UM Logo_Founding Campus The Campus Life Weekly

Week of September 26, 2011 | Volume 2 Number 6    

Mindful Control of Stress
ESL Tuesday
Calling All Bee Lovers
Obesity & Breastfeeding
LGBT History Month
USAD Executive Board Positions
Understanding Self and Others Group
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.

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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college graduatesClick here and let us know who you want to be your commencement speaker.  

New Assistant Director for Educational Access and Student Services 

Debbie LeviDeborah P. Levi, MA, LGSW will oversee the University's provision of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. 


Deborah has over 10 years work experience combining higher education and health/mental health fields.  From 2002-2004, Deborah was the Assistant Director of Wellness, Alcohol and other Drug Education at St. John's University in Queens, NY.  From 2007 to 2010, Deborah worked at Columbia University Medical Center as the Assistant Director of the Center for Student Wellness. She provided short-term counseling, coaching, and provided educational programming to the students from the School of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dentistry, Mailman School of Public Health, School of Nursing, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the students from the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs.  Most recently, Deborah was a Resource Specialist for the University of Phoenix in Chicago, providing adult learners with technical support and educational assistance to students in need. 


Deborah holds a Bachelors of Psychology from Emory University and two Masters degrees from Columbia University.  She earned a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities in 2004, and earned a Masters in Adult Learning and Leadership in 2009.  Deborah has also earned an Executive Coaching Certification from Teachers College and Columbia Business School in 2009.   


The request accommodates, email Deborah at

Calling all Ladies!


Can You Defend Yourself?

Tuesdays & Thursdays

September 27 - October 20

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


What is R.A.D.?

R.A.D. stands for Rape Aggression Defense and is a Women's Self Defense Class.  This program is a hands-on course designed to emphasize confidence and self discipline while developing & enhancing options of self-defense.  This course will teach basic self-defense techniques and emphasize common sense approaches to safety on campus.  Classes are taught by certified instructors from URecFit & University Police.  To register or for more information click here    

Mindful Control of Stress    

Mindfulness Stress ReductionWellness Hub 

Monday, September 26
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, ScD.


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

ESL Tuesday

WritingThe Writing Center

Tuesday, September 27  

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.     

Emerging Practice and Policy Trends in Geriatrics

One Social Workers Perspective  

GeriatricsWellness Hub   

Wednesday, September 28   

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

SMC Campus Center, Room 311   


Register Now 


Presented by Dr. Kelley Macmillan of the School of Social Work. 


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. Kelley R. Macmillan, Ph.D., MSW, is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and Chair of the Aging Specialization will discuss his research in the field and need for social work services for the aging population.

Editing Skills Workshop 

Writing skillsThe Writing Center 
Wednesday, September 28
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 353

Register Now 

This hands-on workshop will guide individuals through strategies for improving writing at the sentence level. We will look at common problems such as the overuse of weak verbs, passive voice, and nominalizations as well as offer specific tips to strengthen clarity and flow.
Please bring a hard copy of your own work, at least 5-10 double-spaced pages (more is fine).   

Calling all Muggles! 

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.


Have You Ever Benefited from a Tutor?

Want to repay the favor?


A Bridge to Academic Excellence is Back! 

Saturday, September 24

Pharmacy Hall, 2nd floor (20 N. Pine St) 

9:45 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.


This Saturday (September 24th) will be student and parent orientation.  We will be tutoring during the last hour from (11am-12pm) 


If you want more information, join us for breakfast at 9:45am and stay for the info session from 10am-11am.   


Visit our website at or email questions to Joleine Bigcas.

Calling All Bee Lovers  

Honey bee hiveHoney Bee Project   

Thursday, September 29   

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SMC Campus Center, Lobby


We will be visiting the hive on Thursday, September 29th.  If you are interested, no experience necessary, please meet us in SMC Campus Center lobby by the guard's desk at 12 o'clock.  We will walk over and see the bees progress.


Annual Crab Feast!

Hosted by the Women's Law Student Association

Crab feastThursday, September 29   

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Law School Courtyard


It's that time of year again! The Women's Law Student Association is hosting its Annual Crab Feast.


We will be serving all the crab, vegetarian chili, and cornbread you can eat! Beer and nonalcoholic beverages will be served as well.


Advanced tickets are $25 for all-you-can-eat and drink, and $15 for a fixed plate of 4 crab, chili, and cornbread OR a vegetarian plate.


Tickets are $30 and $20 at the door.


Proceeds will be donated to the Women's Law Center of Maryland. Please contact Elsa at if you have any questions or concerns.

We truly appreciate your support, and look forward to seeing you on the 29th!

Obesity & Breastfeeding:
Challenges for Mothers and Health Professionals
HSF II Auditoriumbreastfeeding 

Friday, September 30

12:00 p.m - 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health K12 program at the University of Maryland


Dr. Rasmussen, her students and colleagues have led the way in establishing the association between maternal obesity and shortened duration of breastfeeding. In this presentation, she will link data from experimental species to findings from women to explore the reasons for this association. She also will discuss the ways health professionals have tried to assist obese women to achieve their own and national goals for the duration of breastfeeding.


J-1 Scholar Orientation 

World FlagsThe Writing Center

Friday, September 30   

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

SMC Campus Center, Room 309     


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This orientation program assists new J-1 researchers and professors in acclimating to the university, Baltimore and the United States. Topics covered include applicable immigration regulations, office and university services, concepts of cross-cultural communication, housing information, and community resources. The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for new J-1 scholars to meet each other and International Service staff members. In addition, the orientation aims to equip attendees with the information they need to settle and be productive in their activities at the university.     

LGBT History Month is October

Check out what we have in store!


LGBT History MonthVisit the Wellness Hub Calendar to RSVP for Events. 


Events include:

Coming Out Day

Safe Space Training

LGBTQ Health Disparities

Gen Silent Documentary Screening

and more!!

Click Here to see a full list of events and descriptions.

USAD Meeting & Social Event!
USAD Africa Map

Wednesday, October 12

SMC Campus Center, 351

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Lots of food and drinks!!!

Free for UM students

$5 for non-UM students


Come and learn about the organization's objectives and plans for the year as well as have fun with students across UM campus.

Co-Sponsored by USGA


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. 


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     

Understanding Self and Others Group 

Student Counseling Center Self Identity Support Group

Thursdays October 6 - December 22

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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.  


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 

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:


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.           

Let Us Host Your Next Event

Southern Management Corporation Campus Center

SMCCCHost your next event in the SMC Campus Center!   Whether you need a small meeting room or a large ballroom, we have it all. Student Organizations may host an array of events in the SMC Campus Center ranging from an exec board meeting to a formal!  The SMC Campus Center is also available for private events that are not academically related to the campus. Please visit our website for more information on available rooms and layouts, how to request space and contact information.           

UM Campus Health and Safety Survey

Coming to an inbox near you

SurveyThe 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.

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