E. Michael Richards, Clarinet (11/10)

richards01E. Michael Richards, professor and chair of music, performs a concert of new music this Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

E. Michael Richards is currently currently a guest artist with the Ensemble for New Music at Towson University and the Verge Ensemble, and a founding member of RUCKUS (the faculty contemporary music ensemble of UMBC). He received a 2010 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Council of the Arts, and a 2011 USM Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship/Creative Activitites.

Admission to this event is free with a UMBC ID. Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Readel Leads “Quality Matters” Online Workshop (11/6 – 11/20)

Karin Readel, UMBC’s former director of instructional technology, will lead a Quality Matters (QM) online workshop from November 6 to 20.

QM is a recognized leader in quality assurance for online/blended learning and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning.

In addition, Readel will host a live, online “Information Session” about the QM workshop on October 23 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit the DoIT News announcement.

Upcoming Baltimore Collegetown Programs (10/31; 11/7)

Motivating Your Employees: Innovative Motivational Techniques for Supervisors

Thursday, October 31, 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Notre Dame of Maryland University- Doyle Formal, located in Doyle Hall

This workshop is designed for new supervisors, or perhaps supervisors who have not had a chance to attend training on the topic of motivating employees. The workshop will provide supervisors from the Collegetown campuses with new and simple ideas for keeping their employees engaged. Investments in employee engagement have both short-term and long-term pay offs in increased levels of commitment and productivity. The workshop will cover informal and formal rewards, awards, and other effective ways to motivate teams and retain top talent. Breakfast will be served. RSVP to daccardi@baltimorecollegetown.org by Friday, October 25.

Working Effectively with Students on the Autism Spectrum

Thursday, November 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Towson University – TU Institute for Well-Being

This workshop is for campus professionals who would like to learn more about autism and how they can be most effective in supporting and working with students who are on the autism spectrum. Staff from TU’s Center for Adults with Autism will conduct the training. The idea for this program came out of the Collegetown Student Affairs meetings, as Student Affairs staff in all roles are interacting with students on the spectrum. However, the event will certainly be useful to staff from all parts of campus, so feel free to promote this as you see fit. More details will follow and be sent to the Collegetown Student Affairs Vice Presidents to forward to staff. RSVP to daccardi@baltimorecollegetown.org by Friday, November 1.

Fall Social Sciences Forum Calendar

The Social Sciences Forum presents topics and perspectives of vital interest to the social sciences community and beyond. Lectures are free and open to the public and will last approximately one hour, followed by a question and answer period and a reception. For more information, call 410-455-2916. For more information on forum topics, please visit the Social Sciences Forum website.

  • Sowing Struggle: Social Movements and the Future of Corn in Tlaxcala, Mexico
    Monday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m.
    Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
    Luz Rivera Martinez, co-founder and lead organizer of Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC)
  • Constitutional Principles and The Double Bind of Affirmative Action
    Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.
    Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor
    Carla Pratt, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • The Pivot to Asia in Obama’s Second Term
    Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
    Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
    Victor Cha, senior adviser and the Korea Chair to the Center for Strategic and International Affairs, Professor and Director of Asian studies
  • HOT: Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earth
    Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.
    University Center Ballroom
    Mark Hertsgaard, Fellow of the New America Foundation, the environment correspondent for The Nation, and a co-founder of the group, Climate Parents
  • Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters
    Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m.
    Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
    Kate Brown, Associate Professor of History, UMBC
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Fifty Years after the March on Washington
    Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m.
    University Center Ballroom
    David Levering Lewis, Professor of History at New York University