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.

English Language Institute’s Conversation Partner Program

The English Language Institute’s Conversation Partner Program pairs an international student with an English speaking partner for weekly conversation and cultural exchange. Participate for just one hour per week in casual conversation, or take part in an on-campus activity together. Click here to find out more about the program.

If interested, please contact conv@umbc.edu or call ext. 5-2831.

Invitation for Additional Faculty and Staff to Join UMBC Shared Services Centers Work Groups

UMBC Shared Services Centers (SSC) invites additional faculty and staff to join SSC Work Groups. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff to work together as we continue to shape the vision and direction of Shared Services Centers at UMBC. Members have an opportunity to infuse new ideas and influence business process redesign across the institution.

As a member of the SSC Work Groups you will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain a better understanding business processes;
  • Develop contacts between departments;
  • Be involved in SSC decision making;
  • Increase faculty and staff satisfaction.

Goal

The goal of UMBC Shared Services Centers (SSC) Work Groups is to empower faculty and staff to have an active role in the creation of Shared Services Centers and related business process improvements (BPI). The SSC Work Groups are being established to ensure that we have full campus participation throughout the process. All UMBC faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.

Role of the SSC Work Groups

  • Advocate for business process improvements;
  • Collaborate and recommend solutions;
  • Engage in discussions to help identify and resolve issues;
  • Review business processes, practices, guidelines, procedures and assist with the streamlining of processes for Shared Services Centers;
  • Bring department and/or unit knowledge and perspective;
  • Provide recommendations related to all SSC Work Group focus areas.

SSC Work Groups

There are four SSC Work Groups for which you may serve. Each SSC Work Group will have a Group Lead to assist with planning and/or coordinating.

  • Current SSC Work Groups: Accounts Payable/Procurement Work Group; Communication Work Group; Hiring/Payroll Work Group, and Training/Documentation Work Group.
  • Future SSC Work Group: Research Administration Work Group.

SSC Work Group Meetings

Work Group Meetings are held monthly, and the time commitment will be 1-3 meetings per month. Group members are expected to have working knowledge of the SSC focus area. Work activity should be approved by your immediate supervisor prior to participation.

If you have additional questions on SSC Work Group Volunteer Opportunities, please feel free to email us at SSC@umbc.edu. The deadline to volunteer for a work group is Friday, October 31.

We appreciate and value your input and look forward to your participation.

MLLI Department Announces Fall Film Festival Series Lineup

The Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication Department has announced the lineup for its fall film festival series. Films from across the different areas of MLLI are represented. For more information on the film series and for complete descriptions of the films, visit the MLLI Department website by clicking here.

Flu Shot Clinic (10/23)

University Health Services is hosting another flu shot clinic on the Main Street of the Commons  on Thursday, October 23rd from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The cost is $20 (cash, check, campus card, health insurance, or billing a student’s account).  All members of the UMBC community are welcome to attend.

Please bring a form of picture ID with you.
Remember, if you cannot attend this clinic, you are more than welcome to come to University Health Services (Ground Floor of Erickson Hall) between 8:30 – 4:30 MondayFriday. UHS will continue to provide flu shots until supplies run out.