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.

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.