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15 February 2012 No Comment

Advocacy Events Continue in Annapolis

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are meeting with state legislators during the 90-day Maryland General Assembly session in Annapolis. The schools of law, medicine, and pharmacy held their annual advocacy events in January and early February. 

For more information on the advocacy events, call the University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs at 410-269-5087. The website for the office can be visited at www.oea.umaryland.edu/gov/index.html


Charity Campaign Pledges Exceed $400,000

The University has again pledged more than $400,000 to the Maryland Charity Campaign (MCC), marking the eighth consecutive year that level has been passed.

The annual campaign collects funds from state employees throughout Maryland for hundreds of charitable organizations. The University’s MCC drive began early in the fall semester and ended in January. A thank-you breakfast for participants was held in December.

“Our efforts support state and local programs that provide myriad needed services,” says Bill Crockett, MS, RCRSP, director of University Recreation and Fitness and chair of the University’s MCC program. “Congratulations to everyone who was part of this successful campaign again. I would like to thank the 63 volunteer coordinators and the 900-plus employees and students who donated time and funds.”


Law Professor Curates Civil Rights Exhibit

Larry Gibson, LLB, professor at the Francis King Carey School of Law, served as curator of an exhibit recently unveiled about the civil rights legacy of Morgan State University in Baltimore.

The permanent exhibit, Carry the Torch—Continuing Morgan’s Legacy of Civil Rights and Equal Justice, documents Morgan State students’ participation in the fight for civil rights. Gibson says the students were innovators who developed strategies later used by others in the civil rights movement.

Presented by Morgan State’s Robert M. Bell Center for Civil Rights in Education, the exhibit includes replicas of lunch-counter stools from drugstores where students held sit-ins after being refused service. Carry the Torch is on display at Morgan State’s student center.


Public Allies CEO to Talk About Leadership

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to attend a free lecture by Paul Schmitz, chief executive officer of Public Allies, at 9 a.m. Feb. 28 at the School of Social Work. He will outline concepts from his new book Everyone Leads: Building Leadership From the Community Up, and will present a set of practices to help leaders be more effective at bringing diverse people and groups together to solve problems.

Public Allies recruits young adults to strengthen community organizations. Schmitz’s presentation will include small-group sessions facilitated by members of Public Allies Maryland, a partnership between the national program and the School’s Social Work Community Outreach Service. The partnership is directed by Laura Bumiller, MSW, a clinical instructor at the School of Social Work.  

For more information or to register for the event, which ends with a book signing, visit www.ssw.umaryland.edu/leadership. Attendees who desire 2 Category I CEUs will be charged $20.


InciDENTAL’s Music Plays On

Three School of Dentistry students and a resident who formed the rock band InciDENTAL three years ago are still together and performing in Baltimore bars, drawing on a fan base of University students.

Simon Oh, Bryce Quinn, and Matt Weil—now fourth-year students—and alumnus Mike Virts, DDS ’10, a pediatric dentist practicing in Frederick, Md., see performing as therapy after long days at school and work.            

“Dental school exists in a very rational, scientific world,” Quinn says. “I feel like playing music uses a totally different part of my brain.”

The group plays cover versions of rock standards as well as some hip-hop and country.

“We all have our own favorite genres of music, which keeps things interesting,” says Oh.

InciDENTAL’s Facebook page can be visited at www.facebook.com/pages/inciDENTAL/90229093177.

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