Volunteers Needed for 2015 Baja SAE Maryland (5/7-5/10)

BajaSAEFor the first time, UMBC is hosting Baja SAE Maryland, the national Baja competition in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series. One hundred teams of college students from the U.S. and eight foreign countries will attend the competition, held at Budds Creek Motocross in Mechanicsville, MD, May 7-10, 2015.

Baja SAE is a four-day engineering design competition where student teams will meet to present their off-road race cars to engineering and business professionals, undergo strict technical inspections, and compete solo and wheel-to-wheel for a chance to prove their engineering skills.

We need as many volunteers as possible to help with the event and give all of this year’s competitors the best possible setting to succeed. Experience with engineering, motorsports, or Baja SAE is particularly helpful, but there are plenty of track and event support roles to fill during the event.

Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award

UMBCWe are pleased to announce the new Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award. This award is supported by an endowment created by Dr. Marilyn Demorest, Professor Emerita of Psychology and former Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, to “support the advancement of all UMBC faculty members in their academic careers; to facilitate their professional development; and to recognize their contributions to faculty advancement and success at UMBC.” This fund will be awarded annually to faculty who mentor and/or advise faculty and colleagues in their field.

  • The Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award is conferred annually for a term of one year upon a UMBC faculty member.
  • Nominations (including self-nominations) for the 2014-2015 Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement are due to the Provost Office no later than April 30.
  • The nomination should include a letter of recommendation (or self-nomination), a current curriculum vitae of the nominee, and an indication of how the nominee would spend the year as the Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Awardee. The letter should make clear the faculty member’s contribution to mentoring and advising faculty.
  • The Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award will be appointed by the Provost, based upon the recommendations of the Honors and Awards Committee of the Faculty Senate.
  • The award will allocate $1,000 to stipend and $500 to a discretionary expense account to draw upon for a variety of purposes (sponsoring workshops, conferences, travel, mentoring activity).

Graduate Student Association Seeking Nominees for Awards

GSA_badge_initial_logoThe Graduate Student Association is seeking nominees for five awards to recognize distinguished members of our community; including faculty, staff, and graduate students.

  • The Jessica Soto Perez Award
  • Donald Creighton Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Outstanding Senator Award
  • Outstanding Staff Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Organization Award
The deadline to submit nominations is April 19th at 11:59pm.  For more information about each of these awards you can visit the GSA website.

Undergraduate Commencement Seating for Faculty/Staff Guests

11824560134_4c44bb3b31_zIf you, you spouse, or your child are graduating this spring in UMBC’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 21, please contact Leslie Waters in the Office of Institutional Advancement at lwaters@umbc.eduor ext. 5-8652 as soon as possible.

We are able to provide reserved seating for up to six guests for these UMBC faculty and staff members. Please contact us ASAP so we can plan accordingly. Thanks.

DoIT Seeks Campus Feedback Through IT User Survey

doitAs part of its annual assessment plan, the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) encourages the campus community to complete the annual survey of information technology services.

This brief (10 minute max), anonymous survey will help us in our planning for academic year 2015-16 and provides important feedback to understand what technology services are important to you and how well we are meeting your needs. The survey results are shared with our governance committees and used in our planning for the upcoming year.

Volunteers Needed for Spring Commencement Ceremonies (5/20 & 5/21)

11824560134_4c44bb3b31_zIt’s the time of the year when we ask for your help with May Commencements!  This year, the Undergraduate ceremony at the Royal Farms Arena (previously the Baltimore Arena) will be held on Thursday, May 21.

To volunteer, click here, select “Undergraduate Ceremony” and register.  You will see a brief description of the jobs available and the number of staff needed. If you prefer a particular job, sign up now before they are filled. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after you submit your selection.

Volunteer training for the undergraduate ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19  at 2:00 pm in the RAC. Transportation will be provided to the Arena on the day of commencement with the bus leaving Commons Drive Circle at 9:30 a.m. and returning 30 minutes after the ceremony.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the Graduate School Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, May 21 at 10:00 am in the RAC.  You may use the same link as above and just select “Graduate Ceremony”.

If you have questions regarding the Undergraduate ceremony, contact Erin Johnson at ejohnso@umbc.edu or ext. 5-5897.  For questions regarding the Graduate School ceremony, contact Lisa Portis Morgan at limorgan@umbc.edu or ext. 5-8142.

To celebrate your efforts, we will once again host a Commencement Volunteer Thank You in January for those of you who assist with the May and/or December ceremony.  Look for further information in the late Fall.

Summer Session for Faculty, Staff & Dependents

Faculty and staff with dependents in college: Summer is a great time for visiting students to take classes at UMBC.  Students who attend other colleges and universities can earn transferable credits during UMBC’s 4,6,8 & 12 week summer sessions.

Eligible faculty and staff can apply for summer tuition remission for their dependents, spouses, or themselves.  Information about tuition remission is at umbc.edu/HR.  Information about summer session, including how to apply as a visiting student, is at umbc.edu/summer.