UMBC News Site Info and Feedback Session (10/27, 10/30)

UMBC’s Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) welcomes faculty, staff and students from across campus to learn about plans for a fresh university news website and to offer feedback.

The university news site will be a vibrant online space for OIA to share stories about groundbreaking research, high-level achievements, and compelling campus events.
Currently, we share snippets of these stories on social media and detailed features on the homepage, with concise summaries primarily appearing on Insights. However, our research indicates that Insights is not as effective as it could be at reaching key audiences, so we’re taking it to the next level.


The news site will feature engaging articles that can be shared through websites and social media that connect with all UMBC audiences, from current and prospective faculty, staff and students, to alumni and university partners. We’ll pair the site with a redesigned news email.


For current Insights posts that don’t fit the news site profile — generally info for specific internal audiences — we’re refining and expanding our internal news toolkit. As we transition away from Insights in favor of more current communications tools, we will remain committed to supporting administrative units in effectively reaching the campus audiences they serve.Do you have questions about what this will look like? Is there a favorite news website that you’d love to share as an example? Are there colleagues you want to bring into this conversation?


Join us at one of our upcoming info and feedback meetings:


We look forward to seeing you there!

Can’t attend? Email your questions and comments to Dinah Winnick, Director of Communications, at

Intramural 3K Monster Dash (10/29)

UMBC intramurals will once again offer its 3K Monster Dash. This event is completely free and will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 5:30pm. You can register in advance at or register the day of  starting at 4:30pm in the RAC.

Click here for reregistration forms and the race route. Prizes will be given to the first place male, female, and best costume of the night. Be sure to sign-up now!

Head Swimming and Diving Coach Chad Cradock Earns 200th Career Victory

Head Swimming and Diving Coach Chad Cradock earned his 200th career win at the CCSA North Invitational this past weekend. Cradock swept the competition, earning wins over Gardner-Webb, NJIT, and VMI to accomplish the feat.

“It is a pleasure for a milestone like this to occur at home,” Cradock said about winning number 200. “I want to thank all the coaches who have been a part of this over the years, including Chris Gibeau who has been here with me for most of it,” he added. “I am proud to work with talented athletes both in the past and the present for their spirit of hard work and upholding UMBC tradition.”

Cradock has amassed a record of 200-66-1 over his 13 plus year career at UMBC. He has a total men’s record of 105-23-1, while holding a 95-43 mark with the women.

The Retrievers will close out the month of October with a dual meet at George Washington on Saturday, October 25. The meet with the Colonials is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.

Authorized Signature Forms for FY 2015

In order to better serve the campus and maintain internal controls to ensure against unauthorized purchases and expenses, Financial Services is requesting that all departments update their authorized signature forms. The authorized signature forms are necessary to validate approvals for the payment of goods and services via payment requests, working fund and petty cash, and for the processing and payment of travel and miscellaneous expenses. The Signature Forms for FY 2015 can be found here.

Please forward your completed forms to Peggy Ingle, Supervisor, Business Services, Administration Building, 3rd Floor, by November 7, 2014. If you have any questions concerning this request, please contact Peggy Ingle on extension 52316 or by email at Not having a current authorized signature form on file in Financial Services could cause unnecessary delays in processing your transactions.

Thank you very much for your cooperation and support in this important matter.

Justice Delayed, But Not Denied: An Evening with Douglas Jones (11/5)

The Public Justice Center is co-sponsoring a free public lecture on November 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. “Justice delayed, but not denied: An evening with Douglas Jones” will feature reflections on re-opening the case of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham.

Decades after one of the most devastating attacks of the Civil Rights era, U.S. Attorney Douglas Jones led the team that successfully re-opened the case of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Jones’ efforts led to the indictment of former KKK members responsible for the murder of Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.

The Public Justice Center has been a mentor site through UMBC’s Public Service Scholars programs.  They work with people and communities to confront the laws, practices, and institutions that cause injustice, poverty, and discrimination. PJC advocates in the courts, legislatures, and government agencies, educates the public, and builds coalitions, all to advance their mission of “pursuing systemic change to build a just society.”

Click here for more information and to RSVP.