Friday, February 28, 2014

Black Monologues: Student Spoken Word Performance

Black Monologues
Student Spoken Word Performance
February 28th, 2014
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Hoff Theater, STAMP
Contact Information: website

“Preparing for Multiculturalism and the Global Community: The Peace Corps Experience”

Keynote Speaker: Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.)
With Helen Lowman, Associate Director, Volunteer Recruitment and Selection, Peace Corps
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
School of Architecture Auditorium (Room 0204)
The University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20905
For further information: or
Alex Chen (301-405-6798 or
Location and Directions (
AICP CM Credits Approved: 1.5

"Portraits for Social Change" - Tuesday

The Half the Sky Movement at UMD presents "Portraits for Social Change", an art gallery event that explores global injustices against women and celebrates leaders on the front lines of change. The event will showcase inspiring art pieces by Melanie Oppenheimer, a student at the University of Maryland, and equip attendees with tools to fight human rights violations worldwide. We would love for Honors students and faculty to join us on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the Stamp Student Union Atrium for this occasion. Co-sponsors include the Women's Studies Department. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. 

RSVP on Facebook:
Find Half the Sky at UMD on Facebook: 

This Weekend: Constructing American Jewry in the Post-Holocaust Decades

Please join us for "Absorbing Encounters: Constructing American Jewry in the Post-Holocaust Decades."  This conference seeks to bring together scholars of literature, film studies, history, ethnography and related fields to examine how the American Jewish community in the post-Holocaust era was shaped by its encounter with literary relics, living refugees, and other cultural productions that grew out of an encounter with Eastern European Jewish life from the pre-Holocaust era.  The conference will be held at the University of Maryland, and is free and open to the public. For more information and a full schedule of events please go to:

Sheila Elana Jelen
Director, Program in Comparative Literature
Associate Professor of English and Jewish Studies
University of Maryland, College Park

Support Young Adults Overcoming Cancer #bikeChipotle - Monday

Young adults are not getting the support and care that they need to overcome cancer, but 4K for Cancer has a solution. By empowering college students to bike across the country spreading optimism, supporting patients along the route and raising several hundred thousand dollars each year for the Ulman Cancer Fund, young adults are receiving the care that they need. 

You can help by supporting our fundraiser at the college park Chipotle. Half of all profits go directly to supporting the 4K for Cancer ride. Purchase a burrito from 5 - 10 pm on Monday, March 3rd and display this flyer or mention that you are there for the fundraiser to benefit 4K. Additionally, if you can not make it to Chipotle, see the Facebook page to learn more about having the burrito delivered to you!

I appreciate all of your support.

Get it delivered by filling out this form:

ACC Summer Undergraduate Research Award

Are you a University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate planning to conduct research this summer 2014 under the mentorship of a professor at an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) University other than UMD?

One (1) grant of $5,000 is available to support one (1) UMD student planning to conduct summer research at an ACC campus (not including Maryland) this summer 2014. This grant will be competitively available to students who have already arranged, or can arrange by April 18, a summer research placement at an ACC University (other than UMD), under the mentorship of a faculty mentor at that University. This funding is being made available through the ACCIAC Summer Collaborative Research Award program of the Inter-institutional Academic Collaborative of the Atlantic Coast Athletic Conference (ACCIAC).

ACC Universities include:

Boston College
Clemson University
Duke University
Florida State University
Georgia Tech
University of Miami
University of North Carolina
North Carolina State University
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburgh
Syracuse University
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University

Eligibility: You must be an enrolled UMD undergraduate at the time of application, and you must be planning to be an enrolled UMD undergraduate in fall 2014. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. You must not already have obtained other comparable funding for their proposed summer research experience; students with comparable funding for their summer research experience will not be eligible for this grant.

To apply for consideration please submit the following electronically to no later than April 18, 2014, with the subject line “ACC SUMMER GRANT”:

-- A two-page, single space proposal (maximum) concisely describing your research aims and how you plan to carry these out. Please follow these guidelines for your proposal: If you have already written a proposal in a different format but with comparable content, you may submit that instead.

-- An unofficial UMD transcript; if you are a transfer student at UMD, also include an unofficial transcript from your transfer institution.

-- A letter or email from your proposed mentor at an ACC institution supporting your proposed summer research plans. This letter or email should specifically discuss your proposed summer research and make clear the proposed mentor’s role. (This should be sent directly by your proposed mentor at an ACC University to

-- One letter or email of support from a UMD faculty member who knows your academic abilities well. (This should be sent directly by the UMD faculty member to

-- A list of any other funding opportunities you have applied for (but not heard from by April 18, 2014) that could support this research (e.g. NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, etc.)

If you have any questions please direct them to with the subject line “ACC SUMMER GRANT.”

Privacy Seminar Speaker: Phil Becnel, Managing Partner in Dinolt Becnel & Wells Investigative Group

Thursday, March 6, 2014
3:30 - 4:45PM in 3120 Computer Science Instructional Center (CSI)

Our visitor in the privacy honors seminar will be Phil Becnel, whose talk is titled Private Investigations and Public Privacy . He will explore the world of the private investigator - someone who works in the commercial sector but subject to many different regulatory restrictions as compared with those of a government official (especially law enforcement.)

Philip Becnel is the Managing Partner of Dinolt Becnel & Wells Investigative Group. He is the President of the Private Investigators Association of Virginia and the author of two influential investigative books: Principles of Investigative Documentation and Private Investigator Entry Level (02E). The latter is the only textbook for the entry-level course required for all private investigators in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Philip has also published in several investigative and legal journals, including The Legal Investigator, Law360, Westlaw Journal Employment and The Corporate Counselor. He has performed thousands of hours of interviews in civil, criminal and internal investigations since 1999 and has taught undergraduate courses in criminal procedure, white collar crime and criminal investigation. He has also lectured on a wide variety of investigative topics to the legal community and has been interviewed as an expert for several media stories on matters ranging from missing persons to bribery and fraud investigations. Philip earned a B.A. in Anthropology from George Mason University and a Master's in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He is a licensed private investigator in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

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

Prof. Jim Purtilo   (

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New Student Opportunity - Maryland Leadership and Discovery Grants

Your idea should address vital problems, questions, or needs of society. The project you propose should involve important service, leadership, intellectual, or social entrepreneurial goals. Projects may be local, national, or international in scope and impact. Projects should involve substantial work away from the Maryland campus, in surrounding communities, across the nation, or around the world.

Eligibility: The program is open to freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in all majors who are enrolled full time at the University of Maryland, College Park, are in good standing with regard to UMD student conduct policies, and meet the following academic criteria at the time of application:

•           Freshmen (at least 1 completed semester): Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
•           Sophomores (at least 3 completed semesters): Cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher
•           Juniors (at least 5 competed semesters): Cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher

Projects may involve teams, but proposals must be submitted by no more than two (2) co-leaders.

Project Length: Projects must begin by September 2, 2014 and be 3 to 12 months long.

Funding Amount: Up to $6,000 will be awarded to each project.

Number of Awards: Up to 10 grants will be made annually.

Deadline to apply: April 9, 2014
For more information --»

Free Summer Study Abroad Opportunity - New South Wales

2014 Universitas 21 Undergraduate Summer School (U21 Summer School)
Only ten days left to apply!
Host: University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Location: Sydney, Australia
Dates: July 2-17, 2014
Theme: Shaping the Future City
Costs: Participation in this program is fully funded by the Office of International Affairs for an approximate value of $3,700/ student. Airfare, registration fee, including accommodation and meals, health insurance, and visa costs (if applicable) will be fully covered by the Office of International Affairs for five successful candidates. This is a competitive application.

How would you like to spend next summer expanding your cultural horizons while exploring one of the most spectacular cities on earth? The University of Maryland has been invited to nominate five undergraduate students to participate in the 2014 Universitas 21 Undergraduate Summer School being hosted by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, July 2-17, 2014. This year’s event focuses on the theme “Shaping the Future City”.  U21 undergraduate students from a variety of countries, cultures, and academic disciplines will spend two weeks engaging in activities, discussions and workshops aimed at exploring ideas for improving the quality of life in urban settings worldwide. 

If you are interested in reflecting on the realities of urbanization in your own country, learning from key scholars in the field about issues such as climate change, low carbon living, and urban redevelopment, and interacting with U21 peers while visiting award-winning building and urban landscapes throughout Sydney, then this is opportunity for you!

Excursions to other parts of the city and the metropolitan area will introduce them to associated issues of suburbanization, public transport, food systems, metropolitan-scale planning, green building and green infrastructure, etc.  Students will identify a stream of particular focus that they wish to engage with during their two weeks in the Summer School and come prepared to participate in activities, discussions, and workshops related to these issues. The social program will include opportunities to enjoy Sydney’s beaches and urban parklands, as well as cultural activities in and around the city.
To apply, please submit the following materials to by Sunday, March 9, 2014:
-          Resume
-          Cover letter including your full name, UID, Class status, College, Major and Minor, and GPA*
-          A two-page essay describing your interest in the program, your motivation to apply, how will you contribute to the program, and what do you expect to gain from this experience.
-          Two academic recommendations
For more information, please contact Dr. Raluca Nahorniac in the Office of International Affairs at

* Class Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior; Minimum GPA: 3.3; Major Eligibility: All Majors

Interfaith and Spiritual Diversity Faith and Film Series: New Muslim Cool

Join us as we explore faith, identity and struggle through film. This series of four films will start March 6 with the showing of New Muslim Cool, a 2009 documentary film directed and produced by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor. The film is about Puerto Rican- American rapper Hamza Perez after he pulled himself away from a life on the streets and into a life of faith as a Muslim. Now he must confront the realities of a post-9/11 America. 

This event is in collaboration with PBS' POV nonfiction film series.

MICA/LCSL Training Room, Stamp 1121
4-7 pm March 6

Contact: Hanna Moerland

MICA Brown Bag Discussion: Ira Rifkin, Award-Winning Religion Journalist

Join us Wednesday March 5th from 12:30-1:30pm for lunch with Ira Rifkin; Religion Journalist, Author and UMD Professor. There will be open discussion/Q&A with Ira Rifkin about his career, which has sent him around the nation and the globe reporting on myriad issues affecting religious groups and life today.

MICA/LCSL Training Room, Stamp 1121

Contact: Hanna Moerland

Battle of the Bands 2014 APPLICATION OPEN

Applications for SEE's annual Battle of the Bands competition are NOW OPEN! Want to open for a major artist this spring? Here's your chance to compete for the student opener position at ART ATTACK XXXI!

The application is available here  and is due to the SEE office 0209 Stamp Student Union by Friday, March 7. All applicants must be available to perform on March 25, March 26, and April 2. Contact Musical Arts Director Andi Hubble at with any questions or concerns. 

Good luck, and we look forward to your submissions! 

Application and Submission of Demo Rules:
1. To enter, at least one band member/solo artist must be a current undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Maryland.
2. All genres are accepted and highly encouraged.
3. A demo with three original songs must be submitted with the completed application. If the demo has more than three songs, only the first three will be listened to. Please order the songs on the demo disc in the band’s preference.
4. The band must submit a separate document listing the technical requirements and stage plot the band will need Student Entertainment Events (SEE) to provide in the event that the band is selected to compete. Please include number of vocal microphones required, number of instrument microphones required, and a list of the instruments the microphones will be used with. Contact with any questions.
5. The demo, technical information, the photocopied student ID of at least one band member, and the completed application must be submitted to the SEE office (0209E Stamp) no later than Friday, March 7 at 4 p.m. LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
6. In order to submit an application, bands must be available to perform on March 25, March 26, and April 2 and have the full band arrive to each performance date no later than 4 p.m.
7. The winner selected to play at Student Entertainment Events’ Battle of the Bands must sign a standard University of Maryland contract prior to performing at Art Attack on Friday, May 2.

Architecture Info. Session

Students who would like more information about the Architecture major should attend our First Monday’s Information Sessions offered by our School. For more information, please visit;
Spring and Summer 2014 Information Session Dates:
Location: All info sessions are held in 1111 Architecture Building at 2pm.

Jaime Oliver '02, MS Student & Academic Affairs
University of Maryland
School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
College Park, MD 20742


The acclaimed Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) is looking for Honors students to assist in the Spring Opera Production.  Students will not only earn credit, they will also learn a great deal, and gain invaluable experience. 

This April, MOS will produce Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus (The Revenge of the Bat).  In this operetta sung in German with English dialogue, the plot revolves around revenge for a cruel trick that leads to a woman sending her lover to jail under her husband's name, a man attempting to seduce his own wife (disguised as a Hungarian countess) and a chambermaid masquerading as a lady of quality.  The complications get straightened out in a prison run by a drunken jailer, all to the sparkling music of the great Viennese master. 

Performances are April 11, 13, 16, 19, 2014

In addition to helping the magic happen, we offer you an opportunity to  learn about the pieces, the composer, the designs and how production elements all come together to be performed from the Director and Stage Manager.

If you are interested in any of the exciting opportunities below, please contact Ashley Pollard (see below) right away: (Please note: the dates provided below are the span of the production period.  Specific dates and schedule will be provided dependent on the position when I email you back)
Ashley Pollard, Maryland Opera Studio


1.        Wardrobe Crew 
(3 needed, ideally)
Credit hours (2)
Commitment:  All dress rehearsals and performances April 4-19
In addition to this time, there will also be a time when students would meet with our professional designer to learn about how wigs are applied, basic stage make-up skills and dressing of artists.
Skills needed:  Ability to help people properly align their costumes as per the designers ideas.  Basic sewing and repairs skills are useful.  Assist the cast with dressing, hair, make-up any quick changes.  There would be at least one professional dresser to help train them on what to do.

4. Running Crew (3 people)
Credit hours (2)
Commitment:  All technical rehearsals and performances March 26-April 19

In addition to this time, there will be 3 “lecture” times when students would come sit in on a rehearsal and learn about the productions.
Skills needed:  Ability to follow direction given by technical director or stage manager.  This person must feel comfortable pulling ropes and moving large and bulky set pieces.   Promptness and focus are a must.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Career Discovery Zone

Career Discovery Zone will meet on Weds 2/26 from 3:30-5:00pm, Shoemaker Bldg, and this week’s topic is “Uncovering the Importance of Values” in career decision-making. Student’s should check in with the Main Reception desk on the 1st floor of Shoemaker. No advance registration is necessary. 

China and Israel national movements

Please RSVP for this stimulating topic:

The Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and the Confucius Institute at Maryland present:
Jewish and Chinese National Movements:  Some Observations

Featuring Dr. Aron Shai, Tel Aviv University

4:00 – 5:30 PM
Juan Ramon Jimenez Room
Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland, College Park
Both China and Israel have experienced complex national movements over the past 100 years. Are they so different, or might there be more in common than first jumps to mind?
This reflective presentation by Dr. Shai will offer insights into the similarities and differences between Israel’s and China’s concepts of nationalism, the rise of their leaders, their
personalities, the processes they needed to undergo to transform their countries, related military matters, anti-colonial efforts, struggles toward liberation, new politics and solutions,
all based on deep historical, spiritual, and national heritages.
Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP at

Prof. Aron Shai is the Rector of Tel-Aviv University and the incumbent of the Shoul N. Eisenberg Chair for East Asian Affairs. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, St. Antony's College, in 1972.
He is the founder and the first Chairman of the Department of East Asian Studies, and the founder and Director of the Confucius Institute at Tel Aviv University.

Pathways to Success Series--Breaking Bad

As part of Resident Life’s Pathways to Success academic series, our Programs & Outreach Unit is sponsoring an interactive forum on the series “Breaking Bad.”  Dr. Kelly Cresap, a faculty member in the University’s English department and Professional Writing Program, will sponsor a talk on the groundbreaking AMC series that is ranked by the Guinness Book as TV’s best series ever. 

The forum will take place next Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in The Stamp's Prince George’s Room. 

Volunteer at Lucky Dog's Dog Adoption Event

Are you interested in helping abandoned dogs get adopted? Come out and volunteer at Lucky Dog's Dog Adoption Event on Sunday, March 16th! The event will take place from 11:30 am to 2pm, and we will be leading a group to transport to the volunteer site from campus, but individuals may choose to travel alone. Space is limited, so please email us ASAP at Tell your friends and come out to have a good time while helping adorable dogs find a home!

International Economics and Finance Society--First general meeting

IEFS will have its first meeting Wednesday February 26th at 7:00pm in Van Munching 1314. Free Jimmy John's will be served!

 International Economics and Finance Society is UMD's premier organization for curious minds of commerce. Whether you are an aspiring economist or banker, or simply interested in the intricacies of global markets, this club is for you! We offer a combination of guest speakers, market simulations, and other enrichment activities, always accompanied by prizes to win and pizza to eat! All majors are welcome!


Frog Tutoring Hiring

Frog Tutoring is looking to hire University of Maryland tutors to work with students in the
Baltimore area.

 To learn more information about Frog Tutoring, please visit our website:

Anyone interested in applying for the tutor position should submit their application and unofficial transcript at our website:

Why Work For Frog Tutoring?

         i.      Great Pay

         ii.     Flexibility

                    1.       Tutors will choose which grade levels and subjects to tutor.

                    2.       Tutors will create their own work schedule.

                    3.       Tutors can work as many hours as they like.

         iii.    Driving Compensation 

                    Depending on the distance, tutors will be compensated for driving over a certain mileage.

         iv.    Bonuses

                    Tutors who constantly receive high tutor rankings will be eligible for periodic bonuses.

         v.     Incentives & Acknowledgement - (Hard work does not go unnoticed!!!)

                    Tutor of the month: Every month the Regional Coordinator from each region will submit one tutor to be selected as the tutor of the month.


MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP FOR TOMORROW (MLT) is the premier career development institution that equips African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans 
with the key ingredients-skills, coaching and door-opening relationships that unlock their potential. We deliver our content via key programs to help minorities at each stage of their career to get on the fast track to succes -at the College, MBA and Executive level. 

The Career Prep Program prepares Fellows for highly competitive business internships and entry-level opportunities after college.

Career Prep is a rigorous, 18-month career development program for emerging leaders. Through the program, Fellows explore their strengths, passions and interests in order to prepare and plan for successful careers in business. 
The Career Prep program includes:

.One-on-one career coaching
.Exposure and access to prestigious employers
.Skill development seminars
.Alumni network

Set yourself up for success! Rising juniors (current sophomores) are encouraged to apply (Priority deadline: March 2, Final deadline: April 6). 
For more information and the link to the application process, please visit:

Questions? Contact your UMD Campus Recruiting Captain, Erica Williams, via 
email at or via phone at (301) 385-7030.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Terpmode, the UMD Arts Hub - Thurs.

Terpmode is a great community of people across all majors who share a passion for the arts. The showcase at the end of each semester is always a really great and fun event to be a part of; a lot of people sang or performed onstage at last semester's showcase, and numerous student artists showcased their impressive work as well. 

We would love to have more members come help us with our mission for the spring semester! Although many of us are artists and musicians, our main goal is to give other students and the UMD community opportunities to showcase their talents. 

Because of the snow two weeks ago, our first meeting was moved, but we are still looking for new members to come to our meeting this Thursday at 6:30 pm in JMZ 1122. We will have plenty of free goodies then, like free water bottles, snacks, stickers, and more. Feel free to show up, bring your friends, and learn more about this amazing arts community!

AMSA Second General Body Meeting

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) will hosting their second general body meeting TOMORROW, Tuesday, February 25th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm 0105 JIMINEZ (the building NOT the room in stamp). We will be hosting Dr. Aaron Saguil,dean of admissions at the Uniformed Services University, and he will be discussing admissions and the Health Professions Scholarship Program.  This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in medicine!

Missed AMSA's first general body meeting? Don't worry we will be recapping active-membership requirements and AMSA's mission during our third general body meeting on Tuesday, March 11th at 7pm in the Charles Carroll room of Stamp. Everyone is welcome!

USM Lobby Day

University of Maryland System Council is hosting USM Lobby Day this Friday, February 28th from 11:15 a.m. - 3 p.m in Annapolis! We will be leaving on from Cole Field House at 11:15 a.m. for a lobbying day in Annapolis about keeping college affordable for the USM system and returning to Cole Field House at 3 p.m. Maryland legislators love hearing students' personal stories about why they think the state of Maryland should keep college affordable.
Here is the link for the USM Lobby Day to register:

Top-Down or Bottom-Up: Negotiating a Peace between Palestine and Israel

Interested in learning more about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?  Heard about it in the news and unsure about what's going on?  Come to the launch event of our series to learn more and engage in meaningful dialogue with fellow students.  The event will consist of a panel lecture by Prof Khamis, Prof Pri, and Dr. Telhami followed by Q&A from students and will be held in 1203 Van Munching Hall from 7-8:30pm.  The event will also be live streamed via YouTube and questions will be taken via Twitter.  Check out our facebook page to learn more

Monday, February 24, 2014

Interested in infectious diseases and public health?

United Against Infectious Diseases will be hosting Dr. Hector Izurieta on February 25th in the Charles Carroll B room of Stamp at 6:30 pm. The title of Dr. Izurieta's talk will be "The Obstacles of Neonatal Tetanus Elimination in Africa." Afterwards, we will have a brief info night to welcome new members as well as anybody who is interested in learning more about this exciting organization!

UM’s Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center is looking for a Front Reception Student Intern!

This student will:

• Serve as the receptionist for the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, specifically the Alumni Association. This customer service position includes greeting and assisting visitors to the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center; managing a multi-line phone system; and managing multiple email accounts.  As the first point of contact, this position will be expected to field all inquiries regarding: the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center; Alumni Association events, programs and staff; Membership and Giving to the Alumni Association and the University; and all other general Division and University services inquiries.
• Produce general correspondence on behalf of the Alumni Association and the Maryland Fund for Excellence & Alumni Membership department.
• Assist with the distribution of mailings for various programs.
• Understand, navigate and utilize resources to provide excellent service to University constituencies. Resources include, but are not limited to: the University System’s alumni database, SunGard Advance; the Internet; and the internal network drives.
• Serve as an ambassador for the Alumni Association and the University of Maryland, College Park.


• Excellent organizational skills; should be detail-oriented.
• Ability to multi-task and manage various time-sensitive and spontaneous requests.
• Exude an energetic but professional demeanor when communicating with various audiences, including, but not limited to: University and Alumni Association donors and members, student interns, Alumni Association departments and department heads, administrators from other schools/colleges and campus programs and services, and visitors to the Alumni Association.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
• Exhibit business professional attire and appropriate conduct.
• Sales skills; the ability to promote and up sell memberships and gifts, accurately record and dispatch membership and gift information to the appropriate processing department, and handle payment in the form of credit card, cash and check.
• Experience working with Microsoft Office, primarily Word and Excel.
• Ability to work in both a team environment and independently.
• Exhibit a broad knowledge of University’s programs and services and strong Terp spirit.
• Support, understand and advocate Alumni Association/University Relations/University goals.
• Demonstrate dependability and maturity; ability to balance and prioritize work and school obligations.
• Previous customer service and administrative experience preferred, but not required.

Work availability must be between 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday, and summer/winter availability is preferred. This is a paid position and is restricted to undergraduate applicants only.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Courtney Feeley at by Wednesday, March 5th, 2014.

Summer Internships at Namati

Namati: Innovations in Legal Empowerment
Summer 2014 Internship
Washington, DC

About Namati Namati is dedicated to putting the law in people’s hands. We strive to build a just world, in which every one of us can take part in the decisions – and demand accountability from the institutions – that affect our lives. Namati was founded in 2011 and is the leading international organization dedicated to legal empowerment.
Namati works in three ways:

Grassroots Innovation
We partner with civil society organizations and governments to develop, implement, and evaluate legal empowerment strategies that address five urgent global challenges:
 Delivering quality legal aid at scale;
 Protecting community land rights;
 Closing the enforcement gap in environmental law;
 Fulfilling the right to citizenship; and
 Ensuring that essential services like healthcare and education are accountable to local communities. Presently these grassroots justice efforts are in eight countries—Sierra Leone, India, Liberia, Uganda, Mozambique, Burma, Kenya, and Bangladesh.

A Global Network
Namati convenes an international community of practitioners committed to advancing justice. The network includes over 300 organizations from every region in the world. Members learn from each other and collaborate across borders. Together, we are building a stronger global movement for legal empowerment.

Research and Advocacy
Drawing on our own experience and that of the wider network, we advocate for and advise on reforms to policies and institutions. For more information about Namati, visit:

About the position
Namati is looking for a dynamic, self-starting intern to join our team for summer 2014. The purpose of the internship is to provide practical, hands-on experience in support of Namati’s legal empowerment programming. This internship is a unique opportunity to join a growing team in an exciting start-up organization. In addition to assisting with the day-to-day tasks at Namati’s Washington, DC office, the intern is expected to undertake independent research for the duration of the internship.

Duties and responsibilities may include:  Independent Research o The intern is expected to undertake independent research on legal empowerment-related issue(s) for the duration of the internship, which in the past have included indigenous land rights, violence against minorities, and legal aid for immigrants in the United States. o The project can be pursued through a series of short memos related to a similar topic, or a long research report on a single topic. o Namati staff will work to develop research questions relevant to Namati’s ongoing work and will provide strategic guidance as necessary.  Programmatic support o Organize and participate in events, including roundtables and lectures by legal empowerment experts in the Washington, DC area. o Provide administrative support, including helping to organize logistics of calls, meetings, and workshops; responding to requests from the general public; faxing, photocopying, and generally assisting in program administration. o Assist Research and Program Associate with small assignments in support of memoranda and long-term research assignments. o Evaluating legal empowerment tools and resources to grow the Tools Database on the Global Legal Empowerment Network. o Undertake research on laws and policies in foreign countries in order to help inform Namati programs and materials. o Perform other duties as assigned.  Outreach and Communications o Researching news and trends in legal empowerment to curate content for our website. o Updating social media channels and helping to grow Namati’s social media presence. o Conducting periodic outreach to members of the Global Legal Empowerment Network.

Qualifications and Requirements
 Education/Experience
o Undergraduate junior or senior, or recent graduate (2013 or 2014).
o Demonstrated interest and passion for social justice, rule of law, human rights, and international development.
o Experience in developing nation(s) a plus.
 Skills
o A “problem-solver” - highly motivated, self-directed, capable of identifying needs and taking productive action; able to take personal initiative and follow tasks through to their successful completion.
o Flexible, adaptive, willing to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks, able to thoughtfully prioritize.
o Strong organizational skills, especially attention to detail and quality control.
o Very strong analytical writing and communication skills.
o Technologically savvy; social media experience a plus.
o Foreign language skills a plus
Schedule: The intern will be expected to hold a schedule of 30-40 hours/week for a minimum of 10-12 weeks. The intern will be responsible for arranging to receive course credit at their school, if applicable. Namati will work with candidates to provide documentation for independent fundraising, as need arises.

The intern is expected to start on or around June 9, though this is negotiable on a case-by-case basis.

Compensation: The intern will receive reimbursement for local transportation costs.
To Apply: Please email resume (please include your GPA), writing sample and cover letter to: by March 16, 2014. In your email, please identify where you saw the job posting.

We look forward to hearing from you!
No phone calls, please. Namati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Namati: Innovations in Legal Empowerment
Summer 2014 Communications Internship
Washington, DC

About the position

Namati is looking for a dynamic self-starter with experience in media and design to join our communications and advocacy team for summer 2014.

The intern will work closely with staff to track press coverage of innovations in the field, conduct research about global justice-related media initiatives, transcribe interviews with practitioners and experts, assist with outreach and editorial for the Namati blog, support implementation of a grassroots media library, nurture a daily social media presence for Namati and maintain a database of contacts of journalists reporting on human rights, development and justice-related issues.

Other projects may include assisting with the development of a global image library and working on the production of printed storytelling and strategic materials. Training in basic video and audio production is available for those with an interest.

Qualifications and Requirements
 Education/Experience
o Undergraduate junior or senior, or recent graduate (2013 or 2014).
o Demonstrated interest and passion for social justice, rule of law, human rights, and international development. Experience in developing nation(s) a plus.
 Skills
o A “problem-solver” - highly motivated, self-directed, capable of identifying needs and taking productive action; able to take personal initiative and follow tasks through to their successful completion.
o Flexible, adaptive, willing to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks, able to thoughtfully prioritize.
o Organized, thoughtful, analytical and creative, with a strong aesthetic sensibility.
o Technologically savvy, with command of social media platforms and tools. Experience with Adobe Photoshop a plus.
o Foreign language skills a plus

Schedule: The intern will be expected to hold a schedule of 30-40 hours/week for a minimum of 10-12 weeks. The intern will be responsible for arranging to receive course credit at their school, if applicable. Namati will work with candidates to provide documentation for independent fundraising, as need arises.

The intern is expected to start on or around June 9, though this is negotiable on a case-by-case basis. Compensation: The intern will be reimbursed on a monthly basis for local transportation costs

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, a resume and a brief, unedited writing sample to by March 16, 2014. In your email, please identify where you saw the job posting.

We look forward to hearing from you!
No phone calls, please. Namati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Privacy Seminar Speaker: Nickyra Washington, MITRE Corporation

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
3:30 - 4:45PM in 3120 Computer Science Instructional Center (CSI)

Talk title:  Mobile Privacy – best practices, standards and guidance

Our guest will cover state of the practice in mobile technologies and the privacy policies they implement. Nickyra Washington is a Senior Information Security Engineer/Scientist at the MITRE Corporation, and she oversees the MITRE InfoSec’s Vendor Risk Assessment program. Nickyra has supported a number of internal research (through MITRE’s Research and Development arm, MITRE Innovation Program) and sponsor projects, requiring subject matter expertise and interest in the privacy and security engineering disciplines. Her work encompasses concept and requirements development, policy and compliance, auditing, training development and delivery, program development, continuous monitoring, and risk management. Prior to joining the MITRE Corporation, Nickyra was employed with SRA International, Inc., in the Information Assurance Division, providing significant thought leadership on and contributions to the federal government in the areas of privacy and information security pertaining to airline security. She has her Certified Information Privacy Professional Government (CIPP/G) certification. She earned her BA in Criminology, Pre-law from University of Maryland, College Park and dual master’s degrees in Business Administration and Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, University College. 

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
Prof. Jim Purtilo   (

Privacy Seminar Speaker: Julie McEwen, MITRE Corporation

Thursday, February 27, 2014
3:30 - 4:45PM in 3120 Computer Science Instructional Center (CSI)

The next visitor to our privacy honors seminar will be Julie McEwen, who talk on Privacy and the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are currently being employed for a variety of uses by the government and in private industry, and their use is expected to increase in the future. The use of a technology such as UAS has the potential to impact individuals' privacy. This presentation will provide an overview of basic foundational privacy principles and examine how to apply them to address privacy risk in the use of UAS.

is a Principal Cybersecurity and Privacy Engineer and leads the privacy capability at the Cybersecurity and Privacy Technical Center at The MITRE Corporation.  Prior to joining MITRE, Ms. McEwen managed privacy and cybersecurity programs and advised organizations on privacy and cybersecurity strategy and policy and technology issues while at the U.S. Department of Defense, Deloitte, IIT Research Institute, the Logistics Management Institute, and T. Rowe Price.  With over 25 years of experience in privacy and cybersecurity, U.S. federal agencies and departments that she has supported include the Departments of Defense, Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development as well as the Census Bureau and U.S. House of Representatives.  Ms. McEwen is a contributing author for two books: U.S. Government Privacy: Essential Policies and Practices for Privacy Professionals [International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 2013], and Information Privacy in the Evolving Healthcare Environment  [Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), 2013]. She has served as one of the lead faculty for the IAPP’s U.S. Government Privacy Training Program since 2006. She has a BA in psychology from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in management from the University of Maryland. 

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

Prof. Jim Purtilo   (

"Natural Hair Revealed"

Monday, February 24
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Prince George's Room 1210, Stamp Student Union
Purpose: To celebrate 
onth by discussing and exploring perspectives of race through the lens of hair. 
Cosponsors: Alpha Theta Gamma Sorority, Inc., Chi Iota Pi Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., the Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA), the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education

The event will consist of two guest speakers, Dr. Johnette Ruffner-Ceaser and Ms. LaTonya Chauncey, who are both professionals and also part-time hair stylists. Then there will be a panel made up of people LIKE YOU! We planned for our panel to be comprised of students on campus of mixed background, gender, age, and preferences. We accepted nominations for panelists this week and the results are in! Here are the featured panelists for Monday:
  • Rhonda Roach 
  • Janae Amber Edley 
  • Raven Best 
  • Abi Shitta-Bey 
  • Alexander Pryor 
  • Ed Russell 
  • Avery Collins 
  • Gabby Davis 
  • Darrien Keith
  • Charlene Osei
So come out, support your friends and MANE's last Black History Month! You don't have to be on the panel to participate, so come out and join the discussion! 
Here are a sample of the discussion topics:
  • H
    air perception in the work place
  • H
    air pop culture/icons
  • B
    est maintenance practices
  • P
    reference: curly or straight
  • G
    ender expectations
  • S
    tyling preference for significant other

Project Hello Stranger UMD - Tuesday

Project Hello Stranger UMD <> is hosting its second General Body Meeting this Tuesday (2/25/14) in 0103 Jimenez Hall (JMZ) at 6:15pm.

We will discuss future events so we hope you all can make it. Again it will be lots of fun!

Pre-Med Society GBM 2/25

The Pre-Medical Society will be having its second GBM On Tuesday, 2/25 at 5:30pm in JMZ0105. We will be co-hosting Dr. Aaron Saguil with AMSA. Dr. Saguil is the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Health Professions Scholarship Program. He will be speaking about these programs and is open to any questions students may have!

Calling all Pre-Health Women!

Interested in pursuing a career in the medical field? Looking for a great way to get involved on campus and with service while also meeting a group of fun, motivated women? All female undergraduates are invited to attend a meeting for the American Medical Women's Association. AMWA is dedicated to advancing women in medicine and advocating for different women's health issues, as well as serving the community by volunteering at a local women's shelter. AMWA's 2nd GBM will be held TONIGHT, February 24th,  at 7:00pm in 1213 Art-Soc. Join our Facebook group!

Friday, February 21, 2014

"Not By Bread Alone" at the Kennedy Center

An Israeli nonprofit called the Nalaga'at Center, uses deaf, blind, and deaf-blind actors for their shows. As part of their American Tour, they are going to be performing their show called "Not By Bread Alone" at the Kennedy Center March 19 (7:30), March 20 (7:30), March 22 (6:30), and March 22 (9:30).

Undergraduate Legal Internship Opportunity

Apply Now!
App Deadline: April 3rd, 2014
3125 South Campus Dining Hall
Contact Information:
Would you like to earn credit while obtaining direct experience with the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office?

Autism Speaks UMD

Did you know…
  • Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States
  • Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
  • Autism costs the nation over $126 billion per year, but receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.

Autism Speaks UMD was established for the purpose of raising Autism awareness to our campus and community, raising funds for Autism research, and advocating for political reform for Autism policy issues pertaining to diagnosis and treatment.
Wewill be discussing future events and opportunities to get involved at our first meeting. Also, since we are a new organization, we still have board member positions open! This is a great opportunity if you want some leadership experience!
Due to the snow days, we had to reschedule our meeting.
When: Friday, February 21st
Where: Oakland Hall, room 1108
What time: 6:30 pm
Interested? Email us at to add you to our listserv!