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.

UMBC Welcomes New Retrievers at 2014 Convocation

Convocation3On Tuesday, April 26, faculty, staff, administrators and current students welcomed new students to the UMBC community at Convocation 2014, beginning with an applause-filled parade through campus and concluding with celebratory remarks in the RAC.

Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education Diane Lee, Presidential Teaching Award Recipient Marie desJardins and President Hrabowski spoke about UMBC’s supportive campus culture. “This is a university where people care about each other,” Dr. Hrabowksi said.

Student leaders provided advice to incoming Retrievers. Student Government Association President Ganesh Mysore and Caroline Taylor ’16, HAPP, shared stories from their college experiences, encouraging their fellow students to be get involved in campus activities and organizations.

Watch the Convocation ceremony below.

Pres. Hrabowski Interview on EvoLLLution Focuses on Supporting First-Generation College Students

President Hrabowski examines college accessibility issues for first-generation students and how universities can help them succeed in a new interview on EvoLLLution, an online newspaper focusing on continuing education.

Many first-generation students struggle with the application process, Dr. Hrabowski notes, because they may not have someone in their household who can guide them through the system, knowing what it takes to be successfully admitted to and enrolled in a university. In the interview, Dr. Hrabowski emphasizes how universities must adapt to more effectively support these students, saying, “Part of innovation means looking in the mirror and understanding that the world of tomorrow does not have to be the same as the world of today.”

Click here to listen to the interview.