Archive for April, 2018

HS/HSL’s Historical Collections Holding Open House on May 9

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s (HS/HSL) Historical Collections is opening the doors to its unique and valuable collections on Wednesday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Join the library to experience some of the treasures from its historical collections. Light refreshments will be served in the hallway outside of the Woodward Historical Suite.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Peruse select volumes from the Dr. John Crawford Collection, which founded the library in 1813.
  • Read the Walter Reed/James Carroll correspondence from the fourth U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission, which discovered the cause of the disease in 1900.
  • Flip through the pages of the collection’s oldest volume, De Medicina, published in 1497.
  • View two exhibits highlighting the University’s involvement and experience in World War I and the 1918 influenza epidemic.
  • Learn more about the exceptional history of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
  • Meet Tara Wink, the HS/HSL’s new historical librarian and archivist.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For additional information, contact Wink via email or by calling 410-706-5048.

Tara WinkEducation, People, Research, University LifeApril 30, 20180 comments
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Commencement: Enjoy Party in the Park Before Academic Procession

Back by popular demand, UMB is celebrating 2018 Commencement with a Party in the Park before the Universitywide academic procession to Royal Farms Arena on Friday, May 18.

Enjoy complimentary food, music, and fun activities. The Oriole Bird and the Ravens’ Poe also will make appearances. Seating will be available for graduates and their guests. Come and hang out with your fellow graduates before the Universitywide Commencement. In addition, the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry will be open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., offering free admission and refreshments. Party in the Park and the museum tours are for graduates and their guests only.

  • When: Friday, May 18
  • Where: Plaza Park
  • Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • To attend: Tickets are not required; however, we ask that you RSVP at this link.

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More About Commencement

Read more about 2018 Commencement ceremonies and events.

Read about the Universitywide Commencement speakers and honorees.




Alice PowellBulletin Board, People, University LifeApril 30, 20180 comments
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Now Open: University of Maryland Vascular Center at Redwood

The University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center’s expert board-certified physicians now perform the latest endovascular therapies for the treatment and management of vascular disease in one convenient, office-based lab — optimizing the experience and efficiency for patients.

The  new location is University of Maryland Vascular Center at Redwood, 419 Redwood St., Suite 240.

Procedures at the University of Maryland Vascular Center at Redwood tackle a range of vascular conditions, including:

  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Arterial and venous disease
  • Catheter and port placements
  • Dialysis access issues

Additional benefits of performing core vascular procedures in the office setting include:

  • Shorter length of stay
  • Faster recovery time

For referrals and more information, call 410-328-5840.

Stephanie HuffnerBulletin Board, Clinical Care, PeopleApril 30, 20180 comments
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Author Giver to Speak About Sexual Violence and Its Impact on April 30

Join us at the School of Social Work on April 30 for the final day of sexual assault awareness month, featuring a conversation with Sandi Giver, author of One of Us: Sex, Violence, Injustice. Resilience, Love, Hope.

Giver, a student, survivor, and data-driven storyteller, will share her experiences, starting with the personal impact of sexual violence and expanding to the systemic issues and what we can do in our personal and professional lives.

  • When: Monday, April 30
  • Where: School of Social Work, Room 2E14
  • Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Note: Free food will be provided.
  • RSVP: Go to this link.

About ‘One of Us’

In its poignant retelling of an all-too-familiar story in exotic jurisdictions, One of Us demolishes societal assumptions about rape, sex, virtue, honor, and even friendship. It shreds our false notions of white or black, of virgin or slut, of safe or asking for it, of consensual sex or “legitimate rape.” As individuals, we kid ourselves into thinking that if we take enough precautions we will be safe in an unsafe world. In her journey from not being able to “think straight enough to verbalize it cohesively” to writing this book, Giver forces us to realize the uncomfortable reality: An edifice that produces rapists needs restructuring.

Dawn ShaferClinical Care, Education, People, University LifeApril 27, 20180 comments
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Davidge Hall Tour Opens Door to History of University, Medicine

There’s probably nobody who knows the nooks, crannies, and secrets of Davidge Hall better than Larry Pitrof, executive director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Alumni Association for nearly 25 years.

And if Pitrof has his way, all University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students, faculty, and staff will get to know about the iconic building with the distinctive pillars that are featured in the University’s logo.

Toward that end, on April 24, Pitrof led a group of 30 from UMB through three levels of the West Lombard Street treasure, which dates to 1812 and is the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere continuously used for medical education. It’s a tour he regularly leads, but he’d like to do more.

“If you get a large enough group, I’d be happy to give a personal tour with some advance notice,” said Pitrof, an expert on the venue that was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997. “We are the heirs to this incredible tradition of excellence. Whether it’s medical, dental, law … we are all part of a proud, rich history.”

Pitrof offered notes on that history and the origins of Davidge Hall during the lunchtime tour, which was sponsored by the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture. Visitors left enlightened and enthralled. In fact, several who previously had been in Chemical Hall on the first floor were not aware of the room above it, Anatomical Hall, which sits below the building’s distinctive dome.

“This is fantastic. I had no idea this hall was in the dome,” said Nicole Willhide, MS, director of student services in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the School of Medicine. “We do our white coat ceremony downstairs, and I didn’t know there was a second lecture hall on top of the first one. This is wild.”

Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships in the UMB Office of Community Engagement, agreed. “I’ve heard bits and pieces of these stories but never the whole presentation, which was great,” he said. “I’ve brought plenty of groups of children here, and the kids love it. It’s awesome.”

Kicking Off in Chemical Hall

The tour started in Chemical Hall, where Pitrof spoke while participants ate boxed lunches and sat in the semicircular theater that features 212 numbered wooden seats. Behind him were kiln-like niches built into the front wall that had two purposes — to help medical students conduct experiments (pre-Bunsen burner) and to heat the building.

Pitrof introduced a six-minute video about Davidge Hall, which is named after Dr. John Beale Davidge, the first dean of what originally was called the College of Medicine of Maryland. Pitrof discussed the state of medicine in the United States over two centuries ago, saying it wasn’t a respected field and it was difficult to acquire dead bodies for medical study, so grave-robbing was a common practice.

“Most people at the time believed that when you died, your body served as a repository for your soul and needed to be buried until the end of the world when your fate was decided,” Pitrof said. “Yet here were these crazy medical doctors who were dissecting cadavers, cutting up bodies to educate their students.”

The dissecting room, where those cadavers were worked on, was the next stop on the tour, but now there are live bodies working there, because it serves as the Medical Alumni Association office. The group entered through a door, though originally there was no door there – and no easy entry, which was by design, Pitrof said.

“They wanted to keep this area secret. There were no windows on the side, and the only illumination we had was from the skylights,” he said. “To get into this room, you had to continue going up the stairwell, into Anatomical Hall, and then through a series of doors and a winding stairwell, we believe, that led people down here. Very few suspected there was a room like this.”

Anatomy of a Lecture Hall

The tour moved another 10 steps up to Anatomical Hall, which features rising rows of circular seating, an antique lectern at its center point, and a plaque below that marked the day in October 1824 when Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette received an honorary degree.

“This hall was used for anatomical instruction,” Pitrof said. “You can imagine the value of a room like this, where a professor could meet a relatively large group of students or physicians and give them a demonstration where virtually everyone would have the same vantage point.”

Pitrof discussed the history of Anatomical Hall’s design, tracing it back to Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol, and Maximilian Godefroy, a French architect who designed First Unitarian Church of Baltimore. Pitrof then had tour members take turns standing at the lectern, noting that the hall had “incredible acoustics” and they would experience a sensation as they spoke – and they did.

“The reverberations are all focused right on the center, and you can actually feel it when you stand there and talk,” Pitrof said. “So it was very important for the faculty member to be dead-center in the room, and he could be heard literally whispering if you were in one of the top rows. That’s how well designed it is.”

In the hallways surrounding this area, there are glass-enclosed displays attached to the walls featuring, among other things, Civil War surgical kits, antique eyeglasses, and a cadaver that was used at a 1960 conference at the School of Medicine. “It was so well-preserved, we decided to keep it here,” Pitrof said.

Preservation Efforts

Looking around Anatomical Hall and throughout the building, it’s clear that Davidge Hall needs renovations, with ceiling areas peeling or cracked and visible water damage. A fundraising effort is underway, with the goal of raising $5 million in private donations before asking the state legislature for additional support.

“Our goal is to restore this building to its original, fabulous appearance,” Pitrof said, and the visitors agreed that was a terrific idea.

“This is a very cool place. It’s so awesome,” Willhide said. “Yes, we need to preserve it. It’s really, really important for the history of Baltimore and for the history of the School of Medicine.”

— Lou Cortina

Read more about the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture, its events, and its programs.

Read more about Davidge Hall and the Medical Alumni Association.

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Former Governors Ehrlich, Glendening Highlight President’s Panel on May 1

Former Maryland governors Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., JD, and Parris N. Glendening, PhD, MA, will join UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, for the next President’s Panel on Politics and Policy on May 1 at the SMC Campus Center. The event starts at 8 a.m. with breakfast, followed by the panel discussion from 8:30 to 10 a.m. (Register to attend.)

The panel, titled “The Intersection of Federal Policy and State Priorities,” will be moderated by veteran broadcast journalist Bruce DePuyt, senior reporter for the Maryland Matters website and host of The Bruce DePuyt Show podcast.

The President’s Panel on Politics and Policy was launched after the 2016 presidential election to examine issues important to the UMB community that are likely to be affected by the Trump administration and Congress.

Ehrlich, who served as Maryland governor from 2003 to 2007, is senior counsel in the Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice group at King & Spalding LLP in Washington, D.C. Having served as a governor, U.S. congressman, state legislator, and civil litigator, he counsels clients on government matters, with particular expertise in health care, finance, and economic development. Read more about Ehrlich.

Glendening, who served as Maryland governor from 1995 to 2003, is president of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute and the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. In these roles, he speaks across the country and around the world about smart growth, sustainability, global climate change, land conservation, transit-oriented development, and equity. He regularly speaks to environmental advocacy groups, business leaders, and professional organizations. Read more about Glendening.

Here are the event details:

  • When: Tuesday, May 1
  • Where: SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballrooms
  • Breakfast: 8 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Panel discussion: 8:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Registration: Visit this link.

Read more about the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy and previous panels.

Lou CortinaBulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeApril 27, 20180 comments
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Free Retirement Planning Session for FPI Employees

MassMutual and University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. (FPI) are sponsoring a free education session on retirement planning for FPI employees on May 8. Get updates on your investment options, plan provisions, website changes, and more.

Here are the details:

  • When: Tuesday, May 8
  • Where: 250 W. Pratt St., seventh-floor conference room.
  • Group session: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Individual sessions: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • To register: Visit this link.
Merideth MarrBulletin Board, People, University LifeApril 27, 20180 comments
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Call for Proposals: IPEC Fall 2018 Institute

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will be hosting faculty teams at an Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute scheduled for Oct. 3-5, 2018, in Phoenix. The focus will be Interprofessional Education: Advancing and Sustaining Your Program for Collaborative Practice. The institute will provide participants the opportunity to acquire and utilize knowledge and skills to further advance their existing institutional interprofessional education and collaborative practice program.  (Please see the IPEC 2018 Fall Institute Fact Sheet below).

The UMB Center for Interprofessional Education director (Jane Kirschling) and co-directors (Heather Congdon and Dave Mallott) would like to invite you to prepare a brief (no more than one page) proposal, including a short description of the proposed IPE project that the team will design and implement as a result of participating in the institute. The team selected to represent UMB will be asked to submit a proposal for seed grant funding from the center for up to $15,000 to support the IPE initiative. (To learn more about the seed grant application and template, visit the IPE website. A template for IPEC proposals is below.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, June 1, at 5 p.m. The team members identified in the proposal must represent at least three different health profession disciplines and it is suggested that one team member be associated with a health care service facility such as a Veterans Affairs or affiliated medical center. One member of the team can be from another University of Maryland System school if they are representing a discipline other than those offered at UMB. The team should range in size from three to five members. Please send your proposal via email to Patricia Danielewicz.

All costs associated with attendance will be covered by the UMB Center for Interprofessional Education.

The overall goal of the IPEC effort is to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and assessment of learners. To learn more about IPEC, please visit this link. Faculty across the health disciplines will join together to explore how to embed such content into their curriculum. Upon returning to their home institutions, it is expected that workshop participants will help to develop faculty teams with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement an interprofessional education project. The scope of the project must be interprofessional and have a direct link to clinical care. Your project will require a final report within 18 months of the conference.

Please share this information with faculty who might be interested in submitting a proposal.

IPEC 2018 Fall Institute Fact Sheet


The Institute will be held at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, located at 2620 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021. Your registration fee includes individual accommodations for three nights at the conference venue. Participants will have their own room with a check-in date of Oct. 2, 2018, and check-out date of Oct. 5, 2018. Reduced conference rates represent a portion of your entire registration fee and cannot be separated out. IPEC will be placing hotel reservations for attendees.


The institute will provide participants the opportunity to acquire and utilize knowledge and skills to further advance their existing institutional interprofessional education and collaborative practice program.

Health professions faculty and their IPE colleagues and collaborative practice partners will have quality time and dedicated space for guided learning, team-based planning activities, and consultation with experts and peers in order to emerge with an advanced programmatic action plan to augment their current IPE and IPC initiatives in program and outcomes evaluation and assessment.

Learning objectives for the institute are as follows:

  •  Appraise resources and commitments necessary to facilitate IPE program evaluation and learner assessment for value, effectiveness, efficacy, and sustainability.
  •  Analyze IPE promising practices aligned with institutional culture, practice/market environment, and experiential learning goals.
  •  Compare longitudinal learner assessment and evaluation research strategies in IPE that will contribute to measurable clinical practice and/or population health outcomes.
  • Summarize the team’s IPE objectives and goals to institutional decision makers and external stakeholders.

Pre-course reading activities and institute-related assessments will be assigned prior to the face-to-face workshop, and the entirety of the institute will afford opportunities for networking within a community of focused, collegial collaboration.


Participants will engage with national leaders in developing long-term assessment strategies for their IPE program outcomes and efficacy. Teams will spend significant time interacting within their own groups to design assessment models around their current home institution IPE program designs and determine actions necessary to allow outcome data to help inform this programming. Opportunities to interact with other teams in information sharing and networking, including poster presentations, will further enhance team learning and collaboration-building. Pre-course readings will provide context and stimulate questions for exploration during the institute. Daily electronic evaluations will serve to check on learning and reactions to each day’s events for continuous quality programming enhancement.

Target Audience

Interprofessional faculty teams of three to five individuals from across the health professions along with their selected academic and/or practice partners who have 1) previously attended an IPEC institute and/or who have 2) home programs that could benefit from focused and in-depth levels of engagement on IPE evaluation/assessment topics and issues of longitudinal program value and efficacy toward professional collaborative practice and patient care.

Team Composition

Interprofessional teams must consist of at least three members and at most five members.

The following are required (individual members may fit more than one category):

  • Two members who represent two different health professions, with at least one representative drawn from the nineteen IPEC professions
  • One member with a firm foundation in interprofessional education, IPE relationship development, and collaborative practice
  • One member with institutional responsibility for curricular planning
  • One community health partner*

*-If your institution is associated with a health care service facility such as a VA, local community health center, or affiliated medical center, or a partner organization, such as a local health department or community-based agency, please strongly consider adding a representative from that facility to your team.

The designated team organizer will become the primary contact with IPEC and should ensure the team meets all requirements.

University of Maryland, Baltimore Center for Interprofessional Education Template for Interprofessional Education Collaboration (IPEC)

Date of IPEC Institute             Oct. 3-5, 2018


Title of Submission


Date Submitted



Team Organizer


Title and Credentials

School Affiliation

Email Address

Telephone Number


Information for additional team members


Title and Credentials

School of Affiliation

Email Address

Telephone Number


Brief description of the proposed IPE project (no more than one page)


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Volunteers Needed for UMB’s Third Annual Neighborhood Spring Festival

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Council for the Arts &  Culture needs volunteers to staff the third annual Neighborhood Spring Festival in partnership with the office of Maryland’s first lady, Yumi Hogan, who also is the council’s honorary chair.

The festival will be held Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the field next to the UMB Community Engagement Center, which is located at 870 W. Baltimore St. Volunteers are needed for setup of the event, serving refreshments, staffing children’s activities, and breakdown after the event.

Here are the three shifts:

  • First shift (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.): Setting up tables and chairs, directing vendors to assigned areas, setting up children’s activities, etc.
  • Second shift (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Support during the festival by staffing information and children’s activities stations, assisting in serving food, controlling lines for activities, etc.
  • Third shift: (12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.): Continued support during the festival, breakdown of chairs and tables, etc.

Interested volunteers should contact Brian Sturdivant, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, at or 410-706-1678

Brian SturdivantCollaboration, Community Service, University LifeApril 26, 20180 comments
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Volunteer Opportunities Available at Community Schools National Forum

The 2018 Community Schools National Forum will take place at the Hilton Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center the first week of May. About 2,000 practitioners, school administrators/staff members, legislators, and more from around the country are expected to attend.

The Family League of Baltimore is looking for student volunteers in education, social services, and business fields to help with registration setup, tote-bag stuffing, ushering between workshops, and registration. Community service credits are offered. Shifts will vary, with most running three to four hours.

Here are the shifts:

  • Monday, April 30: 9 a.m to noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 1: 9 a.m to noon; 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2: 9 a.m to noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 3: 9 a.m to noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, May 4: 9 a.m to noon

Some shifts include a meal and all shifts include a conference T-shirt and snacks! Please contact Debra Korb at to sign up for a shift.

Jennifer HasselbuschCollaboration, Community Service, Education, PeopleApril 26, 20180 comments
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Hippodrome Tour: Wranglers, Wenches, Warlocks, and More

A tour of the Hippodrome Theatre was running 20 minutes overtime on April 19, yet guide Danyela Marks was still enlightening the group of 20 from UMB that had gathered for the latest edition of “Behind the Red Curtain,” a Broadway 101 lunchtime event organized by the University’s Council for the Arts & Culture. (See a photo gallery.)

Marks, who has worked at the Hippodrome since 2006 and been its assistant house electrician for the past three years, was discussing all types of jobs associated with the theater, stressing that you don’t need to act, sing, or dance to work in the industry. For instance, if there’s a show that includes kids, such as when School of Rock was performed there in March, an adult must be assigned to shadow each child while they’re in the theater.

“These people are called ‘child wranglers,’” she said, a phrase that drew laughter from the group. “That is their technical term. And they’re basically a baby sitter. Anyone who is a minor in the theater cannot go unescorted anywhere. They cannot be left to go from their dressing room to the stage – even if it’s 20 feet away.”

This was just one interesting tidbit from the Hippodrome tour, which started on the historic venue’s stage, moved up to its “fly floor,” and escalated even higher to a floor 80 feet above stage, where riggers ply their trade. The group moved back into the theater, just above the balcony seating, and climbed one by one up a metal ladder and into a cramped room where three spotlights operate during a show. All the way through, Marks shined a light on the Hippodrome’s history and what it takes to produce a Broadway show.

She noted that the original building was a hotel but burned down and was converted in 1914 to a movie house that also hosted vaudeville performances. Business boomed for decades but slowed in the 1970s and ’80s, leading to the theater’s closure in 1990. A renovation was undertaken in the early 2000s, merging it with the Western National Bank Building and the Eutaw Savings Bank Building to form the Hippodrome Theatre at The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in 2004.

“When it opened in 1914, the Hippodrome was the leading vaudeville house in Baltimore and the largest theater south of Philadelphia,” said Marks, who pointed out that two rows of seats – the grand suites – below the balcony are from the original venue. “These seats were restored and are much more comfortable with more room to them than the other seats — they’re also more expensive,” she said with a laugh. “Usually the best view of the show is from those two rows.”

Ropes, Rigging, and Spotlights

On the fly floor, tour participants learned how “fly men” and “fly women” operate synthetic ropes to lower and raise such things as set pieces, backdrops, or borders that help frame the show’s scenery. This part of the tour sparked several questions from the group, as Marks described how these items are attached to a series of pipes and that one to eight people could be manipulating the ropes during a show, depending on how fast or how many pieces need to move at a time.

“Any sort of flying set piece that needs to move in and out is attached to a pipe,” Marks said. “Electrics with lights on them, even though they don’t move during the show, have to get hung and flown up in the air at some point. So there’s a wide variety of things that will get hung on these pipes.”

The operators label the ropes with numbers, and the Hippodrome crew must quickly learn the show’s cues. “There will be a head fly man that comes along with the show, and the rest will be locals,” she said. “The cues are different every show, but pulling a rope is pulling a rope. It’s just a matter of when and how fast. So you have your cue sheet, and you follow it.”

The tour moved up several levels to the floor where riggers work. They are responsible for hanging any motors that a show will use, and anywhere from 10 to 80 could be used during a show, said Marks, who added that once the rigs are set up, this level is generally unoccupied during a show. “If there is someone up here, that means something’s wrong.”

Heading back down into the theater, the tour made its way to the spotlight room, where three 3,000-watt spotlights are operated. The spotlights have a housing area up top where operators can use frames to emit six colors, and the spot can be widened or narrowed.

“They manipulate the spotlights throughout the show,” Marks said. “The operators will use a cue sheet but also will be on a headset, with someone telling them who to pick up and in what color and what size.”

A Laundry List of Jobs

The tour’s final two stops took the group down into the basement for a look at the green room – it used to be painted purple, but now it’s white — and rooms where cast members can dress, get their wigs fitted or hair done, or take a break. Then there was the laundry room, where Marks again dropped some interesting theater terminology.

Costumes are sent out for dry cleaning, but cast members’ undergarments such as socks or bras need to be washed on-site. Each item is tagged with a number that corresponds to the cast member and put into a “ditty bag” that is sent to the laundry room. The person who washes all these clothes? That would be the “laundry wench” or “laundry warlock.”

“Those undergarments have to get cleaned every night, so their whole job when a show is in town is to do the laundry,” Marks said. “So that’s another non-theatrical job, and they live in this room.”

Theaters also need masseuses, physical therapists, seamstresses, and staff that make travel, hotel, and catering arrangements. As for her theater role, Marks says she’s thrilled to be working in the industry.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work on every Broadway show that’s out there,” she said. “It’s always changing and there’s always something new. It’s a very exciting job.”

— Lou Cortina

Visit the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture website to learn more about its events and programs.

Lou CortinaCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeApril 25, 20182 comments
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Free Lunch and Learn Seminar: ‘Get a Grip on Hand Pain and Arthritis’

Join Ngozi Akabudike, MD, from University of Maryland Orthopaedics for a free Lunch & Learn seminar on May 2 in Columbia, Md. She will answer questions and discuss the causes of and treatment options for hand pain and arthritis.

Here are the details:

  • When: Wednesday, May 2
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044
  • To attend: Registration is required. Sign up at this link.
  • Note: Lunch will be provided.
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Department of PT and Rehabilitation Science’s Research Day is May 14

Emily Keshner, PT, EdD, professor of physical therapy in the College of Public Health and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University, will be the keynote speaker as the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science hosts its Research Day on May 14. Her address will be titled “Crossroads and Pathways: Reflections of a PT, Researcher and Educator” and will be followed by a poster session.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Monday, May 14
  • Time: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: MSTF Leadership Hall and Atrium
  • Additional invited speaker: Elizabeth Woytowicz, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Irvine: “‘Complementary Hemispheric Dominance of Bilateral Movements In Young and Old Adults”
  • Note: This event is pending approval for .04 contact hours by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
  • RSVP: Please RSVP to Janice Abarro at or 410-706-0856
Donna BethkeClinical CareApril 20, 20180 comments
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Enhance UMB’s Social Media Efforts With This Online Survey

The University’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs wants your input on UMB’s social media. Complete our survey and let us know how we can better improve our engagement, content, and social presence.

Your input will help the office define our communications with the UMB community. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes, and we assure that all answers provided with be kept in the strictest confidentiality. Please complete the survey by Friday, May 25.

Click here to take the survey.

Kristi McGuireBulletin Board, Collaboration, People, Research, University LifeApril 20, 20180 comments
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Quantum Financials Passes Another Milestone

Quantum Financials, which will become UMB’s new financial and reporting system, passed another milestone last week: the completion of the second of four conference room pilots, or CRPs. CRPs are testing cycles used to confirm that the decisions made so far will work for the University when the new system goes live.

The purpose of the second testing cycle was to give Functional Leads hands-on experience with guiding system settings for their areas and in preparing for and executing UMB’s first round of testing within specific areas of the application, including purchasing and finance. The testing cycle was a success. The team identified processes that worked successfully and some that need additional refinements, and it even uncovered a few bugs that are being researched and addressed by the software vendor.

Functional Leads Susan McKechnie (finance), Joe Evans (procurement), and Kevin Cooke (grants) led preparation and testing within their respective areas. In fact, the Quantum Change Champions group got a sneak peek of the upgraded system at the group’s April 19 meeting. Evans led the group of 25 through creating and approving a requisition in Quantum, showcasing new features including purchasing from a catalog and quick ways to view the status of recent requisitions.

First System Upgrade/Evaluation Underway

As CRP2 activities ended, the project team immediately shifted focus to upgrading UMB’s environments to the most current release of the software — the version we will use when Quantum goes live. Functional and technical team members are now evaluating new features, functionality, and how UMB’s settings work with the new release.

Conversions and Integration Testing

The technical teams have been very busy as well. Team members created programs to convert data from eUMB Financials to Quantum. Preparation for CRP2 included testing and refining 15 conversion programs needed to populate the Quantum environments with UMB data such as suppliers, department IDs, and some sample transactional and historic data. CRP2 also included testing 11 of the 46 integrations that Quantum will have to make with other systems such as iLabs, BIORESCO, eUMB HRMS, and the state of Maryland’s R*STARS system. Each conversion and integration requires its own program as well as testing, data validation, and refinement cycles.

What’s Next?

As the team finishes evaluating the features and functionality delivered in the upgraded version of Oracle Cloud Financials, members will begin running another testing cycle — this time in the upgraded release. This cycle will include more converted data, integrations, and solutions than were in the previous cycle. The team will retest transactions and processes run through during CRP2 for any changes in results.

Finally, watch this space for information on the second town hall meeting to be held in early summer. That meeting will be your first chance to get a sneak peek at what’s coming in Quantum Financials!

Robin ReidTechnology, UMB NewsApril 20, 20181 comment
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