Ascend Your Energy – Tune Into Your New Destiny (9/5-9/7)

Would you like to take advantage of what science reveals about the way your brain works and make measurable changes in your body and your life?

A powerful Dr. Joe Dispenza program is taking place on UMBC September 5-7, 2014. The organizers of this event are offering UMBC faculty and staff, and their families, the ‘early bird’ rate through August 28th. This discount is not being publicly advertised.

This offer applies to the full Friday-Sunday progressive workshop, which includes an 8-hour online program, the Friday evening lecture, and two full days Saturday and Sunday. Prior to the in-person program, you must view the online workshop or have attended a past live Level 1 or Intensive Workshop.

Additional pre-work is to read Dr. Dispenza’s book ‘Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.’

When registering, just enter ‘UMBC’ in the ‘Coupon Code’ field to get the rate of $429 plus $6 service fee, for a total of $435.

Click here to register.

“During the course of this multi-day workshop, Dr. Dispenza will deliver new teachings, share case studies and examples, teach you how to recondition your body to a new mind, and show you how to liberate energy stored in your body in the form of self-limiting thoughts, unconscious habits, and memorized emotions.

You will leave this weekend having experienced powerful and profound shifts inside and outside of you. Many people in the last three years have reported that they literally left this seminar a different person from when they came. As you continue your practice with the tools and techniques you take away from this weekend, you will experience ongoing and significantly noticeable changes in your world.”

For more information, please visit Dr. Joe Dispenza’s website.

Mental Health First Aid (8/1)

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.

Date: Friday, August 1st
Time: 8:30 AM-5 PM
Location: Commons 331

This training is free. You must attend all 8 hours to receive a certificate.

Welcome to UMBC! (9/18)

We invite all faculty and staff to join President Hrabowski and Provost Rous in our annual tradition of welcoming new colleagues to the UMBC community.

This fun, interactive event is a great opportunity to connect and get to know some of the remarkable people here at UMBC. You will learn more about UMBC’s vision and values, and opportunities for you to make a difference in our community.

There will be a presentation about the joint public venture between UMBC and the Maryland State Arts Council. Sculptor Thomas Sayre has won the national competition, and has been commissioned to create a site-specific artwork for the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

The gallery will feature a photography exhibit: “Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape.”The exhibit presents photographs made over the span of more than a decade by Sambunaris as she traversed the United States, stopping to photograph phenomena ubiquitous and familiar to particular regions but anomalous to the ordinary eye.

Co-sponsored by The Commons and Human Resources. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please arrive promptly at 2:00 p.m.

This event will be Thursday, September 18, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery (1st Floor).

Click here to register by September 5th.

Preparing for Undergraduate Research (8/6)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
University Center, 3rd Floor
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Learn the necessary steps to conduct your own undergraduate research on-campus or as part of an Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Talk with students at the Summer Undergraduate Research Fest to see the types of research projects you can do. Prepare for your next steps before the Fall semester begins.

Registration is free. Space is limited, RSVP required.

Faculty/Staff Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training (7/23)

The Green Dot Bystander Intervention program teaches UMBC community members how to react and prevent situations that have the potential for violence and proactively build a culture that does not tolerate violence. We will be hosting a free training on Wednesday, July 23rd from 9 AM-3 PM in the Commons 329.

The training is for faculty and staff only. Please contact Jennifer Treger at for more information or to register.

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

Federal Work-Study Payroll & Supervisor Training (5/29)

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will provide a Federal Work-Study (FWS) training session for supervisors and payroll preparers on Thursday, May 29th from 2:00-3:00pm. New supervisors and payroll preparers planning to hire FWS students for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year should attend this training session. Other staff involved with the FWS program are welcome to attend as well. Important materials and information will be provided during this session which will be helpful for those new to the process.

Space is limited so we ask that you RSVP to Ms. Shana Yem via email ( You may also contact Ms. Yem for any other questions you have regarding this training opportunity. Location of the training will be provided to those on the RSVP list.

USM Foundation Training Opportunity at UMBC (6/11)

In the Foundation’s continuing effort to provide enhanced client services, they are bringing the Dashboard and New Administrator Trainings back to UMBC. Please take advantage of these last training sessions with our experienced Foundation trainer, Linda Ringer, before she retires from USMF at the end of June.

The New Administrator training session is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Training will be held on UMBC’s campus in Commons 329. For more details and to register, please click here.

The Dashboard training session is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Training will be held on UMBC’s campus in Commons 329. For more details and to register, please click here.