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Government and Community Affairs Looks Forward to Exciting New Year

7 January 2013 No Comment

Kevin Kelly (Photo by Steve Bossom)

TRACY GNADINGER

The start of the 2013 Maryland legislative session coincides with changes in the University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs. 

Kevin Kelly, JD, was named the new director of government affairs in November. “Kevin brings a variety of excellent professional experiences that will enhance our support for the University,” says Barbara Klein, MPA, chief government and community affairs officer and associate vice president. 

Before joining the University, Kelly was director of government relations at Van Scoyoc Associates, a government affairs firm in Washington, D.C. Kelly also has served as legislative officer with the Baltimore City Department of Transportation and director of special projects for Senator Barbara Mikulski. 

“Through my years working in D.C., I have a huge appreciation for the research and development done here at the University,” says Kelly. “I have great respect for the people on this campus and hope to enable their success.”  

In addition to Kelly’s appointment, seven students from the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and social work have been given public policy placements in the government affairs office in Annapolis. 

“Ms. Heather Allen and Ms. Courtney Summers, students with the School of Social Work, are with the office for the 2012-2013 academic year,” says Klein. “The other five students have scheduled their rotations during the 2013 session. They all will learn public policy, the legislative process, and how they can make an impact.” 

The students also will assist with each school’s advocacy event in Annapolis.

In the community affairs unit, School of Social Work students Aaron Burgess, Tierra Sheppard, and Lindsey Novak, and School of Nursing student Robyn Fleming are working with local schools to provide after-school activities, high school internships, and nutrition and fitness workshops. 

As part of the nationwide President’s Challenge, a program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, physical therapy students from the School of Medicine and staff from University Recreation and Fitness are helping students at Southwest Baltimore Charter School and George Washington Elementary School increase their physical activity and improve fitness, while the School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine is providing nutrition workshops and healthy cooking demonstrations. 

School of Medicine students are fielding a team of Southwest Baltimore Charter students to compete in March in the Maryland Science Olympiad, a science and technology tournament for children. And students from Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy are completing internships across campus. 

“None of these initiatives would be possible without the help and coordination of our students and the President’s Outreach Council, which supports the program planning for our community activities,” says Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of community partnerships and strategic initiatives.

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