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.

Professional Staff Senate Nominations Now Open


Are you a UMBC professional staff member looking for a new challenge? Do you know a professional staff member on campus who would be the perfect fit for a leadership opportunity?

The PSS Elections Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Professional Staff Senate. Please submit your nomination today! Nominations are due by April 15th.

Keep in mind that each nominee must be a UMBC exempt employee that has been here for at least one full year. You may submit up to six nominations for this year’s election–don’t forget, self-nominations are also welcome!

Questions about elections? Contact PSS Vice President, Sue Plitt,

URCAD: The 19th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (4/22)

urcadUndergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day

Our guest speaker is Trevor J. Blank who received his bachelor’s of science degree in American Studies from the UMBC in 2005. He is an assistant professor of communication at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he teaches courses in folklore, mass media, and digital culture and researches subversive humor in the vernacular response to traumatic and shocking news events.


UMBC’s Professional Graduate Programs Open House (4/29)


UMBC’s Professional Graduate Programs Open House will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. EDT at UMBC South Campus (bwtech@UMBC South) 1450 S. Rolling Road; Halethorpe, MD 21227.

Join us to meet program directors, alumni and students from UMBC Professional Graduate Programs, and learn about industry trends and opportunities. Representatives from Financial Aid, Veteran Affairs, the Graduate School, and others will be on hand to answer your questions. The Open House will include breakout information sessions that will focus on Graduate Programs, including: Cybersecurity, Biotechnology, Health Information Technology, Engineering Management, and Systems Engineering.
If interested in attending, please RSVP online.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2015: Event Calendar

sexual_assault_awareness_monthApril is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Every two minutes, someone in America is sexually assaulted. 1 in 5 college women experience a sexual assault. 95% of college-aged victims know their attacker.

These are just a few statistics to highlight why this month of awareness is so very important for our campus and our greater community. We have several events this April that will honor the voices and experiences of survivors of sexual assault. Additionally, there are events that will seek to raise awareness about sexual assault and the importance of effective consent.

Please feel free to download our event calendar, mark your calendar with the events you plan on attending, and share the word with other students, staff, and faculty.

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault: Cultivating a Survivor-Responsive Campus Workshop (All workshops are in the Women’s Center)

  • Wednesday, April 8th from 12-1pm for UMBC students
  • Monday, April 13th from 4-5pm for UMBC faculty and staff
  • Friday, April 24th from 12-1pm for UMBC Greek Community members

The Clothesline Project Display
Wednesday, April 8th on Commons Main Street and the RAC (at the Retriever Health and Wellness Expo) from 10am-4pm. (Opportunities to make shirts for the display will be made available on several occasions leading up to the 8th… see calendar for details)

“It Happened Here” Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, April 15th from 5-7pm in the Women’s Center (sponsored by SJP)

Take Back the Night
Thursday, April 16th beginning at 6:00pm with a community resource fair on Commons Main Street. The survivor speak-out will begin at 6:30pm and will be followed by campus march. Follow #UMBCtbtn on social media for updates and join the Facebook event.

Voices Against Violence Protocol Training, Responding to Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence at UMBC
Friday, April 17th from 12-1pm in Commons 331.

After TBTN: A FORCE Monument Quilt Workshop
Friday, April 17th from 12-2pm in the Women’s Center.

If you have questions about any of the listed events or about sexual assault resources, please contact Jess Myers, Women’s Center Director, at, 410-455-2714 or Mickey Irizarry, Health Education Coordinator, at, 410-455-3752.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is sponsored by:

  • The Women’s Center
  • University Health Services Health Education
  • Voices Against Violence