Winter 2014 Commencement Ceremonies

We warmly encourage faculty and staff to participate in UMBC’s winter 2014 Commencement Ceremonies. As you know, these events mean a great deal to our students and their parents and guests. I hope you will make a special effort to share in their celebration.

  • Graduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17 in the RAC
  • Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 18 in the RAC

ORDERING REGALIA: As in the past, UMBC will subsidize the rental of academic regalia for faculty, and administrative and associate staff. The deadline has passed for ordering regalia without a late fee, but it may still be ordered with payment of $25. Please note that it will not be possible to order regalia after December 6. Regalia will be ready for pick-up in the Bookstore beginning December 8 through December 12. (Regalia will not be available for pick-up at the RAC.) Please use the online Commencement RSVP form to place your order. If you have any questions, please call Gail Dupree at the Bookstore, x 53807.

RSVP FOR MARCHING IN THE PROCESSION: Even if you do not order regalia, we need to know that you intend to march in the Commencement procession, so that appropriate seating arrangements can be made. Please give your RSVP on the website response form for Commencement by December 8, 2014.

Thank you for your support of UMBC’s Commencement Ceremonies and graduates.

Optimizing Work: Ways to Save Time and Effort (2/9)

In these challenging times many of us are experiencing greater workload demands and it’s increasingly more difficult to continue doing our work in the same way. We all need to look at our work with a fresh perspective and creatively find ways to do things more efficiently. Our leaders are the key players who can make this happen.

People in leadership roles will learn:

  • How to lead by initiating and facilitating improvement conversations
  • How to inspire others to implement changes
  • What questions to ask
  • How to identify some immediate areas for rethinking how the work gets done
  • Clear tips on how to make work processes and procedures more efficient
  • Ways to cultivate the support needed for changes to be successful

This workshop provides a clear model and accompanying tools for looking at how work gets done and how it can be changed to address the challenges we’re facing today. This program offers you a quick return on your time invested – it provides you with tools and techniques for saving time and effort that you can immediately begin putting into practice.

The workshop will be Monday, February 9th 8:30 am – 12:30 p.m., in the University Center, Room 312. Register by January 30th and get a flyer with details here.

Protein Symposium (1/14)

UMBC’s Biotechnology Graduate Programs is hosting its first-ever Protein Symposium on January 14, 2015.

The free symposium, sponsored by the Protein Society, will discuss the latest in protein sciences as well as the future of protein research. The event will take place from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. in the University Center, Room 312. Those interested in attending can click here to RSVP.

Anyone who is interested in presenting a talk or giving a poster presentation, please contact Faiza Munawar at A $50 Amazon giftcard will be awarded to the best student speaker. The last date for abstract submission is Dec 10.

Tim Gindling, Economics, Interviewed in World Bank Jobs and Development Blog

Tim Gindling, economics, was interviewed for the World Bank Development and Employment blog about his work on self-employment in the developing world.

Gindling joined Gary Fields from Cornell University and David Margolis from the University of Paris in an interview focused on why self-employment is so prevalent in developing economies, and what governments could do to improve the standard of living of self-employed workers in those economies.

Click here to read “A Better Life for the Developing World’s Self-Employed.”

iCubed@UMBC Poster Takes First Place at APPAM

A poster, “Obtaining Experimental Evidence Regarding the Effectiveness of Interventions Intended to Support the Success of Freshman STEM Undergraduates,” presented by Public Policy doctoral student Ann Kellogg, was awarded first place among 64 posters presented at the November 6 poster session of the 2014 Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The poster reported preliminary results of the iCubed@UMBC project, a National Science Foundation grant-funded study that is examining the relative effectiveness of four interventions designed to improve the academic success of undergraduates majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. The following iCubed@UMBC project assessment team members were co-authors on the poster: Marv Mandell and Dave Marcotte (Public Policy), Lisa Dickson (Economics) and Kenneth Maton (Psychology). Dr. Phili p Rous is the iCubed@UMBC project’s Principal Investigator.

For more information about iCubed@UMBC, click here.

UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame Welcomes Seven New Inductees

Seven former UMBC student-athletes will be inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. A dinner and subsequent ceremony will take place at the Westin BWI Airport Hotel, beginning at 6 p.m.

Six student-athletes were recently selected by the committee and a seventh, lacrosse standout Brendan Mundorf, ’06, will join that group this winter. Mundorf was tabbed in 2012, but professional lacrosse obligations precluded him from attending the prior inductions.

In addition to Mundorf, the class of 2015 includes Melanie Denischuk, ’07, softball, Marcus Gross, ’06, men’s soccer, Andrew Hampson, ’00, men’s lacrosse, Izudin Mehmedovic, ’07, cross country/track & field, Lindsey Prather, ’05, swimming & diving and Darryl Proctor, ’10, men’s basketball.

Full bios on the inductees are available on, along with bios of all of UMBC Athletics Hall of Famers.

Ticket information for the induction ceremony will be made public later this month.