Friday, September 29, 2017

October Academic Success Workshops at the Learning Assistance Center

 All workshops are held 4:15-5:15pm, 2202 Shoemaker Bldg
Become a more successful, active learner! Mark your calendar for our upcoming workshops:
Tuesday, October 3 - Exams: From Beginning to End
Wednesday, October 18 - Tips for Maximizing theTime in Your Life
Monday, October 23 - Dive Deep for Learning
Monday, October 30 - Exams: From Beginning to End
Signup for our workshops in advance by clicking here:
Workshop Signup Form

Full workshop schedule here.

Attend a Smith Business Minor InfoSession

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Gamer Symphony Orchestra Seeks New Members

Do you enjoy music and video games? Are you interested in playing in an orchestra or singing in a choir?

The Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a student-run ensemble consisting of approximately 120 musicians, and we derive our repertoire exclusively from video game music! We strive to promote video game music as an art form and to continue bringing video game worlds to life through orchestral arrangements -
almost all of which are created by our own members. We play music from a variety of games, and have previously played pieces from Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Halo!

We are currently seeking new orchestra and choir members to join our ensemble! GSO is a great way to continue or begin your love of music performance in a fun, positive environment. Members can typically expect to rehearse 1-2 times per week. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Gamer Symphony
Orchestra, please fill out our Interest Form.

If you have any questions, feel free to email or visit for more information.

Film: "Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis" noon today

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 12:00 noon to 1:15 pm

1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1
 ·         Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis (USA, 2017, 60 minutes)

 "The way of love is a better way, the way of peace is a better way," John Lewis stated at a MLK Day breakfast on Monday morning. Congressman Lewis' words are more important now than ever. An American icon, Lewis is an advocate of peaceful protests, and is an important figure in the African American Civil Rights Movement.

 In 1965, the historic Selma March known as Bloody Sunday was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. John Lewis—now a revered U.S. Congressman, then a young student—co-led hundreds of peaceful marchers seeking voting rights for African Americans in the South. GET IN THE WAY is the first biographical film about John Lewis’ personal journey of courage, searing disappointments and hard-won triumphs, as over the decades he inspires others to stand up and Get in the Way.
 ·         "The film shines brilliantly and illuminates one of America's contemporary heroes. It is warm, powerful and inspiring - like John Lewis himself." Rep. Karen Bass, California's 37th Congressional District.


It's #POLOSZN and the Orientation Staff selection process for Summer 2018 begins this semester.

What are the perks??
  • $3,000 Stipend
  • $250 in Terrapin Express
  • Free Summer Housing
  • Free Eppley Rec Center Summer Pass
  • Tons of TERP SWAG 

The deadline to apply is October 25th at 11:59 pm. For complete details and info session dates check out our website at The application is online at

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Student Presentation about their Education Abroad trip to Ghana

Want to learn leadership skills and work for the Adventure Program? Sign up for HESI318R!

Gordon Prize for "Managing Cybersecurity Resources" - $1000 Prize!

The Gordon Prize is open to all students in good standing in the Honors College. It is an endowed award established with the generous donation of Dr. Lawrence A. Gordon. The award
seeks creative and innovative essays that may approach the topic of “Managing Cybersecurity Resources” from a variety of perspectives. The winning essay receives a total award of

Apply for the Gordon Prize and you could win $1000.00! All Honors College students in good standing are eligible to apply for this cybersecurity award.  The award seeks creative and innovative essays that address the topic of “Managing Cybersecurity Resources” from any of a variety of perspectives. Share with the Committee your solutions to the problem(s) associated with managing cybersecurity. The submission deadline is Friday, December 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm. The award will be presented to the winner at the spring Honors College Citation Ceremony (Friday, April 27 at 4:30 pm). Find more information and the application here.

Writers' House is seeking a FWS Administrative Assistant

Is Federal Work Study a part of your financial aid package?

If so, please consider working for Writers' House as an Administrative Assistant (AA). The AA will work with the Writers' House staff to help pursue the mission of the Jimenez-Porter Writers' House by performing the following duties:
  • Develop recruitment materials
  • Updating the website and Facebook pages
  • Jellema Collection upkeep 
  • Organize/maintain closet and supplies 
  • Update bulletin boards 
  • Attend recruitment events
  •  Run errands
  • Publicity, as needed
  • Copying and scanning
  • Other duties assigned if time permits.
The AA will work approximately 10 hours a week starting as early as ASAP.  If interested, please send a 
  • resume
  • one name and phone number or e-mail I can contact for a professional reference
  • screenshot of your Financial Aid "MyAwards" page, showing your FWS allocation
  • a short e-mail expressing your interest and availability (what days/times are you availble?) for this position to: Johnna Schmidt jmschmid@umd.eduor simply reply to this e-mail with your letter, resume and references attached.
Upon being hired you will also need to furnish  two forms of identification, your course schedule for the fall, your award letter from FWS, and your financial aid page, showing your FWS allotment.  

For best consideration please send your materials as soon as possible.

HCUX: The Honors College User Experience

Want to be a part of a team to translate the UMD Honors College experience into virtual worlds while also building a groundbreaking VR experience across campus? Be a part of this collaborative initiative, meet new people from across the Honors College and learn new skills. 

Join the Honors College Scholar-In-Residence Stephan Fitch for a VR workshop. The first meeting is Tuesday, October 3

Seats are limited and you must reserve your seat by October 1. Go here to register:

MS in Law programs at UMB for people who want graduate-level legal training but are not interested in being a lawyer

No Taboo. Period. Meeting Today!

Just a remainder that the first No Taboo. Period. GBM will take place this TODAY, September 27th, at 7PM in JMZ1215!

Our meeting this week will consist of introductions, box painting for our pads/tampons drive, and of course FOOD! (that includes pizza!)

As a remainder, in No Taboo. Period., we aim to eradicate the stigma that is associated with discussing topics of women’s health/well being. Our mission is to promote awareness regarding the necessity of access to feminine hygiene products by those experiencing poverty. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

University Student Judiciary: Applications OPEN and Mock Hearing

The University Student Judiciary (USJ) is a student governance organization in association with the Office of Student Conduct, whose members help the campus community by educating students about campus policies and presiding over hearings of academic dishonesty and student misconduct. Members also are responsible for promoting integrity, character, and ethics within the community.

Click on the link below to learn more and apply! USJ is also hosting a Mock Hearing Thursday, September 28th at 8:00pm at the Cambridge Community Center for interested students.

Applications due: October 13th, 2017 

UMD Students Ending Slavery Meeting Thursday

We hope to continue to grow throughout the semester and serve the community as we learn more about the complex issue of human trafficking.

We will be meeting this Thursday at 5:30pm in 1124 Jimenez Hall. This is our official room number and meeting time for the semester. This week, Professor White, who teaches the human trafficking course at the university, will come by and talk about her experience with human trafficking in Maryland and abroad.

Our next event is a fundraiser at Jason's Deli on October 3rd. Bring your friends and help raise money for the club so we can put on some great events later in the year! Here is a picture of our tentative schedule for the semester.

We still want to hear from you! Please fill out this form so we can tailor the club meetings to fit your interests!

Sydney & Hugo

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sexual Health Education - 11/15

The Department of Resident Life, the University Health Center, and DEM Pre-Med Fraternity are teaming up to bring sexual health education to a location near you! 

Join us for sex trivia, games, pizza, and more! This high-energy, interactive, safer sex crash course is designed to engage and educate folks at all knowledge and comfort levels.

Come see us on the following days and locations:

October 115:15-6:30, Student Involvement Suite, Stamp Student Union
October 185:15-6:30, 1111 Prince Frederick
November 155:15-6:30, Oakland Hall Multipurpose Room
December 45:15-6:30, Student Involvement Suite, Stamp Student Union

Terps Against Hunger Homecoming Service Day - 10/4

Terps Against Hunger is set to hold its fourth Homecoming Service Day event. On October 22nd, we will be preparing nonperishable meals from 9am to 9pm. However, we can’t do it without your help! We rely on the volunteers, and we hope to have about 3,000 for this event!

Link to UMD’s Homecoming:
Link for volunteer sign up:

Spring Break Study Abroad Trip to Dubai - Apply by Oct 1

More than 450 UMD students have traveled to Dubai making it the most popular destination for short term education abroad experiences. 

The modernization of Dubai and Abu Dhabi are stunning to see. A past trip video is available at  The class, HONR 348V, fulfills the General Education Cultural Competence (DVCC) requirement. 

The class visits some of the biggest, tallest, and most impressive megastructures in the world (Burj Al Arab, the most luxurious and tallest standing hotel tower in the world; Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world; Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, world's fastest roller coaster; Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s most impressive modern Islamic architectural masterpieces; Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping destination; Emirates Palace, world’s most expensive hotel). Company visits include Emirates Airline, Dubal, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Jumeirah Group (owner of the Burj Al Arab), Dubai International Finance Center, Nakheel Properties (developer of the Palm Island), Masdar, Abu Dhabi Cleveland Clinic, Kepinski Group, American University in Sharjah, etc,  

Untouched by the region's unrest, the UAE is the most competitive economy in the Arab World, which is a status it has achieved by diversifying its economy and entering new business sectors such as finance, transportation/logistics, clean air technology, real estate, and tourism. No other place in the world offers the possibility for students to snow ski, visit the beach, and travel to the desert in the same day!

Dubai is one of the most dynamic business environments in the world. Imposing architecture and sophisticated culture make Dubai one of the most interesting hot spots in the world to visit. Dubai brings together the highest standards of comfort and convenience with the mystical adventure of Arabia. From bustling souks to stunning skyscrapers to majestic deserts, Dubai is a truly enchanting destination to experience. Abu Dhabi is also raising its international profile. Abu Dhabi is one of the largest oil producers in the world and significantly contributes to the world's economy, making Abu Dhabi one of the wealthiest cities in the world.

The program fee is estimated at $2,300-$2,500 and includes UM tuition, fees, hotel accommodations, fees for all academic site visits, field trips, and other program-sponsored excursions, transportation to all visits, one or two meals per day (lunches or dinner), and course reading materials. Airfare not included. Final fee will be determined at a later date. Estimated Airfare: $1,000-$1,400.

United Arab Emirates: Dubai and Abu Dhabi – Spring Break 2018

Priority Deadline to apply is October 1st

For reference, UAE trip photos from the most recent trip (Winter 2017) can be found at the link below:
Submit your application at the link below:

Expectations/Course Requirements for all study trips

Study trips are very different from trips that you would take as a tourist. During the trip, students participate in activities closely integrated with course content including visits to multinational and local companies, meetings with government officials and senior executives, meeting with UMD graduates, and excursions to important landmarks.

These experiences provide differentiating traits that can be extremely useful when applying for internships or jobs throughout your college tenure. The short duration of these three credit hour courses provides a study abroad opportunity for students who may not otherwise be able to fit an international experience.

All of the global immersion experiences are three-credit courses that typically meet degree requirements (diversity/global competence requirements).

Classroom experiences for the global courses include readings and discussions about the social, legal, economic, political and technological conditions affecting business in the country visited.

Students are expected to attend pre-departure meetings and complete the required readings prior to departure.


Student feedback was extremely positive and some of the student comments are below:

• “This United Arab Emirates international experience was an absolutely great experience and probably the best trip I have ever taken in my life. I found the experience highly educational as well as fun and interesting. We were given the opportunity to learn about a culture that we all knew very little about through a wide range of methods. I would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone who is even remotely considering it. This trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so happy that I was able to be apart of this wonderful experience.”

• “Overall, I am very pleased with our trip to Dubai. It greatly surpassed all expectations that I had of the trip. I now view the Middle East with a completely different perspective as I have realized that globalization has truly reached all parts of the world, and the Middle East is taking off with its enormous wealth and power. I have been humbled by adopting different customs and the local practices of the Emirati people while in the UAE, and I am extremely grateful that I have had this opportunity to experience the prosperous business, breathtaking scenery, and remarkable life in Dubai .”

• “The experience to study abroad in Dubai was unlike anything else I ever experienced in college. It gave me the opportunity to put myself in the environment and culture that was different from where I call home and what I was used to. I saw how open-mindedness is key regarding another culture, and how easy it is for misconceptions to be created.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Truman Scholarships for Public Service/Leadership - Information Sessions 9/25-28

--Are you a Junior, Sophomore, or Freshman who is passionate about public service and making a difference on issues you care about? 

--Do you have strong public service accomplishments, a good academic record, and excellent evidence of leadership ability?

--Are you planning graduate study to help you prepare for a career working for the public good and shaping public policy?

Learn about the Truman Scholarship ( which honors President Harry S. Truman by recognizing JUNIORS with outstanding potential for making contributions to the public good and to public policy. The Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 toward relevant graduate studies, plus exceptional internship opportunities and other important benefits. 

WHO CAN APPLY: US Citizens or nationals (by March 2018) - Juniors, 3rd year Seniors - GPA of 3.4 or higher recommended - All Majors. ­ All candidates for Truman Scholarships must be nominated by their university.
To learn more about the Truman Scholarship and Maryland's nomination process please attend one of these upcoming information sessions - Juniors, sophomores, freshmen are all welcome to attend:

Monday, September 25 from 12 noon to 12:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
Monday, September 25 from 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
Tuesday, September 26 from 12 noon to 12:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
Tuesday, September 26 from 4:30 to 5:00 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
Wednesday, September 27 from 4:30 to 5:00 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
Thursday, September 28 from 4:30 to 5:00 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to

If you are interested but cannot attend on these days/times, contact Francis DuVinage at to schedule an appointment.

Prof. Margaret Pearson, Dept. of Government and Politics, is Maryland's faculty advisor for the Truman Scholarship.

Work for Change Internship Program - apply by 10/3

Work for Change is an internship program that will take place in Spring 2018. UMD students work with TerpService Staff to secure an internship at a local nonprofit and participate in a 3-credit class. Students accepted into the program receive a $500 scholarship. Find out more info or log into Orgsync and apply! Applications close on October 3rd.  

Maryland Leadership Summit - 10/7

  • The Maryland Leadership Summit (MLS) is a one-day dynamic experience for beginning leaders who want to emerge their individual leadership skills and style through interactive simulations, dialogues, and group discussions. The Maryland Leadership Summit is targeted to emerging leaders who are looking for a launching point into future leadership engagement at University of Maryland. MLS takes place on Saturday, October 7th from 9am to 5pm in the Stamp Student Union. Register at:

Critical Language Scholarships for Summer 2018 - New Info Sessions

Want to study one of these critical languages during summer 2018 – all expenses paid?


Want to study abroad in one of these countries during summer 2018 – all expenses paid?


Learn more about the CLS summer 2018 scholarships  – and about preparing a strong application by the November 15 deadline – by attending an information session about the Critical Language Scholarship program:

Friday, September 22 at 10:00 am – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – Please RSVP to as space is limited

Friday, September 22 at 4:00 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – Please RSVP to as space is limited

Tuesday, September 26 at 12:30 – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – Please RSVP to as space is limited

Tuesday, September 26  at 4:00 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – Please RSVP to as space is limited

Wednesday, September 27 at 12:30 – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – Please RSVP to as space is limited

Wednesday, September 27 at 4:00 pm  – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – Please RSVP to as space is limited

--If you are interested but unable to attend, please write to address to receive more information by email.

--To be enrolled in our CLS Resource site on ELMS, include your email address in your reply or RSVP.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION: Applicants must be: US Citizens; currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students. A GPA of 3.4 or higher recommended; all majors are eligible. PLEASE NOTE: CLS
program in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, and Russian require one or two years of previous study of these languages – for details see:

For more information about the CLS Program, please visit the CLS website at

Be an RA Next Year – Application Deadline 4 PM, Oct. 5

The Qualifications for the RA position are as follows (*you can find more information about the RA Selection Process at 

  • Applicants must be an undergraduate student at UMD this fall to apply. Students who are away from the University for study abroad or other leaves-of-absences may be eligible depending upon circumstances.
  • If invited, applicants must register for and complete HESI 470 with a “C” or better in the Spring 2018 semester in order to be selected for a position.
  • Unless this is your first semester, you must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at UMD to participate in the selection process. Applicants and RAs must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA throughout the entire selection process and during employment. 
  • Applicants must be in good judicial and financial standing with the University.
  • If offered a position, newly hired Resident Assistants are expected to hold the position for the entire 2018-2019 academic year.
  • New Resident Assistants may not student teach during their first year in the position. Students who plan to student teach in the 2018-2019 academic year are not eligible to hold the RA position and therefore should not apply. Students who participate in educational field placements or teaching assistantships that are only a few hours a week are still eligible and encouraged to apply.
  • You may feel you have unique circumstances. If in doubt, please contact us to discuss your situation.
Students often need more information about the RA position and our Selection Process, so we’ve scheduled Information Sessions. Current RAs and professional staff members will be on hand to answer questions following each presentation.  Attendance at one of the Information Sessions is required of all applicants. 

Here are the dates of our Information Sessions: