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Current issue: Sunday, April 13th, 2014
     

  1. URecFit Hosts Fitness Cerfitications
  2. Learning Strategies - Exam Prep
  3. DEA Drug Take Back Day April 23rd and 26th
  4. The Many Faces of Hunger: Locally and Globally
  5. Celebration Central
  6. APAMSAfest!!!
  7. Halal on the Lawn Charity Drive
  8. NOVA is looking for Volunteers!
  9. Arab American Heritage Month Spotlight Artist: Helen Zughaib
  10. Arab American Heritage Month: Belly Dancing
  11. Arab American Heritage Month Spotlight Music Artist: Saltanah Arabic Music Ensemble
  12. Safe Space Training
  13. Everyone Matters Day
  14. Southwest Baltimore Community Luncheon Saturday, April 21st at the BioPark
  15. END OF SEMESTER SOCIAL
  16. Puppy Love
  17. Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation Sessions
  18. I Heart UMB Day
  19. ADA Awareness Workshop
  20. Register Now For The 29th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
  21. Do You Lead a Student Group?
  22. MSSA Spring Banquet
  23. Invisible Homelessness: A Forum on Youth Homelessness
  24. Baltimore Reads' Books For Kids Day
  25. Calming Your Anxious Mind Workshop
  26. UM shuttle Focus Group
  27. Rock the Smokeout
  28. Inaugural interdisciplinary seminar on Pharmacoepidemiology
  29. Free Lunch and Walking Tour!
  30. On-Campus Housing Now Available for 2014-2015
  31. Got Talent??? SNDA Has a Performance Opportunity
  32. CDC Public Health Law Program Externship
  33. 6th Annual Oral Cancer 5K Walk/Run
  34. UMB Community Discount Card Sales
  35. Want to improve your Public Speaking skills? Then consider joining TOASTMASTERS!
  36. Christian Fellowship group!
  37. Project Jump Start
  38. Tutor with ABAE

  1. URecFit Hosts Fitness Cerfitications
    Become a certified Mad Dog SPINNING instructor!

    WHEN: June 21st
    TIME: 8-5pm
    PLACE: 621 W Lombard St. Baltimore, MD 21201 (UMB, URecFit)
    CERTIFICATION: Spinning
    COST: $325
    CONTACT: Emily Eskew, eeskew@umaryland.edu
    This registration is on www.spinning.com website.


    AFAA is coming to UMB to host a Personal Training Certification!

    6/6/2014 1-9pm
    6/7/2014 8-6pm
    6/8/2014 8-6pm
    You must be present at all workshop days. You will also need to purchase the study materials that are sent once you register.
    Contact Emily Eskew at eskew@umaryland.edu
  2. Learning Strategies - Exam Prep
    Turn test anxiety into test assurance. Learn strategies for managing large amounts of information, and get tips for taking multiple-choice exams and timed essays. We’ll discuss overcoming test anxiety, managing your time before the test effectively, and reflecting on your performance for continuous improvement.

    Monday, April 21 
    Noon - 1 p.m.
    SMC CC Room 351

    Register at elm.umaryland.edu
  3. DEA Drug Take Back Day April 23rd and 26th
    DEA Drug Take Back Day on Wednesday, April 23rd & Saturday, April 26th from 10am-2pm
    20 North Pine Street, Baltimore Maryland
    Note: Saturday April 26th is a Drive-Through

    Hosted by University of Maryland State Police & University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s Generation Rx

    Any unused or expired prescriptions/ over the counter drugs can be dropped off at the School of Pharmacy for proper disposal. The two main reasons for holding this event in Baltimore City are for environmental purposes as well as helping to reduce prescription drug abuse on the streets. Unlike flushing medications or mixing them with kitty litter or coffee grounds, these drugs are all incinerated by the DEA. This way, we can help to prevent drug products from getting into the water supply. Also, the City of Baltimore is now seeing more prescription drug abuse than illicit drug abuse. By reducing the amount of prescription drugs in Baltimore City, we can help to reduce crime and drug abuse within the community.
  4. The Many Faces of Hunger: Locally and Globally
    The Nurses for Global Health present a conference addressing The Many Faces of Hunger. Conference speakers will discuss global and local issues of hunger and food sustainability in various population from: children homeless adults, and vulnerable populations in Rwanda. The conference is to be Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 11:00-3:00pm in Room 130 at the School of Nursing. Food will be provided. Please register here: http://www.eventrebels.com/umnurse
    Please bring non-perishable goods for donation.
    This event is co-sponsored by USGA.
  5. Celebration Central
    Please join us in congratulating the class of 2014 at Celebration Central! 

    Celebration Central
    SMC Campus Center
    621 W. Lombard Street
    Friday, May 16, 2014
    10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Need a home base for Commencement Day? Somewhere to enjoy yourself and kick back in between all the festivities? On May 16, the SMC Campus Center will become “Celebration Central”- a place where we can look back on a great year and feel the excitement of graduation! Food, music, games, photo booth fun- it’s just the spot to fuel up with school spirit before you head to the University-wide Commencement Ceremony at the Baltimore Arena. Stop by before heading to Plaza Park for the Academic Procession at 1:15 p.m.
    For more information, and to register, click here
  6. APAMSAfest!!!
    Come grab some delicious gourmet ethnic food for lunch! The Asian and Pacific American Medical Student Association will be selling homemade pad thai, korean short ribs, lumpia, bubble tea, and other delicacies for 50 cents - $2 each in the MSTF Atrium this Wednesday April 15 at 12-2pm. We will also be selling Sriracha T-shirts that we designed. Everyone is welcome! This is a fundraiser for the Asian and Pacific American Medical Student Association and a local charity.
  7. Halal on the Lawn Charity Drive
    NOVA is hosting a free lunch for anyone who brings a donation for the Spring Grove Hospital. Join us on May 2nd 11:30-2pm on the nursing school lawn for delicious food! Acceptable donations include games, clothes, toiletries, and activity books. Please don't bring anything they could harm themselves with (belts, mouthwash, nail clippers, etc). Donations can be brought to the lunch or dropped in the box at the student center April 28-May1st. We hope to see you all there! This is co-sponsored by USGA.
  8. NOVA is looking for Volunteers!
    Want to teach kids science? Or help hospital patients enjoy their evening? Join NOVA! We are looking for volunteers work 1.5hr shifts at Port Discovery's STEM day, April 18th from 12-5pm where we will lead children in science activities. We are also looking for volunteers to help us run BINGO for the patients at Spring Grove Psychiatric Hospital this Wednesday April 16th, from 6:30-8:30pm. Please contact umbnova@gmail.com for more information or to sign up for one of these great opportunities to reach out to the Baltimore community.
  9. Arab American Heritage Month Spotlight Artist: Helen Zughaib
    In honor of Arab American Heritage Month, we are proud to exhibit the works of Helen Zughaib on Tuesday, April 22 from 12-1:30pm in the SMC Campus Center Prefunction Lounge, Second Floor. Meet the artist whose work is on display all month long.
  10. Arab American Heritage Month: Belly Dancing
    On Tuesday, 4/22/14 at 12:30pm in the SMC Campus Center 1st Floor, this community party will feature belly dancing with live music, community building, and so much more!
  11. Arab American Heritage Month Spotlight Music Artist: Saltanah Arabic Music Ensemble
    In honor of Arab American Heritage Month, we are proud to present Saltanah Arabic Music Ensemble as our spotlight musicians onTuesday, 4/22/14 from 12-1:30pm in the SMC Campus Center 1st floor.
  12. Safe Space Training
    Help create and maintain a safe space at University of Maryland for all people. Upon completion of this interactive LGBT Safe Space training onMonday, 4/21/14 from 12-1:00pm in the SMC Campus Center 311, participants will have the option of signing the University of Maryland ally pledge.
  13. Everyone Matters Day
    Here at UMB, “Everyone Matters” and that includes you! Join us on Monday, 4/21/14 from 11:30am-1:30pm in the SMC Campus Center 1st Floor to celebrate the many attributes that add to our campus community by rejecting any labels, stereotypes, or bullying. Students, staff, and faculty will have the opportunity to participate in the “Letting Go of Judgment Tree” and “I AM Photos” as a way of symbolizing their release of judgments.
  14. Southwest Baltimore Community Luncheon Saturday, April 21st at the BioPark
    The Southwest Baltimore Community Luncheon is an opportunity for neighborhood residents and business owners to have fun, get to know each other and support the development of new ideas to improve our quality of life.
    Guests will enjoy a complimentary lunch provided by a sampling of Southwest Baltimore businesses as they discuss, in small groups, a question or idea presented by a member of the community. The event’s flow is adapted from Baltimore’s Community Design Lab (CDL) process. The flow makes it easy to have meaningful conversations that produce results while engaging with people to think and connect in new ways.
    The event is free. Registration begins at 10:45am. The event is from 11:15am - 1:00pm. To register email Lindsay Holmes lindsay.holmes@umaryland.edu.
  15. END OF SEMESTER SOCIAL
    The United Students of African Descent presents the end of semester social.
    We hope to use this event to reflect on everything we achieved this Spring semester and bid farewell to all our graduating members and Executive board.
    We also want to invite all who are interested in becoming board members of this organization to come sign up as vacant positions will be announced.
    As usual, food and drinks will be free to all students (with ID). There will also be entertainment and avenues to socialize and meet fellow students from other schools.

    Date is 25th April 2014
    Time is 5:30 - 9:00pm
    Venue is SMC Ballroom.
    Come enjoy with us!
    Enquires; thaddeus.nnabue@som.umaryland.edu
  16. Puppy Love
    Tuesday, May 6 2014, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    SMC Campus Center Rm 349

    Finals are right around the corner. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to interact with animals and reduce your stress. Maryland's Pets on Wheels will bring its furry friends to the SMC Campus Center for all to enjoy.

    Register at: http://elm.umaryland.edu
  17. Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation Sessions
    Friday, May 2 2014, 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    SMC Campus Center Rm 311

    Join us on the first Friday of each month from 12:30-1:00pm for a drop-in meditation session. Setting aside regular time to quiet your mind helps reduce stress and improve well-being. No meditation experience necessary

    Register at: http://elm.umaryland.edu
  18. I Heart UMB Day
    Open to students, faculty, and staff!

    A great time to de-stress! Let your inner child run free as you enjoy the inflatable obstacle course, mini golf, photobooth, pedestal jousting, carnival style food and much more! Have fun now… Study later!

    Friday, April 25th
    11AM to 2PM
    Outside of SMC Campus Center

    Register at elm.umaryland.edu.
  19. ADA Awareness Workshop
    What is ADA anyway? We will be discussing ADA laws and their impact on higher education. Learn about how ADA impacts students, faculty, and staff.

    Tuesday, April 15
    Noon-1 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Room 311

    Register at elm.umaryland.edu
  20. Register Now For The 29th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
    The University of Maryland, Baltimore will be hosting its 29th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Oakmont Green Golf Club . This year’s tournament will raise money for the School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Last year 100 people participated in the tournament – we are expecting an even larger turnout this year! Sign up before May 8 for the lowest entry fee! You can sign up as an individual or as a team.

    Please contact Sara Griggs for me info – 410.706.7272 or sgriggs@umaryland.edu or visit our special events page at umaryland.edu/urecfit
  21. Do You Lead a Student Group?
    Are you interested in starting a group or finding one to join? Check out UMB Connect, a new online community tool to help student organizations.

    With UMB Connect you'll be able to:
    - Browse current student groups
    - Create an online community with your current members
    - Recruit and accept new members into your organization
    - Create online elections and forms
    - Share documents, photos, events and news, both publicly and within your organization

    Want to see who's already using UMB Connect? View other groups here by logging in with your UMid and password: https://umbconnect.umaryland.edu/

    Ready to get started? Register your group here by logging in with your UMid and password: https://umbconnect.umaryland.edu/account/logonrequired?ReturnUrl=%2Fform%2Fstart%2F32774

    We're hosting several interest meetings to provide an overview and to answer questions.
    - Wednesday, April 2 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the SMC CC Green Room (First floor behind the fireplace)

    - Tuesday, April 15 from noon - 1 p.m. SMC CC Room 223

    - Thursday, April 17 from noon - 1 p.m. in SMC CC Room 223

    Hope to see you there! Please feel free to contact Cyndi Rice at crice@umaryland.edu with any questions.
  22. MSSA Spring Banquet
    Please join The Muslim Students And Scholars Association (MSSA) for a brief talk followed by a free dinner of rice, kabobs, salad, falafel, desserts and more!

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    5:30PM
    SMC Room 348

    We hope to see you there!
    Co--sponsored by the USGA.
  23. Invisible Homelessness: A Forum on Youth Homelessness
    Each night in Baltimore, hundreds of youth and young adults are homeless and on their own, without connections to family or other support.
    
    Join us for a screening of a short film by local youth about their experiences of homelessness, a panel discussion with youth and advocates, and remarks by Delegate Mary Washington about legislative efforts to address youth homelessness in our state.

    On Wednesday, April 23 at 5:30pm-7:00pm Law School, Ceremonial Moot Courtroom

    A catered reception will follow the forum.

    Please RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/invisible-homelessness-baltimore-youth-speak-out-tickets-10940107155?aff=eac2

    SPACE IS LIMITED!
  24. Baltimore Reads' Books For Kids Day
    Please donate new and gently used children's books for Baltimore Reads' Books For Kids Day by Thursday May 1st, 2014! A donation box can be found on the first floor of the Student Center by the staircase.

    All donations are distributed to families, schools, and organizations on Books For Kids Day, May 3, 2014.
  25. Calming Your Anxious Mind Workshop

    Thursdays April 3-24, 2014 3-4 p.m.
    SMC Campus Center Rm 351
    In this four week group, you will learn how to cultivate a mindful approach to life. Through mindfulness, you can cope more effectively with anxiety-provoking and stressful situations and enhance physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. A four-week commitment is required. Limited space available.

    Register at: http://elm.umaryland.edu
  26. UM shuttle Focus Group
    Parking and Transportation Services and the UM shuttle committee want to get you on the bus!

    Are you thinking about riding the UM shuttle? Want to make sure it's a good fit? Take part in the UM shuttle focus groups on April 29!

    Register for Session One (11:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.) here: http://www.umaryland.edu/shuttlebus/focus/focus1.html

    Register for Session Two (12:45 - 1:40 p.m.) here: http://www.umaryland.edu/shuttlebus/focus/focus2.html
  27. Rock the Smokeout
    Students Promoting Awareness from the School of Pharmacy presents the annual battle of the bands charity concert, Rock the Smokeout. This interdisciplinary event, sponsored by USGA, will take place on Thursday 4/18 from 7-10 p.m. at Pickles Pub. Student bands from various schools across campus will compete for a cash prize. The night will be filled with music, food, prizes and resources to promote tobacco cessation. Visit and Like the Students Promoting Facebook Page for updates and to pre-order a student-designed t-shirt at https://www.facebook.com/joinspa. Questions--email Robyn (robyn@umaryland.edu).
  28. Inaugural interdisciplinary seminar on Pharmacoepidemiology
    "Not Quite What They Were Planning - Evaluating Unintended Consequences of Prescription Medications"

    The International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) University of Maryland Chapter has invited Dr William O Cooper, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University, who is an internationally-recognized leader in pharmacoepidemiology and medication safety. Dr Cooper has numerous high-impact publications in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA, including a landmark paper in the New England Journal of Medicine describing the association between ACE inhibitors during pregnancy and the risk for major congenital malformations in infants whose mothers took these medications during pregnancy. More recently, he has testified in US Senate regarding psychotropic medications and treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr Cooper's work has influenced policy, including medication labeling by HealthCanada, the US Food and Drug Administration, and the UK MHRA.

    Date: 16th April, 2014
    Time: 4-530pm
    Venue: School of Nursing Hall Room 140

    President Perman will give an introductory speech on the importance of interdisciplinary learning, research, and collaboration.

    Reception will follow the seminar.
  29. Free Lunch and Walking Tour!
    Take a walking tour of local neighborhoods and get a FREE LUNCH from local restaurants within walking distance of campus.
    There are two available tours:
    Saturday March 29th from 12-2 PM in Hollins Market
    Monday April 14th from 12-2 PM in Pigtown

    To register please email yesblatimorecan@gmail.com with your name, contact number, and which tour you'd like to participate in. Space is limited!
  30. On-Campus Housing Now Available for 2014-2015
    The application process for on-campus housing for the Fall of 2014 is now open to UMB students, faculty, staff, and UMMC staff.

    UMB Housing includes two apartment communities: Pascault Row Apartments and Fayette Square Apartments with unit floor plans ranging from efficiencies to 7 bedroom townhomes and everything in between. All apartments are furnished, secured by UMB OneCard access, and conveniently located close to UMMC and all UMB professional schools. The quick online application is easy to complete and no application fee is required.

    Tours of Fayette Square are available Monday-Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Tours of Pascault Row are available Monday-Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm. For more information regarding on-campus housing at UMB, please visit housing.umaryland.edu or call 410-706-5523.
  31. Got Talent??? SNDA Has a Performance Opportunity
    The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) is looking for performers to participate in the Annual SNDA Oral Cancer 5K Walk/Run on May 3rd at Druid Hill Park. Performers can be individuals or groups involving dance, music, singing, etc. The event will have free food and all UMB students are welcome to attend as spectators or participate in the race. Please contact Lindsay Roberts at lroberts1551@umaryland.edu for more information. This event is co-sponsored by USGA.
  32. CDC Public Health Law Program Externship
    The CDC Externship in Public Health Law consists of 9–14 weeks of professional work experience, for academic credit, with CDC’s Public Health Law Program in Atlanta, Georgia. The program features rolling start and completion dates throughout the academic year. It exposes law students to the public health field, allowing for exploration of the critical role law plays in advancing public health goals. The unpaid externship is open to second and third year law students who are interested in exploring careers in public health law. Participants must receive academic credit. Applications for the summer 2014 program must be submitted by February 28, 2014; fall 2014 applications must be submitted by May 31, 2014; and spring 2014 applications must be submitted by November 1, 2014. Find more information and apply for the externship program.
  33. 6th Annual Oral Cancer 5K Walk/Run
    When: Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
    Where: Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217
    The Student National Dental Association would like to invite you to participate in the 6th Annual Oral Cancer 5K Walk/Run! We will be raising funds on behalf of the Oral Cancer Foundation to help with their continued mission to reduce suffering and save lives of those affected by oral cancer.
    To find out more, to register you and your team OR to donate, please visit our website at: http://donate.oralcancer.org/event/baltimore2014
    Registration is now open so create your fundraising page today! The person who raises the most money over $2,000 for this walk will win an iPad 3 air!!
    If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact beatoralcancerbaltimore@gmail.com.
  34. UMB Community Discount Card Sales
    APhA-ASP Community Discount Card sales are now available for purchase for ONLY $10! By presenting these personalized Community Discount Cards with your purchase at local restaurants, students, staff, faculty of the University of Maryland Baltimore can get discounts at 10 local restaurants. Each laminated card (same size as UMB ID) will have your name on the front and all 10 restaurants and their discounts listed on the back to let you know where you can use it. There is no limit on how many times you can use the card at any of the locations. If you go out to eat just once every 2 weeks this card will pay for itself several times over. Cards can be picked up at predefined pickup times at the school of pharmacy (20 North Pine Street) or can be mailed to you at no additional cost. Visit the event website to check out which restaurants are participating and their sweet discounts!

    Link to purchase and info:
    http://umb-communitydiscountcard.eventbrite.com

    Questions:
    umb.communitydiscountcard@gmail.com
  35. Want to improve your Public Speaking skills? Then consider joining TOASTMASTERS!
    Wish you were LESS NERVOUS and had more CONFIDENCE when speaking in public?

    Well you can stop wishing and improve your Public Speaking skills with TOASTMASTERS!

    Toastmasters not only improves your public speaking skills, but more importantly, your leadership skills as well. This organization also provides a great support group and the inter-professional opportunity to meet other student leaders from the 7 schools at this University.

    Please come to the next meeting to learn everything you need to know!

    Please contact Eman T. Ventura for any questions: etv@umaryland.edu
  36. Christian Fellowship group!
    Come join us at WorthyLife @UMB for Bible study and home-cooked dinner, every Friday, 6:30 PM, Dental School G305.
  37. Project Jump Start
    Project Jump Start Come out to help prepare and deliver bag lunches for the hungry and homeless in our local community. Everyone is welcome, no sign-up necessary! Every Tuesday and Friday 5:30 p.m. in SMC Campus Center, Lower Level room 001. Please email chall@umaryland.edu for more information. Co-sponsored by USGA
  38. Tutor with ABAE
    Want to make a difference? Tutor middle school and high school students on Saturday mornings! 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Pharmacy Hall, 2nd floor. Breakfast is served at 9:45 a.m. Co-Sponsored by USGA. Please email hua.chen@umaryland.edu for more information.

    Questions? Please email Sherry Chen at hua.chen@umaryland.edu
    Co-sponsored by USGA