By Jessica Greenstein
Hello everyone—students, staff, and faculty alike—and welcome to the Fall 2014 semester. By now you have hopefully bought your books, finalized your schedule, and maybe even taken advantage of some of the perks of being a student at UB.
For those of you whom are old friends of The UB Post, I’m sure you’ve noticed some changes already—we have a brand new look—which I think will be one that will carry us into a new generation of students at the University of Baltimore.
For those of you that are new to our family, I hope you like the changes that we’ve implemented. The paper’s format has become shorter, with a single fold in the center, allowing us more creative freedoms with layouts as well as a more aesthetic look for photo essays, one of which you will find on page portraying the new National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. Another change is our new logo and masthead on the top of the front cover of this issue. Courtesy of 2014 graduate, Jamie Campbell, this design was chosen amongst the student entries for our logo design contest as we felt it best exemplified the future of the UB Post. We had several creative entries and will feature some of the runner-ups later in this issue. The last change, and one that isn’t visible in the print edition, is the launch of our brand new website, where you can find the content in this issue as well as other stories that will run throughout the month and important updates about things going on around the UB community and campus, so make sure you follow us and check back often for updates.
Returning UB family members may also notice some changes around campus. We’ve moved the library, so if you’ve tried to get into the Langsdale Library’s former building, I’m sure you have not been met with success. Langsdale is undergoing a long-term multi-million dollar renovation that encompasses the entire building and therefore the library needed to be relocated. You can now find it in the Academic Center. For more information, please refer to our Library Insider, Laura Melamed’s column this month. Also new this year is the man at the helm of the UB ship, President Kurt Schmoke. Coming to us from the esteemed Howard University in Washington, DC, President Schmoke joined our community in July after being selected by a search committee comprised of faculty, students, and staff.
President Schmoke brings with him a wealth of experience both in education as well as public service, having served previously as Baltimore’s Mayor; you can read more about President Schmoke in the pages to come. We would like to wholeheartedly welcome President Schmoke and we look forward to his leadership and what he will bring to the UB community’s future. Lastly, you may have noticed that CSI has done away with CSILink and replaced it with OrgSync, a program promising to be more user-friendly and efficient than the one it’s replacing. You can find OrgSync located on your MyUBPortal for all of your student organization needs.
Again, I’d like to welcome everyone back and wish you the best of luck with your success this semester. There are lots of support functions available, whether it is tutoring at the ALC or OTS to help you stay connected, and I highly recommend you take advantage of them. You can also find me in the UB Post newsroom (SC 4th floor) on Mondays from 10 am to 5 pm; I will gladly facilitate anything you need assistance with or if you’d like to provide feedback or suggestions about your new Post, I’d love to hear that too!