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University of Baltimore Receives EPA Grant to Help Revitalize Urban Watershed

The University of Baltimore has received an Environmental Protection Agency grant of nearly $60,000 to help clean up a vital portion of the Lower Jones Falls near the UB campus. This portion of the Patapsco Watershed, known as the Mill Corridor, is part of an ongoing urban renewal effort bringing new housing, retail and recreational opportunities to city residents.

The EPA's Urban Waters program is awarding $2.1 million to 37 organizations across the country, including UB, to support community-led efforts to improve waterways and surrounding lands in urban zones.

Once consigned to runoff from industrial mills and development and neglected because several sections of the waterway run beneath the Jones Falls Expressway, the stream and the lands that abut the Lower Jones Falls are of increasing interest to city residents in search of green space. The area—part of which is within easy walking distance of the UB campus—is rich in wildlife, such as the yellow crowned night herons that nest in growing numbers above the waterway. Dozens of species of fish, plants and other wildlife have been identified. But the ecosystem remains fragile—and UB and its partners at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the Blue Water Baltimore organization are determined to make improvements.

"This grant provides us with a great opportunity to help to enhance the Mill Corridor, which is truly a forgotten gem in Baltimore," said Wolf T. Pecher, assistant professor in the University's Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies and principal investigator for the EPA grant. "I hope that this will be the beginning of a great collaboration between UB, UMCES at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, Blue Water Baltimore and communities like the Mill Corridor that will contribute to a healthier Jones Falls and Inner Harbor."

Combining the EPA grant with $6,500 in matching funds from the University of Baltimore, Pecher and his colleague Stanley J. Kemp, also an assistant professor in UB’s Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies, together with Eric J. Schott, research assistant professor at the Center for Environmental Science, members of Blue Water Baltimore, and community volunteers, will monitor pollution entering the stream and gather data about the sources of that pollution. The team will forward this information to city officials and to Mill Corridor advocates as the basis for a mitigation plan. In addition, middle and high school students from area schools will explore the natural environment of the Lower Jones Falls through several educational outings that Kemp and Blue Water Baltimore will organize.

A $22,450 Fund for Excellence grant from the University of Baltimore Foundation provided the basis for the EPA grant application, Pecher said. Results from that earlier study show that so far, sewage appears to be a major source of pollution in the targeted waters. Pet waste also contributes to the pollution—a solvable problem that nonetheless represents a threat to the overall health of the watershed.

For the past several years, Pecher and his colleague Kemp have worked with students in UB's undergraduate program in Environmental Sustainability and Human Ecology to establish a connection between the urban campus and the natural environment of the nearby Jones Falls. The EPA grant is an indicator that their efforts are achieving results, and that researchers and sustainability advocates are recognizing UB's stewardship as a viable way to improve the stream and the surrounding green space.

Learn more about Pecher and the EPA's Urban Waters grant funding.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

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'O! Say' Poster Competition Judging Set for Sept. 15

The University of Baltimore will host a special public event that will serve as the culmination of its "O! Say, Can You Design a Poster?" competition and provide a platform for the legendary graphic designer, Kit Hinrichs, to deliver a keynote address on the history of the design of the American flag. The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 15 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the UB Student Center's Wright Theater, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. It is free and open to the public; an R.S.V.P. is required. (Attendance details listed below)

Hinrichs is a graphic designer and a collector of American flag iconography and memorabilia. He founded Studio Hinrichs in 2009, following 23 years as a partner of the international design firm Pentagram. He has design directed projects for the California Academy of Sciences graphic identity program, Sony Metreon Entertainment Complex identity and interior graphics, United Airlines' Hemispheres magazine, the Design Within Reach identity and catalog, and a number of others. He is co-founder and design director of @Issue: Journal of Business and Design, and has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the California College of the Arts, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Several of his pieces are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design. Hinrichs is a recipient of the AIGA medal in recognition of his exceptional achievements in the field of graphic design and visual communication.

Hinrichs will serve as one of five judges for UB's "O! Say, Can You Design a Poster?" competition, which is now open and continuing through Friday, Aug. 15, as part of Baltimore's Star-Spangled 200 celebration marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and Francis Scott Key’s composition of the "Star-Spangled Banner." The celebration will feature the weeklong Star-Spangled Spectacular, taking place in and around the city's harbor, Sept. 6-16.

At UB's Sept. 15 event, the judges will announce the winners of the "O! Say" competition, and the finalists will be on display in the adjacent Student Center Gallery.

To attend the "O! Say" event and Hinrichs's keynote talk, go here.

Learn more about Star-Spangled 200.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

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Business Professor: It's Never Too Late to Start a New Career

Ting Zhang, assistant professor in the University of Baltimore's School of Public and International Affairs and associate director and research assistant professor in UB's Jacob France Institute, tells Time magazine that more older Americans are recognizing that it makes sense to pursue their business dreams, especially since their fellow seniors also are stepping up to do it.

"Some older workers have been cherishing a dream, wanting to start their own business, and the time is now," Zhang tells the magazine. "Aging is a new opportunity to be an entrepreneur."

According to Time, which posted the article via its Money website, the Kauffmann Foundation reports that new businesses created by people 55 to 64 jumped by more than 60 percent between 1996 and 2013. In 2013, nearly a quarter of all new-business launches came from these older Americans.

Zhang is the author of the 2008 book Elderly Entrepreneurship in an Aging US Economy: It’s Never Too Late, which was favorably reviewed by The Gerontologist. She has spoken on aging and entrepreneurship at the National Press Club as a guest of the Center for Productive Longevity, and also has been interviewed by Bloomberg Business Week on older people's entrepreneurship.

Read the article in Time.

Learn more about Ting Zhang.

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UB's New President Establishes Scholarship for Baltimore Students

Kurt L. Schmoke, the new president of the University of Baltimore, has announced a scholarship fund to benefit Baltimore students enrolled in UB's College of Public Affairs. The scholarship is named for Schmoke's younger brother, Murray Alexander Schmoke Jr., who died in a 1994 car accident while volunteering as an English teacher in South Africa.

"My brother, Alex, viewed himself as a citizen of the world, fervently committed to lifelong learning," President Schmoke said. "His interest in public affairs is what led him to his work in South Africa. I know he would be thrilled about this association with the University of Baltimore."

Established with a $25,000 gift from President Schmoke, the Murray Alexander Schmoke Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide annual need-based financial support to a selected UB College of Public Affairs junior or senior undergraduate student who is a graduate of a Baltimore-based public high school. The student must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average to be eligible and must also maintain that GPA or higher for the life of the scholarship. The University of Baltimore Foundation will maintain the scholarship fund.

Alex Schmoke Jr. graduated from Baltimore City College and Morehouse College before working for T. Rowe Price and then for a Washington, D.C.-based group that raised money for black South African medical students to travel to the United States. During Kurt Schmoke's tenure as the mayor of Baltimore, his 25-year-old brother joined other volunteers in teaching English to 11th graders at Pax College, a Catholic mission school in the rural town of Pietersberg, South Africa. In a 1994 Baltimore Sun article, former Pax College volunteer Patrick T. McCabe described the younger Schmoke as a "real role model" and noted his popularity with the students. "He had a presence with them," McCabe said.

Read media coverage about the scholarship in The Capital Gazette and The Daily Record (subscription recquired).

Additional information about applying for the new scholarship will be announced in the coming weeks. 

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

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UB Welcomes Artscape, July 18-20

Artscape, the nation's largest free arts festival, will take place on and around the University of Baltimore campus on July 18-20. UB welcomes the more than 350,000 folks who will spend time at this unique gathering of artists, fashion designers, performers and vendors.

This year, UB will host Gamescape, a showcase for video games and the endlessly creative people who make them. Visitors to the Gamescape site can try new games, including some that University of Baltimore students and faculty members in the Simulation and Digital Entertainment program have created. Learn more about Gamescape and our Simulation and Digital Entertainment undergraduate degree program.

For those who require access to the UB campus prior to and during Artscape, check out the following traffic information:

Beginning Monday, July 14, street closures will impact the campus. Various streets will be closed, detours set up, and traffic re-routed to make way for festival activities. You should be aware that the volume of traffic will increase dramatically during the festival.

Current plans call for allowing access to the Fitzgerald Garage via Maryland Avenue, which will become a two-way street between Oliver Street and North Avenue starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 18  and continuing until 6 a.m. on Monday, July 21. Beginning July 18, access to the Maryland Ave Garage will be via Chase Street to the Cathedral Street entrance to the garage.

The Jones Falls Expressway (I-83) will be open in both directions. To access campus from the south, take I-83 northbound to the North Avenue exit and follow the signs to Maryland Avenue. From the north, take I-83 southbound to the Maryland Avenue exit.

During the festival, UB faculty, staff and students who use pre-tax parking, monthly parking, or have purchased a parking plan, may use their Bee Card to access either the Maryland Avenue or Fitzgerald Garage, regardless of garage assignment. Bee Cards will be programmed to access both facilities from Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 25. Parkers who use pay-per-park by pulling a ticket are not affected.

Dual garage access will give parkers options to navigate around campus while street closures are in effect before, during and after Artscape. The garage hours are:

The hours of the garages are as follows:

Maryland Avenue: Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fitzgerald: Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Questions? Contact the parking office at 410.837.6573 or parking@ubalt.edu.

Learn more about Artscape 2014.

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Upper-Division Writing Placement Test Prep Workshop

Get tips and strategies to prepare for the Upper-Division Writing Placement Test. The test is required of all UB students registering for Practicum in Writing (WRIT 200) or Advanced Expository Writing (WRIT 300). You are allowed to take the test only once, and this free workshop will help you prepare. View the testing schedule at www.ubalt.edu/placementtesting.

NOTE: These are preparation workshops - not the actual tests themselves. For test schedules, visit www.ubalt.edu/placement

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Let's Start Now: Law School Skills for Success

Excited about law school but nervous about what to expect?

This summer, get a jump on learning the skills necessary for success before you start law school. Join Claudia Diamond, J.D. ’95, director of academic and writing resources in the UB School of Law, for a fast-paced, interactive workshop focusing on best practices in case briefing, exam taking and writing.  

You may choose to attend one or both evening sessions. (We encourage you to do both.) 
6-9 p.m.
Hilda and Michael Bogomolny Room (fifth floor), UB Student Center
21 W. Mt. Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Dinner will be served both nights at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22: You’ll begin to learn the skills of case briefing, how to take a law school exam by actually taking one before you even begin law school, and the “ common language” of lawyers that all law students must know.
Wednesday, July 23: You’ll review writing best practices, develop skills necessary for discovering common errors, and learn the universal rules of organizing your writing for maximum effectiveness.

These sessions are for students entering UB School of Law in the fall of 2014. R.S.V.P. by July 18 to Laura Panozzo.

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Upper Division Writing Placement

By your second registration at UB, you should have already taken your Upper-division Writing Placement to ensure timely graduation and to enhance your academic performance in subsequent courses. In order to register for Advanced Expository Writing (WRIT 300)—an upper-division general education writing course required of all majors—you must either pass Practicum in Writing (WRIT 200) or score a 300 on the Upper-division Writing Placement Test.

The placement, which can only be taken once, is administered by the Office of Academic Foundations and Transitions by appointment only during the months of June, July and August.

You must R.S.V.P. for this test below (if there is no R.S.V.P. field below, then this section is full—please try another date). Be sure to arrive a few minutes before the start time. Late arrivals will not be admitted. Bring a photo ID and a pen or pencil to the specified testing location.

Click here for test instructions, grading criteria, sample prompts, and optional test preparation workshop dates.
 
*This placement is not for freshmen or sophomores requiring WRIT 101. Call 410.837.4186 to confirm test requirements.*

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Upper-Division Writing Placement Test Prep Workshop

Get tips and strategies to prepare for the Upper-Division Writing Placement Test. The test is required of all UB students registering for Practicum in Writing (WRIT 200) or Advanced Expository Writing (WRIT 300). You are allowed to take the test only once, and this free workshop will help you prepare. View the testing schedule at www.ubalt.edu/placementtesting.

NOTE: These are preparation workshops - not the actual tests themselves. For test schedules, visit www.ubalt.edu/placement

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