Shared Services Centers (SSC) Town Hall Meeting (2/16)

Join us at our next Shared Services Centers Town Hall on February 16, 2016 in UC312 at 10 a.m. to discuss updates, reactions, and metrics of our first two SSCs. Main discussion points include:

  • Update on the first six months of operations for each of the new SSCs (AAOU and CNMS)
  • Data from the new RT ticketing system being used by the departments and SSCs to submit and track requests.
  • Staff reactions to the services being delivered.
  • Results and updates of the new TAP (Toolkit for Administrative Professionals) website – your single source for information on administrative tasks at UMBC
  • Update on Phase II planning – who is next?

We will also engage in open public dialogue, giving the UMBC Community an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Access MD Program and Campus Facility Accessibility (2/3)

Facilities Management, the Office of Human Relations, and Student Support Services are hosting a review of recent and current projects that enhance accessibility, as well as a discussion of potential new projects that will improve the physical environment of UMBC and meet the needs of students, staff, faculty and visitors with disabilities. Your ideas, suggestions and feedback will inform the process for our AccessMD Program project proposals.

One source of potential projects comes from campus discussions that are held in the early spring. This year’s second discussion for our FY 18 submission will be held on February 3, 2016 at noon in the Library on the 7th floor assembly area.

Our current Accessibility Map is both a reference and a resource. If you are unable to attend, or have an idea later in the year, this is a year-round process, more information is on our website. Each presentation is in anticipation of this year’s submission.

Please contact Celso Guitian in Planning and Construction Services at or 410-455-5578 or Stephanie Lazarus, ADA/Section 504 Coordinator at or 410-455-5745 with questions or concerns. ASL interpretation will be provided. Individuals requesting accommodations for disabilities should contact as soon as possible to request accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Public Policy Info Session (2/18)

Learn about the UMBC Master’s Degree in Public Policy (MPP) at an information session on Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m. in Public Policy Room 438.

Enjoy a light dinner and talk with faculty and current students about the field of public policy, career opportunities, and how to apply to our MPP program. Those interested in the PhD are also invited to the session.

This event is open to prospective students on and off campus. To register, email your name, year, and major to Sally Helms,

You Can Play Nights (1/27 & 1/30)

Support the safety and inclusion of all in sports – including LGBT athletes, coaches, and fans by supporting your UMBC Retrievers for You Can Play Night on Wednesday, January 27 at 7 p.m. as the women’s basketball team takes on Binghamton and/or on Saturday, January 30 at 1 p.m. as the men’s basketball team takes on New Hampshire.

Both games will take place in the RAC.

#AEFOODFRENZY Winter Food Drive (2/8 – 2/29)

SAAC and the America East’s #AEFOODFRENZY Winter Edition has begun and will run through Monday, February 29th. Our exchange date this winter is on February 8th with Stony Brook at the men’s basketball game. Boxes are set out in the RAC lobby, so please make your donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food items. This fall UMBC donated 159 lbs of food to the Maryland Food Bank. Let’s beat that number this winter! You may also donate online and all proceeds will go towards our totals and will then be donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

Healthcare and Cybersecurity Outlook for 2016 (1/19)

Covenant Security Solutions invites everyone to participate in a free Learn @ Lunch webinar on Tuesday, January 19th at 1pm EST.

Covenant Security Solutions, Inc. Founder and CEO Danyetta Magana talks to one of the nation’s leading health information technology and cybersecurity experts Dr. Mansur Hasib. With 30 years of experience in the field, Dr. Hasib teaches cybersecurity in the graduate program at UMBC and at the undergraduate program at UMUC.

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence:Cultivating a Survivor-Responsive Campus Workshop (1/22)

“Survival is testament to someone’s strength. Healing is testament to the community surrounding her.” –Lisa Factora-Borchers

As a University community, we are expected to report incidents of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. But what else can faculty and staff members do to best support students who have experienced this kind of violence? What do we say? What do we not say? Most importantly, how can we build trust and help empower survivors and create a survivor-responsive campus community?

This workshop will provide learning space for UMBC’s faculty and staff to become familiar with the scope of the problem of sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence on college campuses, challenges related to healing for survivors, and tools for personal self-care. The majority of the workshop will focus on best practices for responding sensitively and effectively to student survivors who are experiencing an immediate crisis or ongoing trauma.

Workshop material will be covered from 11-12 p.m. Presenters have blocked an additional 30 minutes afterwards to be available for further questions and support.

If you are interested in attending, please register for this event. We will only offer this workshop if 5 or more people have registered by the afternoon of Monday, January 11.

  • Presenters: Jess Myers and Megan Tagle Adams, Women’s Center staff
  • Questions? Contact: Jess Myers, or x52714.

The workshop today is open only to UMBC faculty and staff. A student workshop will be offered in April in the Women’s Center as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

If you would like to have the Women’s Center staff present this workshop at your department meeting, we’d be happy to accommodate. Contact Jess Myers at or x52714 for more details.

Please note: This workshop does not cover specifics related to UMBC’s reporting requirements and procedures for sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Faculty and staff who are interested in the VAV Responding to Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence training can attend the next training held on Friday, January 22 from 11-12 p.m. in Commons 327.