Supporting Academic Success of Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings (2/25)

Support JJ FlyerThe White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans will host “Supporting Academic Success of Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings” at UMBC on February 25, 2015, in partnership with the Choice Program at UMBC and the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.

Speakers from the US Department of Education, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, The Choice Program at UMBC, and the University of Maryland School of Social Work will discuss how to support the development and success of young people in the juvenile justice system.

Community members who are interested in attending the event can RSVP here.

Brahms Triple Play (2/22)

436px-johannes_brahms_1853The campus community is invited to attend Brahms Triple Play: an afternoon of works by Johannes Brahms, on Sunday, February 22, at 3 pm in the Concert Hall. Department of Music faculty members Audrey Andrist, piano, Gita Ladd, cello, and Airi Yoshioka, violin, are joined by Katherine Murdock, viola, for a thrilling program of chamber music by the great Romantic composer, featuring:

• Sonatensatz for violin and piano, WoO 2
• Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
• The monumental Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25

$15 general admission; $10 seniors; $5 students. Tickets are available online at MissionTixAdmission is free with a UMBC ID (tickets available at the door).

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Bob Paris, Visiting Artist Lecture (2/19)

screen-shotOn Thursday, February 19 at 5:30 pm, the campus community is invited to attend a lecture by visual artist Bob Paris in the Public Policy Building, Room 105.

Bob Paris investigates mass media, social duplicity and our culture of violence. His first foray into installation art was in 2006 with Disturbance, a sprawling series of video installations that excavate the ghostly remains of the 1992 Los Angeles riots to consider spectacle, social disaster and historical erasure. Paris is currently the director of The Cluster Project, an ongoing, online artwork that explores the thriving universe of cluster bombs, drones, nukes, and other indiscriminate weapons of terror. Since its inaugural launch, the project has released eleven distinct multimedia artworks, with more to come. These videos, animations, illustrations, performances, interventions, and data flow programming works, together with a wry and inventive blog, inspect our culture’s enduring embrace and simultaneous disinterest with weapons, war and civilian casualties. Paris’s videos have screened at venues around the world including the Whitney Biennial, the Image Forum Festival in Tokyo, and the Rencontres Internationales in Paris and Berlin. Paris was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and received a master’s degree at its Graduate School of Journalism. He is an associate professor in Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches video production and socially engaged media.

Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Department of Visual Arts, Visiting Artists and Designers Series. Image: Still image from The Children Experiment.

10th Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction Scholarship Fundraiser (4/24)

alumIsn’t life grand!

Join fellow UMBC colleagues, alumni, and guests for an elegant evening filled with jazz, excellent company, delicious food, and fine wine. Your attendance and participation in the silent auction will benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship for current UMBC students. For more information about the event and to register for tickets, click here.

If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor or donating items for the silent auction, please contact Jessica El-Zeftawy ’08, ’12 in the Office of Alumni Relations at or by calling 410-455-1678.

Please note: early-bird pricing ends February 28.

Academic Advisers: Identifying High Risk Health Behaviors (3/26)

facstaff5HRAcademic advisers play a key role in supporting student success and helping students access resources for various issues that could impede their academic success. Risky alcohol & drug use has been shown to have a high correlation with poor academic performance (missing class, late or missed assignments, memory affects, etc). It can also cause health issues that could later on affect academic performance (getting sick a lot, disrupting sleep, etc). Many students don’t see the direct relationship between their alcohol/drug use and their studies. And while our data shows that most UMBC students either abstain from alcohol/drug use or use them in responsible ways, the smaller percentage of students with high risk behaviors are experiencing great consequences as a result of their use.

This training is designed for academic advisers to help them understand the connection between alcohol and drug use as it relates to academic performance, retention, and overall student success; how to recognize or screen students with high risk alcohol/drug use; and then how to refer students to the appropriate resources for help/support.

The training will take place in UC 312. Doors open at 8am. Training begins promptly at 8:30. Breakfast and coffee/tea will be provided.

This training is being hosted by University Health Services within the Division of Student Affairs, with outside support and trainers from the Maryland Collaborative. This training is also supported by the Professional Academic Advising Community at UMBC.

For more information, click here or contact