UM Logo_Founding Campus The Campus Life Weekly

Week of August 29, 2011 | Volume 2 Number 2  

The President's Symposium: Urban Renewal
Welcome Week 2011
URecFit Competitions
MHEC Student Advisory Council
URecFit Labor Day Hours
Grand Prix
President's Student Leadership Institute
J-1 Employment Workshop
Welcome to Baltimore Reception
Graduate School Survival Tools
Support Group
Yoga Fundamentals
Caravan Service
Fall Diploma Application
Club UMB
Stay in Touch





Lactation Center  

The Wellness Hub supports a mother's choice to breastfeed her baby while pursuing her graduate or professional degree.  There are currently two Lactation Centers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. 

Relaxation Room 

As part of the Wellness Hub's commitment to student academic-life balance, there is a Relaxation Room open for student use.


See All Programs 

September 2011 - May 2012

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15.  Please join us for the following events.  Click on the links to find out more about the programs and to RSVP.


For more information on these events or to find out how to get involved, contact Courtney J. Jones via email or at 410-706-7438


Click on these to learn more about upcoming URecFit Programs.


Group Exercise Schedule

Fall 2011   


Become a Group Ex Instructor

Join us to learn how to be a group ex instructor. We're using curriculum developed by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to prepare you for the ACE Group Exercise exam and give you basic knowledge that can help with other group exercise certifications as well. Class begins September 27.         


Woman on Weights Lifting weights can help build a toned, sculpted, feminine body, and build stronger bones. This 6-week course is for you and begins September 26th.      



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The President's Symposium 

President's Annual Symposium

John L. PuckettWednesday, August 31, 2011

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   

SMC CC Ballroom A & B


Register Now 


Join us for the inaugural year of the annual President's Symposium.  This year's topic is Urban Renewal in Baltimore City. 

John L. Puckett, PhD

Professor and Chair of Policy,
Measurement & Education

University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Puckett's background includes six years of teaching and administrative work in public and private secondary schools.  At the University of Pennsylvania, he has been actively involved in building University partnerships with West Philadelphia schools and developing the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Community Partnerships.   Dr. Puckett is the author of Dewey's Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform.

Welcome Week 2011  

Welcome Week 2011

Welcome Week 2011

Building University Traditions

Monday, August 29th - Thursday, September 1st  


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Mix and mingle with all UM students at these outstanding events!

ˇ  Social events

ˇ  Live music

ˇ  Academic Symposium

ˇ  President's Welcome

   Reception for new students

ˇ  Cool prizes throughout the week

ˇ  And much more!


For questions, contact SMC Campus Center Events at or (410) 706-3782.

URecFit Welcome Week Competitions 

Free Throw Shooting

Endurance Bench Press Competition

Monday, August 29, 2011 

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

Fitness Center  


Join us to lift a percentage of your body weight. No pre-registration necessary, just show up on the 5th floor fitness center!


Free Throw Shooting Contest

Wednesday, August 31

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

Pratt Gym



Join us for the first Intramural Event of the year! All members are eligible to participate. Men's and Women's Champions will be crowned. This event kicks off the start of the Poe Cup Challenge between different academic schools. Will your school be the one to win this year? For more info on the Poe Cup Challenge, click here.

MHEC Student Advisory Council 

Leadership Opportunity

Maryland Higher Education CommissionThe Office of Student Development and Leadership is looking for an energetic, qualified student to represent the University's student body on the Maryland Higher Education Commission's Student Advisory Council.  


This Council, composed of student representatives from the various postsecondary educational institutions throughout the State of Maryland, advises one of the most important agencies in the State, i.e. the Maryland Higher Education Commission.  


For more specific information about the Council, please check-out the MHEC web site.  


With the kind of talent embodied by the graduate and professional students here at UMB, we must have a serious, strong voice on such an important Council, as well as an alternate representative.  


Interested? Contact your Student Affairs Dean or the Director of the Office of Student Development and Leadership at All interested students should send a message of interest and resume to the aforementioned email address by Friday, September 2, 2011.  

URecFit's Labor Day Hours   

URecFit Basketball Revised Hours
Friday, September 2 -
Monday, September 5, 2011 


SMC CC                               

Sept. 2  6:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.                 
Sept. 3  Closed                                   

Sept. 4  Closed                                    
Sept. 5  Closed                                 



Sept. 2 6:00 a.m. - 9:15 p.m.

Sept. 3 10:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Sept. 4 Closed

Sept. 5 Closed

Baltimore Grand Prix - UMB Closed 

Grand Prix University Closed
Friday, September 2 - Monday, September 5, 2011

Plan Ahead!
Traffic will be impacted as early as Wednesday, August 31. 

Traffic, buses, light rail, and parking will be affected. Plan alternate routes and twice the amount of time to get to campus.

Visit for updated
links to maps, road closures, and mass transit

Leaders Wanted!

PSLIPresident's Student Leadership Institute (PSLI)
Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

Complete the Application Online 

This certificate program is aimed at exposing UM student leaders at all levels to contemporary issues in leaderships.

PSLI will prepare participants for professional leadership in a diverse and global society.


J-1 Employment Workshop   

International StudentsOffice of International Services   

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

SMC Campus Center Room 351


This workshop is designed to provide information to J-1 students and scholars with information regarding employment benefits they are eligible for, how to apply, and timing issues. 


Register Now 

Welcome to Baltimore Reception   

Welcome to Baltimore Reception_ SmallWelcome to Baltimore  

Thursday, September 8th

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

SMC Campus Center,  

Ballrooms A & B  


Register Now 


This is the inaugural year for this event and is a collaboration between Baltimore Collegetown and eight institutions across Baltimore.   


It will be an evening of mixing and mingling for graduate and professional students from the Baltimore area while enjoying music, food and beverages as well as information from community partners.


Questions may be directed to Ankur Ponda at


Graduate School Survival Tools     

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Friday, September 9 

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

SMC Campus Center Room 351


This workshop is designed for new UM students who are interested in sharpening their academic survival skills and familiarize themselves with their new environment. Focus will be on helping students understand the nature of postsecondary expectations, its impact on the student's emotional resilience and early development of strategies to maintain a healthy level of motivation and a balanced lifestyle.


Register Now 

Support Group  

Student Counseling Center 

Empty ChairsMondays, September 12 - 26, 2011

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   


Current UMB Students Only

Cost is Free   


New to graduate/professional school and Baltimore? Whether you want to sharpen your graduate school survival skills or are having difficulties adjusting to the new environment and academic pressures, this group can provide the support you need.  


The Student Counseling Center (SCC) is offering an confidential group with a SCC psychologist. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Jenna Silverman for more information at (410)328 - 8404.


Yoga Fundamentals   


Authentic MovementMondays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 17, 2011

6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.   

Register Now


Have you ever wanted to try yoga but didn't know where to begin? Sign up for Yoga Fundamentals! This six-week course will cover the essentials of posture, breath, and meditation. By the end of this series you will have learned a simple yoga practice to continue on your own that requires only thirty minutes.  

UMB Caravan Service   

Veola CaravanThe UMB Caravan Service will be modified for the 2011 - 2012 academic year as follows:


1) One vehicle will operate for seven (7) hours a day, five (5) days a week (Monday through Friday, 5:30 pm to 12 am, with the last call taken between 11:30 p.m. and 11:45 pm..).


2) There will be NO week-end service.


No Caravan Service on the following designated days and observed holidays:

  • Friday, September 2nd - Campus Closed due to Grand Prix Race
  • Monday, September 5th - Labor Day Holiday
  • Thursday and Friday, November 24th and November 25th - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Monday, December 26th through Monday, January 1st - Winter Break
  • Monday, January 16th - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
  • Friday, April 6th - Good Friday
  • Monday, May 28th - Memorial Day Holiday  
Please contact with any questions about the Caravan shuttle bus service. Thank you.


Fall Diploma Application Reminder   

DiplomaAre you planning to graduate in December?  

If you haven't already filled out a Diploma Application, please remember to do so before the deadline of September 11th. To apply for your diploma, please logon to SURFS. Once you are logged on to SURFS, select Student Services & Financial Aid and then select Student Records. The Application for Diploma will be in the middle of the menu.


Join Club UMB
Club UMB 2President's Outreach Council  
Tuesdays, starting October 4, 2011

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at
George Washington Elementary School; or

Wednesdays, starting October 5, 2011

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at

Southwest Baltimore Charter School

The President's Outreach Council is seeking student, faculty, and staff to serve as volunteer mentors and presenters for CLUB UMB, an after-school youth leadership program offered in nearby local public schools.


If you want to volunteer:

  • Register online or contact Community Affairs Director, Brian Sturdivant, at (410) 706 - 1678.
  • Attend training on Tuesday, 9/20/11 or Wednesday, 9/28/11  from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the new SMC Campus Center, Meeting Room #351.

UMB students eligible for Federal Work Study can earn $17/hour for mentoring through CLUB UMB! Contact the UMB Financial Aid Office at (410) 706-7347 to see if you are eligible!


Stay in Touch with Social Media 

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