She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing (6/11)

“Money doesn’t grow on trees but its roots are in good decisions.”

facstaff5HRJoin us on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in the Room 312 of the University Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a revealing trip through successful investing and saving strategies developed especially for you. TIAA-CREF’s workshop leaders will show you the simple secrets to saving more:

  • Learn the core concepts that guide all investing
  • Get motivated, build a plan and take action
  • Find ways to take on life’s challenges without damaging future financial well-being
  • Discover more about yourself with the Financial Personality Type Quiz
  • Break down what your real goals are and learn how to reach them via group activities

Save your spot Today! Registration Required by calling 1-800-732-8353 or online at (select ‘Upcoming Seminars’ and then ‘At your Workplace’).

Hosted by UMBC Human Resources. Questions about this seminar? Call Zahira Meyers at 410-455-2479 or Courtney Allen at 410-455-3648.

MAS Internal Control Education Session (06/24)

facstaff5HRAre you prepared for an audit in your area? Recognizing the benefits of internal controls and understanding internal controls is the best way to be prepared for an audit and is the responsibility of the campus community.

A two-hour session will cover this information on Wednesday, June 24th, in The Commons, Room 331 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and is appropriate for faculty and staff. It is highly recommended that new employees attend this session and existing employees who would benefit from reviewing internal controls are also strongly encouraged to attend.

Register by Monday, June 22nd on myUMBC. Please contact Sharon Doherty-Ritter in Management Advisory Services at or ext. 5-1620 for any additional information.

UMBC Recreation’s The Restoration Series (6/8)

This summer, UMBC Recreation is presenting a series of three workshops entitled “The Restoration Series”. These workshops are designed to motivate, inspire and prepare you for healthy, active living. Whether you haven’t worked out in a while, are new to working out all together or just have questions about how to go about it in the right way, we are here to help. The workshops will surpass the physical and teach you how to properly fuel your body and mind in preparation for movement.

Workshop 1: Renew (June 8 at Noon in the Fitness Studio)

It is time to look at “working out” in a different light. This workshop will focus on the mind. We will teach you tools to alleviate stress and anxiety and help you set realistic, achievable fitness goals. Learn meditative techniques and proper goal setting.

Please sign-up in advance to assure the availability of giveaways and supplies. Contact Jasmin Walters, coordinator of Fitness and Wellness, with questions or concerns at or x51539.

Stipends Available: Faculty Sustainability Workshop (6/1, 6/2)

sustainabilityStudents are interested in environmental sustainability. As a relevant issue facing the world today, tomorrow’s leaders will need to understand the factors impacting our environment and prioritize the wise use of limited resources.

Whether you are a professor, instructor, or lecturer at UMBC, in any discipline, sustainability can be incorporated easily into any class. Whether solving a math problem, writing an essay, or another hands on project, UMBC’s sustainability efforts can easily be advances while providing applied learning experiences. Join us for a two day workshop to advance the understanding and application of sustainability in the classroom.

Faculty Workshop: Sustainability Across the Disciplines
Facilitated by Dr. Rita Turner, Author, “Teaching for EcoJustice”

Third annual faculty curriculum development workshop. Stipends available for the first 10 UMBC faculty, instructors, and lecturers to register.
10am- 4pm Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd 2015.
Register Now

Receive a​ ​​curriculum ​​guidebook of sample classroom assignments, lessons, discussion prompts, and strategies that encourage students to think critically about how modern problems of sustainability and environmental destruction have developed, their root causes, and how they can be addressed.
Learn how UMBC faculty bring sustainability into classes in a broad range of disciplines through interesting course modules described by a variety of guest presenters
Discuss the sustainability challenges explored in your discipline and how to engage students in applying their field of study
Spend time on your syllabus, adopting new principles and modules into your own courses with support and discussion with colleagues

The workshop will take place at the new UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities Building, Seminar Room 229 with on-campus site visits to the community garden, the kinetic sculpture, and more.

Understanding the State’s Health Risk Assessment (5/12)

facstaff5HRIf you have health insurance through State of Maryland, come learn about the three wellness activities you need to do before September 30, 2015 to avoid paying higher health premiums next year!

Now is your chance to ask your health insurance carrier questions about the State of Maryland’s new wellness program. Please join us on Tuesday, May 12th anytime between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. At this event, you can meet your health insurance plan representatives from CareFirst, UnitedHealthcare, and Kaiser Permanente to:

  • help you understand the health risk assessment
  • answer your questions about the new wellness program
  • help with your online account and getting access to the health risk assessment
  • provide free blood pressure screenings

This is a walk in event, come anytime between 11:00 – 1:00 pm. No registration is required. We hope to see you there!

Social Security: One Piece of the Puzzle (5/11)

facstaff5HRPlease join us on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 12 Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the University Center (Room 312) for an insightful workshop on understanding your social security benefits. This workshop will be presented by Maryland Supplemental Retirement Plans (MSRP) and will address questions such as:

  • How can I maximize my Social Security Benefits?
  • How do I become eligible for Social Security?
  • How much can I expect to receive?

Please register early, space is limited. This workshop is open to faculty, staff, and contractual employees. Questions? Contact Zahira Meyers ( or Courtney Allen (

May-June 2015 SkillSoft: Special PMP Focus for Supervisors Creating Performance Development Plans

facstaff5HRIt’s a new performance year and time to discuss learning and development goals with your employees, which will eventually culminate in their Performance Development Plan (see Section 6 of the PMP form) for the coming year.  As you consider these goals together, please remember that SkillSoft is an excellent source for learning new knowledge, skills, and abilities. Courseware is offered in the following three areas – desktop skills, IT skills, and business (or soft) skills.  Actual courses range anywhere between 5 minutes and 5 hours and can be taken anytime from any computer with internet access.

We have created a couple resources to help you identify and create these goals together – a Personal Development Plan that helps define goals, action steps, and outcomes and an E-Learning Agreement on our SkillSoft website that clarifies the agreements made between you about the courses your employee will take in the coming year. We hope these SkillSoft resources prove helpful in your development conversations.

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