Flying Fruit Fantasy Turns 35 (7/2)

FFF15002-35th Flyer-page-001The Choice Program’s Flying Fruit Fantasy Fruit Shake stand is turn 35 on July 2. To celebrate, they will be giving away prizes like Orioles tickets, gift cards, and a year of free fruit shakes. Enjoy a fruit shake or smoothie on July 2 from 12-2 p.m. to be automatically eligible to win.

Flying Fruit Fantasy is located in the Inner Harbor, next to the Maryland Science Center in the Inner Harbor Promenade. The stand is the on-the-job training site for The Choice Program’s Ready By 21 and Jobs initiatives.

The Shriver Center Launches the 2015 Public Service Scholars Programs

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The 2015 Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs have all been kicked off within the last several weeks. This year’s programs, The Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP), the Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program and MDOT Fellows Program have participants from institutions across the state of Maryland. With all of the programs, students are mentored by senior-level officials in government agencies and nonprofits across the state.

DSC_2614The Governor’s Summer Internship Program introduces college students to the unique challenges and rewards of working within Maryland state government. Interns work for ten weeks during the summer in state government agencies doing substantive tasks ranging from drafting speeches and correspondence to researching policy options and assisting with constituent case work. Students develop policy papers on a significant issue facing Maryland and present their findings to the governor at the end of the summer. The program is led by the Shriver Center in partnership with the Office of the Governor.

The Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program offers summer internship opportunities in the nonprofit sector to college juniors, seniors and graduate students attending Maryland institutions. Interns work for ten weeks during the summer and participate in bi-weekly seminars in non-profit management. The Shriver Center coordinates the program in conjunction with the Office of the Governor.

DSC_2605The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Fellows Program introduces college students to working within Maryland’s integrated transportation system. Interns work in policy development, engineering, planning and financing, neighborhood conservation, and computer networking, among other areas. The Shriver Center leads the program in conjunction with Office of the Secretary of Transportation.

Several UMBC students are participants in this year’s programs. The complete list is below, along with the intern’s mentors. To learn more about the Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs, click here.

Governor’s Summer Internship Program

Amy Hoffman
Major: Health Administration/Public Policy, Biology
Mentor: Mona Gahunia
Chief Medical Officer
Secretary
Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Evan Leiter-Mason
Major: Political Science, Economics
Mentor: Shawn Settles
Director of Administration
Office of Health Care Quality
Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Jeremy Matthews
Major: Financial Economics, Spanish
Mentor: Seth Shuldiner
Investment Analyst
Maryland Venture Fund
Department of Business and Economic Development

Ellis Zapas
Major: Political Science, Ancient Studies
Mentor: Jon Enriquez
Director of Research and Policy Analysis
Office of Research and Policy Analysis
Maryland Higher Education Commission

Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program

Emma Chaplin
Major: Social Work
Mentor: Beverly Clarke
Director of Project
The Barker Adoption Foundation

Jennifer Helt 
Major: Asian Studies
Mentor: Aaron Heinsman
Director of Development
Maryland Humanities Council

Nolan O’Toole 
Major: Economics
Mentor: Emily Ranson
Advocacy Coordinator
Bike Maryland

Rosa Rada
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies, Food Policy
Mentor: Laura Flamm
Baltimarket and Food Access Coordinator
Baltimarket, Baltimore City Health Department

Cheyenne Smith 
Major: Biological Sciences
Mentor: Jennifer Pelton
Director of Development
Public Justice Center

MDOT Fellows Program

Rebecca Coates 
Major: Applied Statistics
Mentor: Philip Sullivan
Chief Performance Officer
Maryland Transit Administration

Theophilus Aluko 
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Phillip Sullivan
Chief Performance Officer
Maryland Aviation Administration

Waleed Waris 
Major: Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Michael J. Walk
Director of Service Development
Maryland Transit Administration

The Choice Program – Youth in Action (6/20)

PrintYouth in Action is an annual youth-led event, hosted by UMBC’s Choice Program. This year’s Youth in Action aims to use art as a means of catharsis and a platform for the voices of youth to be heard in their communities.

This gallery and showcase event will feature artwork created and performed by Choice Program and local community youth. The event will be held on June 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Graffiti Warehouse (128 W. North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21201). Click here for more information.

Summer Enrichment Experience: Deadline for Early Registration Extended

15365064460_649cdd1abb_zThe Shriver Center’s Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) has extended its early registration through February 16, 2015. Parents who register their children before February 16 are eligible for a $25 discount.

SEE provides an opportunity for local middle and high school students to get a sense of the college learning experience. SEE participants will collaborate and learn under the direction of UMBC faculty and with the support of UMBC undergraduate students. The experiences cover a broad range of academic interests, including STEM and the arts and humanities, and program material focuses on relevant topics, ranging from cybersecurity to devised theatre.

Learn more about the various programs offered through SEE at http://see.umbc.edu/

Michele Wolff, Shriver Center, and Stephen Freeland, INDS, in The Catonsville Times

Michele Wolff, Shriver Center, and Stephen Freeland, interdisciplinary studies, were featured in an article about UMBC’s new Summer Enrichment Experience in The Catonsville Times. The Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) is a commuter day program through the Shriver Center which offers academic courses for middle and high school students.

Michele Wolff, UMBC Shriver Center DirectorWolff shared her goals for the program, saying, “The idea is to give the middle and high school students the opportunity to be on a college campus, but also the opportunity to have an interesting and exciting way to learn about the sciences or arts and humanities based content.”

Stephen Freeland, INDSFreeland, who will teach “Cosmos on Campus” at SEE, described the importance of exposing middle and high school students to a different way of learning science. “We teach them that science is about the steady accumulation of facts and that has no resemblance to what an actual scientist does,” he said. “That completely underestimates the creativity, the role of hypothesis testing- the whole point is investigating what we don’t know, not what we do know.” Instead, Freeland has designed his course to enable students to “ask important questions in a way that gives reliable answers.”

SEE will run from July 13- August 7. Registration is open and there is a discount available for UMBC faculty, staff and alumni. Visit see.umbc.edu to learn more.

UMBC Introduces Summer Enrichment for Middle and High School Students

Starting Summer, The Shriver Center at UMBC will offer various hands-on learning opportunities for Middle and High School students through its new Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE).

SEE provides an opportunity for local middle and high school students to get a sense of the college learning experience. SEE participants will collaborate and learn under the direction of UMBC faculty and with the support of UMBC undergraduate students.

The experiences cover a broad range of academic interests, including STEM and the arts and humanities, and program material focuses on relevant topics, ranging from cybersecurity to devised theatre. View a complete list of experiences offered here.

Registration for SEE is now open, and can be accessed at see.umbc.edu. Registration discounts are offered to UMBC faculty, staff and alumni. Learn more at: http://see.umbc.edu/

UMBC Partnership with Arbutus Middle School Featured on BCPS TV

Baltimore County Public Schools TV recently profiled UMBC’s partnership with Arbutus Middle School (AMS), featuring student teaching interns from UMBC and tutors in the Arbutus Achievers program. AMS is a professional development school (PDS) in the UMBC PDS Network, which allows student teachers to complete yearlong Education Internships at the school.

Shriver Peaceworker Fellow Mark Zachar ’17 M.A., teaching, and Elizabeth Forney ’14, English, were highlighted in the video for their student teaching experiences at AMS. Forney is now a first-year teacher at AMS and credits her internship with preparing her for a career. “The transition from being an intern to a teacher here at the same school… definitely made it easier,” she said. Michael Guarraia ’07 M.A., teaching, was also included in the video in his position as the AMS science department chair.

Ciara Saunders ’17, social work and health administration and public policy, spoke about the Arbutus Achievers program and the impact one on one tutoring has on the students at AMS. The Arbutus Achievers Program is coordinated by Maryland-DC Campus Compact Americorps VISTA member Nick Ramundo through the Shriver Center.

Michelle Feeney, principal of AMS, applauded the relationship between UMBC and AMS, saying, “As we provide opportunities for collaboration, our teachers have a partnership with UMBC and they model that collaboration for our students.”

UMBC is featured 11:40-14:46.

BCPS News 2014-15 SHOW#4 10-24-14 from Baltimore County Public Schools on Vimeo