Welcome Our Recently Hired Staff

Please join the Department of Human Resources in welcoming the University’s recently hired staff:

  • Corinne Edds, MIPAR
  • Shenna Hair, MIPAR
  • Alexandra Pyan, MIPAR
  • Thomas Yarwood, MIPAR
  • Jessica Bachman, Shriver Center
  • Elizabeth Davis, Undergraduate Admission
  • Kate Weinberg, Undergraduate Admission
  • Courtnay Pilypaitas, Athletics
  • Hannah Thomas, MIPAR
  • Willie Santiago, Music
  • Sydney Groll, Shriver Center
  • Kellyann Hayes, Shriver Center
  • Alisha Zespy, Shriver Center
  • Romy Huebler, Student Life
  • Toni Boyajian, University Health Services
  • Katie Dignan, Off-Campus Student Services
  • Jeffrey Minnick, Facilities Management
  • Kaleigh Mrowka, Residential Life
  • Emily Stratmeyer, Shriver Center
  • Corinne Janet, Student Life
  • Ryan Moran, Athletics
  • Brian Gilmer, Library
  • Christian Bonilla Pena Shriver Center
  • Sherise Nock, Shriver Center

UMBC again named “Great College to Work For”

The Chronicle of Higher Education has named UMBC an outstanding academic workplace for the seventh consecutive year. UMBC is one of only 80 universities to receive the “Great Colleges to Work For” distinction and the only Maryland four-year institution to be recognized.

Each year, the Chronicle surveys faculty, staff, and administrators and asks them to rate their workplaces on a variety of factors. The assessment also includes analysis of demographic data and workplace policies. The Chronicle’s 2016 results are based on responses from more than 45,000 people at nearly 300 public and private institutions nationwide.

For the fifth consecutive year, UMBC was featured on the Chronicle’s “honor roll,” which recognizes universities that excel in almost every recognition category. This year, UMBC was highly rated in the following categories:

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Professional/Career Development Programs
  • Respect and Appreciation
  • Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
  • Teaching Environment
  • Tenure Clarity & Process
  • Work/Life Balance

Fall 2016 Convocation

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

We look forward to your participation in our Fall 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the Retriever Activities Center (RAC). This important event marks the formal beginning of UMBC’s academic year; one that holds much promise for excellence in teaching and learning, research, and service in our academic community.

Convocation is a special opportunity for faculty and staff to welcome new students to the UMBC community. An important part of the ceremony is the participation in the academic procession by faculty and staff. This year, I encourage you to consider attending Convocation and join us in celebrating the start of the fall semester. If interested, please take a moment to RSVP through our Online Convocation 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 August 19, 2016. If you need to order regalia for the ceremony, please use the Online Convocation Form and share your information with us. Regalia ordered after August 9, 2016 will incur an expedited shipping fee to ensure timely delivery.

Following the Convocation ceremony, we will host a community-wide picnic on the Quad. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff to meet our incoming class, and I welcome everyone on campus to attend.

Thank you, and we look forward to your participation.

University Registrar

A message from Provost Philip Rous and Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Planning Yvette Mozie-Ross:

We are delighted to announce that Pamela Hawley has been named University Registrar, effective July 1, 2016. She has served as Acting University Registrar since July, 2015.

As University Registrar, Ms. Hawley will continue to provide leadership and support in developing the conceptual framework and implementation of services essential to the academic enterprise, including oversight of academic records, course registration, class scheduling, course articulation and transfer, degree audit, and undergraduate progression toward degree completion. She will continue to partner with the faculty, academic and administrative department heads, faculty senate, and student government to develop, implement, and educate the campus community on policies and procedures on matters concerning the academic record, including student data compliance and record retention.

Ms. Hawley joined the Registrar’s Office in 1998 and for the past 18 years has served the UMBC community in many professional capacities. Her roles and responsibilities have ranged from transfer credit evaluator to assistant registrar for records and registration to associate registrar for systems development. She was instrumental in the implementation of the PeopleSoft Student Administration (SA) system, serving as functional lead for the records and registration module. In collaboration with campus partners, she has also been instrumental in successfully leveraging delivered PeopleSoft functionality, as well as facilitating enhancements to the system to improve efficiencies in academic processes, including the assign advisee functionality, incomplete grade contract pilot, and first year interim reporting, among others.

Ms. Hawley’s commitment to UMBC extends well beyond the Office of the Registrar. She has played an active role in supporting campus shared governance and institutional initiatives and priorities, having served as secretary for the Professional Staff Senate (PSS), an instructor for the Introduction to an Honors University (IHU) seminar, a member of the On-Campus Alumni Committee, and a member of numerous student retention and student success workgroups and committees. She earned her B.A. in English at UMBC in 1994.

As Ms. Hawley assumes her new leadership role as University Registrar, we are confident she will continue to contribute her considerable skills and experience to advance the UMBC community. Please join us in congratulating her on a well-deserved promotion.

Mosaic Diversity Presenter Info Sessions

Many of our students, despite being open to that diversity, still need to increase their cultural competencies in order to effectively live and work in our current and future world. We can help them develop the vital communcation and interaction skills needed to relate to people across all social identities.

Student Life’s Mosaic Center staff introduced the Diversity Presenters group in Fall 2014. It’s purpose is to develop diversity and cultural competencies as a key life and interaction skill set within our students. This August we are offering information sessions to faculty, staff, graduate students and campus partners interested in serving as diversity and social justice education presenters for the 2016-2017 academic year.

If you are interested in becoming a presenter, please complete our attached Mosaic Diversity Presenter Google Form.

Additional Questions? Email mosaic@umbc.edu or call Lisa Gray, Assistant Director of Student Life at 410-455-8478.

Library Media – closed on Aug. 8

The Library Media Desk will be closed on Monday, August 8 in preparation for the merging of Circulation and Media services. The circulation of media items, including DVDs, A/V equipment and laptops, will be suspended that day.

Beginning Tuesday, August 9:

  • Media items and laptops will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. A/V equipment will be available for checkout at the Digital Media Lab (DML).

Hours for the Digital Media Lab (DML) will be:

  • Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.