Helping the Community Access COVID-19 Vaccines

In late July, a group of UBalt students made a difference for city residents who wanted to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Under the guidance of Tiffaney S. Parkman, lecturer in the School of Health and Human Services, the student team of Giuliana Valencia-Banks, Kathryn Foulke, Jack Greenberg, Shatia Johnson, Lateirra Carter, Nikki Garnes, Elaine McIeish, Loren Nelson, Monell Hunt, and Yelango Jamabo organized a free vaccination clinic on campus.

“The project gives students the opportunity to put into practice what we have learned throughout our human service course work.”

“The project gives students the opportunity to put into practice what we have learned throughout our human service course work,” says Foulke. “Dr. Parkman originated the idea of a vaccination clinic and introduced us to our UMMS partner. The student group was then responsible for organizing, fundraising, developing community partnerships, promoting the event and finally executing. We are happy to provide this timely event for our campus community. It’s a fantastic opportunity that we, the students, are very grateful to experience.”

The students are all participants in the HSER 470 Senior Seminar, where they work together to complete a shared project that focuses on meeting a community need.

Join The University of Baltimore Alumni Book Club!

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The Office of Alumni Relations invites you to connect with fellow UBalt alumni, faculty and staff in a virtual community of book lovers. Participants contribute to book discussions and network through a private online forum. Joining is completely free; you just have to have a copy of the book to enjoy.

In its inaugural year, book club picks have included Just Mercy, A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson, The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett, and The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig. Members have the opportunity to vote for each new selection from several suggested options.

Created in partnership with Professional Book Clubs Guru, a book club management service, this initiative was launched thanks to a grant from Alumni Association-International.

For more information, visit www.pbc.guru/ubalt

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What’s in a Name?

A statement from President Kurt Schmoke

UBalt LogoIn this issue of the magazine, you may have noticed that we have begun to capitalize “The” in our initial references to “The University of Baltimore,” and also use the acronym “UBalt.”

We’re adopting these changes on the recommendation of a task force organized by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and our University, to maximize our impact and to distinguish ourselves more specifically from other USM institutions. Many of us like to say that we are “the University of Baltimore, for Baltimore.” This refers to our strengths as an urban institution with a rich background and enormous capabilities in support of the city around us. Similarly, using “UBalt” is a way to stand apart from other universities which use the UB acronym.

The University of Baltimore is strikingly different from even our closest peers. Our pursuits are fueled by an undeniable purpose, and our mission is to transform lives and improve society. We know what we stand for, and why we’re all here. Let’s celebrate it, live it and, when it comes to UBalt, love it.

ALUMNI LEARNING CONSORTIUM

Looking for new opportunities for engagement and learning? UBalt alumni, students, staff and faculty can view upcoming events, as well as an archive of past events, webinars and other online resources, via the Alumni Learning Consortium (ALC). The ALC offerings cover topics such as professional development, career advancement, history, personal growth and much more.

To explore the ALC, go to alumlc.org/ubalt.

Stronger Together

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund
The Student Emergency Assistance Fund supports the continued academic progress and success of students at The University of Baltimore. Contributions to the Fund make it possible for students experiencing unexpected urgent financial challenges to move forward. The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have been especially difficult for many. The UBalt community has come together with resiliency and determination to help. Together, we have already raised more than $379,000 for the fund and provided critical assistance to 475 students. The Student Emergency Assistance Fund has been helping UBalt students in these ways:
  • 36% housing and basic utilities
  • 18% needs created by job loss
  • 21% food, toiletries and medications
  • 16% student travel home
  • 3% internet and educational expenses
  • 6% other student emergency needs
For more information, and to donate to the fund, contact the Office of Advancement and External Relations, 410.837.6133 or email annualgiving@ubalt.edu.

SUPPORT UBALT STUDENTS WITH AMAZON SMILE

There’s a simple way to benefit UBalt students when you shop through Amazon.com. Visit smile.amazon.com and select “University of Baltimore Foundation” from the list of eligible charities. When you shop through the smile.amazon.com portal, a portion of the sale of items designated as “Eligible for Amazon Smile donation” will be sent to The University of Baltimore Foundation at no cost to you. 

Your Amazon Smile donations are combined with our Annual Fund to provide direct financial support to UBalt students. It’s a great way to boost the power of your purchases and contribute to a variety of programs that help students to a brighter future.

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Make Your Voice Heard with BeHEARD Baltimore

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Baltimore residents who want to share their opinions about important policy issues, breaking news and current events have a platform in BeHEARD Baltimore™. A citizen engagement initiative of the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at The University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs, BeHEARD Baltimore participants complete brief surveys that address a variety of issues and may help influence public policy in the future.

Members of the BeHeard community receive email notifications about new surveys every few weeks. Surveys can be completed on personal computers, tablets or smartphones, typically in 10 minutes or less. Participants can skip any survey and all responses are kept confidential.

The Baltimore Sun is the media partner for BeHeard Baltimore. Results of the surveys will be compiled by the Schaefer Center and shared with the Sun and other news partners, city leaders and on the UBalt website.

For more information and to sign up, visit beheardbaltimore.ubalt.edu.