Ellen Handler Spitz, Honors College, on CBC Radio

Illuminating Childhood Ellen Handler SpitzOn December 19, Honors College Professor Ellen Handler Spitz participated in a discussion on CBC Radio on “The Secret Lives of Children.” The segment centered around the idea that advances in technology combined with a strong focus on achievement can often suppress creativity, and children’s imagination can be a strong shield against cultural confinements.

During the segment, Spitz says that high tech toys should be traded in favor of letting children explore their inner worlds: “I think that children, when we allow them to make believe, this kind of vision and this kind of connecting…we should treasure it and not stamp it out.”

Spitz’s most recent research focuses on children’s aesthetic lives, and she has authored six books on the arts and psychology: “Art and Psyche” (Yale); “Image and Insight” (Columbia); “Museums of the Mind” (Yale); “Inside Picture Books” (Yale); “The Brightening Glance” (Pantheon); and “Illuminating Childhood” (Michigan). She most recently published “Magritte’s Labyrinth,” a new e-book which analyzes the artwork of Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte.

To listen to the full segment on CBC Radio, click here.

Roy Meyers, Political Science, on MarylandReporter.com

Roy Meyers (UMBC)In a December 15 column published on MarylandReporter.com, Political Science Professor Roy Meyers shared his thoughts on why there are no easy budget fixes in Maryland. He responded to an earlier column written by Barry Rascovar which outlined potential solutions to solving state budget deficits.

Meyers addressed state revenue estimates, adjusting the start time of the fiscal year, and sweeping under-projected revenues into the state’s surplus, all of which were discussed in Rascovar’s column.

“It’s important to remember that just as with budgets, for the budget process there is no such thing as an ‘easy fix,'” Meyers wrote in his column.

To read the full article titled “No easy budget fixes; Rascovar’s proposals to change the fiscal year are way off base,” click here.

BLS for the Healthcare Provider (2/24)

Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 5:30-10:00 pm. This course is open to the general public. The registration fee for the provider course is $85 which includes the manual. The BLS renewal course is $70. Interested persons may download a registration fee from the following website: http://ehspace.umbc.edu

Inquires should be directed to Danette McCoy at 410-455-3584 or danette@umbc.edu.

Basic Life Support Instructor Training (2/28)

Basic Life Support for Instructor training will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 8:00 am -4:00 pm. This course is open to anyone who is interested in learning to teach CPR. Registrants must have a current BLS card. The registration fee for the course is $200 which includes the manual. Interested persons may download a registration fee from the Emergency Health Services website.

Inquires should be directed to Danette McCoy at 410-455-3584 or danette@umbc.edu.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor Training (3/21)

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor training will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 8:00 am -4:00 pm. This course is open to anyone who is interested in learning to teach ACLS. Registrants must have a current ACLS card. The registration fee for the course is $300 which includes the course materials and manual. Interested persons may download a registration fee on the Emergency Health Services website.

Inquires should be directed to Danette McCoy at 410-455-3584 or danette@umbc.edu.

Student Profile Sharing Launches

UMBCUMBC now allows students the ability to electronically share grades and class schedule information with others. This new feature, “Profile Sharing”, will allow the sharing of information such as grades with family members, and class schedule with study group members.

Please note: This feature does not give parents and other designees the right to receive student information from faculty, staff or other members of the campus community; federal law (FERPA) guides when we can disclose the student records that we maintain. This capability simply empowers the student to more readily share the records they choose to disclose.

For more information about FERPA, visit the Registrar’s webpage on the Privacy and Release of Education Records. For additional questions and clarification around FERPA, contact UMBC’s Office of the General Counsel. For more information about profile sharing, visit our profile sharing FAQs.

Head Men’s Soccer Coach Pete Caringi Named NSCAA National Coach of the Year

UMBC Head Men’s Soccer Coach Pete Caringi was named 2014 National Division I Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The award is voted upon by Caringi’s fellow coaches who are members of the NSCAA. It is the Retriever mentor’s third top honor in 30 years, as he was selected as the National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1989. At the senior college level, Caringi earned South Atlantic regional honors in 1999 and Northeast regional honors in 2013.

Caringi just completed his 24th season at UMBC and has piloted the Retrievers to America East titles and NCAA Championship appearances of four of the last five seasons and five overall.

The 2014 Retrievers advanced further in an NCAA tournament than any previous UMBC squad in school history. UMBC set a tournament record by knocking off four opponents on the road and all by shutout, before falling, 1-0, to eventual national champion Virginia in the national semifinals.

The Baltimore native has an overall record of 260-150-59 (.619) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 32 years as a head coach, he is 430-177-67 (.691).