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Two UB Professors Receive Prestigious USM Faculty Awards

April 12, 2013
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Two longtime University of Baltimore professors—Byron Warnken, associate professor in the UB School of Law, and J.C. Weiss, executive in residence in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship in the University's Merrick School of Business—have been named recipients of the University System of Maryland's 2013 Regents Faculty awards. The awards are the highest honor presented by the board to exemplary faculty members throughout the USM in six categories, including collaboration, mentoring, public service, research/scholarship/creative activity, teaching, and innovation.

Warnken and Weiss joined 15 other USM faculty members for the official presentation of the awards, which took place prior to the public portion of the Board of Regents' meeting at the University of Baltimore on Friday, April 12.

"On behalf of the UB community, I congratulate Byron and J.C. on this well-deserved honor," said UB President Robert Bogomolny. "They are leaders in the classroom, on our campus and in their communities, and it's gratifying that the Board of Regents have recognized their accomplishments."

Warnken, a member of the UB law faculty since 1977 and a tenured professor at UB since 1982, will receive a Regents Faculty Award for Mentoring. While teaching primarily criminal law and constitutional criminal procedure, Warnken also has served as director of the school’s Judicial Internship Program and Judicial "EXPLOR" program, placing more than 3,000 law students with judges, including a record-setting 164 students in the summer of 2010. He is faculty adviser to the School of Law's Moot Court Board, which manages the Byron L. Warnken Moot Court Competition, from which UB selects the members for its appellate advocacy teams for competitive meets against other law schools—a highly valued experience among many of the institution's best law students. In 2012, Warnken received both the Robert C. Heeney Award (which serves as the Maryland State Bar Association’s lifetime achievement award in criminal law), and the UB Black Law Students Association's Law Professor of the Year Award.

Weiss, a faculty member in the Merrick School of Business since 1999, will be presented with a Regents Faculty Award for Public Service. A specialist in educating UB's entrepreneurial students in the sophisticated work of conceptualizing, developing and capitalizing their business plans and strategies, Weiss also focuses on the growing field of social entrepreneurship—a type of entrepreneurship which recognizes social problems and leverages entrepreneurial principles to create positive change and solutions. He is a member of several area boards, including the Cheapeake Business Finance Corp., Baltimore Clayworks, the University System of Maryland Foundation, the Engineering Society of Baltimore, St. Agnes Hospital Foundation, and the Greater Baltimore Technology Council. In 2011, Weiss received both the Dean Costello Award and the H. Mebane Turner Service Award from the Merrick School of Business.

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The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.