PMP Mid-Year Feedback

The PMP mid-year feedback meeting should be completed by the end of November 2014. During the meeting, supervisors should review expectations, assess and update goals and identify training and development needs. Employees should also come to the meeting prepared to discuss performance progress. Remember that it’s a process, not an event.

For additional information, please visit the PMP website. If you have questions about the process, contact Elmer Falconer at ext. 5-3645 or Shobhna Arora at est. 5-1638.

Asian Studies Food Pantry- Assistance Needed

There are 90 low-income Asian senior citizens in Howard County asking for food assistance from the Food Pantry sponsored by the Asian Studies Program.

Please donate non-perishable Asian and non-Asian foods whenever possible. Look for the red collection boxes on the first floor of the Administration Building, Commons by the reception desk, the RAC, The Shriver Center in Public Policy and the first floor of the University Center.

Suggested items are:

    • Asian noodles (ramen, potato, cellophane, rice noodles, etc.)
    • Seaweed
    • Canned tuna
    • Spam
    • Canned fruit packed in its own juice

Again, we accept any type of non-perishable food donations. The food collection is ongoing as we are trying to deliver food on a monthly basis, if we can collect enough food. We will also pick up large non-perishable food donations from your office.If you would like to request a collection box for your building, please contact Julie Rosenthal, 410-455-2094 or

Alumni Awards (10/9)

Every year, the UMBC Alumni Association proudly honors distinguished alumni and a faculty member for their accomplishments and dedication to UMBC. This year, we recognize:

  • Dr. Claudia Pearce ’89, ’94 Ph.D
  • Donna Lewis ’86
  • Michael Adelstein ’96
  • Kaliope Parthemos ’93
  • Hadieh Shafie ’04
  • Gib Mason ’95
  • Isaac Kinde ’05
  • and our inaugural faculty recipient Dr. Anne Spence

Please register and join us on Thursday, October 9 in the Performing Arts and Humanities Concert Hall to congratulate this year’s honorees.

The reception starts at 6:30 p.m., with the ceremony following at 7:30 p.m. We hope to see you there.

Homecoming 2014

It’s Homecoming time once again! Join us for the extravaganza, and be sure to show off your Retriever Fever at these great events:

  • Faculty and Staff Social, 10/8
  • Alumni Awards Ceremony, 10/9
  • Homecoming Carnival, 10/11
  • Crab Feast, 10/11

We also hope you will participate in Spirit Monday on 10/6. Wear your best black and gold, take a selfie, and post to our Facebook page for a chance to win great prizes.

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 46th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the Graduate School, has published a new volume of poetry, “Human Recordings.” In his review, Ronald Pies writes: “The title of Robert Deluty’s wonderful new collection was inspired by the late rock band musician, Layne Staley, who struggled with depression and drug addiction throughout his adult life. But, like Staley’s music, Deluty’s moving poems are highly-condensed recordings of ‘being human,’ in all its tragic and comic tonalities. From the ‘taxidermist’s son/ wooing the depressed daughter/ of the mortician’ to the ‘Arby’s manager/ fuming that his sons opened/ a vegan bistro,’ Deluty regales us with the sweet, sad music of life, in tonalities that Layne Staley would have appreciated. This is a collection to be savored.”

“Human Recordings,” as well as all of Deluty’s other books, may be purchased at the UMBC Bookstore.

Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee Representative Needed from CAHSS

Self nominations are currently being accepted for an Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee representative from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Voting will begin, Thursday, October 2 at noon and remain open until Wednesday, October 8 at 4:30 pm.

An announcement for self nominations was sent out on Blackboard on Wednesday, September 24. Voting is only open to Adjunct faculty from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Please consider voting!

Donald Norris, Public Policy, in The Baltimore Sun and on WJZ 13

Public Policy Professor and Chair Donald Norris spoke to The Baltimore Sun and WJZ 13 about risk-taking in the gubernatorial campaign and Ben Caron’s possible bid for the presidency.

Donald Norris UMBCIn a Baltimore Sun article about how both nominees for governor have avoided risky campaign strategies, Norris commented on Republican nominee Larry Hogan’s vague campaign promises. “As soon as he gives specifics, that opens him to attack from his opponent,” Norris said.

Norris also spoke to WJZ 13 about former Johns Hopkins head of neurosurgery Ben Carson’s possible bid for the presidency, mentioning that Carson might be too far to the right to become the Republican nominee. Norris called Carson “a tremendous human being” but did not have high hopes for his presidential bid, saying, “He’ll be a very, very long shot. Even experienced politicians making the kind of comments he makes will be out of the race very, very quickly.”

Click here to read “As presumed gubernatorial front-runner, Brown takes few risks on the campaign trail” in The Baltimore Sun and here to watch “Ben Carson Considering A Run For 2016 Presidential Election” on WJZ 13.