50 years, one amazing ice cream flavor (8/31)

The Welcome Week Ice Cream Social will take place on Wednesday, August 31st. As part of the 50th celebration, we are partnering with The Charmery in Baltimore to create a custom UMBC ice cream flavor to be unveiled at the Ice Cream Social. Think you have the winning combination? Email your ice cream concoction with name (think Retriever Fever, cinammon ice cream with cake bits and fudge swirls) to welcomeweek@umbc.edu.

We will work with our ice cream artisan at The Charmery to pick a winner and create the custom flavor! The event will take place the first day of classes at 8 p.m. on The Commons Terrace.

Bruce Walz appointed special assistant to the provost

A message from Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bruce J. Walz as special assistant to the provost for strategic initiatives, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Walz is a professor and currently serves as chair of emergency health services.

As special assistant to the provost, Dr. Walz will work closely with the provost on a variety of issues and programs related to UMBC’s strategic plan, with particular emphasis on maintaining effective communication to all campus stakeholders regarding the status of the plan. Dr. Walz will advise the provost on the design and deployment of Web-based and other avenues of effective communication and monitoring related to strategic planning and implementation activities, including the development of implementation timelines and priorities, evidence-based feasibility studies, measures of success, metrics, and milestones.

Dr. Walz served as co-chair of the campus-wide strategic planning process and brings to this position his extensive experience in shared governance. Most recently he has served for nine years as chair of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee (APB), a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, President’s Council and the University Budget Committee. He is currently a member of the Middle States accreditation steering committee.

Dr. Walz completed his Ph.D. in agricultural and extension education, with a concentration in adult education administration at University of Maryland, College Park in 1985. Before joining the UMBC community in 1987, he was manager of the Institute Development Division of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at UMCP. He coordinates and teaches in the education track of the master’s program in the department of emergency health services and also teaches undergraduate courses in leadership and supervision. Dr. Walz’s research interests include emergency services education and volunteer issues. He is the author of Introduction to EMS Systems and coauthor of Foundations of EMS Systems.

Dr. Walz is a past president of the National Association of EMS Educators and received the association’s lifetime achievement award in 2012. He is also a past president of Advocates for EMS, an industry coalition formed to inform and lobby Congress and federal agencies on issues related to emergency medical systems. In 2011 he received the University System of Maryland Regent’s Award for Public Service.

UMBC is fortunate to have someone of Dr. Walz’s stature and experience serve in this capacity. Please join me in congratulating and supporting him in this important endeavor.

Welcome to UMBC (9/20)

As UMBC turns 50, it is a particularly special time to celebrate and join together with President Hrabowski and Provost Rous in our annual tradition of welcoming new colleagues to the our community. This event will be Tuesday, September 20, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., in the UC Ballroom.

This fun, interactive event is a great opportunity to connect and get to know some of the remarkable people here at UMBC.  You will learn more about our 50th anniversary, our strategic plan, our shared values, and the resources and opportunities available to help you make a difference in our community.

Registration is required by September 9.

Co-sponsored by Events & Conference Services and Human Resources. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Welcome Week 2016 (8/27 – 9/5)

Welcome Week will take place Saturday, August 27 – Monday, September 5. Once again, academic departments are invited to host Departmental Receptions for new students as a part of Welcome Week.

These programs are typically informal gatherings coordinated by the academic department itself and hosted Wednesday, August 31 – Friday, September 9. Departments serve light refreshments and create an opportunity for students to meet with their faculty and staff. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation and the Office of Student Life will support your event by providing each department up to $100.

To participate, please contact Christine Schene in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation by Friday, July 22. Please include the following information: department name, date, location, and time of reception, as well as contact person and email. Once this information is submitted, it will be printed in the Welcome Week Program Booklet.

If you have any other questions, please contact Christine at cschene@umbc.edu or 410-455-3235.

Thank you for your assistance in welcoming new students!

Parking Reminder

The new academic year is quickly approaching and Parking Services is preparing to process the new permits for employees enrolled in parking payroll deduction. Permits will not be processed for employees with an outstanding fine on their account.

Please log into your Parking Account Management before August to review your account for outstanding fines and update your vehicles if needed.

Additional information will be provided in early August for the sale of employee permits.
The last day for summer crossover parking is August 26, 2016.

Call for Proposals: Maryland TRIO Conference

The Maryland Executive Council for Educational Opportunities (MECEO) is seeking proposals to present at its upcoming fall conference, October 2-4, 2016 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis.

MECEO is the professional TRIO association of the state of Maryland, representing 39 federally funded TRIO programs that serve underrepresented first generation, low-income, and students with disabilities from grades sixth grade through college graduation.  The TRIO Programs are a set of college opportunity programs funded through the U.S. Department of Education that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree.  These include pre-college programs, such as Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search, college programs such as Student Support Services, and services to adult learners such as Educational Opportunity Centers.

MECEO is looking to provide a diverse list of workshops on subjects related to the populations served by TRIO programs, as well as enrichment opportunities to personnel of these programs to better serve students.

Please refer to the call for proposal form for a list of suggested areas of interest, and to specify any presentation needs.  For information on presenting, or general information on the conference, please contact Mr. Shane J. McCormick in the Office of Academic Opportunity Programs at mcshane1@umbc.edu, or at 410-455-2700.