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Three UB Alumnae Among Sun's '50 Women to Watch'

Three alumnae from the University of Baltimore are among the Baltimore Sun's "50 Women to Watch," a list generated by the newspaper's readers as well as local leaders and newsmakers to determine the area's "most intriguing movers and shakers of 2014."

The three UB alumnae are:

  • Georgette Kiser, M.B.A. '04
  • Cylia Lowe, J.D. '03, M.S. '08
  • Mary V. McNamara Koch, J.D. '87

Kiser is vice president and head of enterprise solutions and capabilities for T. Rowe Price, as well as a member of the University of Baltimore Foundation; Lowe is president-elect of the Junior League of Baltimore; and Koch is a partner in the law firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy.

"We're proud of the recognition that the Sun has given to these wonderful UB alumnae," said UB President Kurt Schmoke. "The UB community extends its congratulations to the honorees for their accomplishments—they are indeed women to watch."

The Sun's "50 Women to Watch" article is available online in the Sun Magazine.

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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Economics Professor: Building Community is Essential to City's Future

Seema Iyer, associate director of the University of Baltimore's Jacob France Institute and a research assistant professor in the Merrick School of Business, tells the Baltimore Sun that the economic development of Baltimore is critically dependent on the success of efforts to create new communities, both within and across existing neighborhoods.

In an article about the rising number of young people making Baltimore their home, Iyer joins other experts in talking about how the city can sustain its current uptick in growth.

"If we can create communities, not just in those neighborhoods, but create communities across neighborhoods, they'll feel like Baltimoreans and start investing not only their retail dollars but also their emotional dollars," Iyer said. "Building community is going to be critical in order to have them feel like this is their home for the long term. That will be the real benefit, instead of just having 25- to 34-year-olds churning through the city."

Read the article.

Learn more about Prof. Iyer.

Learn more about the Jacob France Institute and the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business.

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'Veterans' Voices' Offers Chance for Veterans to Talk About Their Military Experiences, Nov. 10

"Veterans' Voices," a University of Baltimore community-wide discussion featuring veterans sharing their many and varied experiences in the military, will be hosted by The Bob Parsons Veterans Center, Spotlight UB and the Maryland Humanities Council on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in UB's Wright Theater. The event is part of the University's Salute Our Troops Week, Nov. 10-14, a series of occasions honoring military and veteran students. The Wright Theater is located in the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. "Veterans' Voices" is free and open to the public; an R.S.V.P. is required (see below).

"Veterans' Voices" will be previewed with a radio segment on the Maryland Humanities Council's Humanities Connection program on 88.1 WYPR on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 5:45 p.m. During this segment, entitled "Soldier Stories," Lisa M. Van Wormer, an Iraq War veteran and a student in the University's M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program, and Joseph Wood, UB provost, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, professor of history and public affairs and a Vietnam veteran, will offer perspectives on their military experiences, separated by nearly 40 years of change in gender equality in the military.

On Nov. 10, "Veterans' Voices" will open with veterans reading selected works—some self-written—exploring soldiers' experiences. From Korean War to Iraq War veterans, both fiction and non-fiction literary works provide insights into the lives of those in the nation's armed forces, including diversity in the military, the experience of war, and the return to civilian life. Following these readings, audience members will engage in facilitated and meaningful discussion about veterans' issues. "Veterans' Voices" provides a unique opportunity for both civilians and service men and women to explore more deeply the topics and issues surrounding the veteran experience.

The partnership brings together three entities with particular strengths: The Bob Parsons Veterans Center's commitment to servicemen and servicewomen, Spotlight UB's high-quality performances and access to University of Baltimore students, and the Maryland Humanities Council’s mission to use the humanities to spur informed dialogue on critical issues.

All of the veterans featured in the program are connected to the University of Baltimore. They include lifelong Baltimore resident Ken Turner, a University of Baltimore employee who served with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for 22 years. Turner was deployed during Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield and retired with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (E-7) in 2002. During his military service he was awarded two meritorious promotions, twice awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Louis Diggs, B.A. '79, M.P.A. '82, joined the all-black Maryland National Guard (726th Transportation Truck Company of the 231st Transportation Truck Battalion) in 1950, served in the Korean War from 1950 until 1952 and remained in the U.S. Army until 1970. Upon retirement, Diggs served in Washington, D.C. public schools. Over the past 20 years he has been an avid historian and author, publishing several books on historic black communities in Baltimore County.

UB Provost Joseph Wood has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. He served in Vietnam as a combat engineer.

UB graduate student Lisa M. Van Wormer, an Iraq War veteran, has published memoir pieces in Baltimore Fishbowl and on WYPR's The Signal, and has had a collaborative poem published in Welter, the University of Baltimore literary journal, plus two pieces featured in Spotlight UB's Emerging Voices Project and in the Langsdale Library Basement Reading Series as part of National Library Week.

After the readings on Nov. 10, audience members will break into small groups for discussion. Conversations will be facilitated by Irvin Brown, interim coordinator for the Parsons Veterans Center, Fred Guy, director of UB's Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics, Stephen Shirley, adviser to the UB Veterans Club, and Provost Wood.

To R.S.V.P. for the Nov. 10 "Veterans' Voices" event, go here.

Learn more about The Bob Parsons Veterans Center and Salute Our Troops Week.

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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Finance Professor: Lower Gas Prices Are Good - Not Great

Steve Isberg, associate professor of finance in the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business, tells The Baltimore Sun that while lower gas prices may help consumers across the country, inflation and stagnant wages are harming the economy.

"I love it when I can fill up my tank for $60 instead of $75, but I don't know if I'm going to jump for joy," Isberg says.

Read the article.

Learn more about Prof. Isberg and the Merrick School of Business.

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Documentary Tells Story of Muslim Heroine in Nazi-Occupied Paris, Nov. 5

The University of Baltimore will host the area premiere of Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story, a film about a Muslim woman's fight against the Nazi occupation of France, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. in UB's Wright Theater, located on the fifth floor of the University's Student Center at 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will take place at 5 p.m., followed by a screening of the film at 6 p.m. and a panel discussion at 7 p.m.

Directed by Emmy Award winner Robert Gardner and filmed in Baltimore, Enemy of the Reich brings to life the remarkable story of a Muslim woman's extraordinary courage, tested in the crucible of Paris during World War II. Noor Inayat Khan, the daughter of an American mother and an Indian Muslim father--the internationally renowned Sufi master, Hazrat Inayat Khan. Khan, the future Allies agent, grew up in her father's Sufi spiritual center in Paris, where she was living when the Nazi invasion occurred.

Resisting numerous opportunities to escape safely, Khan made the selfless decision to save countless lives and fight against the occupation by joining a British covert operation that involved wireless transmissions in aid to the French Resistance. While other agents were captured or fled the occupied territory, Khan continued to send messages to Britain; eventually she became the sole link between London and the resistance forces in France. The film tells her inspiring life story, and serves to expand the Muslim narrative in the hearts and minds of American audiences.

Guest panelists at the premiere include:

  • Daniel Tutt, director of Outreach and Foundation Relations for the Unity Productions Foundation, the non-profit media and education company that produced the film
  • Uta Larkey, director of the German program and associate professor of German at Goucher College
  • Homayra Ziad, scholar of Islam at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies

Arthur J. Magida, writer in residence at the University of Baltimore, will serve as moderator.

Eventually caught by the Germans, Khan was sent to Dachau concentration camp where she was executed in September 1944. She was posthumously awarded a British George Cross and a French Croix de Guerre. In 2012 a bronze bust of Khan was unveiled in Gordon Square Gardens, London, and this year the British Royal Mail issued a postage stamp in her honor.

This event is sponsored by the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics and the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies.

To R.S.V.P., call 410.837.5379 or send an email to cmyers@ubalt.edu.

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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John Bessler's "The Birth of American Law: An Italian Philosopher and the American Revolution"

Join us for a celebration of the release of John Bessler's new book, The Birth of American Law: An Italian Philosopher and the American Revolution on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. in AL 202.

Professor Bessler will discuss his new book, which tells the forgotten story of how a 26-year-old Italian philosopher, Cesare Beccaria, profoundly influenced the foundation of early American law, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Professor Tim Sellers and Professor C.J. Peters will provide commentary.

This event is sponsored by the UB School of Law Faculty Research and Development Committee. R.S.V.P. below.

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CNCM Fall Meet & Greet

Come out to the CNCM Fall Meet & Greet! Nibble & Mingle with Professors and Peers; Reconnect and network with colleagues; Build new connections. There will be light food and refreshments, and door prizes! "Let the Fire Burn" Movie will also be shown [A history of the conflict of the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, that led to the disastrously violent final confrontation in 1985] Meet the current board members of the Association: Danielle Laurenceau, President Darnell Henson, Vice President Ann Margaret Zelenka, Treasurer Sharnele Ranson, Secretary

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Undergraduate Spring Open House

The University of Baltimore invites you, your friends and your family to the Undergraduate Spring Open House on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

This open house is a great opportunity for you to:

  • explore our academic programs
  • speak with our faculty and advisers
  • ask questions about financial aid and career services
  • tour our campus and learn about campus life
  • ask our admission representatives questions in person.

As an added bonus, applicants who attend this open house will also have their application fee waived.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. We hope to see you there! If you cannot attend, feel free to schedule a campus visit on your own time.

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Aspen String Trio

The Aspen String Trio returns to campus to conduct residencies and to perform the work of Gideon Klein, Hans Krasa and Hans Gal. Framed once again by the historical context provided by radio personality, Jonathan Palevsky the Trio will perform the emotional compositions of three Holocaust survivors. Tickets are $15 general, $10 UB staff/seniors and $5 students/alumni and are available online at ETIX and an hour pre show in the Wright lobby.

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"Beyond Black and White: Asian Americans and the Future of Civil Rights" - A discussion with Frank Wu

Join the University of Baltimore School of Law's chapter of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association for "Beyond Black and White: Asian Americans and the Future of Civil Rights," a presentation by Frank Wu.

Frank H. Wu was recently renewed for a second term of service as Chancellor & Dean of University of California Hastings College of Law. In 2013, he was voted the most “influential” dean in legal education in a poll by National Jurist magazine (and number three on the overall list of twenty-five); in 2014, he was again listed among the top five “most influential” leaders in legal education. In 2012, the Daily Journal legal newspaper named him to their list of “top 100” lawyers in California for his efforts to reform legal education.

Wu is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White and Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment.