UM Logo_Founding Campus The Campus Life Weekly

Week of December 5, 2011 | Volume 2 Number 15          

FAFSA Available January 1st
Caravan Shuttle Service
Holiday Craft Fair
Sun, Soil and Soul
Charity Spin
ABAE's Holiday Celebration!!!
Coffee Hour
J-1 Scholar Orientation
Angels of the Battlefield
Jingle Bell Jog
Symposium on Urban Renewal
Go Viral to Improve Health 2012
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September 2011 - May 2012

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The Art of Assertiveness 


Understanding Self & Others Group

J -1 Scholar Orientation 


Please join us next semester for more diversity celebrations!

For more information on these events visit our website. 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.


URecFit Holiday Schedule 

URecFit - SMC Campus Center will be closed 12/24 - 1/2


URecFit - BioPark

Closed 12/24 - 12/25

Open 12/26 - 12/30 10am - 8pm

Closed 12/31 - 1/1

Open 1/2 10am - 8pm


Check in & Win

Fill out a ticket during the month of January each time you come to workout at URecFit for a chance to win 6 sessions of Yoga Privates with one of our Registered Yoga Teachers! 

For more information visit the information desk on the 4th floor of the SMC Campus Center.



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CLW is Hibernating for the Winter

Campus Life Weekly will be taking a break for the winter. 


This will be the last issue of the Fall 2011 semester.


The publication will resume in late January.

Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

Interdisciplinary Winter Course

cute baby

Special Topics: Substance Abuse
during Pregnancy

CRN:  24537 SOWK 699 (01)   

Meets Saturday & Sunday

Jan. 7th and 8th

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day


The Maternal & Child Health Scholars at the University of Maryland School of Social Work are putting together an interdisciplinary course that will be offered to all students on campus this January. Below is a brief description of the course:   


This is a one-credit interdisciplinary course that will include a two-day classroom session and a related community service project to be completed during the spring semester.  There are no prerequisites.

The course will explore the complex effects of substance abuse during pregnancy by looking at social determinants of health (e.g. institutional racism, legal implications, and economic disparity), outcomes in maternal health (e.g. mental health issues) and child health (e.g. low birth weight, fetal alcohol syndrome). The potential stigmatization of these populations will also be discussed with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. Speakers from diverse professional backgrounds will address multiple facets of the issue.


This course is open to all students attending professional schools on the UM campus.


Questions about registration can be sent to:  or  

UM Presents the Vagina Monologues

Office of Academic & Student Affairs


Are you hiding an acting talent?


Are you interested in women's causes?


This March, UM will be presenting the Vagina Monologues!


If you are interested in participating, whether acting or assisting with planning, e-mail Pam Miller at

2012-2013 FAFSA Available January 1st


The 2012-2013 FAFSA (covering Summer '12, Fall '12 and Spring '13 semesters) will be available on on January 1st. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as early as possible, but no later than March 1st, to improve their chances of being considered for limited need based funds.


Please use estimated income information for now, but you must update it with IRS data once you have completed your taxes.

Caravan Extended Hours for Finals  

& Weekend Service has been Restored!

Weekend Service

Saturday, December 3, 2011

5:30 p.m. to 12 midnight 

last call taken at about 11:45 p.m.

Call 410-706-2826. If you do not connect to the Veolia dispatch service, call 410-7521751, extension 236.


Extended Hours for Finals  

Sunday, December 4, 2011 - Thursday, December 22, 2011

12 Midnight and 1:30 a.m.

Pick-up is in front of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) every 30 minutes

No Call-A-Ride service during extended hours


Caravan Winter Break

No services from Monday, December 26, 2011 - Monday, January 2, 2012.  Regular services will resume Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Handmade & Homemade Holiday Craft Fair
4th Annual Craft Fair is this Friday! 

Holiday Crafts

University Events
Friday, December 9 
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, 2nd Floor


There will be an assortment of great holiday gifts including holiday-themed merchandise, jewelry, greeting cards, hand-painted items, gourmet sweet treats, home accessories, and more!


Please contact University Events at 410-706-8035 or for more information.

Fitness Fever

Fitness FeverURecFit   

Application Deadline December 9
SMC Campus Center, 4th Floor    


Join us for an 8-week program geared towards helping individuals lose weight and adopt healthy lifestyles. We will be accepting applications from November 28th through December 9th.  


For more information about eligibility click here

Sun, Soil and Soul

Featuring Boordy Vineyards

Boordy Vineyards

Wellness Hub
Friday, December 9 
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 351 


RSVP Now   


Boordy Vineyards is Maryland's oldest family run winery. Established in 1945, Boordy is owned by the R.B. Deford family and is situated on their 230-acre farm in Baltimore County's countryside. Join us for a wine tasting and to hear the history of this award-winning Baltimore winery.

Charity Spin

Charity Spin

Friday, December 9 
4:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, 4th Floor


URecFit is hosting a Charity Spin event on Friday, December 9th to benefit the House of Ruth and Women in Medicine.  To reserve your spot email Kenzie the instructor at  Bikes are limited to 20 and we ask that $15 is committed to participate.  The theme is "90's Aerobics" and we encourage participants to wear bright colors!

ABAE's Holiday Celebration!!!

children reading

A Bridge to Academic Excellence
Saturday, December 10

Come celebrate the last tutoring session of the year!!!

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Tutoring on the 2nd floor

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Holiday celebration with games, prizes, and food on the 1st floor

Tutoring resume on January 21st, 2012

For any questions, please email or Joleine Bigcas at

Coffee Hour 


Office of International Services

Wednesday, December 14

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SMC Campus Center, 351


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Take a break, enjoy some refreshments, and chat in an informal setting! Sponsored by the Office of International Services.


For additional questions or information, please contact Lydia Scheuermann at:

J-1 Scholar Orientation

International Globe

Office of International Services
Friday, December 16
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 309 


RSVP Now   


This orientation program assists new J-1 researchers and professors in acclimating to the university, Baltimore and the United States. Topics covered would include applicable immigration regulations, office and university services, concepts of cross-cultural communication, housing information, and community resources.

Exhibit ends January 27

Angels of the Battlefield: Nursing During the Civil War

School of Nursing Museum School of Nursing Museum  

School of Nursing, 2nd floor next to the elevators 

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) Museum, founded in 1999, is now open after undergoing a major renovation. The museum explores the history of nursing in the U.S. and at UMSON since the School's founding in 1889. The changes to the permanent gallery update the story of nursing to address contemporary developments such as new nursing specialties, contemporary nurse-led research, and the ongoing nursing shortage. 

In addition, the two new temporary exhibit spaces ensure that visitors will always be met with dynamic, fresh content. The current rotating exhibit, "Angels of the Battlefield: Nursing during the Civil War," - on display during the 150th anniversary of the start of the conflict - will be open until January 27, 2012.


The museum will be closed during the winter break, for a tour Monday - Wednesday contact the Curator.

Jingle Bell Jog  


Friday, December 16

11:45 a.m. check-in

Meet in front of the SMC Campus Center


The purpose of the Jingle Bell Jog is to embrace the spirit of the holidays and give back to the community. 

There is no entry fee for the run but participants are invited to help sponsor a family for Christmas by signing up to bring a gift at the 4th Floor Business Desk at URecFit or emailing from now through 12/15.  


Check-in will begin at 11:45 a.m. in front of the SMC Campus Center the day of the event.   

Symposium on Urban Renewal: Ira Harkavy
Mark Your Calendar!

Ira Harkavy

Office of Academic and Student Affairs

Tuesday, January 31

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

SMC Campus Center, Ballroom B


Register Now


Historically, universities have made contributions to their host cities by providing advanced instruction to train professionals, applying research initiatives to address local needs, and developing collegiate public service programs to address community concerns. All of these activities are part of the University of Maryland mission; however, urban universities across the United States are considering other ways in which they may directly intervene to stem the decline of neighborhoods that surround them. Join us as we continue our year-long discussion on Urban Renewal with Ira Harkavy of University of Pennsylvania.A reception will follow the event.  


Click here to visit the President's Symposium & White Paper Project's website.  

Go Viral to Improve Health 2012

IOM Viral Challenge

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) will again invite college and university students to participate in the Second Annual Go Viral to Improve Health: IOM-NAE Health Data Collegiate Challenge.


Register Now

Teams can register between now and February 10, 2012.


Interdisciplinary teams of students will have an opportunity to utilize the abundance of available health data to develop effective, innovative, new applications that take on the nation's pressing health issues. 


$10,000 in prize money will be awarded to the Challenge winners.


Like us on Facebook and visit for eligibility and terms, judging criteria, data resources, and prize information.

Click here for more Information. 

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