LeadingOrgs – Nominate Student Organization Officers

To kick-off a strong year of leadership within student organizations, Student Life and SGA are holding LeadingOrgs, a 1-day leadership retreat for organization officers.

LeadingOrgs participants will engage in activities and workshops led by Student Life staff and experienced student leaders. Within this community of peers and facilitators, officers will build a strong network on campus, assess their strengths as a leader, learn the best strategies for engaging group members, and understand the dynamics of teamwork.

Please help us promote LeadingOrgs to students who demonstrate an interest in developing their leadership potential and who serve as a student organization officer. Student Registration ends Sept 12 and can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact Virginia Byrne in Student Life at vbyrne@umbc.edu.

Thank you ahead of time for supporting LeadingOrgs and look forward to experiencing the impact this program will have on the student organization community.

Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival (9/7)

It happens only once each year.  For one day, the cars, trucks and buses that usually fill Frederick Road in Catonsville are replaced by pedestrians with shopping bags and sandwiches.

Catonsville is gearing up for the 41st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival on Sunday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  More than 256 vendor spaces will be filled by unique craft artisans offering handmade, one-of-a-kind creations along with local businesses showcasing their best.  In addition to a fabulous shopping opportunity, the festival features a full array of food, live entertainment and children’s activities, making it the go-to event with something for everyone. And admission is free.

New crafters this year include those creating metal garden art, pottery, woodcarving, silk screening, papercraft, and custom jewelry. Returning vendors will offer a wide array as well – glass etched, stained or painted, Ravens and Orioles themed wreaths and household items, woodcrafts, children’s gifts, and a tremendous variety of fine and costume jewelry.

The sounds of live music will fill street from one end to the other, including classic rock and blues from the bands Dirty Secret and the 8-Balls, the alternative rock sounds of Acoustic Limit, the Irish/bluegrass melodies of Fiddlin’ Around, country rock from Bodkin Creek and the barbershop quartet 3 Wise Men.

Variety is also the theme for food choices with falafel by Umami Global Bistro, crab cakes by Catonsville Gourmet, hotdogs and hamburgers by Taneytown Deli, Italian specialties from the new Franco’s Italian Bistro and Wine Bar, gourmet pizza from Peace A Pizza, funnel cake from Ships Café plus BBQ, gyros, and crab pretzels. When it’s time for dessert, options include fresh baked goods from Baba’s and the Village Junction Bakery, frozen treats from You Scream Ice Cream or succulent fruit from Edible Arrangements. In addition, the Catonsville Farmers Market will be open directly adjacent to the Arts & Crafts Festival, offering an assortment of fresh produce, gourmet food and other specialty products.

All children are invited to the KidZone for a swashbuckling good time with pirate themed crafts, games and other activities. It’s a day of crafts, food, music and fun for all!

The UMBC band will be at spaces # 219-221 in the middle of the festival.

Lynne Schaefer, VP for Finance and Administration, in College Planning and Management

Lynne Schaefer, vice president for finance and administration, spoke to College Planning and Management about best practices for contracting housekeeping, dining, grounds maintenance and other services in higher education. College Planning and Management is a monthly journal focusing on campus safety, facilities, technology and more.

Schaefer discussed the lessons she has learned from her time at UMBC working with campus vendors and ensuring student satisfaction. She recommended establishing contracts that are descriptive and performance-based rather than prescriptive, saying, “If you are going to use outside experts then rely on their expertise.”

Click here to read the article titled “Let It Go.”

Pres. Hrabowski on NPR and WYPR

President Hrabowski was a guest on both NPR’s Tell Me More and WYPR’s Midday With Dan Rodricks this Wednesday, discussing mentorship and the graduation gap in higher education.

A frequent guest of Tell Me More, Dr. Hrabowski joined host Michel Martin on the show’s final Wisdom Watch segment to discuss the role of mentorship in his personal life and at UMBC. Recalling the importance of mentorship during his childhood and early career, Dr. Hrabowski discussed why mentoring is part of the culture at UMBC and how it creates a supportive environment for students and faculty. “People don’t make it by themselves,” he said. “Somebody gives them support, and that’s the point. How do we make sure that every person has that team of people who can give support?”

Dr. Hrabowski also appeared on Midday With Dan Rodricks to speak about how universities can help first-generation and low-income students graduate. Citing both traditional and innovative student support mechanisms found at UMBC, Dr. Hrabowski said that the success of students who move past life’s obstacles to reach their goals continually inspires him.

Click here to listen to Dr. Hrabowski on Tell Me More and here to listen to Midday with Dan Rodricks.

Maria-Theresa C. Okafor, Sociology and Anthropology, Speaks at NIH

4D4A0646Dr. Maria-Theresa C. Okafor, Sociology and Anthropology and Center for Aging Studies, was a guest speaker during the opening plenary session of the 2014 Professional Development and Data Systems workshop held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from July 24-25.

Dr. Okafor, a Clinical Gerontologist and Epidemiologist specializing in health in the African Diaspora, discussed her research using national data from the New Immigrant Survey and the successes and challenges in translating quantitative research for policymakers to improve immigrant health and well-being. The two-day workshop sponsored by the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS), aimed to help prepare scholars interested in Hispanic health research strengthen their skills and knowledge to perform analytical studies of national and state health datasets to better contribute to Hispanic health care research and provision of adequate health care to Hispanics and other underserved populations.

Safety Workshop for Researchers Traveling Abroad (8/26)

Do you take your personal or UMBC issued electronics (laptops, telephones, tablets) when traveling? Have you been invited to lecture or collaborate with a university outside the US? What protections should you follow?

Come meet and listen to an expert from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to discuss general awareness and travel precautions to take when traveling abroad to protect you and your research. The workshop will be held on August 26, 2014 from 11 A.M.- 12.30 P.M. in bwtech@UMBC North, Suite 310. Registration ends August 20, 2014.

Click here to register and learn more.

UMBC Stadium Receives New Turf Surface

UMBC Athletics is currently installing a new turf surface at UMBC Stadium, with the project scheduled for completion in early August.

King Sports Construction is the contractor for the project, which will utilize Field Turf Revolution system. Coupled with FieldTurf’s patented heavy three-layer infill system and state-of-the-art SureLock coating method, the FieldTurf Revolution turf system has been designed to be the very best synthetic turf system with unparalleled player safety and turf drainage rates.

The surface will feature in-laid lines for lacrosse and the Retriever logo in the center of the field, while soccer lines will be painted on the surface. Retriever Soccer Park, which features a Bermuda grass surface, serves as the soccer program’s primary field, but the UMBC Stadium field may be used in poor weather conditions.

Moreover, King Sports will also install a new backstop netting system at UMBC Stadium.

The upgrade replaces Sportexe’s Momentum 51 synthetic turf, which was set up in the spring of 2005.