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Jody Olsen Chosen to Lead Peace Corps

The White House announced Jan. 3 that President Trump will nominate Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW), senior faculty advisor of the Center for Global Education Initiatives, and senior lecturer at the Graduate School, to be director of the Peace Corps. A letter on the White House web page noted that Olsen was deputy and acting director of the Peace Corps from 2001 to 2009.

Olsen began her work at the agency as a volunteer in Tunisia and later became country director in the West African nation of Togo, the regional director for North Africa, the Near East, Asia, and the Pacific, and agency chief of staff.

Between tours of duty with the Peace Corps, Olsen was senior vice president of the Academy of Educational Development (AED), a large nonprofit focused on education and economic development in the United States and 150 countries around the world.

In 2015, UMB named Olsen a Champion of Excellence, honoring her global impact. “Jody Olsen is a tireless champion for developing the campus infrastructure and faculty and student competencies to ensure that we can effectively and safely deliver great global education,” said Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, UMSSW dean. “She is a terrific communicator, relentlessly optimistic and affirming, and exceptionally knowledgeable about all things international.”

A presidential appointment to director of the Peace Corps must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Alex LikowskiCommunity Service, Education, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 5, 20180 comments
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President's Fellows 2017

Exploring Entrepreneurship at UMB

What does entrepreneurship look like on our campus? Through interviews, research, and hands-on experience, four students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) explored the importance and current state of entrepreneurship at UMB.

Known as the President’s Fellows, Chinonye “Donna” Egbulem, schools of social work and medicine (public health); Anna Hung, School of Pharmacy; Benjamin Portney, Graduate School, (biochemistry and molecular biology); and Camilo Vanegas, Graduate School (molecular medicine) have spent the academic year preparing recommendations for entrepreneurial education and exploration at our University.

Fellows Presentation

Join them as they share their journey and debut their report, Exploring Entrepreneurship at UMB. Their presentation is scheduled for Monday, April 3 at 4 p.m. in the SMC Campus Center, Elm Room B.


A networking reception will follow the presentation. Register now or contact for more information.

Pictured above from left to right: Benjamin Portney, Chinonye “Donna” Egbulem, Camilo Vanegas, and Anna Hung. Photo credit: Adrienne Kambouris, MS1, MD/PhD student

Courtney J. Jones CarneyBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, Research, UMB NewsMarch 20, 20170 comments
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Muslim Students and Scholars Spring Banquet

Muslim Students and Scholars Association Spring Banquet

Please join the UMB Muslim Students and Scholars Association on Wednesday, March 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the SMC Ballroom for our 2017 spring banquet.

This event is open to everyone and there will be delicious food and great entertainment.

The banquet will focus on having a positive attitude while building unity and strengthening our interfaith communities.

Our discussion will be led by an amazing group of panelists: Brother Jose Acevedo, Imam Mikaeel Ahmed Smith, and Dr. Zainab Chaudry!

Please RSVP by email or through our Facebook page.

Waleed Risheq Bulletin Board, UMB NewsMarch 15, 20170 comments
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PROMISE AGEP Family & Friends Cookout

Calling all graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff, alumni! Bring your family and friends to the annual PROMISE Cookout! Graduate students from all disciplines and all levels (1st year masters to doctoral candidate) are invited to participate!

This is an annual event! Feel free to bring games, cards, and athletic equipment.

All PROMISE participants who are graduating from a masters or doctoral program from any school within the University System of Maryland will be celebrated!

Send your name, school, department, and degree to with the subject: “PROMISE Cookout 2016.” Family and friends are invited to celebrate with you.

Event Details

Saturday, May 7  |  1 to 4 p.m.  |  10100 Superior Ave., Laurel, MD 20723


LaNette ParsonABAE, Bulletin Board, People, University Life, USGAApril 22, 20160 comments
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Graduate Research Conference

The Annual Graduate Research Conference will be held on Wednesday, March 23. Students are welcome to register to attend the event. Lunch is included and a graduate school-wide social hour will take place after the event.


Registration is now open, and is free for all UMB graduate students. Sign up for a poster or oral presentation.


Deadline: Friday, March 11

Conference Details

SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballrooms  |  Wednesday, March 23  |  8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m

LaNette ParsonBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, USGAMarch 4, 20160 comments
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