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Quick Find Summary:
1) Important Funding Information!
2)  USGA Senate Meeting - 3/4 @ 5:30pm
3) Important Caravan Information!
4) Caravan Issues/Concerns Submission
5) UMBC Shuttle Downtown Line
6) Loan Disbursements
7) Campus-wide Photo Contest Announced!
8) Attention Bike Commuters - Bicycle Focus Group
9) UMB Project Jump Start Biweekly Food Drives
10) Healthy Choices for Baltimore
11) Volunteers needed for CLUB UMB Partnerships
12) HS/HSL Workshop Schedule
13) New Boutique Thrift Store at the BioPark
14) Intramural Sports - Soccer, Flag Football, Softball
15) "Trouble the Water" Viewing - 3/2
16) ISO Games Extravaganza - 3/2
17) Second Year Medical Student Auction - 3/3
18) 2nd Annual Perspectives in Global Health Conference - 3/3
19) ABAE
20) BCDS Iron Chef Competition - 3/5
21) Maryland Public Intesest Law Project, Inc. Auction - 3/5
22) HIV Aids Education & Awareness - 3/10
23) GSA Seminar Series
24) Grad Student T-Shirts!
25) Purim Megillah Reading - 3/10
26) Palliative Care Interest Group: From Book to Bedside - 3/10
27) Wheelchair Basketball Tournament - 3/12
28) Spring Festival - 3/24
29) Wing-a-Thon 2009 - 3/30
30) IA's Holi: A Festival of Colors - 4/3
31) Interdisciplinary Patient Management Competition - 4/7
32) USAD
33) Student Newspaper looking for Writers, Editors, Photographers and More!
34) Campus Connection Headlines


1) Important Funding Information! 
3/4 Funding voting meeting; 5:30pm Multipurpose room of the student center. Mandatory attendence for groups requesting funds.

2) USGA Senate Meeting - 3/4 at 5:30pm
What: USGA Senate Meeting
When: Wednesday March 4, 2009 5:30 pm
Where: 2nd Floor Conference Room, Student Center on Pine St.
Funding Voting Meeting!
Dinner provided.


3) Attention Caravan Users!
The Caravan is a free shuttle service that safely transports students, faculty, and staff around campus and to and from several nearby neighborhoods. On or about March 1, 2009, the Caravan will be implementing the use of a card swipe for riders to utilize the service. Riders will not be able to ride without an active UMB1 One card. Please be sure to remember your UMB1 One card any time you utilize the Caravan service. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Services at 410.706.7117

4) Caravan Issues/Concerns Submission
Want to make a suggestion on how the Caravan Service can be improved? Got a compliment or a complaint to share? Submit your comments to the new Caravan e-mail address: or go directly to via the USGA website to submit your issues or concerns. We will make every attempt to respond to you within 48 hours of receipt!

5) UMBC Shuttle Info - Downtown Line
The Downtown Line with continue to operate from UMBC to UMB, January 5, 2009 through May 20, 2009, Monday through Friday.  There will be nine round trips between the two campuses, each trip will be approximately one-hour in duration.  These runs will depart the UMB Commons Drive stop at 7:00AM, 8:00AM, 9:00AM, 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM, 4:30PM, 5:30PM and 6:30PM. 

For the Spring 2009 semester, ridership is free for students, faculty and staff.  Student enrolled in intercampus programs or UMBC courses will have priority on a first come, first served basis.  These students will swipe their UMB1Card and show their priority boarding pass to board the bus.  Priority boarding passes are available through the UMBC transit office or arrangements can be made with the driver.  Faculty, staff and other student riders will register with the UMB Parking and Commuter Services Office to obtain a boarding pass.  They must swipe their UMB1Card and show their boarding pass to board the bus.  Call x6-1216 with questions or to obtain a boarding pass.

UMB Parking and Commuter Services Office

UMBC Transit
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm.
Info Line: 410-455-3974

6) Loan Disbursements
The majority of the scheduled disbursements have been made. If you have any questions about your Higher One Easy Refund Card, please review UMB's Higher One Refund Choice Card FAQ's or contact Thank you!

7) Campus-wide Photo Contest Announced!
Show us your hidden talents by entering our 5th annual photo contest, Say "Cheese" 2009. There are separate divisions for UMB students and for faculty/ staff. All entries are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2009. Contact the Office of Student Services at 410.706.7117 for complete contest rules.

8) Attention Bike Commuters!
Do you ride your bike to campus?  Are you a bicycle commuter?  If so, we want to hear from you!  We are looking for students to participate in a bicycle focus group to help better determine the needs and services on the UMB campus.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Shannon Willett Kelly at

9) UMB Project Jump Start Biweekly Food Drives
Join other UMB students to help feed the homeless during the twice-weekly food drives.
Every Tuesday and Friday, rain or shine
At the Student Center from 5:30PM-6:30PM, then the surrounding community from 6:30PM-8:00PM
Visit or email Sabrina Powell for more information.

10) Healthy Choices for Baltimore: Call for Student Volunteers
Healthy Choices for Baltimore is a student-run organization that teaches weekly 1-hour nutrition classes to middle school students at Midtown Academy. Volunteers from all schools are needed; no teaching experience necessary, lesson plans and transportation provided. We teach almost every Monday from 12:20 pm until 2 pm. Contact Leah Kaye for more information at

11) Volunteers needed for CLUB UMB Partnerships
CLUB UMB PARTNERSHIPS is an initiative of the UMB Outreach Council which strives to provide enriched educational, health, and career experiences and opportunities for school children through a coordinated partnership of the campus with targeted local community schools.
Volunteers UMB students, faculty and staff are needed to help mentor, tutor and support youth in three local public schools that have partnered with the UMB Outreach Council.
Volunteers will receive with mentorship and safety training and will be required to have a background check free of charge. 
For more information and to register to volunteer, please visit

12) HS/HSL Workshop Schedule
The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) has finalized its spring workshop schedule. All workshops are free of charge. For a complete list of workhsops, as well as registration information, please visit our webpage: 

13) New Boutique Thrift Store on Campus 
Have you checked out the new Goodwill Boutique in the BioPark Garage?  The Baltimore Sun has coined it as the "Gucci Goodwill."  Click the following link for the February 8th
article,0,4421945.column.  You will not believe how beautifully designed and stocked this new model store is, featuring brand name clothing, jewelry, accessories and housewares.  Donations are also accepted at this location. 
Regular business hours are Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Remember the Ride UMB/BioPark Shuttle circles the Baltimore Street corridor every 12 minutes Monday through Friday so free and warm rides are available. 

14) Intramural Sports - Soccer, Flag Football, and Softball
The Student Coalition for Peace and Equality (SCOPE) student group invites you to enjoy a free screening of Trouble the Water, an award-winning documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, TODAY, Monday, March 2nd from 12:15-1:45pm in Room 2E06 at the School of Social Work (525 W. Redwood). For a $2 donation you can receive a Snack-pack of chips, candy, and a soda. Items will also be sold separately. Money will benefit S.C.O.P.E’s alternative spring break trips related to housing and homelessness.


15) "Trouble the Water" Viewing
The Student Coalition for Peace and Equality (SCOPE) student group invites you to enjoy a free screening of Trouble the Water, an award-winning documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, TODAY, Monday, March 2nd from 12:15-1:45pm in Room 2E06 at the School of Social Work (525 W. Redwood). For a $2 donation you can receive a Snack-pack of chips, candy, and a soda. Items will also be sold separately. Money will benefit S.C.O.P.E’s alternative spring break trips related to housing and homelessness.

ISO Games Extravaganza
Take a break from your studies and join us for a fantastic evening of fun and games! Drop in for delicious gourmet soups and meet friends from across the campus. March 2, Monday,
5:00-7:30pm, Multipurpose Rm of Student Center at Pine St. Free for UMB students; sponsored by ISO & USGA.

Second Year Medical Student Auction
The UMSOM Class of 2011 invites you to a silent & live auction at Westminster Hall on Tues, March 3, 2009. Come bid for outstanding packages such as Ravens tickets, weekend stays at beachfront condos, outings with faculty, and more! Co-sponsored by USGA. Please RSVP to

2nd Annual Perspectives in Global Health
2009 Conference Theme: Health Care Justice: Local & Global Solutions
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $10.00, includes breakfast and lunch
Registration site:
Sign-up today!!Hosted by Nurses for Global Health: University of Maryland, School of Nursing Co-Sponsored by USGA. For more information:

Keynote speaker: Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, PhD, RN
Director, Global HIV/AIDS Program
US Department of Health and Human Services Heath Resources and Services Administration

Expert Speakers:
*Patricia Pittman, PhD
Executive VP, Academy Health
Consultant to WHO and World Bank
Topic: Ethical Issues in Global Nurse Migration

*Chris Bostic, JD MSFS
Clinical Instructor, University of Maryland School of Law
Topic: WHO Framework
Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control: 2009 Update

*Susan Antol, RN MS
Assistant Professor, Family Community Health
Director School Wellness Program, Organizational Partnerships & Outreach
Topic: Heatlhcare of Migrant Workers

Panelist and Poster Presentations on:
*Human trafficking
*Globalization and health in Ethiopia
*Latino-American mental health in Maryland
*Assessment of dental education and oral health services in Ethiopia

NGH is now on Facebook! Please join them at

ABAE: Do you want to support the success of middle and high school students?
If so, ABAE is waiting for YOU!

Who: All UMB students
What: Tutoring middle and high school students
Where: Pharmacy Learning Center (110 N Pine)
When: Saturdays 9:45am to noon
Why: To make a difference in our community and enjoy FREE breakfast

Future Dates: March 7th 09
Co-sponsored by USGA. Questions? Please contact ABAE President Allen Tran ( or visit

20) BCDS Iron Chef Competition - 3/5

So you think you can cook? Well then bring your "A" Game to the BCDS Iron Chef Competition: Chili and Dessert Challenge! 

WHO:  Students, Faculty  and Staff 
WHAT: Submit stews, chili, soups, BBQ and/or dessert (Anything that can be warmed in a crock pot) 
WHEN: Thursday, March 5th, 11:30-1:00pm, Ground Floor of Dental School
WHY: Cash prizes, gift certificates to local restaurants, and bragging rights! 
All proceeds will be donated to Quest for Care. 

Can't handle the heat?  Drop by to get a taste of the competition and vote for your favorites - $5 to eat lunch, free for contestants. 
Please email submissions to by February 26, 2009.  $5 entry fee

21) Maryland Public Interest Law Project, Inc. Auction
Maryland Public Interest Law Project, Inc. (MPILP) Annual Goods & Services Auction
Thursday, March 5, 2009
University of Maryland School of Law - 500 W. Baltimore St.
Silent Auction begins at 6 p.m., with Live Auction to follow.

All proceeds benefit MPILP's public interest summer grant program for students to work in community legal services. $15 in advance and $25 at the door for all students. Student ticket are on sale at the law school at the end of February. Ticket includes drinks, light supper fare, dessert and bidder number. Email with questions. Co-Sponsored by the USGA

22)HIV/AIDS Education and Awareness 
The 2008-2009 Maternal and Child Health Scholars invite all UMB students to participate in interdisciplinary community service projects, supported in part by the USGA, to enhance awareness of HIV/AIDS education and services within Baltimore City. On Friday, March 10th, from 6-8pm, a candle lit vigil will commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at a location to be determined. Please join us to raise awareness about this important topic and its disparaging effects in Baltimore City! For more information, please contact Caitlin Johnson at 

23) GSA Seminar Series
The Graduate Student Assoc. will be hosting a series of student seminars every Monday at noon from March 2nd to April 27th.  Students from all the graduate programs ( are invited to present their research, practice for research proposals and thesis defenses or simply use these seminars to practice presentation skills.  Please contact Maya Matheny ( or Khandra Sears ( if you
are interested in participating in the series.

24) Grad Student T-shirts!
Don't forget to place an order for your Graduate Student t-shirt!  These are white raglan tees with choice of red, black or royal blue sleeve colors; ladies cuts are available.  The shirts read "UMB Graduate Student. Inspired by intellect.  Driven by desperation." and are $12 each and payment is required with your order.  Contact to place your order. Check us out on Facebook for more info

25) Purim Megillah Reading!! 
Hosted by the Jewish Professional Association 
March 10th 2009  5:45 - 7:45 p.m
Student Center room 245 
Dinner and hamentashens will be provided 
We encourage you to come dressed in a costume!  

Co-sponsored by the USGA. Any questions, email 

26) Palliative Care Interest Group: From Book to Bedside
Dr. Giora Netzer will be discussing bedside manner and breaking bad news. In the School of Medicine's Department of Medicine, he is Director of Clinical Research and an attending in the MICU. Students from all schools are welcome to attend. Tuesday, March 10, 12pm, Hosick Lecture Hall on the first floor of the Bressler Research Building. Lunch provided.

27) Wheelchair Basketball Tournament!

**UMB's own physical therapy students vs. the Baltimore Ravens Wheelchair Basketball Team**
-March 12, 2009 at 6pm at the Leadership Through Athletics Gym in Landsdowne, MD
-Tickets $5 in advance or with UMB ID, $7 at the door for all others
-There will be LOTS of door prizes given out during the half-time show! Come out
and support your school and disability awareness in the community!! (2900 Hammonds Ferry Rd, Landsdowne, MD 21227)

CONTACT Beth at for more info or to purchase tickets!

28) Spring Festival
MSSA and USGA invite you to the Annual Spring Festival. Tuesday March 24 @ 6pm. Location TBA. Free for All UMB students/staff. Enjoy fun, food, and games!

29) Wing-a-Thon 2009

Kappa Psi and the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation invite all students to come participate in our annual Wing-a-thon competition on March 30th at Damon’s Grill in Hunt Valley. Teams of 5 participate in a wing eating competition and raise money for St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Prizes will be awarded to teams that raise the most money. Registration begins February 25th and will end on March 14th. Please email for registration forms.

30) Indian Association's Holi: A Festival of Colors
Come, join the IA to celebrate Holi and enjoy delicious Indian food, music, cultural
performances, door prizes and an open dance floor.

Date: Friday, April 3, 2009
Time: 6.15 pm - 10.00 pm
Venue: MSTF atrium
Tickets: Early bird tickets:
$ 3 for UMB Students with ID
$ 5 for others
$ 7 at the door; Children under 5 enter free!

For tickets contact IA representatives at

*Calling for performers and volunteers for Holi 2009*
If you can dance, sing, act, impersonate or have some entertaining skills, do come and showcase your talent to the UMB community.

31) Interdisciplinary Patient Management Competition
The Interdisciplinary Patient Management Competition will take place on Tuesday, April 7 @ 5pm in Pharmacy Learning Center. IPMC is an inter-disciplinary competition where students from different professional schools work together on a patient's case to determine the best course of care. Teams then present their problem list and action plan to a panel of judges made up of a faculty member from each of the schools participating. 1st place team members split $500, 2nd place take home $250, and 3rd place $100! Food and drinks will also be provided. Sign up today as space may be limited! If you have questions about the competition, please email Shirley Lee ( or Katie Morneau (
Co-sponsored by USGA

32) United Students of African Descent (USAD)
United Students of African Descent (USAD) would like to encourage you to consider joining our organization and to play an important role in the planning and decision-making process that occurs with our events.  Positions are President, Vice President, Secretary,
Treasurer, USGA Representative, Public Relations Coordinator,  and Special Events Coordinator.  
You can nominate yourself or someone else for any number of positions.  All nominations which should include a full name, position, and email address should be sent to by March 14th, 2009. All nominees will be later contacted and required to submit a statement and picture by March 21, 2009.


33) Student Newspaper looking for Writers, Editors, Photographers and More!
Like to write? Want to share your ideas/opinions? Interested in staying in touch with what's
going on on-campus? Or in getting to know students from all the different schools here at UMB? Then consider joining the Campus Connection: the independent Student Newspaper at UMB!

Our stories/article range from news reporting, investigative, features, human interest, op-eds/editorials, humor/comics, sports, and entertainment. Time commitment is flexible, no skills necessary - just creativity, drive, and the desire to inform and entertain. Help us continue what this campus truly needs: an independent, student-run newspaper serving to inform and represent the students' voice!

For more information or if you are interested in serving as editors, writers, artists/cartoonists, advertising/marketing, web design/online publishing, or otherwise assisting, contact us at:

34) Headlines from the Campus Connection, the Independent student newspaper at UMB:
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