USM Women’s Forum Awards and Scholarship Opportunities

usm-logowebEach year, the USM Women’s Forum recognizes and celebrates the achievements of students, faculty and staff from across the system through award and scholarship programs including:

  1. Student Scholarship Award
  2. Professional Staff Development Award
  3. Faculty Research Award

All awards and scholarships are open to any person regardless of sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. The award is open to both men and women.

Application materials must be received by June 30th for consideration.

http://usmwf.usmd.edu/awards-and-scholarships.html

UMBC Participates in National Engineering Education Initiative Announced at White House

UMBC is among more than 120 U.S. engineering programs leading a transformative movement in engineering education announced at the White House today.

In a letter presented to President Barack Obama, UMBC and peer institutions committed to establish special educational programs designed to prepare undergraduates to solve “Grand Challenges.” These challenges are complex yet achievable goals to improve national and international health, security (including cybersecurity), sustainability, and quality of life in the 21st century.

Together, the schools plan to graduate more than 20,000 formally recognized “Grand Challenge Engineers” over the next decade.

Dean Julia Ross, of UMBC’s College of Engineering and Information Technology (pictured below), will represent UMBC at a special meeting of the White House and National Academy of Engineering to discuss this commitment on March 24, 2015.

win_rossFor more information, see NAE.edu.

 

Women’s Lacrosse Program: A Message From Pres. Hrabowski and Provost Rous

President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous share the following message with the UMBC community regarding the women’s lacrosse program:

We want to provide the campus with information about the recent matter involving our women’s lacrosse team. (Our Student Affairs colleagues and others have been managing this matter throughout spring break.)

On March 6, women’s lacrosse coaching staff learned of a troubling situation within the team. Leaders in Athletics and Student Affairs moved quickly to examine the matter, support the students affected, and ensure the safety and well-being of all involved. On March 11, five players were suspended indefinitely from the team for a violation of team rules. Efforts to resolve this complex situation continue.

On March 17, Athletics Director Tim Hall appointed Amy Slade as head coach of our women’s lacrosse program. Tony Giro, who had shared co-head coaching responsibilities with Slade, is on leave from the University. Coach Slade, a four-time all-American and national champion, is now in her third season with the Retrievers, and we are confident in her ability to move the team forward.

In matters of student well-being, our primary focus is always on attending to the needs and rights of students and upholding our community standards of safety, health, respect, and integrity. Support for students, fairness, and applicable laws often limit the details that are appropriate to share with the campus community and the public.

We want to thank everyone who has been supporting our students as we work through this challenging situation. We also want to thank our colleagues, our students and their families, alumni, and friends for all they contribute to the caring, civil, respectful environment we work to build every day at UMBC.
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Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony (4/1)

15365064460_649cdd1abb_zThe UMBC community will celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s campus- and system-wide award recipients at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, in the University Center Ballroom. A light lunch will follow.

Release time will be granted for employees to take part in this event, and everyone is encouraged to attend. All campus offices will remain open, and services should continue to be offered. Supervisors and staff are asked to work together to coordinate staffing.

We will honor the following faculty and staff colleagues, each of whom was selected by a  committee of peers.

Michelle R. Scott
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, History
Affiliate Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, Africana Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program
2015-18 Presidential Teaching Award

Katherine Seley-Radtke
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
2015-18 Presidential Research Award

Susan Martin
Associate Director, the Center for Women in Technology
2015-16 Presidential Distinguished Professional Staff Award

Susan L. Harrell
Executive Administrative Assistant, English Department
2015-16 Presidential Distinguished Non-Exempt Staff Award

Kate Brown
Professor, History
2015 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship/Research/Creative Activity

Eileen O’Brien
Senior Lecturer, Psychology
2015 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Michelle Scott
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, History
Affiliate Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, Africana Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program
2015 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Julie Rosenthal
Program Management Specialist, Asian Studies Program
2013-2014 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Staff Award for Exceptional
Contributions to the Mission of UMBC (Non-Exempt)

David Hoffman
Assistant Director, Student Life for Civic Agency
2013-2014 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Staff Award for Exceptional Contributions to the Mission of UMBC (Professional Staff)

Dottie Caplan
Executive Administrative Assistant
College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
2014-2015 Karen L. Wensch Endowment Award for Non-Exempt Staff

Brian V. Souders
Associate Director, International Education Services
2014-2015 Jakubik Family Endowment Award

Financial Literacy Resources at UMBC

financialliteracy_bannerFrom: Financial Literacy Workgroup Co-Chairs Ben Lowenthal, Associate Vice President, Financial Services, and Yvette Mozie-Ross, Vice Provost, Enrollment Management/Planning

Financial literacy has become increasingly important as we prepare our students for successful futures. President Hrabowski has reinforced the importance of financial literacy in ensuring the wellness of all members of our campus community. The UMBC Financial Literacy Workgroup has developed a wealth of educational resources including Financialsmarts.umbc.edu to promote and support financial wellness.

Our next step is the development of a directory of on-campus experts who can present on related topics (e.g., managing bank accounts, living on a budget, credit, starting a career, basic investing) to interested groups. We encourage you to consider sharing your expertise with our students. The time commitment is yours to decide.

Please share your knowledge and expertise by completing this form.

Shared Services Centers Town Hall Meeting (3/23)

SSCThe Shared Services Centers (SSC) Team, which includes the Business Process Improvement, Communication, and Human Resources (BPI) Work Groups, as well as our Advisory Council, is moving forward with a go-live date of May 2015 for our initial two Phase I Shared Services Centers and many business process improvements.

Work groups have completed documentation of all current business processes and are nearly done mapping future business processes to assist in focusing our BPI efforts.
In our continuing effort to keep the campus informed and to allow for input and feedback, you are invited to attend a Shared Services Centers (SSC) Town Hall Meeting on Monday, March 23, 2015, 10-11 a.m., in University Center, Room 312.

Our Shared Services Centers Team has been working together to develop a detailed project plan for a May go-live, prioritize business process initiatives with go-live timeframes, determine hiring processes and finalize the TAP website design and content. We will share more details on all of the above at the Town Hall meeting.
BPI background and the work group summaries are posted on the myUMBC “Shared Services Centers at UMBC” group. Details on the work groups established and their roles are also posted there. Click on the “Documents” tab and then the “BPI & Implementation” folder.

SSC Town Hall Meeting Objectives:

  • To update the campus with details on Shared Services Centers (SSC) progress
  • To share our high level project plan
  • To update the campus on the Shared Services Centers (SSC) Advisory Committee and Work Groups; membership, roles, volunteer opportunities and progress
  • To share prioritization of Business Process Improvements (BPI) and related timelines
  • To allow an open public dialogue, giving the UMBC Community an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback

We look forward to seeing you there. The Town Hall will be webcast for those in need. Please contact Jean Donohue at donohue@umbc.edu if you plan on taking advantage of this.