2015 May Commencement Ceremonies

UMBCAs we prepare for the 2015 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 20, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in the UMBC Retriever Activities Center (RAC). Baccalaureate degrees will be conferred on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at the Royal Farms 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 Tuesday, March 3 through March 29. 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 29. Beginning March 30, 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 4. 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 6. 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 Royal Farms 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 4, by clicking this link: https://my.umbc.edu/go/commencementform.

For additional information about the 2015 May Commencement Ceremonies, please visit the Commencement website: www.umbc.edu/commencement. We look forward to your participation in the Ceremonies.

Tony Moreira, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Honored by Portugal’s President

TonyMoreiraAntonio “Tony” Moreira, vice provost of academic affairs and professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, was named “Commander of the Order of Public Instruction” by the President of Portugal.

Ambassador Nuno Brito bestowed the honor upon Moreira this week at the Portuguese Embassy in Washington, D.C. At the ceremony, Moreira discussed how he works to foster connections between UMBC and Portugal. “In my almost 25 years working at UMBC… I felt that I need to support the youth of Portugal and provide them opportunities,” he said.

President Hrabowski praised Moreira’s work at UMBC at the ceremony. “Portugal has a rich tradition of exploration and of working across cultures,” he said. “Tony’s efforts to expand international opportunities for UMBC students clearly reflect this tradition. It’s very fitting that he was selected for this honor.”

UMBC’s Oumar Ballo Inks Deal With MLS’ Houston Dynamo

UMBC All-American soccer standout Oumar Ballo has been signed by the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.

The Dynamo selected Ballo in the second round with the 30th overall selection of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Ballo helped lead UMBC to the NCAA Tournament College Cup (Final Four) in 2014 for the first time in program history. A two-time NSCAA-All American, Ballo was named America East Conference Defender of the Year in 2014.

Ballo has appeared in two games this preseason.

The Dynamo open their tenth season on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at BBVA Compass Stadium against Columbus Crew SC.

2015 UMBC Summer Day Camp

summer-day-camp-banner-page-001It is an exciting time here at UMBC, as we prepare to offer our Summer Day Camp program for the 36th consecutive year in operation. The UMBC Summer Day Camp has a number of unique features that make it an outstanding experience for the boys and girls who attend. We offer a wide variety of structured activities in which children of all ages and abilities will be able to take part in.

Some of these activities include sports of the week, self-defense, tennis, arts and crafts, swimming, in-house field trips, and recreational games. The children will also take part in traditional activities appropriate for their respective age levels. However, emphasis will be placed on participation rather than winning. Swimming will continue to be an important part of every child’s experience at camp. Children will have daily group swimming lessons in the morning along with a free swim period each afternoon!

We will be using the Retriever Activities Center (RAC) located on our beautiful campus, which includes multiple air conditioned gymnasiums. We are excited to be able to offer VISA and MASTERCARD payments again this year!

The camp will operate a total of nine weeks for children entering grades first to seventh grade. The wide variety of activities will be under the leadership and guidance of competent and experienced counselors.

If you would like your child to attend, please request information and a brochure as soon as possible. Enrollment is limited and we cannot guarantee space. Camp space is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For questions regarding camp dates, fees, or other general camp information, please call (410) 455-2638 or email summerdaycamp@umbc.edu

Online registration is now open. Click here for more information.

Fitness Basics Workshop (3/5)

UMBCCome and join the Division of Student Affairs and the UMBC Recreation Department for the second Fitness Basics Workshop of the semester!

The Fitness Basics Workshop provides a great balance of low-moderate level cardiovascular training, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. This is a good “starter” workshop. Feel free to stay in your regular work clothes, put on your sneakers and join fellow faculty and staff on the arena track at noon. on March 5th.

Feel free to contact Jasmin Walters – Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness with any questions, comments, and/or concerns. jaw3@umbc.edu

CUERE Seminar: “Sources and Processes Affecting Particulate Matter” (3/6)

cuereCUERE Seminar Series presents Dr. Chris Hennigan with UMBC’s Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering.

His talk will cover “Sources and Processes Affecting Particulate Matter in Denver, CO during DISCOVER-AQ”. Friday, March 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the TRC Building room 206. All are welcome.

Introductory/Refresher Training on Forms Management Printing Contract (3/11)

UMBCMiller’s Minuteman Press (MMP), our contractor for printing business cards, campus stationary (letterhead, interoffice envelopes, window envelopes, etc.) and forms, will be on campus to hold an introductory/refresher training on their online ordering portal. The training will include:
• Demonstration of their on-line ordering system
• Provide an opportunity for you to meet the Miller’s Minuteman Team
• Provide an opportunity for you to ask questions about their products and services
• Sign-up for an account for on-line ordering, if you have not already done so.
Miller’s offers on-line ordering and approval, 2-5 business days turn-around on most orders, and the P-card can be used for orders less than $5,000.

The introductory/refresher session will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Commons Room #331. The training session is expected to last no more than 45 minutes.
Please go to the Training Center website to sign-up for this session, or contact Delores Pertee in Procurement Services at 5-3915 or Dpertee@umbc.edu for more information.