Myrle Combs Retirement (9/10)

Please join me in a warm farewell to Myrle Combs, Student Affairs Business Service Center Manager, as she embarks on her well-deserved retirement. Myrle will be available for good-byes, remembrances and well-wishes at the below event. A short program will be held at 4:30pm. If you wish to contribute to a group thank you gift or have questions, please contact Trisha at for details.

Celebration of Myrle Combs
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
4:00pm – 5:00pm
University Center Ballroom Lounge
Light refreshements will be served

Upcoming Public Art Installation (8/13)

Thomas Sayre RenderingStudents, faculty and staff are invited to visit the PAHB grounds, on the side facing Lot 8, on August 13 to witness the installation of eight large “earth cast” half-arches that will be set into the ground to create a public gathering space, provisionally entitled “Forum.” The half-arches are major pieces of this public art project, designed and produced by renowned artist Thomas Sayre. Final landscaping and a dedication of the artwork will take place in the fall.

“Rough, irregular, the color of the land we walk upon, the arches create a composition reminiscent of classic academic cloisters where light and shadow will dance across the highly animated, earthcast surfaces,” says the artist.

Please note that this installation will require the closure of Hilltop Road in this area of the campus all day on August 13 (and possibly on August 14), however, access to Lot 8 will not be impacted. Any deliveries to this part of campus during the installation should use the paved thoroughfare between ITE and Sherman Hall.

The Maryland Public Art Initiative (MPAI), was signed into law last year, and UMBC agreed to pursue a pilot public art project under this initiative on the PAHB. Thomas Sayre was selected following a national search conducted by UMBC in partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council. The selection committee voted Sayre’s concept as the most reflective of UMBC’s vision of a public art installation that invites community engagement, reflects the passage of time, and embraces the values and culture of UMBC.

Thomas Sayre has designed and built public art projects throughout the world and has participated in design teams for civic, educational and museum buildings. Along with architect Steve Schuster, Sayre is a founding principal in the multi-disciplinary design firm Clearscapes, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sayre believes that art will only work when disparate opinions come together through collaboration to form a coherent vision.

The selection committee included Vice President for Administration and Finance Lynne Schaefer, University Architect Joseph Rexing, Sr. Project Manager Mickey Miller (University of Maryland, Baltimore), Alex Castro and Jan Goldstein (Maryland Commission on Public Art), Associate Professor Helen Burgess (English), Associate Professor Preminda Jacob (visual arts), Professor Timothy Nohe (visual arts, CIRCA director), Associate Professor Sandy Parker (geography and environmental systems), Professor Phyllis Robinson (biological sciences), Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Yvette Mozie-Ross, Associate Professor Liz Walton (dance) and architect Cliff Gayley (William Rawn Associates).

Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival (9/7)

It happens only once each year.  For one day, the cars, trucks and buses that usually fill Frederick Road in Catonsville are replaced by pedestrians with shopping bags and sandwiches.

Catonsville is gearing up for the 41st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival on Sunday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  More than 256 vendor spaces will be filled by unique craft artisans offering handmade, one-of-a-kind creations along with local businesses showcasing their best.  In addition to a fabulous shopping opportunity, the festival features a full array of food, live entertainment and children’s activities, making it the go-to event with something for everyone. And admission is free.

New crafters this year include those creating metal garden art, pottery, woodcarving, silk screening, papercraft, and custom jewelry. Returning vendors will offer a wide array as well – glass etched, stained or painted, Ravens and Orioles themed wreaths and household items, woodcrafts, children’s gifts, and a tremendous variety of fine and costume jewelry.

The sounds of live music will fill street from one end to the other, including classic rock and blues from the bands Dirty Secret and the 8-Balls, the alternative rock sounds of Acoustic Limit, the Irish/bluegrass melodies of Fiddlin’ Around, country rock from Bodkin Creek and the barbershop quartet 3 Wise Men.

Variety is also the theme for food choices with falafel by Umami Global Bistro, crab cakes by Catonsville Gourmet, hotdogs and hamburgers by Taneytown Deli, Italian specialties from the new Franco’s Italian Bistro and Wine Bar, gourmet pizza from Peace A Pizza, funnel cake from Ships Café plus BBQ, gyros, and crab pretzels. When it’s time for dessert, options include fresh baked goods from Baba’s and the Village Junction Bakery, frozen treats from You Scream Ice Cream or succulent fruit from Edible Arrangements. In addition, the Catonsville Farmers Market will be open directly adjacent to the Arts & Crafts Festival, offering an assortment of fresh produce, gourmet food and other specialty products.

All children are invited to the KidZone for a swashbuckling good time with pirate themed crafts, games and other activities. It’s a day of crafts, food, music and fun for all!

The UMBC band will be at spaces # 219-221 in the middle of the festival.

Farewell Gathering for Tina Stanger (7/23)

After seven years of exceptional leadership and service to UMBC Tina Stanger, the Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), has submitted her resignation effective July 30, 2014. She has accepted a new position as Director of Contracts and Grants Management at MedStar Health Research Institute starting August 1.

Tina has over 20 years of experience in research administration and started her tenure at UMBC in the Office of Sponsored Programs as a Grants and Contracts Manager in 2007. She became the Assistant Director in 2009 and hired as the Director in 2012.

We are saddened to see Tina leave yet excited for her new opportunity. We hope you will join us in wishing Tina farewell and congratulate her as she begins a new chapter in her life. The farewell gathering will be Wednesday July 23rd from 2-5pm in ITE 456. If you are able to join us please RSVP to

Eric Zeemering, Public Policy, to Present Talk on Sustainability in Baltimore (7/15)

A new book out by Eric Zeemering, an assistant professor of public policy, examines what Baltimore can do to become a more sustainable city. The book, titled, “Collaborative Strategies for Sustainable Cities: Economy, Environment and Community in Baltimore” (Routledge Studies in Public Administration and Environmental Sustainability) was published on May 28, 2014. In the above video, Zeemering shares his research on how sustainability is defined in Baltimore, and how city government officials, community organizations and state and federal agencies have taken a collaborative approach to sustainability policies.

Zeemering’s teaching and research interests focus on public management, intergovernmental relations and urban policy. He is presenting a talk on his new book at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch on Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the event, click here.

Summer Fun Activities (6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/10, 8/6, 8/7)

Enrolling in summer classes? Looking for an excuse to stay active this summer? Working on campus?

Intramurals Sports is here for you! Intramurals will be offering a series of Summer Fun Activities this summer! Intramurals will be offering Kickball on June 18 and June 25, Sand Volleyball on July 9-10, and 7 v 7 Outdoor Soccer on August 6-7! Sign up as a team or a free agent on or drop off your registration in the RAC Room 321 TODAY! Walk-ups Welcome! Questions? Contact Erica Lloyd at

Registration is now open and will close the day of the event. All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to participate. All activities are FREE! So grab your friends and sign up for some summer fun!

Campus Shredding Services (6/13)

We will have a new campus-wide shredding program in place beginning August 1, 2014. It’s convenient, very affordable and easy to use. It can handle one-time projects or monthly services, or both—your choice.

Monthly Services: You select the right container for your department, (1) Console (looks like a piece of furniture), or (2) a Rolling Cart (looks like a large trash can on wheels with a slot in the top).
One-Time Projects: Materials will be picked-up for special purging projects (cleaning out files).

The great benefits include:
• The bins are locked.
• The vendor handles getting the paper from the office to the truck.
• Shredding is done on-site at the truck as each toter or cart is dumped into the truck.
• Each department will be billed individually for the shredding and will receive a certificate of destruction.
• The P-card can be used to pay for monthly or special services.
• The cost for the containers is included in the removal and disposal of documents.
• Pick-ups are scheduled monthly.

As UMBC makes strides to measure and track our recycling and shredding, the campus is encouraged to assist in this effort by using this special program we have in place. Annual volumes will be captured by Facilities Management for reporting purposes.

There will be an informational meeting held with All-Shred on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Administration Building, Room #711. Come join us.

Please feel free to contact Delores Pertee in Procurement Services at 5-3915 or for more information.

Retirement Reception for Linda Thomas “The Graduate School Lady” (6/25)

Linda ThomasLinda began her career at UM,B in 1972 and transferred to UMBC in 1997 as an Administrative Assistant II at the Graduate School. In 2007, Linda was promoted to Program Assistant to work exclusively with master’s students assisting them with graduation requirements and assisting with commencement. After 42 years of dedicated service, Linda is retiring. Linda’s plans for retirement include having lots of fun, traveling, continuing her family’s genealogy, and volunteering.

Linda’s last day will be Monday, June 30. Please join us at a farewell reception at Flat Tuesdays on Wednesday, June 25, between 3 pm and 5 pm, to thank Linda for her many contributions and to wish her well in retirement.

Contributions to the celebration are welcome and may be sent to Denise Atkinson in the Graduate School.

Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development Workshop for Faculty (6/5)

Faculty Workshop
Thursday, June 5th 2014 | 10am-4pm

UMBC offers this curriculum development workshop annually for faculty wishing to integrate topics of environmental sustainability into their courses. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome – we encourage diverse perspectives!

Join sustainability education expert Dr. Rita Turner and guest presenters for a one day, on campus workshop.
The workshop will include a range of models and resources for designing content that will engage students with locally relevant issues, generate innovative research, and encourage active ecological citizenship on campus and beyond.

Coffee, tea and lunch will be provided. Stipends are available for UMBC faculty and instructors. To register contact Tanvi Gadhia at or visit

Workshop Facilitator:
Dr. Rita Turner (Ph.D., UMBC) teaches for American Studies and Media and Communication Studies. Turner’s research looks at interdisciplinary environmental education and the social foundations of environmental problems. Turner has developed curriculum materials for addressing questions of sustainability and has led faculty workshops on teaching sustainability across content areas.

This is the second annual workshop, developed originally in 2013 with support from Provost Phillip Rouse; BreakingGround; Dean of Undergraduate Education, Diane Lee; UMBC Climate Change Task Force Chair and VP of Admin and Finance, Lynne Schaefer.

Green Office Program Launch (5/28)

Program Launch Lunch
Wednesday, May 28, 2014Noon – 1 PM
Commons 331

Take part in the program to Green UMBC’s offices! Gain tools, tips & resources to bring back to your offices. Join us for free lunch and learning. Get trained in green office practices and bring back information and resources for your colleagues. This information and training session is for any UMBC employee interested in leading sustainable practices in their offices.

About the Green Office Program:

The Green Office Program is a voluntary, recognition-based carbon reductions program. The Green Office Program provides resources to assist offices in reducing waste and conserving energy, including:

 Training on sustainable practices tailored to our campus
 A network of sustainability champions
 A short list of the smartest and simplest actions
 Certification and recognition for offices
 A toolkit with signage, recycling bins, labels and more