FY2016 Authorized Signature Forms

In order to better serve the campus and maintain internal controls to ensure against unauthorized purchases and expenses, Financial Services is requesting that all departments update their authorized signature forms. The authorized signature forms are necessary to validate approvals for the payment of goods and services via payment requests, working fund and petty cash, and for the processing and payment of travel and miscellaneous expenses. The Signature Authorization Form for FY 2016 can be found at http://financialservices.umbc.edu/newforms/ under A/P Forms.

Please forward your completed forms to Peggy Ingle, Assistant Manager, Business Services, Administration Building, 3rd Floor, by September 25, 2015. If you have any questions concerning this request, please contact Peggy Ingle on extension 52316 or by email at pingle@umbc.edu. Not having a current authorized signature form on file in Financial Services could cause unnecessary delays in processing your transactions.

Thank you very much for your cooperation and support in this important matter.

Conversation Partner Program

The ELI Conversation Partner Program pairs an international student with an English speaking partner for weekly conversation and cultural exchange. Participate for just one hour per week in casual conversation or take part in an on-campus activity together.

You can also find more information on our website. If interested, please contact conv@umbc.edu or ext. 5-2831.

Newly Hired Staff

Please join the Department of Human Resources in welcoming the campus’ newly hired staff:

  • Clint Steele, Athletics
  • Christopher Serafin, Facilities Management
  • Rosemary Drohan, Faculty Senate
  • Kathryn Battani, MIPAR
  • Rachael Hoppe, Shriver Center
  • Kelli Ivey, Shriver Center
  • Erin Kelley, Shriver Center
  • Lakeisha Taylor, Shriver Center
  • Chanelle Hinton, Shriver Center
  • Kamilah McKinzie, Shriver Center
  • Debra Sanford, Sociology Dept

Update from the UMBC Career Center

With the new academic year underway, we wanted to share the Career Center’s new website which was launched this week. If your department or office is currently connected to our site, please double check your links to ensure that the information is updated.

New Career Guides are also available to students and alumni both on-line and in hard copy.

In this new academic year, we are continuing to work with campus partners, like you, to positively impact UMBC student success and increase connections with employers. You can find our upcoming calendar of recruiting and career events here.

We value your input and participation in our work preparing students and supporting alumni. Please contact us at any time with questions and suggestions. We look forward to a strong continued collaboration.

Nominations for the Board of Regents’ Faculty Awards

The Board of Regents’ Faculty Awards recognizes distinguished performance by faculty within the past three years, in the categories of: teaching, research/scholarship/creative activity, public service, mentoring and innovation. The Honors and Awards Committee of the Faculty Senate will select up to three individuals in each category for nomination to the Regents’ Faculty Award Committee.

To nominate yourself or a faculty colleague for one of these awards, prepare a packet of no more than five pages including a summary resume, a one-page essay by the nominee describing his or her contribution to excellence, a letter of recommendation from the department chair or dean, and a brief documentation of exemplary achievement.

Submit the packet to the Honors and Awards Committee, c/o Patrice McDermott, Office of the Provost, by Friday, September 25. Nominations submitted by the Honors and Awards Committee within the past two years are still on file and may be reactivated by contacting Dr. McDermott. Additional detailed information concerning eligibility, criteria, and documentation for these awards can be found here.

Announcing the latest grants from the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation

We are proud to announce the projects awarded grants in the spring 2015 round of the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation competition.


Explore Baltimore Heritage: A Partnership Between Baltimore Heritage and UMBC – A team led by Denise Meringolo, Associate Professor of History, will expand UMBC’s partnership with Baltimore Heritage through supporting the organization’s goals of developing educational material, while also deepening UMBC students’ learning experience and professional development. Specifically, this collaboration will grant students in the History program the opportunity to build meaningful historical content for Explore Baltimore Heritage, a mobile app that lets people build self-guided tours of the many unique historic places of Baltimore and its neighborhoods.


Learning and Innovation at the Interface of Mathematics and Medicine: A NEW Approach – A team led by Bradford Peercy, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, has proposed the Neuromathematical Experience Workgroup (NEW), a new approach to training students on the interface of mathematics and neurosciences that focuses on interdisciplinary, team-based experiences. The fundamental change in the nature of biological research toward quantitative sciences has identified a need for collaboration with biology and mathematics and statistics. Through the new project both undergraduate and graduate students will develop core skills and tools required in mathematics and neuroscience to form a common foundation that will prepare them for future careers in neuroscience and as research and teaching faculty.

NEXT at UMBC: Researching Connections Between Applied Learning, Affective Learning, and Student Success – A team led by Hannah Schmitz, Applied Learning Program Coordinator for the Shriver Center, is developing a program to investigate the interconnection between applied learning and student affective development. This analysis will set us on a path to generating metrics to help assess the contribution of applied learning experiences, such as internships, research, study abroad, and service-learning to our students’ academic, social, professional, and civic development.


Connections: A Transfer Student Experience Course – A team led by Diane Alonso, Director of Psychology at Shady Grove, will create a transfer student experience course that uses the principles of Interprofessional Education (IPE) to bring students from different disciplines together in a technology-rich active learning environment and challenge them to think beyond their physical and mental boundaries. This innovative course is based on our First-Year Experience program and will be integral in helping transfer students at UMBC at Shady Grove learn and grow as students and professionals.

Proposals for the next round of Innovation Fund grants are due by October 16, 2015. Please consider submitting an application. For more information about the fund, visit innovationfund.umbc.edu.

The Hrabowski Fund for Innovation, developed with support of major grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Heinz Awards, is a testament to our strong track record of finding novel approaches to teaching and scholarship. The Fund exemplifies our commitment to being a leading public university through investment in faculty initiatives that fuel creativity and enterprise and challenge students to take an active role in their education.

Master’s in Public Policy Info Session (9/28)

Thinking about getting a graduate degree at UMBC? Learn about the UMBC Master’s Degree in Public Policy (MPP) at an information session on Monday, September 28 at 5:00 pm in Public Policy Room 438 on the UMBC campus. Enjoy a light dinner and talk with faculty and current students about the field of public policy, career opportunities, and how to apply to our MPP program. Those interested in the PhD are also invited to the session.

This event is open to prospective students on and off campus. To register, e-mail your name, year, and major to Sally Helms (helms@umbc.edu).