Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Center for East Asian Studies Presents: 'South Korean Feminists' Bargain'

Drop With A "W" Deadline Extended

Greetings, Terps! As per the determination of the Provost, please be advised that the deadline for undergraduate students to drop with a “W” has been extended from Wednesday, 11/07/2012 to Friday, 11/09/2012. Our student information system has been updated accordingly, and notifications have been posted on the Office of the Registrar homepage (, and on Testudo ( This decision was made to mitigate any related effects of campus closing this Monday and Tuesday.

Good luck!

Project Unbreakable @ UMD: Nov 1, 2012

Active Minds at Maryland Presents:
Project Unbreakable
November 1, 7:00PM
Grand Ballroom Lounge, Stamp Student Union

Grace Brown, founder of Project Unbreakable, is speaking at the University of Maryland on November 1st. Grace Brown created a photography project that features survivors of sexual assault holding a poster that includes a quote from their attacker. Its purpose is to give these survivors a voice and raise awareness. We would like to welcome Grace Brown onto our campus with open minds/hearts. Grace has photographed over 200 people and received over a thousand submissions. TIME magazine has named it one of the top 30 blogs to follow!

Co-Sponsors: The Love Movement, SGA, Feminist for Sexual Health, SARPP

**WARNING: Images are very powerful, and may have some triggering effects**

Grace is photographing on campus from 11:00am to 4:00pm Please contact her work email at if you would like to be photographed.

Welcome Back Terps!


We are happy to have everyone back on campus after the storms! We know that many of you come from surrounding local areas, and regions of the country impacted severely by Hurricane Sandy. It is our hope that your families, friends and fellow classmates are healthy, safe and have not sustained any injuries. Please be on the lookout for any dangerous situations around campus:

  • Downed power lines
  • Broken windows
  • Cracked, loose or hanging tree branches
  • Leaking water

If you notice any issues that may pose a health or safety risk, make sure to inform your dormitory management or a university employee. Welcome back, and have a great week on campus!

Best Wishes,


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Seeking Applications/Nominations for the University System of Maryland Student Council!!!

Each year the University of Maryland, College Park in addition to the other institutions in the University System of Maryland are invited to nominate candidates for this prestigious position to the University System of Maryland Student Council. Our single nominee is then reviewed by the System Student Council and their finalists are forwarded to the Chancellor and from his desk they are forwarded to the Governor! In the past, College Park has been represented by outstanding scholar leaders. The current Student Regent is the College Park nominee!!!

It is time to determine the College Park Student Regent nominee. I invite your application for this position and I encourage you to provide this information to fellow Terps who you believe would be exceptional candidates for this position on the Board of Regents. Applicants are invited to submit their completed applications on-line by November 13, 2012 at Finalists for this position will be interviewed during the week of November 19th and a student nominee from College Park will be forward to the University System of Maryland Student Council. A detailed position description can also be found at the aforementioned website.

Should you have any questions regarding the application or the selection process, please contact Donna Y. Lim at 301-314-8491 or at Please share this with your never know who may be interested in stepping up to represent the University of Maryland.

Thank you for helping us to identify outstanding student leaders!!!

Terp Seniors! How Does 'Europe After Graduation' Sound?

Seniors...Essential Europe Awaits

It's never too soon for seniors to think about a summer trip to Europe. Before settling into that new job or graduate school, celebrate your college successes with an unforgettable voyage through eleven wondrous countries. 

Essential Europe, sponsored through the alumni association, offers recent Maryland graduates an economical and educational way to see the greatest monuments and discover the tiny corners of Europe. 

Join fellow Terps on this trip from May 26 - June 13, 2013

Please join us at an information session - Wednesday, October 24th at the Riggs Center from 6:00pm - 7:00pm! Click here to learn more :

Don't forget to mention that the BSOS Undergraduate Blog sent you! Take the time to see our incredible Riggs Alumni Center and to learn about what traveling opportunities are available to you, exclusively, as a Terp!

University Health Center Events, Training & Contests!

October 23, 2012
Flu Vaccine Clinic
10:30am - 11:30am and 2-3:30pm
University Health Center, Room 1150
$15 for Students, Faculty, Staff and Visitors (13 and older).
Visit for accepted insurance information.
Call (301)314-8184 for more information.

Meditation Session
6:00am - 7:00pm
Center for Health and Wellbeing, Eppley Recreation Center Room 0121
Meditation is an antidote to stress and a pathway to wholeness and wellness connecting in mind, body and spirit.
Call (301)314-9629 for more information.

MOVIE SCREENING: "The Weight of the Nation"
7:00pm - 8:30pm @ Hoff Theater
Part one in a film series about confronting America's obesity epidemic
Free healthy snacks will be provided by Dining Services.
For more information about events please contact Meghan Cohen
Food Day Celebrations are sponsored by the Center for Health and Wellbeing, The Farmer's Market at Maryland, University of Maryland Green Dining, The Stamp, and the University Health Center.

October 24, 2012
Free Rapid HIV Testing
10:00am – 2:00pm
University Health Center Ground Floor
Free testing provided by the Prince Georges County Health Department. Same day HIV test results. Free syphilis testing available upon request.
Call (301)314-8130 for more information.

Food Day Festival
11:00am - 3:00pm
In front of Cole Field House
Enjoy live music, free give-aways, cooking demonstrations and more! Festival will occur in partnership with The Farmer's Market at Maryland.
Food Day Celebrations are sponsored by the Center for Health and Wellbeing, The Farmer's Market at Maryland, University of Maryland Green Dining, The Stamp, and the University Health Center.

Meditation Session
12:00pm - 1:00pm and 5:00pm - 6:00pm
University Health Center, Afya Room 0142
Meditation is an antidote to stress and a pathway to wholeness and wellness connecting in mind, body and spirit.
Call (301)314-9629 for more information.

October 25, 2012
Meditation Session
5:00pm - 6:00pm
University Health Center, Afya Room 0142
Meditation is an antidote to stress and a pathway to wholeness and wellness connecting in mind, body and spirit.
Call (301)314-9629 for more information.

October 26, 2012
Pathway to Calmness Labyrinth Walks
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Chapel Labrynth (Rain location: Chapel)
Co-Sponsor: University of Maryland Chapel
This meditation program offers a calming meditation and yoga breathing segment. This program intends to offer meditation and mindfulness as a way of de-stressing.

October 27, 2012
Become a Violence Intervention Assistant (VIA)!
9:00am - 5:00pm
University Health Center
Cost: $10 materials fee per person, fee waivers are available
VIA trainings are a 1 day, 8 hr commitment…snacks provided!
You’ll learn information about what sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking are, what resources are available, how to identify high risk situations and much more!
For more information:

10% off over-the-counter pharmacy products at the UHC
9:30am - 5:00pm
University Health Center Pharmacy
Bring in the coupon to the available at for 10% off over-the-counter products at the UHC pharmacy.
Offer valid October 1st - 31st, 2012. Limit one per person per purchase. See website above for details.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month HopeLine Phone Recycling Drive and Stuffed Animal Donation Drive
For details visit:
Drop off boxes at the University Health Center (UHC) Entrance and UHC Room 2118D

Terp Chef Video Contest 2012
Think you've got what it takes to become UMD's Terp Chef? Submit your short video creating a snack, meal or side dish in your kitchen, common room or residence hall. Videos must meet the contest guidelines below. Whoever receives the most votes will become Terp Chef 2012!
Prizes range from free meals on campus, to personal training sessions, to coupons and other giveaways! Contest entries are limited to undergraduate and graduate students at UMD-CP.
For more information and to register, visit

Friday, October 19, 2012

Speak at Commencement! Apply Now!

What message will you send your fellow Terps into the "real world" with? What advice do you wish you could share with every student? How could you motivate your graduating classmates to grow, achieve and seize their opportunities?

TODAY is the deadline for Commencement Speaker applications. Do not miss out on the opportunity to speak at commencement - addressing your faculty, college leadership and...of course...your classmates and their families. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create an astounding memory and make commencement a special event for you and those in attendance!

Apply Here Today!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Geographical Sciences Career Fair

Coming Soon....

Geographical Sciences Career Fair

It's Not Too Late to Apply....Study Abroad!

BSOS Terps: Meet a Successful BSOS Alumni & Entrepreneur

EnTERPreneur - Dr. Mark D. Turner ’96 Ph.D. Economics

Dr. Mark Turner is the Founder, President, and Principal Associate at Optimal Solutions Group, a non-partisan public policy research firm that provides rigorous analysis and technical assistance to government agencies and non-profit organizations.

Date: October, 25 2012
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Location: M Square Research Park | 5825 University Research Court | Suite 2800 | College Park, MD 20740
Transportation will be provided. Pick up time is 11:30am in Parking Lot A, behind Tydings Hall

Please RSVP by October 23rd to
Only 20 seats are available, first come, first serve. RSVP now - don't wait!

Terps! This is a very special event and a unique opportunity to network with and learn from successful entrepreneurs. Our alumni very generously donate their time and space to host groups of students who are enthusiastic about the trip, the industry and the opportunity. If you RSVP, please plan on attending. If you MUST cancel, please have consideration for students who may want to join and do so at least 48 hours in advance. Thank you for helping us represent a professional, considerate and engaged student body!

Love Statistics? JPSM's Junior Fellow Program Might Be For You!

A Highly Competitive Program for a Select Few

The JPSM Junior Fellow Program is a cooperative venture of the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology. The Joint Program in Survey Methodology is funded primarily by the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy to provide graduate educational programs for the next generation of technical staff in the Federal Statistical System. It's graduate faculty devote their teaching careers to teaching the multidisciplinary tools that are needed for large scale surveys and censuses.

This is a unique internship experience that gives you a paid research assistantship, plus educational benefits that can expand your horizons of what you can do in your career.

The Work Experience
During the day you will work as an intern in one of the Federal statistical agencies below:
You'll work with staff whose job it is to report to the nation about its health and welfare. You'll watch how they do it and you'll learn about what's needed to devise modern complex information systems.

Want to learn more about the program & how to apply?!

Career Center Updates & Events Like 'Whoa'...Don't Miss Out!

Career Shuttle: Wolf Trap Student Field Trip
Friday, October 19, 2012 • 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Meet in the lobby of the University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3100 Hornbake Library

The University Career Center & The President's Promise sponsors opportunities for students to visit employer sites from various industries. Seats on the shuttle are limited-- RSVP today!

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION: The Wolf Trap Internship Program has been rated "One of the best internships" by Businessweek and "One of America's Top 100 internships" by the Princeton Review. The program is designed to provide meaningful hands-on training and experience in the areas of arts administration, education, and technical theatre. Internships vary by season, but are frequently offered in the following areas: Communications and Marketing, Education, Development, Special Events and Donor Relations. Fall, spring, and summer opportunities are available (the deadline for the spring is November 1 and the deadline for the summer is March 1). To learn more, please visit: This field trip is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all majors. RSVP:

Navigating the Language Career & Internship Fair
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 • 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Mary's Hall- Multipurpose Room
Are you ready for the Language Career & Internship Fair on October 25? Learn how to make the most of the fair, connect with employers seeking your language skills and market your background in the most effective way.

Meet with Volunteer Maryland: Employer-in-Residence Program
Thursday, October 25, 2012 • 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: UCC - 3100 Hornbake Library

This program allows employers to serve as "career advisors" to students seeking help. Employers participate in our daily rotation by providing career advice to students, in a 1-on-1 setting, on issues ranging from resume assistance to answering the question "how do I get a job like yours?” Come learn about ways you can improve your skills and get feedback from industry professionals about what they look for in a candidate. Schedule a time:


U.S. Secret Service : Employer Networking Sessions
Monday, October 22, 2012 • 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President's Promise, 3rd floor Hornbake Library, South Wing
The United States Secret Service will present an information session on their available positions. They are interested in students from all majors. Appropriate Attire: Minimum attire for ALL sessions with employers present is business casual unless otherwise specified. RSVP for this event:

WEBINAR: Federal Intern and Entry-level Hire Roundtable
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 • 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Resource Room - University Career Center & The President's Promise
Does anyone really read my application to a federal job?
How can my resume stand out in USAJOBS?
What will I actually be doing at my federal internship this summer?

Hear the answers to these questions and more from entry-level hires and interns who have successfully—and recently—completed the federal application process. Learn about what these successful applicants did to achieve their coveted federal positions and what types of projects they are working on now.
Receive Reminder E-mail?:

How to Apply for Federal Positions (For BSOS Students)
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President's Promise (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)

If you are seeking an internship or full-time position with the federal government and are not sure where to start, this workshop is for you! A representative from the Partnership for Public Service will lead this workshop and present tips on how to develop a federal resume as well as ideas on navigating through USAJobs. The Partnership for Public Service offers many valuable resources for job and internship seekers to utilize, including the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” rankings.

RSVP today:


Language Career and Internship Fair 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012 • 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Atrium - Stamp Student Union

Don't miss the 4th Annual Language Career & Internship Fair! This fair attracts employers looking for students with language skills for full-time, part-time and internship positions as well as organizations seeking students/graduates to teach English in other countries. List of Employers Attending the Fair (Please continue to check this list, as registration is still open and we have about 5 spots left):


Hispanic/Bilingual Career Fair
Thursday, October 25, 2012 • 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity Center, Trinity College - Washington DC

Hispanic and bilingual job seekers will have the opportunity to meet fellow Latino professionals, network with prominent Hispanic organizations and interview with top companies seeking employees with diverse backgrounds and language skills. Free for all job seekers. Professional dress required. Jobseekers can find directions and a list of participating companies, as well as pre-register online at:

Thinking About Working, Volunteering or Teaching Abroad?!

Are you interested in international issues? Do you study or speak another language? Ever thought about working, volunteering or teaching abroad?

If so, don’t miss the Language Career & Internship Fair on October 25 from 11:00am - 3:00pm in the Atrium Room of Stamp! Nearly 30 employers will be on hand to discuss jobs, internships and other unique opportunities related to languages and international issues.

Want to receive an e-mail reminder about the fair?

Check out a current list of employers attending the fair (please continue to check back as registration is still open and we have about 3 spots left):

*New this year, a Study Abroad Fair (Spotlight on Languages) will be held at the same time across the hall in the Prince George’s Room—check out both events!

Not sure how to best market yourself at this fair? Don’t miss a prep workshop held on Tuesday, October 23 from 5-6 pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Language House (St. Mary’s Hall):

Questions? Contact Kate Juhl at

This event is co-sponsored by the University Career Center & The President’s Promise and the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures.

University Health Center and Center for Health and Wellbeing: October 19, 2012

October 19, 2012

10% Off Over-the-Counter Pharmacy Products at the UHC
9:30am - 5:00pm
University Health Center Pharmacy
Bring in the coupon to the available at for 10% off over-the-counter products at the UHC pharmacy.
Offer valid October 1st - 31st, 2012. Limit one per person per purchase. See website above for details.

Pathway to Calmness Labyrinth Walks
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Chapel Labrynth (Rain location: Chapel)
Co-Sponsor: University of Maryland Chapel
This meditation program offers a calming meditation and yoga breathing segment. This program intends to offer meditation and mindfulness as a way of de-stressing.

Check out The Boren Scholarship for Studying Abroad!

The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates who want to study abroad for one or two semesters (preferably) in 2013-14 in non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the languages of those areas. Eligible regions include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Boren Scholarships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Boren Scholarships for 2013-14 may be used for study abroad in Summer 2013, Fall 2013 and/or Spring 2014. More details are provided below.


The Boren Scholarship is a U.S. Government-funded award that seeks applicants who have a strong interest in future Government service; the award carries a one-year service expectation.

IMPORTANT: Students in ALL MAJORS are eligible to apply for up to 2 semesters of Boren support, however, summer semester-only proposals are limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematic majors. Students majoring in these areas are STRONGLY encouraged to apply. Applications for summer-only programs will be considered only if the program is eight (8) weeks or more.

DEADLINE FOR REQUIRED MARYLAND REVIEW PROCESS: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 – please contact us at for more information about the Boren Scholarship and Maryland’s review process.

DESCRIPTION: Boren Scholarships provide up to $10,000 per semester or $20,000 per academic year to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in 2013-14 in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The program draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

University of Maryland ranked # 1 in the nation in Boren Scholarships awarded last year!!!

A representative from the Boren Scholarship Program, Sarah Gleisner, will be on campus! 
BOREN SCHOLARSHIP REPRESENTATIVE - Monday, October 29 at 4:00 pm – Prince George’s Room, STAMP Student Union – RSVP to as space is limited.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Learn How to Bring Your Fearless Ideas to Life!

BSOS Terps! Want to learn more about creating a business? Need help bringing your fearless ideas to life? We are hosting a Business Model Canvas workshop TONIGHT at 5:00pm in 1101 Morrill Hall. Don't miss out on an opportunity to learn new skills, develop your ideas, and meet likeminded & curious enTERPreneurs!!! Staff from the UMD Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship will be leading the workshop this evening. They bring years of experience, helping innovative Terps build and launch their businesses, to the table.

This event is for BSOS students AND/OR teams already registered to compete in the 2012 Be The Solution business plan competition ONLY

What: Business Model Canvas Workshop
When: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Where: 1101 Morrill Hall
Why: The Business Model Canvas is a simple, creative and enormously helpful tool in mapping our your idea for any type of business - for profit, non-profit, or otherwise. Learning how to use this canvas effectively will help you refine your idea, consider what factors will influence your efforts, and help illustrate how to best pitch your business. Don't forget: these skills apply to all forms of start-ups...whether it is a volunteer organization, food truck or transnational corporation. Attend tonight's workshop and learn what you can, while you can.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

BSOS Terps! Register to Vote Online in 30 Seconds!!!

BSOS Students,

The University of Maryland is the first and only school in the country to allow students to register to vote with just their UID! And you can do it all online!

Register to vote in just 30 seconds:

This year, voters in Maryland will not only be voting for their elected officials, but also on several important ballot questions. These issues include same-sex marriage and the Maryland DREAM Act, and they will be decided entirely by voters of Maryland.


In order to vote on campus at STAMP or Ritche Colosseum, you must register at your local College Park address. If you register to vote elsewhere in Maryland, please make sure to fill out an absentee ballot and drop it off at a voter registration drop box either in the SGA Office in Stamp or McKeldin Library. If you would like to register to vote out of state, click here for more information.

Happy voting,

Student Government Association (SGA) ––

Interested in the Influence of Mass Media?! Don't Miss This Lecture!

Brooke Gladstone, author of the 2012-2013 First Year Book will be speaking to the UMD community on Tuesday, October 16th at 4:00pm in the Hoff Theatre. The lecture is free and open to the community.

Gladstone is the author of "The Influencing Machine," and the host and managing editor of the National Public Radio news magazine, On The Media.

This event is sponsored by the First Year Book program and the William L. Thomas, Jr. Lecture of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Lecture Series.

This Week's Health Center and Center for Health and Wellbeing Events!

October 11, 2012
Depression Screening Day
Free Anonymous Depression Screening and chocolate to lift your mood.
When: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Stamp Union, Food Court Booth A and B
Contact: Jeri Boliek,, (301) 314-8106, University Health Center

October 12, 2012
Pathways to Calmness
Drop by for Labyrinth meditation and yogic breathing exercises.
When: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Where: Memorial Chapel Garden of Reflection and Remembrance (Rain location: Chapel)
Contact: Edie Anderson,, (301) 314-9629, University Health Center

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

DSAC Presents: 2012 Election Night Event

From the creators of the Student-Faculty Dinner, we bring you the 2012 Election Night Event! The Dean’s Student Advisory Council has put together another evening of activities to bring together BSOS students, faculty, and alumni. With the Presidential Election right around the corner, it’s time to make plans for the night. November 6, 2012 will be an important night in the history of the nation, and what better way to spend it than eating free food and talking to your knowledgeable faculty. In addition to food and good company there will be news broadcasts, John Stewart and Colbert, opinion polls, trivia questions, and more! The event will be held in Riggs Alumni Center on November 6, 2012 from 8:00pm to midnight. To RSVP go to this link:

UMD Startup Boot Camp! Go For It EnTERPreneurs!!!

The premier, all-hands-on-deck, full-audience participation university event for discovering and advancing entrepreneurship and innovation!

DATE: October 12, 2012
TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland
Free to UMD students, faculty and staff; $75 for others.

The Startup Boot Camp is a one-day event for entrepreneurs and innovators of all shapes and sizes. Have an idea? We will help you advance it. Want to bounce ideas off of experts? They will be there in droves. Want to join a team, learn about fundraising and intellectual property, or just explore all of the wonderful resources UMD has to offer for entrepreneurs? Then this is the event for you. Everyone and everything UMD has to offer entrepreneurs will be in one place. Don't miss it!

Research Seminar Series: Leadership and Strategy in Times of Uncertainty

Terps...don't miss out on this great seminar! This will be an excellent event & an opportunity to hear from a unique and interesting speaker. RSVP if you plan to attend.

Leadership and Strategy in Times of Uncertainty
Featured Speaker: Dr. John Evans, Vice President, Technology, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pepco Room, Room 1105, Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building

John Evans will be discussing the business, strategic, and technical perspectives on the role of technology and innovation at Lockheed Martin as the corporation continues to grow core businesses, develop new initiatives and diversify into adjacent markets. As the corporation’s technical ambassador, Dr. Evans develops and enhances relationships with governments, universities, and businesses globally. The University of Maryland and Lockheed Martin formalized a Strategic Partnership in 2010 to promote work in three key areas: Centers of Collaboration, joint pursuit of business opportunities, and enhanced research and development. Dr. Evans serves on the Strategic Partnership Advisory Board.

RSVP to by October 23, 2012. For more information contact Anne Geronimo at

Panel Discussion: Fisher vs. University of Texas

The Office of Legal Affairs, the School of Public Policy, the Merrill College of Journalism, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Maryland Chapter of the American Constitution Society, are pleased to invite members of the University of Maryland community to attend an important and timely panel discussion regarding race-conscious admissions programs. Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the Fisher vs. University of Texas case. The panel will explore the implications of this case.

The panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in the Atrium of Van Munching Hall. Attached is a briefing document with information about the Fisher case, the speakers and other details.

Please share this invitation with your classmates and fellow Terps. The event is free and open to everyone.

For additional information, please contact Laura Anderson Wright in the Office of Legal Affairs at 301-405-4945

Attention Graduating Seniors and Recent Grads...Teach English in France!

Are you ready to expand your cultural horizons and share your language and culture with French students? The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, nearly 1,500 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and RĂ©union.

INFORMATION SESSION: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 4 pm - Language House, Multipurpose Room, St. Mary's Hall

Carolyn Collins, Educational Affairs Program Officer, French Embassy, Washington DC, will give a presentation about the French Teaching Assistant Program on campus.

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend. If you cannot attend this session but would like to learn more, please contact the National Scholarships Office at the same email address.


Who can apply: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents who are graduating seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students between the ages of 20-30. Proficiency in French (at least 3 semesters) or experience living in a Francophone country is required. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is highly recommended.

Description of program: The French Ministry of Education is offering nearly 1,500 teaching assistantship positions in French primary and secondary schools to U.S. citizens and permanent residents with a bachelor’s degree between 20 and 30 years of age. This is a unique opportunity to spend 7 months in France with a monthly stipend; Teaching Assistants are eligible for French Health Insurance (after a brief application period); have a privileged insight into contemporary France; master the French language through linguistic immersion; and gain valuable teaching experience.

Application deadline: January 15, 2013

Plus/Minus Grading Information

This semester your grades will be calculated with the (+) and (-) notations.
An overview of the new policy and the implications of the changes here:
What does this mean for you?
·      Starting with the fall 2012 semester and continuing each semester going forward, UMD will be calculating your GPA on (+) and (-).
·      If you have prior (+) (-) grades on your transcript they will NOT be recalculated
·      Your GPA will change based on the new calculations, and this may have implications for scholarships or to remain in certain programs (ex: Honors).
·      If you are at or just above a 2.0 you could end up on probation with “C-“ grades

In prior semesters, a student with a GPA of 2.0 that earned grades of C- for the semester maintained the same cumulative GPA of 2.0 since a C- carried the same quality points (2 quality points), as a grade of C and C+.  However, beginning this semester, a C- carries only 1.7 quality points.
While a grade of C- in a course is still sufficient for that course to meet a major requirement, the overall major GPA, as well as cumulative GPA must still be a minimum of 2.0.  So at the extreme, all grades of C- are not sufficient to maintain a GPA of 2.0.

In the link above, the University provides an example of the plus/minus grading policy in a scenario where a student earned grades prior to the policy and the change to the GPA with a semester’s grades under the new policy.

Below is a revised example for a student where the implications of earning grades of C- can lower a cumulative GPA, which can cause a student to be placed on academic probation.

Total Quality Points

(3 x 2) 6.0

  (3 x 2) 6.0

C -
(3 x 2) 6.0

(4 x 2) 8.0

(3 x 2) 6.0
Semester GPA
(32/16)   2.0

Semester 2: New Plus/Minus Policy (Fall 2012 and later)

Total Quality Points

C -
(3 x 1.7) 5.1

(3 x 2.3) 6.9

(3 x 1.7) 5.1

(4 x 2.0) 8.0

(3 x 2.0) 6.0
Semester GPA
(31.1/16) 1.94

Cumulative GPA. Calculation of cumulative GPA combines quality points earned in each course over all semesters is as follows:

Total Quality Points
Semester 1
Semester 2
Cumulative GPA
(63.1/32) 1.97

We ask that as mid-terms approach, students familiarize themselves with the changes brought about by the implementation of the policy so that as you work towards your semester grades you understand the effect of the plus/minus change on your GPA calculation.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Thinking...Dreaming...of Working Abroad? Do Not Miss This Event!

Industry Networking Series: Careers and Internships Abroad: Interning, Working, and Teaching Abroad
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 • 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location: 3100 Hornbake Library - University Career Center

Event Details:
Interested in teaching English, interning, or working abroad? Not sure how to find or connect with organizations? Join us for a panel discussion with several organizations that hire individuals for opportunities overseas, followed by a networking social. This event is brought to you by the University Career Center & The President's Promise and Education Abroad (

Panelists include: U.S. Department of State, Peace Corps, Global Health Corps, JET Program, the UN Association of the National Capital Area, MHz Networks and an international education representative.

Please RSVP to this event. Professional dress is suggested and you may bring several copies of your resume. Please contact Kate Juhl with questions at

RSVP for this event:

For additional information about this event: contact Kate Juhl at

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Want to Learn Leadership Skills & Gain Work Experience?!

Are you interested in supporting your peers, being a leader in your community, and programming fun events to build relationships? You should consider becoming a Community Assistant at The Courtyards!

To learn more about the CA position, the Courtyards community, and this year’s selection process, attend one of the upcoming Information Sessions. Note: attendance at an info session is a mandatory part of the CA Selection Process.

Our next info session will be held tomorrow: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 6:00PM

All sessions will take place at the Courtyards Clubhouse. More information about the Community Assistant position and selection process can be found at, and questions may be directed to Karlena Walker, Assistant Director of Resident Life, at Click on the image below to see the official flyer.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Great Opportunities!

Internship and Research Opportunities
Center for American Politics and Citizenship
Department of Government and Politics

Maryland Internship Program –

Are you a capable and motivated undergraduate student looking for an internship? The Maryland Internship Program (MIP) is a comprehensive program focused on state and local government that allows students to integrate what they learn in the classroom with real world experience in the political process. Each spring, 15 to 20 highly-qualified undergraduate students are placed in internships where they work with and learn from officials in state and local government. Possible internship placements include the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, members of the General Assembly, state and local agencies, and courts. Participants earn course credit and stipends during the semester-long program by attending weekly seminars and completing various assignments, aside from their internship duties. Alumni of the Maryland Internship Program will also take with them invaluable experiences, skills, and networking that will help them find, and succeed in, careers in government, politics, or any other field.  Apply by October 29 for Spring 2013 placements.  Applications are also being accepted for Summer 2013.

Capitol Hill Internship Program –

The Capitol Hill Internship Program is an experiential course that combines a weekly seminar and regular classroom assignments with the opportunity to participate in the workings of Congress. Undergraduate students intern for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate. Students who have taken the class state that the time and energy they spent on Capitol Hill was well worth the effort. Many students return to the Hill after graduating to work for a member of Congress. 

Public Policy Internship Program –

The Public Policy Internship Program (PPIP) is designed to integrate experiential learning in state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private political groups, with a theoretical understanding of the public policy process. Open to Government and Politics juniors and seniors with high GPAs, PPIP is a competitive program that facilitates allows students with interests outside of the other two programs to gain experience, experiential learning credits and course credit. Like our other programs, participants typically commit between 18 and 20 hours per week in local, state, national, regional, or global political institutions, where they learn first-hand about the policy process, as well as develop professional and networking skills. The accompanying weekly seminar furthers participants’ understanding of their internship experience, placing it into the larger contexts of local, state, national or global politics.

CAPC Research Assistant Program –

CAPC is a nonprofit nonpartisan research center on campus that performs research, education, and outreach on critical issues related to the nation’s political institutions, processes, and policies. Its research focuses on virtually all areas of American politics, including campaign finance, elections, Congress, parties and institutions, and judicial politics. Every semester, CAPC accepts 5-7 undergraduate students to work as research assistants on CAPC projects. Research assistants work with faculty and graduate assistants to collect, code, and analyze data, proofread and copyedit manuscripts, and draft reports and other publications. Students working for a semester can earn course credit and great experience.