Michele Osherow, English, Participates in the U.S. Premiere of “The Veil”

The Veil

Photo credit: St. Johnn Blondell. Actors from left to right: Michele Osherow, Steve LaRocque, Jane Squier Bruns.

This past summer, The Quotidian Theatre in Bethesda hosted the U.S. premiere of Conor McPherson’s play “The Veil,” which debuted in 2011 at London’s National Theatre. The description of the play is as follows on the Quotidian website: “Set in a haunted mansion in rural Ireland in 1822, surrounded by a restive, starving populace, ‘The Veil’ weaves Ireland’s troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental, and the circularity of time.”

Michele Osherow, an associate professor of English, played the widowed Lady Lambroke, the owner of the Irish country manor where the play takes place. Osherow and other cast members received a strong review in the Washington Post for their work: “LaRocque’s Rev. Berkeley, Decker’s Mr. Audelle, Osherow’s Lady Lambroke and Mayo’s Hannah are all well-rounded characterizations, their lines spoken with unstilted English and Irish accents.

The play ran from July 18-August 17 and in addition to the Washington Post, it received praise from MD Theatre Guide, DC Theatre Scene, Broadway World, and DC Metro Theatre Arts. To read more of the reviews and find more information about “The Veil,” click here.

Osherow has extensive experience in professional theatre and serves as the Resident Dramaturg for the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. She received a 2012 best actress nomination from D.C. Theatre Scene for her work in Brian Friel’s Afterplay (Quotidian Theatre).

Faculty Book Publication Workshop (10/3)

The Dresher Center for the Humanities and the ADVANCE Program will present a Faculty Book Publication Workshop on October 3, 2014, noon-2pm.

Meet with editors from three academic presses (University of Massachusetts, Columbia University, and Routledge) to learn about their book publication programs and hear their suggestions for faculty authors. Time will be provided for small-group discussion.

Space is limited; priority is given to CAHSS faculty. RSVP by 9/15/14

For more information, email dreshercenter@umbc.edu.

Wellness Initiative Fall Tips and Articles

Check out the Fall ‘Tips and Articles’ page of our Wellness Initiative website for additional tips and resources for this season. We have provided information on diabetes, seasonal fall nutrition, fall finance tips and treating fall allergies.

The UMBC Wellness Initiative website is filled with resources, tips, music, and inspiration. Visit the site now!

Peace@UMBC Meditation Community Resumes 9/5

Peace@UMBC is a weekly meditation hour open to faculty, students, and staff who want to cultivate greater peace in their lives and relationships through the development of a meditation practice. Join us as we sit together and explore our inner experience. No meditation experience is necessary – all are welcome!

We will sit together on Fridays from 1-1:50 p.m. in the Women’s Center (Commons 004). All sessions will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. so we ask that out of respect for others you please arrive on time. Seating is limited and spaces are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The first Friday session of each month is open for all but designated for newcomers to meditation as we will provide instruction in sitting meditation, conscious breathing, and ways to set-up a regular meditation practice. The remaining sessions of each month will be focused on sitting meditation. We will be exploring a variety of meditation techniques lead by different facilitators. For more information contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at 5-1442 or jwardell@umbc.edu.

September-October 2014 SkillSoft Resource Highlight: Certification Exam Preparation

Did you know that our SkillSoft program at UMBC supports your coursework preparation for many IT, Desktop, and Business Certifications?  Update and expand your skill set with certification coursework for more than 100 industry certifications, including those offered by:  Project Management Institute, Oracle, Microsoft, Human Resource Certification Institute, International Institute of Business Analysis, and many more.  As a UMBC employee, your access is free for all SkillSoft certification prep courses and materials, including live mentors, study mode prep, and testprep exams.  (Skillsoft may not cover all exams required for any given certification.  Check on specific certification requirements from the certifying organization.)  After you have completed all required coursework, you can pay and sit for the exam at a certified testing center in your area.

Visit the SkillSoft website for more information about certification coursework that SkillSoft provides.  Click on the ‘Certification Matrix’ link at the bottom of the homepage for a full list of certification preparation courses offered.

To schedule a customized department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or jwardell@umbc.edu.

Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, Exhibits “Copenhagen Cycles” in New York

CphCycles_Polser-zoeEric Dyer, Visual Arts, will be featured in a solo exhibition at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York. His work Copenhagen Cycles: 2006 – 2014 will be on display from September 6 through October 11, with an opening reception on September 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Information is available at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. The exhibition received a preview article on August 15 in Wall Street International.