UMBC leaders call for community support and reflection in response to recent acts of violence

“In challenging times, when heartbreaking acts of violence occur so frequently, it can be difficult to find a path forward, but we know it must start with coming together as a community,” write President Hrabowski and Provost Rous in a message to the campus community. Continue reading UMBC leaders call for community support and reflection in response to recent acts of violence

Hailey Lynch

Hailey Lynch pairs all-star academic record with high-level internships to prep for investment career

“I truly believe that the education I have received during my time here has been exceptional. Not only have I been challenged in ways I never thought possible, but I have also had some of the most incredible professors,” says Lynch. Continue reading Hailey Lynch pairs all-star academic record with high-level internships to prep for investment career

Anthony Jankoski to pursue interest in criminal justice at Northwestern University’s School of Law

“My professors and faculty mentors have helped me to become a critical thinker and an active voice on campus. These skills have proved invaluable during my tenure as president of student government and will assist me greatly in law school,” says Jankoski. Continue reading Anthony Jankoski to pursue interest in criminal justice at Northwestern University’s School of Law

UMBC and U.S. Navy celebrate partnership establishing Maryland’s first NROTC unit

On Monday, November 30, 2015, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy Dennis McGinn and U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski joined President Freeman Hrabowski for a ceremony to formally celebrate the establishment at UMBC of Maryland’s first Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps … Continue reading UMBC and U.S. Navy celebrate partnership establishing Maryland’s first NROTC unit

Shawn Bediako receives inaugural Marilyn Demorest Award for Faculty Advancement

A message to the UMBC community from Provost Philip Rous: I am pleased to announce that Shawn Bediako, Associate Professor of Psychology, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Marilyn E. Demorest Award for Faculty Advancement. This annual award is … Continue reading Shawn Bediako receives inaugural Marilyn Demorest Award for Faculty Advancement

President Hrabowski joins new panel to examine future of undergraduate education

President Hrabowski will serve as a member of the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education, a panel of experts tasked with studying the impact and effectiveness of the nation’s existing educational systems and identifying the challenges and opportunities facing … Continue reading President Hrabowski joins new panel to examine future of undergraduate education

Tinoosh Mohsenin receives NSF grant for wearable biomedical computing tech

CSEE Professor Tinoosh Mohsenin received a $212,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a three-year project that will develop a heterogeneous ultra low-power accelerator for wearable biomedical computing. The work will be done in collaboration with researchers at George … Continue reading Tinoosh Mohsenin receives NSF grant for wearable biomedical computing tech

Lisa Gray discusses the role of education, awareness, and empowerment in raising young girls to be politically and socially conscious

Following the #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName movement over the past year, WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show hosted a panel discussion on how parents and educators are incorporating the living history of the events which sparked these two social movements into lessons for their children and students, especially young girls of color. Lisa Gray, director of student life for cultural and spiritual diversity, participated in the discussion and shared her experiences as a leader for cultural diversity on campus, and as a mother of an 11 year-old daughter growing up in an era where these social justice issues are quickly rising to … Continue reading Lisa Gray discusses the role of education, awareness, and empowerment in raising young girls to be politically and socially conscious

Lynne Schaefer, administration and finance, named chair of EACUBO

Lynne Schaefer, Vice President, Administration and Finance, has been named chair of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO), effectively October 13. Schaefer has been actively involved in the association for nearly 10 years, previously serving as chair of the region’s Research Universities Constituent Council. In 2010, she was elected to the board of directors, where she helped to develop and implement a mentoring program for senior finance and administration leaders. She has also represented the region’s chapter as part of the national Research Universities Council, where she helped develop special programming relevant to business officers at research universities. “I am … Continue reading Lynne Schaefer, administration and finance, named chair of EACUBO

President Hrabowski discusses how his experiences during the Civil Rights movement inspired his career in education

In a recent interview on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show, President Hrabowski shared how his experiences as a young boy during the Civil Rights movement shaped his future in higher education and inspired his pursuit of STEM achievement for students of all backgrounds. Much of the discussion revolved around topics addressed in Dr. Hrabowski’s latest book, Holding Fast to Dreams. Dr. Hrabowski recounted meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. and participating in a peaceful march, which led to his arrest. He also commented on how the experience compelled him, and many others, to take a more active role supporting the community and … Continue reading President Hrabowski discusses how his experiences during the Civil Rights movement inspired his career in education

New solar-powered charging tables on campus

The campus has finished installation of its innovative and sustainable solar-powered charging stations. These off-the-grid power systems serve as solar-powered tables, where community members can charge their devices while working or relaxing outside. In addition to providing sustainable, wire-free power, components of the stations are made from recycled plastics. The tables are located in the Admin Plaza, Commons Plaza, and Harbor Hall courtyard area. The tables were made available through a partnership with the student “Prove It” program, Facilities Management, The Commons, and Residential Life. Continue reading New solar-powered charging tables on campus

Billy Heavner Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

UMBC junior goalkeeper Billy Heavner has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Men’s Soccer Team, as the organization announced all of its men’s and women’s regional recipients. Heavner earned First Team All-District honors for District 2. First-team Academic All-District™ honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. Continue reading Billy Heavner Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

2015 Provost’s Teaching and Learning Symposium emphasizes student learning assessment

The second annual Provost’s Teaching and Learning Symposium, held in late September, 2015, marks a continued effort to spur student learning and pedagogical innovation and assessment through collaborations with faculty and staff. The symposium, supported by the Hrabowski Innovation Fund initiative which acknowledges faculty and staff creativity and innovation in education, brought together nearly 100 faculty, staff, and graduate students to explore ways the UMBC community is actively engaging students in and out of the classroom through the implementation of creative ideas, technologies, and curricula. Conversations in various breakout sessions were led by faculty and staff involved in existing programs … Continue reading 2015 Provost’s Teaching and Learning Symposium emphasizes student learning assessment

Renetta Tull selected as one of three finalists for GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

Renetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate student development and postdoctoral affairs, has been selected as one of three finalists for the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. Dr. Tull has been invited to present her work and ideas to a jury of experts at the annual … Continue reading Renetta Tull selected as one of three finalists for GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

President Hrabowski emphasizes the importance of inclusiveness, interdisciplinarity in STEM fields

In a recent interview with Comcast Newsmakers, President Freeman Hrabowski acknowledged that, while the number of jobs in STEM-related fields is growing, minority representation within these fields still lags. “There are far too few Americans, in general, who love math or who are in STEM fields,” said Dr. Hrabowski, when asked about his successful career as an African-American with a math and science background. According to a 2010 study by the National Academies Committee chaired by Dr. Hrabowski, only 5 percent of 24 year-olds of all races hold STEM degrees—and only 2-3 percent of minorities. During the interview, Dr. Hrabowski pointed … Continue reading President Hrabowski emphasizes the importance of inclusiveness, interdisciplinarity in STEM fields

Ting Zhu receives NSF grant to develop localization and mapping techniques

CSEE professor Ting Zhu received an award from the National Science Foundation to develop improved techniques for identifying a person’s location in dynamically changing environments. The award of $250,000 will support the three-year research project, Real-Time Indoor and Outdoor Simultaneous Localization and Mapping. Location-based service was ranked number one for the top technology trends by a recent survey in Time magazine, with potential applications in the area of location-based advertising, recommendation, navigation, asset recovery, and gaming. While many companies are working to improve location-based services, most existing indoor and outdoor maps are relatively static. In reality, many indoor and outdoor … Continue reading Ting Zhu receives NSF grant to develop localization and mapping techniques

Laila Shishineh receives USM Women’s Forum staff award

Congratulations to Laila Shishineh, Assistant Director of FYE in the Office of Undergraduate Education, for receiving the USM Women’s Forum Award for Professional Development. The USM Women’s Forum Professional Staff Development Award provides funding to eligible staff members currently employed at USM institutions for a minimum of five (5)  years cumulative service. The USMWF wishes to encourage and enable staff to pursue training and/or professional development activities to enhance current job skills and/or seek career advancement opportunities. Funding can be used for non-credit courses and conferences. The USMWF was impressed by Laila’s commitment to her role at UMBC and being … Continue reading Laila Shishineh receives USM Women’s Forum staff award

Jess Myers and Megan Tagle-Adams, UMBC Women’s Center, win prestigious awards from National Women’s Studies Association

UMBC’s Women’s Center Jess Myers and Megan Tagle-Adams were acknowledged by the NWSA Women’s Center Pre-Conference Award Committee with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award and Emerging Leader Award for their efforts and contributions toward advancing gender equity. They will be honored at the upcoming Pre-Conference reception and listed in the NWSA Conference book in November 2015. Outstanding Achievement Award – Jess Myers, Director of the Women’s Center The annual NWSA Women’s Centers Outstanding Achievement award is given to remarkable women working in Women’s Centers/Gender Equity Centers who have accomplished a significant endeavor to improve the lives of women, and have addressed gender equity, sexism and other forms … Continue reading Jess Myers and Megan Tagle-Adams, UMBC Women’s Center, win prestigious awards from National Women’s Studies Association

Announcing the latest grants from the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation

We are proud to announce the projects awarded grants in the spring 2015 round of the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation competition. ADAPTATION AWARDS Explore Baltimore Heritage: A Partnership Between Baltimore Heritage and UMBC – A team led by Denise Meringolo, Associate Professor of History, will expand UMBC’s partnership with Baltimore Heritage through supporting the organization’s goals of developing educational material, while also deepening UMBC students’ learning experience and professional development. Specifically, this collaboration will grant students in the History program the opportunity to build meaningful historical content for Explore Baltimore Heritage, a mobile app that lets people build self-guided tours … Continue reading Announcing the latest grants from the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation

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

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

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

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

Open Forum on Campus Construction Projects (5/1)

Facilities Management will be providing an open forum to provide details about all upcoming and ongoing campus construction projects. The open forum will be held in ITE Room 104 (Lecture Hall 7) from 12-12:50 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015. The projects to be discussed affect the entire campus population and will be of interest to the majority of staff, faculty and students on campus. The New Campus Entrance This project alters the intersections at UMBC Blvd., Research Park Drive, and Hilltop Circle to incorporate traffic circles for improved safety and better traffic flow. Pedestrian plazas adjacent to the RAC and … Continue reading Open Forum on Campus Construction Projects (5/1)

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)

UMBC’s Professional Graduate Programs Open House (4/29)

UMBC’s Professional Graduate Programs Open House will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. EDT at UMBC South Campus (bwtech@UMBC South) 1450 S. Rolling Road; Halethorpe, MD 21227. Join us to meet program directors, alumni and students from UMBC Professional Graduate Programs, and learn about industry trends and opportunities. Representatives from Financial Aid, Veteran Affairs, the Graduate School, and others will be on hand to answer your questions. The Open House will include breakout information sessions that will focus on Graduate Programs, including: Cybersecurity, Biotechnology, Health Information Technology, Engineering Management, and Systems Engineering. If interested … Continue reading UMBC’s Professional Graduate Programs Open House (4/29)