Welcome to Patrick Jose Dawson – Director of the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery

A message from Antonio Moreira, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs:

We are delighted to welcome Patrick Jose Dawson to our UMBC community as Director of the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery. His first day was Monday, February 1.

Mr. Dawson joins UMBC from Northern Illinois University (NIU), where for the past seven years he has served as dean of libraries. Prior to his appointment at NIU, he served as associate university librarian for information and research services at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

The library is central to teaching and research and an integral part of the UMBC community, and we are very fortunate to have someone of Mr. Dawson’s experience and ability to serve as director of our Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery. We know he will be a valuable addition to our campus community.

Throughout his career, Mr. Dawson has been actively involved in the promotion of innovative and emerging trends and technologies for the improvement of information retrieval and delivery. He has extensive experience working in research university libraries and brings strong skills in strategic planning and budgeting.

Mr. Dawson’s office is in the administrative offices of the Library, located on the 3rd floor. His email is pdawson@umbc.edu and his direct line is 410-455-2356.

Please join us in welcoming and supporting him.


Legislative audit reports no repeat findings or p-card misuse

A message from Lynne Schaefer, Vice President, Finance and Administration:

After nearly a year of reviewing UMBC’s records and processes for the period covering July 1, 2011 through March 18, 2015, representatives from the State Office of Legislative Audits are finalizing their compliance and technology audit of the University. The compliance portion of the audit has concluded, and among the discussion notes shared during the exit conference with university officials it was acknowledged that the legislative auditors recorded no repeat findings in any of the areas and no purchase card (p-card) report items.

We are still awaiting the official report from both the compliance and technology auditors, which will be issued in the coming weeks; however, it is our anticipation that no repeat findings or p-card misuse will be reported.

This exciting news reaffirms the importance of internal controls and our dedication to being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us by the State.

Thank you so much for all your hard work in ensuring our campus remains safe and effective.

CDC information regarding the Zika Virus

Recently, there have been several documented cases of Zika virus in infants born with microcephaly (abnormally small heads) in Brazil. This has warranted the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to issue a travel alert to regions with Zika virus outbreaks, including parts of South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Samoa, and Cape Verde. Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to postpone travel to areas with Zika virus transmission. Travelers should also take precaution to prevent mosquito bites.

To date, there have been no local cases of Zika virus, nor any originating in the continental United States, but there have been some cases among returning travelers. According to the CDC, with the recent outbreaks and the number of cases increasing among travelers returning the United States, it is difficult to determine how widely the virus will spread.

Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne virus transmitted via mosquito bites.  It is estimated that 80 percent of those infected with Zika virus are without symptoms. Symptomatic disease is usually mild and symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). There is currently no vaccine or other preventative medication for Zika virus. For more information, see the CDC page on Zika virus.

University Health Services will continue to monitor the status of this situation.

Safe Zone Training

Attending these workshops is your path to becoming a formal member of UMBC’s SafeZone network of allies! Both those who do and do not identify as LGBTQ themselves are encouraged to attend.

  • February 23 or April 5: Session I in the SafeZone lineup provides a greater level of understanding of LGBTQ terminology and builds awareness of LGBTQ communities.
  • March 1 or April 12: Session II in the SafeZone lineup focuses on building allyship and prepares participants to join UMBC’s formal network of SafeZone allies.

Register at: www.tinyurl.com/SafeZoneUMBC

Contact Joe Levin Manning at lgbtq@umbc.edu with questions.

UMBC Suits You: Professional Clothing Closet Drive (2/22 – 3/9)

“UMBC Suits You” is collecting new and gently used professional clothing as part of Career Crush in April.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about dressing professionally and will then be able to select one free outfit to use in their job search. We are asking staff to donate new and gently used professional clothing at collection bins around campus from February 22nd – March 9th.

Starting February 22, Professional Clothing can be dropped off at the following on-campus locations:

  • Career Center, Math/Psych 212: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
  • The Women’s Center, The Commons: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Mon-Thurs), 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Fri)
  • Campus Information Center, The Commons: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Mon-Fri), 10 am – 8 p.m. (Sat- Sun)
  • Residential Life Office, Erickson Hall: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
  • Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) Office, ITE452: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
  • Human Resources, Administration Building 5th floor: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
  • Performing Art & Humanities Building, Box Office: 7:30 a.m. – 8 pm (Mon-Fri)
  • The Shriver Center, Public Policy Building: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
  • Alumni House: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)

UMBC Alumni and Community Members are encouraged to drop off donations at some of our neighborhood locations:

  • Alumni House: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
  • UMBC Training Centers: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
  • bwtech@UMBC (Cyber Incubator): 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
  • bwtech@UMBC (South Campus): 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
  • Baltimore County Public Library- Arbutus 9:00 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Mon-Thurs), 9 am–5:30 pm (Fri-Sat), 1 pm – 5 pm (Sun)
  • Performing Art & Humanities Building, Box Office: 7:30 a.m.–8 pm (Mon-Fri)

Items that will be accepted: dresses, shell tops, button-up shirts and blouses, skirts, blazers, dress pants, garment bags, belts, ties, skirt suits and suits.

Items that will NOT be accepted: jewelry, handbags, shoes, and general accessories.

For more information on accepted items, check out our myUMBC post.

Clothing donations will be used to benefit UMBC students and will not be considered as gift-in-kind or donation to UMBC. Clothing donations are not eligible for a tax-deductible receipt. Any leftover clothing will be donated to local non-profits, Suited to Succeed and the Franciscan Center’s Attire 4 Hire program.

Special thanks to T. Rowe Price and ZIPS Dry Cleaning for partnering with us once again on this endeavor.

Any questions or concerns about this project can be addressed to Kate Atchison, Career Center, kphelps@umbc.edu, 410-455-2216.

Navigating SkillSoft Practice Sessions

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 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Engineering, Room 025 on the following dates: 10/16, 11/13, 12/11, 1/22, 2/19, 3/18, 4/29, and 6/10.

For a SkillSoft Demo, FAQ’s and a Quick Start Guide go to www.umbc.edu/skillsoft.

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

Shared Services Centers (SSC) Town Hall Meeting (2/16)

Join us at our next Shared Services Centers Town Hall on February 16, 2016 in UC312 at 10 a.m. to discuss updates, reactions, and metrics of our first two SSCs. Main discussion points include:

  • Update on the first six months of operations for each of the new SSCs (AAOU and CNMS)
  • Data from the new RT ticketing system being used by the departments and SSCs to submit and track requests.
  • Staff reactions to the services being delivered.
  • Results and updates of the new TAP (Toolkit for Administrative Professionals) website – your single source for information on administrative tasks at UMBC
  • Update on Phase II planning – who is next?

We will also engage in open public dialogue, giving the UMBC Community an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.