Ready, Set, Retire! (5/12)

The Human Resources Department is sponsoring this pre-retirement seminar for members of the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), through either TIAA-CREF or Fidelity, who are within five years of retirement. This half-day session provides valuable information to prepare you for retirement. Highlights include:

• Key steps in the retirement process
• Health insurance options for you and your dependents into
• Social Security and Medicare benefits, presented by staff of
the Social Security Administration.
• Distribution and payment options from your ORP through
TIAA-CREF or Fidelity.
• Supplemental Retirement Maximums, IRS rules, and
distribution information.
• Key information on other benefits

Click here to sign up for this session. Space is limited so sign up today!

Light breakfast refreshments will be served.

UMBC Offers Various Levels of Avid Pro Tools Certification Training this Summer

UMBC is offering a variety of Pro Tools Certification Training courses this summer, including: Pro Tools 101, Pro Tools 110, Pro Tools 201 and Pro Tools 210M. The non-credit training courses offer those who work in, or want to work in, audio production the opportunity to advance their careers by gaining skills to excel within the industry.

A former UMBC Pro Tools Training participant said: “I can’t tell you how much I’ve benefited from the courses thus far. I notice it every time I sit down to work. It has been one of the best career investments I’ve made.”

Pro Tools 101 (May 27-29) provides participants with the basic skills to succeed with Pro Tools, from initial set-up to final production.

Pro Tools 110 (June 10-12) provides a more detailed look at Pro Tools as a system, taking the overview provided by 101 and going deeper into every aspect.

Pro Tools 201 (June 17-19) covers the core concepts and skills needed to operate a Pro Tools HDX or HD system in a professional studio environment, with special emphasis on editing and mixing, including automation.

Pro Tools 210M (July 1-3) covers advanced techniques for working with Pro Tools systems in professional music environments, with an emphasis on MIDI, arrangement tools and synchronization concepts.

UMBC Professor and Avid Certified Instructor David Revill will lead the sessions. Revill has worked in audio production for more than 20 years, and is one of the small number of Avid-certified Pro Tools Experts in the country. There is limited space available for each session, so those interested are encouraged to register early to secure their spot. Participants who register for two or more summer Pro Tools sessions will receive a 10% discount on all registration costs.

Learn more and access registration at

In-House Team Development Made Easy (5/1)

Are you looking for ways to do team development over the summer on a tight budget? Did you know that resources are available to you for free, to develop your team without having to design a program or hire an external trainer? Come to this two-hour session to learn how to facilitate action-oriented team discussions that result in new behavior and improved outcomes.

The workshop will be Thursday, May 1st, 9:00-11:00 a.m., in The Commons, Room 331.

Register by April 28, and get a flyer with details on myUMBC.

April SkillSoft Topic of the Month: Leading Teams: Building Trust and Commitment

Highly successful teams have members who exhibit certain key characteristics, most notably trust in others and a sense of commitment to the team. In the early stages of team development, leaders must set up structures and processes that support the development of these team characteristics. This one-hour course offers strategies used to build trust based on encouraging honest, accountable, fair, and positive behavior. The course also provides leaders with strategies that help increase team member commitment, such as being supportive, making members feel secure, providing interesting work, and acknowledging contributions and achievements. By using these strategies, team leaders can develop a cohesive team that works together to reach its goals.

This is course number: team_03_a04_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.

How to Write a Career Proposal to the NSF (5/2)

This workshop builds on the material covered in Fundamentals workshop and includes methods for tailoring proposals to meet the specific requirements of the NSF’s CAREER Award program. NSF CAREER proposals are not simply research proposals written by junior faculty, but are instead “awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.” These awards are meant to support junior faculty members in the integration of research and education. The unique requirements of writing these proposals are emphasized in this workshop, along with strategies to write a compelling proposal.

Presented by Dr. Ralph M. Pollack, Associate Vice President for Research at UMBC.


Set Your Sails: Navigating a Successful Career (6/12)

Your job doesn’t have to be just a job. Learn the proven ways that you can enhance your current role and be ready to step into your next role. We’ll look within and beyond our campus to see the forces that impact our daily work and lives. What’s the next hot thing in your profession? In this workshop you will get tips for exploring the trends that impact your career, discover perspectives that help keep you learning valuable skills and plan your next steps. You will walk away with new ideas, tools, resources, and a framework for managing your unique career.

The workshop will be Thursday, June 12th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in The Commons, Room 331

Register by June 4th, and get a flyer with details on myUMBC.

Discovering the Leader Within (6/4)

Effective leadership is any organization’s most critical competitive advantage. Knowing “how” to be effective and “being effective” are sometimes two very different things. As Steven Covey says; “To know and not to do, is like not knowing at all.”

In this session, you will gain an understanding of the Leadership Styles Continuum, learning which style is your preference and how to develop action items to enhance your personal leadership development. In this workshop you will learn how to inspire action as a leader; apply the necessary leadership style to be effective; gain followership; use aspects of Kouzes and Posner’s 5 leadership practices and 10 commitments to stretch your leadership abilities; and enhance your personal leadership development, motivating you to cultivate and practice your leadership styles.

This workshop will be on Wednesday, June 4th, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm in University Center Room 312.

Register by May 27th, and get a flyer with details on myUMBC.

Freedom From Smoking (4/3)

University Health Services is offering a FREE 6-week course to any community member who wishes to receive some extra support in quitting the use of tobacco products. The class will be held on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm in Commons 327 and will run from April 3rd to May 8th.

You must attend all six classes in this program in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants in the class may also be eligible for free nicotine replacement products (NRT) through UHS.

Find out more information on myUMBC. For questions/comments or to register for the class, please contact

BreakingGround Faculty Breakfast/Get-together (4/4)

BreakingGround has heard from faculty interested in integrating civic engagement into their courses and research that it is helpful to have a forum to share ideas, ask questions, and build connections with other faculty doing the same work. Over the past few semesters, faculty have been coming together for these conversations from across the campus to discuss their teaching, research, and connections in the community. Faculty interested in or already engaged in this work are invited to stop by on Friday, April 4th between 10am and 12pm. Faculty who are doing research related to civic agency and engagement will also talk about teaching strategies and issues, as well as workshop ideas for proposed new courses.

Please RSVP to if you are interested in attending this get-together, or to ask any questions. Our location will be the Honors College Conference Room, 2nd floor Library, on Friday, April 4th from 10a-12p. A light breakfast will be served.