Office of Academic Opportunity Programs kicks off new initiative to support first generation college students

The UMBC Office of Academic Opportunity Programs is engaging in a new project to support students at UMBC who will be the first in their family to complete a college degree, and we need your help!

If you were/are a first generation college student, we’d like to hear from you. Please take a few moment to complete a short survey:

2016-2017 Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award

We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2016-2017 Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award. This award is supported by an endowment created by Dr. Marilyn Demorest, Professor Emerita of Psychology and former Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, to “support the advancement of all UMBC faculty members in their academic careers; to facilitate their professional development; and to recognize their contributions to faculty advancement and success at UMBC.” This fund will be awarded annually to faculty who mentor and/or advise faculty and colleagues in their field.

  • The Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award is conferred annually for a term of one year upon a UMBC faculty member.
  • Nominations (including self-nominations) for the 2016-2017 Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement are due to the Provost Office no later than November 4.
  • The nomination should include a letter of recommendation (or self-nomination), a current curriculum vitae of the nominee, and an indication of how the nominee would spend the year as the Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Awardee. The letter should make clear the faculty member’s contribution to mentoring and advising faculty.
  • The Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award will be appointed by the Provost, based upon the recommendations of the Honors and Awards Committee of the Faculty Senate.
  • The award will allocate $1,500 to stipend and $500 to a discretionary expense account to draw upon for a variety of purposes (sponsoring workshops, conferences, travel, mentoring activity).

2016 Winter Commencement Ceremonies

A message from Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs:

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in UMBC’s Winter 2016 Commencement Ceremonies. As you know, these events mean a great deal to our students and their parents and guests. I hope you will make a special effort to share in their celebration.

  • Graduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21 in the RAC
  • Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 22 in the RAC

Our commencement ceremonies celebrate an important milestone in the lives of our graduating students and mark a time for our scholarly community to come together to recognize the outstanding commitment of our faculty and staff to our students’ success.

An important part of the ceremony is the participation in the Commencement Procession by members of our faculty and staff. This year, I encourage you to consider attending the commencement ceremonies and join us in the celebration of our graduating students by marching in UMBC’s spring graduate and undergraduate commencement processions. If interested, please take a moment to RSVP through our Online Commencement Form. This information will be used for event planning logistics and so that appropriate seating arrangements can be made.

Marching in the Procession requires academic regalia. As in the past, UMBC will subsidize the rental of academic regalia for faculty and staff. Regalia can be ordered now through November 8. If you need to order regalia for the ceremony, please use the Online Commencement Form and share your information with us. Regalia may be ordered after November 8; however, you will be asked to pay an expedited shipping fee to ensure timely delivery.

Thank you, and we look forward to your participation.

Developing Children in Developing Countries (11/2)

On Thursday, November 2 from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Albin O. Kuhn Library (7th floor), Marc Bornstein, Ph.D., Senior Investigator and Head of Child and Family Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) will present a talk “Developing Children in Developing Countries.” 

In addition to running a lab at NICHD, Dr. Bornstein is the President-Elect of the Society for Research in Child Development, one of the premier organizations for developmental psychologists. He is or has been the editor of several major developmental psychology journals. For more information, visit the NICHD website.

Campus E-Cycling Event (10/26)

Need to recycle your electronic items?

Bring your electronic items (no refrigerators) to the Commons Circle on Wednesday October 26, 2016 between the hours of 7:30 am until 2:00 pm.  Personal items will be accepted from 7:30 am until 2:00 pm.  University Items will only be accepted between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Shared Services Centers Town Hall (11/1)

Join us at our next Town Hall to discuss significant progress on BPI and SSCs updates. The Shared Services Centers (SSC) Town Hall Meeting wil be held on November 1, 2016, from 10-11 a.m. in UC312.

BPI – Multiple Demos on new Workflows and DocuSign! BPI will be the focus of this meeting.

Phase I & Phase II Updates

  • The following new processes developed within our BPI initiative will be demonstrated:
    • Expense Reimbursement with DocuSign!
    • New REX-Finance Reports
  • Updates will be provided on the following additional business process improvements
    • PageUp recruiting software
    • E-travel Phase II
    • PeopleSoft Finance 9.2 Upgrade
    • UMBC 101 Training
  • We will update on you on Phase II planning for implementing Shared Services in the College of Engineering and Information Technology and Student Affairs.
  • We will have open discussion with an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on BPI and SSCs.
  • We will share updates of the TAP (Toolkit for Administrative Professionals) website.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sad news for the UMBC community

Jill Wrigley, who served the UMBC community as a faculty member and mentor to student activists, passed away on Wednesday, October 5 after battling cancer. Jill was a passionate advocate who worked tirelessly to connect students to themes of social justice and food sustainability issues through her work on campus and across Baltimore City.

Jill joined UMBC in 2012 as an instructor in the Interdisciplinary Studies program, where she quickly earned a reputation as a thoughtful, compassionate, and conscientious community leader who inspired many students through her work and experiences. Most notably, in 2014, Jill worked with students and partners on campus to establish UMBC’s first community garden. Under Jill’s guidance, the campus expanded its food sustainability and justice initiatives to include a permaculture food forest and climate garden.

To learn more about Jill’s life and her impact on UMBC and the broader community, please take a moment to read her obituary in the Baltimore Sun.

Jill’s family sincerely thanks all of you for your expressions of kindness and sympathy during their time of bereavement.