Smoke-Free Campus Update: Smoking Shelters

TO: The Campus Community
FROM: Valerie A. Thomas and Nancy Young

As we shared with the community earlier last year, in accordance with USM policy, UMBC has become a smoke-free campus. We would like to thank faculty, staff and students for their cooperation throughout the implementation of this new university policy.

As part of this transition, the university has allowed smoking in two designated areas removed from major pedestrian traffic, in order to provide a safe space for any students, faculty, or staff who may continue to smoke.

After valuable feedback from the community, we have decided to move the Fine Arts Service Smoking Area to a new location, away from the Fine Arts Building and the surrounding high traffic sidewalk areas. The new smoking area will be located near Lot 8 between the campus police headquarters and the new Performing Arts & Humanities Building. Signage directing individuals to the relocated Lot 8 smoking area has been installed.

We are also pleased to report that the smoking shelters for these areas have arrived. The shelter for Park Road, adjacent to Lots 1 and 3, and the shelter for Lot 8 have been installed and are available for use.

As we near the end of our first year as a smoke-free campus, we appreciate your support and assistance as we implement this new policy designed to make our campus community healthier for all who study, work, or visit here. For more information about Smoke-Free UMBC, visit

Ways to Get Involved in Our Campus Community – Make UMBC Yours!

There are many ways to engage and make a difference at UMBC. Please check out the list of various ways faculty and staff can volunteer and get involved in our campus community. Find it on the HR website under New Employee Resources.

We hope you will browse this list and find something that sparks your interest or ways to share your talents. Contact department representatives directly.

Thank you for all the ways you are making a difference.

The Chronicle of Higher Education “Great Colleges to Work For” Survey

TO: The Campus Community
FROM: Valerie A. Thomas, Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Each year, The Chronicle of Higher Education asks faculty and staff at colleges and universities across the country to rate their workplaces on a host of factors, including benefits, workplace policies and demographics, to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces.

The Chronicle has again asked UMBC to participate in its “Great Colleges to Work For” program. An important part of this program is an employee survey distributed to a random sample of UMBC’s full-time faculty and exempt and non-exempt staff.Earlier this month, an invitation to take this survey was emailed to a random sample of UMBC faculty and staff. If you have received the anonymous survey, we ask that you take a few minutes to respond. Your feedback helps ensure more accurate results for the program. The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, April 14, 2014.

The Chronicle will publish a special issue this summer detailing the program findings and recognizing those institutions that are leading the way in their commitment to creating great workplaces.

In 2013, for the fourth consecutive year, UMBC was named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, and earned its second consecutive spot on the list’s “Honor Roll.” The campus received high ratings in key areas such as teaching, senior leadership and diversity.

Understanding Performance Management: A Guide for Non-supervisory Staff (4/24)

In this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP) with Labor Relations Specialist Shobhna Arora, you will have an opportunity to learn about performance management and its components, the importance of setting goals and on-going communication, how to solicit and receive feedback, the benefits of completing a self-assessment, and strategies for enhancing professional development.  This session also covers tips and assistance in preparing for performance review meetings.

The workshop will be Thursday, April 24th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at The Commons Room 331.

Register by April 16th and get a flyer with details at:

Set Your Goals + Manage Your Time = Success! (3/27)

Do you want to develop professional and personal goals you can really achieve? Would you like to know the most effective time management strategies for you to reach your goals? In this interactive workshop you will learn how to set achievable goals for professional or personal success; choose time management strategies to advance your goal achievement; monitor progress and adjust goals, as needed; and learn stress management strategies that enhance time management and goal achievement.

This session is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this program, email

Planning for Performance Management Success: A Guide for Supervisors (3/28)

In this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP) you will learn about the benefits of performance management, the importance of ongoing communication, the PMP cycle, how to use the PMP form and strategies for professional development. Elmer Falconer, Director of Employment/Labor Relations, is the instructor for this workshop. This workshop is required training for all supervisors of Regular and Contingent II Staff.

The workshop will be Friday, March 28 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in The Commons, Room 331.

Register by March 20.

The ABC’s of Supervision: Guidelines for New Leaders (3/5)

This workshop focuses on the tasks of a new supervisor, offering basic guidelines for building a work environment that supports and encourages employees to perform at their highest and most engaged levels. The workshop is highly interactive and offers new supervisors tips and techniques they can use immediately. New supervisors will learn about planning and prioritizing team tasks; delegating; developing team members; communicating upward and downward; encouraging teamwork and directing problem solving; the importance of being accessible to the team; modeling desired behavior; disciplining effectively; and giving praise and recognition.

The workshop will be Wednesday, March 5th, 8:30 am – 12:30 p.m., in the University Center, Room 312.

Register by February 25th and get a flyer with details at:

This session is full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this program, please email

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Performance (2/8)

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Performance

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Pre-show reception at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
Tickets are $85 per person
Tickets are for seats located in the center orchestra (rows AA 101-130, BB 101-131, CC 101-114)

AlvinAiley_JRoberts_Photo by Andrew Eccles

Join the UMBC Chapter of Black and Latino Alumni for a pre-show reception and performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. America’s cultural ambassador to the world, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Kennedy Center for its annual engagement with its winning combination of captivating new works and enduring classics.

The performance is for Program C which includes Jirí Kylián’s sensual and visually surprising Petite Mort; in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton’s exhilarating D.C. premiere of LIFT; and Alvin Ailey’s enduring classic, Revelations.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Rondrea Bobo ’96 at or Stanyell Bruce in the Office of Alumni Relations at or 410-455-2632.

Supervising and Developing On-Campus Student Employees (2/13)

An organization’s greatest assets are the people who produce the products or services. Employee engagement in work activities is a critical factor in organizational success.

For student employees, methods of engagement need to begin early in their learning process so they can begin to draw the connections between their interests, strengths, and learning styles; their academic major; and the workplace. Their supervisor can play a valuable role in not only helping students learn about appropriate workplace behavior, but also helping them learn about themselves and their future career development. In this workshop you will learn how to coach student employees and build effective communication skills; use tools to address common competencies needed including time management and professional skills; and develop your student performance evaluation process including setting expectations and providing feedback.

The workshop will be Thursday, February 13th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in the University Center, Room 312.

Register by Wednesday, February 5