This year, more than 1 million Americans will have a heart attack or stroke, making heart disease the leading cause of death in men and women in this country.
Luckily, many risk factors are things you can do something about, and taking a preventive approach can help you lower your risk and keep your heart strong and healthy for years to come. Come to this session for life-saving information and expert advice on heart health.
In this informative 1-hour program, you will learn the basics of heart health, risk factors, and preventive strategies to steer clear of heart disease.
Interventional Cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Gupta will also discuss common questions regarding preventive cardiovascular health, including:
- Who needs to exercise?
- What is the importance of controlling risk factors?
- Who needs to take medications?
This workshop will be on Wednesday, February 19, 9–10 a.m. in The Commons Room 331
Please register by February 11
Feel free to bring your specific questions regarding cardiovascular disease. There will be Q&A time at the end of the session. University Health Services will offer optional Body Mass Index (BMI) and blood pressure screenings from 10-10:30 a.m.
In the Foundation’s continuing effort to provide enhanced client services, they are bringing the Dashboard and New Administrator Trainings back to UMBC.
Dashboard training session is scheduled for Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Training will be held on UMBC’s campus in Commons 331. Register Now »
New Administrator training session is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Training will be held on UMBC’s campus in Commons 331. Register Now »
In this experiential workshop you will learn the basic tenets of mindfulness meditation – a practice that has the ability to transform the way you look at and experience life. Some of the benefits of a regular meditation practice include decreased stress, enhanced productivity and better relationships. In this program, you will learn basic breath meditation; awareness of thoughts, body sensations, and emotions; non-judgmental language to describe your experiences, and Lovingkindness meditation to increase peace in life.
The workshop will be Thursday, March 13th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in the University Center, Room 312.
Register by Wednesday, March 5
This session is full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this program, please email HRTraining@umbc.edu.
UMBC has recorded the Graduate Ceremony on Thursday, December 19 and the Undergraduate Ceremony on Friday, December 20.
Watch the ceremony online »
Peace@UMBC is a weekly meditation hour open to faculty, students, and staff who want to cultivate greater peace in their lives and relationships through the development of a meditation practice. Join us as we sit together and explore our inner experience. No meditation experience is necessary – all are welcome!
We will sit together on Fridays from 1-2 p.m. in the Women’s Center (Commons 004). All sessions will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. so we ask that out of respect for others you please arrive on time. Seating is limited and spaces are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
The first Friday session of each month is open for all but designated for newcomers to meditation as we will provide instruction in sitting meditation, conscious breathing, and ways to set-up a regular meditation practice. The remaining sessions of each month will be focused on sitting meditation. We will be exploring a variety of meditation techniques lead by different facilitators. For more information contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at 410-455-1442 or Jwardell@umbc.edu.
REGALIA PICK-UP: Faculty and staff regalia will be ready for pick-up from the Bookstore between December 9 and December 16. Regalia will not be available for pick-up at the RAC.
- The Graduate Commencement procession on December 19 will begin promptly at 9:50 a.m.
- The Undergraduate Commencement procession on December 20 will begin promptly at 9:40 a.m.
LINE UP LOCATION AND PROCESSION: Faculty and Associate Staff who are marching in the procession will line up on court 1, in the multi-purpose gym. Enter the RAC at the main entrance and go directly downstairs, where light refreshments will be available. Please line up at 9:15 a.m. There will be security personnel to monitor coats and jackets.
INFORMATION FOR PhD MENTORS: Faculty members who are mentors to graduating Ph.D. candidates should report to the lower level (basement) of the Sondheim Hall no later than 9:15 a.m. Do not report to the regular line-up area for faculty and staff. Mentors will accompany their students in the procession and will hood them on stage as part of the ceremony.
The Counseling Center will be closed Monday, January 6, 2014 (all day) for our Departmental Retreat. In the event of a mental health emergency, we will be available via the Campus Police at 410-455-5555.
President Hrabowski announced that UMBC will be closed Tuesday, December 24, 2013, as an Administrative leave day.
In addition, Monday, December 23, 2013 has been designated as a liberal leave day. Non-essential employees will be permitted to use accrued leave (annual, personal or compensatory) or unpaid leave to cover the absence for the day. Vice Presidents and Deans of each respective area will determine if specific departments need to remain open for services on December 23, 2013.
If you have any questions about procedures for University closings or liberal leave, please see your department payroll preparer, or contact Sherrell McNamara in the Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit the HR website at http://www.umbc.edu/hr/PDFs/holidayschedule.pdf to review the updated Holiday Schedule.
Enjoy your break!
This set of 1-hour modules is for those who feel that they are unable to effectively balance their work and their life.
Module 1 highlights techniques you can use to analyze your current level of balance between work and life responsibilities. Only through properly understanding where you are, in relation to where you want to be, can you begin to construct a map that will take you to your objective of a balanced, fulfilled life.
Module 2 will focus on techniques for maintaining work/life balance. It includes recognizing the behaviors of passiveness, aggressiveness, and assertiveness and how those affect a person’s ability to find balance in life.
Module 3 will explain how the signs and symptoms of stress could be of physiological, behavioral, and psychological nature, where these stresses can come from and how to keep them from causing burnout. It also covers how you can positively change your responses to stress once you are able to recognize how you respond to stressful situations and relaxation techniques such as breathing and mediation.
- Analyzing Your Life Balance: pd_06_a01_bs_enus
- Maintaining Your Life Balance: pd_06_a02_bs_enus
- Taking Control of Your Stress: pd_06_a03_bs_enus
Visit the UMBC SkillSoft website for a Quick Start Guide, FAQ’s, and the link to log in to SkillPort, or read more about the Business Exploration Series courseware.
To schedule a department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, call 410-455-6262 or e-mail email@example.com.
There’s Still Time to Give: Maryland Charity Campaign Extended!
As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, we can think of no better embodiment of the spirit of the season than UMBC’s remarkable participation in the Maryland Charity Campaign. We are delighted to announce that we are nearing our goal of 1,000 participants: to date, nearly 800 donors have contributed a total of more than $133,000. Great work!
We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the campaign so far and encourage those who have not yet had a chance to make a gift. The deadline for gifts to the Maryland Charity Campaign has been extended through Tuesday, December 3. Please make your donation by completing your pledge form or visiting mdcharity.org. If you have not received a form, please download and fill out a pledge card and turn it into your coordinator.
A Special Video Message from President Hrabowski