Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 51st Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the Graduate School, has published his 51st book, “Saved by Imagination and Humor.”

In his review, Richard Berlin writes: “Robert Deluty has always been one of the funniest poets on the planet. Maybe it’s my imagination, but in his latest volume, he has let loose with an even greater torrent of wonderful three-liners: my laugh-out-loud score was off the charts. At the same time, the poems contain his familiar (and consoling) warmth, wisdom, and compassion for the human condition. This is another great collection from a master poet.”

“Saved by Imagination and Humor,” as well as all of Dr. Deluty’s other books, are on sale at the campus bookstore.

Kristin Waters, admissions, hosts Webinar on Teleworking

Kristin Waters, Ed.D., Associate Director of Admissions, hosted a Webinar titled, “Teleworking: Is It Right for You” for the members of CAPACRAO (Chesapeake and Potomac Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers). The webinar was based on her research from her dissertation titled, “The Lived Experience of Teleworking: A Case Study from the Higher Education Environment.” This was the first webinar hosted by the organization, in a series being offered for professional development. The recording of the webinar can be found on the CAPACRAO website.

Gloria Chuku, Africana studies, featured on Nigerian broadcast television

Gloria Chuku, professor of Africana Studies, appeared live on Channels Television, Nigeria and discussed “Spotlight on the State of Education in Nigeria,” on July 9, 2016.

She has also recently presented a paper titled, “African Intellectuals and Decolonization: The Case of Mbonu Ojike,” at the 6th Toyin Falola International Conference (TOFAC), Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria, July 4-6, 2016.

UMBC Men’s Basketball Heads America East Programs in the Classroom

UMBC men’s basketball finished at the top of the class academically among America East programs for the 2015-16 academic calendar.

The Retrievers posted a league-high 3.08 grade-point average for the recently-completed year, as the conference announced the results of its annual Academic Cup. Moreover, Ryan Odom’s charges topped all of UMBC’s men’s programs this spring with a 3.17 semester grade-point average.

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The Hilltop Institute and its partners win grant to evaluate Delaware contraceptive access program

The Hilltop Institute has partnered with University of Maryland College Park and the University of Delaware to evaluate Delaware contraceptive access program.

Fifteen researchers from the three universities, as well as graduate research assistants and research associates, will be involved in a multi-year study, funded by a private foundation.

UMBC’s First-Year Seminars to be highlighted in new publication

Dr. Lisa Beall (2011, Applied Developmental Psychology), with the Office of Undergraduate Education, had a case study accepted by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience. The case study, to be included in their new volume, Educationally Effective Practices Within the First-Year Seminar, examines some of the high-impact practices taking place in UMBC’s First-Year Seminars. High-impact practices were culled from the seminars being taught by Dr. Vickie Williams, Education; Catherine Kruchten, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology; Dr. Autumn Reed, Provost’s Office; and Dr. Beall. They included service learning, interdisciplinary instruction (mathematical narratives), research and writing, and strategic reading.

Part of the vision we have for our First-Year Seminar program is to build culminating projects into each course that give students structured opportunities to consider, reflect upon, and express their growth in the course outcomes. The high-impact practices described in the case study are just a few examples of how students are being given those opportunities in our many First-Year Seminar courses.

The anticipated publication date for this volume is February 2017.