Holiday Check Distribution-Check Dated May 21st, 2015

12662635094_f87ada2242_kDue to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, checks will be available for pick-up on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Checks will be distributed to the departmental representatives and then disseminated to employees following your current departmental check distribution process. Departmental representatives can pick up checks directly from Human Resources, 5th floor Administration Building, from 9:00am-11:00am.

If you need to make a change to the check pick-up person for this pay cycle only, please submit a memo from the Department Head authorizing pick-up for check dated May 21st. This person must be independent of the payroll processing or approving function. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kia Johnson at 5-1833.

Vote on an Icon for UMBC

15365064460_649cdd1abb_z“UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland” continues to serve the institution well, but digital media has dramatically transformed the world of communications since the wordmark’s development in 1995. The current mark sometimes limits our ability communicate the brand effectively with a consistent look. UMBC’s 50th anniversary and new campus entrance provide a great opportunity to add an icon to our graphic identity system, which will allow greater flexibility.

We have spent the past year developing and testing icon options with the campus community that included early versions at last August’s University retreat and a revised set at the campus-wide Strategic Planning Interactive Gallery in February. With feedback from those sessions, we offer four options in an online survey to find out which you prefer—and why.

Click here to see the new icon options and tell us what you think.

Business Managers Meeting (Input Requested)

12662635094_f87ada2242_kThe next Business Managers meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 8:30-11 a.m., 312 University Center. A light breakfast will be served from 8:30-9 a.m. with the formal agenda beginning at 9 a.m.

In preparation for the meeting, please email the topics or concerns that you feel should be shared or addressed to Ben Lowenthal ( For best possible consideration, send your suggestions to Ben by COB on Monday, May 18. We appreciate your valuable input.

DoIT Technology Support Center To Be Closed May 22, 11-2PM

doitDoIT’s Technology Support Center will be closed from 11AM-2PM, Friday, May 22nd to allow our staff to attend our end of the year staff meeting.

If you need assistance during this time, we encourage you to refer to our FAQ knowledgebase available at for answers to many frequent questions. If you require further assistance, we ask that you please submit a ticket online by going to

The State of Maryland Health Risk Assessment and Wellness Program

The State of Maryland has implemented a new Health Risk Assessment and Wellness Program for employees with Health Benefits. To avoid a surcharge of $50 (plus an additional $50 for your spouse) in 2016, it is very important that you complete the following steps by September 30, 2015:

Step 1: Log into your health provider’s website and select a Primary Care Provider (PCP).

Step 2: Complete an online Health Risk Assessment (20-30 minutes) and print the results.

Step 3: Discuss the results with your doctor and have him or her complete a physician’s sign-off form. Note: the physician at University Health Services can complete your sign-off form.

Once you complete these steps your co-pays will be waived for the remainder of the year. If you have any questions or want to learn more about the Health Risk Assessment and Wellness Program, please attend the State Health & Wellness event tomorrow, May 12, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the University Center, Room 310.

We also encourage you to visit the Human Resources website for step-by-step instructions, including information on selecting a PCP, as well as a list of additional upcoming campus events.

If you have any questions, please contact Zahira Meyers in Human Resources at or 410-455-2479.

Pond Construction Update: New Pedestrian Route

facilitiesBeginning on Monday, May 11, and continuing through late June, the promenade area in front of the Admissions and Orientation and Financial Aid and Scholarships Offices will be closed to all pedestrian traffic, as construction transitions to the north side of the Library Pond.

To access these offices, visitors will be directed to detour through the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, located on the first floor of the library. Detour signs, as well as personnel assistance, will be provided to guide visitors passing through the Gallery and to the offices. Please view our AOK Library detour map to see an enlarged view of the detour pathways.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue work on this important project. As always, we encourage you to join our myUMBC group to receive news and updates and stay apprised of how construction projects across campus may impact you.

Career-Life Balance at UMBC Initiative Launches

Career Life BalanceThe Career-Life Balance (CLB) inititative launched at UMBC on May 6 with an “afternoon coffee.” The event featured remarks from campus leaders, descriptions of the Research Acceleration Grant winners, and resources from organizations that support career-life balance and individual welleness.

Renetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs, welcomed faculty, staff, and graduate students to the launch and explained the initiative’s mission of promoting career-life balance on campus. Patrice McDermott, vice provost for faculty affairs, gave background on UMBC policies that contribute to career-life balance and introduced the Research Acceleration Grant, which was created to help faculty attain full professorship through a grant from the National Science Foundation, as well as funds from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, and College of Engineering and Information Technology. The eight grant winners include:

  • Rachel Brewster, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Bambi L. Chapin, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Vandana Janeja, Department of Information Systems
  • Maricel Kann, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Anita Komlodi, Department of Information Systems
  • Jennie Leach, Department of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering
  • Sreedevi Sampath, Department of Information Systems
  • Lina Zhou, Department of Information Systems

Valerie Thomas, associate vice-president of Human Resources, spoke about Human Resource programs that promote career-life balance and the re-opening of UMBC’s child care center. Janet Rutledge, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School, discussed resources and policies affecting Graduate Assistants. President Hrabowski sent a video message encouraging the UMBC community to engage in a healthy career-life balance, emphasizing the importance of fitness and stress reduction.

Representatives from various organizations, including University Health Services, Counseling Center, Human Resources, and the Relationship Violence AWareness & Prevention Program, were available to discuss on-campus resources with faculty, staff, and students.

Learn more about Career-Life Balance at UMBC here.