2013 Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards (3/28)

FROM: Freeman Hrabowski
Philip Rous

RE: 2013 Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards

We invite you to attend the Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 28, in the University Center Ballroom. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of this year’s campus- and system-wide award recipients.

The doors will open at 12:00 p.m.  for our community to gather and enjoy a light lunch before the event begins at 12:30 p.m.

We will honor the following faculty and staff colleagues, each selected by a committee of peers:

UMBC Presidential Awards

Constantine Vaporis
Professor and Director of Asian Studies Program, History
2013-2016 Presidential Research Award

Manil Suri
Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
2013-2016 Presidential Teaching Award

Timothy Lynch
Assistant Director, Summer, Winter and Special Programs
2013-2014 Presidential Distinguished Staff Award, Professional Staff

Peggy Major
Program Management Specialist, Honors College
2013-2014 Presidential Distinguished Staff Award, Non-Exempt Staff

USM Regents’ Awards

James Grubb
Professor, History
2013 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching

Tülay Adali
Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
2013 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Research Scholarship and Creative Activity

Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg
Professor, Biological Sciences
2013 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Nagaraj K. Neerchal
Professor and Chair, Mathematics and Statistics
2013 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award for Innovative Excellence

Janet Magruder
Business Manager, Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
2011-2012 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Staff Award for Exceptional Contributions to the Mission of UMBC

Arlene Wergin
Director, International Education Services
2011-2012 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Staff Award for Exceptional Contributions to the Mission of UMBC

Jakubik Family Endowment Staff Award

Lee Hawthorne Calizo
Director of Student Life, Student Life Office
2013-2014 Jakubik Family Endowment Staff Award

Release time will be granted for employees to take part in this event, and everyone is encouraged to attend. All campus offices will remain open and services should continue to be offered. Supervisors and staff are asked to work together to coordinate staffing.

Again, we hope you will be able to join us for this year’s Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony. We look forward to seeing you.

‘The Problem with Print: publishing born digital scholarship’ (3/25)

burgessJoin us for Helen J. Burgess’ lecture and demonstration — March 25, 2013 at 4 p.m., Library 7th floor — “The Problem with Print: publishing born digital scholarship.”

Dr. Burgess will discuss some of the difficulties for academics seeking to work and publish outside traditional “print-bound” models of humanities scholarship – including issues of professional evaluation and distribution – and show some examples of “born digital” works that would benefit from a new model of publishing.

A reception, sponsored by the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund, will follow the program.

Find out more information at the AOK Library website: http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/admin/friends/events.php.

Hybrid Faculty Learning Presentations (3/28)

Faculty in the Summer 2013 Alternate Delivery Program will present the first of two required show-and-tell hybrid learning presentations that address the pedagogical problems (or implications) a hybrid or online course solves (or creates). If you’re interested in learning more about hybrid courses, this is a great way to see how faculty colleagues are preparing for their Summer 2013 courses. Feel free to bring your lunch – refreshments (drinks/desserts) will be provided for registered participants.

This event takes place on Thursday, March 28, from 12-1:00 pm in ENGR Building, room 023 (on the main UMBC campus). To register, please go the myUMBC Hybrid Learning Group and view this event at http://my.umbc.edu/groups/doit-hybrid/events/17051.

2013 May Commencement Ceremonies (Regalia by 3/31; RSVP by 5/8)

To:  All Faculty, Administrative and Associate Staff

From:  Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

As we prepare for the 2013 May Commencement, President Hrabowski and I cordially invite you to participate in the Commencement ceremonies of the Undergraduate and Graduate School Programs.  Doctoral and Master’s degrees will be conferred on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in the UMBC Retriever Activities Center (RAC). Baccalaureate degrees will be conferred on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the 1st Mariner Arena.  As you know, these events mean a great deal to our students, their parents, and guests, so I hope you will make a special effort to share in their celebrations.

RENTING REGALIA: As in the past, UMBC will subsidize the rental of academic regalia for faculty, and administrative and associate staff.  Faculty and staff may order regalia beginning Monday, March 4 through March 31.  Click on this to reserve regalia: https://my.umbc.edu/go/commencementform. If you have ordered regalia at UMBC before, your information will automatically appear on the screen when you enter your username.  If you have not ordered before, you must enter the following information: your cap size, height with shoes, weight, degree earned, and the name of the school where the degree was earned.

DEADLINE TO ORDER:Please order your regalia no later than March 31. Beginning April 1, you will be asked to pay a late charge of $25.00 for your order.  Please note that it will not be possible to order regalia after May 8.  Even if there is a slight chance that you will attend Commencement, you should order regalia.  It is easier for the Bookstore to return unused gowns and hoods then it is to place a late order and not receive delivery on time.  Regalia will be ready for pick-up beginning May 8.   If you have any questions, please call Gail Dupree at the Bookstore, x53904.

LUNCH AND BUSES: You are invited for lunch at 11:00 a.m. at the 1st Mariner Arena before the  Undergraduate Commencement.  Bus transportation from UMBC to the Arena will also be provided, leaving at 10:30 a.m. for lunch and 11:30 a.m. for ceremony only.

RSVP:  Following is the information we need for planning and seating purposes.

  • Your name
  • Your plans to process in the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony,      including whether you will come for lunch, and whether you will ride      either the 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. bus from UMBC to the Arena.
  • Your plans to process in the Graduate School Commencement      Ceremony.

If you plan to participate, please send your response for either or both Commencement ceremonies by May 8, by clicking this link: https://my.umbc.edu/go/commencementform. 

For additional information about the 2013 May Commencement Ceremonies, please visit the Commencement website: www.umbc.edu/commencement. We look forward to your participation in the Ceremonies.

Faculty Senate President’​s “Open Door Meetings” (2/20, 3/27, 4/24)

To make shared governance on campus even more accessible, the first Faculty Senate President’s “Open Door Meeting” will take place in the Fireside Lounge, Wednesday, February 20, from 12-1 p.m. All UMBC faculty members are welcome to attend.

This is a great opportunity to engage in an informal talk with Tim Nohe, the Faculty Senate President. If you’d like to better understand shared governance on campus or wish to discuss ideas and issues, please visit. Light refreshments will be provided.

Other meetings will take place:

Wednesday, March 27, 12-1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 12-1 p.m.

Understanding Performance Management: A Guide for Non-supervisory Staff (4/5; Register by 3/28)

In this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP) with Employment/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 the end-of-cycle performance review.

The workshop will be Friday, April 5, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Commons, Room 331.

Register by March 28 at: http://www.umbc.edu/training.

Get a flyer with details at: http://www.umbc.edu/hr/T&OD/schedule.htm.