Management Advisory Services Internal Control Education Session (3/22)

Are 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 Tuesday, March 22, in The Commons, Room 331 from 10 a.m.-12 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, March 21, at: www.umbc.edu/training (locate the event and click “I can attend.”)

Please contact Sharon Doherty-Ritter in Management Advisory Services at doherty@umbc.edu or 410-455-1620 for any additional information.

New Assistant Vice President and Controller, Office of Financial Services

A Message from Ben Lowenthal, Associate Vice President, Financial Services:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sasha Hudson as Assistant Vice President and Controller in the Office of Financial Services, effective February 29.

Sasha brings over thirteen years of experience and proven leadership skills in financial management and operations, both within and for the University System of Maryland. For the past eight years she has held progressive managerial positions within the Comptroller’s Office at the University of Baltimore, most recently as Comptroller. Her previous accounting experience includes being on the audit team at SB & Company, the University System of Maryland fiscal auditors, where she led the grants portion of that audit for a number of years. Sasha, a licensed CPA, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Morgan State University and her Masters in Business Administration at University of Maryland University College.

I know that Sasha will be a valuable addition to our team. Please join me in giving her a warm welcome to UMBC.

Thank you.

UMBC Black History Month 2016 Calendar of Events

Check out our UMBC calendar of events highlighting what’s happening on and off-campus throughout the month of February and beyond! This calendar, available as a pdf on myUMBC and by hard copy, is produced by Student Life’s Mosaic: Center for Culture and Diversity and highlights some of the many events happening this month at UMBC and in Baltimore. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

If we missed adding your department’s event, just let us know! Send the details to mosaic@umbc.edu and we’ll be happy to add them to the pdf version of this calendar. (On and off-campus events are welcomed.)

Stay tuned to myUMBC for updates as the month unfolds!

Invitation to “Navigating Departmental Politics,” an Interactive Theatre Performance by the University of Michigan’s CRLT Players (3/31)

A message from President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous:

We are delighted to invite you to “Navigating Departmental Politics,” an interactive theatre performance, to be held on Thursday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.and again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Both performances will be held in the University Center Ballroom.

“Navigating Departmental Politics” is performed by the University of Michigan’s Center for Research, Learning and Teaching (CRLT) Players, which was developed as part of Michigan’s ADVANCE program. The highly-acclaimed Players use interactive theatre to address a range of issues common in academic life with the goal of sparking dialogue among faculty, graduate students, and academic administrators. In “Navigating Departmental Politics,” the Players focus specifically on faculty hiring and departmental climate, and the performances promise to inspire insightful conversations about the practices and interactions that impact the recruitment, hiring, and retention of diverse and excellent faculty.

This event is just one of our spring 2016 events focused on diversity and is part of the larger faculty diversity initiatives that we shared with you in November 2015. We look forward to your joining us at one of the performances.

Update on ACA Tax Forms

On January 4, 2016 you received an email from the Human Resources Department regarding impending notification that the State of Maryland would be distributing Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tax forms (also known as 1095-B and 1095-C) to employees in late January, 2016. Employees were encouraged to review the form(s) with their tax preparer before the 2016 tax return was submitted.

We have since received updated guidance from the State of Maryland, along with instructions regarding the 1095-B and 1095-C forms. Based on the revised instructions, the forms will be mailed to employees by March 31, 2016. Most importantly, the IRS also removed the requirement to attach these forms with your 2015 income tax return. Therefore, it is not necessary to wait until you receive the form(s) to file your income taxes for the 2015 tax year. The revised instructions are available on the HR website.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact our HR Benefits Staff at hrbenefits@umbc.edu.

Construction Begins on the Retriever Event Center

A message from Rusty Postlewate, Assistant Vice President, Facilities Management:

Beginning in early February the University will break ground on the Retriever Event Center, a state-of-the-art athletics venue and multipurpose facility designed to support the recruitment and retention of high-quality student-athletes, host student life activities and programs, and create a new home for many of our academic and institutional events. It will also provide a welcoming experience for all campus visitors and will continue to strengthen UMBC’s support of the surrounding community.

As crews work to mark off the construction site in preparation for excavation over the next few weeks, several areas across campus will be impacted. Specifically, the first phase of preparation and construction will require us to close Lot 28, located between the stadium complex and the future event center site, which will be converted to an access road for construction vehicles and equipment. Please pay close attention to any pedestrian detours in and around the construction area.

We encourage you to visit the new Facilities Management website and join our myUMBC group to receive news and updates and stay apprised of how construction on this project may impact you.

Thank you so much for your patience as we begin work on this important project. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.