems is a lack of economic power. Social enterprise is a way of using the economy as a tool for social justice. It can help individuals, communities, and even regions to build economic power.”

“Bill is tireless,” says Lane Victorson, MSW, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work and Joyner’s field advisor for internships he completed through the school’s Social Work Community Outreach Service. “He takes on a lot of different work but still comes through. He has used his imagination in believing in the potential of the Hollins Market area, which is always refreshing to see in students. While the neighborhood faces considerable challenges, Bill continues to identify the opportunities there.”

Joyner credits his grandmother, in part, with instilling in him a sense of social justice. “Where she lives, the church is the ultimate community organization,” he says. “Whenever you need help for anything, you go there. Her being a leader there showed me the impact it could have on people’s lives, real people. That’s where I saw value in her work. Nobody in my family is rich, but she got her wealth from the impact she has on people’s lives―impact she’s achieved through social action. I hope to do the same.”

The ElmCollaboration, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB NewsOctober 30, 20140 comments
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Wag the Dog

Move over Laura Lippman

UMB media relations specialist Jill Yesko has released Dog Spelled Backwards: An Unholy Mystery, her second crime fiction novel that takes place in Baltimore.

“I wanted to write something fun and edgy – a mash up of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo meets John Waters,” says Yesko, whose first novel Murder in the Dog Park was published in 2012.

Dog Spelled Backwards follows the adventures of female private eye and part-time computer hacker Jane Ronson who is hired to infiltrate a black market kidney ring in a fictional northwest Baltimore community – a situation inspired by real events. To nail the bad guys, Jane must impersonate an Orthodox Jewish woman – “like Harrison Ford in the movie Witness,” Yesko adds.

Where does she find her inspiration?

“Baltimore itself is such a great character, all I need to do is to walk around town and I have all the material I need,” says Yesko, whose first novel features a cast of characters that include a sexy Baltimore City cop, a down-on-his-luck former Baltimore Sun photographer, and a gender-bending bail bondsman.

Bull Terriers

Another key character in Yesko’s novels is Archie, a badly behaved bull terrier who is Jane’s sidekick. Jill donates a portion of her novel’s sales to Blue Ridge Bull Terrier Rescue.


“I love inhabiting a character who is so unlike me,” says Yesko. “Although, I wouldn’t mind sharing some of Jane’s computer acumen and her kick-boxing skills.”

If you want to read more about Yesko, check out her blog and website.

The ElmPeople, University LifeNovember 19, 20130 comments
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