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Students Needed for UMB Art and Literary Journal Editorial Review Teams

UMB’s new art and literary journal, 1807, needs students to join the editorial review team. Help choose which entries are selected for publication! Choose a team to participate on:

  • Visual arts (painting, drawing, photography)
  • Photography
  • Writing (short story, essay, poetry)
  • Other art mediums (sculpture, clay, metal, glass, wood)

Please note that if you’re picked to join a review team, you may not submit an entry to that category, but you may submit to other categories.

Please email Dana Rampolla by Nov. 27 if you’re interested.

 

Dana RampollaBulletin Board, Contests, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 16, 20180 comments
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Dr. Perman talks at the TEDx UMB event

TEDx Event Amplifies UMB’s Cutting-Edge Innovations

The audience seated in an intimate ballroom at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) turned its attention to a small stage at the front of the room. The stage filled with red light as Nadine M. Finigan-Carr, PhD, MS, a research associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, entered from behind a black curtain off to the right.

“I am a P-H-Diva,” Finigan-Carr declared. “I study sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, and I’m here to tell you about the perfect combination of the three: child sex trafficking.” And with that, Finigan-Carr began her TEDx talk titled Child Prostitutes Don’t Exist, which discussed the topic of minors being manipulated and trafficked for sex.

Her riveting talk was part of TEDx University of Maryland, Baltimore (TEDx UMB), an inaugural, day-long event for the University put on through TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” The goal of a TEDx program is to carry out TED’s mission in local communities around the world through a series of live speakers and recorded TED Talks.

On Nov. 9, 10 speakers from the UMB community took the stage to share their innovative ideas across a wide scope of subject areas united under a single theme culled from the University’s mission statement: Improving the Human Condition. Each speaker approached the theme from a unique perspective informed by life, work, and experience. This brought forth an engaging mix of topics ranging from pioneering augmented reality in the operating room to exploring a middle ground in gender beyond just male and female.

(View a photo gallery.)

“All of the speakers are passionate about the work they are doing,” explains Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MSL, MPA, UMB’s senior vice president for operations and institutional effectiveness and a member of the committee that organized TEDx UMB. “As an institution for health and human services, UMB conducts a multitude of cutting-edge research and education and we’re always looking for platforms to amplify our work.”

UMB’s cutting-edge research certainly was demonstrated by TEDx UMB speaker Samuel A. Tisherman, MD, FACS, FCCM, a professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), with his talk: A Cool Way to Save Dying Trauma Patients.

Tisherman discussed the idea of using EPR (Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation) on patients with severe traumatic injuries like gunshot or stab wounds to help stave off death during surgery. The innovative medical technique involves pumping the human body with cold saline (a saltwater solution used for resuscitation) to lower a dying patient’s body temperature to a hypothermic state. This slows the patients’ need for oxygen and blood flow, giving surgeons more time to perform life-saving operations.

“There’s this dogma in surgery that hypothermia is bad, but I would have to disagree,” Tisherman told the audience. “There are numerous reports of patients having cold water drowning, but they survived after being under water for over an hour. Think about that for a second. You’re underwater, can’t breathe, but your body cools fast enough so that your brain, your heart, and other organs are protected, and you can actually survive for over an hour.”

EPR is currently in human trials at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. If it continues to be successful, EPR potentially could lead to reduced mortality rates in trauma centers around the world, which fits right into TEDx UMB’s theme of Improving the Human Condition.

Mary J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and executive director of UMB’s Health Sciences and Human Services Library, served as emcee for the day, and UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, kicked off the proceedings with his talk, No Money, No Mission. Perman discussed how he learned to balance empathy with good business practices from his parents while growing up in their family-owned dry cleaning business in Chicago. Perman explained how he has put that lesson to use as a pediatric gastrienterologist and as the president of a university that produces hundreds of millions of dollars worth of groundbreaking research and innovations every year.

The day continued with more compelling and thought-provoking discussions. Russell McClain, JD ’95, an associate professor and associate dean at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, used the back of a cereal box to demonstrate and launch a discussion about implicit bias and stereotype threat; Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS, an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and at UMSOM, explored the idea of using the brain’s own power as a solution to the opioid crisis; and Jenny Owens, ScD, MS, the faculty executive director of UMB’s Graduate Research Innovation District (the Grid), delivered a talk about her passion project, Hosts for Humanity, an organization that connects families and friends of children traveling to receive medical care with volunteer hosts offering accommodations in their homes.

“I think events like TEDx are really encouraging,” Owens said. “Seeing all of the amazing work people are doing and how much time and commitment they’re putting into making the world a better place is really inspiring, and I hope it inspires people to go out there and get to work on their own ideas.”

Although each speaker at TEDx UMB was part of the UMB community, their audience was not limited to the 100 people seated in the ballroom. The event was livestreamed on YouTube to a global audience, allowing its outreach and engagement to go far beyond the local community.

“There are so many talented people doing important work here at UMB,” said John Palinski, MPA, a philanthropy officer at UMB and a member of the TEDx planning committee. “TEDx is a bit of education in just reminding people who we are by projecting to the world all the wonderful things that are happening here.”

Members of UMB’s TEDx planning committee hope that this year is just the beginning of an annual event that showcases UMB’s commitment to sparking deep discussions and spreading innovative ideas to improve humanity.

“I am so pleased with this year’s event and I’m already excited for next year,” concluded Palinski.

Jena FrickCollaboration, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGANovember 14, 20180 comments
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Students at health challenge with Dr. Perman and others

Taking Home the Gold at D.C. Public Health Case Challenge

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

Each year, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) hosts its D.C. Public Health Case Challenge to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning that focuses on an important public health issue facing the Washington, D.C., community. Students from all universities in the D.C. area are invited to participate in the competition, but teams must be interprofessional, and include five to six members from at least three different disciplines.

I first learned about the competition in 2017, when I read about the winning team’s proposal to address adverse childhood events from lead poisoning — a serious issue, particularly in Baltimore City. This year, the topic of the challenge was “Reducing Disparities in Cancer and Chronic Disease: Preventing Tobacco Use in African- American Adolescents.” I knew that I wanted to participate in the challenge and was very fortunate to be recruited by Gregory Carey, PhD, associate professor in microbiology and immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the faculty advisor for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) team.

In addition to myself, Carey recruited Jennifer Breau and Erin Teigen from the School of Social Work, McMillan Ching and Dominique Earland from the School of Medicine, and Adrienne Thomas from the Francis King Carey School of Law to round out our team. We set to work as soon as we received the case. We were given two weeks and a hypothetical $2.5 million budget to spend over five years to develop a solution to this complex problem, which was presented to a panel of expert judges during the NAM Annual Meeting in October.

Taking the Road Less Traveled

Working together, our team devised a multi-tiered approach that leveraged arts and sports programming to engage middle school students as well as health promotion courses to empower members of the community to make good health care decisions. We titled our proposal “D.C. Health Passport Project,” and employed a community-based participatory research approach to build the program and a mobile app to measure community participation. Data from the app was used to assess community empowerment and incentivize participation in the program.

Our idea was inspired by UMB’s CURE Scholars Program, which recruits health profession students to mentor middle schoolers while also teaching them about better health care practices. We developed a photovoice curriculum for the arts component, which would allow students to capture elements of tobacco use in their communities and how it affected them. At the end of the program, students would have the opportunity to share their project with family, friends, city council members, and legislators.

In addition, understanding that physical activity can help protect children against certain cancers as they age and reduce stress, we included a basketball league into our weekday activities, with a tournament at the end of the season. To include all members of the family — since we know that teens are most influenced by the people closest to them — we incorporated smoking cessation courses to be held at local recreation centers, along with health screenings, health literacy courses, and employment resources. We also incorporated different elements to address societal barriers — such as access to healthy food or impoverished living conditions — that might prevent some individuals from making healthy decisions.

Our goal was to develop a non-traditional approach to addressing health inequities outside of the health care system to show that such solutions can have an indelible impact on communities, as we saw this year in an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine that highlighted a six-month study of a pharmacist-led intervention in black barbershops that was shown to reduce blood pressure among 66 percent of African-American participants in the intervention group (compared to 11 percent in the control group).

Coming Home with the Gold

It was an interesting experience to work so closely with a team of students that I had not met prior to participating in this challenge. Over the two weeks of the case, we spent more than 15 hours brainstorming and strategizing together. It was an incredible team-building experience, and when we were announced as the winners of this year’s competition, I could not have been more thrilled.

As a student pharmacist, I was truly honored to have played a part on the winning team, because I saw participating in this competition as an opportunity to showcase the creativity that our profession can bring to addressing some of our region’s most critical health challenges. Pharmacists should be an integral part of any team that aims to create personal and societal solutions for health disparities. In 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America noted that medical care can only prevent 10-15 percent of preventable deaths. Helping to address rising drug costs, medication adherence, unhealthy lifestyles, environmental factors, and the health care infrastructure are just a few of the ways in which pharmacists could intervene as members of the health care team.

Recognizing the Pharmacist’s Value

Pharmacists have the power and the capability to change how Americans interact with the health care system. Being part of the grand prize-winning team at this year’s D.C. Public Health Case Challenge affirmed to me that we are creative thinkers who are well-equipped to partner with other health care professionals to address the challenge of health care reform. I hope to be part of this ever-expanding field as I move forward in my career.

— Chigo Oguh, third-year PharmD/MPH dual-degree student

 

 

Chigo OguhCollaboration, Education, USGANovember 14, 20180 comments
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Students and police officers at Drug Take-Back Day

Helping Baltimoreans Safely Dispose of Medications

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 27, student pharmacists from the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists’ (APhA-ASP) Generation Rx joined forces with the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Police Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to host our bi-annual Drug Take-Back Day at the SMC Campus Center. An initiative started by the DEA in 2010, Drug Take-Back Day has led to the collection of almost 10 million pounds of prescription and non-prescription medications across the United States.

National Initiative, Local Impact

Drug Take-Back Day is a nationwide initiative aimed at addressing a critical public safety and public health issue. According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 50 percent of individuals ages 12 and older received pain relievers, stimulants, and sedatives from a friend or relative for a nonmedical use in the past year, with 5.7 percent of those individuals taking the medication without asking the original owner. By offering a convenient location for community members to bring in these medications, we are helping to reduce the risk of those medications being diverted and protecting our most vulnerable populations from misuse or abuse of these drugs.

Set up in the heart of the UMB campus, the drug take-back boxes are available to the public beginning at 9:50 a.m. These boxes are completely free, anonymous, and open to anyone to use. All members of our community are encouraged to bring in their unused or expired medications for safe disposal. In the three years during which I have participated in Drug Take-Back Day events led by the School of Pharmacy, our group has collected more than 300 pounds of medications for safe disposal. This means those medications are no longer taking up space on people’s shelves and no longer have a chance of being improperly disposed of or detrimentally impacting our environment.

Nationwide, more than 910,000 pounds of medication were collected and disposed of at EPA-approved facilities during this year’s event, with 11,119 pounds of medications collected across the state of Maryland alone.

Improving People’s Health and Protecting Our Environment

Having been involved in numerous Drug Take-Back Day events during my time as a student pharmacist, I hold these events close to my heart.

As a strong environmentalist, I approached my first Drug Take-Back Day from that perspective, really wanting to pair my environmental background with my future pharmacy career. I was immediately overwhelmed by the outpouring of support not only from the Generation Rx chair at that time, but also from community members, who shared with me their support of those same ideals. Each year, many community members thank us for providing this service, saying that they specifically set aside their old medications to bring to our Drug Take-Back Day events because they want to dispose of them properly and in a manner as safe to the environment and to those around them as possible.

In addition, the 2017 NSDUH reported that 11.4 million individuals ages 12 and older admitted to having misused opioids in the United States — a dramatic increase from the 4.3 million Americans reported to be nonmedical users in 2014. With approximately 115 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency on Oct. 26, 2017, which has helped to bring even more light and attention to treating the prevalence of this substance abuse.

When we come together to host Drug Take-Back Day events, it can sometimes feel like we are only taking a small step when compared to the enormity of this crisis, but together these small actions add up to create larger impacts on our communities and among our friends. We start a ripple of awareness, and that ripple carries across communities, counties, and even states.

The October Drug Take-Back Day events marked our group’s 14th year of hosting Drug-Take Back Day events across UMB, a feat we could not have accomplished without the assistance of Cpl. J.R. Jones of the UMB Police, Special Agent Andrew Biniek from the DEA, and all of our amazing student volunteers who took time from their days to make these events possible. Each time I reflect on my involvement in these events over the past three years, I am reminded of the positive impact that Generation Rx has hopefully imparted on the West Baltimore community.

— Kimberly Cai, third-year student pharmacist

 

Kimberly CaiCommunity Service, University Life, USGANovember 13, 20180 comments
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UMB USGA Fall Formal poster

UMB 2018 USGA Annual Fall Formal on Nov. 16

The University Student Government Association (USGA) invites UMB students to attend the USGA Annual Fall Formal on Friday, Nov. 16, in the ballrooms of the Baltimore Convention Center.

The formal will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Tickets are $25 for students and $35 for guests. Please use a umaryland email account to buy your tickets. Purchases are limited to one student ticket and one guest ticket per student, or until sold out. You must bring your student ID and a government-issued photo ID for age verification.

Tickets can be purchased at this Eventbrite webpage. Ticket price includes food and drinks.

For questions, please contact umb.usga.programming@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Andrea TheodoruPeople, University Life, USGANovember 13, 20180 comments
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The President's Message-November

The President’s Message

Check out the November issue of The President’s Message. It includes:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on UMB leadership’s 10-day trip to Asia
  • A look back at Founders Week
  • UMB Police launch COAST outreach team
  • A new cohort of CURE Scholars dons white coats
  • First piece of public art at UMB unveiled
  • Then-Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith joins White Paper discussion on gun violence
  • A look ahead to the UMB TEDx event (Nov. 9) and Barbara Mikulski’s visit (Nov. 27)
  • A roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements and a call for Board of Regents’ Staff Award nominations
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 9, 20180 comments
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Thanksgiving Food drive volunteers

Thanksgiving Collection: Donate a Basket Through Nov. 13

UMB’s Staff Senate and the Office of Community Engagement are teaming up to host a Thanksgiving food drive through Tuesday, Nov. 13, to benefit CURE Scholar and Police Athletic/Activities League families of West Baltimore.

Departments or individuals can sponsor a family by collecting the items below to fill a Thanksgiving food basket.

Each donation basket should include:

  • 2 boxes of stuffing
  • 2 cans of cranberries
  • 2 boxes of mashed potatoes
  • 2 cans of sweet potatoes
  • 2 cans of gravy
  • 4 cans of vegetables (corn, peas, green beans, etc.)

Don’t Have Time to Shop?

You can donate online through the Staff Senate giving page.

Collection Drop-Off

Through Nov. 13, donations can be placed in collection bins located at the following locations:

  • Saratoga Building lobby, 220 Arch St.
  • Lexington Building, first- and second-floor lobbies, 620 W. Lexington St.
  • MSTF Atrium, BIORESCO, 695 W. Baltimore St.
  • Cancer Center, Clinical Research Center, 22 N. Greene St.
  • School of Social Work lobby, 525 W. Redwood St.
  • School of Nursing lobby, 655 W. Lombard St.
  • School of Nursing, sixth floor, in front of elevators
  • SMC Campus Center lobby, next to guard station, 621 W. Lombard St.
  • Facilities Maintenance Service Center, 622 W. Fayette St.
  • Bressler Research Building, Room 7-022, 655 W. Baltimore St.
  • HSF II Building lobby, 20 Penn Street
  • School of Law lobby, 500 W. Baltimore Street
Brian SturdivantCollaboration, Community Service, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 9, 20180 comments
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Students celebrating American Pharmacists Month

Student Pharmacists Celebrate American Pharmacists Month

October is American Pharmacists Month — a time to reflect on the tremendous impact that pharmacists across the United States have on their patients, profession, and the community. At the School of Pharmacy, the celebration is led by student leaders in the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). Members of this organization plan a variety of events in which students are encouraged to participate to show their appreciation for pharmacists practicing in the profession of which they will soon become a part.

This year, students had the opportunity to write thank you notes to faculty, preceptors, and other pharmacists to express gratitude for the valuable work they do each day. In addition, students from APhA-ASP’s Generation Rx partnered with the UMB Police Force for Drug Take-Back Day, during which faculty, staff, students, and members of the West Baltimore community were invited to drop off their expired or unused medications for safe disposal.

To see more highlights from this monthlong celebration, watch this video.

— Malissa Carroll

Malissa CarrollEducation, University Life, USGANovember 2, 20180 comments
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School of Social Work logo

Alliance of Anti-Racist Social Work Practitioners to Meet on Nov. 16

The first meeting of the Alliance of Anti-Racist Social Work Practitioners will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, at 12:15 p.m. in Room 2W11 of the School of Social Work at 525 W. Redwood St.

Social workers, other students, and Baltimore community members are welcome to join us.

Come hungry! There will be sticky wings, salad, drinks, and cake, provided by Breaking Bread LLC.

The Alliance is a student-led community organization dedicated to racial justice.

For more information and questions, email Katie Golden or follow the group on Facebook.

Kaitlyn GoldenBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Research, University Life, USGANovember 2, 20180 comments
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Tree with the sky as backdrop

Join Restore Outdoors for Challenge Course Adventure on Nov. 18

Come and join Restore Outdoors for a crisp, fall day of adventure on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center in Parkton, Md.

Zip-lining, high-static aerial course, group bonding games, and time outside will all be optional and encouraged fun!

The day will start at 9 a.m. and end around 4 p.m. All are welcome. Lunch will be provided (your choice from Panera). Carpools from UMB will be arranged.

Please RSVP to Zoe at zjack@umaryland.edu if you are interested in attending. The event is sponsored by the University Student Government Association.

 

Zoe JackEducation, People, University Life, USGANovember 1, 20180 comments
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Dr. Perman with early voters

Community Engagement Center Early Voting Site ‘Gets Out The Vote’

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Community Engagement Center (CEC) is making good on its campaign to “Get Out The Vote” by hosting an early voting site for the 2018 general election. Baltimore City residents can vote and register to vote at the center through Nov. 1.

Since Oct. 25, the polls have be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, including Saturday and Sunday. The CEC, located in the Poppleton neighborhood, adjacent to the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus, is one of seven voting sites operated by the Baltimore City Board of Elections and the only site in the downtown Baltimore area.

“I consider it a privilege that UMB is able to host a polling place for our neighbors, that I get to join them in exercising my right to vote, and that together we can show Baltimore’s children the importance of this civic responsibility,” says UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD. “Every single election is vital. And by coming together in this way, we’re recommitting to our shared community and standing up for the people we think will strengthen us and advocate for us and uphold the values we believe are non-negotiable.”

Perman joined community members at the polls on Oct. 25, when he cast his ballot at the CEC. He also spoke with members of several organizations that spent weeks canvassing the neighborhoods to boost voter registration and maximize early voting participation.

 

“We see voting as one way for our neighbors to build political power, and we are very happy to assist in that effort,” says Kelly Quinn, PhD, the CEC coordinator.

Leading up to the polls’ opening, Quinn worked in tandem with the Southwest Partnership, a coalition of seven Baltimore neighborhood associations and six institutions including UMB, as well as #BaltimoreVotes, an organization committed to engaging Baltimoreans, without prejudice or bias, in every election. Together, they organized several events to help raise civic awareness in the West Baltimore community and encourage residents to engage in early voting.

“Voting is our superpower,” explains Curtis Eaddy, manager of events and marketing for the Southwest Partnership. “Voting gives us the power to change laws that impact our daily living.”

Back in September, the CEC along with #BaltimoreVotes and the Baltimore People’s Climate Movement hosted a “Get Out the Vote” pep rally. The goal of the pep rally was to help Baltimore residents learn more about what will be on the ballot while also emphasizing the importance of community building and participation in the Maryland General Election.

Several other community-based organizations also attended the pep rally in support of the efforts to push Baltimore City residents to vote and register to vote, including: the Southwest Partnership, No Boundaries Coalition, Black Girls Vote, Baltimore Women United, Be the Change, Communities United, and former first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign, When We All Vote.

Their support for voter participation did not stop at the pep rally. When the polls opened for early voting Oct. 25, Communities United, an organization that empowers low-income Marylanders to achieve transformative change on racial, economic, and social justice issues, was out in front of the voting station with a van full of people eager to cast their ballots. Members of the organization volunteered to provide transportation to and from the CEC during early voting to make it more accessible to people who would not make it to the polls otherwise.

“People have the right to vote, they work hard to be able to vote,” explained Nabeehah Azeez, organizer for Communities United. “We want to make sure that every person has access to a polling site to exercise their right.”

Meanwhile, Black Girls Vote, a local nonpartisan organization designed to represent the concerns and interests of black women, focused on getting first-time voters to participate. Members of the organization transported vans of voting-age students from Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts to the CEC to cast their ballots for the first time.

“I feel grown up,” exclaimed 18-year-old Denise Johnson as she exited the polling station. “It feels great to know that I am doing my part as a member of the community”

The push for civic engagement even stretched to individual members of the community. Heather Kangas, LCSW-C ’14, is a resident of the Pigtown neighborhood in West Baltimore and an employee assistant social worker for housekeepers and food staff at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). To motivate her colleagues, she hosted a registration event at UMMC during shift change and informed them about the early voting site just a short walk away from the hospital at the CEC.

“An early voting site at the CEC creates more time for working people who have these precarious schedules to actually participate,” Kangas explains. “It’s great that it’s in such a central location for people to come and vote before or after work or even on their lunch break.” With help from Quinn, Kangas managed to get about a dozen hospital employees registered to vote ahead of early voting.

The contributions and support from all parties seemed to make a lasting impression on the community. In the first two hours of the polls’ opening Oct. 25 more than 200 people flooded the CEC to vote, and a steady stream of voters continued in the days to follow.

In an effort to continue this momentum, the CEC will host a “Party at the Polls” on Thursday, Nov. 1, outside the center for their West Baltimore neighbors. On that same day, the CEC also will be partnering with Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, located a few blocks away from the center in the Franklin Square neighborhood, to host a second “Party at the Polls” in the hopes of turning high school students into first-time voters.

Thanks to a generous donation from Mile 22 and #BaltimoreVotes, the CEC will provide food, games, and music at the polling parties as well as shuttle service to and from the voting station. Members of the Southwest Partnership along with students from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Master of Public Health students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine will be on hand to volunteer at these polling parties, which create yet another avenue to make voting fun and accessible for the community.

The CEC will resume its regularly scheduled activities with neighborhood residents, including the Police Athletic/Activities League, exercise classes, and food markets on Nov 2. Call the CEC at 410-706-8260 for details.

— Jena Frick

View an early voting photo gallery and a pep rally photo gallery.

Jena FrickCollaboration, Community Service, For B'more, UMB News, University Life, USGAOctober 31, 20180 comments
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UMB Police Force badge

Security Tips from the UMB Police Force

With the arrival of autumn and the upcoming return to standard time, it is dark later in the morning and earlier in the evening. Here are a few things to keep in mind to stay safe, particularly as you travel to and from the University. For a flyer of these tips, please click here.

General Safety

  • Walk in pairs or groups whenever possible, particularly in the evening.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If a path or area seems unsafe, avoid it; take the long way around.
  • Safe Walk/Safe Ride services from the University Police Force are available; call 410-706-6882 (ext. 6-6882 from a campus phone).
  • If you are in danger or see any dangerous activity call 911.
  • Walk in well-lit places.
  • Do not wear earbuds/headphones or use your phone while walking.
  • If you don’t need it; don’t bring it.
  • If you feel you are being followed, walk into any UMB building or garage and see the security officer/attendant
    upon entry.
  • Do not leave personal property unattended.

Cellphone Security

Cellphones have a great deal of street value to thieves. Don’t make it easy for them to steal your phone or any personal information you have stored on it.

Stay off your cellphone in public places. Cellphones distract you from your surroundings. If you’re in a public place and preoccupied with talking or texting, somebody can easily grab the phone and run. Try to make calls before you go into public areas. If you receive an important call while you’re out, make it quick. Better yet, call back when you’re in a more secure location.

Password-protect your phone. Lock your phone using the security lock code or PIN feature, usually found in Settings. Make it more difficult for others to access your personal information in your stolen phone.

Save your cellphone’s serial number, as well as model and make. Keep the information in a place where you can find it. Your serial number proves it’s yours. The serial number is usually found by opening the battery compartment on your phone. It will start with one of these codes: IMEI, MEID, or ESN.

Don’t store secrets in your phone. If it’s stolen, it’s not that difficult for the thief to pull out your private information before clearing the memory and reselling the device. If the information isn’t in the phone, the thief can’t use it for identity theft.

Activate the phone’s tracking device. Activate the Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking system on your phone and other electronic devices. This will make it possible to locate it electronically. If the device does not have a GPS tracking system, you can buy software that does the same thing. Check with your provider.

If Your Phone Is Stolen

First, find another phone and call 911 as soon as possible. Remember, emergency blue light phones are available in designated areas on campus.

Contact your cellphone service provider immediately. Suspend your wireless service. This will prevent others from using your phone and racking up unauthorized charges. The carrier’s main service number should be available on its website; you can also visit one of the company’s stores to report the theft. If you have an online cellphone account, you should be able to suspend your service online.

Further Information

The University Police Force is available to meet with anyone needing additional information. We care about your safety and security. If your team or unit wants a crime prevention session, contact Police Chief Alice Cary, MS, at 410-706-6882.

Dana RampollaUMB News, University Life, USGAOctober 26, 20180 comments
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Join UMB’s Indian Association in Celebrating Diwali 2018

The UMB Indian Association proudly presents “Diwali: The Festival of Lights” on Nov. 13.

There will be music and dance performances and other exciting surprises. Come to the event with your friends and family and enjoy delicious Indian cuisine.

  • Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13
  • Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballroom A (Room 208)
  • Tickets: Students, $4; non-students, $6; at the door, $10.
  • Free admission: To children below the age of 5 and volunteers.

Consult members of Indian Association for tickets or look out for flyers of the event with the QR code.

Anmol KumarPeople, University Life, USGAOctober 25, 20180 comments
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USGA Halloween Social flyer

USGA Halloween Social & Costume Contest: Oct. 26

Join the University Student Government Association (USGA) for its annual Halloween Social & Costume Contest on Oct. 26 at Pickles Pub.

  • When: Friday, Oct. 26
  • Time: 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Where: Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd.
  • Price: $5 for students and $10 for guests, cash only. Tickets are good for food and drink until the tab runs out, and all Pickles Pub Halloween promos.
  • Costume contest: To participate, arrive at Pickles Pub by 6:55 p.m. to have your picture taken and posted to our voting platform.
  • Prizes: Costume contest prizes will be a $100 gift card for first, a $50 gift card for second, and a $25 gift card for third.
  • Note: Students must be 21 or older and bring their student ID and a government-issued ID or passport.
Andrea TheodoruBulletin Board, People, University Life, USGAOctober 17, 20180 comments
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Police officers talking to Tour participants

On University Tour, UMB Police Stress Theme of Safety First

Personal safety was the focus Oct. 2 when a group of University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) staff members traversed the campus and city streets with UMB police officers and Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) leaders during the first of five University Tours scheduled for Tuesdays this October. (See schedule here.)

Lt. Erk Pecha speaking to the groupUMB Police Force Capt. Erik Pecha and Lt. Dennis Smith led the way, enlightening the employees on ways to avoid becoming a victim of crime and urging the use of services such as the Safe Walk/Safe Ride program, where uniformed officers accompany UMB students, staff, and faculty between campus sites when requested.

“I can’t walk next to you 24/7 and 365 days a year to make you feel safe,” Smith told the group. “The police forces does as much as it can, but we can’t have a cop on every corner of the campus. That’s not practical. In the end, you are responsible for your personal safety, but we can help you along the way.”

To that end, the UMB officers offered safety tips on the tour, which began at Lexington Street Garage, moved south on Pine Street to West Baltimore Street, then east to Greene Street, south to West Lombard Street, east to South Paca Street, and north to Lexington Market.

Perhaps the central message conveyed was: Be aware of your surroundings. The officers lamented the fact that too many people, with cellphone in hand or earphones on, are not paying attention to what’s happening around them as they navigate the campus.

“One thing that we preach all the time: no headphones or texting while you are walking,” Smith said. “Take your headphones off and pay attention to what’s going on around you. People who are looking to commit crime are watching to see who’s paying attention and who’s not. If you are oblivious to your situation because you are on your phone or have headphones on, you are a prime target.”

Other tips:

• If you feel uncomfortable on the street or think someone is following you, walk into any UMB building and seek out a security officer or attendant who can contact police immediately. “Don’t worry that you might offend someone by doing that,” said Pecha, who also holds the title of assistant chief. “You are not doing it because of any bias, you are doing it because you don’t feel safe.”

• Do not jaywalk. Instead, use the marked crosswalks, but never assume that just because you are in a crosswalk that you don’t have to pay attention to the vehicles. “You should take an extra moment and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing,” Pecha said.

• The emergency blue light phones around campus and in garages are analog devices that call the police dispatcher, but if you use one, you can’t just hit the button and leave the site. You need to talk to the dispatcher and give them information about the emergency.

• Use a backpack to carry your belongings, and bring as few valuables to campus as possible. “With a backpack, you’ve got everything in there secure and two straps on your shoulders,” Smith said. “Most women carry their purse on their side, and a thief can give it a good yank and most likely it’s going to come out of your hands. … And if you don’t need something, don’t carry it with you. But also don’t leave it in your car and visible, because someone might break a window to get it.”

• When walking around the city, avoid alleys and other shortcuts; stay on streets that are well-lit and heavily traveled. This is an emphasis for Pecha. “Shortcuts are bad!” he said. “Everyone makes fun of me for repeating that, but it’s the truth. There’s no reward for taking a shortcut.”

• Use police services such as Safe Walk/Safe Ride — even if the distance between your destinations is short. “It’s a resource that we offer, so why not use it?” Pecha said (simply call 6-6882 on campus or 410-706-6882). “You are not putting us out in any way, shape, or form. That’s part of our job.”

The tour also offered suggestions on places to eat that you might not know about, like the School of Dentistry cafeteria or the snack bar in Health Sciences Research Facility I; pointed out the location of UMaryland Immediate Care on West Lombard Street for health care needs; and provided guidance on how to interact with the homeless and panhandlers.

The tour ended at Lexington Market, where Stacey Pack, marketing and communications manager for Baltimore Public Markets, pointed out the many culinary, produce, and shopping choices at the historic site, which is soon to be redeveloped. The market tour ended with a walk through Mem Sahib Indian Cuisine restaurant, a participant in the UMB Office of Community Engagement’s Local Food Connection.

The group then sat down for a Q&A session with the police officers and three PTS officials, including director Robert Milner, MS, CAPP.

Tony Green, manager, TDM and Transportation Services, discussed the UM shuttle, alternative transportation options, and electric vehicle services, while encouraging the group to follow PTS’ Twitter and Facebook accounts. Stacy Holmes, operations manager, talked about garage services such as flat tire assistance, battery jumps, and lockout help.

During the feedback session, one member of the UMB group, a new employee who has moved to Baltimore from New York, said that she appreciated the safety and security aspects of the tour and that she gained more familiarity with the campus’ landscape — which is what University Tours is all about.

“We began these tours about three years ago,” Pecha said, noting the need to educate those new to UMB or anyone who might be unfamiliar with an urban environment. “It’s not a historical tour, like, ‘Oh, there’s the School of Pharmacy, and there’s the School of Medicine.’ It’s more of a practical and social-type tour: ‘You can get coffee here. There’s a snack bar there. Don’t walk this way. Walk on this street.’

“It’s also a chance for students and staff to get to know us as human beings, and we can learn about them and learn from them as well.”

— Lou Cortina

Read about more safety tips from the UMB Police Force.

Lou CortinaCollaboration, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAOctober 9, 20180 comments
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