Ways to Get Involved with the UMBC Wellness Initiative

The Wellness Initiative was created in 2008 to support the health and well-being of each of our faculty, staff, and students. The Initiative focuses on providing programs, services, and information that support physical, mental, and emotional wellness for individuals, one-on-one relationships, and groups.

There are many ways to get involved with the Wellness Initiative at UMBC.  We have compiled a list that is available on our Wellness Initiative myUMBC Group.  Once you join, you’ll see the link on the homepage under ‘Documents.’

Please also visit our Wellness Initiative website for additional wellness resources, information, and support!

Eat This, Not That! (6/7)

This wellness workshop for faculty, staff and students includes a demo, tasting, and discussion on what to eat and why. Chartwells Chef, Kevin Werner and Dr. Sarah Leupen from Biological Sciences will be your facilitators of this fun, engaging, and educational session.

In this workshop you will learn basic changes you can make to improve your nutrition; take away some simple recipes you can use to implement those changes; understand the importance of eating fresh whole foods instead of processed foods; and bust some of your nutrition myths.

This workshop will be on Friday, June 7, 10–11:30 a.m. in Room 312 in the University Center.

This session is full. If you need to change your attendance or would like to be placed on the waiting list for this program, e-mail HRtraining@umbc.edu.

Power Outage in The Commons and Academic Services Building, May 8

The Commons and the Academic Services Building are currently without power due to issues with the generator that was servicing them.

Because many members of our community will be impacted by the outage, Facilities Management, the University Police, the Office of Student Affairs and the Provost’s Office are working to develop a plan to support the services and the faculty, staff and students affected.

We will provide updates here as those plans develop. We sincerely apologize for any difficulties caused by the outage and appreciate your patience as we work to return these buildings to full operation.

Power Outage in The Commons and Academic Services Building

UPDATE May 6, 8:15 pm: The Commons and the Academic Services Building are now being powered by a generator, and services in those buildings will return to normal operation tomorrow, May 7. All evening events today, May 6, originally scheduled for those two buildings remain in their new locations (see below). The Commons and the Academic Services Building will remain on generator power until a more permanent solution can be put in place to address the maintenance issues found with the transformer that services them.

We sincerely apologize for any difficulties caused by the power outage and greatly appreciate your patience today.

May 5, 2013

The Commons and the Academic Services Building are currently without power and are expected to remain without power at least through Monday, May 6.

Facilities Management began scheduled maintenance on the transformer servicing The Commons and the Academic Services Building overnight on Saturday and encountered more extensive maintenance issues than anticipated.

Because many members of our community will be impacted by the outage, Facilities Management, the University Police, the Office of Student Affairs and the Provost’s Office are working to develop a plan to support the services and the faculty, staff and students affected.

We will provide updates here as those plans develop. We sincerely apologize for any difficulties caused by the outage and appreciate your patience as we perform this crucial work.

Dining Services Information

  • True Grit’s will remain open with continuous service between lunch and dinner and will offer a “Grab & Go” meal option throughout the day starting at lunch.
  • The Administration Coffee Shop will have extended hours until 5pm.
  • There will be a ‘Meal Deal’ cookout underneath the walkway outside of the University Center.
  • We are anticipating very heavy business at the Administration Coffee Shop and Chick-fil-A and Starbucks in the UC. Every effort will be made to service as many students as possible at these locations. We would encourage all resident students to eat at True Grits to accommodate as many commuters as we can at our other locations.

Events & Meeting Information

Due to The Commons being unexpectedly closed on Monday, May 6, UMBC Events & Conferences has worked to relocate the following events/meetings to the spaces indicated.

  • Enrollment Management Student Appreciation Banquet, 5-7:30 pm moved to the Quad with rain location of Flat Tuesdays Patio.
  • Greek Week Workshop, 12-1 pm moved to UC 115
  • Greek Week Workshop, 7-8 pm moved to SOND 111
  • GSA GA Advisory Board Meeting, 11:30-1 pm moved to UC 312
  • May Grads Day, rescheduled to Wednesday, May 8, 11:30 am-1:30 pm in The Commons Game Room
  • SGA Senate, 5:30 pm moved to UC 310

Events and meetings that are scheduled in the University Center will continue as planned, as they will NOT be impacted by the maintenance taking place in The Commons.

If you have a regular weekly meeting scheduled in The Commons for Monday and deem it necessary to have it rescheduled, please send an e-mail (citing your reservation number or time & room number) to schedule@umbc.edu. We will do our best to accommodate requests as quickly as possible under the given circumstances.

For departments, student organizations, and individuals with orders scheduled to be picked up from commonvision, please email commonvision@umbc.edu for additional information about orders.

We appreciate your patience and understanding with our office as we work diligently to meet your needs under these extenuating circumstances.

Search for UMBC Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation

FROM: Nancy Young, Vice President for Student Affairs

As you may remember, Charles Brown has announced that he will retire as Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation on June 30, completing a 24-year tenure that has elevated both the Retrievers’ athletic and academic performance.

We have begun a national search for Dr. Brown’s successor, and I have appointed a search committee to assist the University in identifying a new Director of Athletics. I am pleased to announce that Jack Suess, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, has agreed to chair the search committee. In 2009, Mr. Suess led our successful NCAA Division I decennial certification process, and through that work, he has a detailed understanding of Athletics. The members of the full committee are listed below, and each member has my sincere gratitude for their willingness to serve.

We have employed Collegiate Sports Associates, a nationally recognized search firm, to work with the committee to help recruit the best and most diverse pool of candidates. As the committee and search firm work to recruit candidates, they would like to hear from members of the campus community about the desired qualities and professional experience of our new Director of Athletics. The committee has already begun reaching out to the community for input. It also will hold an all campus forum on Friday, April 26, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in ITE 229 to gather input that will shape the search process.

Due to the search firm’s recommendation to maintain confidentiality and the fact that the search is starting late in the semester, we are focusing our campus efforts on the qualities we should use to evaluate candidates. We encourage you to attend Friday’s open forum and share your suggestions. While Friday’s forum will be the only open campus forum during the search, you are also invited to share input directly with Vice President Suess or with any of the committee members listed below. The committee and I greatly value community input.

I know that all of us will support the search committee in this important task.

Search Committee Members:

Jack Suess (Chair), Vice President for Information Technology and CIO
Dale Bittinger, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Stanyell Bruce, Professional Staff Senate Representative
Jesse Fox, Graduate Student Association Representative
Aly Gazarek, Student Athlete Advisory Committee Representative
Hannah Khan, Student Government Association Representative
Cindy Kubiet, Director of Sports Medicine
George LaNoue, Athletic and Recreation Policy Representative
Kim Leisey, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Marvin Mandel, NCAA Faculty Representative
Charles Nicholas, Athletic and Recreation Policy Chair
Chase Plummer, Student Athlete Representative
Greg Simmons, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Valerie Thomas, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Don Zimmerman, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach / Pete Caringi, Head Men’s Soccer Coach (Co-Representatives)

UMBC Tree Planting and Landscape Tour (4/24)

Help beautify the UMBC campus and learn more about its natural wonder on Wednesday, April 24, with a campus tree planting and walking landscape tour.

Join UMBC’s chapters of Lambda Phi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. for “Tree Planting 101″ from noon to 1 p.m., and a tree planting event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Both events will take place between Lots 1 and 3, behind the Physics and Public Policy buildings. Be sure to wear clothing appropriate for outdoor work. For questions, contact Dasia Robinson at dasia1@umbc.edu.

A landscape walking tour of campus will also be held on the 24th from 2 to 3 p.m., starting at the doors of the Administration Building. For information, contact Donna Anderson at d_anderson@umbc.edu.

Both events are part of UMBC’s weeklong Ecofest, which runs from April 22-26. For more information, click here.

Lecture: Quantum Computer Compilers (4/25)

Alfred Aho, Lawrence Gussman Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, will give the next Distinguished Computational Science Lecture on quantum computing on Thursday, April 25.

Quantum computing is an exciting emerging field that offers great potential for next generation information processing but also presents great scientific and engineering challenges. Assuming that someday we will be able to build scalable and reliable quantum computers, we will need to create programming languages and compilers that will allow programmers to harness quantum phenomena. In this talk, Alfred Aho will look at quantum computing from a compiler writer’s perspective and discuss some of the formidable challenges that face quantum computer compilers.

Internal Controls Education Session (4/24)

The Auditors are Coming! The Auditors are Coming! Are you ready? Recognizing the benefits of internal controls and understanding internal controls is the responsibility of the campus community. We are having a two-hour session to cover the information you need to be prepared in case the auditors come to your area! This session is appropriate for faculty and staff and is highly recommended for new employees and existing employees who would like a refresher course on Internal Controls.

The session will be Wednesday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the Commons, Room 331.

Register by Tuesday, April 23, at: www.umbc.edu/training (locate the event and click “I can attend.”)

Please contact Sharon Doherty-Ritter in Management Advisory Services at doherty@umbc.edu or ext. 5-1620 for any additional information.

UMBC Graduate Student to Compete In U.S. Chess Championship

The 2013 U.S. Chess Championship has been scheduled for May 2 to 13 at the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of St. Louis (CCSCSL), and UMBC graduate student, Sabina Foisor, has been invited to compete.

Sabina, an international student from Romania and a Women’s Grandmaster, will be competing in her fifth consecutive U.S. Women’s Championship. She recently competed with the U.S. Women’s Team in the World Team Championships held in Astana, Kazakhstan and helped the UMBC Chess Team finish 3rd in the nation at the Final Four of Collegiate Chess the first weekend in April.

Good luck, Sabina!