Ready, Set, Retire! ORP Pre-Retirement Seminar (4/28)

facstaff5HRAre you in the Optional Retirement Program and thinking of retiring in the next 5 years? If the answer is “Yes”, don’t miss this opportunity!

Join us on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm in the University Center, Room 312.

This session is targeted to members of the ORP who are within five years of retirement (or those who just want general understanding of the ORP retirement process), this half-day session provides valuable information to prepare you for retirement. What you will learn from this valuable seminar:

  • Key steps in the retirement process
  • Health insurance options for you and your dependents into retirement
  • Social Security and Medicare benefits, presented by staff of the Social Security Administration
  • Distribution and payment options from your ORP through TIAA-CREF or Fidelity
  • Supplemental Retirement Maximums, IRS rules, and  distribution information.
  • Key information on other benefits

Register online on myUMBC. This seminar fills up quickly so please register early!

DoSA Fitness Basics Workshop (4/14)

Stop by the RAC Indoor Track on your lunch break for an opportunity to try out or Fitness Basics course. Change your scenery, briefly take your mind off of your projects and responsibilities, and come out from behind the desk to stretch your legs,

The Fitness Basics Workshop provides a great balance of low-moderate level cardiovascular training, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. This is a good “starter” workshop for those that may be new to working out, intimidated by group fitness or unable to complete extremely strenuous activity. Feel free to stay in your regular work clothes, put on your sneakers and join fellow faculty and staff at noon on the arena track.

Sign up ahead of time for free giveaways.

Faculty/Staff Sexual Assault Reporting Protocol Training (4/17)


Faculty/Staff Sexual Assault Reporting Protocol Training
4/17/2015, 12-1 p.m.
Commons Room 331

This training is for all UMBC faculty and staff on what they are required to do when a student or staff/faculty member discloses an incident of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or harassment.

This training is limited to 36 people. Future trainings will be held if this training session reaches capacity; please feel free to request a training for your department by emailing

March-April, 2015: SkillSoft Resource Highlight: Business Skills Curricula

facstaff5HRDid you know that you can use SkillSoft e-Learning to enhance your professional business skills regardless of your role or skill level. SkillSoft offers on-demand business courseware ranging from Administrative Support, Business Analysis, Finance and Accounting, Leadership, Management, Project Management and Team Building just to name a few.  Most courses are interactive in nature providing assignments to test your skills along the way and take only about an hour of your time.

SkillSoft also offers 5-15 minute Business Exploration Series videos to further your learning on a wide variety of business issues.   As you review your professional and personal development needs for the coming performance year, consider using SkillSoft as your e-learning partner.  Simply log into SkillSoft and click the ‘Catalog’ button on the homepage to access the Business Skills Curricula!

For more information about SkillSoft and the Business Exploration Series courseware, click here.

Visit the UMBC SkillSoft website for a Quick Start Guide, FAQs, and the link to log in to SkillPort.

To schedule a department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or

Understanding Performance Management: A Guide for Non-Supervisory Staff (4/17)

facstaff5HRIn this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP), you will have an opportunity to learn: Why performance management is important, the components of the PMP process, the importance of setting expectations and on-going communication, how to solicit and receive feedback, the benefits of completing a self-assessment and strategies for enhancing professional development.  Special focus will be on how to prepare for your performance review.

The workshop will be Friday, April 17th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in Engineering, Room 023.
Register by April 13th, and get a flyer here.

Career Community Meet-Up (3/27)

careerservicesThe Career Center invites you to a catered lunchtime discussion of applied learning at our next meeting of the new UMBC Careers Community. This informal meet-up will serve as an opportunity to connect with fellow faculty and staff specifically engaged in administering internships and/or research credit, share best practices and energize us as a team of professionals.

Career Community Meet-Up
Friday, March 27 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Building (room 428)
Please RSVP here. Lunch will be included.

– Update on New & Upcoming Career Center Events/Programs
– Discussion Sessions: How can we partner to elevate internship interest and highlight students’ achievements in applied learning? How can we create a shared database of career-related resources that departments can access and adapt to their needs?
– Show & Share: Tell us about an effective program or strategy your department has employed to support career development and/or internship success.
– Wrap-Up

Fitness Basics Workshop (3/5)

UMBCCome and join the Division of Student Affairs and the UMBC Recreation Department for the second Fitness Basics Workshop of the semester!

The Fitness Basics Workshop provides a great balance of low-moderate level cardiovascular training, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. This is a good “starter” workshop. Feel free to stay in your regular work clothes, put on your sneakers and join fellow faculty and staff on the arena track at noon. on March 5th.

Feel free to contact Jasmin Walters – Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness with any questions, comments, and/or concerns.