Fall 2015 Convocation

FROM: Provost Philip Rous

We look forward to your participation in our Fall 2015 Convocation on Tuesday, August 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the Retriever Activities Center (RAC). This important event marks the formal beginning of UMBC’s academic year; one that holds much promise for excellence in teaching and learning, research, and service in our academic community.

12662635094_f87ada2242_kConvocation is a special opportunity for faculty and staff to welcome new students to the UMBC community. We encourage you to participate in the academic procession that symbolizes the community of scholars and professionals that our talented and enthusiastic new students have joined. President Hrabowski will address the gathering, and we will continue the tradition of pinning the new students. The Presidential Teaching Professor for 2015-18, Dr. Michelle Scott, Associate Professor of History, will also make brief remarks.


Immediately following Convocation, faculty and staff are invited to attend the community-wide picnic on the Quad. There is no charge for faculty and staff. We appreciate the assistance of our dining service provider, Chartwells, in sponsoring the picnic for the UMBC community. In the event of inclement weather, the picnic will be held in the Residence Life Dining Hall.

If you plan on participating in Convocation, please fill out the online registration form by August 15 so we can ensure you have a reserved seat at the event and place at the picnic.


Faculty and staff, including members of the platform party and all those in the academic procession, are required to march in regalia. To order regalia, please fill out the online registration form. The deadline for ordering regalia is July 12. If you plan to wear your own regalia, we ask that you please indicate so on the registration form.

The cost of regalia rental is underwritten by the Provost’s Office, if ordered by the deadline. Faculty and staff who order after the deadline will be charged a $25 late fee. Regalia will be available for pick-up at the UMBC Bookstore August 17-21. Faculty and staff must be present to pick up their order.

NOTE: If you have ordered from UMBC before, your information will automatically populate in the form. If this is your first time ordering regalia, please be prepared to submit the following information: height, weight, cap size, highest degree earned, and name of the school where degree was earned.

Save the Date: Welcome to UMBC (9/17)

true_grit_homecomingWe have scheduled our annual ‘Welcome to UMBC!’ event to welcome our new colleagues to the UMBC community. The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 17th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

This interactive event is a great opportunity to connect and get to know some of the remarkable people here at UMBC.  Attendees will have a chance to talk with our President and Provost, hear from staff and faculty groups, and learn about opportunities to make a difference in our community.  Please consider joining us for this annual UMBC tradition!

Save the Date: UMBC Preschool Center Grand Re-Opening (8/25)

true_grit_homecomingPlease save the date to join the UMBC and Y of Central Maryland communities for the grand re-opening of the UMBC Preschool Center.  The event will be held on Tuesday, August 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The program includes a ribbon cutting and remarks from UMBC President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski and Y of Central Maryland CEO and President, John Hoey.  Learn about the history and vision for the center, receive preschool program highlights, and hear student and family testimonials.  There will also be an opportunity to meet the center director and staff and view incoming student art, as well as take a center tour.  Light refreshments will be served.

Please consider attending the re-opening of this important UMBC and community resource!

Stanley Jackson Named Assistant Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

From: Karl V. Steiner, Vice President for Research

I am pleased to announce that Stanley Jackson, Grants & Contracts Manager in UMBC’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has been promoted to Assistant Director of OSP, effective May 17, 2015.

Stan brings a considerable amount of experience to this new position. He is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) with a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology and a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting. Stan has over 20 years of experience across three University System of Maryland institutions, including almost six years with UMBC. His experience includes contract and grant accounting, departmental administration and central management in sponsored programs.

With Stan assuming this important position, we are confident to assure continuity of the high level of service and expertise provided by OSP. As part of a broader re-organization of the office, we have also started the process of looking to fill two additional positions, a Grants & Contracts Specialist and a Data Analyst, to support the current and future needs of the UMBC community.

Dean Drake, Associate Vice President for Research, will assume some of the former OSP Director responsibilities.

Please join me in congratulating Stan on his new position as Assistant Director.

UMBC to Serve as Co-host for 22nd National Conference on Students in Transition

true_grit_homecomingIn partnership with the National Resource Center for First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, UMBC is honored to serve as a co-host for the 22nd National Conference on Students in Transition. The conference will take place October 17 – 19, 2015 in Baltimore and attracts higher education colleagues from across the globe.

UMBC will be joined by three other co-hosts: the University of Baltimore, University of Maryland, and the South African Resource Centre for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. For more information about the conference or opportunities to present please contact Jarrett Kealey (jkealey@umbc.edu) in the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Education Department Announces First Summer Enrichment Experience Scholars Program

UMBCIn keeping with our commitment to developing programs that promote the well-being and success of our Professional Development Schools’ (PDS) P-12 students, the UMBC Education Department is pleased to announce its first Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) Scholars program.

With their principal and mentor teacher’s endorsement, UMBC teacher candidates have nominated students from their internship classrooms to attend the summer learning camps at UMBC – free of charge. 

A total of seven students from UMBC PDS schools have been selected as SEE Scholars. Four students from Violetville Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City will attend Measuring Up! What’s in a Number, an innovative math camp designed and taught by Dr. Christopher Rakes, assistant professor and secondary math educator in the education department. Two student scholars from Laurel Woods Elementary School, a Title I school in Howard County, will attend Science and Engineering: Experimenting with Basic Concepts. One student from Patapsco Middle School in Howard County will attend Sounding Off: The Art of Foley Sound in Media.

For more information on the SEE programs, click here.

The Shriver Center Launches the 2015 Public Service Scholars Programs


The 2015 Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs have all been kicked off within the last several weeks. This year’s programs, The Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP), the Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program and MDOT Fellows Program have participants from institutions across the state of Maryland. With all of the programs, students are mentored by senior-level officials in government agencies and nonprofits across the state.

DSC_2614The Governor’s Summer Internship Program introduces college students to the unique challenges and rewards of working within Maryland state government. Interns work for ten weeks during the summer in state government agencies doing substantive tasks ranging from drafting speeches and correspondence to researching policy options and assisting with constituent case work. Students develop policy papers on a significant issue facing Maryland and present their findings to the governor at the end of the summer. The program is led by the Shriver Center in partnership with the Office of the Governor.

The Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program offers summer internship opportunities in the nonprofit sector to college juniors, seniors and graduate students attending Maryland institutions. Interns work for ten weeks during the summer and participate in bi-weekly seminars in non-profit management. The Shriver Center coordinates the program in conjunction with the Office of the Governor.

DSC_2605The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Fellows Program introduces college students to working within Maryland’s integrated transportation system. Interns work in policy development, engineering, planning and financing, neighborhood conservation, and computer networking, among other areas. The Shriver Center leads the program in conjunction with Office of the Secretary of Transportation.

Several UMBC students are participants in this year’s programs. The complete list is below, along with the intern’s mentors. To learn more about the Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs, click here.

Governor’s Summer Internship Program

Amy Hoffman
Major: Health Administration/Public Policy, Biology
Mentor: Mona Gahunia
Chief Medical Officer
Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Evan Leiter-Mason
Major: Political Science, Economics
Mentor: Shawn Settles
Director of Administration
Office of Health Care Quality
Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Jeremy Matthews
Major: Financial Economics, Spanish
Mentor: Seth Shuldiner
Investment Analyst
Maryland Venture Fund
Department of Business and Economic Development

Ellis Zapas
Major: Political Science, Ancient Studies
Mentor: Jon Enriquez
Director of Research and Policy Analysis
Office of Research and Policy Analysis
Maryland Higher Education Commission

Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program

Emma Chaplin
Major: Social Work
Mentor: Beverly Clarke
Director of Project
The Barker Adoption Foundation

Jennifer Helt 
Major: Asian Studies
Mentor: Aaron Heinsman
Director of Development
Maryland Humanities Council

Nolan O’Toole 
Major: Economics
Mentor: Emily Ranson
Advocacy Coordinator
Bike Maryland

Rosa Rada
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies, Food Policy
Mentor: Laura Flamm
Baltimarket and Food Access Coordinator
Baltimarket, Baltimore City Health Department

Cheyenne Smith 
Major: Biological Sciences
Mentor: Jennifer Pelton
Director of Development
Public Justice Center

MDOT Fellows Program

Rebecca Coates 
Major: Applied Statistics
Mentor: Philip Sullivan
Chief Performance Officer
Maryland Transit Administration

Theophilus Aluko 
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Phillip Sullivan
Chief Performance Officer
Maryland Aviation Administration

Waleed Waris 
Major: Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Michael J. Walk
Director of Service Development
Maryland Transit Administration