Thank You for an Incredible 50th Anniversary Celebration

A Special Thank-you Message from President Hrabowski:

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As I reflect on all that UMBC has accomplished over the past 50 years, I just wanted to thank all of you for your support in making UMBC’s 50th weekend such a memorable event.

Members of the UMBC family from across campus and across the State came together to celebrate this momentous occasion. On Saturday, a historic number of alumni returned to campus to join in the festivities. It was so special to see so many of our families, friends, and partners engaging in the wealth of activities across campus. I also want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who were so generous with their time and energy and who were instrumental to the success of the event.

I am excited for all of the upcoming events in the fall and spring, and for all that is to come in our next 50 years.

Planning for Performance Management: Guide for Supervisors (10/6)

This workshop is required training for all supervisors of Regular and Grant Funded Staff.   In this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP) you will learn about the benefits of performance management, the importance of ongoing communication, the PMP cycle, how to use the PMP form and strategies for professional development. Elmer Falconer, Director of Employment/Labor Relations, is the instructor for this workshop.

Space is limited – Please register now!  Registration deadline is September 29, 2016.

Google Apps: Part I – Google Docs (10/5)

In today’s fast-paced and complex business world, learning to, as Stephen Covey puts it, “sharpen the saw,” as it relates to continued development, gives employees a critical workplace advantage in reducing stress and improving efficiency.

Come join UMBC faculty and staff colleagues in learning techniques, strategies, and tools that have the ability to enhance your personal and professional effectiveness and enhance productivity.

Saving multiple versions of a document and sending infinite attachments is a fad of the past. Google Docs allows users to collaborate and edit documents simultaneously. Docs instantly saves revisions and creates a revision history. In this session, participants will learn  how to create a doc, share it with others, set permissions, and view a revision history. Add-ons to this system will also be reviewed, featuring HelloFax and HelloSign.

Space is limited – Please register now!  Registration deadline is September 28, 2016.

Newly Enhanced Workplace Learning & Wellness Website

We are excited to debut our newly enhanced Workplace Learning & Wellness website for our UMBC faculty and staff!

We have improved not only the look and feel of the site, but also have included sections with information on our leadership development programs and other leadership resources. In responding to your desire for more targeted SkillSoft programming, we have also created 7 UMBC SkillSoft Certificate Tracks to maximize your personal and professional development.

We invite you to explore these and our other Workplace Learning & Wellness website resources today!

Personal Leadership & Project Management Graduation (9/26)

Would you like to find out more about UMBC’s 12-month leadership development program, Personal Leadership & Project Management? Join us for the graduation ceremony for Cohort II on Monday, September 26th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Library 7th floor.

You’ll learn more about the program, hear lessons learned from graduates via Core Learning Team presentations, and hear more about the importance of leadership development for UMBC’s future.

Please RSVP by email to Jessica McMurtrie ( by Wednesday, September 21.

Wellness Wednesdays: Breast Cancer 101 (10/5)

Interested in finding simple yet impactful ways to weave wellness into your professional and personal life? If so, please join faculty and staff colleagues for Wellness Wednesdays the first Wednesday of each month (September to June) from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the RAC Lobby. Each session offers information, resources, and/or immersion into different wellness modalities that are supported at UMBC.

In this interactive 1-hour workshop offered by University Health Services staff, participants will learn the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, early detection methods, treatment options, and support resources. The session will also include a conversation about risk factors and ways to reduce your risk through diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration deadline is Friday, September 30th. Register Now.

April Householder, Gender and Women’s Studies, publishes new book, “Feminist Perspectives on Orange is the New Black”

April Householder, Gender and Women’s Studies Instructor and assistant director of the McNair Scholars program, has published a new book, “Feminist Perspectives on Orange is the New Black,” which analyzes the popular Netflix show’s multiple layers of meaning from a number of feminist perspectives through a collection of essays. The contributors cover topics such as gender, race, class, sexuality, transgenderism, mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex, disability, and sexual assault.