Important Construction Update: Temporary Road Closures and Traffic Pattern Changes

UMBC-blvd-hilltop-work-overviewBeginning Tuesday, June 2, and continuing through Sunday, June 7, extensive work on UMBC Blvd. will require us to close sections of the road and Hilltop circle in order to finish paving, painting, and signage. It is strongly recommend the campus community use alternate routes, such as Hilltop Rd., Walker Ave., and Poplar Ave. when entering and exiting campus.

Throughout the week, the outbound lanes of UMBC Blvd. will remain closed. Be advised, you will not be able to use UMBC Blvd. to access I-195. Please follow detour signs to exit campus using Wilkens Ave., Rolling Road, and Shelbourne Rd.

During this phase of the construction, traffic patterns on Hilltop Rd. and the new traffic circle will change frequently. Please pay close attention to traffic and detour signs when traveling Hilltop Circle and UMBC Blvd.

Also, note that all permit parking on the inner and outer loop between the stop sign by the Performing Arts & Humanities Building and Administration Dr. will be closed through June 7. Be reminded you that during the summer session all zone A parking areas are accessible to faculty and staff. Please be sure to display your permit hang-tags at all times.

For specific information on traffic patterns, detours, and parking changes, please see our detailed map.

Normal traffic patterns are set to resume on Monday, June 8.

UMBC Summer Day Camp

summer-day-camp-banner-page-001The school year is quickly winding down and Summer is almost here! As you make your summer plans, we would like to invite you to enroll your child in the 2015 UMBC Summer Day Camp this season.

The UMBC Summer Day Camp has a number of spaces available for boys and girl in all sessions. Campers can take part in the structured camp program which includes arts and crafts, swimming, tennis, recreational games, dance and martial arts.  Your child will have a great experience and create memories that will last forever. Each day at camp is guaranteed fun!

Discounts offered to all UMBC Faculty and Staff. For more information contact Gary Wohlstetter at  410-455-2638 or go to

American Studies and Media and Communication Studies Students Produce Radio Series for The Marc Steiner Show

As part of the Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition project, several American studies and media and communication studies students produced a radio series about two Baltimore neighborhoods in transition: Greektown and Station North. Baltimore Traces is an interdisciplinary project and collaborative teaching innovation that produces audio and video oral histories focused on Baltimore residents and neighborhoods.

On Friday, May 22, the radio series aired on WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show. Bill Shewbridge, professor of the practice of media and communication studies, worked with students in Michelle Stefano’s class, a visiting assistant professor of American studies, to produce an audio journey through the East Baltimore neighborhood of Greektown. The project brought students into the neighborhood where they conducted interviews with local residents and workers to explore the identity, history, and complexity of the community.

Businesses on Eastern Avenue in Greektown. Photo by Marouane Hail.

Businesses on Eastern Avenue in Greektown. Photo by Marouane Hail.

Students in Nicole King’s class, an associate professor of American studies, produced a three-part series on Station North. The students conducted several interviews to get a sense of a neighborhood that has been undergoing a great deal of transition. In one of the segments, a student captured audio at Red Emma’s Coffeehouse as workers fed school children and provided a safe place for the community the day after the Monday, April 27 unrest in Baltimore.

To listen to the complete audio segments, click below:
UMBC Students Present Baltimore Traces: Greektown in Transition
UMBC Students Present Baltimore Traces: Station North in Transition

The Baltimore Traces project is ongoing and expanded in the spring 2015 as part of a Hrabowski Innovation Grant, “Baltimore Stories: Emerging Media Across the Curriculum.” Previous collaborations as part of the project include Mill Stories (Michelle Stefano and Bill Shewbridge) and Mapping Baybrook (Nicole King and Steve Bradley). There is a public event scheduled for June 2 focusing on Brooklyn-Curtis Bay and Sparrows Point that will feature members of the two communities who will discuss the challenges they face and possible futures. For more information, click here.

Erickson School Presents “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” (6/11)

Glen Campbell movieOn June 11th, at 7 p.m. in the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall, the Erickson School, along with Integrace and Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter, will sponsor of a one-night only screening of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me“. This is an inspiring film starring musician Glen Campbell and his unforgettable “Goodbye Tour” following his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The movie features Glen Campbell, his family, and friends as they navigate the unpredictable nature of the disease through love, laughter, and music.

We are also pleased to have Kim Campbell, wife of Glen Campbell, and Ashley Campbell, daughter of Glen Campbell, join us at this special event to discuss the film and honor Glen. There will be a discussion panel that will precede the showing of the film. The film will start at 7:30.

Event Details:
6:30 p.m. Registration
7 p.m. Welcome from Judah Ronch, Ph.D., Dean, The Erickson School at UMBC
Panel discussion – introduced by Jackie Harris, President and CEO, Integrace
Kim Campbell, wife of Glen Campbell
Ashley Campbell, daughter of Glen Campbell
Dr. Peter Rabins, Senior Fellow and Faculty member, The Erickson School at UMBC
Dr. Nicole Absar, Medical Director, Copper Ridge Outpatient Assessment Clinic
Cass Naugle, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter
7:30 p.m. Screening of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

Following the film screening, a musical tribute will be given by Glen’s daughter, Ashey Campbell.

For more information about the event, including tickets and registration, click here.

She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing (6/11)

“Money doesn’t grow on trees but its roots are in good decisions.”

facstaff5HRJoin us on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in the Room 312 of the University Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a revealing trip through successful investing and saving strategies developed especially for you. TIAA-CREF’s workshop leaders will show you the simple secrets to saving more:

  • Learn the core concepts that guide all investing
  • Get motivated, build a plan and take action
  • Find ways to take on life’s challenges without damaging future financial well-being
  • Discover more about yourself with the Financial Personality Type Quiz
  • Break down what your real goals are and learn how to reach them via group activities

Save your spot Today! Registration Required by calling 1-800-732-8353 or online at (select ‘Upcoming Seminars’ and then ‘At your Workplace’).

Hosted by UMBC Human Resources. Questions about this seminar? Call Zahira Meyers at 410-455-2479 or Courtney Allen at 410-455-3648.

Gail Dupree’s Retirement Reception (6/16)

9-gail_croppedAfter 20 years of distinguished service to UMBC, Gail Dupree, the Bookstore’s Gifts & Supplies buyer, is retiring. Gail’s customer service skills, excellent eye for designing UMBC clothing and her professionalism working with the diverse UMBC population has greatly increased the awareness of UMBC globally.

Please join us in wishing her well at a reception located in the Bookstore on June 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Please RSVP to or x52694. We look forward to seeing you.

Shari Waldstein, Psychology, Named Lipitz Professor for 2015-2016

Shari WaldsteinShari Waldstein, professor of psychology, has been named the Lipitz Professor for 2015-2016. This professorship is supported by an endowment created by Roger C. Lipitz and the Lipitz Family Foundation “to recognize and support innovative and distinguished teaching and research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.”

A clinical psychologist who specializes in cardiovascular behavioral medicine and medical neuropsychology, Dr. Waldstein is known internationally for fundamental contributions to the understanding of the links among early, multi-level risk factors for cardiovascular disease, sub-clinical brain pathology, neurocognitive performance, and their development across the lifespan. In recent years she has increasingly focused on identifying the multi-level mechanisms underlying race and socioeconomic status-related disparities in cardiovascular and brain health.

Since coming to UMBC, she has been awarded more than $6,000,000 in grants and contracts. Dr. Waldstein’s contributions to the profession of psychology are numerous. She has served for 18 years as director of the behavioral medicine track in our human services psychology Ph.D. program and has mentored 22 Ph.D. students. She also works closely with colleagues at UMB, where she holds a secondary faculty appointment as professor of medicine. For more information about her work, click here.