Biotechnology Graduate Program Virtual Info Session (10/21)

UMBC’s Biotechnology Virtual Information Session is scheduled for October 21 from 12 – 1 p.m. Participate to learn about UMBC’s Professional Graduate Programs in Biotechnology offered at UMBC’s Main Campus and at UMBC-Shady Grove in Rockville.

Virtual information session participants will hear more about the application process as well as program format and curriculum. Participate to learn how a master’s degree or graduate certificate in biotechnology can help you excel in the industry. RSVP for the information session here.

Humanities Forum: Lecture by Sonia Nazario, Author of “Enrique’s Journey” (9/23)

Nazario S-Photo (High Res HEADSHOT)Join us for an evening with Sonia Nazario, author of “Enrique’s Journey,” the 2014 New Student Book Experience.

The lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. A reception and book signing will follow. Although the book was selected with new students in mind, all UMBC community members are welcome to attend.

Nazario’s visit is sponsored by the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Division of Student Affairs, with the support of PNC Bank, the Latino Hispanic Faculty Association, and the Dresher Center for the Humanities. For more information, click here.

Open Enrollment Health Fair (9/25)

The Department of Human Resources (HR) will be sponsoring an Open Enrollment Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. This year’s open enrollment period is scheduled from October 15 through November 14, 2014. There will NOT be a correction period this year. Therefore, it is important to review your plan coverage and submit the open enrollment form (with supporting documentation, if applicable) by the November 14, 2014 deadline.

Vendors from all the State Benefit Plans will be on-site to provide information regarding updates and changes to the various benefit plans. In addition, HR has partnered with many on and off-campus experts to provide key information on health and wellness. Some key benefits plan and process changes include:

  • Paper Process, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) no longer available! Employees who need to enroll for coverage, make changes to existing coverage, or cancel coverage must complete the 2014 Open Enrollment Form.
  • Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate: allows subsidized medical and prescription benefits for temporary/hourly employees who work a minimum of 30 hours a week, or average of 130 hours a month. Eligible employees may include: adjunct faculty; Contingent I or Contingent II staff, graduate assistants or resident assistants.
  • Point of Service (POS) Plan Options Eliminated. The three (3) POS plans (Carefirst POS, United Healthcare POS) have been eliminated. Employees in these plans MUST select a new plan to continue medical coverage.
  • Aetna EPO Plan Eliminated. The Aetna EPO will not be available in the 2015 plan year. Employees in this plan must select new plan to continue medical coverage.
  • APS Provider Eliminated. Behavioral health benefits have been added back in to the medical plans. Each medical plan will use their own behavioral health network and will provide transition of services.
  • New Wellness Program Requirements for all medical plans require physician certification of participation, monitoring of chronic conditions and possible surcharges for non-compliance.
  • Kaiser Permanente is back as an Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) plan. Kaiser offers an exclusive regional network of physicians, urgent care facilities and hospitals.
  • New Dental HMO Provider. Delta Dental Plan will be the new dental HMO provider effective January 1, 2015. Employees enrolled in United Concordia DHMO must elect new dental plan to continue coverage into the new plan year.

Do not miss this important opportunity to meet the plan providers and enjoy other wellness activities. There will be refreshments and free giveaways! We encourage you to attend the Fair!

Healthy Retrievers Kickoff (9/23)

The Healthy Retrievers Kickoff will be taking place on Tuesday, September 23, from 3:30- 5:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

Faculty and staff, please attend, and spread the word! Join us for our kickoff event to launch the UMBC Healthy Retrievers Initiative! All UMBC campus community members are invited to attend.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Steven Scharf of the University of Maryland Baltimore Sleep Disorders Center.

A short reception will follow the keynote. Free refreshments will be served and a raffle will be drawn for a chance to win a FitBit.

Healthy Retrievers is a proud partner of the National Healthy Campus 2020 initiative to improve the overall health status of UMBC’s students, faculty and staff.  The vision of the Healthy Retriever Initiative is a campus community where all members live long, healthy lives.

Social Sciences Forum: The Unforseen Anticompetitive and Racially Discriminatory Effects of Baseball’s North American Draft (9/18)

Stephen RossOn Thursday, September 18 at 4:00 p.m. in the University Center Room 312, Stephen F. Ross, Director, Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Policy, and Research, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, will present the Social Sciences Forum, “The Unforseen Anticompetitive and Racially Discriminatory Effects of Baseball’s North American Draft.”

When Major League Baseball instituted its amateur draft in 1966, elite players honed their sills in widely available competitions organized by high schools and the American Legion.  Today, virtually all North American youth selected in the draft or offered major college scholarships must join private, elite, and expensive traveling teams to display their talent.  In contrast, MLB teams spend millions to train poor Latin American kids in academies, because these young men are not subject to the draft. Ross, Lewis H. Vovakis Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, will propose modifications to create economic incentives for MLB teams to invest in domestic academies for youth unable to afford private teams.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Economics. For more information, click here.

Humanities Forum: Mark Tribe: Art is a Three Letter Word (9/18)

Photo credit Collier Schorr

Photo credit Collier Schorr

On Thursday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library, artist Mark Tribe will present the Humanities Forum, “Art is a Three Letter Word.” The forum is part of the Dresher Center’s Digital Humanities Initiative.

Mark Tribe’s work explores the intersection of media technology and politics. His photographs, installations, videos, and performances are exhibited widely, including solo projects at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Momenta Art in New York, the San Diego Museum of Art, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. He is the author of two books, The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of New Left Protest Speeches and New Media Art and numerous articles. Tribe is Chair of the MFA Fine Arts Department at School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 1996, he founded Rhizome, an organization that supports the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology.

The event is sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Visual Arts Department, and the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts. For more information, click here.

Social Sciences Forum: The U.S. Constitution and the Battle Over Racial Equality Today (9/17)

Rogers SmithOn Wednesday, September 17 at 4:30 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library, Dr. Rogers Smith, H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, will present the Social Sciences Forum, “The U.S. Constitution and the Battle Over Racial Equality Today.”

The author of seven books on citizenship and equality in the United States, including one that was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History, Dr. Smith, H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, will address why America’s political leaders avoid discussing racial policies, even as many forms of racial inequality persist and deepen. Smith argues that the United States is profoundly divided between two rival conceptions of civic equality–but that common ground may be found in the bold views of the Constitution’s purposes advanced by Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

This is a Constitution and Citizenship Day Lecture, co-sponsored with the Departments of Political Science, Africana Studies, American Studies, Philosophy and Public Policy, and the Office of Student Life. For more information, click here.