• On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: UM Pathology Associates Laboratory Services Team

    Lab added personnel, met each challenge, and worked around the clock to help build up a successful large-scale COVID-19 testing initiative.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health

    Fighting the virus with vigor, the School of Medicine’s renowned center is at the forefront of research on COVID-19 vaccines and therapies.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Microbiome Service Laboratory Team

    Staff from the School of Medicine’s Institute for Genome Sciences worked tirelessly and selflessly to transform its genomics lab into a large-scale COVID-19 testing platform.
     
  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Stacy Holmes

    Business services senior specialist stayed ahead of the COVID-19 curve, working to ensure the safety of Parking and Transportation staff and customers before the pandemic began.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: National Center for School Mental Health Team

    The School of Medicine center continued to support the emotional well-being of children during the pandemic by pivoting services to telehealth and providing policy and practice guidance to states and school districts across the nation.
     
  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Angela Hall, MBA

    Director of the Office of Parking and Transportation Services stepped up to meet customer service challenges when the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the University’s garage and parking cashier operations.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Information Technology Services Team

    The staff of the Center for Information Technology Services rose to the challenge of COVID-19 by helping students, faculty, and staff make the daunting transition to telework and tele-education.
     
  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Pamela Crowe, MS

    Director of facilities and laboratory services has kept the School of Pharmacy’s building operations running smoothly while aiding UMB’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: School of Dentistry Emergency Oral Health Care Team

    The school’s integrated oral health care clinic was swiftly and safely transformed into a site for emergency-only dental treatment at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Community Engagement Center Leadership Team

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashley Valis and Tyrone Roper work to maintain UMB’s community engagement mission by offering programs and services virtually to the University’s West Baltimore neighbors.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Emergency Management Team

    With a mission to always remain flexible, staff has worked tirelessly to help coordinate the University’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and keep the community healthy and safe.
     
  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Bill Crockett, MS, RCRSP

    Executive director of Student Affairs and his team supported University emergency communications during pandemic and moved programs housed at the SMC Campus Center to online platforms.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Energy Reduction Team

    Taking advantage of low population density on campus, six-member team implements climate control changes and other measures in University buildings to save $2 million-plus and counting.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Promise Heights Team

    School of Social Work initiative’s staff members keep their promise to support Upton/Druid Heights community, shifting many services to virtual settings amid considerable COVID-19 challenges.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: School of Nursing Facilities Team

    Working behind the scenes, Neil McGinn and Chris Evans provide “immeasurable” service by taking on additional building maintenance duties with a can-do attitude and solutions-based approach.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Environmental Services Team

    Adjusting to new protocols and equipment, nearly 200-person crew comes together in spirit of collaboration while maintaining its mission to keep buildings clean and community healthy.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Parking and Transportation Maintenance Team

    The nine-member crew adapted to changes brought on by the pandemic by adding projects and increased sanitizing measures to their essential duties.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Disbursements Leadership Team

    With a mix of accountability and adaptability, Department of Financial Services-Disbursements leaders keep accounts payable up-to-date during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Kyla Liggett-Creel, PhD, LCSW-C

    Providing solutions and services through the School of Social Work and the Baltimore City Health Department, clinical assistant professor is considered an “angel” in the community.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Center for Health and Homeland Security Team

    Working on-site and staying on-task, an eight-member team tirelessly provides COVID-19 crisis consulting at emergency operations centers across the state of Maryland.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Managing Now for a BETTER Tomorrow Team

    The School of Social Work’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation created a COVID-19 webinar series to serve and support organizations that aid vulnerable youth and their families.

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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Human Resources/Public Safety Hiring Initiative

    The COVID-19 pandemic made a difficult task more challenging, but “a true testament to collaboration” resulted in the recruitment and hiring of 30 additional security officers in a 90-day span.


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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Kristen McCartin, CMP

    When the COVID-19 pandemic canceled on-campus gatherings, the School of Medicine’s events specialist worked diligently to make virtual graduation a reality.


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  • On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence: Alana Kyriakakis, JD

    University Counsel provides sage advice to help UMB navigate legal matters and other important issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • UMB’s Champions of Excellence campaign continues in 2020, featuring stories about UMB’s front-line employees who’ve stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back each week to read about these individuals and teams that remained committed to excellence during this unprecedented health crisis.

The Champions of Excellence campaign is a multiyear branding campaign at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in which we highlight individuals and teams that exemplify extraordinary accomplishment and represent excellence at the University.

Great universities are made up of great programs, people, and teams, so by sharing these stories, to both internal and external audiences, UMB can personalize its mission, core values, and groundbreaking achievements. Baltimore, our region, and in some cases the world are better places because of what UMB people do. Want to know how? Read about our Champions of Excellence!

About the Campaign

In the next stage of this campaign, On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence, we are featuring UMB’s essential employees, the front-line workers who have continued to fulfill their extraordinary commitment to the University by keeping our important functions and operations running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check back weekly on this website to find stories about these 2020-21 UMB Champions of Excellence, highlighting their accomplishments and how they exemplify the University’s mission and core values.

The campaign’s marketing will be targeted to internal audiences, as we continue to showcase our Champions of Excellence and celebrate their achievements and status as inspirations to us all.

Here is a list of the On the Front Lines: UMB Champions of Excellence individuals and teams for 2020-21:

 

To read about previous Champions of Excellence, click on the links below: