The American Prize honors E. Michael Richards and the UMBC Symphony

The UMBC Symphony received recognition for a 2016 performance and recording of William Grant Still’s “Afro-American Symphony.” Conductor E. Michael Richards shares, “One of our goals is to not only study and perform the masterworks of the common practice period, but also…music of our time.” Continue reading The American Prize honors E. Michael Richards and the UMBC Symphony

Six years in a row, UMBC named “Great College to Work For”

To: The UMBC Community From: President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous The Chronicle of Higher Education has named UMBC an outstanding academic workplace for the sixth consecutive year. UMBC is one of only 86 universities to receive the “Great Colleges to Work For” distinction and the only Maryland four-year institution to be recognized. Each year, the Chronicle surveys faculty, staff, and administrators and asks them to rate their workplaces on a variety of factors. The assessment also includes analysis of demographic data and workplace policies. The Chronicle’s 2015 results are based on responses from more than 40,000 people at … Continue reading Six years in a row, UMBC named “Great College to Work For”

Maryland Unites: UMBC Community Service Leave

University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Robert L. Caret announced that the USM community will participate in Maryland Unites: Day of Service, an initiative for state employees to offer their time and talents through community service. The campaign, established by Md. Governor Larry Hogan in June 2015, offers state employees the opportunity to become involved with helping communities throughout Baltimore and Maryland. Though USM has its own personnel system, Chancellor Caret has committed the system to taking an active role in this initiative. UMBC will grant eight hours of paid leave (coded as Community Service Leave) to all full-time, leave-eligible … Continue reading Maryland Unites: UMBC Community Service Leave

Fiske Guide to Colleges Names UMBC a 2016 “Best Buy”

UMBC has been named a “Best Buy” university for the second consecutive year in the newly published 2016 Fiske Guide to Colleges. UMBC is one of only 20 public universities, and the only Maryland institution, on the 2016 list, which also includes 24 private universities. Fiske selects “Best Buy” schools based on the quality of their academic offerings and their affordability. By highlighting UMBC, Fiske researchers recognize UMBC as one of the best values in higher education. In addition to noting UMBC’s “killer chess team that regularly mops the floor with the competition,” this year the Fiske Guide highlights UMBC’s … Continue reading Fiske Guide to Colleges Names UMBC a 2016 “Best Buy”

Stanley Jackson Named Assistant Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

From: Karl V. Steiner, Vice President for Research I am pleased to announce that Stanley Jackson, Grants & Contracts Manager in UMBC’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has been promoted to Assistant Director of OSP, effective May 17, 2015. Stan brings a considerable amount of experience to this new position. He is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) with a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology and a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting. Stan has over 20 years of experience across three University System of Maryland institutions, including almost six years with UMBC. His experience includes contract and grant accounting, departmental administration and … Continue reading Stanley Jackson Named Assistant Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

Education Department Announces First Summer Enrichment Experience Scholars Program

In keeping with our commitment to developing programs that promote the well-being and success of our Professional Development Schools’ (PDS) P-12 students, the UMBC Education Department is pleased to announce its first Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) Scholars program. With their principal and mentor teacher’s endorsement, UMBC teacher candidates have nominated students from their internship classrooms to attend the summer learning camps at UMBC – free of charge.  A total of seven students from UMBC PDS schools have been selected as SEE Scholars. Four students from Violetville Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City will attend Measuring Up! What’s in a Number, an innovative math … Continue reading Education Department Announces First Summer Enrichment Experience Scholars Program

The Shriver Center Launches the 2015 Public Service Scholars Programs

The 2015 Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs have all been kicked off within the last several weeks. This year’s programs, The Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP), the Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program and MDOT Fellows Program have participants from institutions across the state of Maryland. With all of the programs, students are mentored by senior-level officials in government agencies and nonprofits across the state. The Governor’s Summer Internship Program introduces college students to the unique challenges and rewards of working within Maryland state government. Interns work for ten weeks during the summer in state government agencies doing substantive … Continue reading The Shriver Center Launches the 2015 Public Service Scholars Programs

Important Construction Update: Temporary Road Closures and Traffic Pattern Changes

Beginning Tuesday, June 2, and continuing through Sunday, June 7, extensive work on UMBC Blvd. will require us to close sections of the road and Hilltop circle in order to finish paving, painting, and signage. It is strongly recommend the campus community use alternate routes, such as Hilltop Rd., Walker Ave., and Poplar Ave. when entering and exiting campus. Throughout the week, the outbound lanes of UMBC Blvd. will remain closed. Be advised, you will not be able to use UMBC Blvd. to access I-195. Please follow detour signs to exit campus using Wilkens Ave., Rolling Road, and Shelbourne Rd. During … Continue reading Important Construction Update: Temporary Road Closures and Traffic Pattern Changes

Gail Dupree’s Retirement Reception (6/16)

After 20 years of distinguished service to UMBC, Gail Dupree, the Bookstore’s Gifts & Supplies buyer, is retiring. Gail’s customer service skills, excellent eye for designing UMBC clothing and her professionalism working with the diverse UMBC population has greatly increased the awareness of UMBC globally. Please join us in wishing her well at a reception located in the Bookstore on June 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please RSVP to ksmith@umbc.edu or x52694. We look forward to seeing you. Continue reading Gail Dupree’s Retirement Reception (6/16)

Be a Relationship Violence Prevention Advocate!

The UMBC Relationship Violence Prevention Advocates program, sponsored by a Verizon Foundation Grant, is a comprehensive program designed to educate the UMBC Community on specific relationship violence prevention information. The program includes: a dating/relationship/intimate partner violence prevention communication campaign enhanced online relationship violence prevention resources specific on UMBC community websites relationship violence prevention advocates training UMBC Relationship Violence Prevention Advocates are UMBC community members who: are able to provide relationship/dating/intimate partner violence prevention information to their community networks observe the UMBC community and take notice of and report community issues to relationship violence advocate trainers encourage bystander intervention techniques within … Continue reading Be a Relationship Violence Prevention Advocate!

Vote on an Icon for UMBC

“UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland” continues to serve the institution well, but digital media has dramatically transformed the world of communications since the wordmark’s development in 1995. The current mark sometimes limits our ability communicate the brand effectively with a consistent look. UMBC’s 50th anniversary and new campus entrance provide a great opportunity to add an icon to our graphic identity system, which will allow greater flexibility. We have spent the past year developing and testing icon options with the campus community that included early versions at last August’s University retreat and a revised set at the campus-wide Strategic … Continue reading Vote on an Icon for UMBC

The State of Maryland Health Risk Assessment and Wellness Program

The State of Maryland has implemented a new Health Risk Assessment and Wellness Program for employees with Health Benefits. To avoid a surcharge of $50 (plus an additional $50 for your spouse) in 2016, it is very important that you complete the following steps by September 30, 2015: Step 1: Log into your health provider’s website and select a Primary Care Provider (PCP). Step 2: Complete an online Health Risk Assessment (20-30 minutes) and print the results. Step 3: Discuss the results with your doctor and have him or her complete a physician’s sign-off form. Note: the physician at University Health Services can complete your sign-off … Continue reading The State of Maryland Health Risk Assessment and Wellness Program

Career-Life Balance at UMBC Initiative Launches

The Career-Life Balance (CLB) inititative launched at UMBC on May 6 with an “afternoon coffee.” The event featured remarks from campus leaders, descriptions of the Research Acceleration Grant winners, and resources from organizations that support career-life balance and individual welleness. Renetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs, welcomed faculty, staff, and graduate students to the launch and explained the initiative’s mission of promoting career-life balance on campus. Patrice McDermott, vice provost for faculty affairs, gave background on UMBC policies that contribute to career-life balance and introduced the Research Acceleration Grant, which was created to help faculty … Continue reading Career-Life Balance at UMBC Initiative Launches

Shared Services Center Work Groups Announcement

The Shared Services Center Work Groups have been making major progress over the last six months. We are excited to share some highlights below: Phase I Shared Services Centers (SSCs) will begin a “soft launch” as of May 29, 2015.  The centers will serve Academic Affairs Other Units (AAOU) and the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS). The SSCs will begin with 2-4 staff members each, and will be located in the Shared Services Centers space adjacent to the Dean’s Office in CNMS.  (AAOU will move to different space to be determined at a later date.) With the assistance … Continue reading Shared Services Center Work Groups Announcement

Challenging Times

To: The UMBC Community From: Freeman Hrabowski and Philip Rous We hope you have read our note from earlier today providing guidance to the campus regarding the recent events in Baltimore. We write now to encourage our community to continue to engage in thoughtful reflection, dialogue, and service around the complex social and economic challenges facing our Baltimore community—and communities across the nation. Freddie Gray’s family has suffered a tragic personal loss, and we send them our sincere condolences. This event stands as a reminder of systemic issues of social injustice and inequality. These difficult times mark an opportunity to … Continue reading Challenging Times

Support & Guidance for Our Community in Light of Recent Events

TO: The UMBC Community FROM: Freeman Hrabowski and Philip Rous During this challenging time for our Baltimore community, our primary goal is to ensure the safety of all members of our community. We are aware that events in Baltimore City and the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew affect many of our students, faculty, and staff living, working, and studying in and around the city. We encourage everyone who may be impacted to use their best judgment when making decisions about travelling to and from campus. We encourage our faculty, staff, and students to be flexible in accommodating the challenges … Continue reading Support & Guidance for Our Community in Light of Recent Events

Norman Augustine, USM Board of Regents, Visits UMBC

On April 9, Norman Augustine, member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and former chair and CEO of Lockheed-Martin , visited UMBC to learn more about engineering education and research, as well as technology transfer from universities to the marketplace. During his visit, Augustine met with President Hrabowski, Julia Ross, dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT), and several COEIT faculty. After Ross spoke about COEIT’s success in producing more IT graduates than any other university in Maryland, Anupam Joshi, computer science and electrical engineering, discussed UMBC’s work in cybersecurity. Penny Rheingans, center for … Continue reading Norman Augustine, USM Board of Regents, Visits UMBC

USM Women’s Forum Scholarship and Award Opportunities (6/30 Deadline)

The USM Women’s Forum Student Scholarship (up to $500) is open to all students enrolled/attending a USM institution for the fall semester of the year scholarship application. To be eligible for the award, you must have earned a total of 48 undergraduate OR 9 graduate credits, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at your USM institution, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and have demonstrated financial need. One scholarship per lifetime. The scholarship is open to both men and women. Application materials must be received by June 30th in order to be considered for the award. The USM Women’s … Continue reading USM Women’s Forum Scholarship and Award Opportunities (6/30 Deadline)

Volunteers Needed for 2015 Baja SAE Maryland (5/7-5/10)

For the first time, UMBC is hosting Baja SAE Maryland, the national Baja competition in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series. One hundred teams of college students from the U.S. and eight foreign countries will attend the competition, held at Budds Creek Motocross in Mechanicsville, MD, May 7-10, 2015. Baja SAE is a four-day engineering design competition where student teams will meet to present their off-road race cars to engineering and business professionals, undergo strict technical inspections, and compete solo and wheel-to-wheel for a chance to prove their engineering skills. We need as many volunteers as possible to help with the event and give all … Continue reading Volunteers Needed for 2015 Baja SAE Maryland (5/7-5/10)

Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award

We are pleased to announce the new Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award. This award is supported by an endowment created by Dr. Marilyn Demorest, Professor Emerita of Psychology and former Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, to “support the advancement of all UMBC faculty members in their academic careers; to facilitate their professional development; and to recognize their contributions to faculty advancement and success at UMBC.” This fund will be awarded annually to faculty who mentor and/or advise faculty and colleagues in their field. The Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award is conferred annually for a term of one year … Continue reading Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award

Undergraduate Commencement Seating for Faculty/Staff Guests

If you, you spouse, or your child are graduating this spring in UMBC’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 21, please contact Leslie Waters in the Office of Institutional Advancement at lwaters@umbc.eduor ext. 5-8652 as soon as possible. We are able to provide reserved seating for up to six guests for these UMBC faculty and staff members. Please contact us ASAP so we can plan accordingly. Thanks. Continue reading Undergraduate Commencement Seating for Faculty/Staff Guests

DoIT Seeks Campus Feedback Through IT User Survey

As part of its annual assessment plan, the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) encourages the campus community to complete the annual survey of information technology services. This brief (10 minute max), anonymous survey will help us in our planning for academic year 2015-16 and provides important feedback to understand what technology services are important to you and how well we are meeting your needs. The survey results are shared with our governance committees and used in our planning for the upcoming year. Continue reading DoIT Seeks Campus Feedback Through IT User Survey

Volunteers Needed for Spring Commencement Ceremonies (5/20 & 5/21)

It’s the time of the year when we ask for your help with May Commencements!  This year, the Undergraduate ceremony at the Royal Farms Arena (previously the Baltimore Arena) will be held on Thursday, May 21. To volunteer, click here, select “Undergraduate Ceremony” and register.  You will see a brief description of the jobs available and the number of staff needed. If you prefer a particular job, sign up now before they are filled. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after you submit your selection. Volunteer training for the undergraduate ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19  at 2:00 pm in … Continue reading Volunteers Needed for Spring Commencement Ceremonies (5/20 & 5/21)

Lt. Gov. Rutherford Visits Campus

Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford visited UMBC on March 30 to meet with university leaders and students. During his visit, Lt. Gov. Rutherford took a tour of UMBC buildings, including the Collaboratory, Commons and Library, and learned about UMBC’s progress and future needs. He also met with several Meyerhoff scholars to discuss their academic and career goals. Akua Nimarko ’15, biological sciences, said of the visit, “It was an enlightening experience to share my UMBC experiences and future plans with such an inspirational person. Continue reading Lt. Gov. Rutherford Visits Campus

Performance Management Process (PMP)

March 31 marked the end of the PMP rating period (April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015). UMBC requires supervisors to evaluate the performance of all regular/grant-funded exempt and non-exempt employees. The deadline for submission of the PMP forms to the Department of Human Resources is Friday, May 1, 2015. For additional information, visit http://hr.umbc.edu/pmp/. If you have any questions, please contact Elmer Falconer at ext. 5-3645 or Shobhna Arora at ext. 5-1638. Continue reading Performance Management Process (PMP)

USM Women’s Forum Awards and Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the USM Women’s Forum recognizes and celebrates the achievements of students, faculty and staff from across the system through award and scholarship programs including: Student Scholarship Award Professional Staff Development Award Faculty Research Award All awards and scholarships are open to any person regardless of sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. The award is open to both men and women. Application materials must be received by June 30th for consideration. http://usmwf.usmd.edu/awards-and-scholarships.html Continue reading USM Women’s Forum Awards and Scholarship Opportunities

UMBC Participates in National Engineering Education Initiative Announced at White House

UMBC is among more than 120 U.S. engineering programs leading a transformative movement in engineering education announced at the White House today. In a letter presented to President Barack Obama, UMBC and peer institutions committed to establish special educational programs designed to prepare undergraduates to solve “Grand Challenges.” These challenges are complex yet achievable goals to improve national and international health, security (including cybersecurity), sustainability, and quality of life in the 21st century. Together, the schools plan to graduate more than 20,000 formally recognized “Grand Challenge Engineers” over the next decade. Dean Julia Ross, of UMBC’s College of Engineering and Information Technology (pictured below), will represent UMBC at a … Continue reading UMBC Participates in National Engineering Education Initiative Announced at White House

Women’s Lacrosse Program: A Message From Pres. Hrabowski and Provost Rous

President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous share the following message with the UMBC community regarding the women’s lacrosse program: We want to provide the campus with information about the recent matter involving our women’s lacrosse team. (Our Student Affairs colleagues and others have been managing this matter throughout spring break.) On March 6, women’s lacrosse coaching staff learned of a troubling situation within the team. Leaders in Athletics and Student Affairs moved quickly to examine the matter, support the students affected, and ensure the safety and well-being of all involved. On March 11, five players were suspended indefinitely from … Continue reading Women’s Lacrosse Program: A Message From Pres. Hrabowski and Provost Rous

Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony (4/1)

The UMBC community will celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s campus- and system-wide award recipients at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, in the University Center Ballroom. A light lunch will follow. Release time will be granted for employees to take part in this event, and everyone is encouraged to attend. All campus offices will remain open, and services should continue to be offered. Supervisors and staff are asked to work together to coordinate staffing. We will honor the following faculty and staff colleagues, each of whom was selected by a  committee of peers. Michelle R. Scott Associate Professor and … Continue reading Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony (4/1)

Shared Services Centers Town Hall Meeting (3/23)

The Shared Services Centers (SSC) Team, which includes the Business Process Improvement, Communication, and Human Resources (BPI) Work Groups, as well as our Advisory Council, is moving forward with a go-live date of May 2015 for our initial two Phase I Shared Services Centers and many business process improvements. Work groups have completed documentation of all current business processes and are nearly done mapping future business processes to assist in focusing our BPI efforts. In our continuing effort to keep the campus informed and to allow for input and feedback, you are invited to attend a Shared Services Centers (SSC) … Continue reading Shared Services Centers Town Hall Meeting (3/23)

MLLI Department Announces Spring Film Festival Series Lineup

The Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication Department has announced the lineup for its spring film festival series. Films from across the different areas of MLLI are represented. To view a video promoting the series, see below. MLLI will also participate in a Short Film Festival during ArtWeek at UMBC. The information is below: Short Film Festival during Art Week Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sports Zone, The Commons A screening of foreign film shorts will be shown in the Sports Zone. We will have drinks and free popcorn! Come and see short films from France, India, Israel … Continue reading MLLI Department Announces Spring Film Festival Series Lineup

New Book Highlights UMBC Leadership in Business-Higher Ed Partnerships

STEMconnector’s STEM Higher Education Council recently released Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy, a book that explores partnerships between educational institutions, businesses, and non-profits. The book highlights UMBC’s partnerships with corporations, government agencies and laboratories, and other colleges and universities as ways to support student learning and enrich the academic environment. It also praises UMBC’s innovations in course redesign, including more group learning and hands-on work to address real-world problems as evidence-based ways to encourage student success. In the preface of the book, President Hrabowski states, “We must ensure that we are effectively connecting students with internships, jobs, and careers… We argue that quality is … Continue reading New Book Highlights UMBC Leadership in Business-Higher Ed Partnerships

Alumnus Greg Cantori ’84, Geography, Named President of Maryland Nonprofits

Alumnus Gregory Cantori ’84, geography (cartography), was named the new president for Maryland Nonprofits beginning October 1st, according to an article in Maryland Reporter published September 25th. Cantori will head an organization that includes roughly1,400 nonprofit organizations and 300 associate members in the state, of which many are used by statewide and local government agencies to provide social, health, housing and educational services. The new president has significant experience with such efforts, having worked in various capacities at the Downtown Sailing Center, the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation, and the Light Street Housing Corporation among others over the years. Speaking with … Continue reading Alumnus Greg Cantori ’84, Geography, Named President of Maryland Nonprofits