Introductory/Refresher Training on Forms Management Printing Contract (3/11)

UMBCMiller’s Minuteman Press (MMP), our contractor for printing business cards, campus stationary (letterhead, interoffice envelopes, window envelopes, etc.) and forms, will be on campus to hold an introductory/refresher training on their online ordering portal. The training will include:
• Demonstration of their on-line ordering system
• Provide an opportunity for you to meet the Miller’s Minuteman Team
• Provide an opportunity for you to ask questions about their products and services
• Sign-up for an account for on-line ordering, if you have not already done so.
Miller’s offers on-line ordering and approval, 2-5 business days turn-around on most orders, and the P-card can be used for orders less than $5,000.

The introductory/refresher session will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Commons Room #331. The training session is expected to last no more than 45 minutes.
Please go to the Training Center website to sign-up for this session, or contact Delores Pertee in Procurement Services at 5-3915 or Dpertee@umbc.edu for more information.

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

On February 26, WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show hosted a discussion on a bill before Maryland legislators that would lift restrictions on when police officers could carry their weapons, which would allow them to carry their weapons in schools.

Kimberly Moffitt

Kimberly Moffitt, an associate professor of American studies, discussed her conflicting thoughts on the issue because of her respect for many police officers and educators who say it is necessary, but also her viewpoint as a parent of two children in the schools.

“Where does the slippery slope take us and what might happen as a result? One of my biggest concerns, coming from the perspective of a parent…because of some of the energy around how we perceive our children, in particular black boys…what happens when the first victim of such a shooting happens to be one of our students and not necessarily an intruder?” Moffitt said. The listen to the full segment, click here.

On February 20, Moffitt co-hosted The Marc Steiner Show and facilitated discussions on a new play, “Make Yourself at Home,” running at Baltimore’s Annex Theater, and how to teach children black history outside the context of schools. To listen to the segments, click here.

George Derek Musgrove, History, in the Washington Post

Derek MusgroveGeorge Derek Musgrove ’97, history, associate professor of history, was quoted in a February 26 article in the Washington Post that examined Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s role in ushering in the legalization of marijuana in the city.

Musgrove commented on the relationship between Bowser and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the committee with jurisdiction over D.C. legislative matters, and noted that Bowser contacted Chaffetz in advance of a press conference this week about marijuana legalization.

“Her press conference was impressive. Not only was she firm . . . standing up for the wishes of 7 in 10 voters, but she was shrewd, making her case in a manner that left room for a continuing relationship with Chaffetz.” said Musgrove, who is a D.C. resident and is currently writing a book about race and democracy in the city.

To read the full article titled “D.C. mayor’s deal with pot backers led to a low-key success,” click here.

Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, in ISN

In an article published February 25 in the International Relations and Security Network Digital Library News, Sunil Dasgupta analyzed the shifting balance of power between the United States and Russia in light of recent events in Ukraine.

Sunil Dasgupta

“Russia’s ability to defy the United States and other Western powers in Ukraine (as well as Moscow’s support of the Syrian and Iranian regimes) since late 2013 has suggested that the period of soft balancing is over. The return of traditional balance of power politics implies that a multipolar world, in which the United States is one of many similarly positioned great powers, may have arrived,” Dasgupta wrote.

Dasgupta, director of UMBC’s political science program at the Universities of Shady Grove, also noted that the balance of power could be affected by rising powers such as China and India and their decisions whether or not to side with Russia.

“If the road to multipolarity runs through Ukraine, however, not everyone is seeing the same view en route. On the one hand, it is clear that Russia has been able to use economic interdependence, modern technology, and a proxy war strategy to resist the United States and other Western powers. On the other, the dangers of overreach are all too evident. Russia is on the precipice of alienating Europe, revitalizing NATO, and bankrupting itself if energy prices remain low.”

To read the full article titled “Does the Road to a Multipolar World Run through Ukraine,” click here.

Humanities Forum: “The Paths We Make As We Go”: The Narrative of an Undocumented Immigrant Woman in the U.S. (3/11)

Gaby PachecoHumanities Forum
Wednesday, March 11 | 4:00 p.m.
Joan S. Korenman Lecture
Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco, immigrant rights activist
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery 

Activist Maria Gabriela Pacheco is a prominent figure in the national immigrant rights movement and is currently the program director of TheDream.US, a national organization that provides higher education fellowship opportunities for undocumented immigrants. Pacheco is a leading advocate for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform that would assist the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. She is also a staunch advocate for legislative reform that would provide higher education access to thousands of undocumented youths. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Pacheco moved with her family to the Miami area at the age of 8. During her high school years, she began to organize politically in order to shed light on the social injustices faced by undocumented immigrants in the U.S. She has gained national recognition for her courageous advocacy of the DREAM Act, legislative reform that would provide residency status to undocumented immigrants aspiring to attend college.

As a DREAMer herself, Pacheco has brought awareness to the marginalization of other young undocumented immigrants in the Miami community who were unable to attend college based on their status. After realizing she was just one of hundreds of undocumented students in her community, Pacheco founded the Florida immigrant youth network in 2005, known as Students Working for Equal Rights, as part of the Florida Immigrant Coalition. She was elected student government president at Miami Dade College, and later statewide student body president. During this time, she raised the issue of in-state tuition for undocumented students throughout Florida, which led to political change and a climate of acceptance in many community and state colleges.

For more information, click here.

Sponsored by the Gender and Women’s Studies Department, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, and the Latino/Hispanic Faculty Association.  

CHEE Names UMBC’s Student Affairs in 15+ Most Promising Workplaces List

Student affairs iconThe Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) named UMBC as one of its 15+ Most Promising Places to Work in 2015. UMBC was honored on the list along with other 16 other universities, including Florida State University and The Ohio State University.

CHEE conducted the study as part of a partnership with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association. The list was created using a web-based survey that focused on workplace diversity, staffing practice, and work environment and examined categories such as family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities.

Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, in The Huffington Post

Eric Dyer ArtworkEric Dyer, associate professor of Visual Arts, has been featured in the February 20 Huffington Post, “Artist Transforms Zoetropes from Retro Visuals to the Stuff of Fine Art.” The article, which called Dyer “the modern master of the zoetrope,” contains several embedded videos of Dyer’s artworks, many of which are now on display in New York exhibitions. Read the complete article here.