Professional Staff Senate (PSS) 2014 Elections – Now Live

Professional staff members on campus are encourage to vote in the Professional Staff Senate (PSS) 2014 elections process which will run from Monday, April 21st to Friday, May 2nd.

This year, the PSS will be filling five open senate seats through the elections process. Every vote counts! New this year, voting will be facilitated through the PSS myUMBC page. All professional staff members on campus are automatically enrolled in the PSS myUMBC page and should have access to vote in the elections by clicking on the “Discussions” tab during the elections time frame (Monday, April 21 to Friday, May 2). Don’t forget to review the ballot and then cast your vote!

Questions or concerns about the PSS 2014 elections process? Contact PSS Vice President, Joshua Lubben at

Volunteers Needed for Spring Commencement Ceremonies (5/21 & 5/22)

It’s the time of the year when we ask for your help with May Commencements!  This year, the Undergraduate ceremony at the Baltimore Arena will be held on Thursday, May 22.

To volunteer, click here, select “Undergraduate Ceremony” and register.  You will see a brief description of the jobs available and the number of staff needed. If you prefer a particular job, sign up now before they are filled. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after you submit your selection.

Volunteer training will take place on Tuesday, May 20 at 2 pm in the Commons 331. Transportation will be provided to the Arena on the day of commencement with the bus leaving Administration Drive at 9:30 a.m. and returning 30 minutes after the ceremony.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the Graduate School Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, May 21 at 10:00 am in the RAC.  You may use the same link as above and just select “Graduate Ceremony”.

If you have questions regarding the Undergraduate ceremony, contact Erin Johnson at or ext. 5-5897.  For questions regarding the Graduate School ceremony, contact Lisa Portis Morgan at or ext. 5-8142.

To celebrate your efforts, we will once again host a Commencement Volunteer Thank You in January for those of you who assist with the May and/or December ceremony.  Look for further information in the late Fall.

Choice Jobs Flying Fruit Fantasy Fruitshakes – OPEN FOR THE SEASON

FFF IS OPEN FOR THE SEASON – Choice Program’s Flying Fruit Fantasy Fruitshakes opened for the 2014 season on April 1st!

Springtime brings forth a time of growth, awakening, and for UMBC’s Choice Program, springtime also brings FRUITSHAKES! For over 20 years, UMBC’s Choice Program has been serving up Fruitshakes at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. In 2011, the social enterprise expanded to the Inner Harbor and has seen substantial growth in community impact! Each year, 50 young people from Baltimore City and County receive on-the-job-training while developing the skills needed to blossom into wonderful employees.

Following a Supported Employment Model, AmeriCorps Community Service Learning Fellows cultivate a space for the young people to learn about teamwork, customer service, communications and dependability!

Visit Flying Fruit Fantasy Fruitshakes today for a Fruitshake, Smoothie, or Frozen Yogurt and receive a dollar off any FFF item by mentioning this Insights Weekly Post! We are located on the main concourse at Oriole Park, section 28, and in front of the Science Center in the Harbor.

Sherri Braxton-Lieber Named Director of Instructional Technology

Dr. Sherri Braxton-Lieber, Special Assistant to the Provost and Director of Course Redesign at Bowie State University (BSU), has accepted UMBC’s Director of Instructional Technology position in the Division of Information Technology. She will start full-time on Tuesday, May 27, and serve as the primary point of contact for DoIT’s instructional technology support efforts.

Earth Day 5K Run (4/23)

Come support UMBC Recreation and the Departments of Environmental Affairs and Health and Wellness at Free Hour on Wednesday, April 23rd by participating in our 5K!!

By participating in the 5K, you will briefly learn about recycling, composting, and sustainability here at UMBC, while receiving FREE T-shirts and/or FREE sustainable water bottles!

Registration begins at 11 am in front of the RAC.
Race will begin promptly at 12:15 pm.

For additional information visit us at myUMBC Intramurals or myUMBC Group Fitness & Wellness.

UMBC Offers Various Levels of Avid Pro Tools Certification Training this Summer

UMBC is offering a variety of Pro Tools Certification Training courses this summer, including: Pro Tools 101, Pro Tools 110, Pro Tools 201 and Pro Tools 210M. The non-credit training courses offer those who work in, or want to work in, audio production the opportunity to advance their careers by gaining skills to excel within the industry.

A former UMBC Pro Tools Training participant said: “I can’t tell you how much I’ve benefited from the courses thus far. I notice it every time I sit down to work. It has been one of the best career investments I’ve made.”

Pro Tools 101 (May 27-29) provides participants with the basic skills to succeed with Pro Tools, from initial set-up to final production.

Pro Tools 110 (June 10-12) provides a more detailed look at Pro Tools as a system, taking the overview provided by 101 and going deeper into every aspect.

Pro Tools 201 (June 17-19) covers the core concepts and skills needed to operate a Pro Tools HDX or HD system in a professional studio environment, with special emphasis on editing and mixing, including automation.

Pro Tools 210M (July 1-3) covers advanced techniques for working with Pro Tools systems in professional music environments, with an emphasis on MIDI, arrangement tools and synchronization concepts.

UMBC Professor and Avid Certified Instructor David Revill will lead the sessions. Revill has worked in audio production for more than 20 years, and is one of the small number of Avid-certified Pro Tools Experts in the country. There is limited space available for each session, so those interested are encouraged to register early to secure their spot. Participants who register for two or more summer Pro Tools sessions will receive a 10% discount on all registration costs.

Learn more and access registration at

GES Seminar: Sediment withdrawals and deposits, Chesapeake Bay Watershed: It’s not just banks! (4/23)

The Department of Geography & Environmental Systems invites you to our next seminar for the Spring 2014 semester. The seminar speaker is Dr. Allen Gellis, USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center, and his topic is: Sediment withdrawals and deposits, Chesapeake Bay Watershed: It’s not just banks!

The seminar is schedueld from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 in ITE 231. If you have questions, please contact Andrew Miller at

Everyone Must Reset Password and Create Security Questions

In an effort to improve campus security and better protect user information, DoIT is requiring that everyone with a UMBC account must change his or her password by May 23, 2014, unless this has already been done this calendar year. This will apply to all myUMBC account holders — students, faculty, staff and alumni. With the rise of phishing emails and events such as the recent Heartbleed compromise above, we feel it is necessary for security. As part of this effort, everyone will also be required to provide an alternate email address and create account security questions. Once in place, all users will then be able to reset their password through a self-service page.

Visit the DoIT website for more information.