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The University of Baltimore
For nearly 100 years, The University of Baltimore has excelled in developing leaders in Baltimore and beyond. UBalt is nationally recognized for serving career-focused working adults, and our approach to education is different by design.
The Office of Advancement works to connect donors with philanthropic causes to ensure their gifts not only reflect their unique vision and goals, but also have a positive impact on the University, the community, the region and beyond.
Click below to learn more about philanthropic priorities for the new school year from our Deans.
With the fall semester soon upon us, I want to take this opportunity to catch up on what’s happening at the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.
Despite having not met in person for more than a year, there’s a lot to be excited about right now, whether it’s our Astrobees helping design the NASA spacesuits that might someday be on Mars, environmental sustainability students collaborating with information technology students to refine urban farming techniques and help local communities, or recent creative-writing graduates winning international acclaim for their poetry.
Perhaps what’s most remarkable is that all of this exceptional work is happening under the shadow of the pandemic. That’s because your support gave us the flexibility to adapt our programs to meet the changing needs of our students.
You know better than anyone the value of an education grounded in the liberal arts. By giving to the College of Arts and Sciences Annual Giving Fund, you help expand the experience and explore interdisciplinary opportunities that give our students a leg up in their future careers. Here’s how your gift will be put to work:
Help CAS students enroll and graduate. Nearly 70% of University of Baltimore students are Pell Grant eligible (compared with 34% nationally), which means many new and returning students are facing unprecedented financial challenges. We’ve seen an uptick in requests for scholarships, emergency assistance and financial aid, and your support can make a huge difference.
Emergency assistance is particularly important right now, as students continue to struggle with job loss, unexpected medical bills, housing costs and even food insecurity. Your gifts give me the flexibility to reduce the burden for students and ensure they don’t have to give up their dreams of a UBalt education.
Equip students with the tools and technology to succeed. I was recently speaking with an undergraduate student who was also a mother of three small children—a pair of first-grade twins and a fourth-grader—and all of them were taking part in online classes ... but they had only one computer among them. With money from the College of Arts and Sciences Fund, we were able to supply them with a second computer and ensure she could continue her coursework.
It’s not flashy, but this type of direct support can make a huge difference in the lives and success of our students, and that’s why I like to tell people that gifts of any amount are so vital.
Perhaps most important? Your gifts ensure that the arts and sciences at our University continue to flourish. Our College is the foundation upon which all of our majors are built. Each student at the University benefits from our programs. And when you strengthen the College, you strengthen the experience for every student.
Through these changing times, what inspires me the most are the conversations I have with our alumni: hearing about the many ways their experience has continued to pay dividends throughout their lives, how they pay it forward and exemplify UBalt’s values of lifelong learning and how liberal arts education has opened doors of opportunity.
Right now, the world needs the sort of critical thinkers created by a liberal arts education. Your support today is a step on the path to a brighter future.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Support the College of Arts and Sciences today with a gift to the Annual Fund.
This has been a challenging year for all of us, and that’s especially true for our College of Public Affairs students, many of whom have been on the front lines of the pandemic thanks to their work or internships that take place in residential treatment settings, mental health support and justice systems.
One thing this year has done is reinforce just how vital our work is, and now more than ever, alumni play a key role in the success of our students. Today is a perfect opportunity to make a difference once again.
When you give to the College of Public Affairs Annual Giving Fund, not only will you make a direct impact on the lives of students, but you will also enable the College to advance many of the initiatives that will transform the student experience over the next few years. Here’s how you can make an impact today:
Your gift provides direct support for current and future CPA students. With one gift, you provide vital scholarships and need-based aid for our students. Well over 70% of our students are Pell Grant eligible, which means they lack a reliable support structure they can count on. This is why scholarships are so important and why your gift also helps fund mentoring opportunities, emergency support and other retention resources.
This means that when a vulnerable student hits a rough patch this year, because of you they won’t be forced to make the impossible choice between immediate needs and the hope of a better future.
You ensure CPA students have access to paid internships and fellowships, despite the pandemic. Right now, many public affairs students are juggling the stressors of life-and-death situations, long work hours and their regular course loads.
Gifts to the CPA Annual Giving Fund ensure that our students have the support they need to complete their coursework and the critical internships that help them build their resumes and chart their future career paths. Thanks to you, our students continue to interact with leaders in their respective fields and make a difference in our community even before they graduate.
One of the great things about the CPA Annual Giving Fund is it gives me the flexibility to support the professional development of our students. Your contributions support a small grant program that provides students with grants of up to $500 that allow them to attend a conference, join a professional association, attend a meeting or take advantage of a similar professional development opportunity.
For example, last year one of our students received a special invitation to attend a United Nations meeting in New York. It was a major opportunity, but he had no way to get there and couldn’t afford the $150 train ticket. Through the Fund, we were able to get him a train ticket, and he was able to attend the meeting. Seemingly small moments like these can define a career.
Public service is the highest of callings. Financial contributions, as well as gifts of time and expertise from alumni and mentors, allow us to provide the best possible experiences for our students.
Roger E. Hartley, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Public Affairs
Support the College of Public Affairs today with a gift to the Annual Fund.
This time last year, alumni from far and wide answered an urgent call to help our students.
I was inspired by how alumni from The University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business came together to help our current students, setting an example for the driven, determined students following in their footsteps.
Your support today is pivotal as we approach the start of a new academic year. Here’s how we’ll put your gifts to work:
Strategic investment in students. With many of our students and their families facing financial challenges, scholarship support has become even more important, but that’s just the start of how your gift invests in students. Last fall, I looked at MBA students who were just a few credits short of graduating but hadn’t yet registered. When I called them, I found out many students simply hadn’t registered because of employment issues and changes in their financial condition. Through the Merrick School of Business Annual Giving Fund, we were able make an investment in these students, offering them an opportunity to complete their education.
The flexibility of the Fund also allows me to invest in the professional development of business students to further engage by attending a conference, taking part in a competition, joining a professional association, attending a meeting or taking advantage of a similar opportunity.
When you give back to the Merrick School of Business, these are the types of strategic investments we can make that have a direct impact on student success. The great thing is that it doesn’t take much to make a difference. For many students, the financial barrier can be as little as a few hundred dollars.
Creating programs that enhance the student experience and communities. Your support helps our students gain high-value internships and develop key professional skills through hands-on learning in a number of ways.
For example, in our Real Estate Fellowship Program, students meet with real estate professionals every week with a goal to address critical development needs within Baltimore’s middle-market neighborhoods. Through this months-long program, students identify a neighborhood, create a project, complete a development plan and develop an application for financing. The winning proposal receives up to $1 million in financing from Baltimore Community Lending to proceed with the project.
This is the sort of program that goes far beyond the scope of anything you could learn in a classroom alone, and what really inspires me is the potential impact we can make when we partner with the community.
Every gift helps us explore and develop even more of these hands-on opportunities this year. With your partnership and continued investment, we can take our School to the next level and increase the recognition and reputation of all Merrick School graduates.
Whether you are a first-time donor or long-time sustainer, every gift makes a difference and demonstrates the generosity of our community.
Dean, Merrick School of Business
Support the Merrick School of Business today with a gift to the Annual Fund.
There is a reason the walls of The University of Baltimore’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center are made of glass. It’s so we can always look out into our community.
During a challenging year—where it could have been tempting to follow the lead of other law schools who shut themselves off from the world—I’m proud to report that experiential learning (through virtual moot court, externships, clinics, etc.) continued to be a core part of our program, allowing our students to continue to fight for the wrongly imprisoned, for immigrants in need of asylum, for veterans, for families and more.
When you give to the University of Baltimore School of Law Annual Giving Fund, not only will you benefit current and future law students, but you also enable us to advance many of the big-picture initiatives that impact the community and strengthen our national reputation. Your investment plays a vital role in several key areas as we return to classes in the fall:
Bringing the best to Baltimore. Law firms, nonprofit organizations and government offices throughout the region value our students for their hard work, grit and perseverance. Scholarships keep education affordable in the School of Law, but there is more to it than that.
Merit-based scholarships also ensure we can attract the best and brightest students from the region, regardless of their financial background. In turn, these high-performing students strengthen our program, and their accomplishments are reflected in our reputation.
Hands-on education that makes a difference. A legal education involves a lot of teamwork and experiential opportunities. That’s been difficult in the pandemic, but your support ensured that the school and students had the resources to transition to remote learning, whether that’s providing access to technology or training for faculty.
To quote longtime friend and colleague Byron Warnken, J.D. ’77, “UBalt was experiential before experiential was cool.”
Through our 30-year-old Clinical Program, currently ranked 14th in the nation, we continued to provide free legal representation to underserved members of the community throughout the pandemic. And in their service to others, our law students gain practical, real-world skills that put them in line for clerkships, fellowships and other avenues of professional development straight out of law school.
Strength through diversity. Our diverse and accomplished faculty educates a student body that looks a lot like the community that we serve. Diversity of all kinds is essential to creating a better law school, stronger law students and, in turn, more well-rounded lawyers whose work will contribute to a more just society. We aim to diversify the legal profession, and it is gratifying to see real progress toward that goal!
In fact, for the second year in a row, preLaw magazine has recognized the University of Baltimore School of Law as one of the most diverse among the nation’s law schools, with schools receiving points for matching or exceeding the racial diversity of the U.S. population as a whole. Your gift promotes an atmosphere of inclusiveness that furthers our mission through active student engagement, a strong social justice curriculum, service in the community and focus on practical skills development.
Every donation makes a difference in shaping the next generation of lawyers, strengthen our program and create a model of legal education for others to follow.
Dean, School of Law
Support the School of Law today with a gift to the Annual Fund.
Robert L. Bogomolny Library
The Robert L. Bogomolny Library endeavors to be the physical and digital nexus for information access, learning and knowledge creation at The University of Baltimore. It cultivates knowledge creation within members of campus, the Baltimore metropolitan area and beyond. We do this by teaching the skills and insights necessary to navigate the ever-changing information landscape and ensuring access to resources, learning spaces and technology. The Library is an indispensable resource to UBalt's campus.
Our donors' generous support of the Robert L. Bogomolny Library includes:
• Paving the way to academic success by providing student support through tutoring services, the Writing Center, workshops, math and statistics support, and coaching. Learn more>>
• Funding for the Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Special Collections and Archives
• Working to create an atmosphere that supports faculty, fosters the use of established best practices as well as new innovations in teaching and learning, responds to faculty needs, encourages faculty collaboration, and lauds pedagogical and scholarly successes at UBalt at the Bank of America Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Technology.
Programs like these are made possible with support from donors like you.
Support the Robert L. Bogomolny Library today with a gift to the Annual Fund.