Kelsey Fitzpatrick ’12, Named Assistant Director of Annual Giving

UMBC Director of Athletics Tim Hall has appointed Kelsey Fitzpatrick as the Retrievers’ assistant director of annual giving. Ms. Fitzpatrick began her duties earlier this month.

The native of Delran, N.J. will be responsible for managing relationships with donors and prospects and will develop and implement strategies to secure financial support from a portfolio of prospects made up of UMBC alumni and friends.

She graduated cum laude from UMBC in May of 2012, earned her bachelor’s degree in health, administration and policy.

Ms. Fitzpatrick earned four letters as a member of UMBC women’s swimming and diving squad and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years.

Nazi Paikidze-Barnes Becomes U.S. Women’s Chess Champion

On Monday, April 25, former UMBC Chess Teammate, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes became the 2016 U.S. Women’s Chess Champion in spectacular fashion.

Going into the final round, Nazi had to not only win with the black pieces against the #2 seed, but the first place competitor also had to lose against the #12 seed. Despite these overwhelming odds, circumstances conspired in her favor and she finished as champion with a score of 8.5/11.0.

A detailed interview with Mrs. Paikidze-Barnes will appear on the UMBC Chess Program blog.

Women’s Financial Workshop: A Guide to Saving & Investing (5/2)

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees But Its Roots Are in Good Decisions

Faculty & Staff, please join us on Monday, May 2, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in UC 312 for a revealing trip through successful investing and saving strategies developed especially for you. TIAA (formerly TIAA-CREF) workshop leaders will show you the simple secrets to saving more:

  • Learn the core concepts that guide all investing, and begin
    to build an action plan
  • Find ways to take on life’s challenges without damaging
    future financial well-being
  • Discover your Financial Personality Type and determine
    your financial goals

Participate in group activities that get you thinking about your financial plan and motivated to take action. Save your spot today! Registration required by calling 1-800-732-8353 or online through TIAA.

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

Join us for Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day, April 27

A message from Diane Lee, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education:

On Wednesday, April 27 the campus celebrates the 20th Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD). Please join us to see outstanding work by UMBC undergraduates in all fields from original choreograph to original computer games; primary-source research in fields from history to music; and research, scholarship, and creative work from students in all disciplines. The day includes:

9:15 a.m. UC 312

  • Opening Remarks and the kick off of the day

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Oral presentations in UC 310 and 312 and Engineering 023
  • Dance, theatre, and music presentations in PAHB 337, the Dance Cube
  • Animation and video presentations in UC 204 (starting at 10:30)

12 – 12:50 p.m. – General Session in UC 310

  • Guest speaker Dr. Mark Reynolds ’78, MA ’82 psychology and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry
  • Introduction of the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Award Scholars
  • Reflections on 20 years of URCAD at UMBC

1 – 4 p.m.

  • Presentations in UC 310, 312, 204 and Engineering 023

The poster area in the UC Ballroom will be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with 177 presentations.

A full URCAD program can be found at Follow #URCAD.

Tim Cox, Academic Advising and Student Success, Featured in National Journal

A feature article by Tim Cox, assistant director of academic advising and student success at Shady Grove, was recently published in Academic Advising Today, a quarterly electronic publication of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

In the article, Cox describes how UMBC’s academic advising community supports and fosters multi-campus collaboration. He also shares examples of how UMBC’s community of experts helps inform and engage fellow advisors about the practice of academic advising across multiple campuses.

Read the full article »

AVP Facilities Management Retirement

After a 42 year career, Rusty Postlewate, our Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management, has decided to retire.  Rusty’s career in facilities management has spanned positions around the world from Korea to Germany and around the U.S. including 16 years in the higher education arena.

His accomplishments at UMBC over the last 6 years include the new Performing Arts & Humanities building, the new Campus Gateway, energy performance initiatives, and campus-wide landscape improvements, to name a few.  A farewell reception will be held in his honor on Friday, May 13th, at 3:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge.

We will greatly miss Rusty and know that you join us in wishing him the very best in his retirement!

Lynne C. Schaefer, Vice President, Administration & Finance
Terry Cook, Senior Associate Vice President, Administrative Services