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Fall 2009

Making the World More Hospitable, One Guest at a Time: UMES Hotel and Restaurant Management Program Awarded Marriott Foundation Grant


he commercial student kitchen at The Universities at Shady Grove will soon be gleaming with state-of-the-art equipment, thanks to a very generous grant from The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. The $240,000 grant will be distributed over five years to create a new Marriott Hospitality Center on the Rockville campus to be used by students in the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s highly regarded Hotel and Restaurant Management Program. The funds will improve facilities with the installation of new stoves, ovens, grills and freezers. The addition of a culinary teaching station, complete with an overhead LCD television with video capacity, and industry hardware and software designed to simulate hotel and restaurant operations will provide professors and students with exciting instructional tools.

From left to right, Dr. Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director, USG, Anne Gunsteens, Executive Director of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, Gains Hawkins, Vice President of Development for UMES, Judy Streeter, Program Director for UMES Hotel and Restaurant Management at USG, and Dr. Ernest Boger, Chair Person of UMES Hotel and Restaurant Management Department.

“I was thrilled when the call came that we had received the grant,” says Judy Streeter, Program Director of the UMES Hotel and Restaurant Management Program, adding, “the upgraded facilities and instructional materials will enhance student learning by bringing ‘real world’ activities into their curriculum. Not only will they learn, but they can do – that’s what we are in the hospitality business: we’re doers.” The improvements are expected to be completed over winter break and during the summer of 2010. Already, new software has been introduced to students and will continue to be added throughout the school year. UMES students mixing up a winning recipe with the support of the Marriott Foundation Grant. The Universities At Shady Grove



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The Cure to Health Care Chaos: Professor John J. Callahan Prescribes Health Systems Management Studies


ith health care reform and expansion of health care currently under discussion, an increasing number of students are finding that a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Baltimore (UB), Health Systems Management program at USG gives them a distinctive advantage in the industry. That is precisely the message that the program’s director, John J. Callahan, Ph.D., wants to convey to them. Professor Callahan has more than 25 years of public service with the federal government, as well as a master’s degree in regional planning and his Ph.D. in social science from the Maxwell School of Public Administration at Syracuse University. As Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget for the Department of Health and Human Services from 1995 to 2001, Dr. Callahan brings to his students a wealth of experience. A resident of Annandale, VA., Dr. Callahan has lived in the Washington D.C. region since 1969, along with his wife and three children, now grown. He also has five grandchildren.

“Health care is a superior good – people want it, value it and know they have to have it...”

The Health Systems Management program at USG caters primarily to working adults, and for that reason is offered exclusively on Saturday sessions, with an on-line component available as well.

“Many of our students are working fulltime with families to care for, yet despite their full plates they have a real commitment to their studies. They do it with an incredible amount of dedication and fortitude and they bring to class an abundance of day-to-day knowledge,” Dr. Callahan says. A large percentage of his students already work in health care and are seeking advancement in their fields or in a concurrent field.


Student Leader Muhammad Waqar Reaches Out to USG Classmates: Making Every Voice Heard


t just 21 years of age, senior Muhammed Waqar of Silver Spring is already a mover and shaker at The Universities of Shady Grove, where he is the USG Student Government Association president for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. In the spring of 2010, he expects to earn a B.S. degree from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park with a major in International Business and a minor in International Development and Conflict Resolution. Waqar, along with his parents and younger twin brothers, left Pakistan four years ago to settle in Montgomery County. In his native country, he explains, there are no clubs or activities available to college students – students attend classes and then return home. As a result, “I wanted to embrace the whole college experience in America,” he says. During his two years at Montgomery College, he plunged into a wide range of extracurricular activities through which he met faculty and administrators. “It’s a great way to network and get to know a campus,” Waqar points out. When he enrolled at USG in 2008, “I was looking for opportunities to get involved,” he says. After becoming a program representative for the Smith School, he later applied and successfully interviewed to become USG student government council president. “USG is a unique campus – I want to get everyone together and involved on campus as much as possible and for each student to have a voice,” he says.

Students in the Health Systems Management program are exposed to all aspects of health care and learn to take off their student hats and think as managers from the moment they enter the classroom, Dr. Callahan explains. With the job market today in the health care industry better than almost any other sector of the economy, he says graduates of the program are well equipped for future challenges.

He is committed to establishing an on-line USG Student Council newsletter and holding open office hours so that council members can meet with students to address their concerns. While Waqar himself is a fulltime daytime student, he wants campus programming to also include USG’s diverse population of parttime, weekend and night students. His ideas include coffee socials for Saturday students; weekend movie nights for those students with children; and even Bollywood-style dance lessons in the campus fitness center to help raise funds for charity and encourage interest in Indian and Pakistani cultural life.

“Health care is a superior good – people want it, value it and know they have to have it. In addition, it is a field that is continually evolving. That makes it both compelling and interesting at the same time,” Dr. Callahan says.

After graduation, this committed and energetic young man plans to work for a Washington D.C.-based non-profit before ultimately attending law school. Wherever he goes, Muhammad Waqar is certain to leave an indelible mark.

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Growing Smarter and Healthier: New Programs at The Universities at Shady Grove Focus on Education and Public Health

With evening, weekend and on-line classes available, “We’re trying to be as creative as we can to help out our students,” says Wiltz. At USG, this part-time professional education program prepares students to act as advocates for young children—from birth through eight years of age—and create and facilitate developmentally appropriate environments and material for them.


his fall, The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) introduces three new academic programs designed to help students find meaningful careers in the vital fields of education and public health. Public Health Science: An exciting new Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Science has been designed by the University of Maryland, College Park exclusively for the Shady Grove campus. With the realization that today’s public health challenges require more depth and understanding of the biological underpinnings of disease, this program was developed especially for students to keep abreast of a rapidly changing field, with small classes and ready access to faculty. Jennifer Todd, Ph.D., Program Director of Public Health Science at USG, says the program will provide rigorous coursework and have equally rigorous expectations, with students required to have a science foundation before enrollment. “It is an exciting option for the many community college students enrolled in science classes but not necessarily sure of their next step,” she explains. The B.S. program in Public Health Science gives an overview of the field, including epidemiology, environmental and global health and emergency preparedness. Students will be able to work in a variety of areas, both public and private, or continue on to graduate or health professional programs. Science Education: At the request of the Montgomery County Public Schools system, the University of Maryland, College Park has developed a certificate program at USG in Elementary and Middle School Science Education, joining USG’s highly successful M.Ed program in mathematics education. This new post-baccalaureate 18-credit evening program in science education is designed to help elementary and middle school teachers learn scientific content as well as gain an understanding of how their students best learn that material, explains Program Director Janet Coffey, Ph.D. “Elementary and middle school teachers may not have a lot of course background in the sciences. This program is designed to fill the gap and provide a fundamental understanding of concepts and how science is practiced so they can pursue scientific inquiry in the classroom,” Dr. Coffey says. Early Childhood Education: Towson University is now offering their full-time Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education in a part-time format, to better serve the needs of para-professionals in the school system and child-care workers throughout the Montgomery County region who need to continue to work while pursuing their degree, explains the Program’s Director, Nancy Wiltz.

Green Parking Garage?

Yes, It’s Possible At The Universities At Shady Grove


t may sound like an oxymoron, but the first new parking garage at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) features an environmentally friendly design in keeping with a campus-wide philosophy that supports thoughtful stewardship of the earth. The six-level garage, which opened in August of this year, adds 600 parking spaces to the campus and is located at the corner of Darnestown Road and Traville Gateway Drive. “It was only natural that when we had to build a garage because of increased enrollment, we did it as green as possible,” explains Jessica Nardi, USG’s Sustainability Coordinator. The garage includes designated prime parking spaces for hybrid, carpool vehicles and bicycles, to promote fuel-efficient transportation. It was also built with recycled materials and incorporates LED lighting with daylight sensors to reduce power requirements. A white concrete top deck and solar shading over the windows in the elevator tower reduce heat buildup. The elevator uses more pulleys than the typical structure, and requires less energy to operate. In addition, a rainwater capture system collects water to irrigate the newly planted green spaces and surrounding landscaping. One of the most interesting features, says Nardi, are the large symbolic icons cut out of recycled metal placed on every level continued on back 301-738-6000


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USG Students Get A Jump-Start On Success: Learning How Best To Learn


or many incoming transfer students at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG), facing new academically rigorous challenges in upper level courses can be daunting. USG now offers several innovative programs to ease the transition and help pave the way to a successful academic future. On the day before this year’s fall classes began, a group of new University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) students participated in USG’s first Student Success Conference. Initiated as a community service project by Robert Dietzen, a Shriver Peaceworker Fellow at UMBC, the conference was organized in conjunction with USG’s Center for Academic Success. Titled, “Jump-Start,” it included workshops on time management strategies, textbook reading and note-taking techniques. It also included a session on what students could expect in the classroom and a panel discussion with other USG students who shared their own experiences on campus.

Academic Success already on the campus, the goal is to connect incoming students with the appropriate help available to them and overcome their hesitancy to seek help. With the success of the conference in mind, Marsha Youngblood, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Center for Academic Success, is looking to expand summer programming for other incoming students. “Some students find it hard to find time during the school year to participate in workshops,” Dr. Youngblood says.

For Professor Tom Stanton, Ph.D., Program Director of the University of Maryland, College Park Biological Sciences Program at USG, providing a new class to ensure student success was vital. This semester, UMCP is offering a one-credit supplemental study course titled “Strategies for Success in Chemistry and Life Sciences,” uniquely geared for first semester students at the Shady Grove campus. Meeting for an hour a week, students in the class participate in customized Robert Dietzen, working As a Shriver Peaceworker Fellow who is currently workshops on accelerated learning strategies hard to ensure student studying for a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education conducted by staff from the Center for Academic Success. success at USG at UMBC, Dietzen was placed at USG to complete Further into the semester, Dr. Stanton works with the the service component of his fellowship. Dietzen, 32, students to help them develop critical thinking and returned to the Baltimore region after two years as a Peace Corps problem-solving skills to deal with complex material. volunteer in Albania, where he taught English as a second language. In the fall of 2008, he decided to look at the experiences of transfer “The class is a wonderful model – Tom Stanton’s leadership in this students at USG and conducted a series of surveys to assess their has been really invaluable,” says Isabell Cserno, Ph.D., CAS needs. Coordinator, adding, “We go to school for years and years, but many of us never learn how to learn. This kind of help can make all The objective, Dietzen explains, is for students to better utilize the difference in being a successful student.” the many resources open to them at USG. With the Center for

Garage, continued of the garage, each one representing a different environmental theme. Depicting earth, water, green construction, recycling, energy and solar power, the accompanying text explains the importance of these elements to the campus. “Since we are a higher education facility and believe strongly in sustainability, we wanted to provide more information and make it academic,” she explains.

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