President of Portugal Honors Tony Moreira, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

TonyMoreiraThe president of Portugal has honored Antonio “Tony” Moreira, vice provost of academic affairs and professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, with the title Commander of the Order of Public Instruction.

Ambassador Nuno Brito bestowed the honor upon Moreira this week at the Portuguese Embassy in Washington, D.C. At the ceremony, Moreira discussed how he works to foster connections between UMBC and Portugal. “In my almost 25 years working at UMBC… I felt that I need to support the youth of Portugal and provide them opportunities,” he said.

President Hrabowski praised Moreira’s work at UMBC during the ceremony. “Portugal has a rich tradition of exploration and of working across cultures,” he said. “Tony’s efforts to expand international opportunities for UMBC students clearly reflect this tradition. It’s very fitting that he was selected for this honor.”

James Grubb, History, Named Trustee of Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

James GrubbHistory Professor James Grubb has been selected to serve as one of three trustees of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, a philanthropic foundation headquartered in New York.  According to its website, the The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation “promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions which transmit our cultural heritage.”

The Foundation sponsors projects in four areas in which the founder was keenly interested: libraries, humanities, artistic performance in New York, and Venetian studies.  The annual budget is about $2.5 million. Grubb will oversee the programs in the humanities and Venetian studies, although all decisions are made by the three trustees jointly.

The selection of Prof. Grubb is a recognition of his prominence in the field of Early Modern Studies, Venetian Studies, and Italian history. For more information on the foundation, click here.


UMBC’s Oumar Ballo Inks Deal With MLS’ Houston Dynamo

UMBC All-American soccer standout Oumar Ballo has been signed by the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.

The Dynamo selected Ballo in the second round with the 30th overall selection of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Ballo helped lead UMBC to the NCAA Tournament College Cup (Final Four) in 2014 for the first time in program history. A two-time NSCAA-All American, Ballo was named America East Conference Defender of the Year in 2014.

Ballo has appeared in two games this preseason.

The Dynamo open their tenth season on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at BBVA Compass Stadium against Columbus Crew SC.

CHEE Names UMBC’s Student Affairs in 15+ Most Promising Workplaces List

Student affairs iconThe Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) named UMBC as one of its 15+ Most Promising Places to Work in 2015. UMBC was honored on the list along with other 16 other universities, including Florida State University and The Ohio State University.

CHEE conducted the study as part of a partnership with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association. The list was created using a web-based survey that focused on workplace diversity, staffing practice, and work environment and examined categories such as family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities.

Swimming and Diving Teams Win Championships

aechampionsLast week, the women’s swimming and diving team won the 2015 America East Championship with 791 points. The men’s swimming and diving team became the 2015 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) champions several days later.

This year marks the fourth year in school history that the UMBC women’s swimming and diving team has won the America East Championship. Sophomore Emily Escobedo won the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet award and Coach Chad Cradock, as well as assistants Chris Gibeau, Brandt Nigro, Rob Bellamy and diving coach Petar Trifonov, earned Coaching Staff of the Year.

At the CCSA Championship, Nikola Trajkovic won Freshman of the Year, Ryan Green won Diver of the Year, and Petar Trifonov won Diving Coach of the Year. 16 Retrievers were also included in the CCSA All-Academic Honorees.

Read more about the championships below:
CHAMPIONS! UMBC Swimming and Diving Claims the 2015 America East Championship (UMBC Retrievers)
UMBC Wins 2015 #AESD Championship (America East)
The Champs Are Here! UMBC Men’s Swimming and Diving Takes the 2015 CCSA Crown (UMBC Retrievers)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Crowned 2015 CCSA Champions (CCSA)

Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Biological Sciences, Earns AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award

srosenbeThe American Association of Immunologists (AAI) awarded Dr. Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Department of Biological Sciences Professor, the 2013 Excellence in Mentoring Award “[i]n recognition of exemplary career contributions to a future generation of scientists.”

View the official announcement and see other award recipients at the American Association of Immunologists website.