Marie desJardins, CSEE, Named an American Council on Education Fellow

RAPmdesjardinMarie desJardins, computer science and electrical engineering, has been selected as a participant in the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Fellows Program. desJardins was one of just 31 faculty and administrators chosen from across the United States this year.

The ACE Fellows Program is the premier program for “identifying and preparing the next generation of senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities.” More than 300 past ACE fellows have served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and over 1,300 have served as provosts, vice presidents and deans.

During the year-long program, desJardins will work with the president and senior officials at a host institution, while also completing a project of pressing interest to UMBC. Click here to read more about the ACE Fellows Program and here to see the full list of fellows.

Kink Teaches Consent Workshop (4/29)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and part of combating sexual violence includes focusing on consent and healthy sexuality. Using principles and practices common in kink communities, the Kink Teaches Consent workshop will address strategies for exploring and respecting desires and dealbreakers.

Kink Teaches Consent will be held on Tuesday, April 29th at 2pm in the Women’s Center. This sex-positive workshop is open to anyone interested in learning skills for defining boundaries, pursuing pleasure, and communicating consent. Contact for more information.

Save the Date: Welcome to UMBC! (9/18)

The annual ‘Welcome to UMBC!’ event to welcome our new colleagues to the UMBC community has been scheduled.

If possible, please avoid scheduling other campus events on September 18th  2:00-3:30 p.m.

This interactive event is a great opportunity to connect and get to know some of the remarkable people here at UMBC.  Attendees will have a chance to talk with our President and Provost and will learn about opportunities to make a difference in our community.  There will also be a presentation about UMBC’s Public Art Project that was a joint venture between the University and the Maryland State Arts Council.

The event is co-sponsored by The Commons and Human Resources.

Ready, Set, Retire! (5/12)

The Human Resources Department is sponsoring this pre-retirement seminar for members of the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), through either TIAA-CREF or Fidelity, who are within five years of retirement. This half-day session provides valuable information to prepare you for retirement. Highlights include:

• Key steps in the retirement process
• Health insurance options for you and your dependents into
• Social Security and Medicare benefits, presented by staff of
the Social Security Administration.
• Distribution and payment options from your ORP through
TIAA-CREF or Fidelity.
• Supplemental Retirement Maximums, IRS rules, and
distribution information.
• Key information on other benefits

Click here to sign up for this session. Space is limited so sign up today!

Light breakfast refreshments will be served.

LRC/SSS Receives International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC)

Cynthia M. Hill and Cassie L. Bichy jointly announce that the undergraduate tutor training program developed and delivered by the Learning Resources Center (LRC) and Student Support Services (SSS) received re-certification through 2018 from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). LRC/SSS provided extensive documentation of their training program including syllabi for English 395, Education 313, Education 314, evaluations, and metrics for the certification process.

Through the LRC/SSS tutor training program, tutors earn certified, advanced, and master tutor recognition. Additional experience (25 hours) and training (10 hours) are required at each level. In addition, the Master level certification at UMBC requires a research project and an active learning demonstration.

LRC/SSS tutors receive recognition in May or December. Graduating seniors with Advanced or Master level training and experience are listed in the annual Student Honors and Awards Booklet.

The certification process sets an internationally accepted standard of skills and training for tutors. The mission of the LRC/SSS tutor training program is to provide the opportunity for undergraduate tutors to facilitate independent, lifelong learning. The ITTPC program provides recognition and positive reforcement for tutors’ successful work from an international organization.

UMBC-Shady Grove Students Gathered for Community Service on April 17

On April 17, approximately 30 students at UMBC’s Shady Grove campus made more than 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to benefit two local community organizations, Helping Hands Shelter and the Montgomery County Women’s Shelter, as part of the first Big Event: A Day of Service.

A student planning committee, chaired by Jacobi Martin, led the event. Martin, a junior Psychology major and Social Welfare minor said:“Having food and being able to eat is a basic need, and it is taken for granted. I learned that it is easy to forget about the less fortunate right in our backyard. Through the whole process of calling charities, soliciting donations, and making then delivering the sandwiches, UMBC at Shady Grove was able to connect with the community.”

The Big Event: A Day of Service was made possible through donations from Food Lion, Target, Costco, Giant, and Safeway.

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 44th Book

robertdelutyRobert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new volume of poetry, “Rock Piles and Cathedrals.”

In his review, Ronald Pies writes: “Robert Deluty’s marvelous new collection of poems takes, as its leitmotif, Saint-Exupery’s observation that ‘A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.’ This is reminiscent of Michelangelo’s revelation that his art aimed at freeing the ‘inner statue’ from within the rough marble. So, too, with Deluty’s observations, in which he perceives the inner light, concealed within so many of life’s dark moments. Readers will find many penetrating illuminations throughout this volume, revealing Deluty’s remarkable ability to see cathedrals within piles of rocks.”

This volume, as well as all of Dr. Deluty’s other books, may be purchased at the UMBC Bookstore.

Relationship Violence Prevention Advocates

Faculty and staff who are interested in preventing violence in relationships are encouraged to apply to become a relationship violence prevention advocate. Advocates are students, faculty and staff who are interested in learning more about the topic of relationship violence prevention and translating what they’ve learned to others within their sphere of influence. Advocates meet 9 times throughout the Fall 2014 semester.

Click here to apply.

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