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UMSON at USG, Partners Address Projected Nursing Shortage in Montgomery County

As the nation’s Baby Boomers continue to age, there is a critical need for nurses. Maryland is one of four states in the country predicted to experience a shortage of 10,000 registered nurses or more by 2025.

In response, the University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove is working with WorkSource Montgomery (WSM) and the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) to combat the projected nursing shortage in Montgomery County, Md., home to USG’s Rockville location.

WSM, a public-private partnership that convenes key stakeholders to create an innovative workforce system approach for sustainable, industry-driven talent solutions in Montgomery County, was awarded a two-year, $200,000 extension of the Rx for Employability grant from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to fund the Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) grant. The grant aims to accelerate the pipeline of Montgomery County residents earning Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees while addressing the critical nursing shortage in the county.

“BSN nurses are now preferred by the majority of hospitals and health care agencies, and most of our graduates seek employment within the region. These monies are an excellent investment in the area’s workforce,” said Rebecca Wiseman, PhD ’93, RN, associate professor and chair of UMSON at USG. “We are very appreciative of the efforts of WorkSource Montgomery and the Healthcare Initiative Foundation in providing scholarship funding for our students. These funds can make the difference as to whether a student can attend our program on a full-time versus part-time basis.”

HIF supports organizations that offer solutions to improve the quality and delivery of health care for Montgomery County residents while providing a high-quality, comprehensive, cost-effective, and sustainable health care system. In 2011, HIF and UMSON began working together, forming an RN-to-BSN workforce pipeline scholarship program. Now, WSM has joined the team, providing funds through the EARN scholarship to supplement tuition support for more than 60 UMSON BSN students at USG.

“We are excited about the opportunity to further expand our BSN pipeline with USG in collaboration with WorkSource Montgomery though the Maryland EARN grant,” said Crystal Townsend, president of HIF. “One of HIF’s investment priorities is to develop a highly skilled health care workforce to meet the health and wellness needs for all Montgomery County residents. The nursing workforce pipeline supported through this collaborative partnership helps us meet this vision for our community.”

Since 2013, UMSON has increased enrollment by 27 percent in its traditional BSN and its RN-to-BSN programs at its Baltimore and USG locations in response to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which calls for increasing the proportion of nurses with a bachelor’s degree to 80 percent by 2020. Currently, about 55 percent of nurses nationwide are educated at the baccalaureate level or higher. Funding from the EARN Scholarship is one of many ways UMSON nursing students are being supported in their efforts to complete their baccalaureate education.

“As we work to expand the number of nursing graduates at all levels, we need to increase the number of nurses educated at the baccalaureate level or higher,” said UMSON Dean Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Supporting new students or practicing nurses in obtaining their BSN degrees is critical to ensuring that we will have a nursing workforce that can meet the needs of our patients, their families, and our communities in the years ahead. This scholarship support is an important component of addressing that need, and we are deeply appreciative.”

Employment opportunities for nurses are projected to rise 15 percent nationwide over the next decade.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 19, 20180 comments
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Authors Abell, Brewer to Discuss ‘Creative Life after Sixty’ at HS/HSL on April 12

UMB’s Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program welcomes Passager Books authors Joyce Abell and Shirley Brewer for a reading of their works and conversations with the authors about their approach to writing on Thursday, April 12, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s Gladhill Board Room.

Passager Books, based at the University of Baltimore, publishes fiction, poetry, and memoir by writers over 50 years old.

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to

Reba CornmanCollaboration, University LifeMarch 19, 20180 comments
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Peek Behind the Red Curtain at Hippodrome Backstage Tour

The UMB Council for the Arts & Culture invites you to take an exclusive look behind the red curtain with a Hippodrome Theatre Backstage Tour on Thursday, April 19, at noon.

Stand on the stage like you are the star of the show and see what goes on backstage during a touring Broadway production. The tour will be led by a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the Hippodrome’s stagehand local. It’s an event not to be missed!

The tour is open to all UMB students, faculty, and staff, but space is limited, so register today at this link.


Alice PowellBulletin Board, For B'more, University LifeMarch 19, 20180 comments
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Southwest Partnership Housing Fair on March 25 Features UMB’s LNYW Program

The Southwest Partnership, one of the community partners in UMB’s Live Near Your Work (LNYW) Program, is holding a spring housing fair on Sunday, March 25, at the UM BioPark. The fair is open to the general public and will feature a presentation about the University’s improved LNYW grant, information about Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods from residents and community leaders, tours of homes for sale in the area, and more (see below).

The LNYW Program offers eligible UMB employees up to $18,500 in grants ($16,000 from the University and $2,500 from the city of Baltimore) toward the purchase of a home in seven nearby neighborhoods: Barre Circle, Franklin Square, Hollins Market, Mount Clare, Pigtown/Washington Village, Poppleton, and Union Square.

To qualify for the program, you must be a regular full- or part-time (50 percent FTE or more) UMB faculty or staff member who is in good standing, complete a homebuying counseling program, demonstrate creditworthiness, and contribute a minimum of $1,000 to the down payment.

Here are details about the Southwest Partnership Spring Housing Fair:

When and where

  • Date: Sunday, March 25
  • LNYW Program presentation: 11:30 a.m. to noon
  • Housing fair: Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Bus tours: Start at 12:20 p.m.; last one at 3:50 p.m.
  • Where: UM BioPark, 801 W. Baltimore St.

What to expect

  • Learn about the LNYW Program’s qualifying neighborhoods from community leaders
  • Get a better understanding of the LNYW qualifications
  • View housing stock and tour homes for sale in the area
  • Meet lenders, real estate agents, and home developers
  • Tour businesses and historical landmarks
  • Talk with residents, teachers, and community leaders
  • Explore all the benefits and incentives that can stack up for a new home purchase
  • Sign up for homebuying counseling, which is a requirement of the LNYW Program
  • Get a chance to win a new iPad Mini or other door prizes

 Registration and Other Links

  • To register for the Southwest Partnership Spring Housing Fair, click here.
  • Check out the Southwest Partnership’s website for resources and more information about the neighborhoods that make up the “Hidden Gem of Baltimore.”
  • Check out the LNYW Program website for information about program eligibility, parameters, the application process, and more.
  • Read about the first UMB employee to buy a house under the improved LNYW Program.
Lou CortinaBulletin Board, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeMarch 19, 20180 comments
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UMB Employee Lawson is First to Buy House in Improved Live Near Your Work Program

Living in an apartment in Charles Village, near the Johns Hopkins University campus where she went to college, Shea Lawson had to take four buses and sometimes more than an hour to get to and from her job as a research project coordinator at the Brain and Tissue Bank at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

She wasn’t crazy about the commute or, as she put it, “putting money down the rent drain.” Last fall, she was thinking about buying a house but wasn’t sure she could swing it financially, so she started thinking about shopping for a condo instead.

But when an email touting the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) improved Live Near Your Work (LNYW) Program landed in her inbox in early November, her outlook on buying a house brightened. She sprang into action, eager to take advantage of the grant that provides University employees up to $18,500 toward the purchase of a home in seven targeted Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods — Barre Circle, Franklin Square, Hollins Market, Mount Clare, Pigtown/Washington Village, Poppleton, and Union Square.

“I jumped on it pretty quick,” Lawson said of the program, which officially launched Jan. 9. “When I saw the advertisement [in November], I went on the Zillow real estate website, looking at houses in these neighborhoods. I was mostly looking at Pigtown, Barre Circle, and Hollins Market, because I was more familiar with those areas.”

Taking Ownership

She soon contacted a realtor and toured about 10 houses between late November and mid-January, all while working with a mortgage company to set up the financing for a potential purchase. She completed the program’s required homebuying counseling sessions with UMB’s LNYW partner, GO Northwest Housing Resource Center, attended the employee kickoff event at the SMC Campus Center on Jan. 11, and was among the first to apply when applications opened Jan. 29.

Today, Lawson is the proud owner of a rowhouse in Pigtown, the first grant recipient in the improved LNYW Program, which offers $16,000 from UMB and $2,500 from the city of Baltimore, a dramatic increase from the program’s former $5,000 incentive. The University has committed $1.5 million to the initiative, with hopes that 90-plus employees will take advantage of this financial benefit. Lawson says the program was a perfect fit, opening the door to homeownership and fulfilling her desire to stay at UMB long term.

“I really didn’t have enough for a down payment on a house. I would’ve had to canvass some relatives for a loan,” said Lawson, who has been working at UMB since May 2017. “This allows me to be financially independent. And being near my work was appealing, especially after I decided I wanted to stay at UMB for a while. If it weren’t for this program, I probably would’ve ended up in another rental situation.

“I actually had been trying to get my financials in order to possibly look at condos. I thought that might be the next step for me. A house seemed like a much bigger investment than I initially thought I was ready for. But seeing the Live Near Your Work Program advertised and looking into that, it all of a sudden became feasible.”

Emily Kordish, Human Resource Services benefits manager and the LNYW coordinator, said of Lawson: “Shea was extremely pro-active and resourceful. She really utilized our resources and website and got everything together on her own to get this done. It was a very seamless and positive process working with her.”

Home Sweet Home

Lawson, a city native who went to high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts before earning a bachelor’s degree in history at Johns Hopkins, is thrilled with her purchase, a rowhouse that was built in 1900 and had been refurbished in the past year.

“I didn’t have a specific type of house in mind when I started looking,” she said. “I just looked at everything in my price range and any place that had decent parking options. The house I found has a spacious, open floor plan that still manages to feel cozy and inviting, with solid workmanship on all of the interior features. All of the inside was redone. Half of the basement is finished. And they put a parking pad in the back.”

As for the neighborhood, Lawson says she liked “the close-knit and friendly vibe of the street and block,” and adds that her proximity to M&T Bank Stadium and other downtown attractions was a plus.

“I can see the stadium lit up at night from my back bedroom window, which is a fantastic view for a lifelong Ravens fan like me,” she said. “It will be convenient to my new digs in Pigtown without being overwhelmingly intrusive. It’s the best of both worlds!”

Lawson was extremely pro-active in pursuing the grant, but she also praised Kordish and the program’s partner organizations for helping make her homebuying experience a success.

“It’s been very smooth. The program is run very well,” Lawson said. “Everyone I’ve encountered who’s a part of it — Emily Kordish, Live Baltimore, GO Northwest — they’re very much enthusiastic about it and want to get you the information you need. Also, the Live Near Your Work website has a lot of good information and is really well done.

“I got a lot of help from a lot of good people in the program and from my realtor and my lender — everyone made it easy for me to communicate with them. The Live Near Your Work Program, you can tell they are passionate about this, they want it to work. It’s not just the money UMB has put up, it’s that they’re engaged.”

— Lou Cortina

Housing Fair on March 25

The Southwest Partnership is holding housing fair Sunday, March 25, that is open to the public and will feature UMB’s Live Near Your Work Program. The fair runs from 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m. Click here to register.

More LNYW Information

To learn more about the LNYW Program, click here.

To read more about the program’s launch, click here and here.

Lou CortinaFor B'more, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeMarch 16, 20180 comments
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Everyman Theatre Offers 20 Percent UMB Discount on Tickets

Everyman Theatre is offering UMB faculty, staff, and students 20 percent off tickets.

Everyman Theatre is a professional theater with a resident company of artists from the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. Each season of plays is carefully curated to foster a diverse range of human experiences found in a mix of dramas and comedies selected from timeless classics to world premieres.

The UMB discount offer is valid until June 10, 2018. Use the discount code UMB18 when making your purchase (excludes previews and opening-night performances).

Click here to buy tickets.

The theater’s current play, Aubergine, runs through April 15. The next play, The Book of Joseph, is scheduled to run May 9 to June 10.  Click here for more details.

Alice PowellBulletin Board, For B'more, People, University LifeMarch 15, 20180 comments
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Eight DNP Students Share Expertise Through Poster Presentations

As part of their coursework in preparation for graduating from the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, students submit poster presentation abstracts on health topics to national nursing organizations.

Eight UMSON DNP students — Kelly Allen, BSN, RN, CCRN; Sharon Ballinger, BSN, RN, CCRN; Eugena Bergvall, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN; George Bigalbal, BSN, RN, CEN; Jamie Bowman, BSN, RN; Ajibola Ibironke, BSN, RN, CCRN; Megan Lucciola, BSN, RN, CMSRN; and Theresa Nowak, BSN, RN, CCRN — had their abstracts accepted to several national nursing organization conferences.

In developing their abstracts, DNP students in Diagnosis and Management 5: Advanced Practice/Clinical Nurse Specialist Roles in Health Care Delivery Systems were asked to select a national nursing organization to which to submit a poster presentation abstract, review the organization’s abstract submission guidelines, and describe how and why they identified the health care need or topic they focused on. Assistant professors Maranda Jackson-Parkin, PhD, CRNP-BC, ACNP, CCNS, CCRN-K, and Alicia Williams, DNP, RN, MBA, ACNP-BC, CCNS, served as mentors. Some students’ presentations were accepted to multiple conferences.

“Having so many of our students have their abstracts accepted at national conferences demonstrates the dedication of our students and their faculty mentors to advancing the practice of nursing and is the reason UMSON is a top-10 DNP program,” said Shannon Idzik, DNP ’10, MS ’03, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean for the DNP program. “Much like any of the other skills our advanced practice registered nurse students learn, dissemination takes practice. Presenting at these conferences will set the stage for lifelong scholarship.”

Allen will be presenting “Using Clinical Data to Design Nurse Education for Expansion of Oncology Services” at the Oncology Nursing Society’s 43rd Annual Congress on May 17-20 in Washington, D.C. The abstract also will be published in an online issue of Oncology Nursing Forum. Allen had a second abstract, “Translation of a Vascular Specific Cardiac Risk Stratification Tool into Practice for Patients Undergoing Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair,” accepted for display at the Society for Vascular Nursing 36th Annual Conference on June 20-21 in Boston.

Ibironke also had two abstracts accepted. She will present “Effectiveness of Quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (QSOFA) as Sepsis Screening Tool in the Emergency Department (ED)” as a podium presentation at MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Third Annual Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research Conference on March 8 in Washington. The same abstract also was accepted to the Sixth International Congress on Bacteriology and Infectious Disease on May 21-22 in New York.

Additionally, Ballinger, Bergvall, Bigalbal, Bowman, Lucciola, and Nowak presented their posters at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists’ annual conference on Feb. 28-March 3 in Austin, Texas.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 14, 20180 comments
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USAD Hosting ‘Jazz Fusion and the Arts’ on April 6

Join United Students of African Descent for “Jazz Fusion and the Arts,” a celebration of black culture that will include music, dance, and food on Friday, April 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the SMC Campus Center, Room 349.

Learn more about the history of jazz music and its role in black culture. There will be a live jazz band, an African dance group, and other performers who will bring awareness about black culture.

The event is sponsored by the University Student Government Association.

Temitope FoleysonBulletin Board, University Life, USGAMarch 14, 20180 comments
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Celebrating Charm of a Million Hearts in Charm City

Editor’s note: This post by third-year student pharmacist Teny Joseph was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

February was American Heart Month. To help raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of cardiovascular diseases across our campus and in our community, the School of Pharmacy’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists’ (APhA-ASP) Operation Heart committee continued its longstanding tradition of celebrating American Heart Month and the national Million Hearts Initiative by hosting a number of community outreach and student welfare events throughout the month. The Million Hearts Initiative focuses on the ABCs of heart disease and stroke prevention — including, appropriate aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation — in an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and stroke-related incidents within a five-year time period. On Feb. 24, Operation Heart celebrated the culmination of its month-long series of Million Hearts-themed events by organizing the Charm of a Million Hearts Health Fair at Lexington Market in Baltimore.

Continuing a Tradition of Community Service

Because we received such positive and encouraging feedback from last year’s Charm of a Million Hearts Health Fair, we wanted to continue improving and building upon our success with this year’s event. The community members, Lexington Market staff and administrators, community vendors, and student representatives who were involved in last year’s health fair shared how much they appreciated having the opportunity to participate in the event as well as the impact and value that it had on them and their community. Last year, we invited 25 student organizations from across the University and community vendors to provide various patient care resources and health screening services. We served approximately 250 patients and provided 25 blood pressure screenings, 40 oral health/cancer screenings, and eight HIV/Hepatitis C screenings. The response and feedback that we received motivated our committee members to host the health fair again this year and envision new ways that it could have an even larger and more meaningful impact.

Broadening Our Outreach

By reaching out to the Baltimore City Health Department, we were able to advertise and invite numerous local community organizations and vendors to participate in this year’s event. Our committee members also reached out to their peers in other student organizations throughout the University to ask if they would like to participate in our interprofessional community health fair.

As a result of these outreach efforts, this year’s Charm of a Million Heart Health Fair featured screenings and patient education provided by nearly 40 organizations, including 21 student organizations from the School of Pharmacy; interprofessional support from the schools of nursing, dentistry, medicine, and social work; as well as community vendors such as JACQUES Initiative, the PATIENTS program, Giant Food, theBaltimore City Fire Department, and Community Risk Reduction Services — just to name a few. The health fair featured screenings for blood pressure, HIV/Hepatitis C, body mass index, sleep apnea, and diabetes risk, as well as naloxone training and certification, immunization services, CPR-chest compression training, and a separate exercise and educational section just for kids.

Making an Impact in the Community

With the help of all of the student volunteers and community vendors involved, we surpassed our outreach and engagement goals for this year’s event. By the end of this year’s Charm of a Million Hearts Health Fair, we had:

  • Served more than 400 community members
  • Performed more than 60 blood pressure screenings
  • Conducted 20 HIV/Hepatitis C screenings
  • Administered 10 immunizations
  • Distributed 40 free naloxone kits
  • Trained 22 residents on proper CPR/chest compression techniques

In addition, student pharmacists had the opportunity to work collaboratively with their peers in different professional schools, as well as community members, to educate patients on topics such as smoking cessation, services available through the Maryland Poison Center, medication adherence, nutritional and affordable healthy foods, opioid overdose and naloxone use, hospice awareness, and much more.

Thanking Everyone Who Made It Possible

Operation Heart thanks the University Student Government Association and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Student Government Association for supporting and funding this year’s health fair; Lexington Market for hosting us; the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Community Engagement Center for helping with advertising and promotion; the Baltimore City Health Department for helping to recruit community organizations; all of the organizations that participated in the health fair; the more than 90 students who served as volunteers; and Amy Howard, PharmD, staff pharmacist at the School of Pharmacy; Lucianne West, PharmD, PGY-2 cardiology pharmacy resident at Johns Hopkins Medicine; and Tricia Schneider, PharmD, community pharmacy administrative resident with Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, for serving as our preceptors.

I also would like to thank my fellow Operation Heart committee members, especially first-year student pharmacists Ayaa Ahmed, Bhavna Jois, Clynton Musngi, Juhi Hegde, Katelyn Callaghan, and Qianyu “Rita” Chen; second-year student pharmacists Carly Cheng, Jennifer Joo, and Nabila Faridi; and third-year student pharmacist Charlie Summerlin for serving as this year’s Charm of a Million Hearts Health Fair coordinators and hosting a successful and meaningful health fair. We hope that we were able to offer a valuable experience to our community through this outreach effort and hope to continue learning and improving for next year’s Charm of a Million Hearts Health Fair.

To see photos from the event, click here.


Teny JosephCommunity Service, University Life, USGAMarch 12, 20180 comments
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Stoneman Douglas Graduate: Action Needed on Gun Violence

Editor’s note: This post by third-year student pharmacist Alli Cowett was originally published on Inside SOP, the School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day — is now tied to one of the saddest days in recent U.S. history.

On what was supposed to be a national day of love, Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School — my alma mater — fell victim to one of the largest mass shootings in America. Seventeen lives were lost and many others were wounded, making this shooting worse than the one that took place at Columbine High School in 1999.

Painting a Startling Picture

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) last complete report regarding firearm fatalities in 2013, more than 30,000 Americans die from gun violence every year, which is comparable to the number of causalities reported in car crashes. However, unlike car crashes, the federal government does not view or fund gun-related injuries or fatalities in the same way — as a public health crisis.

In addition, Americans currently own 357 million firearms, despite the fact that the country only has 317 million residents. The number of weapons owned surpasses the number of civilians in our nation.

The 1996 Dickey Amendment is also still in place. Lobbied for by the National Rifle Association (NRA), this amendment essentially prevents the CDC from using its funding to research the impact of gun violence on public health.

This information is absolutely alarming to me and only helps demonstrate the immense need for change in our nation.

Turning Tragedy into Action

Spearheaded by Danielle Cordero, a graduate of MSD’s Class of 2010 who attends the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, the #WhiteCoatsAgainstGunViolence movement encourages alumni enrolled in health profession schools across the country to show solidarity with our alma mater and bring awareness to gun violence as a public health issue. My former classmates from MSD’s Class of 2011 have organized #WhiteCoatsAgainstGunViolence rallies at Tufts University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Florida, and the University of Miami.

On March 1, I added my voice to theirs and organized a #WhiteCoatsAgainstGunViolence rally at the School of Pharmacy. It was great to see dozens of my colleagues show their support for the cause. Many took the time to leave a note on the banner that I designed to honor the lives of the students lost or wounded at MSD. We also came together to take a picture with the banner and other posters that we created to display messages of support, which I plan to send to my alma mater.

At the end of the day, students at the School of Pharmacy are future health care professionals. When we put on our white coats, we accept responsibility for the care of our nation and the public health issues that plague it. Gun violence is a public health issue that needs to be addressed. I am thankful for the opportunity to have brought awareness to this issue through the #WhiteCoatsAgainstGunViolence rally at our school. I am also proud of the overwhelming support demonstrated by my peers and faculty.

As incidents of mass shootings become more commonplace in our nation, it is clear that action needs to be taken to keep our nation safe. Regardless of our individual political affiliations, I hope this is a cause that everyone can agree requires more attention. After attending the School of Pharmacy’s anti-gun violence event, I hope my colleagues consider incorporating calls for new gun safety legislation into their own advocacy efforts.

To learn more about the rally held at the School of Pharmacy, you can read this UMB News article or view this seven-minute video that contains highlights from the event.

Making Your Voice Heard

If you’re looking for a way to make your voice heard on the issue of gun violence, consider participating in the March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C., on March 24, when children and their families will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings.


To see more photos from the #WhiteCoatsAgainstGunViolence even, click here and here.



Alli CowettUniversity Life, USGAMarch 9, 20180 comments
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Police Patrols Reminder from Interim Chief Davenport

As the weather turns warmer, more members of the UMB community will be walking outside. Martinez Davenport, MS, interim chief of the UMB Police Force, thought it an appropriate time to discuss police patrols and remind us of changes that were enacted last fall. Here is his letter:

Dear Colleagues:

Last fall I alerted the University community to some changes to the way the University of Maryland, Baltimore Police Force patrols campus streets. Now, as the weather improves and we all spend more time walking around campus, those changes will become more apparent and a reminder seems in order.

In the past, sworn police officers could be seen standing in the same locations at the same times of the day. Those locations were chosen because of the amount of foot traffic in the area and other factors that indicated the greatest need for police presence. Although the officers’ consistent presence was a comfort for many, our experience showed us that this method of deployment was not the most effective way to maintain a safe and secure campus.

As a result, starting last October, we changed things just a bit. While our sworn police officers continue to provide service to these locations, they now have the autonomy to walk the area around the corners on which they were often stationary in the past. This change has given our officers greater flexibility to react to situations as they happen and to respond more effectively to suspicious activity. It has also had the effect of providing visible coverage to more of the campus.

I believe this change in tactics is already having a beneficial impact on campus security. So, please remember, when you pass by those familiar street corners today, you’ll still our officers on the beat much of the time. But if you don’t, you can be sure they are close by and keeping a sharp eye on things.


Martinez Q. Davenport, MS
Interim Chief, UMB Police Force

Chris ZangCollaboration, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeMarch 9, 20180 comments
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Walking Tour of Westminster Hall Burying Ground and Catacombs

On April 4 from noon to 1 p.m., members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore community will have an opportunity to take a free walking tour of the Westminster Hall Burying Ground and Catacombs.

Experienced tour guide Lu Ann Marshall will lead visitors through the catacombs and, weather permitting, the outdoor graveyard. Photographs are permitted.

Westminster Hall, the historic building located at the intersection of Fayette and Greene streets, shares a city block with the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. The church, which was completed in 1852, was built more than 60 years after the burying ground was established. The burying ground is the final resting place of many famous people, including Edgar Allen Poe and Generals Sam Smith and James McHenry.

Space will be limited, so reserve your spot today. The tour is sponsored by UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture.

Alice PowellBulletin Board, University LifeMarch 8, 20180 comments
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