UM Logo_Founding Campus The Campus Life Weekly

Week of October 24, 2011 | Volume 2 Number 10        

Unscripted Happiness
Breastfeeding Success at School/Work
Diwali - Fesitvak of Lights
Commuter Coffee Break
How the 1980s Shaped Homophobio in the Black Community
Fundamentals of Qigong
Dissertation Writing Strategies
Class Schedules for Winter and Spring Terms
Git 'Er Done
Investing 101
Suicide Prevention Training
3 on 3 Basketball
Go Green By Drinking Coffee
Building Consensus
J-1 Scholar Orientation
Shabbat Dinner
Stay in Touch




Grads On Track: Relationships: 360 Degrees Webinar 

 The key to a happy life comes down to the quality of our relationships. It is our connections that help us to create our individual academic, professional and personal success.  


Mental Health Screening Day  


Attendees will be able to use screening tools to self-assess their mental well-being.    


Lactation Center  


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September 2011 - May 2012

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Understanding Self & Others Group


J-1 Scholar Orientation  

International Coffee Hour

LGBT History Month 

October is LGBT History Month. Please join us for the following events.  Click on the links to find out more about the programs and to RSVP.

November is American Indian Heritage Month. Our first event is:

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 links to learn more about upcoming URecFit Programs.


New Group Exercise Schedule

Begins Sunday, October 16th. *Now offering Jazz and Adrenaline Rush!    


Love Your Body


For over 10 years, NOW Foundation's Love Your Body Campaign has been calling  out the fashion, cosmetics & advertising industries for promoting unrealistic images of women. The campaign encourages women and girls to celebrate their bodies and reject the narrow beauty ideal endorsed in the media.  Look out for signage supporting positive body image & the Love Your Body Campaign in the Fitness Center at URecFit.


Susan G. Komen Race

URecFit has created a UM + Friends & Family Race for the Cure Team! Please join and/or support us by visiting the UM Pink Ninjas web page.   


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Unscripted Happiness

Featuring the Baltimore Improv Group 

Wellness Hub

Baltimore Improv GroupFriday, October 21

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

SMC Campus Center,
Ballrooms A & B 

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This event is free


Everyone loves a good laugh, but did you know studies have shown humor to relieve chronic pain and stress, reduce loneliness, and enhance life satisfaction? Come unwind and have a good laugh with the Baltimore Improv Group where the show is unscripted and completely run by audience suggestions. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m. 

Friends of University of Maryland student and staff are welcome, but must be escorted by a member of the University with a valid ID. 

Breastfeeding Success at School/Work  

Breastfeeding FamilyWellness Hub 

Friday, October 21

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

SMC Campus Center, Room 311 



New parents need education and support to make breastfeeding successful, according to the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. This nuts and bolts seminar will include the basic information that mothers need to prepare and implement successful breastfeeding, and that fathers, grandmothers, and friends need to support them. Actual users of the lactation centers at the University of Maryland will share their helpful tips. This class is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Diwali - Festival of Lights 


Indian Association

Friday, October 21

6:00 p.m.

MSTF Atrium and Auditorium  


$4 for UM students

$6 for others  

free for kids under 5

Click here to purchase tickets.  

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. It is the grandest and most celebrated festival in the country. Traditionally, the festival spans five days and each day has a special significance. We invite everyone here at UM to join us for a snapshot of Indian Diwali celebrations - right here on campus.

Besides a delicious Indian dinner, there will be dance, drama and music performances.


For any questions or further information, please send an email to:

This event is co-sponsored by the USGA. 
Commuter Coffee Break 

Coffee BeansWellness Hub   

Monday, October 24 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
School of Nursing, Lobby


The commute can be rough and sometimes you need that extra pick-me-up before you head into your class. Let us provide it! Join the Wellness Hub on our cross campus commuter coffee breaks where students can enjoy a cup of joe and learn about other exciting events the Wellness Hub is hosting this year.


Please present student ID to receive coffee
Who's Family? How the 1980s Shaped Homophobia in the Black Community


LGBT History Month

Monday, October 24   

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Ballroom B  


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Is the Black community more homophobic? The question is often asked by people interested in the homophobic expressions in hip-hop or pondering why African-Americans are slow to accept same-sex marriage. As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, this talk will use music videos to explore the social, political dynamics that shape and inform homophobia in the Black community, from the 1980s to the present moment. This talk will be useful for us to think not only about the context of homophobia in the Black community, but also the ways in which HIV has shaped culture and politics over the last 30 years. Small reception at close of the event.
Fundamentals of Qigong  



Mondays, October 24 - December 12   

6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 349   


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Qigong is the ancient Chinese mind-body exercise that aligns breath, physical activity and awareness for physical, mental, spiritual health, as well as the development of human potential. This course is led by Dr. Chen (editor of Chinese Medical Qigong textbook). Regular attendance is encouraged as each class builds off each other. For more information click here:

Dissertation Writing Strategies for ESL Students 


The Writing Center
Tuesday, October 25
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 353  

In this interactive workshop, ESL graduate students will learn strategies for writing their dissertation. In addition, we will discuss useful on-campus, online, and print resources that will help students work independently to improve their writing. There will also be time for questions and answers about ESL writing issues and concerns.   

Plan Your Class Schedule for Winter or Spring  

Textbooks and AppleAre you planning to register for winter or spring courses? Get ahead by viewing the entire current schedule of classes to be offered in winter and spring of 2012 on-line at Click on the Class Schedule menu item, select a term and then search based on any of the criteria presented.


Git 'Er Done 


Wellness Hub & Counseling Center
Tuesday, October 25
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 351

Presenter: Emilia K. Petrillo, LCSW-C

"I do my work at the same time every day - the last minute." Does this sound like you? Don't delay! Come to this workshop and learn to minimize behaviors that can sabotage your best intentions.  

New Issue of CITS Bits

CITS BITSThe Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) 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:  

  • 300 West Lexington St. Computing Facility - Update
  • Research Computing Support Program Satisfies Faculty Requests
  • Google Search Appliance Improves Access to Information
  • Rebranding and Name Changes to Enterprise Systems
  • And Much More! 
Please take a few minutes to visit the site and read the articles at:
Investing 101   

Investing 101Wellness Hub  & Office of Financial Assistance 

Wednesday, October 26 

SMC Campus Center, Room 351  

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   


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What are stocks? How do they work? What is the Dow Jones? How do bonds make money? If you need simple questions like these answered, then Investing 101 is the place for you! Drop in and catch up on all of the basics and learn how to start investing using online resources.   
Suicide Prevention Training    
Suicide preventionLGBT History Month 

Wednesday, October 26 

SMC Campus Center, Room 311   

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   


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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB) is proud to offer a free training on suicide prevention among LGBTQ young people targeting the 'gatekeepers' - mentors, peers, teachers, anyone who frequently interacts with young people. During this hour and a half workshop, trainers will teach 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR). People trained in the QPR method will learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis, offer hope and get help to save a life. 

Deadline to Register for 3 on 3 Basketball  


Wednesday, October 26
5:00 p.m.

Get ready for basketball season with the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament! Registration  for the double elimination tournament ends Wednesday, October 26th at 5pm! The tournament is free and teams can have any combination of men and women players. 

Go Green By Drinking Coffee   

Coffee To Go

Got Mug? Change your morning routine into an effort to reduce waste and promote sustainability.

With your purchase of the new University of Maryland mug from Bon Appétit, not only

will you help eliminate waste, but you will save money every time you refill. 


Help the UM campus be environmentally friendly by cutting down on the usage of paper coffee cups

Building Consensus   

President's Student Leadership Institute Building Consensus

Thursday, October 27

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 311


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Many leaders claim that they want to consult or involve others in choices that must be made. But all do not mean it. What they really want is confirmation for what they have already decided or the veneer of democratic decision-making. A leader who builds consensus makes explicit what the process will be by encouraging input of all relevant parties, presenting the process for review and revision by the people who will be involved, and ensuring that the process is followed. Students will learn ways to build consensus and be true democratic leaders. Refreshments will be served. 
J-1 Scholar Orientation   

Cross Cultural CommunicationOffice of International Services

Friday, October 28 

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 ISSS staff members. In addition, attendees will receive the information they need to settle and be productive in their activities at the university.

Shabbat Dinner 

Shabbat Dinner

Jewish Student Association 
Friday, November 4

7:30 p.m.
MSTF Atrium


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All students are invited to join us and enjoy a delicious free Kosher dinner and experience a customary Friday night Shabbat Dinner. Please don't hesitate because spots may be limited!

This event is sponsored by the JSA and the USGA. 

Watch Out for the New Debit Card Fees

Debit Cards

Office of Financial Assistance

Last week, Bank of America made headlines with the announcement of a new $5 monthly fee for debit card users. According to a bank spokesperson, the fee will be levied "each billing cycle in which a customer uses a debit card to make a purchase." The bank has yet to disclose the order in which states will begin seeing the fee, but the fee will be phased in during early 2012.


Bank of America is not the only bank looking to charge checking accountholders for debit card use. In fact, some other banks have already started. SunTrust began charging a $5 fee for debit card users in June. Chase and Wells Fargo are testing smaller fees in select markets.


Why the new fee? New legislation. 

How will the new law affect your bank and your money? Find out here  
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