Ways to Get Involved in Our Campus Community – Make UMBC Yours!

There are many ways to engage and make a difference at UMBC. Please check out the list of various ways faculty and staff can volunteer and get involved in our campus community. Find it on the HR website under New Employee Resources.

We hope you will browse this list and find something that sparks your interest or ways to share your talents. Contact department representatives directly.

Thank you for all the ways you are making a difference.

Understanding Performance Management: A Guide for Non-supervisory Staff (4/24)

In this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP) with Labor Relations Specialist Shobhna Arora, you will have an opportunity to learn about performance management and its components, the importance of setting goals and on-going communication, how to solicit and receive feedback, the benefits of completing a self-assessment, and strategies for enhancing professional development.  This session also covers tips and assistance in preparing for performance review meetings.

The workshop will be Thursday, April 24th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at The Commons Room 331.

Register by April 16th and get a flyer with details at: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/training/events/21287

Administrative Professionals Conference (4/23)

Administrative Professionals: When was the last time you had a day to focus on yourself and your career?

Stevenson University announces its Administrative Professionals Conference on Administrative Professionals Day – April 23, 2014 from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. The conference will be on the Owings Mills Campus.

Join us for a day full of interesting topics, excellent presenters, food, and networking opportunities.

There are a wide range of sessions on creating powerful presentations, saving for retirement, the impact and evolution of social media, and building communications skills.

The fee for this conference is $40. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided. Come relaxed in business casual clothes.

Registration is quick and easy. Registration is required and space is limited. As people register, they will be sent a parking pass.

Click here to register online.

Exercising Influence: Building Relationships and Getting Results (5/8)

This program gives participants the skills to make a significant and immediate impact on their effectiveness in personal influence. Whether you are dealing with bosses, colleagues, staff members or senior management, winning respect for your ideas and cultivating influence and cooperation are essential to your success.

You will learn to focus on the key elements of influencing others without possessing organizationally-derived authority. Specifically, you will learn how to influence effectively with different personality styles; identify influence strategies which you use most frequently and those which you use less frequently; analyze the audience and the situation to select the most appropriate influencing strategy; keep influencing discussions focused on ideas rather than individuals; and maximize your credibility by the ‘presence’ you project while influencing others.

The workshop will be Thursday, May 8th, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in University Center, Ballroom Lounge

Register by April 30th, and get a flyer with details on myUMBC.

March SkillSoft Topic of the Month: Time Management Series

With the hectic pace of contemporary life, time management skills are essential to optimal productivity and stress-reduction. This series of one-hour courses helps you analyze your current use of time, clarify your goals, prioritize your workload, and outline ways to better manage time in accordance with your personality type and energy cycle. You will learn how to prepare useful to-do lists, properly sequence tasks, and estimate time frames so you can meet your deadlines. Additionally, you will learn delegation skills, such as effective task-based communication, techniques to address skills-based delegation problems with employees, and effective practices for dealing with employees who lack confidence and motivation when presented with new tasks.

•    Time Management: Analyzing Your Use of Time: pd_11_a01_bs_enus
•    Time Management: Planning and Prioritizing Your Time: pd_11_a02_bs_enus
•    Delegation Essentials: Overcoming Delegation Problems: mgmt_27_a03_bs_enus

Visit the UMBC SkillSoft website for a Quick Start Guide, FAQs, and the link to log in to SkillPort.

For more information about the Business Exploration Series courseware, click here.

To schedule a department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, call ext. 5-6262 or email hrtraining@umbc.edu.

Library Research for New Students (3/12)

Are you new to UMBC? Have you tried to use library resources for your course projects and couldn’t find relevant results or don’t know how to begin? If so, this session is for you. During this workshop, you will learn about how to use the Library’s website and services and how to select credible resources for your projects. You can also come with a specific question and ask for assistance.

March 12 (12 pm – 1 p.m.) LIB 259
RSVP to Gergana Kostova at g.kostova@umbc.edu

Leading Teams: Gaining Commitment and Getting Results (4/3)

This half-day workshop provides team leaders with tools and techniques to establish and maintain a high performance, high commitment team culture.

Participants will be given opportunities to develop leadership skills, establish effective and collaborative working relationships, and enhance their team’s collective potential and performance. You will learn how to create and maintain a high-performance team environment, support team members through the stages of team development, build openness, trust and respect among team members, and foster more productive interaction among team members.

This workshop will be on Thursday, April 3rd, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm in UC 310.

Register by March 26th and get a flyer with details here.

Back Care Basics Using The Alexander Technique (4/17)

The Alexander Technique has been recognized by the Mayo clinic and in studies reported in the British Medical Journal, as a proven method of self-care that can reduce back and neck pain, increase mobility, and improve balance, breathing, and flexibility. Whether your back pain is caused by inactivity, injury, stress, faulty body mechanics or constricted posture, the Technique offers you a means of releasing unnecessary muscular tension by changing your way of moving. In this workshop you will learn how to apply basic principles of the Alexander Technique to a range of daily activities, such as standing, sitting, walking, bending, reaching, and working at your desk, among others.

The workshop will be Thursday, April 17th 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., in the University Center, Room 312.

Register by April 9th and get a flyer with details on myUMBC.

This session is full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this program, email