BreakingGround lunch invitation (11/1)

BreakingGround organizers have heard from faculty interested in integrating civic engagement into their courses and research that it would be helpful to have a forum to share ideas, ask questions and build connections with other faculty doing similar work.

BreakingGround Lunch Meeting
Friday, November 1
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dresher Center Conference Room
Performing Arts and Humanities Building (2nd floor)
Lunch served

Please RSVP to if you are interested in attending.

In addition to providing a chance for open conversation and Q&A, this lunch is an opportunity for faculty and staff who are attending the Imagining America Conference at Syracuse University to share what they learn from other universities about how to practice and enable publicly engaged scholarship.

October SkillSoft Topic of the Month: Performance Management Series

This series of courses outlines the five phases of a performance management system: planning, monitoring, improving, reviewing, and rewarding. You will also learn how to monitor and improve your employees’ performance using a four-step process that covers setting targets, collecting the necessary information, analyzing that information, and responding to performance gaps that appear, and how to rate employee performance objectively by applying a five-category rating scale. The series provides strategies to prepare yourself and your employee for an annual appraisal meeting, instructs you in how to conduct such a meeting, and gives you an opportunity to practice. Finally, it outlines some principles for developing effective rewards and presents a technique you can use to link compensation to different levels of performance.

  • Planning for Performance: mgmt_37_a01_bs_enus
  • Monitoring and Improving Performance: mgmt_37_a02_bs_enus
  • Reviewing and Rewarding Performance: mgmt_37_a03_bs_enus

Visit the UMBC SkillSoft website for a Quick Start Guide, FAQs, and the link to log in to SkillPort.

For more information about the Business Exploration Series courseware, click here.

To schedule a department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, call ext. 5-6262 or

Recently Hired Staff

Please join the Department of Human Resources in welcoming our recently hired staff:

  • Colleen Marquart, Academic & Advising
  • Gabrielle Buzgo, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Erin Minnigh, English
  • Renee Angelo, Shriver Center
  • Allison Mohler, Shriver Center
  • Gerald Lacher, Facilities Management Central Plant
  • Emily Blatter, Shriver Center
  • Dorothy Sheu, MIPAR
  • Andrea McMillen, College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
  • Bryan Rossi, MIPAR
  • Katharine Scrivener, Office of Marketing & Creative Services
  • Geneen Godsey, Shriver Center
  • John Roemer, Campus Card
  • Maritza Webb, The Hilltop Institute

Presidential Teaching and Research Professor Nominations

The 2013-14 Presidential Teaching and Research Professor nomination materials were recently distributed across campus. Nominations should be forwarded to the Office of the Provost no later than December 2, 2013.

A copy of Dr. Hrabowski’s letter and appropriate guidelines can be found on the Provost’s website under Resources for Faculty and Staff. If you have any questions concerning these awards, please contact Jerilyn Johnson in the Provost’s Office at 410-455-2333.

PMP Mid-Year Feedback

PMP mid-year feedback meetings should be completed by the end of November 2013.

During the meeting, supervisors should review expectations, assess and update goals and identify training and development needs. Employees should also come to the feedback meetings prepared to discuss performance progress.

Remember that it’s a process, not an event. If you have questions about the process, contact Elmer Falconer, 410-455-3645 or Shobhna Arora, 410-455-1638.

October is UMBC’s Relationship Violence Awareness Month

October is Relationship Violence Awareness Month.

UHS and the Women’s Center have joined up to host events and programs dedicated to creating awareness about relationship violence and promote ways to cultivate healthy relationships.

Please join us throughout the 31 days in October to support this important issue that impacts our UMBC community. Be sure to check out our calendar of events and general information.

For additional information, contact the Women’s Center at 410-455-2714 or

Men’s soccer ranked no. 7 in nation by NSCAA

The defending America East champion UMBC men’s soccer team opens its conference season this weekend ranked no. 7, nationally, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Over the past two weeks, UMBC has climbed nearly 20 spots. The latest rankings mark the first time in the team’s history to crack the top ten.

On Saturday, the team will travel to Hartford to open defense of their 2012 America East crown. The team’s next home game will be against Albany at UMBC’s annual Homecoming celebration, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2:30 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.

The team’s non-conference defeat by Delaware on Tuesday night was the first loss for the men since Oct. 10, 2012.

Read more about the team at