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Week of January 23, 2012 | Volume 2 Number 16          

Vagina Monologues Auditions
Indoor Volleyball Tournament
FAFSA Available Now
J-1 Scholar Orientation
Symposium on Urban Renewal
Under Pressure: Baltimore's Water Systems
Understanding Self and Others Group
How to Write an Abstract
Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction
Black History Month Spotlight Artist
Prep School Negro Documentary Screening
Chinese New Year Dinner Party
Project Jump Start
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January 2012 - May 2012

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Please join us as we celebrate Black History Month with these events:
February  2, 2012 - 5:00
February  2, 2012 - 6:00
Afro-Caribbean Dance


Is Marriage for White People? Book Discussion & Signing

February 23, 2012 - 5:00


Natural Hair Demonstration

February 29, 2012 - 5:30


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.

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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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Vagina Monologues Auditions

Office of Academic & Student Affairs

 Auditions will be held in the SMC CC, 223

Monday, January 23rd -  9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 24th - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


No preparation or experience necessary! Read a monologue and answer a couple questions.


E-mail Pam Miller with questions or to schedule an audition at another time.


The performance will be on March 28th at 6:30 p.m.

Indoor Volleyball Tournament



Indoor Volleyball Tournament Registration has started!
Games will be played on Monday, Feb 6th, Tuesday, Feb 7th & Mon, Feb 13th

Deadline to register is Tuesday, January 31st at 5:00 p.m.
Click here to register.

2012-2013 FAFSA is Available Now


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.

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.

J-1 Scholar Orientation

International Globe

Office of International Services
Friday, January 27
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 would include applicable immigration regulations, office and university services, concepts of cross-cultural communication, housing information, and community resources.

Symposium on Urban Renewal: Ira Harkavy

Ira Harkavy

Office of Academic and Student Affairs

Tuesday, January 31

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

SMC Campus Center, Ballroom B


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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.  

Under Pressure:

Baltimore's Water Systems

Baltimore's Waterways

The Wellness Hub
Wednesday, February 1
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Green Room


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As the EPA cracks down on water pollution, Baltimore gets serious about reducing tainted runoff from streets and sidewalks. Kimberly Burgess, chief of the surface water management vision at the Department of Public Works, will speak on the history of Baltimore's underground waterways and what the government is trying to do to save the system.

Understanding Self and Others Group

Self Identity Support Group

Student Counseling Center
Starting the Week of January 30
Current UM students only. All groups are confidential and facilitated by a licensed or supervised Counseling Center Psychologist or Social Worker.

No cost to students.

Are you struggling in school, relationships or would just like to understand yourself better? Consider joining one of the Understanding Self & Others groups. This semester, there are 3 offerings, listed below. If you are interested and would be available to attend most meetings, please contact the the group facilitator as soon as possible to reserve your slot. This is not a drop-in group. Each potential member is pre-screened by the facilitator to ensure that the group can meet their needs.


Group #1: 
: Wednesdays, February 1st to May 2nd, weekly
Time: 4:30 to 6:00 PM
Facilitator: Dr. Jenna Silverman, 410-328-8404

Group #2
Dates: Thursdays, February 2d to May 3rd, weekly
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Facilitator: Douglas Chay, LCSW-C, 410-328-8404

Group #3
Dates: Fridays, February 3d to May 4th, weekly
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Facilitator: Dr. Mandy Howard, 410-328-8404


For more information email Douglas Chay,

How to Write an Abstract:

Concrete Recommendations

Self Editing Strategies

The Writing Center
Wednesday, February 1
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 353


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Abstracts are required for journal articles, conference papers, and fellowship applications. This workshop will teach skills needed to write an effective abstract, across disciplines. Participants will have the opportunity to assemble their own abstract. For speakers of other languages, strategies for crafting English-language abstracts will be analyzed.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Stress Reduction

The Wellness Hub
Thursday, February 2
First class
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 349 


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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes are once again available to all UMB 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.   


Class dates: 1/25, 2/01, 2/08, 2/15, 2/22, 03/01, 03/08 (make up in case of snow). Retreat: 03/05.  


For more information contact Hillary Edwards at

Black History Month: Spotlight Artist

Alicia Ashley Weathersby 

Alicia Ashley Weathersby

Office of Academic and Student Affairs
Thursday, February 2
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, 2nd Floor


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Alicia Ashley Weathersby began her career as a "primitive" artist making jewelry. Infusing this technique with crafting and fine arts she developed her own distinctive style of expression. Her collage technique include a combination of mixed media: metal, wire, textured and handmade papers, paint, cloth and fibers that marry to create a rare three dimensional effect. Please join us as we celebrate Alicia Ashley Weathersby. 


Wine & other refreshments will be served. 

Black History Month:


Prep School Negro

Office of Academic and Student Affairs
Thursday, February 2
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Ballroom A


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Join filmmaker, Andre Robert Lee, as he takes a journey back in time to revisit the events of his adolescence while also spending time with current day prep school students of color and their classmates to see how much has really changed inside the ivory tower. What he discovers along the way is the poignant and unapologetic truth about who really pays the consequences for yesterday's accelerated desegregation and today's racial naivete. 


Refreshments will be served. 



Chinese New Year Dinner Celebration Party

Chinese New Year

Chinese Student and Scholar Association (UM - CSSA)
Saturday, February 4
6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
MSTF building, 2nd floor
685 West Baltimore Street  
Fee: Free for UM students and children
$5 for scholars and others 


UM-CSSA is proud to present our annual Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner Party.

Attendees will be treated to delicate and delicious traditional Chinese cuisine while enjoying traditional Chinese and Latin style dancing performances. After the food, the party will continue with big screen movies, card games, chess play (both Chinese and international)! 
This dinner party is a fantastic opportunity to embrace and have fun with old friends, and make new ones. For more information contact Jacky Lin at

Project Jump Start

Bag Lunch

UM Bookstore is Now on Facebook

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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.

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