P-14 School and Community Connections Survey

We would like you to complete the following survey to assist UMBC’s efforts to develop and sustain P-14 school and community connections. (Note: P-14 includes PreK-12 and community college.)

P-14 school and community connections Survey

The intention is to streamline the process of fulfilling requests for off-campus collaboration (i.e., guest lectures, video conferences, tutoring, mentoring, etc.). If you are not interested in being notified of volunteer opportunities that match your interests and expertise, please do not complete this survey.

Student Disability Services Relocation to Sherman Hall for the Summer

Please note Student Disability Services will be closed on Tuesday, May 24th, and will have limited business operations on Wednesday, May 25th, due to our summer relocation to Sherman Hall for Math/Psychology building renovations.

Beginning on Thursday, May 26th, normal business operations will resume on the third floor of Sherman Hall B-wing. The main reception area will be shared with Learning Resources Center, Sherman Hall 345. Our main line (410-455-23459), staff phone numbers and our email (sss@umbc.edu) will remain the same during our relocation.

UMBC’s First-Year Seminars to be highlighted in new publication

Dr. Lisa Beall (2011, Applied Developmental Psychology), with the Office of Undergraduate Education, had a case study accepted by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience. The case study, to be included in their new volume, Educationally Effective Practices Within the First-Year Seminar, examines some of the high-impact practices taking place in UMBC’s First-Year Seminars. High-impact practices were culled from the seminars being taught by Dr. Vickie Williams, Education; Catherine Kruchten, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology; Dr. Autumn Reed, Provost’s Office; and Dr. Beall. They included service learning, interdisciplinary instruction (mathematical narratives), research and writing, and strategic reading.

Part of the vision we have for our First-Year Seminar program is to build culminating projects into each course that give students structured opportunities to consider, reflect upon, and express their growth in the course outcomes. The high-impact practices described in the case study are just a few examples of how students are being given those opportunities in our many First-Year Seminar courses.

The anticipated publication date for this volume is February 2017.

Catonsville Summer Events

Be sure to check out all the great events and activities over the summer in and around Catonsville!

  • The Catonsville Farmers Market is held on Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., rain or shine. The market will run until November 20.
  • Free Frederick Road Friday Concerts will begin June 10 and run through August 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at 15 Mellor Avenue.
  • Lurman Woodland Theater hosts free concerts every Saturday and Sunday beginning June 4, 6-8 p.m. The theater is located on the grounds of Catonsville High School (parking lot on Hilltop Road by athletic stadium).
  • Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival will be held Sunday, September 11, 2016, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This event attracts over 250 food and craft vendors, there is music all day.

Learn more about Catonsville by visiting the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce.

PSS Community Picnic (6/2)

Celebrate the end of the academic year at our annual PSS Picnic! All members of the UMBC community are welcome to attend. Tickets are $5 (cash only) and can be purchased through our current PSS Senators (see the full list of senators here.)

The picnic will be June 2, 12-2 p.m. in the Harbor Hall Courtyard. A 50/50 raffle will take place so remember to bring a little extra cash to participate. All funds received will be managed by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.

2016 Summer Construction Projects

As we continue work on the Event Center, there are several other construction projects scheduled during the summer in which we would like you to be aware of. The map below shows the construction activity that will be underway during the summer of 2016; and, in some cases, into the 2016-2017 academic year.

The project locations are shown in yellow and the Map Key indicates the project title and duration. Click on the image below to see the full, high resolution map.


For more information, please visit the Facilities Management website or join our myUMBC group.

2016 UMBC Day at Oriole Park (7/24)

Join us for a very special bullpen party and 50th anniversary edition of UMBC Day at Oriole Park, as the O’s take on the Cleveland Indians!

Sunday, July 24
12 p.m. bullpen party, 1:30 p.m. game
Camden Yards
Baltimore, MD
Early-bird: $30
General: $35

1966 was a year of historic firsts for Baltimore. Fifty years ago, the O’s won their first World Series, and, just down the road, UMBC welcomed its first class of Retrievers.


Seats are located in the left upper reserve, sections 384, 386, and 388.