Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Artists of Conscience International Forum Nov. 4

The Phillips Collection’s International Forum is rooted in the institution’s aim to contribute to the global conversation through the language of modern art.

A joint presentation with the University of Maryland, this year’s afternoon of dialogue will bring together leaders across disciplines to discuss the great implications and meaning of “Artists of Conscience.” The program will include a keynote lecture by artist Sanford Biggers (recipient of the 2017 Rome Prize), a poetry reading by Fatimah Asghar (creator of the web series Brown Girls), as well as one-on-one conversations between the artists and University of Maryland scholars Curlee Holton (Executive Director, David C. Driskell Center) and Susan Dwyer (Executive Director, Honors College).Conversations will explore shared perspectives on the increasingly significant role artists are playing in political and social discourse of today. 

Event is free for students!

Juniors and Seniors: Have you considered Mission Employment after graduation? Interest Mtg 11/1

Juniors and Seniors:

Are you completely sure what you're doing after graduation?  Have you considered taking a post-grad year to hone your professional development, living with other recent grads, while making a difference in the world?  Check out these following events!

Post-Grad Mission and Service Interest Meeting Wed. 11/1 4:30 p.m.-5:20 p.m. @ the Catholic Student Center
Find out if post-graduate mission employment is for you. Learn more about the process of how to search for and apply for post-graduate programs their deadlines and how to best prepare for the mission fair the following week.  

Post-Grad Mission and Service Fair 11/8 6 p.m.-8 p.m. @ the Catholic Student Center
Check out the eight programs that will be visiting us during Wednesday Night Dinner.  See more information and RSVP here on Facebook.  See why six seniors last year took the leap of faith and are currently working in a program this year!
Let me know if you have any questions at matt@catholicterps.org!  I too did a mission year after graduation and it has changed my life for the better.

Peace and joy,

Facebook Usage Survey - Chance to Win $10 Gift Card

Do you have a Facebook account? Are you a Millennial? Complete an anonymous 10 minute online survey about Facebook usage, social interactions, and personality: https://umdsurvey.umd.edu/jfe/form/SV_3dTXnUVFEsAYKDb. Five respondents will receive a $10 Gift Card to the store of their choice! In order to complete this survey, you must be between the ages of 18-35 and have an active Facebook account. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Dragan, MPH Candidate in the School of Public Health at adragan@umd.edu.

Leadership Conference Event - 11/5

Can millennials change the world? Or will they be held back by avocado toast? Join with leaders from across the University of Maryland community for an afternoon of insights from experts, interactive leadership training, and networking opportunities with fellow student leaders. There will be free food served and speakers like Dr. Nina Harris and James Bond will be featured. The event will be from 2:00-5:30pm on Sunday, November 5th! Full event details can be found at ter.ps/millennials

Monday, October 30, 2017

BAPS Diwali Campus Celebration 11/1

When: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 6:30PM
On behalf of the BAPS Campus Fellowship of UMD, we would like to invite you to our Diwali Campus Celebration on Wednesday, November 1st at 6:30 PM in the Adele H. Stamp Grand Ballroom! Diwali is the festival of lights, and it is a time to reflect on our experiences over the past year and set sights on an even brighter year to come. We would love for you to join us in the celebration of the new year through inspiring speeches and musical performances. There will also be FREE FOOD!!! You won't want to miss it!

Gender, Culture, and Health Lab Seeks Research Assistants

The Gender, Culture, and Health Lab is seeking conscientious, detail-oriented undergraduate research assistants who can dedicate at least 3 hours per week to help with studies related to
gender and health outcomes across diverse populations. RAs will be responsible for collecting and managing data, recruiting and running participants, and assisting with other laboratory tasks.
Projects will focus on how gender norms (e.g., masculinity and femininity) affect mental health outcomes, especially related to alcohol and substance abuse, disordered eating, and sexual
assault and violence. Research findings will be used to better understand the intersections of gender and health and to create interventions to improve health outcomes. RAs would be
welcome to join biweekly lab meetings that discuss professional development, issues in counseling/clinical psychology, and other ongoing projects in the lab. In future semesters, RAs
would also have the opportunity to conduct independent research related to gender and health or other topics in counseling/clinical psychology. Depending on skill-level and interest, RAs may
have the opportunity to present posters or participate in papers for publication. A psychology major is not required. Students of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds and identities are
actively encouraged to apply. Students selected to work as RAs can potentially earn research credit. If interested, please fill out the application, and email the completed application
to Thomas Le at tple@terpmail.umd.edu.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"Alarm Calls in Homo Sapiens: A New Theory of Warning Messages" - 11/3

We are pleased to announce the Center for Health and Risk Communication's Fall 2017 Distinguished Speaker - Dr. James P. Dillard, Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State University. Dr. Dillard's talk is entitled:

"Alarm Calls in Homo Sapiens: A New Theory of Warning Messages"

The talk is scheduled on November 3rd, 2017 (Friday) from noon to 1:00pm in Skinner 0200.

About Dr. Dillard:

"James Price Dillard is a Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State University. He is a former Editor of Human Communication Research and co-editor of The Persuasion Handbook (with M. Pfau and L. Shen), a Fellow of the International Communication Association and the recipient of the first John E. Hunter Award for Meta-Analysis. Dillard’s scholarly interests focus on how communication produces change in the opinions and behaviors of others with special emphasis on the role of emotion. The Alarm Call Theory considers how warning messages induce fear and how the dynamic properties of that emotion produce persuasion."

Look forward to seeing you at the event! FYI, if you missed a previous talk given by a CHRC Distinguished Speaker, you can view the recorded talk on our website at healthriskcenter.umd.edu

Sub(Urban) Exhibition – The Stamp Gallery - Opening Reception 11/1

Sub(Urban) is an exhibition of print, painting, installation, and sculpture curated by UMD Art Department Faculty Matthew McLaughlin. Works in Sub(Urban) explore our contemporary surroundings and the underlying psychology of our modern living environments, primarily through humor, satire, and irony.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 5–7 pm
Exhibition: October 30December 16, 2017
Free and open to the public

Our gallery doors are open Monday–Thursday 10 am to 8 pm, Friday 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm. Please feel free to contact the Gallery via this email, or our coordinator, Raino Isto, at risto@umd.edu if you have any questions.

(Sub)Urban presents works by six contemporary artists working
across America, all of whom question the reality of suburban and urban contexts through
humor, satire, and irony. Through a combination of print, painting, installation, and
sculpture, (Sub)Urban explores our contemporary surroundings and the underlying
psychology of our modern living environments. Benjamin Roger’s paintings depict the
banality of our interior lives, the ways we live when we are secure in our homes, while
Sang-Mi Yoo’s prints and installations emphasize the mundane repetition of our planned
communities. Christine Buckton Tillman’s sculptures, Yoonmi Nam’s prints and sculptures
and Amze Emmon’s cutouts and prints refigure items from our homes and streets that are
ordinarily dismissed as meaningless refuse. Finally, Nick Satinover’s print installation
visualizes the basest feelings behind most people’s day-to-day lives.
These artists work in varying media, but their underlying interests coalesce around our
diverse experiences of space, identity, consumption, and labor as immigrants,
transplants, and minorities living in the contemporary built environment of late capitalism.
They examine items from our houses and our streets, presenting them in new ways and
bringing new associations to them, and in the process they uncover unexpected
narratives that shape the ways we dwell within the rush of modern life. (Sub)Urban is on
view at the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, October 30
through December 16, 2017. An opening reception will take place on November 1,
5–7pm, in the Stamp Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

Pickering Fellowships for State Dept. Foreign Service Careers

Are you aiming at a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State?

Learn about the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program from a program representative!

WHEN: Tuesday, November 7, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
WHERE: 3205 Jimenez Hall

Please RSVP to scholarships@umd.edu. Interested but unable to attend? Please send us an email at the same address.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career with the U.S. Department of State. 

**Members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.**

Pickering Fellowship Program Benefits

  • Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service.
    • Up to $21,500 will be provided each academic year for two years for a Fellow’s tuition
    • Up to $16,000 stipend per academic year for two years for room and board, books/laboratory fees, and travel between the Fellow’s residence and university location
  • Two summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The program provides stipends, transportation and housing for these internships.
  • Orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at the Department of State.
  • Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment in the Department of State Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy.
  • Only individuals who are United States citizens.
  • Applicants must be seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school beginning in fall 2018.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.
  • Applicants must enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program, at U.S. based graduate institutions only, in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages) and be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in Summer 2020.
Deadline: January 18, 2018

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Commander Christopher Thomas will be speaking to an Honor seminar about counternarcotics policies and programs in Afghanistan on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:30pm in 0120 ANA

Commander Thomas was raised in Potomac, Maryland and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He served on Active Duty
in the Navy as a Surface Warfare officer for over 20 years. In addition to serving at sea on frigates, destroyers, and cruisers and deploying to every ocean and to every continent, except
Antarctica, he served ashore as an Instructor at the Naval Academy, Financial Programmer on the Navy Headquarters Staff, Branch Chief at the Missile Defense Agency and finally in the
Executive Office of the President on the staff of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He served in Operation Desert Storm and the Global War on Terror and travelled to Afghanistan
seven times while on active duty in the Navy. While at the White House he was responsible for implementing President George W. Bush’s strategy for counternarcotics in Afghanistan and later
helped author President Obama's counternarcotics strategy for Afghanistan. Although he takes pride in his work to reduce illicit narcotics supplies, he is most proud of his efforts to improve
drug abuse and addiction treatment access for women and girls.

Commander Thomas was a recipient of the Surface Navy Association Arliegh Burke Operation Excellence Award, the Naval Academy Smiley-Owendorff Educational Excellence
Award, and ONDCP Director's Excellence Award. He was awarded the Presidential Service and Secretary of Defense Service Badges and the Defense Superior Service Medal in addition
to numerous other individual and unit awards.

Since retiring from the Navy, he has worked as a defense contractor and currently oversees multiple Counter Narcotics and Global Threat programs. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Surface Navy Association and currently serves on the Board of
Governors of the Army and Navy Club. In addition to a Bachelor's of Science from the Naval Academy, he has an MBA and MS in Management, and an MA in National Policy and Strategic

New Info Sessions!!! BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS - Study Abroad for Critical Languages - 10/30-31

The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates (US citizens) who want to study abroad for one or two semesters (preferably) in 2018-19 in non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the languages of those areas. Maryland has ranked # 1 in the nation in Boren Scholarships awarded for the past 6 years!!!

Eligible regions include Africa, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Boren Scholarships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Boren Scholarships for 2018-19 may be used for study abroad in Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019. 

*The Boren Scholarship is a U.S. Government-funded award that seeks applicants who have a strong interest in future Government service; the award carries a one-year service expectation.*
The UMD deadline to apply for the Boren Scholarship will be January 24, 2018. You can learn more about the BorenScholarship program here:

The NSO has also scheduled a number of 30-minute information sessions to help you learn more about the Boren Scholarship and its application process. Please write to nsepboren@umd.edu to let us know which session you plan to attend. (If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions send a note to the same address).

Monday, October 30 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Monday, October 30 at 4 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, October 31 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, October 31 at 4 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall

All Maryland applicants for the Boren Scholarship must take part in a required campus review process which is designed to help you strengthen your application. The deadline for Maryland¹s review process is WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018.

Francis DuVinage, Ph.D.
Director, National Scholarships Office and Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
2403 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Phone: (301) 314-9458
Fax: (301) 314-0085

Apply to be an HONR100 Section Leader (individual or team-teaching options available) due Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8:00 p.m.

University Honors is recruiting students for the HONR100 Section Leader Program. You can apply to team teach or to teach individually.

Section Leader applications are accepted on rolling basis. The application is short and should take about 5 minutes to complete. Final due date to apply isSunday, Nov. 12 at 8:00 p.m.

University Honors is looking for talented students to teach HONR100 in fall 2018. HONR100 is a 1-credit course for new Honors students and assists them in transitioning to the university.

Section Leaders are responsible for teaching and mentoring approximately 15 new University Honors students through their first semester. The Section Leader creates lesson plans, facilitates weekly discussions, grades assignments and maintains class records.

Students selected for the Section Leader program receive 3 credits for participating in the training program and for teaching HONR100. Section Leaders earn 1-credit for successfully completing the training course in spring 2018 and 2 credits for teaching in fall 2018. Combined these credits will count toward theUH Citation. There are 2 options for the spring Section Leader training course and student must enroll in either the Wednesday or Thursday class:

  • Wednesday from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. OR
  • Thursday from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Applicants must have at least a 3.2 GPA to be selected for the Section Leader Program.

Interested students should complete the google application by Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8:00 p.m. in order to be considered for an interview. The form is short and should take only a few minutes to complete. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and you can schedule your interview as soon as you complete the application.   

If you have questions or to schedule your interview, please contact Liza Lebrun at 301-405-3049 or  LLebrun@umd.edu