Shared Services Centers (SSC) Town Hall Meeting (4/27)

Shared Services Centers (SSC) Town Hall Meeting
April 27, 2016
10-11 a.m., Library, 767

Join us at our next Town Hall to discuss progress and impact of our first two SSCs and planning for our next two.

Phase I & Phase II Updates, Shared Services Centers Roundtable Discussion, BPI – Automated HR Contract Renewal Demo & Update:

  • We will provide an update on the first year of operations for each of the new SSCs (CNMS and AAOU)
  • We will update on you on Phase II planning – planning schedules for implementing Shared Services in the College of Engineering and Information Technology and Student Affairs.
  • We will share data from the new RT ticketing system being used by the departments and SSCs to submit and track requests.
  • We will engage in open public dialogue in a roundtable discussion, giving the UMBC Community an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
  • We will demonstrate the new Automated Personnel Contract Renewal process.
  • We will share results and updates of the TAP (Toolkit for Administrative Professionals) website.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Friends of the Library & Gallery Dinner with Theatre (4/30)

Please join the Friends of the Library & Gallery for a delightful evening of dinner with theatre. The theatre performance this year is “Rhinocerous” by Martin Mooney, directed by Eve Munson. It promises to be an entertaining and thought provoking performance.

Reservations for this event must be received by the library by April 15, 2016. Please download and fill out the reservation form and email it to If you have questions or need additional information, please contact or call 410-455-2356.

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence: Cultivating a Survivor-Responsive Campus Workshop (4/6)

“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.

Please register for this event via myUMBC. We will only offer this workshop if five or more people have registered by the morning of April 6.

Workshop material will be covered from 4-5 p.m. Presenters have blocked an additional 30 minutes afterwards to be available for further questions and support. This workshop is open only to UMBC faculty and staff. A student workshop will also be offered during on April 12 from 4-5 p.m. in the Women’s Center.

UMBC community members are also encouraged to stop by the Clothesline Project before coming to this workshop. The Project will be displayed throughout the day on Commons Main Street from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Presenters: Jess Myers and Megan Tagle Adams, Women’s Center staff

Questions? Contact: Jess Myers, or 410-455-2714.

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 Monday, April 11 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Commons 329.

Take Back the Night 2016 (4/14)

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, join the Women’s Center on Commons Main Street on Thursday, April 14–let’s take back the night!

Events and activities include:

  • The Survivor Speak Out (begins by 6:15 p.m.)
  • Campus March Against Sexual Violence
  • The Clothesline Project
  • Community Resource Fair and Craftivism (including the opportunity to make Clothesline Project t-shirts, Monument Quilt Squares, and Dear Survivor letters)

If you are a faculty or staff member interested in volunteering for this event, please contact the Women’s Center at no later than April 1.

To learn more about what Take Back The Night, visit This event is co-sponsored by The Women’s Center, UHS Health Education, and the Voices Against Violence Program.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Annual Ceremony (4/17)

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), Chapter 22 UM-UMBC, will hold its annual initiation ceremony at UMBC on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the UC Ballroom.

The chapter cordially invites all UMBC faculty, staff, and students affiliated with any PKP chapter to join us in our celebration of the outstanding achievements of those who will be initiated. There will be light refreshments after the ceremony.

Please inform Karen Fedderly if you plan to attend, so we have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Blindfold Chess Spectacular with International Grandmaster Timur “The Blindfold Chess King” Gareyev (4/24)

Blindfold Chess Spectacular with International Grandmaster Timur “The Blindfold Chess King” Gareyev
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Lecture Hall 7 (ITE 104)
Free and Open to the Public


  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Blindfold Chess Simultaneous Exhibition: Watch Grandmaster Gareyev simultaneously play ten challengers while blindfolded.
  • 1 – 1:45 p.m., Lecture on Blindfold Chess: Listen to Grandmaster Gareyev explain the art of playing blindfold chess.
  • 2 – 4 p.m., Knockout Blindfold Chess Match: Watch Grandmaster Gareyev compete in a knockout chess match against the top three players from the UMBC Chess Team. All players will be blindfolded.