UM Logo_Founding Campus The Campus Life Weekly

Week of September 19, 2011 | Volume 2 Number 5   

President's Student Leadership Institute
Harry Potter Exhibit
Fueled By Zeke
Finding Your Own Voice
USAD Executive Board Positions
ESL Tuesday
Understanding Self and Others Group
UM Campus Health and Safety Survey
Become a Group Ex Instructor
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.


Commuter Coffee Break 

Monday, September 19th

Join the Wellness Hub in the School of Dentistry and enjoy a cup of joe, a healthy snack, and learn about other exciting events the Wellness Hub is hosting this year.   


Emerging Practice and Policy Trends in Geriatrics  

Wednesday, September 28th

As the baby boom population, an estimated 80 million strong, now faces issues such as health care, retirement planning, and lifestyle changes, the demand for social workers focused on aging has expanded.



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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.

  • Live Mexican musical performance on September 19th from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m, SMC Campus Center, 1st Floor
  • Hands of Harvest Documentary Screening
  • Mayan Predictions for 2012
  • Spotlight Artist Lecture & Art Exhibition with José Galvez
  • Hispanic inspired food options will be available for purchase at Bon Appétit Monday, September 19 - Friday, September 23, 2011 in the SMC CC, 2nd Floor.  



For more information on these events visit us online. 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   


Morning Runs

Tuesday and Thursday

7 a.m.  

URecFit is hosting mornings runs starting from the front of the SMC Campus Center from 9/6-10/20 .  All skill levels welcome!    


Woman on Weights  

Begins September 28 

Lifting weights can help build a toned, sculpted, feminine body, and build stronger bones.    


Run a 5K Fitness Program

URecFit has a 5K program for beginners, intermediates and advanced. Sign up at the 5th floor Fitness Desk between from now through 10/23 to win Fitness Champion T-shirts and Race for the Cure bracelets for completing the program.


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Calling All Students!   

Fall Fest Friday, September 16    

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

School of Nursing Lawn


This is an annual event specifically designed with students in mind!


Come learn about various on- and off-campus resources which are available to you. 


There will be give-aways, prizes, and games.


Popcorn, cotton candy, watermelon, corn on the cob and other refreshments will be served.   


Hone Your Leadership Skills

Application Deadline is September 16  

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.


Chinese Moon Festival   

MooncakeChinese Student & Scholar Association (CSSA) 

Saturday, September 17 

6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
UM MSTF Atrium


Free for UM students.  

$5 dollars for scholars and others 


Join UM-CSSA for their annual Chinese Moon Festival Celebration Gala. Don't miss out delicious Chinese food and moon cakes (only comes once a year).


After the dinner, CSSA will perform. This year, UM Chinese students and scholars will bring a new, originally written Chinese drama to the audience along with other performances such as folk singing and Chinese lion dance.


For more information contact: Jacky Lin at


Harry Potter Exhibit Arrives     

Harry PotterHealth Sciences & Human Services Library

September 18 - November 5       


Harry Potter is coming to UM!  Visit "Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine", an exhibit on display at the Health Sciences & Human Services Library. The exhibit uses the National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine collections to explore the world of Harry Potter, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards in J.K. Rowling's books, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series. Exhibit panels present the works of 15th- and 16th-century scholars and explore their perceptions of natural philosophy, medicine, and magic.  Renaissance texts are used to highlight some of the fantastic creatures and plants featured in the novels
For information on the exhibit and related programs, visit or call 410-706-7996.


Fueled By Zeke    

Coffee BeansMonday, September 19    

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

SMC Campus Center,

Green Room


Register Now


Since 2005, Zeke's Coffee of Baltimore has fueled local coffee-drinkers and become a small, sustainable business of Baltimore. Meet the founders and learn about the origins of sustainable coffee and this roastery's story in this brown bag lunch and learn.

Coffee will be served.     

Finding Your Own Voice 

Finding Your VoiceThe Writing Center 
Monday, September 19
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 353

Register Now 

Do you struggle to come up with ideas for papers? Do you lack confidence in thinking critically about your readings and research and developing original ideas and arguments? This workshop is designed to help you find a personal style and perspective, write with authority about your research subject matter, and practice exploratory writing approaches that can open up and nurture your ideas about any subject.  

Hispanic Heritage Month -

Documentary Screening: Hands of Harvest   

hands of harvestMonday, September 19    

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

SMC Campus Center, Room 351

Register Now


Join filmmaker, Adrian Muys, as he introduces his documentary, Hands of Harvest, which chronicles the journey of Mexican migrant women who travel to pick crabs in small fishing villages on Maryland's Eastern Shore


Refreshments will be served.     

USAD Executive Board Positions  
USAD Africa MapUnited Students of African Descent (A USGA -supported organization) is a campus- wide organization that promotes collaborations amongst students from the various UM schools through various social, cultural and informational events held throughout the academic year.


The Organization is open to any UM student to join and always welcomes new members.


USAD is looking to fill some of its executive positions still available.

Executive board positions available include:

- Vice president

- Secretary

- Special Events Coordinator

- Public Relations Chair


If interested, please write a statement of interest indicating position of interest and email them to:


Ihuoma Nwachukwu (USGA representative for USAD)  Questions can also be directed to Ihuoma. 

LGBTQ Community Group Counseling 
Support GroupStudent Counseling Center

Thursdays, September 15 - December 22

3:00 p.m - 4:30 p.m.

Current UM Students Only
Cost is Free    


Are you facing issues related to your sexual orientation or gender identity? Do you need to talk in a safe environment? Consider joining the supportive and empowering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Community Group. This group is open exclusively to students who are non-heterosexual and/or questioning their sexual or gender identity.


This group is facilitated by a licensed SCC Social Workers. Please contact Douglas Chay, LCSW-C, for more information at (410) 328 - 8404.  


Real Food, Fast: Real Food Farm  

Real Food FarmThe Wellness Hub
Tuesday, September 20  
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Green Room

Register Now 

Since its founding in October of 2009, Real Food Farm has created a community farm, educated youth, partnered with community organizations, and made real food more accessible to Northeast Baltimore. With its retrofitted newspaper delivery truck, it now travels through the city, making locally-grown fruits and vegetables available for purchase by all. Join us and Maya Kosok, Community Outreach Coordinator of Real Food Farm, to learn more about Real Food Farm's progress toward creating a just and sustainable food system for the Baltimore community.  

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

October 23, 2011

Komen RaceURecFit

URecFit has created a UM + Friends & Family Race for the Cure Team!   


Join Our Team


Many of us have been affected by breast cancer in some way and this has inspired us to raise money and participate in the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure located in Hunt Valley, MD on October 23rd.   We have registered our team "UM Pink Ninjas" under the University of Maryland Group.  Please join and/or support us by visiting the UM Pink Ninjas page     

ESL Tuesday

WritingThe Writing Center

Tuesday, September 20 

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

SMC Campus Center, Room 353    


Register Now  


ESL Tuesdays are meant to help students from non-English-speaking backgrounds adjust to writing in English. Students have the flexibility to enroll in the program without committing to the 5-week schedule.     

Zumba Party  


Thursday, September 22, 2011
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Pratt Gym    


Join us for a massive Zumba event!  Email to register for the event - the class is limited to the first 75 participants that sign up.  Bring water and a towel because this marathon class will be fun & challenging!



By the way, did you know URecFit's Hours Are Expanding!


Beginning August 6th, URecFit will be open until 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 9:00 p.m. on Fridays.


Our Pool and Strength & Conditioning Room have variable hours during the week - check our website for details.

Understanding Self and Others Group 

Student Counseling Center 

Self Identity Support GroupMondays or Thursdays October 3 - December 22


Current UM Students Only

Cost is Free   


Are you struggling in school, relationships or would just like to understand yourself better? Consider joining the Understanding Self & Others group. Due to popular demand, there will be two separate offerings. If you are interested in attending, please contact the group facilitator as soon as possible. This is not a walk-in group. Each potential member is pre-screened by the facilitator before they attend their first session.


Group #1:
: Mondays, October 3rd to December 5th
Time: 4:30 to 6:00 PM
If you would be available for most meetings, please contact Dr. Jenna Silverman for more information at 410-328-8404. 


Group #2:
: Thursdays, October 6th to December 22d
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
If you would be available for most meetings, please contact Douglas Chay, LCSW-C for more information at 410-328-8404.


Click here to learn more 

Managing and Coordinating Projects and Events  

Managing EventsPresident's Student Leadership Institute  

Monday, September 26  

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SMC Campus Center, Room 311   


Register Now 


Leadership is often measured by one's ability to manage and coordinate projects and events. This workshop will offer key elements and skills to effectively manage organizational projects and events. Refreshments will be served.     

Mindful Control of Stress    

Mindfulness Stress ReductionWellness Hub 

Monday, September 26, 2011
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

SMC Campus  Center, Ballroom B   


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes are once again

available to all UM students. This program helps you enhance your

overall health and quality of life through simple and effective stress

reduction techniques taught by professional instructors, Deborah

Rejent, DSW, MSSW, MA, and Catherine Kelleher, RN, MS, MPH,



Learn how to use mindfulness techniques like meditation,

body scans, mindful eating, and gentle yoga to manage the stresses

of everyday life.


Enrollment is limited and there is a $50 materials fee.  


For a full listing of dates and more information contact Hillary Edwards at


2012 Abell Award in Urban Policy

Student Competition - win up to $5,000  

Baltimore SkylineSponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies and the Abell Foundation


Do you have a bright idea for Baltimore?


The Abell Award in Urban Policy is given annually for the most compelling papers carefully analyzing and offering feasible solutions to a major policy problem facing the City of Baltimore.  


The best submission(s) awarded up to $5,000.

All full-time students from area colleges and universities are eligible.



Entry form: October 21, 2011
Abstract: November 21, 2011
Final papers: February 27, 2012


For entry form, contest guidelines, FAQ's, sample topics, winning papers from past years, and other helpful information go to:


UM Campus Health and Safety Survey  

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The Campus Health and Safety Survey is an anonymous online questionnaire interested in issues of health and safety of graduate students across the seven professional and graduate schools that make up the UM Campus.


A group of degree seeking, graduate level students with a valid university e-mail address will be randomly selected to participate in this anonymous online survey.


The survey will take approximately 10-30 minutes to complete. Your responses will help the university community better understand the nature of student's health and safety concerns across the UM campus.


Keep a lookout for the survey in your UM e-mail.


Project Jump Start    

Bag Lunch

Every Tuesday and Friday

SMC Campus Center,
Room LL- 001

5:30 pm

Looking for a simple way to help others? Want to try something new? Come to Project Jump Start! Help prepare bagged lunches and deliver them to homeless and otherwise needy individuals in our city. Low-pressure environment, no commitment, and highly rewarding.    

Become a Group Ex Instructor    

Group Exercise InstructorURecFit 

Classes begin September 27


Register Now


Join us to learn how to be a group exercise 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. This class will cover basic anatomy and physiology, class format & design.           

Work Study Students Needed     

stack of money

Work Study Students are needed for two positions in the SMC Campus Center:


1) The SMC Campus Center Information   

2) The One Card Office


If interested, please contact:


A. Marian Lipinski

Director, Campus Life Business Services

(410) 706 - 0025

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