We Need Hundreds of You to Reach Thousands of Us

A message from President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous:

As the semester ends, we want to share highlights of UMBC’s 50th anniversary celebration and encourage your participation in upcoming events, particularly the special weekend celebration planned for September 16–19.

UMBC50 celebrates the Grit & Greatness that make UMBC a national model of inclusive excellence in higher education. Thank you for all you do to make our UMBC such an exceptional community.

Commencement 2016

Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust will speak at undergraduate Commencement May 19 to celebrate our institutions’ shared commitment to greater inclusivity in higher education. We are also thrilled to welcome UMBC alumnus and Clemson University President Jim Clements back to campus as our graduate Commencement speaker May 18. Both of these distinguished speakers will receive honorary degrees.

Alumni Engagement

UMBC now has almost 70,000 alumni. Over the past 10 years, 30 percent of those alumni have been engaged with the campus through events, volunteering, and philanthropy. This is a good foundation, and there is plenty of room to expand alumni connections with the current life of the campus. We are delighted that more than 70 departments, programs, and alumni groups submitted proposals for 50th anniversary alumni programming during this academic year and next year. The Office of Institutional Advancement, with input from a campus-wide committee, has awarded nearly $100,000 to 30 applicants. OIA also continues to work with many other departments that plan to engage alumni during this special year. OIA staff will offer three workshops in May and June for colleagues planning 50th anniversary events. Click here for more information.

September 16–19 Celebration

The weekend leading into the actual anniversary date of September 19 represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to dramatically increase alumni engagement. We know that robust faculty and staff participation during that weekend is essential to attracting alumni participation. The September celebration will span Friday, September 16, through Monday, September 19. It is especially important to have faculty and staff on campus Saturday, September 17, when the greatest number of alumni are expected to attend. For one day only, UMBC will be a party school, as we celebrate the collective Grit & Greatness of our special community.

  • A luncheon will honor retired faculty and staff, founders no longer with us, and past winners of Presidential and Regents awards.
  • An afternoon, family-friendly festival will center around the Performing Arts and Humanities Building so that alumni can experience this transformational new building. There will be smart-fun, recreation activities, a soccer match, performances, and many opportunities for reunions with alumni. GRIT-X talks featuring faculty and alumni experts will run through the afternoon in the PAHB.
  • After sunset, a spectacular celebration finale will feature a UMBC trivia quiz competition and a light show accompanied by fireworks.

We need hundreds of you to reach thousands of us. Please mark your calendar now for September 17 and contact alumni you know to invite them to join you.

Retriever Stories

The 50th celebration is already underway online at Retriever Stories —retrieverstories.umbc.edu — an innovative website built through a partnership involving the Imaging Research Center, the Division of Information Technology, and the Office of Institutional Advancement. The beta version has attracted 300 posts and 250 unique users in just two weeks. We encourage you to visit the site often to enjoy stories from alumni and share your own.

For more information on UMBC50, please visit 50.umbc.edu.

Summer Session 2016 – Tuition Remission

Faculty and staff with dependents in college: Students who attend other colleges and universities can earn transferable credits during UMBC summer session.

Eligible faculty and staff can apply for summer tuition remission for their dependents, spouses, or themselves. Information about tuition remission is at hr.umbc.edu.

Information about summer session, including how to apply as a visiting student, is at umbc.edu/summer.

Career Center Relocation for this Summer Only

The Career Center will be relocating temporarily to the Physics Building while we remodel this summer!

Please note the Career Center will be closed Friday, May 20th and Monday, May 23rd to move to our new facility.

Beginning, Tuesday, May 24th, we will be open for business on the third floor of the Physics Building. The main reception area will be Physics 325. Our main line (410-455-2216) and staff phone numbers will remain the same during our relocation. We plan to return to the 2nd floor of Math/Psychology in early August.

High School Commencements at UMBC

UMBC will host several, local, high school commencements in The RAC. The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 24 – Howard Community College
  • Friday, May 27 @ 10 a.m. – Severna Park H.S.
  • Friday, June 3 @ 10 a.m. – Woodlawn H.S.
  • Friday, June 3 @ 2:30 p.m. – Landsdowne H.S.
  • Friday, June 3 @ 7:00 p.m. – Catonsville H.S.

Information about campus traffic flow adjustments will be sent out to the campus community from Paul Dillon, Deputy Chief of UMBC Police, in the days leading up to the commencements schedule.

Other questions can be directed to Joel DeWyer, Associate Director for Event & Conference Services at 410-455-1446.

Wellness Wednesdays: Seated Massage and Myofascial Release (6/1) 

Interested in finding simple yet impactful ways to weave wellness into your professional and personal life?  If so, please join faculty and staff colleagues for Wellness Wednesdays the first Wednesday of each month (September to June) from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the RAC Lobby.  Each session offers information, resources, and/or immersion into different wellness modalities that are supported at UMBC.

Learn how to relax and rejuvenate at your desk.  Join Katie Birger, Lecturer, Health Administration and Policy and Andrea Thornton, UHS Massage Therapist  June 1 for a seated yoga and Myofascial Release workshop.  Take away techniques that can help you relax your body and mind even on those busy days when there’s so much to get done, helping you make healthy choice every day!

Space is limited and registration is required.  Registration deadline is Friday, May, 27, 2016. Register at: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/training/events/34850.