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Dance Group at Towson U. Offers Discounted Children’s Classes

Towson University Community Dance is offering a 10 percent tuition discount on single-class registrations for children of University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty and staff.

Classes are available for dancers from ages 3 to 18, and the spring semester begins Monday, Jan. 15.

For more information, please visit the group’s website or call 410-704-3495.

Bulletin Board, Community Service, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 12, 20180 comments
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Call for Proposals For Interprofessional Education Faculty Award

All University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty are eligible to apply for a Faculty Award in Support of Interprofessional Education (IPE).

The deadline for priority decision is Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Additional applications will be considered on a bimonthly basis in January, March, and May 2018 pending availability of funds.

The purpose of the IPE is to encourage and build a community of faculty members across the schools of UMB and throughout the University System of Maryland who have interest and expertise in interprofessional education. This could potentially include IPE activities nationally and internationally.

Faculty Awards may be used for a variety of endeavors that can include, but are not limited to, travel to other institutions to study IPE; regional and national meetings focused on IPE, including poster and podium presentations; educational products focused on IPE; and other faculty development activities that are inclusive of UMB students from two or more schools. The funds must be used within a one-year window, and any individual is limited to one award per year. Faculty Awards may provide a one-time salary enhancement stipend, if allowed by the UMB school and deemed appropriate for the proposed activity.

All UMB faculty members are eligible to apply for a Faculty Award of up to $2,000 annually. Other faculty from the University System of Maryland require a partner from the UMB faculty and are eligible for up to a $1,000 award. A two-page proposal, including a budget, should be submitted via email to the Center for Interprofessional Education. Please include a title for the award along with a description of the proposed activity and its potential to further IPE at UMB. If you plan to use standardized patients through the Clinical Education and Evaluation Laboratory, please contact the director, Nancy Budd Culpepper, at The co-directors of the Center for Interprofessional Education serve as the award committee.

Visit the Interprofessional Education website  for additional information and to download a proposed template. For questions or to submit an application, contact Patricia Danielewicz at 410-706-4224 or


Patricia Danielewicz Collaboration, Education, UMB NewsNovember 7, 20170 comments
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University System of Maryland Releases Statement on Open Access

The University System of Maryland (USM) has released a statement, endorsed by USM presidents, provosts, library directors, the Council of University System Faculty, and the USM Student Council, supporting and encouraging the use of open access publications.

The USM news release about the statement can be read here.

The entire USM statement is available here and is accompanied by a supporting Frequently Asked Questions document. Both documents are available as downloadable PDF files.


Everly Brown Education, People, Research, UMB News, University LifeNovember 1, 20170 comments
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School Hosts 175th Anniversary Luncheon

Distinguished alumni and their guests gathered in Pharmacy Hall on April 29, as the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy hosted its 175th Anniversary Alumni Awards of Service and Excellence Luncheon. Held to commemorate the School’s 175th anniversary, the event celebrated 37 outstanding alumni who were nominated for the honor by their fellow alumni and who epitomize expertise, influence, and impact in the School’s mission areas of education, research, practice, and community service.

“I am tremendously grateful to host this first-of-its-kind celebration at the School honoring our extraordinary alumni, both past and present,” said Natalie D. Eddington, PhD ‘89, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School, as she welcomed attendees to the event. “The School of Pharmacy has long known about your contributions and successes, and has looked forward to an opportunity such as this to celebrate your accomplishments. As the recipients of today’s Alumni Awards of Service and Excellence, you are the true embodiment of the School of Pharmacy’s legacy, and account for a large part of our 175 years of history and our unparalleled success.”

Established in 1841, the School of Pharmacy is the fourth oldest pharmacy school in the United States. It celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2016. The presentation of Alumni Awards of Service and Excellence marked one of the culminating events for this milestone anniversary celebration.

Honoring Research and Community Service Trailblazers

The event kicked off with the presentation of awards in the categories of research and community service. Research honorees were recognized for their efforts to combine the knowledge that they learned at the School with their unique expertise to help advance scientific knowledge across the spectrum of drug discovery, health services, and practice-based and translational research. Community service honorees were celebrated for their service to professional organizations at both the state and national levels, as well as their work to provide care to patients, mentor the next generation of pharmacy practitioners, and promote healthy communities.

“It has been a wonderful experience to have this opportunity to reconnect with my great-grandfather’s alma mater,” said John (Jay) Dunning, Jr., who attended the event with his father John Dunning to accept an Alumni Award of Service and Excellence in Community Service on behalf of H.A.B. Dunning, PhG 1897, the inventor of mercurochrome – an iconic antiseptic product found in almost every American’s medicine cabinet for nearly half a century. “Our family has a longstanding relationship with the University System of Maryland, so it was an honor to visit this respected institution.”

“When I think about the other alumni receiving awards today, I feel incredibly honored to be recognized alongside them,” added DeAnna “Dixie” Leikach, BSP ’92, who received an Alumni Award of Service and Excellence in Community Service for her work as vice president of Catonsville, Finksburg, and Paradise Professional Pharmacies and service as president and chief executive officer of Pharmacy Ethics, Education, and Resources (PEER), a nonprofit organization that she established in 2015. “It is an incredible experience to be here today and to take part in this extraordinary event.”

Recognizing Excellence in Practice and Education

Following a short break for lunch, the event continued with the presentation of awards in the practice and education categories. Practice honorees included community pharmacists, academicians who also care for patients, consultants, and other experts who work to advance pharmacy practice while improving outcomes for patients. Education honorees were described as the “cream of the crop” in higher education, and included alumni who teach at or lead respected academic institutions, or who have established educational opportunities for students within their professional arenas.

“I am humbled to be here today in the company of such distinguished alumni whom I deeply appreciate and respect,” said Wanda T. Maldonado-Dávila, BSP ’82, PharmD ’86, dean and professor of the University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy, who accepted an Alumni Award of Service and Excellence in Education for her work to advance pharmacy education in Puerto Rico, including the implementation of a number of interprofessional education initiatives and development of a new residency program in community pharmacy and certificate in academia for pharmacy residents. “When I first enrolled at the School as a student, I could not have imagined the impact that the experience I was embarking on would have on me as a person and as a professional. I am truly grateful to the School of Pharmacy for providing me with the opportunity to be part of this great community of pharmacists, teachers, learners, scientists, and patient advocates who strive to make a difference in our society.”

“As a student pharmacist, I never expected to pursue a career in academia, so receiving this recognition today is quite humbling,” added Anthony K. Wutoh, BSP ’90, PhD ’96, provost and chief academic officer for Howard University, who accepted an Alumni Award of Service and Excellence in Education for his leadership at Howard University and participation in a multitude of international programs aimed at advancing pharmacy education around the world. “In addition to my father, who was a professor at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, I attribute a lot of the success that I have experienced in my career to the education, training, and mentoring that I received at the School of Pharmacy. The faculty at the School helped me understand how a career in academia would allow me to work with students and participate in research in a field that was particularly meaningful to me.”

Looking Toward the Next 175 Years

Eddington, who was also honored with an Alumni Award of Service and Excellence in Education in recognition of her continued service to the School, concluded the event with a call to action for the award winners, encouraging them to continue their trailblazing work while also advocating and serving as an ambassador for the School of Pharmacy. She also introduced “pharmapreneurism” – the umbrella under which the School of Pharmacy will continue to innovate in education, practice, research, and community service – noting that honorees could expect to hear more about this transformational concept at an upcoming gala that will celebrate the School’s founding pharmapreneurs on May 10.

“Today marks the start of a new relationship between the School of Pharmacy, all of our honorees, and between each of you – a relationship strengthened by your shared connection as recipients of Alumni Awards of Service and Excellence,” said Eddington. “I challenge you all to continue your incredible work with the added pride of this recognition and the bond you now share with both your fellow honorees and the School. You are all pharmapreneurs, as evidenced by the innovations that you have implemented in practice, research, academia, and service, and you now have the distinction of being recognized as all-time award winners. However, with that recognition comes responsibility – helping us continue to be the best school of pharmacy.”

To view a complete list of honorees for the Alumni Awards of Service and Excellence, visit this webpage.

Malissa Carroll Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeMay 8, 20170 comments
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School of Nursing

Nursing to Expand Educational Opportunities

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and the Laurel College Center (LCC) were awarded a University System of Maryland Non-USM Regional Higher Education Centers Incentive Funding Request to support the expansion of educational opportunities for the RN-to-BSN students at LCC. LCC’s expansion will be supported by a $203,046 grant during fiscal years 2016-18.

This grant will fund expansion and implementation of an enhanced practicum learning experience at LCC using low- and moderate-fidelity simulation for RN-to-BSN students enrolled in the Public Health Nursing Essentials for the Registered Nurse (NURS 467) course. Student group clusters will augment practicum hours with simulated learning exercises, directed by the Family and Community Health faculty at LCC. This initiative will enable nurse educators to emphasize developing the essential public health skills necessary to prepare nurses to meet the health care needs of various patient populations.

“Students are less knowledgeable about population health concepts or on how to consider health outcomes from the perspective of a group of individuals. As a result, they sometimes find it difficult to relate public health concepts learned in the classroom to nursing practice,” said Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE, assistant professor and associate dean for the baccalaureate program. “Combining low- and mid-fidelity simulation with clustered group experiences will allow students to practice new skills within a safe and supportive learning environment. We feel that the faculty-developed case scenarios will improve our ability to assist students to attain the recommended public health baccalaureate core competencies.”

In achieving the Institute of Medicine’s goal of 80 percent of nurses holding a BSN degree by 2020, UMSON revised its RN-to-BSN curriculum in 2014. UMSON’s aim is to ensure its graduates become competent nursing professionals capable of providing safe and effective care regardless of the health care setting. This initiative also will build upon the education offered though LCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing program, addressing the competencies required for RNs in the increasingly complex health care environment, and includes the essential content required by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Maryland’s statewide education articulation agreement aims to minimize potential barriers to educational advancement while encouraging nurses to achieve the highest level of education possible. The RN-to-BSN option, which requires 31 academic credits for completion, is already being offered at UMSON in Baltimore and at the Universities at Shady Grove.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 14, 20161 comment
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UMB Co-Led Course Helps Launch USM edX Partnership

UMB is proud to be among the first University System of Maryland (USM) institutions to participate in USM’s new edX online learning partnership.

What is edX?

edX is a nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 to increase global access to high-quality education. The agreement is designed to improve learning outcomes for diverse student groups as well as further increase student success, as well as the access, affordability, and quality of higher education in Maryland and around the world.

That worldwide focus is central to UMB’s edX launch. It will join with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) to initiate the first offering under the new agreement, a free global health course that explores opportunities and challenges to advancing health in developing countries utilizing the open access edX platform.

About the Course

Titled “Global Health — The Lessons of Ebola,” the course that begins Sept. 20 will explore how multidisciplinary teams can work more effectively together to address global health needs. The course description says “Whether you seek a career in international health or medicine, volunteer to serve those less fortunate, or work in an institutional setting such as a clinic, hospital, or public health agency, it is important to understand the sources and movement of diseases.”

Joining two UMUC instructors in teaching the course is Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and director of UMB’s Center for Global Education Initiatives.

The course, which potentially can accommodate thousands of learners, will discuss such topics as:

  • Why local health issues affect us globally?
  • What influences a society’s health?
  • How multidisciplinary teams address global health?
  • Which organizations contribute to global health?
  • What SARS, Ebola, and Zika have taught us?

Participants can audit the course for free or receive a verified certificate for a small fee. More USM MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) will follow in the near future.

Driving Students to More Traditional Credit Pathways

“Our goal is to design free, online, open-enrollment courses to drive students to more traditional credit pathways in the Graduate School, like our online master’s and certificate degree programs,” says Flavius R. W. Lilly, PhD, MA, MPH, senior associate dean of the UMB Graduate School. “Partnering with nonprofit groups like edX, who expose thousands of students to our faculty and courses, allows us to precisely focus our recruitment on students with an interest in a particular field. I believe this positions MOOCs as a complement to coursework in the Graduate School.”

Mary Jo Bondy, DHEd, PA-C, assistant dean of academic programs at the Graduate School, says UMB is delighted to be a part of USM’s first edX course. “This is a great opportunity for UMB to virtually introduce the expertise of our amazing interdisciplinary faculty team to inform and facilitate a global conversation about advancing health and share lessons learned from the field and ongoing research.”

To learn more about edX, visit

Chris Zang Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 24, 20160 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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Core Values Speaker Series Continues With Brit Kirwan

UMB Core Values Speaker Series: “A Celebration of Knowledge and Its Challenges”

Friday, April 1, 2016
Noon, address; 1 p.m., light lunch
Westminster Hall

William E. “Brit” Kirwan, PhD, brings a wealth of experience to his discussion of knowledge as part of the UMB Core Values Speaker Series. Kirwan retired as chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM) in June 2015, culminating a sterling 50-plus-year career.

Called “a towering figure of U.S. higher education,” by UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, Kirwan has had a long and distinguished career. Before becoming USM chancellor in 2002, he served as president of University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) in 1988 to 1998 and Ohio State University (1998-2002). Earlier, he served as vice president of academic affairs and chair of the Department of Mathematics at UMCP.

Guided by his long-held core belief that higher education plays a critical role in creating a more just and inclusive society, Kirwan has impacted the higher education landscape considerably. Common threads running through his career include his unwavering commitment to excellence and to increasing under-represented minorities’ access to higher education.

Among the many initiatives he championed is Closing the Achievement Gap, which USM launched in 2007 to address the gap in college participation, retention, and graduation rates between low-income students, first-generation college students, and under-represented minorities on one hand, and the general student population on the other.

USM’s productive working relationship with Maryland’s elected officials was another testament to Kirwan’s leadership. This partnership yielded a strategic alignment of USM and state priorities related to higher education affordability, student success, academic and research excellence, higher education’s role in economic and workforce development, and responsible stewardship of resources.

Other marks of Kirwan’s leadership success include:

  • USM’s Effectiveness and Efficiency (E&E) Initiative to optimize system resources and save money during a time of burgeoning enrollment, diminishing state support, and increasing costs.
  • USM’s strong partnerships with Maryland’s community colleges to facilitate smooth transfer of students to USM universities.
  • More USM resources focused more strategically to drive the state’s economic development.
  • Stronger programs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines, both in terms of producing more graduates prepared to take positions in these fields and in terms of educating the next generation of teachers in the STEM areas for K-12 education.
  • University of Maryland: MPowering the State, a special working relationship between UMB and UMCP.
  • Completion of USM’s six-year federated campaign (2006-2012) that raised $2.1 billion to support scholarships, professorships, buildings, and more.
  • Way2GoMaryland, USM’s information campaign launched in 2008 to encourage more students to begin preparing for college early.
  • Leadership in sustainability efforts with 52 facilities constructed and/or planned as LEED-certified “Silver” or higher.

On the national level, Kirwan’s leadership helped position USM as a model public higher education system in several areas, including enhanced stewardship of resources and academic transformation. With the launch of its Course Redesign Initiative in 2006, USM became the nation’s first university system to redesign entire courses, supported by the innovative use of technology.

Kirwan served on several national boards, including the Business-Higher Education Forum and as chair of the National Research Council Board on Higher Education and Workforce. Among Kirwan’s honors are the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership (2010) and the Carnegie Corporation Leadership Award (2009), two of higher education’s most prestigious awards. In 2002, he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Kirwan received his doctoral and master’s degrees from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, all in mathematics.

His commitment to education hasn’t ended in retirement.

“Higher education has always been part of my life,” he says. “I was born into a university family. There has never been a day of my life when my family’s life did not revolve around a university. I actually think that won’t change because I will continue to work on things I care about for as long as I can. And what I care deeply about is higher education and its capacity to change lives.”

Claire MurphyCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University AdministrationMarch 11, 20160 comments
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