UB By the Numbers
In 2009, Spotlight UB introduced the Emerging Voices Project, a summer reading series designed to provide authors and playwrights in the UB community with the opportunity to stage their work and receive audience feedback. Since its inception, the project has featured 83 actors performing 18 eclectic pieces by 20 writers.
UB’s Community Service Day brings students, alumni, faculty and staff together to lend a helping hand (or 232 helping hands in the case of the 2011 event, when 116 UB community members participated) to local, community-serving organizations. Last year, UB donated 812 volunteer hours to 15 organizations.
The College of Public Affairs’ Master of Public Administration program again passed its reaccreditation process with flying colors, receiving full accreditation—a nod to the continued high quality of the program—for the next seven years from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
The UB School of Law’s Experience in Legal Organization, or EXPLOR, program provides students placement in a legal setting after completion of their first year and is a unique offering among American law schools. Students spend 16 hours per week throughout the summer in internships in both the public and private sectors. More than 65 percent of the 2010 incoming class participated in the program last year.
You may think there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but the Office of Alumni Relations’ SavorUB program proves you wrong. Launched in September, it allows current students and alumni to share advice and to network over a free or reduced-price meal at a local restaurant. So far, 10 partner restaurants have agreed to sponsor the program, which has already connected 10 pairs of participants. To participate in SavorUB, contact the Office of Alumni Relations by email or at 410.837.6131.
The UB Food Drive to Benefit the Maryland Food Bank and the Lawyers’ Campaign Against Hunger collected 10,500 canned or nonperishable food items during fall 2011, exceeding its 10,000-item goal. Throughout the semester, UB students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends donated goods at several collection points across campus and made financial gifts online.
Last semester, Leadership UB, which started life as the Leadership Certification Program in fall 2001, celebrated 10 years in the business of educating and supporting student leaders. The Rosenberg Center for Student Involvement’s program offers leadership workshops, team-development activities and community service opportunities—all focused on honing students’ leadership and community stewardship skills.
During a marathon 2,389-mile trip throughout Maryland, M.F.A. in Integrated Design student Jim Lord tasted a crab cake in each of the state’s 23 counties and in Baltimore city—all in the name of research for his book, The Maryland Crab Cake, which he produced as a final project in a Theory of Visual Communication class. Lord, his friends and his family consumed 38 crab cakes along the way.
In its annual report, Langsdale Library notes that users retrieved 1,388,170 items from the library’s online subscription databases (via 706,382 searches) during fiscal year 2011. Throughout the same time period, users asked 37,587 questions, including those posed to circulation and special collections experts—helped along by the library’s handy Ask a Librarian feature on its website. Read the Library Annual Report.
The University of Baltimore is No. 1 in safety according to StateUniversity.com, which named UB as Maryland’s safest campus among all the state’s public colleges and universities based on 2010 crime statistics published in an FBI-issued report. Using a scale that takes into account the severity and the frequency of reported crimes (whether violent or not), the website gave UB a rating of 92 out of 100.