Center for Teaching Excellence
New General Education Program
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Undergraduate Student Ombuds
National Scholarships Office
Meeting the Challenge of Diversity 1968-1978: The Intensive Educational Development Program and Change at the University of Maryland.
The report marked the achievements of Intensive Education Development progem and its efforts and the efforts of others to integrate the University during the middle decades of the last century. Watch a video of the IED event.
Each year the Office of Undergraduate Studies recognizes outstanding undergraduate, graduate and staff employees working in Undergraduate Studies programs. The awards recognize contributions that go beyond the call of duty as described in nomination letters submitted by their supervisors and co-workers. There were many long and lovely nomination letters, so the selections were difficult to make.
This year’s Undergraduate Student Employee Award goes to Amanda Strawitch. Nominated by Katherine Ford Russell.
Amanda serves as an undergraduate student worker in the Honors College office. During her time there, she has handled many significant projects including conducting research on honors alumni, hosting 300 student guests for scholarship interviews, and overseeing the honors facebook page. She even helped to revive the dying Gemstone-Ellicott Service Committee, community club on campus. But perhaps the best example of Amanada’s leadership skills and her determination is the fact that she wanted the United States Green Building Council Student Chapter here on campus to have at least half of its undergraduates LEED certified. Amanda met with Professor Ralph Bennett, and convinced him to teach two non-credit classes on the topic. Amanda even served as TA for one of the classes!
According to Katherine Ford Russell, her nominator, "I was immediately impressed with how Amanda balanced her rigorous Architecture schedule, crew practice, a leadership position in a national architecture organization, and her work with us. Frankly, we load her up with the complex and multifaceted tasks and have come to expect that she will get it done perfectly, way before we expect to see it, and with grace and diplomacy."
She graduates this month with a B.S. in Architecture with a minor in Spanish language.
The Graduate Student Employee Award goes to Jarah Moesch. Jarah has served a graduate assistant in the Digital Cultures and Creativity (DCC) Program in the Honors College. Nominated by Hasan Elahi, who could not join us today and is instead represented by Krista Caballero.
During her time with DCC time, Jarah has been instrumental in developing a mentorship program and currently six first year students from the program are teamed up with 16 high achieving high school students who attend low achieving schools. The students from the DCC program have developed a curriculum suitable for high school students, which introduces them to an honors program and the kinds of learning that happens at the college level. All of this has happened because of Jarah’s leadership.
According to her nominator, Hasan Elahi, Director of the Digital Cultures and Creativity Program, "As an indication of how well this program is working, all three high school seniors applied to the University of Maryland and not only were two admitted, they were both invited into the Honors College. We are certain that many other high school students from this mentorship program will follow in subsequent years of this program. The success of this program is certainly attributed to Jarah and her passion for different ways of learning and teaching."
Jarah is a PhD student in the Department of American Studies.
This year’s award recognizing a staff member working in an Undergraduate Studies program goes to Martha Baer Wilmes. Martha has served as the Associate Director of College Park Scholars since 2003. Nominated by Greig Stewart.
Two of the key programs within Scholars are the Service Day and Lakeland STARs programs. Both were struggling when Martha came to Scholars and Martha was charged with helping to revitalize them. She brought community agency representatives together with Scholars program faculty, to design service initiatives that met the needs of the community, while providing worthwhile learning experiences for the students. These community outreach programs have not only taught students to give back and be involved, but also creates a positive relationship between the university and the community.
According to Greig Stewart, her nominator, "It is not uncommon to find Martha’s light to be the last one on in the Scholars suite of offices, as her calendar is often challenged by the unexpected student (staff or faculty) in need of an empathic ear and guidance. She has proven to be a most effective advisor to students and expert supervisor of her staff and graduate assistants. Martha’s selfless efforts have put an extra shine on the College Park Scholars sunspot, simultaneously contributing to the goals and mission of Undergraduate Studies.
Martha will retire from the University on June 30th, after having served here for 35 years. Please join the Office of Undergraduate Studies in congratulating Martha on all of her achievements and her upcoming retirement.
5 Years of Service
Megan Forbes: Student Success Office
Mark Kuhn: UGST
Moya Malcolm: Pre-College Programs
Bryn Booth Quimby: Honors College, ILS
Dian Squire: Orientation
10 Years of Service
Mary Ellen Compton: AAP
Katherine Ford-Russell: Honors
Brent Hernandez: Scholars
Sabrina Kramer: CTE
20 Years of Service
Antonio Acevedo-Ortiz: AAP
25 Years of Service
Vickie Hill: Gemstone