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Staff Senate: Elections and Children's Hospital Drive

15 May 2013 No Comment

Elections

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The Staff Senate meets each month to help make the University a better place to work. Senators serve on at least one committee, examining and implementing staff initiatives pertaining to University life, communications, policy/legislation, child care, IT, parking, sustainability, public safety, and events. 

Current elections run from May 8 to 22. An online ballot will be emailed to the University community. 

For nominations and more information, contact ssenate@umaryland.edu.  

Students from Grange Elementary School decorated gift bags stuffed with a variety of toys, books, and new items collected around the University for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (Courtesy of Yimei Wu).

Students from Grange Elementary School decorated gift bags stuffed with a variety of toys, books, and new items collected around the University for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (Courtesy of Yimei Wu).

Children’s Hospital Drive

The Staff Senate recently collected toys, books, and other items for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital. The donated items were placed into hand-decorated gift bags provided by students from Baltimore City’s Grange Elementary School.

Senator Jean-Marie Roth from the School of Medicine coordinated the drive with help from the Department of Neurology’s Dawn Flair, Jessica Rowe, MA, CCRP, and Jamesha Perkins.

“Children in the hospital miss the Easter egg hunts and normal family activities that occur on holidays. This was a way to help them celebrate and enjoy some of that childhood fun,” says Shannon Joslin, manager of child life services at Children’s Hospital. “The bags full of goodies let children and families know that folks outside of the hospital care about them.” 

The hospital usually sees an average of 36 children each day, who may stay anywhere from one day to many weeks depending on the diagnosis and treatment plan. From infants to 18-year-olds, children receive care for a range of illnesses including hematology, oncology, diabetes, cardiac conditions, renal disease, and genetic disorders.  

“The bags brought smiles to the children’s faces. Parents also were appreciative to have a special Easter bag for their baby—for some of them, it was their baby’s first Easter,” says Joslin. “These donations and support from the community enable us to create a more positive hospital experience for children and families.”

Yimei Wu, MHS 
Manager, Faculty Affairs and Special Projects 
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health 
School of Medicine
Staff Senate Member

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