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Week of April 25, 2011 | Volume 1 Number 28

Welcome Amy Ramirez
Blood Drive
Culture Matters
Celebrating Commencement
Communication Updates for Students
Future of Integrated Health Care
Let's Build a Bee House
Stay in Touch






Sailing Baltimore's Inner Harbor

May 8, 2011 

UMB is teaming up with the Baltimore Downtown Sailing Club for a great day on the water just down the street from campus. Cost to Students is $40


Relaxation Room Hours Extended! 

The Relaxation Room in
the SMC Campus Center now has extended hours.

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Blood Drive

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 


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New Team Member

University Office of  Academic Affairs 
Amy RamirezThe University Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the hiring of a new team member.  Ms. Amy Ramirez will begin her tenure as the Director of the Office of International Scholar and Student Services (ISSS).  Amy succeeds Renee Mason who retired from the University in January.


Amy has worked in the field of international student and scholar advising for the past 8 years. Her career in this field started at The George Washington University where she served as an International Student and Scholar Advisor. She then moved on to Johns Hopkins University in 2007 to serve as the Assistant Director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.


Amy has been involved extensively in the work of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, serving as the International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community (KCISSS) Representative for NAFSA Region VIII, facilitating workshops for NAFSA members, and serving in a number of volunteer positions within the association. 


Amy's knowledge and talents will be put to good use as she begins her employment with ISSS. She will be responsible for planning, coordinating and supervising a variety of activities and services to enhance the experience for our international scholars and students, as well as ensure our compliance with federal laws and regulations.


We ask that you join us in welcoming Amy to the University.  Amy's e-mail address is:

Blood Drive  

Tuesday, April 26, 2011blood_drive2
SMC Campus Center, Room 349
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood. TM
The blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process takes about an hour. If you have questions or need help scheduling a donation, please contact Julia Wightman at (410) 706-0288 or

Knits for the Needy  


Friday, April 22, 2011

School of Social Work,
Rm 3E10
12:15 - 1:45 pm


Knits for the Needy is a student group that knits and crochets winter gear for persons experiencing homelessness or economic hardship. 

Don't know how to knit or crochet?  We'll teach you!  The warm weather will give you lots of time to perfect your skills so that your donations will be ready in the fall.


We are accepting donations of winter gear (e.g. hats, scarves, mittens), as well as supplies (e.g. yarn, needles). 


For more information, contact JaVon Townsend at:   

Culture Matters   

Cross Cultural Workshop 

Saturday, April 23, 2011Culture Matters
SMC Campus Center
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Culture Matters is a workshop for Baltimore high school students from different cultures and countries of origin, as well as American-born students.  The themes of the workshop will be cross-cultural communication and non-violent conflict mediation.  High school students will be equipped with skills to develop as leaders, ambassadors and mediators in their schools and neighborhoods.

UMB Student volunteers
are needed for the day of the event to assist with general activities.  Student translators are also needed. If you are interested in volunteering or want to find out more about the event, please visit our website: Don't miss out on an exciting opportunity to engage in cross-cultural dialogue!

Celebrating Commencement  

Fancy Food

Your time to shine...the memory is forever.


Looking for the perfect spot to celebrate? Several area restaurants have offered discounts in honor of your special day. From casual to fine dining - there are plenty of options!


Click here for restaurant discounts and reservation information.


In addition, The University has secured discounted rates at a number of local hotels within walking distance to campus. Book soon as the rates are only on hold for another week. 

GWE Fitness

Take a Break and Make A Difference   

Tuesdays now until May 17, 2011GWE Fitness
George Washington Elementary
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Sign Up to volunteer.

Are you tired of sitting in class all day?  All that studying making you go cross-eyed? Take a break with the George Washington Elementary Fitness Program and help students in our neighborhood!


This program is for fifth grade students at George Washington Elementary School in Pigtown, and helps kids incorporate exercise into their lives and learn about healthy eating tips. Volunteers help plan activities, supervise and lead games, and teach about healthy eating.   

If you are interested in volunteering, just click on the link below to sign up for one or more dates, or you can email Kimberly at for more information.

Communication Changes for Students

Google Apps

Google Apps for Education is coming!  Soon students will be able to take advantage of the email and collaboration suite of products available in Google Apps for Education.  The Schools of Medicine and Dentistry have special security requirements since they are both Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) covered entities and will use solutions that best meet their respective requirements.


Click here for more details.

Royal Wedding Live Broadcast 

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Friday, April 29, 2011

SMC Campus Center,
1st Floor Fireplace Lounge

Wedding begins at 5:00am    


Tea & crumpets will be served.


Watch the live union of Prince William & Kate Middleton.  Take a break from studying for the wedding of the year!

The Future of Integrated Health Care   

Thursday, April 28, 2011Delia Chiaramonte

SMC Campus Center, Green Room 

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Register Now

Delia Chiaramonte, M.D. is a clinical assistant professor and Director of Education at the University of Maryland's Center for Integrative Medicine as well as a palliative care physician for Gilchrist Hospice Care. She is trained in family medicine, palliative medicine, pain management and the integration of conventional medicine with complementary therapies. Dr. Chiaramonte views the mind and body as intricately connected and she incorporates this perspective into the prevention and treatment of health disruption and disease.

Paddling Historic Annapolis  

Paddling Annapolis

Saturday, April 30, 2011  

Spa Creek  

8:00 am - 3:00 pm    


Register Now 

Cost to student: $40


Have you ever seen Annapolis from the water? You will launch your kayak at Spa Creek, paddle into downtown Annapolis, and then head around the beautiful campus of the Naval Academy. Along the way, you will see some amazing homes, historic buildings, and possibly a few Osprey or Herons. This is the ultimate urban exploring adventure. Like most urban adventures, you will finish the day in downtown Annapolis for coffee and/or ice cream. 

Attention UMB Graduates   

college graduates

For those of you who will be graduating in May, please remember that the deadline to change your confidentiality settings with the University is the end of the day on April 29.  


Why is this important to you?


If you have marked your name as Confidential on the Directory Options in SURFS, your name will not appear in any campus Commencement publications. If that's not what you want, you need to change the settings before April 30.


In addition, we can't verify your attendance or graduation for future employers without your written consent if your major, attendance and degree are marked confidential.


To change confidentiality settings for directory information, logon to SURFS  and go to the Personal Information menu and click on Update Directory Options.

Fighting Policy to Advocate & Enhance Health Research & Education

Research!AmericaTuesday, May 3, 2011

SMC CC, Room 349

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Refreshments Provided.


Students United for Policy Education & Research (SUPER) and the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) present: Mary Woolley, President of Research!America. Research!America is a not-for-profit, public education and advocacy organization that is committed to making medical and health research a higher national priority.


Ms Woolley will talk about her policy decision making to advocate and enhance Health research and education. 


For more information please contact or

Student Support Group

UMB Student Counseling Center  

Support Group

Wednesdays, through May 11

HS/HSL, Lower Level (LL02)

3:00 - 4:30 pm  


Current UMB students only

Cost: FREE


Are you struggling with a personal problem? Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or worried about academics or graduation? Having concerns about interpersonal relationships or communication with others?  


You might benefit from joining the Student Support Group. This group will be facilitated by a psychologist from the UMB Student Counseling Center. The Student Support Group consists of a small (approximately 8-10 members), confidential group of UMB students that will be meeting once a week until May 11, 2011. It is an opportunity for students who are going through similar problems to give and receive help from peers .  You are not alone!


If you are interested and would be available for all 8 group meetings, please contact Dr. Jenna Silverman for more information at the UMB Student Counseling Center (328-8404).

World Fest

International Student Association (ISO) 

World Fest (ISO)

Monday, May 2, 2011

SMC Campus Center,
Room 349

6:00 pm


The International Student Organization is hosting a World Fest.


The event will feature a fashion show (with cultural clothing) as well as a talent show.   

Students who are interested in modeling (diverse cultural backgrounds encouraged) or who have a talent they would like perform that evening please contact Sena Ekici for details at   

Let's Build a Bee House

apiaryWednesday, May 4, 2011   

SMC Campus Center, Green Room

1:00 - 4:00 pm    


Based on the overwhelming response to the Wellness Hub's lecture, "A Little Something for Your Honey" in February, the Wellness Hub and the SMC Campus Center are teaming up to start an apiary (bee house) on campus.


Join us Wednesday afternoon in the first stage of our project, building our beehives.  If interested, RSVP to

Shape Up for the Summer 

Swimmer at Beach

Registration Ends April 30 

SMC Campus Center, 5th Floor 

3:00 - 4:30 pm   


Click here to learn more. 


URecFit Incentive Program
Participants must be UMB Student or URecFit member


Log your time spent exercising! You can use your virtual trainer account or any other method as long as it's dated. For every 30 minutes you exercise you'll receive one point. Participants may not gain more than 4 points in one day.  


Giveaways and prizes include water bottles, t-shirts and energy bars.   


Center for Information Technology Services

CITS BITS The Center for Information Technology Services is pleased to announce a newly created issue of CITS Bits. 

CITS Bits is a digest of brief news articles, announcements, and accomplishments.  This issue covers the following topics:
  • Welcome Communication Changes for Students
  • Electronic Timesheets-New Users, New Features
  • Electronic Travel Request and Expense Forms Coming to UMB
  • And more!

Please take a few minutes to visit the site and read the articles at:

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