Speaker Donald Asher: How to Get Any Job With Any Major (10/24)

Donald Asher is an internationally recognized author and speaker on the topics of careers and higher education. Asher will be speaking on 10/24 @ 5pm in Lecture Hall 7 (ITE building).

Donald Asher is an internationally recognized author and speaker on the topics of careers and higher education. In America he is well known as “America’s Job Search Guru.” His career books include the ground-breaking Cracking the Hidden Job Market. He wrote the best-selling guide to getting into graduate school, Graduate Admissions Essays. He has also written The Overnight Resume, How to Get Any Job, Who Gets Promoted (named business book of the year), and Asher’s Bible of Executive Resumes (the largest compendium of executive resumes ever published). He is the author of twelve books in all, available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese. He is co-author of a new book on elite scholarships, The Best Scholarships for the Best Students. Asher was named a “Career Mastermind” in 2011 by the award-winning web portal QuintCareers. He has been the career columnist for USAirways Magazine, education columnist for MSN, and a contributing write r for the Wall Street Journal’s CareerJournal.com and CollegeJournal.com, college.monster.com, monster.com, careerbuilder.com, wetfeet.com, jobstar.org, Dow Jones’ Managing Your Career Magazine and National Business Employment Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the NACE Journal. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, New York Times, USAToday, Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail, salary.com, USNews & World Report, Fortune, Men’s Health, and many, many other publications. Asher holds the master of human resources and organization development from the University of San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy-religion from Reed College. He is a featured speaker over 150 times per year, including recent lecture tours in Canada, Mexico, India, China, South Korea, Morocco, and Germany, where he spoke about international career trends and the borderless career.

The talk will take place Wednesday, October 24, 5 p.m., in Lecture Hall 7. Refreshments will be served.

Special Collections Archives Month Exhibit (10/1-11/30)

“Student Voices in Print: A Selection of Student Publications from the UMBC University Archives” showcases five student publications including The Retriever Weekly, Voices, Bartleby, Dialogue, and The Red Brick. The exhibit includes selections from the University Archives – photographs, archival documents, and highlights from the publications are featured. Reproductions of the first issue of each publication are available at the exhibit cases for visitors to browse. The exhibit is part of our annual American Archives Month celebration.

The exhibit will be up through November in the Library Rotunda (by the elevators on the first floor).


UMBC Athletics Seeks Shot-clock Operators for 2012-13 Basketball Season

The UMBC Department of Athletics is seeking two (2) shot-clock operators for its men’s and women’s basketball games (approximately 30) for the 2012-13 season. Previous experience is not required, but the successful candidates should have an excellent working knowledge of college basketball. If interested, please contact Steve Levy, Associate Director of Athletics at slevy@umbc.edu.

Winter 2012 Commencement Ceremonies

From Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in UMBC’s winter 2012 Commencement Ceremonies. We will have two ceremonies this December in the Retriever Activities Center (RAC).

  • Graduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 20 in the RAC
  • Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 21 in the RAC

These commencement ceremonies are important events in the life of our scholarly community where we come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and recognize the outstanding commitment of our faculty and staff to their success. These events mean a great deal to our graduating students, their parents and guests.  I hope you will make a special effort to attend these events, to share this special time with our students and join in our community’s celebration of academic achievement.

RSVP PROCESS:  We have a streamlined process for faculty and staff to order regalia and to notify the staff that you intend to walk in theCommencement procession– whether you rent, purchase, or already own your regalia.  There is a single web-based response form for faculty and staff to respond, and, if desired, order regalia, all at one time. The address is http://my.umbc.edu/go/commencementform 

ORDERING REGALIA: As in the past, UMBC will subsidize the rental of academic regalia for faculty, and administrative and associate staff. Please order your regalia by October 29, 2012.  After that date, you will be asked to pay a late charge of $25Please note that it will not be possible to order regalia after December 10. Even if there is only 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 get delivery on time.  Regalia will be ready for pick-up in the Bookstore beginning December 10 through December 17. Please use the online Commencement RSVP form at

http://my.umbc.edu/go/commencementform to place your order.  If you have any questions, please call Gail Dupree at the Bookstore, x 53807. 

RSVP FOR MARCHING IN THE PROCESSION: Even if you do not order regalia, we need to know whether you intend to march in theCommencement procession, so that appropriate seating arrangements can be made.  Please give your RSVP on the website response form for Commencement by December 10, 2012. 


Stat Colloquium (10/12)

Flexible Bayesian Models for Process Monitoring of Paradata Survey Quality Indicators.

As data-collecting agencies obtain responses from survey participants, they are also gleaning increasingly large amounts of paradata about the survey process: number of contact attempts, interview duration, reasons for nonresponse, and so on. Paradata may be used to assess the performance of field staff, to describe the effects of interventions on the data collection process, and to alert survey managers to unexpected developments that that may require remedial action. With direct visual inspection and simple plotting of paradata variables over time, it may be difficult to distinguish ordinary random fluctuations from systematic change and long-term trends. The field of Statistical Process Control (SPC), which grew in the context of manufacturing, provides some computational and graphical tools (Shewhart control chart) for process monitoring. Those methods, however, generally assume that that the process mean is stable over time, and they may be ill-suited to paradata variables that are often “out of control.” In this talk, I present a flexible class of semiparametric models for monitoring paradata which allow the mean function to vary over time in ways that are not specified in advance. The mean functions are modeled as natural splines with penalties for roughness that are estimated from the data. These splines are allowed to vary over groupings (e.g., regional offices, interview teams and interviewers) by creating a generalized linear mixed model with multiple levels of nested and crossed random effects. I describe efficient Markov chain Monte Carlo strategies for simulating random draws of model parameters from the high-dimensional posterior distribution and produce graphical summaries for process monitoring. I illustrate these methods on monthly paradata series from the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Campus Card & Mail Services Department Launches Website

The Campus Card & Mail Services Department have made their debut on the web! Check out their new website to access information about the campus card, meal plans, mailing services, vending, DCARDs, and more! Head over to campuscard.umbc.edu now to check it out! Be sure to continue visiting the website for up-to-date information as their online presence continues to grow!