Rebuilding Manhood Applications Available for Fall 2014 (Due 9/10)

What does it mean to be a man? When and how did you learn to become a man? What do you enjoy about being a man? What do you wish was different?

Explore these questions and more through Rebuilding Manhood. In a safe space you will discuss gender roles, norms/variations, and build a healthy, multifaceted masculinity with other UMBC men. Through the primary facilitation of UMBC staff members, you will discuss topics related to being a man parallel to other important social identities and explore ways you can be an effective ally for yourself, women, and others.

Rebuilding Manhood is an 11-week commitment for interested undergraduate men. The group will meet once a week on Fridays from 2-3:15pm beginning Friday, September 12, 2014. Group members are expected to make all meetings and are asked to commit to some outside reading (20-30 minutes a week).

Applications can be found here. Fall 2014 Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis and are encouraged to apply early.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students they think would contribute to the Rebuilding Manhood experience. Nominations can be submitted here.

All UMBC men are invited to attend the Rebuilding Manhood Mixer on Thursday, September 4th from 4-6pm in the Women’s Center. For questions, contact the Women’s Center at womens.center@umbc.edu

Ancient Studies Department Announces 49th Annual Study Tour in Turkey

The UMBC Ancient Studies Department will conduct its 49th annual study tour in Turkey March 13-22, 2015. The price of $2,650.00 (based on a group of 30) includes all air, land, and sea travel, twin-share accommodation for eight nights at four-star hotels, buffet breakfasts, three dinners, one lunch, and entrance to all archaeological sites and museums on the itinerary. Single rooms are available at an additional cost. ANCS majors and minors, UMBC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community are welcome on the tour. The trip can be taken as a 3-credit course in the Winter 2015 term (ANCS 301; winter semester tuition applies). Scholarships are available to Ancient Studies majors taking the course for credit. Places are limited, and a $350.00 deposit is required by September 26, 2014 to reserve a spot.

The tour begins in Istanbul with visits to monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires: the church of Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, Tokapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque. The following day, the group braves the waters of the Dardanelles for a ferry ride to Çanakkale before spending a day at the site of ancient Troy. From Çanakkale, the group flies inland to Ankara to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, the sacred Hittite site of Yazilikaya, and Hattusa, the sprawling capital of the Hittites. From Ankara, there is a flight to Ismir (Smyrna), catching the splendor of Ephesos, the city where Artemis was worshiped in earnest and an early outpost of Christianity, before settling in at the seaside resort of Kuşadasi. On the final day, the group tours the ancient cities of Priene and Miletos and visit Didyma, site of the magnificent temple and oracle of Apollo.

Contact Domonique Pitts atdpitts@umbc.edu or at 410-455-6265 (5-6265 from campus) to register your interest now. For more information, click here.

Fall Opening Meeting 2014 (8/21)

Each year, at the start of the fall semester, the UMBC community comes together to welcome colleagues and students back to campus, celebrate our achievements and launch the beginning of a new academic year. Please join President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous at the Fall Opening Meeting on Thursday, August 21, in the University Center Ballroom. A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins promptly at noon.

It will include the President’s annual State of the University Address and welcoming remarks by Provost Rous. Incoming freshman, transfer, and graduate students also will talk about why they chose to join the UMBC community.

Convocation – Fall 2014 (8/26)

The Convocation ceremony will take place on Tuesday, August 26 at 3:30 p.m. We encourage you to participate in the academic procession that symbolizes for our talented and enthusiastic new students the community of scholars they have joined. President Hrabowski will address the gathering and Dr. Marie desJardins, Presidential Teaching Professor for 2014-17, will make brief remarks.

If you plan on participating, please fill out the online registration form as soon as possible so we can ensure you have a reserved seat at the event and place at the picnic.

REGALIA PICK-UP

Regalia pick-up will take place at the Bookstore beginning August 18. Faculty and staff must pick up their regalia at the Bookstore by August 22. Faculty and staff are asked to return their regalia to the Bookstore after the ceremony.

LOCATION FOR LINE-UP

Faculty and staff are asked to arrive for procession line-up no later than 3 p.m. The line-up location is the first floor lobby of the University Center (UC), located between Sherman Hall (formerly Academic IV) and the Meyerhoff Chemistry Building. There will be a table where you can leave personal items under the attendance of a student marshal; however, this will not be in a locked room, so we encourage participants to leave any valuables in their offices.

After lining up, faculty and staff will lead the procession of new students through campus to the RAC and will welcome them at the doors to Convocation. In order to ensure the ceremony starts on time and to keep the procession moving, we ask all faculty and staff to refrain from shaking hands with students and, instead, clap to welcome them as they pass by.

In case of inclement weather, or if completion of the new construction of the walkway to the RAC is delayed beyond the currently anticipated schedule, an announcement of an alternative line-up location will be made the morning of Convocation.

ALL-CAMPUS PICNIC

After Convocation, all faculty and staff are invited to join new and returning students for a free community picnic from 4:30-7 p.m., on the Quad. In the event of inclement weather, the community picnic will be moved to the Residence Life Dining Hall. If you plan to attend the community picnic, please be sure to fill out the Convocation online registration form by August 15.

Tim Brennan FCC Appointment Extended

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended the appointment of UMBC public policy and economics professor Tim Brennan as chief economist through December 31, 2014.

Dr. Brennan’s appointment is part of an FCC program that brings in scholars from academia to provide outside perspectives and advice on challenging issues. Dr. Brennan has held the position of FCC chief economist since January, 2014.

Convocation 2014

August 15 is the last day to respond (and order regalia, with a late fee of $25) regarding your attendance at the Convocation ceremony and all-campus picnic that take place on August 26 at 3:30 p.m. Even if you have your own regalia, we need to know that you plan to attend Convocation (so there will be a seat for you) and/or the picnic (so there will be food for you). Click here to register for convocation.

We encourage you to participate in the academic procession that symbolizes for our talented and enthusiastic new students the community of scholars they have joined. President Hrabowski will address the gathering and Dr. Marie desJardins, Presidential Teaching Professor for 2014-17, will make brief remarks.

Regalia pick-up will take place at the Bookstore beginning August 18. Faculty and staff mustpick up their regalia at the Bookstore by August 22. Faculty and staff are asked to return their regalia to the Bookstore after the ceremony.

LOCATION FOR LINE UP

Faculty and staff are asked to arrive for procession line up no later than 3:00 p.m. The line-up location is the first floor lobby of the University Center (UC). (The UC is located between AC IV and the Meyerhoff Chemistry Bldg.) There will be a table where faculty and staff can leave personal items and a Student Marshal to attend them. However, this will not be in a locked room; for the best security those marching are encouraged to leave valuables in their offices.

After lining up, faculty and staff will lead the procession of new students through campus to the RAC and will welcome them at the doors to Convocation. In order to keep the procession moving and start the ceremony on time, we encourage faculty clapping to welcome the students as they pass by, without stopping to shake hands with them. In case of inclement weather or the threat of it, announcement of an alternative line-up location will be made on the morning of Convocation.

ALL-CAMPUS PICNIC

After Convocation, all faculty and staff are invited to join new and returning students for a free Community Picnic from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., on the Quad. (Rain location will be the Residence Life Dining Hall.) Please click here to make your reply for the picnic by August 15.

Upcoming Public Art Installation (8/13)

Thomas Sayre RenderingStudents, faculty and staff are invited to visit the PAHB grounds, on the side facing Lot 8, on August 13 to witness the installation of eight large “earth cast” half-arches that will be set into the ground to create a public gathering space, provisionally entitled “Forum.” The half-arches are major pieces of this public art project, designed and produced by renowned artist Thomas Sayre. Final landscaping and a dedication of the artwork will take place in the fall.

“Rough, irregular, the color of the land we walk upon, the arches create a composition reminiscent of classic academic cloisters where light and shadow will dance across the highly animated, earthcast surfaces,” says the artist.

Please note that this installation will require the closure of Hilltop Road in this area of the campus all day on August 13 (and possibly on August 14), however, access to Lot 8 will not be impacted. Any deliveries to this part of campus during the installation should use the paved thoroughfare between ITE and Sherman Hall.

The Maryland Public Art Initiative (MPAI), was signed into law last year, and UMBC agreed to pursue a pilot public art project under this initiative on the PAHB. Thomas Sayre was selected following a national search conducted by UMBC in partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council. The selection committee voted Sayre’s concept as the most reflective of UMBC’s vision of a public art installation that invites community engagement, reflects the passage of time, and embraces the values and culture of UMBC.

Thomas Sayre has designed and built public art projects throughout the world and has participated in design teams for civic, educational and museum buildings. Along with architect Steve Schuster, Sayre is a founding principal in the multi-disciplinary design firm Clearscapes, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sayre believes that art will only work when disparate opinions come together through collaboration to form a coherent vision.

The selection committee included Vice President for Administration and Finance Lynne Schaefer, University Architect Joseph Rexing, Sr. Project Manager Mickey Miller (University of Maryland, Baltimore), Alex Castro and Jan Goldstein (Maryland Commission on Public Art), Associate Professor Helen Burgess (English), Associate Professor Preminda Jacob (visual arts), Professor Timothy Nohe (visual arts, CIRCA director), Associate Professor Sandy Parker (geography and environmental systems), Professor Phyllis Robinson (biological sciences), Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Yvette Mozie-Ross, Associate Professor Liz Walton (dance) and architect Cliff Gayley (William Rawn Associates).

UMBC Profiled in Princeton Review’s 2015 “Best Colleges” Book

Best379Cover_lgThe Princeton Review profiles UMBC in The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition, published today. The book’s reviews are based on a survey of 130,000 students, measuring eight categories, such as academics, admissions selectivity, quality of life and financial aid. The colleges and universities in the book are not ranked overall, but are included based on outstanding academic programs.

The book highlights UMBC’s strengths in academics. One student quoted in the profile says, “UMBC is a place where it is cool to be smart, and everything about the campus, including the students, exudes ’nerd-chic.’” Undergraduates also expressed enthusiasm for the “academic opportunities and scholarship programs available,” and said, “UMBC wants to see every student succeed—they provide you with the tools, people, and resources to make sure you get where you want to go in life.”

Click here for more information on The Best 379 Colleges and here to read an article about the ranking.