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University of Maryland Welcomes Jacqueline Lewis as Vice President of University Relations

July 18, 2017
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson, 301-405-4622

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has named Jacqueline (Jackie) Lewis as Vice President of University Relations, effective August 28, 2017. In this role, Lewis will collaborate with the president and key academic and administrative leaders across campus to build upon existing momentum of the university’s fundraising and philanthropic efforts. 

“Ms. Lewis has demonstrated great success in leading major development programs,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “She'll play a key role in the advancement of UMD, building upon the record fundraising of recent years.” 

Lewis will be responsible for leading the development, alumni association, communications and marketing teams, and will play a key role in increasing engagement across the university and country with alumni, prospective and existing donors, trustees and volunteers. 

“I’m pleased to be joining a university with such a strong alumni base and fundraising program, and a top-tier academic and research reputation,” said Lewis. “I look forward to working with the University Relations team to build upon their incredible work and to ensure that the university is positioned for success in its future efforts.”  

Lewis joins the University of Maryland from The University of Iowa Foundation, where she currently serves as Senior Vice President for Development. In this role, she leads a team of 160 fundraising, donor relations, marketing and communications professionals. As Senior VP, Lewis led the design and implementation of a five-year strategic plan and helped oversee the completion of a nearly $2 billion comprehensive campaign. 

Previously, she served as Vice President for Development for the University of Iowa’s health sciences colleges and medical center, where she led a team of 40 development professionals through the successful completion of a $525 million campaign to support research, education, facilities and patient care.

Prior to that, Lewis was at The Ohio State University, where she rose from Assistant Vice President to Interim Associate Vice President for development and alumni affairs at the OSU Medical Center. A member of Ohio State's senior management team, she helped oversee all fundraising units on campus, and set goals and metrics for raising $300 million to $400 million annually in private support.

Lewis has also held senior development positions at Arizona State University and medical centers in Illinois and Iowa. She began her career in the political arena, serving as press secretary, deputy campaign director and finance director in presidential, congressional and gubernatorial campaigns in Iowa.

Lewis received a B.S. in journalism and mass communications from Iowa State University. 

 

University of Maryland Taps Joel Seligman as Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications

July 12, 2017
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson, 301-405-4622

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has named Joel Seligman as its new Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications. In this role, he will guide the vision and execution of major external outreach efforts and marketing campaigns, advise university 

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leadership on national positioning opportunities, and collaborate with the university's schools and colleges, fundraising division, athletics, and other university programs.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Seligman to the University of Maryland and look forward to the leadership and creativity he will bring to this role," said Barbara Quinn, acting Vice President of University Relations. "He will be an asset in steering our brand forward, and highlighting UMD's outstanding service to the state and innovative research as an academic leader."

As AVP, Seligman will oversee all areas of the Office of Marketing and Communications, including marketing, strategic communications, publications, digital experience, video production, advancement marketing and trademark licensing for the university.

“UMD projects a world-class brand,” said Seligman. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to build on all of the superb work underway. I look forward to collaborating with the marketing and communications team as well as partners and leadership across the university to develop even greater awareness of UMD’s academic and research excellence.”

Seligman will join UMD from the University of New Hampshire, where he serves as Associate Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. At UNH, his work has focused on building connections between the State’s flagship public research university and its various stakeholders. During his tenure at UNH, Joel spearheaded the launch of the University’s new brand identity, two new publications and a redesign of UNH’s signature magazine. He also led efforts to enhance UNH’s digital and social media programs while playing a key role in working with academic units across campus to better align campus-wide communications.

With a long track record in higher education, Seligman has held senior communications positions at Cornell University, Boston University and the University of Chicago, where he led teams in strategic communications, marketing, state and federal government relations, digital media, alumni relations, development communications, public information, event planning and recruitment marketing.

Seligman has served on and chaired alumni advisory boards at Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania, and he is a member of the executive board of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universites' Council on Strategic Communications. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Seligman will assume his new position at UMD in August 2017. 

15 University of Maryland Students and Alumni Receive Fulbright Grants

July 7, 2017

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Fourteen University of Maryland students and recent graduates were awarded Fulbright grants to study, conduct research or teach English abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year. The students and alumni will travel to 10 different countries to serve as English teaching assistants or to work on projects in academic fields such as energy policy, history and public health.

UMD students will join over 1,900 students and young professionals who received the prestigious award for their academic accomplishments and leadership potential. 

"The University of Maryland is very fortunate to be represented by an outstanding group of students who believe in Fulbright’s mission to promote mutual understandings between the U.S. and other countries,” says James Gilbert, UMD’s Fulbright program advisor. “The Fulbright is a fitting award for their hard work, intelligence and spirit of adventure."

This year’s recipients include:  

English Teaching Assistant Awards

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Soophia Ansari, who recently graduated with a major in mechanical engineering and minor in international development and conflict resolution, will teach English in Malaysia with a focus on STEM related subjects. 

   

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Sarah Blumberg, a 2016 alumna with majors in Spanish and biological sciences, will teach English in Spain. She plans to volunteer as a yoga instructor and hopes to implement an after-school mindfulness meditation program for students and teachers. 

 

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Anna Lieberman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 2016, will teach English in Taiwan and plans to volunteer at a local community center and with an organization that assists children with autism. 

 

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Leanne Rohrbach, a 2016 alumna with majors in psychology and German, will teach English in Germany. She will also volunteer with local community organizations that address mental health. 

 

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Hirbod Sajjadi, a 2015 alumnus with a major in government and politics and a minor in philosophy, will teach English in the Czech Republic, participate in Sokal, a form of gymnastics that has played an important role in the creation of Czech identity, and volunteer with a local organization that helps people with disabilities.  

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Gavriel Schreiber, who recently graduated with a major in philosophy and minor in Chinese, will teach English in Taiwan and work with an after-school baseball program aimed at building camaraderie and trust with local youth.

 

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Nageen Sherani, who recently graduated with a major in biochemistry, will teach English in Indonesia, with a focus on STEM subjects. She plans to volunteer at a local health clinic to improve her understanding of cultural sensitivities in patient care. 

 

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 Shelly Spence, a 2011 alumna and kinesiology major, will teach English in Thailand and volunteer as a coach for extra-curricular activities that help students learn leadership, accountability and gain self-esteem. 

 

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Abigail Trozenski, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in German, will teach English in Germany and volunteer with organizations that serve refugees and asylum seekers. She also plans to coach a local swim team.  

 

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Colleen Toohey, a 2016 alumna with a major in journalism and minor in Spanish, has been offered a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Colombia. She has declined the award in favor of another opportunity. 

 

Open Study/Research Awards

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Sana Haider, a 2016 alumna with a major in community health and minor in general business, will conduct research in the Philippines. She will explore the various perspectives of stakeholders involved in the school-based human papillomavirus vaccination program.  

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Theresa Kim, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Health Services Administration, will research the role of health care professionals in Senegalese family planning use, specifically evaluating how health care workers influence long acting reversible contraception utilization (LARC). 

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Joshua Klein, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, will explore the concept of Europe and the transformation of radical German conservatism from the 1930s to 1950s. His research will examine a wide range of Nazi propaganda and postwar periodicals located in the federal archives of Berlin.

 

Meghan Murphy, a 2015 alumna with a major in biological sciences and minor in global poverty, will conduct research in Botswana. She will examine the impact of substance abuse on HIV treatment adherence and failure.

 

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Mohammad Zia, a 2015 alumnus with a major in global diplomacy and development through the Individual Studies Program, will conduct research in Morocco. He will examine public policy and institutional frameworks that encourage solar energy uptake in Morocco. 

 

Since 2012, 68 UMD students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright grants to conduct research or teach overseas.

Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. 

 

 

 

 

University of Maryland Appoints Roger L. Worthington to Lead Diversity Initiatives

July 6, 2017
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson, 301-405-4622

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has named Professor Roger L. Worthington, Ph.D., a national leader in diversity education, as Chief Diversity Officer and Interim Associate Provost. In this role, Worthington will work closely with senior leaders, faculty, staff, students and external constituencies to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and respect as core institutional values. He will be a member of the President's Cabinet, the Provost’s senior staff and the Council of Deans.

Photo of Roger Worthington"We are very pleased that Dr. Worthington will serve as our Chief Diversity Officer," said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. "He is an exceptional scholar-practitioner and leader to guide our University's efforts to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all."

Since 2014, Worthington has served as professor and chair of the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education in UMD’s College of Education. Prior to arriving at UMD, he rose through the ranks at the University of Missouri from assistant to full professor, and served for nearly six years as the chief diversity officer and assistant deputy chancellor.

“I have dedicated my life’s work to advancing difficult dialogues and creating a culture of inclusion in higher education,” said Worthington. “The University of Maryland was once a national leader for diversity in higher education. In the face of tremendous tragedy, we can come together as a community to achieve transformational change and return to being a model of equity and social justice. I am honored to serve in the role of CDO at UMD.”

Worthington is a leading scholar in the fields of diversity, multicultural counseling and education. He is the editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. A founding member of the board of directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, he is the principal author of the “Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers.” In addition, the Governor of Missouri appointed Worthington to the state’s Commission on Human Rights.

He is the recipient of three prestigious grants from the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Initiative, and was the founding chair of the board of directors for the emerging Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center. 

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Worthington has authored and co-authored research and scholarship regarding race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious identity, social class and political ideology. He is a nationally recognized higher education consultant on diversity planning, campus climate research and intercultural student services, and has won numerous awards for academic, service and teaching excellence.

He received his B.A from California State University, Fullerton in psychology, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara in counseling psychology.

The university will also begin the work of elevating the Chief Diversity Officer position to a Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, indicating a major institutional commitment of effort and resources in areas such as campus climate; recruitment and retention; scholarship and creative work on diversity; and educational programs.  

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UMD, UMB Strategic Partnership Announces Expansion of Interdisciplinary Research at Cole Field House

June 30, 2017
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson, 301-405-4622

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) are expanding the research and clinical scope at Cole Field House. The new Cole Field House will be a state-of-the art facility designed to integrate research, innovation, athletics and orthopedics, serving to promote and accelerate the translation of research discoveries in sports medicine and traumatic brain injury into clinical practice. 

The expansion will enhance the mission of the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance at Cole Field House, a signature MPowering the State program, and fulfill the promise envisioned by the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act: MPowering the State (SB 1052). Private financial support for Cole Field House remains high, with the project nearly two thirds toward its fundraising goal and raising over $57 million to date.

The Center will capitalize on complementary strengths of UMD and UMB, including neuroscience, engineering, neurology, orthopedics and public health, for an interdisciplinary approach to sports medicine and occupational health.

As part of the Center’s expansion, the University of Maryland School of Medicine has established a Program in Sports Medicine, to be launched in July. The program, based at UMB, but with a significant geographical presence in College Park, will be led by Andrew Pollak, M.D., the James Lawrence Kernan Professor and Chair in the Department of Orthopedics, and David Stewart, M.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine.  “The primary goal of the Program is to improve interdisciplinary collaboration in research, clinical care and education among those involved in the science and care of sports-associated injury and illness,” says Dr. Pollak.

The interdisciplinary approach combined with additional resources and powerful analytic tools will enable novel and groundbreaking work in nervous system injury and neuroscience.

“Neural Imaging is an exciting and rapidly changing discipline in neuroscience. The ability to image the brain at high resolution, across different spatial scales, is key to understanding the human brain, including the response to injury,” says Elizabeth Quinlan, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology at UMD and scientific co-director of the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance. “The expanded technology and resources in Cole Field House will allow analysis from molecules and cells to circuits and systems, leading to a more complete insight into how the brain reacts to and recovers from trauma.”

“With cutting-edge imaging technology, researchers will transform the way we approach the study of brain behavior, which will allow clinicians to identify new windows of opportunity to more effectively intervene to repair brain injuries,” said Alan Faden, M.D., Professor, Department of Anesthesiology at UMB and scientific co-director of the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance. “Enhanced research facilities will allow UMD and UMB researchers and clinicians to take advantage of the latest technologies and address the latest areas of research, enhancing our ability to compete for research funds and make even greater impact.”

Research activity for the Center and Cole Field House is already underway, including a $3 million investment from MPowering the State used to implement a Challenge Grant program.  The challenge grants fund cross-university, multi-disciplinary pilot studies in nervous system injury and neuroscience. Criteria for funding include the significance of the proposed work and the potential for breakthrough discovery. One Challenge Grant team is working to transform the way we evaluate neuronal function and damage. To learn how neurons act within circuits, including during recovery from injury, researchers propose to develop the use of multi-photon cameras that can create three-dimensional reconstructions of neuronal activity. 

The work at Cole Field House will complement research being done at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC). The MNC already houses a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, ideal for mapping brain structures, and a Magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanner, which measures the magnetic fields generated by neuronal activity in the brain. The collaboration with Cole Field House will allow access by both research scientists and clinical scientists. Other imaging modalities are also planned, including a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner, which images metabolic activity in the brain. This multi-modal imaging capacity will allow Cole Field House to become a national leader in brain imaging. 

UMD also plans to expand the athletic functions to position Cole Field House as the premier facility of its type, and best meet the needs of UMD’s coaches and student-athletes.  

As the scope has evolved, so has the size and vision for the use of the space. The athletic change in scope will be covered by $19 million from athletics. The costs associated with the expanded research enterprise at Cole Field House will be covered by $7.5 million pre-authorized in the FY18 capital budget for the state of Maryland, as well as $14 million expected to come from a combination of state and institutional resources.

The dedication for Phase I and the groundbreaking for Phase II of Cole Field House will be held on August 2 in College Park. 

 

University of Maryland Action Plan to Combat Hate and Create a Safer Campus

June 29, 2017
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson, 301-405-4622

The University of Maryland has announced an initial action plan to combat hate and create a safer campus. This is just the beginning, and our action will continue.

  • Create a task force on hate-bias and campus safety.
  • Create a trained, rapid-response team for hate-bias incidents.
  • Increase funding for campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Affirm and demonstrate our core values of unity and respect as a university community.
  • Compile and publish an annual report on hate-bias incidents on campus.
  • Strengthen existing Intercollegiate Athletics policy to explicitly prohibit any hate-bias symbols or actions in any athletic venue.
  • Review our Code of Student Conduct to strengthen sanctions for hate and bias.

UMD Among Top 100 in Latest World Reputation Rankings

June 27, 2017
Contacts: 

Natifia Mullings, 301-405-4076

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland was ranked one of the top 100 universities in the world for its teaching and research in a new annual survey. The rankings, by the Times Higher Education, reflect UMD’s academic prestige as top public research institution.

UMD is one of 42 U.S. colleges and universities to make this year’s list, ranking in the 71-80 range. Only the top 50 institutions receive an individual ranking.

The 2017 World Reputation Rankings recognizes the most powerful global university brands based on the results of the world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey of senior, published academics. The survey had more than 10,566 responses from scholars in 137 countries. For the full Times Higher Education 2017 top 100 World Reputation Rankings list, click here.

The University of Maryland is also ranked No. 19 among public universities and No. 25 for most innovative schools by U.S. News & World Report, as well as No. 14 among public universities by Forbes. The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine ranked UMD No. 9 overall for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs. And Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named UMD among the top best values in public colleges, ranking No. 8 nationally for in-state students.

University of Maryland, City of College Park to Host Fourth of July Celebration

June 26, 2017
Contacts: 

Ryna Quinones, 240-487-3508

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland and the City of College Park will host its annual Independence Day celebration on Tuesday, July 4 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the University of Maryland, Lot 1 (adjacent to Campus Drive off Adelphi Road). The celebration will include a free concert by The Nightlife Band followed by a 30-40 minute fireworks show.  Food will also be available for purchase. 

Schedule of activities include:

  • Concessions open at 5 p.m.
  • Entertainment begins at 7 p.m.
  • Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Grass seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Personal coolers are also allowed. 

In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks show will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at 9 p.m. For more information, click here

DeVos Institute of Arts Management Announces 2017 Fellows

June 23, 2017
Contacts: 

Jarred Small, 301-314-2531

WASHINGTON, D.C. and COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland today announced its new class of six arts managers for its Fellowship program, a three year program that provides practical training in arts administration. This year’s Fellows include: Ekundayo Bandele, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hattiloo Theatre (Memphis, Tennessee); Benjamin Dietschi, Executive Director, Soundstreams (Toronto, Canada); Rick Heath, Executive Director, Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (Perth, Australia); Tanya Hilton, Executive Director, CutluralDC (Washington, DC); Martin Posta, Chief Executive Officer, SIGNAL Festival (Prague, Czech Republic); and Alma Salem, Independent Curator and Cultural Advisor, Syria Third Space (Montreal, Canada). 

“This year’s Fellows were selected in keeping with our mission to train, support, and empower game changers in our field,” said DeVos Institute President Brett Egan. “This is a carefully-selected group of individuals who we believe can make a massive difference in their respective fields and whose work aligns with the Institute’s core beliefs. While the program lasts just three years, our commitment to these individuals is life-long.”

From June 26-July 21, the newly announced Fellows will join 13 returning arts managers from across the globe for a one-month arts management intensive in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Maryland. Led by DeVos Institute executives, consultants and experts from the field, the 19 Fellows will:

  • participate in intensive academic training in nonprofit arts management, finance, planning, fundraising, board management, and marketing;
  • have access to leaders of cultural institutions from throughout the United States, including site visits to select institutions; and
  • receive personalized mentoring, both during and between the month-long residencies.

The Fellowship program was launched by Michael M. Kaiser in 2001 during his tenure as President of the Kennedy Center. In 2008, the DeVos Institute introduced the current, intensive model of one month in residence each summer for three years and transitioned to the University of Maryland from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2014. To date, the Institute’s Fellowship program has served nearly 250 arts managers from 55 countries.

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