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July-August President’s Message

Check out the July-August issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the Facilities Master Plan, congratulations on UMB being named a great place to work, a look ahead to Welcome Month and UMB Night at Oriole Park, a story about dental students and faculty offering care at the Special Olympics, results of the Campus Climate Survey, which were discussed at Dr. Perman’s quarterly Q&A, stories about Project SEARCH’s graduation and security guard William Groh celebrating 53 years at UMB, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

mmooreBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJuly 28, 20170 comments
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October President's Message

October President’s Message

Check out the October issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column and personal reflection on UMB’s Community Engagement Center; a look ahead to Founders Week; revisiting the launch of the Diversity Advisory Council Speaker Series with Marc Nivet, EdD, MBA; a visit with UMB Ombudsperson Laurelyn Irving, PhD, MSW; and the CURE Corner.

Chris Zang Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAOctober 6, 20160 comments
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Marc Nivet, DAC

Nivet Kicks Off DAC Speaker Series

Asking the right questions is essential to maximizing an institution’s potential in diversity and inclusion. That was among the messages conveyed by Marc A. Nivet, EdD, MBA, as he kicked off the Diversity Advisory Council Speaker Series at UMB on Sept. 28.

Nivet, executive vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and former chief diversity officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, spoke for nearly an hour and then answered questions in “Diversity 3.0: From Fairness to Excellence.”

He pointed out that Motorola engineer Martin Cooper invented the cell phone in 1973 when he asked the right question. Told to create the next generation of car phone, Cooper “realized at that time you had to call a place — a home, office, pay phone,” Nivet said. “Why don’t we call a person? Cooper wondered. All the technology existed to do it, but no one had asked the right question until him.”

Nivet urged the 150 or so assembled at the SMC Campus Center to come up with the right questions in diversity matters as well. While he praised UMB’s “phenomenal” pipeline programs that guide West Baltimore youths into future health care careers, he said more could be done.

Food for Thought

“How much does this institution source on food each year?” Nivet asked. Told millions of dollars, Nivet asked, “How far is the nearest food desert? Blocks away. What if you went to your food source, with whom you spend millions a year, the next time you went to bid and say ‘We want to have a joint partnership on a food desert eradication program.‘ Which company is going to say no, we don’t want to do that? We don’t need your multimillion-dollar contract.”

The same could be done with technology, Nivet said. If a computer company wants to keep your account, have it supply modern equipment to schools in the area. “Why is there a child anywhere within five miles of this university who doesn’t have high-speed internet access or a laptop, or their school doesn’t have up-to-date technology?” Nivet said. “Tell the technology company, ‘We’ll put up $100,000 and we need you to put up $1 million.’ Which company is going to say no to that? The reason that doesn’t exist is because no one has asked the right question.”

‘I Effectively Agitate’

In his previous role as chief diversity officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Nivet was responsible for the AAMC’s vision and leadership on issues of community engagement, diversity, and health equity at medical schools and teaching hospitals across the U.S. and Canada. “I like to think I effectively agitate,” he said with a smile.

Nivet, who started his UT Southwestern post on Sept. 1, has spent over 20 years in academic medicine and has lectured around the country, finding many similarities. And despite gains made in diversity and equality, he said much work still remains.

“I’ve been to 137 colleges and universities and all care about this work,” he said. “They have quality leadership like you have here with Dr. Perman and direct day-to-day responsibility of the diversity board. There’s investment. But despite all that investment, [nationally] we had fewer black men in the first-year medical school class in 2014 than we did in 1978.”

(Un)Comfort Zone

At his morning presentation — one of four Nivet did at UMB on Sept. 28 for groups ranging from students, members of the Diversity Advisory Council, and UMB’s deans and vice presidents — he said getting comfortable with being uncomfortable was a necessity. “There’s nothing magical or inherently good about diversity,” he said, admitting that was strange coming from a diversity officer. “If you don’t believe me turn on CNN and see what happens when you smash different religions together, different cultures together, different people together around the world and create artificial connections.

“Every one of you has your own definition of diversity,” he said, mentioning it can be a minority issue, gender, LGBT, or disability issue. “But diversity means nothing more than difference. We put on this word all these different meanings. That difference doesn’t matter unless you have a culture of inclusion. Inclusion is the necessary fuel that animates the diversity.”

Perman Praise

In his introduction, UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, recalled an AAMC Diversity 3.0 event Nivet spoke at several years ago in Washington, D.C. “I knew immediately that he had something very important to teach us,” Perman said. “I was drawn to the way Dr. Nivet framed the case for moving diversity from our periphery to our core and that … this is the only way we’ll achieve institutional excellence.”

Equating diversity to a software program, Nivet said Diversity 1.0 includes a social justice movement that seeks fairness and accessibility for women and minorities. Diversity 2.0 turns to cultural competency, population parity, and a focus on recruitment and retention. “Education is better when we are diverse. When we have people with conflicting views. Sure it’s great to give a kid an opportunity, but really the thinking is the reason we’re doing this is because it makes us better. That was Diversity 2.0.”

Diversity 3.0 moves to a broader definition of diversity, moving it from the periphery to the core, with a focus on an institution thriving. “It’s when the shift happens that you realize we can’t be an excellent institution unless we’re diverse and inclusive.”

Perman began the presentation by saluting UMB’s Diversity Advisory Council, which he formed shortly after his arrival in 2010. He applauded the launch of the DAC Speaker Series pointing out UMB has had many compelling discussions in recent years on diversity, equity, and inclusion. “We were eager to bring in others — experts who can inform our own debate, who can share the best scholarship in diversity, and who will contribute perspectives that lend nuance to our understanding and depth to our dialogue.”

Marc Nivet’s presentation certainly accomplished that.

Watch video of the Nivet event and check out the photo gallery.

Chris Zang Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 3, 20160 comments
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State of the University

State of the University: Improve the Human Condition. Serve the Public Good.

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Jay A. Perman, MD, invites you to attend his third annual State of the University address on May 4 at 3 p.m. in the School of Nursing auditorium. This year’s State of the University address, “Improve the Human Condition. Serve the Public Good.” will revisit UMB’s 2015 highlights and look ahead to 2016. Reception to follow – light refreshments will be served.


Clare BanksBulletin Board, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University LifeApril 14, 20160 comments
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Strategic Partnership Town Hall March 11

Strategic Partnership Town Hall March 11

President Perman invites you to join him on Friday, March 11, at noon, in the SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballroom, for a town hall on the Senate Bill 1052, which would effectively merge UMB with the University of Maryland, College Park. He’ll answer your questions and solicit your opinions on this critical bill, which has far-reaching implications for our University and for Baltimore City.

The ElmABAE, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeMarch 4, 20160 comments
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President's Message March

March President’s Message

The March issue of The President’s Message is available. It includes Dr. Perman discussing UMB’s Middle States Self-Study Report, achievements by faculty, staff, and students, a year-end police update, CURE Corner, and a YouthWorks success story.

Chris ZangABAE, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAMarch 4, 20160 comments
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Quarterly Q&A With Dr. Perman

The next President’s Q&A is March 28 from 11 a.m. to noon in the BioPark Discovery Auditorium.

This session will feature an update on the comprehensive review of the University’s personnel actions spawned by UMB’s “Discussion About Race in Baltimore.”

Join Dr. Perman as he answers questions from students, staff, and faculty. If you have a specific question you would like to ask but never had the opportunity, or if you would just like to know more about what’s happening around campus, please join us.

The President’s Q&A will be available for viewing on Apple devices via a live video stream provided by Twitter’s Periscope app. To view the program, follow @UMBNews on Twitter and download the free app from iTunes.

Claire MurphyBulletin Board, Collaboration, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University AdministrationMarch 4, 20160 comments
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President's Q&A

President’s Q&A

The next Q&A session with President Jay A. Perman is July 28 from 11 to noon in the School of Nursing auditorium.

This session will feature a continuation of the discussion about race in Baltimore.

Join Dr. Perman as he answers questions from students, staff, and faculty. If you have a specific question you would like to ask but never had the opportunity, or if you would just like to know more about what’s happening around campus, please join us.

The President’s Q&A will be available for viewing on Apple devices via a live video stream provided by Twitter’s Periscope app. To view the program, follow @UMBNews on Twitter and download the free app from iTunes.

The ElmABAE, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Contests, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, Malawi Project, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 10, 20150 comments
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RMH Donation

UMB Donates $5,000 to Ronald McDonald House

As part of our Orioles tickets sales, $5 of each ticket sold went to our fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities and Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. We were able to give $5,000 to Ronald McDonald House and $4,775 to Habitat for Humanity!

This morning at 11 a.m., Dr. Perman presented a check of $5,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities at their office on Lexington Street.

Sandy Pagnotti (left), CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities, accepted the donation from Dr. Perman.

Holly BaierFor B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 29, 20140 comments
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Dixon Wins Employee of the Month

Janice Dixon, coordinator in the Office of Registration and Enrollment at the Francis King Carey School of Law, didn’t expect to be the center of attention during the recent holiday party at the law school. But she was just that when Dean Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, made a surprise announcement: Dixon had been chosen as a University Employee of the Month.

40 Years at the Law School

Dixon, who has worked at the University for more than 40 years, was nominated for the Employee of the Month honor by students, faculty, and staff — including Nathan Robertson, JD, MSLS, the law school’s director of information policy and management — all of whom praised Dixon for her integrity, diligence, professionalism, dedication, and helpfulness, as well as her cheerful nature.

“I want you to know how deeply appreciative your colleagues are of the work that you do,” Haddon told Dixon as she gave the longtime employee a framed certificate, a letter from University President Jay A. Perman, MD, and $250.

A Great Place to Work

“It has been wonderful working at the law school for all these years,” Dixon says. “I’ve met and worked with so many faculty, students, and staff who make my job interesting and the School a great place to work. I’ve always tried to tackle the day-to-day challenges of the job with a positive attitude and greet everyone with a smile. After all, a friendly, welcoming office is where I’d want to visit or work. Wouldn’t you?”

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Scouts Lunch With the President

20th Annual Health Services Leadership Award Luncheon

Jahid Carr, Brian Sturdivant Jr., and Matthew Sturdivant joined University President Jay A. Perman, MD, co-chair of the Baltimore Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America for the 20th Annual Health Services Leadership Award Luncheon on Nov. 12 at the Hilton Baltimore.

The luncheon celebrated outstanding work in the medical community in support of special needs scouting in Central Maryland.

Local Scouts Part of UMB Community

Local scouts who attended the lunch are the children of Nadine Finigan, clinical research specialist at the School of Social Work’s Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children, and Brian Sturdivant, director for strategic initiatives and community partnerships in the Office of Government and Community Affairs. The children were excited to share in this celebration at the invitation of Dr. Perman.

Health Services Leadership Award Honorees

Honorees for 2013 are Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, director for the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and Brian Browne, MD, professor and chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of emergency medicine service at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Brian SturdivantFor B'more, Global & Community EngagementNovember 22, 20130 comments
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Employee of the Month

“Do you know who I am?” said President Jay A. Perman, MD, as he greeted Mona Kiriakos on the third floor of the Health Sciences Facility I building.

Kiriakos, MS, executive assistant and administrative analyst for the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the School of Medicine, smiled shyly, while her supervisor, James Kaper, PhD, professor and chair, stood behind her.

“I feel like a celebrity,” said Kiriakos.

Perman shook her hand, announcing Kiriakos as October’s Employee of the Month.

“I hear you do your job enthusiastically, have a great work ethic, are a positive force in the department, and a terrific team player,” said Perman.

“Working on a team is the best way to get things done,” responded Kiriakos.

“I also know you’ve been through a lot personally,” added Perman, “but have always been a key person for this department and the University.”

“Ms. Kiriakos is always cheerful and upbeat despite her past, and is a key ‘linchpin’ for this department,” said Kaper in his nomination letter.

In addition to handling appointment, promotion, and tenure issues for faculty, Human Resources, special event planning, and other administrative issues, Kiriakos “is always eager to help others and is a wonderful representative of the department and campus,” said Kaper.

Kiriakos accepted the award from President Perman, surrounded by fellow colleagues.

“Thank you, thank you so much,” she said.

Tracy GnadingerPeople, UMB NewsNovember 8, 20131 comment
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Strategic Plan Progresses

Eighteen months into the implementation of the University of Maryland, Baltimore‘s (UMB) five-year strategic plan, the University has already achieved “positive progress” in key areas from diversity and inclusion to driving economic development and promoting interprofessional education.

“The strategic plan represents our values as a University. It represents where we want to go,” said UMB President Jay. A. Perman, MD, who with his administrative team updated faculty, staff, and students on the implementation of the 2011-2016 strategic plan as part of an open question and answer session held at the School of Pharmacy.

The strategic plan, which was created with input from hundreds of members of the University community from all levels and schools, was developed to make the University “greater than the sum of its parts” and to shape UMB for the next 10 years.

The eight key areas of strategic plan are:

  • achieve pre-eminence as an innovator
  • promote diversity and inclusion
  • foster a culture of accountability and transparency
  • excel at interdisciplinary research and interprofessional education
  • develop local and global initiatives that address critical issues
  • drive economic development
  • create an enduring and responsible financial model
  • create a vibrant, dynamic University community

Additional fundamental elements of the strategic plan include enhancing information technology, interactive two-way communication, strengthening government and community partner relationships, and faculty and staff training.

Expounding on the successes of the plan in fostering a diverse student body, Peter N. Gilbert, MSF, chief operating officer and senior vice president, noted that more than 700 prospective students from local communities attended a University-wide open house last spring. The President’s Diversity Advisory Council was singled out for its contributions to making UMB an inclusive and welcoming campus.

In the area of economic development, “we anticipate at least a $1 million bump in research revenues from this agreement in this year alone” as a result of strategic partnerships with MedImmune, the state’s largest biotech firm, Gilbert said. He also touted that over two years, UMB has experienced a 35 percent increase in invention disclosures, decreased by 17 percent the time needed to process clinical trials, and recruited nine new companies to the University of Maryland BioPark, including two UMB startups.

Addressing campus safety, Gilbert noted that on-campus security has been increased, in conjunction with Baltimore City, security around the Lexington Market has been enhanced, and new lighting has been installed in University Plaza. The launch of Univeristy’s new, interactive website called The Elm, a new UMB mobile app, and the debut of the common events calendar, according to Gilbert, are the most asked for examples of enhanced two-way communication in the plan.

During the Q&A session, Perman fielded a query about how the University is encouraging people to bike to work. UMB’s secure bike cage is located on the first floor of the Pratt Street Garage.

Sarah Tom, PhD, MPH, MA, assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy, asked what the University is doing to address funding challenges for junior faculty. UMB is collaborating with state leaders, industry partners and philanthropic organzations to find money to fund critical research, Perman said, though he admitted the federal funding climate is “very difficult.”

A variety of seed grant programs, including a $6 million grant that is part of the University of Maryland: Mpowering the State initiative, has resulted in many more joint research awards, added Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS, UMB’s chief academic and research officer, senior vice president, and dean of the Graduate School.

Perman’s next quarterly Q&A session will take place on Dec. 18 at the Francis King Carey School of Law.

Jill YeskoUMB News, University LifeOctober 2, 20130 comments
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