Supervising and Developing On-Campus Student Employees (2/13)

An organization’s greatest assets are the people who produce the products or services. Employee engagement in work activities is a critical factor in organizational success.

For student employees, methods of engagement need to begin early in their learning process so they can begin to draw the connections between their interests, strengths, and learning styles; their academic major; and the workplace. Their supervisor can play a valuable role in not only helping students learn about appropriate workplace behavior, but also helping them learn about themselves and their future career development. In this workshop you will learn how to coach student employees and build effective communication skills; use tools to address common competencies needed including time management and professional skills; and develop your student performance evaluation process including setting expectations and providing feedback.

The workshop will be Thursday, February 13th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in the University Center, Room 312.

Register by Wednesday, February 5

January SkillSoft Topic of the Month: Managing Your Career: Creating a Plan

Getting and keeping your career on track takes careful planning. Approaching your career proactively and being able to recognize opportunities to move ahead are key to smart career management. This course guides you through the process of taking stock of your present situation and determining the best way ahead. It starts with taking inventory of your values, interests, skills, and needs. Then based on these findings, you can determine your strengths. This course provides examples of roles in which you could use those strengths. It also provides tips on how to deal with any weaknesses that are holding you back.

This is course number: pd_10_a01_bs_enus

Visit the UMBC SkillSoft website for a Quick Start Guide, FAQs, and the link to log in to SkillPort. For more information about the Business Exploration Series courseware, click here.

To schedule a department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, call ext. 5-6262 or

Chess Team Places 2nd in “World Series” of College Chess

Congratulations to the UMBC Chess team for placing second in the 2013 Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship held December 27-30, 2013 at Texas Tech. The team will advance to the “Final Four” of chess to be held in New York City in the Spring along with Webster Univ. (1st), Illinois (3rd) and Texas Tech (4th).

During the championship, UMBC defeated the University of West Indies, the University of Toronto, the University of Texas, Brownsville, Webster University C, and the University of Texas, Dallas A. UMBC’s only loss was to Webster University A, in round three. UMBC Team B won the Division V prize.

The UMBC Chess Team A for the 2013 Pan-Am Champioship had the following members.

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  • Board 1: GM Niclas Huschenbeth (USCF rating 2610)
  • Board 2: GM Akshayraj Kore (2519)
  • Board 3: M Levan Bregadze (2469)
  • Board 4: IM and WGM Nazi Paikidze (2378)
  • Alternate: WGM Sabina Foisor (2315)

Read more about the Pan Am.

Heart Health 101: Prevention Strategies for Increased Health and Vitality (2/19)

This year, more than 1 million Americans will have a heart attack or stroke, making heart disease the leading cause of death in men and women in this country.

Luckily, many risk factors are things you can do something about, and taking a preventive approach can help you lower your risk and keep your heart strong and healthy for years to come. Come to this session for life-saving information and expert advice on heart health.

In this informative 1-hour program, you will learn the basics of heart health, risk factors, and preventive strategies to steer clear of heart disease.

Interventional Cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Gupta will also discuss common questions regarding preventive cardiovascular health, including:

  1. Who needs to exercise?
  2. What is the importance of controlling risk factors?
  3. Who needs to take medications?

This workshop will be on Wednesday, February 19, 9–10 a.m. in The Commons Room 331

Please register by February 11

Feel free to bring your specific questions regarding cardiovascular disease. There will be Q&A time at the end of the session. University Health Services will offer optional Body Mass Index (BMI) and blood pressure screenings from 10-10:30 a.m.

USM Foundation Training Opportunities at UMBC (1/16; 1/21)

In the Foundation’s continuing effort to provide enhanced client services, they are bringing the Dashboard and New Administrator Trainings back to UMBC.

Dashboard training session is scheduled for Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Training will be held on UMBC’s campus in Commons 331. Register Now »

New Administrator training session is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Training will be held on UMBC’s campus in Commons 331. Register Now »

Mindfulness Meditation 101 (3/13)

In this experiential workshop you will learn the basic tenets of mindfulness meditation – a practice that has the ability to transform the way you look at and experience life. Some of the benefits of a regular meditation practice include decreased stress, enhanced productivity and better relationships. In this program, you will learn basic breath meditation; awareness of thoughts, body sensations, and emotions; non-judgmental language to describe your experiences, and Lovingkindness meditation to increase peace in life.

The workshop will be Thursday, March 13th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in the University Center, Room 312.

Register by Wednesday, March 5

This session is full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this program, please email

Peace@UMBC Meditation Community Resumes January 31st!

Peace@UMBC is a weekly meditation hour open to faculty, students, and staff who want to cultivate greater peace in their lives and relationships through the development of a meditation practice. Join us as we sit together and explore our inner experience. No meditation experience is necessary – all are welcome!

We will sit together on Fridays from 1-2 p.m. in the Women’s Center (Commons 004). All sessions will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. so we ask that out of respect for others you please arrive on time. Seating is limited and spaces are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The first Friday session of each month is open for all but designated for newcomers to meditation as we will provide instruction in sitting meditation, conscious breathing, and ways to set-up a regular meditation practice. The remaining sessions of each month will be focused on sitting meditation. We will be exploring a variety of meditation techniques lead by different facilitators. For more information contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at 410-455-1442 or

Winter 2013 Commencement

REGALIA PICK-UP: Faculty and staff regalia will be ready for pick-up from the Bookstore between December 9 and December 16. Regalia will not be available for pick-up at the RAC.

  • The Graduate Commencement procession on December 19 will begin promptly at 9:50 a.m.
  • The Undergraduate Commencement procession on December 20 will begin promptly at 9:40 a.m.

LINE UP LOCATION AND PROCESSION: Faculty and Associate Staff who are marching in the procession will line up on court 1, in the multi-purpose gym. Enter the RAC at the main entrance and go directly downstairs, where light refreshments will be available. Please line up at 9:15 a.m. There will be security personnel to monitor coats and jackets.

INFORMATION FOR PhD MENTORS: Faculty members who are mentors to graduating Ph.D. candidates should report to the lower level (basement) of the Sondheim Hall no later than 9:15 a.m. Do not report to the regular line-up area for faculty and staff. Mentors will accompany their students in the procession and will hood them on stage as part of the ceremony.