Meghan Carpenter Wins 2014 UMBC Student Affairs Leadership Award

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Meghan Carpenter on the left and Dr. Kim Leisey, Associate VP for Student Affairs

On June 30, 2014, the Division of Student Affairs honored the 2014 UMBC Student Affairs Leadership Award recipient, Meghan Carpenter. This award recognizes undergraduate students with Junior or Senior status who made significant contributions to UMBC and provided leadership that enhances the quality of university life. Recipients are selected on the bases of leadership, scholarship, service and character.

Meghan who recently graduated in May 2014, was recognized for her leadership with SGA, Omicron Delta Kappa, and as the UMBC representative for the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Congratulations to Meghan on this outstanding achievement.

July-August 2014 SkillSoft Resource Highlight: Challenge Series Interactive Case Studies

Did you know that you can get hands-on practice resolving real-world business issues by taking SkillSoft’s Business Challenge Series courses? These 15-20 minute interactive case studies bring to life problems and solutions for a wide range of sales, business, and professional topics.

Gain the full value of the learning experience by immersing yourself in these scenarios in a safe, exploratory environment. At the end of the course, you’ll receive feedback about your solution and will be invited to try a different solution, acquiring different perspectives and tools that can inform how you apply the concepts in your own workplace situation.

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

Visit the UMBC SkillSoft website for a Quick Start Guide, FAQs, and the link to log in to SkillPort. To schedule a department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or jwardell@umbc.edu.

Rachel Brewster in Science Magazine

Rachel Brewster, an associate professor in the department of biological sciences, was profiled in a recent issue of Science magazine. The article titled, The Adapter, explores how Brewster, in a world of tight funding, adapts her work on neural development, and continues training graduate students.

Jennifer Couzin-Frankel writes in Science:

Brewster landed at UMBC in 2003, after marrying a biologist she met at New York University (NYU) who accepted a job at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Since securing tenure, she aspired to create a different culture from the one she experienced during her postdoc, in a prestigious lab at NYU’s Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine. “I do not want to have the kind of cutthroat lab where people feel the pressure to work Saturday, Sunday, 16 hours a day,” she says. “But then there’s of course a price to pay,” she admits. “The price to pay is in productivity.”

“Her lab uses zebrafish to disentangle how the early brain is shaped, and Brewster has also made it a priority to support women and students from minority groups. In part that reflects her own background—she grew up in Switzerland, the child of a Jamaican mother and a British Guyanese father who worked for the United Nations. She’s fiercely proud of UMBC, a state school that graduates a remarkable 40% or so of its students, many of them minorities, from science-based majors, well above the national average of 25%. “A lot of our students are daughters and sons of recent immigrants, people who still believe in the American dream and who are investing every penny and dime they have to get their kids an education,” she says.”

If you’re looking for a good read about one of UMBC’s scientists then this article may be for you.

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Creating Resilience: Dialogue & Practice (6/26)

Adversity can show up in multiple ways. An unexpected occurrence or ongoing stressful situations can lead to frustration, overwhelm, fatigue, and even illness. We may long for a future time where life will settle down and we will be able to catch up, renew ourselves, and reconnect with what matters most. In today’s fast-paced world, that time may never come and we find ourselves longing for a different and more peaceful life.

What can be done to break this cycle and create a more resilient response? It starts with taking a look at ourselves, our stories, and how these stories influence our experience. With an intentional change in our mindset and implementing some simple practices, we can begin to respond to the same situations with greater effectiveness, ease, and even joy.

Join us in a resilience conversation where you will learn how to create a resilient mindset; practice quick and powerful techniques such as centering and mindfulness meditation to help you shift your experience in the moment; share strategies with each other; and create an action plan for how you want to ‘show up’ under stress.

The workshop will be Thursday, June 26th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., in the ITE Room 456.

Register by June 18th, and get a flyer with details on myUMBC.

SkillSoft Resource Highlight: Business Impact Videos

Did you know that you can use SkillSoft e-Learning to find short interactive videos that provide solutions to frequently encountered business problems? These 5-10 minute videos, called Business Impact Series, can be found within the course catalog under the folder ‘Business Exploration Series.’ During these short videos, you will receive background information on the business scenario, watch it being enacted through a dramatization, and receive a specific course of action that you can apply to your own situation. With over 170+ videos to choose from on topics such as Management, Leadership, Human Resources, Sales, Finance and Accounting, and Professional Foundations, you are bound to find a topic that suits your individual and/or your departmental needs.

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

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

To schedule a department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or via email at jwardell@umbc.edu.