Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Francis DuVinage, Director – http://www.ugresearch.umd.edu/

We invite students, faculty, and staff to join in celebrating our undergraduates’ remarkable and varied research accomplishments at the annual Undergraduate Research Day (URD) poster and presentation session WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, between 1:45 and 3:45 pm, in the Grand Ballroom of the STAMP Student Union.

URD is Maryland’s largest, most visible, and most diversified showcase for undergraduate research accomplishments – come and learn from hundreds of team and individual presenters!

Where: Grand Ballroom, STAMP Student Union
When: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

"Technology and Transgression: Resurrecting Hester Prynne"

 Georgetown University Law Professor Laura K. Donohue will deliver an address titled "Technology and Transgression:  Resurrecting Hester Prynne" on Friday May 3.  The lecture will take place at 12:30 in Tawes Room 1100.  For more information, contact Dana Carluccio.

"Why I Ride" Video Contest

For Why I Ride 2013, create a 2-3 minute video about why you ride Shuttle-UM, a bicycle or carpool to campus. Pick any three of these sustainable transportation options for your video.

The grand prize once again will be a semester of FREE in-state tuition for best video!

The video can be whatever you want it to be so long as it promotes usage of Shuttle-UM, biking or carpooling and has a positive message.

We encourage you to be creative, have fun and think big!

To enter post your video to YouTube and send us the link to dotsprm@umd.edu

Videos are due Friday, May 3rd.

For more information:

Tau Beta Pi 5K

The Tau Beta Pi 5K has been rescheduled for 10:30 am this Sunday, May 5!

They are sponsored by Yes! Organic Market and there will be free giveaways by the store.
Heres the sign-up link:

Erasable, Inc. Annual 24 Hour Show

May 3, 1pm - May 4, 1pm on the front steps of McKeldin

So you had a blast at our Improvised Shakespeare Longform last night, but still can't satisfy your cravings for more Inc.? We don't blame you. You're only human.

Luckily, the 24 Hour Show is here for yoooooooou!!! That's right folks, we will be performing on the lovely steps of McKeldin for 24 hours straight from 1pm Friday to 1pm Saturday. That is a whole entire day, in case you were wondering/confused.

This year we will be raising money for Arts for Autism, so bring your life savings and giving  nature! Also bring a seat cushion. You're gonna want to be here for a while.

Erasable Inc. Presents: An Evening of Improvised Shakespeare

May 2, 7:30pm in 2309 Art Sociology Building

Heigh ho! Come thee hither! Dost thou enjoy a display of wit upon a most temperate spring eve? Dost thou delight in tales of lovers, heroes, and creatures most unseemly to mortal eyes? If so, methinks we hath prepared the proper display for ye, indeed. I do beseech thee, good sirrah and fairest maiden alike, gaze thine eye upon our humble show and see what thou will. T'would cost ye but a penny.

For the plebs: We gon talk like Shakespeare for a while. Sit your butt and enjoy some culture. Free, per ushe.

WeSee@UMD Bracelet-Making Event

When? Wednesday, May 1, from 3-7pm
Where? In front of North Campus Diner
Why? To benefit Rainbow Reading Gardens in Indonesia (Plus, it will be fun!)

WeSee@UMD is a student advocacy group on campus, and this year, our theme is been literacy! As part of our main fundraiser for the year, we are hosting a bracelet-making event! So come out and get crafty with us! Make a beautiful beaded bracelet for yourself (free of charge), and make another to donate to our cause! Next week we will be tabling in front of Stamp, and will use the bracelets as an incentive to donate. All benefits will go to Rainbow Reading Gardens, a non-profit organization that provides books to impoverished children in Indonesia. 
Like us on facebook to see a sneak peak of what the bracelets look like!

Black Honors Caucus Elections!

Want to get involved in BHC? Interested in becoming an executive officer? BHC will be holding Elections this Thursday at 7 pm in Anne Arundel Hall Rm. 0103. This the smaller room in the basement, in the hallway on the other side from the lecture hall. This is a great opportunity to become a leader! We're looking for people with fresh ideas that can take BHC to the next level next year. If you think that's you, come on out!

Here's a list of our positions:
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President

SGA Community Liaison
Senior Advisor
Come out with a 1-2 minute speech prepared if you would like to run for a position. Returning E-Board members or active members may receive priority. An email with descriptions for each position will be sent out to our listserv, so if you don't receive our emails, email us at blackhonorscaucus@gmail.com and we will send you the descriptions.
Your BHC E-Board,
Rochelle Samuel, President
Lilybelle Davis, V.P
Aaron Banks, Treasurer
Aaron Wiggins, Secretary
Edward Waddill, Community Liaison
Christopher Boggs, Historian
Jamil Scott, Senior Advisor

Honors Humanities Humans 2.0 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Honors Humanities Humans 2.0 Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place on Friday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

See the poster for a full list of presentations.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Privacy Seminar Talk: Innovation in the Post-reason Age

Dr. Larry Schuette
    Acting Director of Research and Director of Innovation
    Office of Naval Research

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013
    3:30 - 4:45PM in 3120 AV Williams Building

The next visitor to our privacy honors seminar, HONR239R, will be Dr. Larry Schuette, Acting Director of Research at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, VA. As the senior civilian responsible for Research at ONR, he oversees the basic and applied research investments which increase fundamental knowledge, foster opportunities for breakthroughs and provide technology options for future naval capabilities and systems.

As always, any student in the Honors College who has an interest in meeting our seminar speakers is welcome to attend class as our guest. Details on the course are at http://doubletap.cs.umd.edu/purtilo/239R/

Prof. Jim Purtilo   (purtilo@cs.umd.edu)

ImVisible: Making the Invisible of Immigration Visible (Free Food!)

Join us as we see the faces, hear the stories, and explore the issues behind illegal immigration in an interactive event and panel. ImVisible will bring back human perspectives on all sides in order to break down stereotypes, prejudices, and limitations imposed on undocumented individuals. Refreshments will be served! Monday, April 29, 7pm in the Atrium Room of STAMP. 

Proudly presented by Caribbean Students Association, 
Community Roots, Alpha Chapter of Alpha Theta Gamma Multicultural Sorority, Inc., and MICA: Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy.

#ImVisible #ImVisible

MEDLIFE's Final Event of the Semester: Translation Station with Global Dental Brigades

Come out to MEDLIFE's last event of the semester THIS WEDNESDAY at 7 pm in Hornbake Nonprint Room J. Help us make Spanish-English Translation cards with toothbrushing instructions for students to use on MEDLIFE trips abroad! A great way to get to know board members, get some questions answered about MEDLIFE and help a fantastic cause!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Autism Survey

An Honors Humanities student is  working on a Keystone project studying the social perspectives of autism.  She is surveying students here at UMD to see what they know about autism and what they think about it.


Internship Announcement - Research Assistant

Position:              Undergraduate Internship (unpaid, for credit) – SUMMER AND/OR FALL SEMESTER 2013

Title:                    Research Assistant

Duties:                 The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to assist in the development and maintenance of the Maryland Community Services Locator website (www.mdcsl.org). Specific duties include:

  • Verify the accuracy of program listings in the database using online sources and telephone surveys
  • Data entry (using Excel) for responses from provider surveys
  • Assist in augmenting the comprehensiveness of the existing database through database comparisons, resource inventories, etc.
  • Outreach to community providers to promote awareness of the MDCSL in Maryland
  • Field work with community providers to promote awareness and use of the website
  • Assist with dissemination of materials to providers
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:   This candidate must have advanced organizational skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills. Additionally, he/she should be comfortable making telephone and in-person contacts with community providers. Preferred skills: Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Experience working with community organizations and/or social service/health/criminal justice providers.

Compensation:    This is an unpaid internship open to undergraduate students only and may be used to earn BSOS, HLTH, or CRIM internship credit (3-6 credits).

To Apply:            Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:  
Amy Billing
Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)
University of Maryland, College Park
4321 Hartwick Rd, Ste 501
College Park, MD  20740
301-403-8342 (fax)

Deadline:             Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

New York Times Bestselling Author Katie Pavlich Lecture on Campus Activism

UMD Republicans is proud to host New York Times bestselling author and journalist Katie Pavlich (Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up), who will be lecturing on political activism and the liberal presence on college campuses. Tuesday April 30th at 7pm in Stamp Grand Ballroom Lounge. 

Apply to Food Recovery Network's Leadership Team!

Want a great leadership opportunity that helps change local hunger and the environment? Want to help lead a group that has donated over 59,000 pounds of food to those in need and helped reduce food waste on our campus? Join Food Recovery Network's Leadership Team!

Food Recovery Network is a network of student groups and individuals that recover surplus food from dining halls, events, and sports games on campus and donates it to people in need. Founded only in September 2011, FRN is still very dynamic and could use your voice in shaping the organization at UMD. 

Food Recovery Network is still accepting applications until this Sunday April 28th at midnight to UMD@foodrecoverynetwork.org, and anyone is welcome and encouraged to apply.

1. Click
 here read the application instructions

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 here download an application.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at UMD@foodrecoverynetwork.org."

Free pizza and eternal fame from being on TV

The Physics Dept. is demonstrating smoke ring cannons and live TV filming on Friday afternoon.

They'll be unloading gear around the sundial on the Mall tomorrow around 5:30pm.
The live news feed from there to WUSA is expected around 6:15pm.
We could use a hand with the gear, but more importantly we could use some
bright and brave Honors students to be in the shot. 

There will be 5 boxes of pizza - we're hoping for between 12-20 students to attend.

MEDLIFE election information and community service event TODAY

MEDLIFE will be holding elections next Wednesday, May 1. All positions are open: president, vice president, community service chair, secretary, fundraising chair, treasurer, mobile clinic officer, public relations and education chair. To run for a position, you must have attended 4 out of 6 GBMs and attended a fundraising event, community service event, mobile clinic or plan on attending a clinic. To apply, email araval63@gmail.com by Sunday April 28th at 12 PM.
As an expansion of our chapter's initiative to reach out to members of our local community, MEDLIFE is partnering with Beyond These Walls and having a community service event today, Friday April 26th. This event qualifies as a requirement to run for an executive board position. We are going to Chillum Elementary School at 3:30 and teaching children about global water shortages with several fun activities. If you are interested in attending, email rlee123@terpmail.umd.edu

Thursday, April 25, 2013

"Islamophobia: The new Civil Rights?" benefit concert and discussion

April 28th 2pm CSPAC rm 2201
Musicians, poets, and artists will perform for an hour to promote multiculturalism and explore themes of civil rights, oppression, and war.  Round table discussion will follow.  Guests are invited to come with questions about Islam, current issues, and the state of our society.  Hosted by Voices: https://www.facebook.com/VoicesUMD?fref=ts

Voices Film Event and Discussion - "Dr. Sarmast's Music School"

April 27 CSPAC rm 2200 1:30pm
A documentary about an exiled musicologist returning to Afghanistan to rejuvenate Afghani national musical culture and inspire children to embrace music as a means to peace and national pride.  There will be an informal discussion to follow with FREE FOOD!


6 p.m. at the Hoff Theater in Stamp

“Lincoln” is a 2012 Academy Award-winning drama chronicling the political and personal life of America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. This event is co-sponsored by Off-Campus Student Life, and is being held as part of the Off-Campus Student Appreciation Week.

FEED BELLIES with Jelly for The Belly

Did you know that..
There are more than 27,000 needy and hungry people in D.C.?
With your help, we can change that.
FEED BELLIES with Jelly for The Belly
Our goal: make 500 bag lunches
Date: Tuesday April 30th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: basement of St. Marys Hall (Language House), across the street from Stamp Student Union
*raffle prizes and baked goods for volunteers

Terpoets Open Mic feat. SpeakeasyDC

On Tuesday, April 30th, Terpoets will be hosting our last open mic of the year, featuring SpeakeasyDC, a local non-profit arts organization that uses stories as agents for community building, social change, and pants-wetting.
We love all forms of creative expression, so come share your poetry, songs, interpretive dance, or meaningless ramblings with us! Or just sit back and listen to some great student artists and SpeakeasyDC. The open mic list will go out at 7:15. The details of the event are:
Time: Tuesday, April 30th, 7:30 pm
Location: Dorchester Hall Basement Lounge

Find more out about the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/562685320432249/ and about Terpoets in general at facebook.com/terpoets.

SEE Presents: Mango Monday -- Wax Candles!

Set the mood right from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 29 in the Baltimore Room with your own free, hand-made wax candle. Stop by to make your own unique candle, perfect to use as a gift for Mother's Day or that special someone! Multiple colors are available for wax and wicks to allow you to customize your candle to your crafty heart's desire. Supplies will go on a first come, first served basis. Get them while they're hot!

Winding Banister Review Issue 5!


Why is The Winding Banister Review, the Honors College's online journal of ideas and creativity, leading the way? Because it doesn't shy away from the truth!!!  Issue 5, soon to arrive at your computers, has a lot to say about what it's like to be female in today's world, and we're not afraid to ask crucial questions, such as:
Should a graduating senior turn down her dream job because she might be sexually harassed?

Why does a young woman worry about what she looks like when she's lying in a hospital bed moaning in pain?

Why are men attracted to mysterious women who smoke?

Are Bollywood movies part of India's on-going problems with sexual violence against women?

Do Sandra Dee and Eleanor Roosevelt have anything in common?

BUT THERE'S MORE:  more photos by David Peeler,  super poetry, and a take-down on the AP/IB debate.


accepting submissions now:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Black Honors Caucus Relaxation/Meditation Event Thurs

End of the year getting you stressed out? Wish you knew some ways to relax and clear your mind before finals? Well come out the Black Honors Caucus's Relaxation/Meditation event this Thursday at 6:30pm in Anne Arundel Hall's Basement Lounge. We will be having 2 (yes, 2!) representatives from UMD's Center for Health and Wellbeing to lead this event, followed by a yoga session from a special guest. You don't want to miss this!
Want to become an officer of our organization? BHC will also be holding Elections next Thursday, so this is a good time to talk to the officers for more information if you would like to be a leader! We're looking for people for fresh ideas that can take BHC to the next level next year. If you think that's you, come on out!

We See @ UMD General Body Meeting/Craft Night

Date: Thursday 4/25
Time: 6-7 pm
Location: 1125 La Plata Hall
Description: We See @ UMD is a student-run advocacy and community service organization. This year, our focus is on literacy! This GBM will include a video presentation and a bracelet-making activity to benefit Rainbow Reading Gardens (a non-profit organization that provides books to impoverished children in Indonesia). Stop by, make a bracelet, and maybe make a friend! We’d love to see you there! J

See our facebook page for more information:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/183115235127728/

Note: Don’t worry if you can’t swipe in to La Plata Hall. We will have members on standby to let people in.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SEE Presents: An Evening With Tony Mendez

Student Entertainment Events is very pleased to announce a lecture with Tony Mendez, whose career served as the inspiration for the film “Argo”. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in the Hoff Theater of the Stamp Student Union. The first portion of the lecture will include a moderated discussion, followed by an opportunity for students to ask their own questions. This event is free, non-ticketed and open to members of the public.

Tony Mendez is a retired CIA officer, an author and an award-winning painter with an international reputation. After being recruited by the 1965 CIA’s Technical Services Division in 1965, Tony served a 25-year career with the agency, working under cover, often overseas, and participating in some of the most important operations of the Cold War.  To his friends he was a quiet bureaucrat working for the U.S. military. To the CIA he was their disguise master. From Wild West adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow he was there.
At the CIA, Tony moved into the CIA’s executive rank over the course of his career. He and his subordinates were responsible for changing the identity and appearance of thousands of clandestine operatives, allowing them to move securely around the world. In January 1980, he was awarded the Intelligence Star for Valor for engineering and conducting the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis. This rescue operation involved creating an ostensible Hollywood film production company, complete with personnel, scripts, publicity and real estate in LA.
When Mendez retired in November 1990, he had earned the CIA’s Intelligence Medal of Merit and two Certificates of Distinction. Seven years later, in September 1997 on the fiftieth anniversary of the CIA, he was one of fifty officers chosen from the tens of thousands who had worked at CIA over its first fifty years awarded the Trailblazer Medallion. This honor recognized him as an “officer who by his actions, example, or initiative…helped shape the history of the CIA.”
He published his first book, The Master of Disguise, in November 1999. Since then Mendez has appeared in various national media, including twenty-two documentaries. In September 2002, he published his second book with his wife Jonna entitled “Spy Dust.” Warner Brothers has made a feature film based on the rescue of the hostages out of the Canadian embassy in Tehran. The film, called “Argo”, which stars and was directed by Ben Affleck, opened nationally in October 2012 and won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Tony’s new book, ARGO: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, was published prior to the film’s release.
Mendez continues to paint, lecture and consult to the U.S. Intelligence Community. He and his wife are founding board members of the International Spy Museum in Washington DC, and they currently reside on a forty-acre farm in rural Maryland.

Free Pizza Info Session: Atmospheric and Oceanic Science WEDS noon-2 pm

The American Meteorological Society is hosting an information session showcasing research and the undergraduate major within the Atmospheric and Oceanic Science department. Stop by in front of the CSS building (the one with the green windows) from noon to 2 pm on Wednesday the 24th to learn more about this new major, meet fellow students, and enjoy free pizza and Pepsi! Contact Abby at abbyahlert@yahoo.com for more info. 

Honors Thesis Art Exhibition

The seven members of the honors art class of 2013 are having their opening reception this Thursday, April 25 from 5-7 in the Herman Maril Gallery located in the Art/Sociology building. Refreshments will be served. The theses will be on exhibition through the following week, but we hope you come meet the artists at the opening!

"Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: Personal Reflections"

Gregory Van Kirk, Co-Founder and President, New Development Solutions Group

Gregory Van Kirk is the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at AshokaU where he serves as the Senior Advisor for strategy, university, and social entrepreneur engagement. Mr. Van Kirk is also the Co-Founder and President of New Development Solutions Group, a development leadership and consulting corporation comprised of New Development Solutions Co., Community Enterprise Solutions, and New Development Experience; organizations dedicated to developing and executing business models to benefit development organizations, local entrepreneurs, and low income families in rural communities.

WEDS April 24
1203 Van Munching Hall
12:15-1:20 PM

Sponsored by IDEV and the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management

SGA elections

Vote at www.testudo.umd.edu, available today through Wednesday.

Here's an article from the Diamondback:

You can vote online through Testudo in less than 30 seconds! Your vote really counts - last year, only 2,000 out of 26,000 undergraduates voted (less than 10%!). Vote now, it's time for your voice to be heard in SGA.

SGA Pre-Health Networking Dinner!

On behalf of the Student Government Association, we would like to extend an
invitation to the SGA Pre-Health Networking Dinner on *Monday, April
29th from 7 - 9 pm at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center*.

The SGA Pre-Health Networking Dinner is a free, semi-formal event designed
to provide pre-health students with an opportunity to communicate and
network with professional members of the health community in an environment
that is open and relaxed. Attending professionals will include a
cardiothoracic surgeon, oral surgeon, dentists, and several others.
Additionally, guests will include students currently in medical and dental
school. As pre-health students, networking will provide you with immense
opportunities to develop relationships and establish connections that will
benefit your journeys toward the health field.

*PLEASE* ensure that you are able to attend on the given date *before* you
RSVP. The event is only open to 160 students. Sign up at


Monday, April 22, 2013

Money to Help With Unpaid Summer Internships

AAP Summer Session II Position Announcement

Summer Transitional Program (STP)
Summer Tutoring Positions

Academic Achievement Programs’ (AAP) Tutoring and SI Program is looking for qualified tutors to assist students in the Summer Transitional Program (STP). Come and join our team and get paid while using your academic skills and confidence to help others succeed at their academic goals!

Responsibilities include:
Ø  Contract Period: July 1-6, 2013 and Summer Session II (July 8-August 16, 2013).
Ø  Participate in a required staff development/training during the week of July 1-5, 2013 and Opening session on Saturday, July 6, 2013.
Ø  Attend General Education Course with students during Summer Session II.
Ø  Co-facilitate an Applied Study Skills component with a study skills lecturer.
Ø  Conduct a weekly tutoring lab.
Ø  Conduct a weekly tutoring session during evening Study Hall.
Ø  Maintain Records of students’ attendance and progress.
Ø  Attend weekly staff meetings.
Ø  All other duties as assigned.

Ø  Earned a “B” or better in the course you are applying for
Ø  Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
Ø  Good interpersonal communication skills and ease in relating to people from varying educational, cultural, and social backgrounds.  
Ø  Good level of responsibility, reliability, and punctuality.
Two letters of recommendation, with one recommendation that can speak to your knowledge/abilities to tutor in content area.

The Program is looking for Tutors for the following Summer Session II courses (Tutors must be able to attend all lectures throughout the summer).

  • AASP 100
  • AMST 101
  • CCJS 100
  • CCJS 105
  • CLAS 170
  • GEOG 130
  • HIST 200
  • HIST 201
  • SOCY 200
  • THET 100

How to Apply:

For consideration, please submit a resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Sharon Vanwright, CSS Coordinator at svanwrig@umd.edu no later than Tuesday, April 30th or open until filled.

For more information, please contact Sharon Vanwright, CSS coordinator at svanwrig@umd.edu.