Athletics Accepting Nominations for 2015 UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame

The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The next induction ceremony will take place in January or February of 2015. The deadline to submit for the Class of 2015 is Oct. 15, 2014.

To be considered for the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame a student-athlete must have

  1. participated in intercollegiate athletics for UMBC for no less than two years;
  2. received a bachelor’s degree from UMBC, UMAB or UMUC prior to induction;
  3. represented the highest level of excellence when performing as a student-athlete at UMBC;
  4. and must be inducted no less than five years after completing his or her eligibility at UMBC.

*For any student-athletes that have competed in NCAA Division I conference competition (1990-), they must have earned at least one First-Team All-Conference or multiple Second-Team All Conference honors.

To be selected as a coach or administrator, the candidate must have represented the highest level of excellence when performing his or her duties as an intercollegiate coach or administrator.

Click here to nominate someone.

Presidential Teaching and Research Professor Nominations (Due 12/1)

The 2014-15 Presidential Teaching and Research Professor nominations materials were recently distributed across campus. Nominations should be forward to the Office of the Provost no later than December 1, 2014.

Click here for a copy of Dr. Hrabowski’s letter and nomination guidelines. If you have any questions concerning these awards, please contact Jerilyn Johnson in the Provost’s Office at 410-455-2333.

Announcing our spring 2014 grants from the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation

IMPLEMENTATION AND RESEARCH GRANT

Re-playing the Past: Building a Digital Game for the History Classroom – A team led by Anne Sarah Rubin, Associate Professor of History, brings together history and game development to immerse students in Civil War Baltimore. Linking history and computer science/visual arts courses through gamification, graduate historians and undergraduate game developers will collaborate to create a game prototype that both engages and educates students in the “world” of the past. By playing the game, students will better understand the limits of knowledge, resources, and abilities that confronted and confounded people who participated in historic events.

SEED GRANT

The Future of Feedback: An Audio-Only Response to Writing – A team led by Sally Shivnan, Senior Lecturer in English and Director of the Writing and Rhetoric Division, will address the challenges of providing quality feedback on students’ writing by exploring audio comments as a way to produce effective, timely comments on student drafts. Using iAnnotate, a popular Apple mobile and tablet application, the team of faculty investigators will measure the effectiveness of audio-only commenting on student drafts to determine its impact on student learning and retention, as well as the faculty experience.

Proposals for the next round of Innovation Fund grants are due by Friday, October 10. Please consider submitting an application. For more information about the fund, visit innovationfund.umbc.edu.

The Hrabowski Fund for Innovation, developed with support of major grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Heinz Awards, is a testament to UMBC’s strong track record of finding novel approaches to teaching and scholarship. The Fund exemplifies the university’s commitment to being a leading public university through investment in faculty initiatives that fuel creativity and enterprise and challenge students to take an active role in their education.

Psychology Department Opens New Mental Health Clinic on South Campus

UMBC’s Department of Psychology is opening a new mental health clinic at the Psychology Training, Research, and Services Center on September 15, 2014. The clinic provides evidence-based treatment for a variety of behavioral health issues, including individual and group therapy and consultation for anxiety, depression, substance use, health challenges, marital and family issues, and other types of emotional adjustment problems. The clinic is open limited hours during the week and provides referrals for patients requiring medication management or 24-hour crisis care as we are unable to serve those needs in the clinic. Fees are on a sliding scale and designed to make treatment affordable.

The clinic is a teaching facility operated by the UMBC Psychology Department that provides training for UMBC graduate students pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology. UMBC’s Clinical Psychology training program emphasizes the importance of science in clinical practice. Consistent with this approach, clinic activities are science-informed. Director Dr. Rebecca Schacht manages the clinic in consultation with Psychology Department clinical faculty. Dr. Schacht and other licensed psychologists on the faculty and in the community provide close supervision of graduate students, who provide direct services to patients in the clinic.

The Clinic is housed in the Psychology Training, Research, and Services Center (PTRSC) at UMBC’s South Campus Research and Technology Park on South Rolling Road.

For more information and to be screened for eligibility, please call us at 410-455-5530.

Asian Studies Food Pantry Program

With assistance from a Breaking Ground grant from UMBC, The Asian Studies Program has started a food pantry for low-income Asian senior citizens at Longwood Apartments in Columbia, Md. Asian Studies student interns enrolled in ASIA 399 are working on the food pantry and are translating for the Chinese and Korean residents in the apartment complex. The Asian Studies Council of Majors (ASCOM) is also assisting.

This is a wonderful learning experience for students, but we need your help! Last semester we had 20 residents requesting food. This semester it has jumped to 90 residents — over a 400 percent increase.

We are collecting non-perishable Asian and non-Asian food donations year round from our campus. Look for the red collection boxes on the first floor of the Administration Building, Commons by the reception desk, the RAC, The Shriver Center in Public Policy and the first floor of the University Center.

Suggested items are:

  • Asian noodles (ramen, potato, cellophane, rice noodles, etc.)
  • Seaweed
  • Canned tuna
  • Spam
  • Canned mackerel
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Canned fruit packed in its own juice
  • Canned vegetables (water chestnuts, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots especially appreciated)

Again, we accept any type of non-perishable food donations. The food collection is ongoing as we are trying to deliver food on a monthly basis, if we can collect enough food. We will also pick up large non-perishable food donations from your office.

If you would like to request a collection box for your building, please contact Julie Rosenthal, 410-455-2094 or julier@umbc.edu.

New UMBC Project Leadership Program

The Department of Human Resources and Division of Information Technology are co-sponsoring a new cohort project leadership development program which launched on September 8th and is now underway.

Participants were nominated by a Dean, Vice President, or Vice Provost.  To be eligible, they must have already been assigned to be the team leader for a project that will save time, money or effort, and/or enhance the university’s competitive advantage.  The project must also require cross-departmental collaboration.  Our pilot group is a diverse mix of 16 participants from 15 different campus departments.

This experience-based leadership program covers both the ‘science’ of project management and the ‘art’ of successful teamwork and collaboration.  It’s a combination of in-person workshops, subject-matter expert presentations, discussions, online learning, and active application on their projects.

Larger goals beyond this pilot program are to continue to build a cadre of skilled project managers on campus and create a culture of consistency in how projects are managed, increasing the efficiency and success of the execution of our goals.

Questions may be directed to Terri Werner, Director of Training and Organization Development.