Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony (4/1)

15365064460_649cdd1abb_zThe UMBC community will celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s campus- and system-wide award recipients at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, in the University Center Ballroom. A light lunch will follow.

Release time will be granted for employees to take part in this event, and everyone is encouraged to attend. All campus offices will remain open, and services should continue to be offered. Supervisors and staff are asked to work together to coordinate staffing.

We will honor the following faculty and staff colleagues, each of whom was selected by a  committee of peers.

Michelle R. Scott
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, History
Affiliate Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, Africana Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program
2015-18 Presidential Teaching Award

Katherine Seley-Radtke
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
2015-18 Presidential Research Award

Susan Martin
Associate Director, the Center for Women in Technology
2015-16 Presidential Distinguished Professional Staff Award

Susan L. Harrell
Executive Administrative Assistant, English Department
2015-16 Presidential Distinguished Non-Exempt Staff Award

Kate Brown
Professor, History
2015 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship/Research/Creative Activity

Eileen O’Brien
Senior Lecturer, Psychology
2015 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Michelle Scott
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, History
Affiliate Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, Africana Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program
2015 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Julie Rosenthal
Program Management Specialist, Asian Studies Program
2013-2014 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Staff Award for Exceptional
Contributions to the Mission of UMBC (Non-Exempt)

David Hoffman
Assistant Director, Student Life for Civic Agency
2013-2014 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Staff Award for Exceptional Contributions to the Mission of UMBC (Professional Staff)

Dottie Caplan
Executive Administrative Assistant
College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
2014-2015 Karen L. Wensch Endowment Award for Non-Exempt Staff

Brian V. Souders
Associate Director, International Education Services
2014-2015 Jakubik Family Endowment Award

Erle Ellis, GES, Discusses the Anthropocene in Nature

erle_ellis_2012A recent article in Nature outlines the debate surrounding a movement to establish the Anthropocene as a new global epoch. The Anthropocene refers to the part of the world’s history where humans significantly impact earth systems.

In the article, Erle Ellis, geography and information systems, argues against the current effort to formalize the Anthropocene as an epoch. He states, “We should set a time, perhaps 1,000 years from now, in which we would officially investigate this. Making a decision before that would be premature.”

Click here to read, “Anthropocene: The human age” in Nature.

Financial Literacy Resources at UMBC

financialliteracy_bannerFrom: Financial Literacy Workgroup Co-Chairs Ben Lowenthal, Associate Vice President, Financial Services, and Yvette Mozie-Ross, Vice Provost, Enrollment Management/Planning

Financial literacy has become increasingly important as we prepare our students for successful futures. President Hrabowski has reinforced the importance of financial literacy in ensuring the wellness of all members of our campus community. The UMBC Financial Literacy Workgroup has developed a wealth of educational resources including Financialsmarts.umbc.edu to promote and support financial wellness.

Our next step is the development of a directory of on-campus experts who can present on related topics (e.g., managing bank accounts, living on a budget, credit, starting a career, basic investing) to interested groups. We encourage you to consider sharing your expertise with our students. The time commitment is yours to decide.

Please share your knowledge and expertise by completing this form.

Performing Arts and Humanities Building Receives LEED Gold Designation

12662356073_93b2f6dea8_oUMBC’s new Performing Arts and Humanities Building (PAHB) has been certified as a LEED Gold building. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a designation by the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes buildings that are designed and built to conserve resources and promote clean, renewable energy. LEED Gold is the second highest designation a building can receive.

The PAHB is UMBC’s second LEED Gold project and the University has committed to designing new construction to a minimum certification of LEED Silver.

Faculty and Alumni Recognized by Maryland State Arts Council

15365064460_649cdd1abb_zA number of UMBC faculty members and alumni received 2015 Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. The Maryland State Arts Council awards grants to individual artists and non-profit organizations for arts programming, projects, and assistance.

Timothy Nohe, visual arts, was recognized in the non-classical music composition category, while Susan McCully, theatre, and Mark Squirek ’91, history, were honored in the playwriting category. Ben Marcin ’80, economics, and Jaimes Mayhew ’10 M.F.A., imaging and digital arts, received awards in the photography category.

Click here to see the complete list of winners.

Kavita Krishnaswamy, CSEE Ph.D. Candidate, on CNN

kavitaUMBC student Kavita Krishnaswamy, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science and electrical engineering, was interviewed by CNN about how she has used a Beam telepresence robot to visit museums, attend computing conferences, and defend her Ph.D. proposal. Telepresence robots consist of a screen on motorized wheels that allows users to visit places and interact with people remotely.

Krishnaswamy is also an undergraduate alumna of UMBC (’07, computer science and mathematics). Her Ph.D. proposal focuses on using robotics to increase autonomy for people with severe disabilities and draws on her personal experiences with limited mobility.

Click here to read “Will robots help the bedridden see the world?” on CNN and here to see Krishnaswamy’s proposal defense on YouTube

Shared Services Centers Town Hall Meeting (3/23)

SSCThe Shared Services Centers (SSC) Team, which includes the Business Process Improvement, Communication, and Human Resources (BPI) Work Groups, as well as our Advisory Council, is moving forward with a go-live date of May 2015 for our initial two Phase I Shared Services Centers and many business process improvements.

Work groups have completed documentation of all current business processes and are nearly done mapping future business processes to assist in focusing our BPI efforts.
In our continuing effort to keep the campus informed and to allow for input and feedback, you are invited to attend a Shared Services Centers (SSC) Town Hall Meeting on Monday, March 23, 2015, 10-11 a.m., in University Center, Room 312.

Our Shared Services Centers Team has been working together to develop a detailed project plan for a May go-live, prioritize business process initiatives with go-live timeframes, determine hiring processes and finalize the TAP website design and content. We will share more details on all of the above at the Town Hall meeting.
BPI background and the work group summaries are posted on the myUMBC “Shared Services Centers at UMBC” group. Details on the work groups established and their roles are also posted there. Click on the “Documents” tab and then the “BPI & Implementation” folder.

SSC Town Hall Meeting Objectives:

  • To update the campus with details on Shared Services Centers (SSC) progress
  • To share our high level project plan
  • To update the campus on the Shared Services Centers (SSC) Advisory Committee and Work Groups; membership, roles, volunteer opportunities and progress
  • To share prioritization of Business Process Improvements (BPI) and related timelines
  • To allow an open public dialogue, giving the UMBC Community an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback

We look forward to seeing you there. The Town Hall will be webcast for those in need. Please contact Jean Donohue at donohue@umbc.edu if you plan on taking advantage of this.