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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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Project SEARCH Celebrates Sixth Graduating Class

Clad in royal blue robes and mortar boards with broad smiles on their faces, 13 men and woman proudly accepted graduation diplomas issued by Project SEARCH during a June 5 ceremony at the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center.

Project SEARCH

A partnership between the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), The Arc of Baltimore, Baltimore City Public Schools, and the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), Project SEARCH is a high school transition program that provides opportunities and training for developmentally disadvantaged Baltimore City young adults. Students work at unpaid internships and attend classes at UMB.

“The goal of Project SEARCH is 100 percent employment for our graduates,” says The Arc’s Joanna Falcone, director of Project SEARCH. In addition to imparting job-specific training, “we also work with students on business etiquette and how to take constructive criticism from supervisors as well as other important life skills.

Graduating Interns

The graduation marked the sixth year Project SEARCH students have completed job internships with UMB and the University of Maryland Medical Center. To date 61 students have graduated from the program.

“Project SEARCH made a fighter out of me,” said Christopher Crawford, whose internships included stints at the Francis King Carey School of Law‘s Thurgood Marshall Law Library, Human Resource Services, and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

Capable Students

Placing adults with disabilities in the workplace promotes diversity and helps dispel the idea that people with disabilities aren’t employable, Falcone says. “People are usually surprised at how capable these individuals are. Our students are held to the same standard as other employees.”

Jill YeskoCollaboration, Education, Global & Community Engagement, UMB News, University LifeJune 13, 20141 comment
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Dental Students Help Underserved Teens

A group of dental students helped underserved teenagers improve their oral health and build confidence as part of a Dec. 13 outreach event sponsored by the University Student Government Association.

Providing Dental Screenings and Tips for Proper Care

The students provided oral cancer screenings and dental hygiene instructions to teenagers involved in Project Search, a program of the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services that helps prepare high school students with developmental disabilities for employment after high school.

“If we can get these students motivated to take care of their oral health now it could benefit them for the rest of their lives,” remarks Matthew Goodrich, DDS ’15, who organized the event.

Interpersonal Skills

During the hour-long program, the dental students also offered resume critiques and acted as mock interviewers for about 20 Project Search students.

One goal of the program was to help the teenagers develop stronger interpersonal skills. Dental students shared academic advice and offered encouragement to the Project Search students.

Working With Underserved Populations

For Morgan Barker, DDS ’15, it was rewarding to be able to help underserved high school students learn about their oral health. The event also served as an educational experience for Barker and her dental student peers. “This is a great way for me to gain experience working with different populations and different types of patients,” she says.

Adam ZeweGlobal & Community EngagementDecember 20, 20130 comments
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