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University of Maryland Main Administration Building Named for Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, Jr.

June 29, 2020
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson, lawsonk@umd.edu, 301-405-4622

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland today announces its Main Administration Building will be named in honor of Maryland Senator Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr. For more than 30 years, Senator Miller presided as the longest-serving state Senate president in the history of the United States, tirelessly advocating for higher education institutions in Maryland. His legacy will now be cemented on campus through the Thomas V. Miller, Jr. Administration Building.

“For all that Maryland Senate President Mike Miller has done, over the course of three decades, for the students, the faculty, and the staff of UMD -- those who are here now; those who came before; and those who will come in the generations ahead -- we proudly, and gratefully, etch his name in stone, upon this landmark Main Administration Building,” said UMD President Wallace D. Loh. 

“I want to thank everybody who made this possible, especially my wife of 55 years who I met here on the College Park campus. We’ve been together ever since. This is our home away from home and I am very grateful for this honor,” said Senator Miller. 

Senator Miller was instrumental in the passing of legislation that reorganized higher education in Maryland in 1988, designating College Park the state’s flagship institution and prioritizing state funding for higher education to help the university become a preeminent national public university. This was a significant turning point for higher education in Maryland, raising the reputation of the College Park flagship and the entire public university system. 

“Every year, tens of thousands of Terps will cross McKeldin Mall, inspired by Senator Miller's unwavering commitment to propelling our university forward. His name will remind us all of his unwavering pursuit of service to the great state of Maryland and to the world,” said UMD President-Designate Darryll J. Pines. 

Senator Miller’s passion and advocacy for UMD has also helped to transform the physical campus, helping to combine investment from the state with private support to provide world-class facilities for our students, faculty and staff. He provided state support for dozens of university projects, including the Bioscience Research Building, XFINITY Center, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the Physical Sciences Complex and Cole Field House. 

“For the first five years that I held office as Maryland’s Governor, I had the privilege of serving alongside Senate President Emeritus Mike Miller. After an historic tenure as the longest continually serving presiding officer in the nation, Mike Miller continues to be a strong, unifying leader for the legislature and for the state of Maryland. And as a proud Terp, his passionate advocacy has had a profound impact on the entire University System of Maryland. The dedication of the Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Administration Building is a fitting tribute to a lifetime of selfless service,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. 

Senator Miller’s belief in the capacity of public universities to serve our state was made more evident by his unwavering advocacy for the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: Mpowering the State. Through this partnership, UMD and the University of Maryland, Baltimore now have a $1 billion joint research enterprise, 25 joint programs and centers and 600 joint research proposals - all to deliver on a vision of collaboration, innovation, and transformative impact across the state. 

In 1970, Senator Miller was elected to represent Prince George’s County in the Maryland House of Delegates, and in 1974, he was elected to the Maryland State Senate. His current district includes portions of Calvert, Prince George’s and Charles counties. He has been re-elected to the State Senate every four years since 1978.
 
Senator Miller was first selected by his peers as President of the Maryland Senate at the beginning of the 1987 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, and was the longest serving Senate President in both Maryland and United States history until he stepped down from the role in 2020. From 1983 to 1986, he served as Chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. 

Senator Miller is the 1999 recipient of the Tyser Medallion Award for Outstanding Service to the University of Maryland. He was honored in 1997 as the nation’s outstanding legislator. He has served as the President of the National Senate Presidents’ Forum and as Chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. Miller is a former Chairman of the National Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Other honors and awards include Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Maryland Hall of Fame, the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame and the William P. Coliton Community Service Award for Excellence from Johns Hopkins University.
 
Senator Miller is a native of Clinton, Md. He is a graduate of Surrattsville High School, the University of Maryland (B.S. 1964) and the University of Maryland School of Law (LL.B., J.D. 1967). Admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1967, Miller is a member of local, state and national bar associations. 

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents approved the naming in May 2020. 

Read what people are saying about the Thomas V. Miller Administration Building below. 

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About the University of Maryland
The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students,10,000 faculty and staff, and 280 academic programs. As one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars, its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners and 59 members of the national academies. The institution has a $2.1 billion operating budget and secures more than $1 billion annually in research funding together with the University of Maryland, Baltimore. For more information about the University of Maryland, College Park, visit www.umd.edu.


What people are saying about Senator Miller’s impact on the University of Maryland

Larry Hogan  (full remarks)
Governor, State of Maryland
“For the first five years that I held office as Maryland’s Governor, I had the privilege of serving alongside Senate President Emeritus Mike Miller. After an historic tenure as the longest continually serving presiding officer in the nation, Mike Miller continues to be a strong, unifying leader for the legislature and for the state of Maryland. And as a proud Terp, his passionate advocacy has had a profound impact on the entire University System of Maryland. The dedication of the Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Administration Building is a fitting tribute to a lifetime of selfless service. Congratulations Mike on this fantastic achievement.”
 
Dereck E. Davis (full remarks)
Chairman, House Economic Matters Committee
“Senator Miller, for the entirety of your political career and especially the years as Senate President, providing a quality education for our young people has always been one of your top priorities. Many of the achievements and advances this state has made in education, particularly when it comes to funding, are due in no small part because of your leadership and dedication to the effort.”

Rushern L. Baker III (full remarks)
Former County Executive, Prince George’s County
“I want to congratulate President Loh, the Board of Regents for their decision to honor Senate President Mike Miller. I can’t think of anyone else who better embodies the spirit of the University of Maryland at College Park than President Miller.”
 
Vicki Gruber (full remarks)
Executive Director Maryland Department of Legislative Services and Former Chief of Staff, Senate President Miller 
“I think it’s incredibly fitting that the University has chosen to name its seat of leadership after Mike who has done so much to lead both the state and the university to reach its highest potential. President Miller, we thank you for letting us be a part of what you tried to do here at the University of Maryland and what you have achieved. It was an honor and privilege being a part of Team Miller and the Miller family. We all thank you and congratulations.”
 
William E. “Brit” Kirwan  (full remarks)
President, University of Maryland (1989-1998)
“Mike, I am thrilled that your name will grace the Main Administration Building. You became the Senate President the year before I became the university’s president. I could never overstate my appreciation for the support you gave me during my tenures both as president and chancellor and what this support meant to the ever-growing excellence of your beloved alma mater. Simply put, you are the best!”  

C. D. "Dan" Mote, Jr. (full remarks)
President, University of Maryland (1998-2010)
“Today, naming the Thomas V. Miller, Jr. Administration Building after a man who transformed this campus is a truly wonderful day. On the first morning of my first day on this campus, Patsy and I welcomed Mike to an early breakfast at the President’s Residence. I wanted him to be the first person I met that day. We went on to develop a warm and trusting relationship, and Mike remains my best friend in the State. Mike, congratulations on this magnificent recognition and thank you for allowing me to claim that my office at Maryland was in the Thomas V. Miller Administration Building.”

Wallace D. Loh  (full remarks)
President, University of Maryland 
“For all that Maryland Senate President Mike Miller has done, over the course of three decades, for the students, the faculty, and the staff of UMD -- those who are here now; those who came before; and those who will come in the generations ahead -- we proudly, and gratefully, etch his name in stone, upon this landmark Main Administration Building.”

Darryll J. Pines  (full remarks)
President-Designate, University of Maryland 
“Every year, tens of thousands of Terps will cross McKeldin Mall, inspired by Senator Miller's unwavering commitment to propelling our university forward. His name will remind us all of his unwavering pursuit of service to the great state of Maryland … and to the world.”

Tommy Miller (full remarks)
Senator Miller’s Son
“Myself and my siblings want to say thank you to the University of Maryland for adding my father’s name to this building. It’s been such an honor. He put the university on his back, he’s been like a father figure to it and protected it, and I’m just so glad and honored that somebody was able to see this.”

Catherine Miller (full remarks)
Senator Miller’s Granddaughter
“I can speak for all of my cousins when I say we are all incredibly honored to be at a place that we love so much, University of Maryland, and to be here honoring a man that we love so much, our awesome grandfather. No matter where I go and no matter who I’m with or where I am, I’m always proud to be a Miller, a Marylander and a Terp.”
 
Linda Gooden
University System of Maryland Board Of Regents Chair  
“Throughout his career in public service, Senate President Mike Miller has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to higher education.  Two-year and four-year institutions, public and private, have all benefited from his support.  To be honored like this, on the state’s flagship campus, and his alma mater is certainly well-deserved.”
 
Dan Alpert
Student Government Association President
“Senator Miller has been a long-standing friend and advocate for the University of Maryland throughout his tenure as a State Senator and Senate President. With several of our own University Presidents, student interns, graduates, and more overlapping their own experiences with that of Senator Miller, it is clear that his leadership has had an impact on many. From efforts to ban assault pistols in 1994 to more recent legislation calling for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and moving away from mandatory minimum sentencing for minor crimes, Senator Miller has been an ally in progressing Maryland to be a leader in the Nation. Renaming the main admin building is a way to remember this Terp’s legacy as the longest-serving Senate President in our State’s history and as a support of this University throughout his life.”

Annie Rappeport
Graduate Student Government President
“Thank you, Mike Miller, for your lifelong dedication to education and the State of Maryland. Thank you for supporting schools in Maryland from K-12 to community colleges and four-year institutions with proactive and unifying (bipartisan) policies. Your legislative work has helped to keep public universities accessible with a focus on affordability and outreach.”

The Hall CP Opens in the University of Maryland’s Discovery District

January 7, 2020
Contacts: 

Hafsa Siddiqi hafsa@umd.edu 301-405-4671

COLLEGE PARK, Md -- Located in the heart of the University of Maryland Discovery District, new arts and entertainment venue, The Hall CP is now open. Developer, CEO of WarHorse Cities and University of Maryland alum, Scott Plank debuts the soft opening of his much-awaited venue today, billed as a gathering place for artists, entrepreneurs and members of the university community. 

The Hall CP is the next big thing to hit the Discovery District, alongside the Capitol One Tech Incubator and WeWork. The Discovery District is part of the university’s Greater College Park initiative, a $2 billion public-private investment to rapidly revitalize the Baltimore Avenue corridor and academic campus, which includes dynamic academic spaces, a public-private research hub and vibrant downtown community. 

“The Hall CP stems from a long-standing relationship between War Horse Cities and WeWork, resulting in an incredibly simple and successful concept that similarly brought the arts and tech communities together in a unique way in San Francisco,” says Plank. “Now, we’re bringing that concept to the heart of College Park.”

Spanning more than 20,000 square feet, the venue boasts a performance and private events space dubbed the Longhouse, a pizzeria, coffee shop, full-service restaurant, outdoor patio and multiple bar areas. Veteran Baltimore-area restaurateurs Chad Gauss (The Food Market) and Dennis Sharoky (Coal Fire Pizza) will run the food and beverage programming.

In addition to serving as a new social and creative space for students, the venue will also be a gathering place for alumni, WeWork clients, visitors staying at The Hotel at the University of Maryland, and, with the incoming Purple Line Metro stop, D.C. residents as well. In collaboration with UMD President Wallace Loh, UMD Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development Ken Ulman, and real estate developers Chesapeake Realty Partners and partner Jon Mayers, Plank is helping to grow College Park into a top-tier college town with The Hall CP.

During its soft opening, The Hall CP will operate seven days a week in a limited capacity, only serving the cafe and pizzeria menus from 8 am to 3 pm daily. Extended hours, full dining menu and programming activations will begin in late January 2020. For more information, please visit www.TheHallCP.com 

About The Hall CP
The Hall CP (4656 Hotel Drive), a new arts and entertainment venue at the University of Maryland, is a space for artists, entrepreneurs, students, and community leaders to unite and collaborate through food, art and innovation. Developer and War Horse Cities CEO Scott Plank, in collaboration with Chesapeake Realty Partners and UMD, returned to his alma mater to create The Hall CP with the intention of fostering the school’s and community’s relationship with local artists and entrepreneurs. With more than 20,000 square feet of activation space, boasting amenities like a private event space, indoor and outdoor dining, and a coffee bar and pizzeria, The Hall CP will cater to both student-driven and community-focused programming. Located in Greater College Park, Md.’s Discovery District, The Hall CP is the latest effort in growing College Park into a top-tier college town.

About the University of Maryland
The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students,10,000 faculty and staff, and 280 academic programs. As one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars, its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners and 58 members of the national academies. The institution has a $2.1 billion operating budget and secures $514 million annually in external research funding. For more information about the University of Maryland, College Park, visit www.umd.edu.

UMD Alums Honored in Forbes' 2020 "30 Under 30" List

December 20, 2019
Contacts: 

Hafsa Siddiqi hafsa@umd.edu 301-405-4671

COLLEGE PARK, Md.— Three University of Maryland alumni were recognized by Forbes Magazine on their 2020 “30 Under 30” list, which highlights “600 young entrepreneurs, risk-takers and game changers who are redefining what it means to innovate and lead by example,” according to Forbes. 

The Forbes “30 Under 30” list class of 2020 includes 30 honorees for each of the 20 categories. James Fayal '12 founded Zest Tea, a line of high-caffeine, natural energy drinks, and Atara Bernstein '13 is COO of pineapple collaborative, a community of 70,000 food-loving women. Jared Brown M.P.S. '19, who was incarcerated for two misdemeanors at age 18, now works for the Obama Foundation's My Brother's Keeper Alliance, which aims to close opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color. 

More about UMD’s 2020 “30 Under 30” winners:

Food & Drink List:

James Fayal ‘12 founded his line of energy teas while working as an analyst at a venture firm in 2014. After a $10,000 crowdfunding campaign, Zest Tea started selling hot teas containing about three times the caffeine levels of traditional teas (on par with coffee and energy drinks). Last year, Fayal launched a line of low-calorie and sugar-free ready-to-drink iced teas, which are sold in more than 2,500 stores across the U.S., including Whole Foods, Safeway, Giant and Shaws.

In 2015, pineapple collaborative started as a potluck with 30 women in Washington, D.C.. Today, pineapple is a community of over 70,000 women who love food, including hundreds of industry leaders from Christina Tosi to Carla Hall. Led by cofounders Ariel Pasternak, CEO, and Atara Bernstein ‘13, COO, pineapple operates through the events in D.C., New York City and San Francisco, digital content, social media and a podcast, providing opportunities for women to express their style, identity and values through food. In 2018, they expanded through a partnership with delivery app Caviar, offering customers a curated list of women-owned restaurants to order from in 16 cities. In November 2019, the duo debuted a line of pantry products, launching with olive oil and apple cider vinegar, which are now must-haves for the perfect woman-powered #shelfie.

Education List:

Jared Brown M.P.S. '19 was incarcerated for two misdemeanors at the age of 18, received a reduced sentence and has spent the past decade helping fellow young men of color earn second chances and bridge educational and opportunity gaps. He is now a change agent at My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance, part of the Obama Foundation, where he launched and manages a network of youth and local leaders in 250 jurisdictions nationwide. The University of Maryland graduate represented the U.S. at the 2017 UN Youth Assembly.

View the full “30 Under 30” list here. 

The Honorable James R. Clapper to Address University of Maryland's 2019 Winter Graduates

October 22, 2019
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson, lawsonk@umd.edu, 301-405-4622

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland announced today that James R. Clapper ‘63, former director of national intelligence and author of the best-selling book, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence,” will deliver the university’s commencement address on Dec. 17, 2019. Clapper will address thousands of graduates, family and friends during the ceremony at the XFINITY Center.

“During his half century serving our nation’s security, General Clapper earned a reputation for helping unify the Intelligence Services and speaking truth to power.  He has an important message to share with our graduates and this campus,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “We are delighted to welcome him back to his Alma Mater.”

Clapper served as the fourth director of national intelligence from Aug. 9, 2010, to Jan. 20, 2017. In this position, he led the United States intelligence community and served as the principal intelligence adviser to President Barack Obama.

“It is a true honor to be chosen to speak at the University of Maryland’s commencement,” said Clapper. “I look forward to returning to my alma mater to address the graduating class on their momentous day.” 

Clapper’s career began in 1961, when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and culminated as a lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. His intelligence-related positions over his 32 years in uniform included assistant chief of staff for intelligence at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and director of intelligence for three combatant commands: U.S. Forces, Korea; Pacific Command; and Strategic Air Command. He served two combat tours during the Southeast Asia conflict, and flew 73 combat support missions in EC-47s over Laos and Cambodia.

Following his retirement from the armed forces in 1995, Clapper worked for six years as an executive in three companies, focusing on the intelligence community. He also served as a consultant and adviser to Congress and to the departments of Defense and Energy, and as a member of a variety of government panels, boards, commissions and advisory groups. He was a senior member of the Downing Assessment Task Force, which investigated the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996, and vice chairman of a commission chaired by former Gov. Jim Gilmore of Virginia on homeland security, and he served on the National Security Agency Advisory Board.

Clapper returned to the government two days after 9/11 as the first civilian director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. He served in this capacity for almost five years, transforming it into the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, as it is called today.

Prior to becoming director of national intelligence, Clapper served for over three years in two administrations as undersecretary of defense for intelligence, where he was the principal staff assistant and adviser to the secretary and deputy secretary on intelligence, counterintelligence and security matters. He was also director of defense intelligence for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Clapper earned a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and an honorary doctorate in strategic intelligence from the then-Joint Military Intelligence College.

He has been honored with three National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medals, two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Award, three Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Awards, the presidentially conferred National Security Medal, and many other U.S. civilian and military, and foreign government awards and decorations.

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About the University of Maryland
The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students,10,000 faculty and staff, and 280 academic programs. As one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars, its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners and 58 members of the national academies. The institution has a $2.1 billion operating budget and secures $570 million annually in external research funding. For more information about the University of Maryland, College Park, visit www.umd.edu.

UMD Team Again Wins National Affordable Housing Design Competition

April 22, 2019
Contacts: 

Maria Day-Marshall  301-405-6795, Lee Tune 301-405-4679

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – For the second year in a row, a team of graduate students from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation has won the Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). UMD teams finished first last year and second in 2016, their only two previous entries in the 6-year-old competition.

This year the University of Maryland team took first place and the $20,000 top prize with its design for Brooklyn Bend, a mixed-use housing and retail development for low- and moderate-income residents located along San Antonio’s Riverwalk. Results were announced Wednesday. Defending champion Maryland beat out more than 70 other teams, including the other three finalists, second place University of California, Berkeley, and runners-up Yale University and Virginia Tech.

Judges cited the team’s well-developed financial package and understanding of the concepts behind the proposal, and commended the project for having the highest population density among the four finalists. The design, which fronts the San Antonio River, emphasizes energy efficiency, water pollution control and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Instead of a layout that included just one or two large buildings, the team designed a village-like development with a variety of housing unit designs and sizes to meet a wide range of needs, said Kyle Huck (dual master’s degree program in architecture and real estate development).

“All the proposals were unique in their own ways, but I think what set ours apart was that we really tried to use the site to its highest and best use,” he said, “and not just meet the requirements but to use the site as appropriately as possible to create a proposal that was more dense, which results in a greater amount of affordable housing.”

“We have a lot of dual degrees on our team,” said Cassandra Huntington (dual master’s degree program in architecture and real estate development). “The fact that we have the real estate development degree in addition to the architecture degree gives us a leg up on most of the competition, because we have a better understanding of both the design and the finance sides.”

In addition to graduate students Huck and Huntington, other members of the team are:  Lauren Stamm (master’s degree program in community planning); Andrew Mazer (master’s degree program in architecture); and Nyasha Mandima (master’s degree program in real estate development). The team’s advisors are Maria Day-Marshall, director of UMD’s Real Estate Development Program. and Rob McClennan, senior project manager, Bonstra | Haresign Architects, AIA, and UMD adjunct professor.

Donald Linebaugh, interim dean of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, said the Maryland team's design demonstrated the strengths of the school's interdisciplinary approach.

"Their winning submission was a thoughtful and nuanced response to a challenging site along San Antonio's Riverwalk," said Donald Linebaugh, interim dean of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. "They drew on their strengths in design, planning, and real estate finance to craft a project that put people and community first, activating the site and delivering a safe, affordable, and beautiful housing solution."

"With 12 dual degree programs in our School," explained Linebaugh, "MAPP+D is a national leader in interdisciplinary graduate education. And the students' innovative winning submission, clearly demonstrates the strengths of our interdisciplinary approach to the built environment."  

The San Antonio Housing Authority board, which is looking to redevelop the site, will review the winning proposal in coming months.

According to HUD, “the need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater,” and its affordable housing competition is intended to “advance the design and production of livable and sustainable housing for low- and moderate-income people through research and innovation.”

 

“When it comes to creating innovative affordable housing, HUD does not do this work alone,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement. “Congratulations to the University of Maryland and all of our finalists, for their consciousness stream of good ideas that increases housing opportunity for Americans with modest incomes.”

University of Maryland Statement Against Hate and Bias

November 5, 2017
Contacts: 

 Katie Lawson, 301-405-4622

 
Statement Against Hate and Bias 
Joel Seligman, AVP for Communications and Marketing - November 5, 2017
 

UMD sincerely regrets the overwhelming misunderstanding resulting in the #UMDNotAHome social media conversation. The statements on social media connected to this hashtag do not reflect the positions of the university or our leaders' mutual commitment to diversity and inclusion on campus and across our nation.

To put it plainly, the UMD administration stands against hate and bias in all of its forms and wants every Terp to feel welcome, safe and at home at the University of Maryland. 

In recent months, there have been instances of intentional provocation by hateful, far-right groups spreading targeted messages that the administration finds despicable. These outside agitators want to divide our campus community into factions that are in conflict with one another from within UMD, rather than see our campus stand together in opposition to the broader forces of hate, white supremacy, anti-immigrant xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia and anti-semitism. 

It is understandable that some members of our community are also disturbed by remarks by university officials, even when the comments are quoted entirely out of context and in a manner that misrepresents the meaning. UMD has seen an example of one of our longtime colleagues unfairly criticized for her efforts to provide legal advice to the University Senate Campus Affairs Committee literally at the same time she is working to advance the cause of inclusion.

The administration encourages all members of our community to work together—students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni—to increase respect, inclusiveness, and cohesiveness on our campus. A comprehensive list of efforts underway by UMD administration is available at umd.edu/umdreflects 

 

 

UMD Named a 2017 Best College by MONEY Magazine

July 12, 2017
Contacts: 

Jennifer Burroughs, 301-405-4621

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  The University of Maryland ranked No. 11 among public universities according to MONEY Magazine’s 2017 list of Best Colleges. UMD ranked No. 20 overall among U.S. institutions. 

To calculate rankings, MONEY assessed more than 700 colleges in the U.S. based on three equally-weighted categories, including educational quality, affordability and alumni success. MONEY measured 27 factors within these categories covering areas such as instructor quality, measuring the study-to-faculty ratio, affordability for low-income students and value-added earnings, which measures if the school is launching students to better paying jobs. 

Earlier this year, UMD was also ranked a Best Value College by ForbesPrinceton Review and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

UMD Capitol Hill Forum Addresses Health Disparities Research & Action for Equity

September 23, 2016
Contacts: 

Contacts: Elise Carbonaro, 301-405-6501

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland, in collaboration with Rep. John P. Sarbanes and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, recently convened more than 100 people for a Research on the Hill forum focused on strategies to achieve health equity at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Moderated by Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D., professor and director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity in the UMD School of Public Health, the panel discussion engaged experts from academia, federal health agencies and the private business sector in a candid conversation about how to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities among vulnerable populations.

“Our exploratory research holds the solutions to many of the most challenging problems of our day,” said UMD Vice President and Chief Research Officer Patrick G. O’Shea, Ph.D. “As a university, it is our mission to create and understand knowledge to develop better ways to house and heal and fuel and feed our people in advanced societies that are just, secure, and free. Achieving health equity touches on the ‘heal’ aspect of that mission.”

The topics ranged from the progress that has been made in access to medical care as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to challenges that still remain in improving quality of care and in making the medical care system incorporate public health and address the social determinants of health that prevent people from acting health promotion and disease prevention recommendations. 

“The state of Maryland has embraced the ACA and there is clear evidence that the new incentives are indeed moving hospital systems away from a fee-for-service business model to one that rewards quality care and positive health outcomes over the volume of procedures,” said Thomas. “While the transition is not perfect, our state is a national leader for what the future of health care will look like.”

Panel members shared examples of effective and innovative community-based health interventions and public-private partnerships that are making a difference through culturally-tailored health promotion and disease prevention services, and highlighted the emergence of social determinants of health such as poverty, discrimination and residential segregation as factors that must be overcome.

 “I’m convinced that if you address racial and ethnic disparities with respect to the delivery of health care and health care coverage in this country, you will build the best health care system we can possibly have because diversity is our country’s hallmark,” said Congressman Sarbanes, who, as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has been a tireless advocate for improving healthcare quality and addressing health disparities.
 
To achieve health equity, researchers, policymakers, and industry leaders must address broader issues beyond the traditional biomedical model and build trust between those who control health care delivery system and those who have lost hope in the system, said members of the panel. 

The panelists recommended that health equity be incorporated into all public policies, not just those related to health care, to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. 

Panel members included:

  • Margo Edmunds, Ph.D., Vice President, Evidence Generation and Translation at Academy Health;
  • J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., M.S.C.E., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
  • Julia Huggins, President of Cigna Mid-Atlantic;
  • Kolawole Okuyemi, M.D., MPH, Professor of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Director of the Program in Health Disparities Research and Inaugural Endowed Chair for Health Equity at the University of Minnesota; and
  • Eliseo Pérez-Stable, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer, who represents Maryland’s 5th Congressional District and is a distinguished UMD alumnus, also joined the event and emphasized that as an interconnected community, we should all care about health disparities.
 
“It is unacceptable that in the United States, where all are created equal in the words of our Declaration of Independence, that one’s access to healthcare may be higher or lower as a result of race, gender, or income,” said Congressman Hoyer. “Everybody being healthy is of concern to each and every one of us.”
 
He discussed how we must continue to defend the patient protections that Americans are benefiting from thanks to the ACA, such as the no-cost access to preventive services like mammograms and immunizations, as well as remind people of the dramatic increase in the number of people, particularly people of color, who now have health coverage as a result.

The event was held as part of the University of Maryland’s Research on the Hill series, which is aimed at raising awareness of research with great societal significance.

View the conversation at: https://youtu.be/HPedKr0jZLQ

UMD Study Finds Connecting Uninsured Patients to Primary Care Could Reduce ER Use

May 6, 2015
Contacts: 

Kelly Blake 301-405-9418
Hillery Tsumba 301-628-3425

Montgomery County, Md. Initiative Could Improve Health, Reduce Costs

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – An intervention to connect low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to a reliable source of primary health care shows promise for reducing avoidable use of hospital emergency departments in Maryland. A University of Maryland School of Public Health study evaluating the results of the intervention was published this week in the May issue of the journal Health Affairs

For twenty years, use of hospital emergency departments has been on the rise in the United States, particularly among low-income patients who face barriers to accessing health care outside of hospitals, including not having an identifiable primary health care provider. Almost half of emergency room visits are considered “avoidable.” The Emergency Department-Primary Care Connect Initiative of the Primary Care Coalition, which ran from 2009 through 2011, linked low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to safety-net health clinics. 

“Our study found that uninsured patients with chronic health issues – such as those suffering from hypertension, diabetes, asthma, COPD, congestive heart failure, depression or anxiety – relied less on the emergency department after they were linked to a local health clinic for ongoing care,” says Dr. Karoline Mortensen, assistant professor of health services administration at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and senior researcher. “Connecting patients to primary care and expanding the availability of these safety-net clinics could reduce emergency department visits and provide better continuity of care for vulnerable populations.”  

Funded by a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the initiative engaged all five of the hospitals operating in Montgomery County, Maryland at the time, and four safety-net clinics serving low-income patients. Using “patient navigators,” individuals trained to help patients find the care they need and can afford, these hospitals referred more than 10,000 low-income, uninsured and Medicaid patients who visited emergency departments to four local primary care clinics, with the goal of encouraging them to establish an ongoing relationship with the clinic and reduce their reliance on costly emergency department care. 

Two hospitals in Montgomery County who participated in the intervention continued the program after the initial grant period concluded because of the benefits they saw for patients and for reducing emergency department visits and associated costs. These hospitals are currently testing a new version of the intervention specifically deigned to link emergency department patients with behavioral health conditions to appropriate community-based services. 

While hospital administrators and health policy experts throughout the country are recognizing that access to primary care improves continuity of care for patients and reduces avoidable use of emergency departments, the implications of this project are particularly important for hospitals in Maryland, which are now operating under a unique all-payer model for hospital payments. Within this new payment structure, Maryland hospitals will have to meet ambitious spending, quality of care, and population health goals. Reducing avoidable use of emergency departments can help in reaching these goals.

The project provides promise not only for hospitals in Maryland but throughout the nation to improve health care experiences and outcomes for their patients. Shared learning systems were an integral component of the project so participants were learning from each other and sharing best practices throughout the project and that learning has now been documented and can be replicated in other communities.

“This was an incredibly rewarding project to work on,” says Barbara H. Eldridge, Manager of Quality Improvement at the Primary Care Coalition. “We created a learning system that permits us to sustain improved communication between patients and their providers, between hospital discharge planners and community based clinics, and across five hospitals operating in Montgomery County.” The initiative has proven successful in Montgomery County, Maryland and is being replicated in communities in other parts of the country. 

“Linking Uninsured Patients Treated In The Emergency Department To Primary Care Shows Some Promise In Maryland” was written by Theresa Y. Kim, Karoline Mortensen, and Barbara Eldridge and published in the journal Health Affairs

University Launches Dynamic, Interactive Information Website UMD Right Now

December 4, 2012
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Crystal Brown 301-405-4618 crystalb@umd.edu

College Park, Md. – Today, the University of Maryland launched a brand-new multimedia news and information portal, UMD Right Now, which provides members of the media and the public with real-time information on the university and its extended community.

UMD Right Now replaces Newsdesk, which previously served as the university’s news hub and central resource for members of the media. The new site is aimed at reaching broader audiences and allows visitors to keep up with the latest Maryland news and events, view photos and videos and connect with the university across all of its social media platforms.

“We designed UMD Right Now to be a comprehensive, vibrant site where visitors can find new and exciting things happening at Maryland,” said Linda Martin, executive director, Web and New Media Strategies. “Through social media, video, photos and news information, we hope to engage visitors and compel the community to explore all that Maryland has to offer.”

The new website, umdrightnow.umd.edu, contains up-to-date news releases and announcements, facts and figures about the university, a searchable database of faculty and staff experts, information highlighting innovation and entrepreneurship at UMD, additional resources for news media and other campus and athletics news.

“UMD RightNow is the place to go to find out all the things happening on and around campus on any given day,” said Crystal Brown, chief communications officer. “This website brings real-time news, events and information right to your fingertips.”

For more information and contact information for the Office of University Communications, please visit umdrightnow.umd.edu.

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