Registration for Winter Session is Open

Registration for UMBC Winter Session 2015 is now open.

Winter session offers more than 100 required and GEP courses– including many hybrid and online courses. The session will run January 5-23, 2015.

Students can take advantage of winter session to get ahead, boost their GPA or focus on a difficult course. For more information on all things related to winter session, visit umbc.edu/winter.

Remember to Vote in the MD General Election (11/4)

The Maryland General Election will take place on November 4, 2014. UMBC encourages our faculty, staff and students to vote and participate in the democratic process as a well educated, active, and involved citizenry is one of the cornerstones of higher education.

Whether you vote by absentee ballot or vote in person, be sure to exercise your constitutional right and vote. It is the most important thing we can do to shape the future of our democracy.

Polling places will be open continuously from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Click here to find your polling place location.

UMBC News Site Info and Feedback Session (10/27, 10/30)

UMBC’s Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) welcomes faculty, staff and students from across campus to learn about plans for a fresh university news website and to offer feedback.

The university news site will be a vibrant online space for OIA to share stories about groundbreaking research, high-level achievements, and compelling campus events.
Currently, we share snippets of these stories on social media and detailed features on the homepage, with concise summaries primarily appearing on Insights. However, our research indicates that Insights is not as effective as it could be at reaching key audiences, so we’re taking it to the next level.

 

The news site will feature engaging articles that can be shared through websites and social media that connect with all UMBC audiences, from current and prospective faculty, staff and students, to alumni and university partners. We’ll pair the site with a redesigned news email.

 

For current Insights posts that don’t fit the news site profile — generally info for specific internal audiences — we’re refining and expanding our internal news toolkit. As we transition away from Insights in favor of more current communications tools, we will remain committed to supporting administrative units in effectively reaching the campus audiences they serve.Do you have questions about what this will look like? Is there a favorite news website that you’d love to share as an example? Are there colleagues you want to bring into this conversation?

 

Join us at one of our upcoming info and feedback meetings:

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Can’t attend? Email your questions and comments to Dinah Winnick, Director of Communications, at dwinnick@umbc.edu.

Authorized Signature Forms for FY 2015

In order to better serve the campus and maintain internal controls to ensure against unauthorized purchases and expenses, Financial Services is requesting that all departments update their authorized signature forms. The authorized signature forms are necessary to validate approvals for the payment of goods and services via payment requests, working fund and petty cash, and for the processing and payment of travel and miscellaneous expenses. The Signature Forms for FY 2015 can be found here.

Please forward your completed forms to Peggy Ingle, Supervisor, Business Services, Administration Building, 3rd Floor, by November 7, 2014. If you have any questions concerning this request, please contact Peggy Ingle on extension 52316 or by email at pingle@umbc.edu. Not having a current authorized signature form on file in Financial Services could cause unnecessary delays in processing your transactions.

Thank you very much for your cooperation and support in this important matter.

37th Graduate Research Conference at UMBC – Call for Faculty and Staff Reviewers

The 37th Annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC) will take place on March 25, 2015. GRC is a collaborative effort of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), the Office of Graduate Student Life (OGSL), and the GSA Senate. The 2015 Planning Team redesigned GRC to serve as an intellectual, creative, and safe space for graduate students to share their work, provide and receive feedback, interact with the campus, refine their research skills, and partake in professional development opportunities.

Faculty and staff are invited to serve as reviewers of graduate student presentations. GRC reviewers provide constructive feedback to graduate researchers and contribute to making the conference an intellectually fruitful and socially meaningful event.

The reviewer submission deadline is January 15, 2015.

For more information about the conference, please visit the GRC website or contact Romy Hübler at grc.umbc@gmail.com.

37th Graduate Research Conference at UMBC – Call for Proposals

The 37th Annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC) will take place on March 25, 2015. GRC is a collaborative effort of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), the Office of Graduate Student Life (OGSL), and the GSA Senate. The 2015 Planning Team redesigned GRC to serve as an intellectual, creative, and safe space for graduate students to share their work, provide and receive feedback, interact with the campus, refine their research skills, and partake in professional development opportunities.

Graduate students at any stage of their graduate work are invited to present in an interdisciplinary setting. Diverse presentation formats, including poster presentations, artist talks, performance and media presentations, roundtables, and more provide the opportunity for graduate students in all programs to share their work.

The abstract submission deadline is January 15, 2015.

For more information about the conference, please visit the GRC website or contact Romy Hübler at grc.umbc@gmail.com.