Tawny McManus Appointed As Director of Student Disability Services

A message from Provost Philip Rous:

I am pleased to announce that Ms. Tawny McManus has been appointed Director of Student Disability Services. Ms. McManus previously served as the Interim Director.

As Director of Student Disability Services, Ms. McManus oversees all aspects of UMBC’s Office of Student Disability Services, which provides accommodations and support services to ensure all campus academic programs and services are accessible to UMBC students with disabilities.

Ms. McManus first joined the UMBC community in 2009 as program coordinator for the PROMISE program. Then, after serving for five years as a disability counselor in CCBC’s Student Support Services department, she returned to UMBC as associate director of disability services. Her professional career includes service as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the International Center for the Disabled in New York and a mental health case manager and senior clinical research coordinator for the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has also held several adjunct faculty positions teaching psychology, human services and sociology at Fischer College, CCBC and Northeastern University.

Ms. McManus graduated with a B.A. in psychology from DePaul University in 1998 and, in 2000, earned an M.S. in forensic psychology, with a focus on clinical mental health and assessment, from the City University of New York. She is completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology through Northeastern University.

Please join me in congratulating Ms. McManus and supporting her in her new position.

Work-Life Balance Learning Lab Sessions (9/26)

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” Dolly Parton

In this 4-part brown bag session, we will re-define work-life balance, determining new ways to consciously manage our time, our thoughts, and our actions and our ability to be effective while moving through different domains of life. Each week participants will practice strategies for increasing quality of life, resilience, and personal effectiveness.

Participants will also learn engagement strategies for having the important, yet sometimes difficult conversations needed for achieving work-life balance. Over the course the program, we will be referring to “The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work” by Dr. Christine Carter. Participants are encouraged but not required to purchase this text (currently $17 on Amazon).

Sessions will be facilitated by Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (and board certified coach), Beth Wells, and by Manager of Workplace Learning & Wellness (and coach of 13 years), Jill Weinknecht Wardell.

Due to the nature of this course, space is limited to 20 participants and registration assumes attendance at all 4 sessions (on 9/26, 10/24, 11/28, and 12/12), each from 12-1 p.m. in Administration Building, Room 711. If you know in advance you will need to miss more than 1 session, please join us for a future series.

Registration deadline is September 19th. Please register at http://my.umbc.edu/groups/training/events/41415.

Free Training Webinars with HRDQ

HRDQ-U is a free learning community that brings exciting content to you through live and on-demand webinars from subject matter experts and thought leaders to help you explore new ideas, gain industry insight, and improve people skills in the workplace. The webinars presented reach a wide variety of audiences, from individual contributors, new and seasoned supervisors, and senior leadership.

The webinars for August span a wide range of workplace issues: cross-cultural communication, leadership, teamwork & performance, emotional intelligence, and brain-based presenting.

For topic information and to register, visit www.umbc.edu/training.

Conquering Your Email Inbox (9/8)

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.

Responding to the numerous amounts of emails we receive daily can be a daunting task. In this interactive 90 minute session, Instructional Technology Specialist Holly Owens will show participants how to setup Gmail labels, rules, and groups to increase productivity and simplify your workflow. Email best practices will also be discussed.

Session is Thursday, September 8th from 12-1:30 p.m. in Engineering 025. Space is limited – Please register now! Registration deadline is September 1, 2016. Register at http://my.umbc.edu/groups/training/events/40928.

Navigating Skillsoft Practice Session (9/23)

Do you want to enhance your knowledge and skills but just can’t find the time?  Are you intimidated by SkillSoft and don’t know where to start?  Join us as we delve into all that SkillSoft has to offer you for your development!

SkillSoft e-Learning at UMBC provides faculty and staff with online courseware to enhance and grow professional and personal development skills and expertise.  In this 1.5 hour session, you will learn basic navigation and how to search for courses, participate in a short group video course featuring a different common-place business issue each month and discuss suggested strategies learned.  These sessions will also include dedicated time each session for staff to take individual SkillSoft modules, exploring and learning important skills and expertise needed for success at work and beyond.

Sessions will be offered monthly on Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. in Engineering, Room 025 on the following dates: 9/23, 10/28, 11/18 and 12/16.

Space is limited! Register for each above date separately in the myUMBC training group: www.umbc.edu/training.

Wellness Wednesdays: Sensational Lunches on the Go! (9/7)

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 combo 1-hour workshop and demo with UMBC’s campus dietitian, Sarena Glenn, you will learn practical ways to infuse savory goodness into your lunch box. You will learn the importance of once-a-week prep, different time-saving ways to cut up veggies, and tiered food prep tips for the high involvement chef all the way to the zero involvement microwave chef. Participants will enjoy several samples and will walk away with healthy recipes to try on their own.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration deadline is Friday, September 2.