October 13 Deadline for Nominations for Staff Awards

UMBC is fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated Exempt and Non-Exempt staff working in support of our mission. We encourage administrators, faculty, and staff who are familiar with the contributions of our outstanding staff to nominate them for one of these prestigious awards:

  • UMBC Presidential Distinguished Staff Awards
  • Board of Regents USM Staff Awards
  • Jakubik Family Endowment Staff Award
  • Karen L. Wensch Endowment Award for Outstanding Non-Exempt Staff

Descriptions of the four different kinds of awards and the eligibility requirements for each, along with a nomination form, can be found here. The Staff Awards Committee (SAC) requires submission of only one nomination letter and completion of a brief nomination form, along with the nominee’s resume or job history form.

Nominations should be forwarded to the attention of the SAC, in the Office of the Provost, by October 13, 2014.

We look forward to the engagement of the entire UMBC community in recognizing through award nominations essential contributions toward UMBC’s mission of our outstanding exempt and non-exempt staff.

If you have questions about staff awards, please address them to Beth Wells, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, at bwells@umbc.edu or x 58907.

UMBC Shuttle Service Now Offers Routes to Downtown Baltimore

UMBC’s transit service has created two new shuttle routes designed to connect the UMBC community to several areas of downtown Baltimore, including the Inner Harbor, Lexington Market, Baltimore’s sports stadiums, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus.

The new routes provide students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to connect UMBC projects, activities, and academic programs to Baltimore City. It also supports members of the UMBC community living in the Baltimore area with direct access to campus.

The shuttle service will operate two different routes to account for traffic and congestion in and around the city. Please visit our bus schedules and maps for more information on route stops and departure and arrival times. We also encourage you to check out the UMBC Transit Tracker for real-time location of our shuttle buses.

The new shuttle routes are a free service for the UMBC community, funded by the parking and transportation student fee. You will need to show a valid student ID to access this service.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Transit Office at 410-455-2454 or e-mail transit@umbc.edu.

Nominations for the Board of Regents’ Faculty Awards

The Board of Regents Faculty Awards recognizes distinguished performance by faculty within the past three years, in the categories of: teaching, research/scholarship/creative activity, public service, mentoring and innovation. The Honors and Awards Committee of the Faculty Senate will select up to three individuals in each category for nomination to the Regents’ Faculty Award Committee.

To nominate yourself or a faculty colleague for one of these awards, prepare a packet of no more than five pages including a summary resume, a one-page essay by the nominee describing his or her contribution to excellence, a letter of recommendation from the department chair or dean, and a brief documentation of exemplary achievement.

Submit the packet to the Honors and Awards Committee, c/o Patrice McDermott, Office of the Provost, by Friday, September 26. Nominations submitted by the Honors and Awards Committee within the past two years are still on file and may be reactivated by contacting Dr. McDermott. Additional detailed information concerning eligibility, criteria, and documentation for these awards can be found here.

Annual Open Enrollment

Benefits Open Enrollment Period – October, 2014

The benefits open enrollment period will be from October 15 through November 14, 2014. Any updates made during the open enrollment period will be effective January 1, 2015. During the open enrollment period eligible faculty and staff can change existing benefit coverage, enroll for benefit coverage, or cancel current coverage. The Human Resources (HR) Department will send campus-wide announcements as we receive further information from the State of Maryland about open enrollment. Please review the announcements carefully since there will be changes related to:

• Paper enrollment process
• Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate
• New Wellness requirements for medical plans
• New Dental HMO provider
• Return of Kaiser Permanente
• Aetna EPO no longer offered;
• Point-of-Service plans eliminated;
• End of coverage for domestic partners; and
• Other related changes

Rates for the new plan year have not been finalized. Open enrollment packets will be delivered to the HR Department. We will notify departmental payroll representatives when open enrollment materials are available for pick up. In the meantime, the HR Department will be sending out notices regarding open enrollment changes and planned events.

Provost’s Teaching & Learning Symposium (Deadline to Register is 9/3)

This symposium, part of the Hrabowski Innovation Fund initiative, will bring together UMBC faculty to present and discuss pedagogical innovations on campus and plan for future directions. We will be recognizing innovators and inviting faculty to serve on panels to share approaches that promote student success.

Groups that will be presenting include:

    • Hrabowski Innovation Fellows and Awardees
    • Teacher Scholars
    • Course Redesign Leaders
    • iCubed Grant Leaders
    • Digital Humanities Innovators
    • Breaking Ground and Civic Engagement Leaders
    • First Year Seminar Representatives
    • Pedagogical Innovation Leaders

In addition, all faculty are welcome to submit proposals for poster presentations. The day will be full of exciting ideas, chances to brainstorm with colleagues about teaching, and good food to fuel our efforts.

Registration for this program ends on September 3, 2014. Click here to register.

The event is sponsored by the Hrabowski Innovation Fund and will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 from 9 AM – 4 PM in the University Center : Ballroom.

2015 NEH Summer Stipend Program – UMBC Nominations

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Successful applicants receive an outright award of $6,000 to support two consecutive months of full-time research during summer 2015.  UMBC may submit up to two nominations for this award.  The CAHSS Dean’s Office, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Dresher Center for the Humanities will work as appropriate with the two nominees selected as they prepare their applications to the NEH.

Instructions to Faculty

Review the guidelines here and submit the following materials to Scott Casper, Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences by Monday, September 8, 2014.

  • A project narrative, not to exceed three-single-spaced pages, as described in the guidelines.  As the guidelines stipulate, the narrative must include an explanation of the part or stage of the project supported by the Summer Stipend and a work plan;
  • The names, positions, and affiliations of two or more potential recommenders, with, ideally, no more than one being from UMBC and with at least one being a scholar with expertise in the field of the proposed project.

In addition to the quality of the application, criteria for selection will include the likelihood that the award will have a significant impact on the faculty member’s program of scholarship and that the work proposed for the fellowship period can be completed. Secondary considerations will be whether the individual has other available sources of support for the proposed work (e.g., support from UMBC or another sponsor) and whether the individual is concurrently being nominated for or applying for other awards.

Fall 2014 Recreation and Group Fitness Schedules

The Fall 2014 Recreation and Group Fitness schedules is now available on myUMBC.

This semester, a diverse program consisting of a variety of fitness classes will be offered. From Piyo Pilates and Vinyasa Yoga in the morning to Kickboxing and Zumba at night, classes can meet everyone’s needs and at a variety of times. All of the classes are free to students, faculty and staff and all are encouraged to attend! Not only do the classes provide an opportunity to get a great work out and sweat, but also lets students, faculty and staff a chance to network with one another in a positive environment!

The Fitness Basics class is offered Monday-Friday from 12:00pm-1:00pm. It is a great opportunity for faculty and students to come work out during campus “Free Hour”. This moderate intensity level class will provide a great workout, but won’t leave you dripping sweat!

For the more detailed recreation and group fitness schedules, please click here.