The State of Maryland Health Risk Assessment and Wellness Program

The State of Maryland has implemented a new Health Risk Assessment and Wellness Program for employees with Health Benefits. To avoid a surcharge of $50 (plus an additional $50 for your spouse) in 2016, it is very important that you complete the following steps by September 30, 2015:

Step 1: Log into your health provider’s website and select a Primary Care Provider (PCP).

Step 2: Complete an online Health Risk Assessment (20-30 minutes) and print the results.

Step 3: Discuss the results with your doctor and have him or her complete a physician’s sign-off form. Note: the physician at University Health Services can complete your sign-off form.

Once you complete these steps your co-pays will be waived for the remainder of the year. If you have any questions or want to learn more about the Health Risk Assessment and Wellness Program, please attend the State Health & Wellness event tomorrow, May 12, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the University Center, Room 310.

We also encourage you to visit the Human Resources website for step-by-step instructions, including information on selecting a PCP, as well as a list of additional upcoming campus events.

If you have any questions, please contact Zahira Meyers in Human Resources at or 410-455-2479.

Challenging Times

To: The UMBC Community
From: Freeman Hrabowski and Philip Rous

We hope you have read our note from earlier today providing guidance to the campus regarding the recent events in Baltimore. We write now to encourage our community to continue to engage in thoughtful reflection, dialogue, and service around the complex social and economic challenges facing our Baltimore community—and communities across the nation.

Freddie Gray’s family has suffered a tragic personal loss, and we send them our sincere condolences. This event stands as a reminder of systemic issues of social injustice and inequality. These difficult times mark an opportunity to engage in honest conversations about these issues.

Our words and our actions speak volumes about our values. Courage to address critical social challenges—while respecting others—is a hallmark of the UMBC community. As a university, we have a civic responsibility to lead these conversations. We thank our faculty and staff who are supporting our students and leading discussions in classes and other venues on campus. We also thank our students who are participating in discussion and helping with clean-up activities and other initiatives in the city.

We recognize that one of the greatest strengths of our nation is the right of citizens to protest. As you each consider your personal response to the events unfolding in Baltimore, we ask that you act safely and responsibly.

The University’s administrative leadership met today with representatives of the faculty, staff, and student leadership to discuss our approach to supporting the broader Baltimore community. We encourage you to continue to be involved in programs and services that improve and enrich the lives of others through civic engagement.

UMBC has a long tradition of engaged scholarship, service learning, and community service. We are deeply involved in addressing critical social challenges in Baltimore and surrounding communities, whether in courses and research or providing direct services for youth through the Shriver Center and other programs. Through these programs we have established partnerships that will continue to serve our community in the months and years ahead.


Support & Guidance for Our Community in Light of Recent Events

TO: The UMBC Community

FROM: Freeman Hrabowski and Philip Rous

During this challenging time for our Baltimore community, our primary goal is to ensure the safety of all members of our community.

We are aware that events in Baltimore City and the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew affect many of our students, faculty, and staff living, working, and studying in and around the city. We encourage everyone who may be impacted to use their best judgment when making decisions about travelling to and from campus.

We encourage our faculty, staff, and students to be flexible in accommodating the challenges that some of the members of our community may face in travelling to classes, meetings or other on- and off-campus engagements. We understand that affected faculty may need to reschedule classes or temporarily use alternative methods of instruction, such as Blackboard. In addition, the University has approved liberal leave for personnel who are affected by these circumstances.

We are closely monitoring the situation across the region and will respond quickly should circumstances change. We will continue to update the campus and will inform the community immediately of any changes that would impact campus operations.

We understand this is a difficult time for UMBC and our Baltimore community. The UMBC Counseling Center is available to students who may need support. Please visit the Counseling Center website for additional resources or call 410-455-2472.

The Women’s Center is sponsoring a discussion at 4 p.m. today in the Commons. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Additional opportunities for community conversation and reflection are currently being developed and information will be shared as it is available.

Open Forum on Campus Construction Projects (5/1)

facilities-mgmtFacilities Management will be providing an open forum to provide details about all upcoming and ongoing campus construction projects. The open forum will be held in ITE Room 104 (Lecture Hall 7) from 12-12:50 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015.

The projects to be discussed affect the entire campus population and will be of interest to the majority of staff, faculty and students on campus.

The New Campus Entrance
This project alters the intersections at UMBC Blvd., Research Park Drive, and Hilltop Circle to incorporate traffic circles for improved safety and better traffic flow. Pedestrian plazas adjacent to the RAC and Admin Building are being improved, as well.

PAHB Stormwater Facility (Pond) Renovation
This project performs upgrades to enhance the function and appearance of the pond. The perimeter walls will be replaced, the pond deepened, and the landscape upgraded to provide a more functional stormwater runoff, as well as a more pleasing gathering space.

The Fine Arts Building Renovation
This project renovates space vacated by departments relocating into the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building. The upper floors of the north and south wings will be renovated to accommodate other departments and building systems will be updated for more efficient operation.

Apartment Renovations
This project renovates West Hills Apartments, the last phase of renovation of the apartment complexes. Hillside and Terrace Apartments were completed in previous phases.

The Event Center
The Event Center and Arena is proposed to be approximately 162,000 gross sq. ft. The center will be a multipurpose event facility to host a variety of revenue and non-revenue generating activities that serve both the University and local community needs. The facility will also serve as the home for the Athletic Department and the varsity basketball and volleyball programs. The project site is located along the east side of Hilltop Circle, opposite Commons Drive.

Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building
This project will seamlessly connect teaching and research activities to enhance and stimulate collaborative approaches to advance the State’s biotechnology industry and increase the number of STEM graduates. The building, located on the site of the Academic Services Building, will provide approximately 131,000 gross sq. ft. of flexible and adaptable research and education spaces to support current and future interdisciplinary life science programs.

Administration Building Green Roof
The France-Merrick Foundation has provided a grant to support building a vegetated roofing system/green roof on the Administration Building. This project will illustrate the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Although access to the roof will be limited, it will provide additional opportunities for academic research, teaching and learning.

Thank you for your participation in this information sharing opportunity.

New Human Resources Workplace Learning & Wellness Unit

TODlogcontactsmThe Human Resources (HR) Department is pleased to announce the reorganization and name change of the Training and Organizational Development Department to Workplace Learning & Wellness (WL&W). The WL&W Unit will continue to provide learning opportunities for staff and faculty that encompass personal and professional development, as well as highlight opportunities to care for the “whole” person through work-life balance and wellness.

Programs available under the WL&W will continue to encompass training opportunities with a focus on providing innovative ways of embedding practical skills learning, professional development, work-life balance and wellness into the fabric of our campus culture through a variety of awareness campaigns, Webinars and on-line learning, instructor-led sessions and cohort programs. Jill Weinknecht Wardell will manage the day-to-day operations of the WL&W in coordination with the HR Benefits Unit.

If you need additional information regarding current learning and wellness initiatives, as well as the revised vision for the WL&W, visit or contact Ms. Weinknecht Wardell at

Faculty/Staff Sexual Assault Reporting Protocol Training (4/17)


Faculty/Staff Sexual Assault Reporting Protocol Training
4/17/2015, 12-1 p.m.
Commons Room 331

This training is for all UMBC faculty and staff on what they are required to do when a student or staff/faculty member discloses an incident of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or harassment.

This training is limited to 36 people. Future trainings will be held if this training session reaches capacity; please feel free to request a training for your department by emailing

Performance Management Process (PMP)


March 31 marked the end of the PMP rating period (April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015). UMBC requires supervisors to evaluate the performance of all regular/grant-funded exempt and non-exempt employees. The deadline for submission of the PMP forms to the Department of Human Resources is Friday, May 1, 2015.

For additional information, visit If you have any questions, please contact Elmer Falconer at ext. 5-3645 or Shobhna Arora at ext. 5-1638.