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Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with URecFit and CulinArt at the SMC Campus Center!

We’re all caretakers of the Earth. Learn how to empower others as well as yourself to make a positive impact on the planet.

Become more environmentally friendly by joining URecFit and CulinArt on Thursday, April 20, at noon in the lobby of the SMC Campus Center.

Take Action on Earth Day!

  • Bring in three plastic grocery bags and receive a recycled grocery tote
  • Bring in three water bottles and receive a recycled 25 oz. water bottle
  • Participate in the 5K walk/run and receive a mini herb garden
  • Learn about and sign up for the Green Office Program
  • Enjoy some edible dirt
  
Julia Wightman Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University Administration, University Life, USGAApril 17, 20170 comments
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Employee of the Month

SON’s Voytek Named Employee of the Month

Donors feel appreciated, nursing students feel hydrated, visitors to the Living History Museum feel nostalgic, and colleagues feel like chirping — all thanks to the efforts of Lorrie Voytek.

Voytek, assistant director of development at the School of Nursing, was surprised on March 20 when what she thought was a group picture at the President’s Office with her development colleagues Laurette Hankins, Stacey Conrad, and Cynthia Sikorski turned into an Employee of the Month celebration for her.

UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, mentioned Voytek’s work at the museum and on sustainability with GreenSON. “I also know getting back to donors is a point of emphasis with you,” he said. “And making sure that the students who benefit from the donors get to meet them and vice versa. I always tell a story about a donor at Northwestern University [Louise Ploner] who enabled me to go to medical school. I’m forever grateful to her, of course. But I never got to meet her. I never got to say thank you. So I particularly understand the importance of doing that, and I’m grateful you do, too.”

As UMB’s March Employee of the Month, Voytek received a plaque and an extra $250 in her next paycheck. Asked about the award later, she shared the plaudits with the development team (“Cynthia, Stacey and Laurette – that is our team”) and explained why she thought the group picture ruse was totally legit.

“We had 81 endowments that were created when the UMB Foundation offered a 50 percent match, which was the most of any of the UMB schools,” Voytek said. “So I thought the president wanted to thank us for that. I remember thinking ‘why isn’t Dean [Jane] Kirschling here?’ Because she is such an integral part of our success. She hand-writes thank you letters, which I think has made a tremendous impression.”

Voytek also is known for going above and beyond. Before the interview the quasi curator gave a tour of SON’s Living History Museum on the second floor just above the main security desk. The state’s only museum dedicated to nursing, it chronicles the continuing story of the profession.

Voytek, who manages the museum docents and gives tours herself, pointed out the wall of history on the left, education in the back, and research on the right. A 1928 “Flossie cap” is on display that was designed from a pattern given the school by Florence Nightingale, Voytek pointed out, adding how they were starched and fluted. “The new nurses like the antiquated instruments like the Texas Instruments calculator,” on the research wall, she added.

She shrugs off praise for her museum work, saying it falls into “other duties as assigned.” Yet that list has been growing in recent years after some cuts in the development staff. Hankins in her nomination said Voytek “has taken on approximately 50 percent of the duties of the other coordinator position, cheerfully becoming our ‘go to’ person for ordering supplies, paying invoices, reimbursing travel expenses, and helping with our many events.”

Voytek insists she’s just doing her part and is privileged to serve the students, staff, and “amazing” leadership at SON. Putting the students in touch with the donors brings her particular delight. “Most of the students are more than happy to do so and are so appreciative,” she said. “It gives you insight into a group of nurses who are going out into the workforce. I feel very comfortable and confident that we’re in good hands.”

One of the ways Voytek has repaid the students is her work with GreenSON, the School’s sustainability organization, which she co-chairs. It was formed soon after she came to the school 4 ½ years ago. With a degree in conservation and resource development, seven years on the conservation committee in her previous development job at the National Aquarium, and working with the Piney Run Nature Center before that as a stay-at-home mom, Voytek found GreenSON to be a natural fit.

“I shared with them a lot of things we were doing at the National Aquarium that we could be doing here. Slowly but surely we have accomplished several initiatives that we’re pleased with.”

The biggest one is the bottle-filling station on the first floor, so students and employees don’t have to bring bottled water. Filtered water has replaced “those big bottled jugs that would kill your back to lift.” Triple station trash cans are planned to separate trash, one for the landfill, one for cans and bottles, and one for paper. Periodic office swaps allow groups to share supplies, cutting costs and helping the environment.

Voytek, who gets off the Metro and sticks fliers in bikes to promote SON’s third annual free bike repair with Joe’s Bike Shop on April 19 to celebrate Earth Week in the School courtyard, admits conservation “has always been a focal point of my life. It’s important to the students, too. The students are asking for it so we should be providing it.”

So why do Lorrie’s SON colleagues “chirp” their praise of her? “I am a birder, I love to go bird-watching,” Voytek says with a wide smile. “They’re always giving me pictures of birds, bird books. We’ll be having lunch outside and I’ll say ‘did you hear that ovenbird?’ since I can identify birds by their sound. So they get a kick out of that and I appreciate that it makes them more aware of their environment.”

— Chris Zang

  
Chris Zang Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, UMB Go Green, UMB News, University LifeApril 3, 20170 comments
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Flat Tire

Parking Tip of the Month

The UMB Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is committed to providing the University community with a variety of safe and efficient resources for parking and transportation.

Parking Amenities

What happens when you go to the garage to leave for the day and you find you have a flat tire, are locked out, or need a jump? PTS offers lockout services, battery jumps, and flat tire assistance. Call 410-706-4260 for help.

Alternative Transportation

We also offer a variety of alternative transportation options. Shifting away from our country’s reliance on single occupancy vehicles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air and water quality, reduce dependence on foreign oil, alleviate traffic congestion, and improve public health and equity. In doing so, we will improve overall quality of life.

Charter Services

UMB now offers cost-effective and comfortable charter services for faculty, staff, and students traveling for University business. Charter services promote community outreach by assisting with transportation for University-related research and service projects. Services are provided by the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Department of Transportation Services.

Garages, Maps, and Feedback

And on days you drive yourself, there are numerous garages on campus for your comfort and convenience; maps are easily accessible on the UMB Parking and Transportation website; and there is a way to voice your praise and/or concern via an online Parking and Transportation survey.

For more information, visit Parking and Transportation Services.

  
Dana Rampolla BikeUMB, People, UMB Go Green, University Administration, University LifeMarch 30, 20170 comments
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Spring Festival at Community Engagement Center

Neighborhood Spring Festival

Join us for UMB’s Annual Neighborhood Festival at the Community Engagement Center! Connect with your neighbors and enjoy free activities.

Saturday, April 22  |  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  |  800 W. Baltimore St.

Free Activities

  • Health and dental screenings
  • HIV and Hepatitis C testing
  • Mental health resources
  • Legal advice
  • UMMC on the Move (University of Maryland Medical Center Mobile Health Van)
  • Performances: Korean dancing, local school dance groups, and spoken word
  • Live music
  • Taekwondo and outdoor zumba
  • Local food and craft vendors
  • Earth Day activities

Fun for Kids

  • Games
  • Hula hoop fun
  • Face painting
  • Puppet-making


Sponsored by the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture
First Lady Yumi Hogan, Honorary Chair

  
Clare BanksABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, The UMB Dish, UMB Go Green, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAMarch 16, 20170 comments
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HSHSL-Water-Fountains

HS/HSL Adds Water Bottle Filling Stations

One consistent request the Library Genie has received is for updated water fountains in the HS/HSL.

Six new water bottle filling stations have been added to replace the outdated models!

The new water bottle filling stations are fast and curtail waste by reducing the number of plastic water bottles we use. There is even a nifty counter on each fountain to calculate how many plastic bottles we’ve saved so far.

  
Everly Brown Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University Life, USGAFebruary 7, 20171 comment
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Transportation Kiosk

Transportation Kiosk Available

Digital assistant towers were all the rage during the holiday shopping season. Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) recently unwrapped a gift to UMB students, faculty, and staff that also has all the answers — a new informational kiosk in the lobby of the SMC Campus Center.

The colorful new addition and its accompanying touchscreens provide quick, easy answers to many transportation and transportation demand management (TDM) questions. Such as: When is the next Fells Point shuttle? How can you rent a Zipcar or a bike on campus? Do I qualify to park in the CarPool Zone at Lexington Garage?

“People are so busy. The interactive kiosk provides a wealth of information in a timely fashion,” says Tony Green, TDM and transportation manager in PTS.

The kiosk, which was designed by Adler Display Studios, was a year in the making. “We didn’t want something where someone hits a button and just goes to our website. We wanted something distinctive and appealing,” Green says. “Now you click Zipcar, you get Zipcar information on borrowing a car. You want to know where you can charge your electric car, touch the screen and it tells you.” Bold numbers offer real-time information on the UM shuttle’s four routes.

Want to know more about a program? Brochures are available in the kiosk. Nothing is perfect so there is a comments/suggestions touchscreen for users to offer input. “We’ll most definitely be modifying things as we go along,” says Green. “But this is a great start.”

– Chris Zang

  
Tony Green Bulletin Board, Collaboration, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB Go Green, UMB News, University Life, USGAJanuary 17, 20170 comments
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Space-heater

Put on a Sweater!

As the cold months approach, we want to be warm and will go to any extreme to get warm, sometimes overlooking simple solutions to our simple problem: sweaters and sweatshirts made from wool, blends, or fleece; slippers; hats; and blankets. Sure, we might feel a little silly layering our outfits or bringing a blanket to school or work; but realistically, this is the most cost-effective and energy efficient solution to solving our cold problem.

While space heaters can sometimes be a practical heating solution, many people who use them end up inflating their heating bills. The reason space heaters are often more expensive to use is because they are often used for “comfort heat” on top of central heating systems and to solve heating inadequacies that can be resolved in more cost-effective ways.

If donning a nice cable-knit sweater does not do it for you, maybe you should look at some environmental issues that might be adding to your chill. There are serious ways to lower your heating bills.

  • Add insulation to attics, basements, crawl spaces, ceilings, and floors to help keep warm air in and cold air out.
  • Caulk around the points where electrical and plumbing lines pass through your house.
  • Lower your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours to cut your heating bill by five to 15 percent a year.
  • Check out Energy Star for loads of useful tips.

If you are considering using an electric space heater to save money, you will have to lower the heat in other rooms. As the Department of Energy points out, small space heaters can be less expensive to use, in some cases, if you are only heating one room or supplementing heat in one room. Using space heaters to heat more than one room is rarely as efficient as a central heating system, says the Alliance to Save Energy, an advocacy group.

If you do need to use a space heater, do it wisely. Here are some tips:

  • Purchase an energy-efficient, portable one. Check out this recommendation list.
  • Turn down the thermostat while using a space heater.
  • Dress adequately. The more layers you wear, the less you will feel the need to crank up the heat.

Source: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce; Consumer Reports; Paycheck Chronicles

  
Clare BanksBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB Go Green, University LifeDecember 20, 20161 comment
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Electric-Car-Evening

Electric Charging Stations

UMB has 10 charging stations on campus for electric cars. Part of ChargePoint, which bills itself as the largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, the stations are located in seven garages and are available to faculty, staff, students, and visitors to UMB as part of a U.S. Department of Energy grant.

Partnering with ChargePoint “allows University EV drivers access to EV-specific services such as the real-time status and location of unoccupied charging stations by SMS, email, or smartphone,” according to Tony Green, manager, transportation demand management, Office of Parking and Transportation Services.

  
Clare BanksFor B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB Go Green, University LifeNovember 3, 20160 comments
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Road work zone

Greene and Lombard Street Repairs

Repairs to the water main at Lombard and Greene Streets start at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Need to know:

  • Work will be done 24 hours/day until finished
  • Estimated time to complete repairs is 14 days
  • Lane closures on Lombard and Greene but streets remain open
  • West crosswalk across Lombard may be closed temporarily

Always use caution when crossing the street.

  
Bob RowanBikeUMB, Bulletin Board, For B'more, People, UMB Go Green, University AdministrationOctober 21, 20160 comments
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Pop-Farm

The Power of Volunteers

Pop Farm: A Study in the Power of Volunteers

Pop Farm is a community flower and vegetable garden located just a few blocks west of the UMB BioPark. One year ago there was only endless litter and rusting junk there; now, glorious sunflowers, aromatic herbs, and huge, healthy vegetables are growing in ordered rows, providing food and color for the local community.

About a year ago, a group of volunteers from the AIA (the American Institute of Architects) donated their time to remove trash and junk from what was then an overgrown and abandoned lot that had become a community eyesore.

Late this summer, on a hot, humid August day, a second group of AIA volunteers (Baltimore Chapter and national) returned to perform maintenance and to make several improvements to what has now become a lovely community garden that serves James McHenry Elementary School and the local Poppleton neighborhood.

The 11 AIA volunteers installed a Little Free Library on a mail post that will allow nearby residents to borrow and donate books. Volunteers cut the grass, weeded, trimmed back trees and removed overgrown vegetation. They also helped paint a new, colorful sign that cheerfully announces “Pop Farm” to all visitors walking by.

For those of us repeat AIA volunteers, it was an absolute joy to witness the transformation made possible through the power of the many volunteers over the past year who have made this minor miracle possible.

You Can Help – Get Involved

But then, many hands always make for light work. UMB consists of ~12,500 people, including staff, students, and faculty. Just think of how much more could be accomplished if more of us chose to donate even four hours per year to projects like this!

Please take advantage of any one of the numerous opportunities that our Office of Community Engagement arranges throughout the year. There is no more enjoyable way to invest just a bit of your time to make a huge, measurable difference in the larger community surrounding our UMB campus.

For more info regarding community volunteer opportunities, please contact Bill Joyner at wjoyner@umaryland.edu.

Photo above, from left to right: Tim Matthews, Zevi Thomas*, Ramiro Solorzano, Mildred Hodge, Anthony Consoli*, Kathleen Lane*, Lillian Dolley, Regina Heard, and Nathan Denies*.  Participants not pictured: Karen Ross, Shelita Masterson, and Bill Joyner.

Those marked with an “*” are members of the AIA Baltimore Chapter; other volunteers are members of the AIA National staff in Washington, D.C.

by Anthony Consoli
UMB Campus Architect & 2016 AIA Baltimore Chapter President

  
Anthony Consoli Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, UMB News, University LifeOctober 19, 20160 comments
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GamePlanEarthELM

Ravens GamePlanEarth

GamePlanEarth is a week of environmental initiatives from Aug. 24 to 27, 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 RebackBulletin Board, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB Go GreenAugust 24, 20160 comments
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