Sad news for the UMBC community

Jill Wrigley, who served the UMBC community as a faculty member and mentor to student activists, passed away on Wednesday, October 5 after battling cancer. Jill was a passionate advocate who worked tirelessly to connect students to themes of social justice and food sustainability issues through her work on campus and across Baltimore City.

Jill joined UMBC in 2012 as an instructor in the Interdisciplinary Studies program, where she quickly earned a reputation as a thoughtful, compassionate, and conscientious community leader who inspired many students through her work and experiences. Most notably, in 2014, Jill worked with students and partners on campus to establish UMBC’s first community garden. Under Jill’s guidance, the campus expanded its food sustainability and justice initiatives to include a permaculture food forest and climate garden.

To learn more about Jill’s life and her impact on UMBC and the broader community, please take a moment to read her obituary in the Baltimore Sun.

Jill’s family sincerely thanks all of you for your expressions of kindness and sympathy during their time of bereavement.

Please Consider Giving to the Maryland Charity Campaign

A message from President Hrabowski:

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to write to you today about the launch on our campus of the annual Maryland Charity Campaign. This year, I once again ask that you give every consideration to making a charitable contribution to one or more of the nearly 1,000 charities participating in the campaign.

The campaign is co-chaired by Dr. Scott Casper, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Dr. Karl Steiner, Vice President for Research. If you haven’t already, you will be receiving additional information and resources about the campaign in the days ahead. All of us deeply appreciate the work of our colleagues who serve as coordinators in this effort and help make the campaign a success.

This year, UMBC’s Maryland Charity Campaign Cabinet has chosen the themeUMBC50: A Tradition of Caring. Every year, hundreds of UMBC colleagues make a difference with their charitable giving through this campaign. There are few illustrations of our community’s generosity and commitment more powerful than our collective participation in the Maryland Charity Campaign.

Thank you for giving this campaign your every consideration.

Sad news for the UMBC community

A message from Nancy Young, Vice President for Student Affairs:

I write with regret to inform our community of the sad news that senior Jackson Bleier passed away on Sunday, October 2. Jackson was studying health administration and policy and was a former member of the UMBC men’s swim team. UMBC Swim Coach Chad Cradock describes Jackson as caring, loyal, and dedicated to the team.

Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Chad Cradock at the UMBC Aquatics Complex Office.

Students who need support are encouraged to contact the UMBC Counseling Center at 410-455-2472.

I know you will join me in keeping Jackson and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

October 21 Deadline for Nominations for Staff Awards

A message from President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous:

Dear members of the UMBC community,

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, UMBC is fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated Exempt and Non-Exempt staff working in support of our mission. We encourage administrators, faculty, and staff who are familiar with the contributions of our outstanding staff to nominate them for one of these prestigious awards:

  • UMBC Presidential Distinguished Staff Awards
  • Board of Regents USM Staff Awards
  • Jakubik Family Endowment Staff Award
  • Karen L. Wensch Endowment Award for Outstanding Non-Exempt Staff

Descriptions of the four different kinds of awards and the eligibility requirements for each, along with a nomination form, can be found on the Staff Awards website. The Staff Awards Committee requires submission of only one nomination letter and completion of a brief nomination form, along with the nominee’s resume or job history form. Nominations should be forwarded to the attention of the awards committee, in the Office of the Provost, by October 21, 2016.

We look forward to the engagement of the entire UMBC community in recognizing through award nominations essential contributions toward UMBC’s mission of our outstanding exempt and non-exempt staff.

If you have questions about staff awards, please address them to Beth Wells, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, or 410-455-8907.


Middle States Self-Study Now Available

A message from Middle States Co-chairs Philip Rous and Bob Carpenter:

Dear members of the UMBC community,

The Middle States Self-Study has been completed and submitted to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In preparation for the external team visit on November 15-18, we are making the final version of the Self-Study available to the campus community to continue to build familiarity with the content.

The Self-Study is the result of over two years of sustained effort. While over 75 people worked directly on its construction, the Self-Study reflects the remarkable evolution of UMBC over the past decade and the contributions of the entire campus community, including faculty, staff, students, and administration, as well as our outside stakeholders.

Please take this opportunity to review the Self-Study and the culture of assessment we continue to build surrounding our mission and goals, planning and budgeting process, academic and academic support units, and student learning. Your doing so will help the campus conclude the accreditation process in a way that helps move the campus forward.

We would like to express our gratitude to all those who participated in the collection of material that supported the construction of the Self-Study and the many members of the community and study groups who drafted the chapters, vetted early drafts, and made recommendations. We also express our deep appreciation of every member of the UMBC community whose efforts have made our university the remarkable institution described in the Self-Study.

Please follow these links to the Executive Summary and the Self-Study.

Fair Labor Standards Act Campus Update

A message from Valerie A. Thomas, Associate Vice President, Human Resources:

Dear Members of the UMBC Community,

In early August, you received a communication from President Hrabowski about the new rule regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Over the past several months, Human Resources has been working with campus leaders about the impact of this rule on UMBC employees. As outlined in President Hrabowski’s message, one of our goals has been to implement approaches that place the value of our people first and foremost. With this in mind, our Human Resources Department has:

  • Provided executive leadership, President’s Council, the University Steering Committee, and shared governance groups with updates;
  • Met with division and department heads regarding work requirements and budget impact and formulated implementation approaches that will meet the business and service needs of the University – and allow us to be in compliance with the new regulation;
  • Developed an implementation timeline and various FLSA resources for campus, including FAQ’s, information sessions, and training resources, that provide employees with up-to-date information related to FLSA implementation. These resources are available on the Human Resources website.

The implementation deadline is December 1, 2016. We will continue to provide updates as additional information and decisions are finalized. In the interim, we encourage you to attend one of our upcoming campus information sessions:

Welcome Our Recently Hired Staff

  • Andrea Bankoski, The Hilltop Institute
  • Laura Bartolomei-Hill, MIPAR
  • P Christian, Shriver Center
  • Elizabeth Clark, MIPAR
  • Joshua Cole, Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education
  • Angelica Fell, Shriver Center
  • Chanelle Hinton, Shriver Center
  • Danyelle Ireland, Center for Women and Information Technology
  • Soonhee Lee, Counseling Center
  • Kevin Mitchell, Office of Enrollment Management
  • Harleigh Reese, Shriver Center
  • Sara Short, Office of Academic Opportunity
  • Brady Wheeler, Shriver Center