Recruiting for Program to Promote Healthy Relationships (12/11)

This spring, the non-profit organization Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR), Inc. seeks 4-6 male UMBC students to serve as Men Of Strength (MOST) Club Facilitators to work with young men regarding “attitudes and awareness about bullying and sexual harassment, healthy relationships, and masculinity.” There are 2-3 sites in East Baltimore that MCSR is working with which includes the Carmelo Anthony Rec Center. The hope is to recruit two males to co-facilitate these sessions.

The commitment would be 2-3 days of training (in January), as well as weekly implementation of the curriculum (@ 2-3 hours/week to include the time for travel). Sessions would take place this spring after school and would be during the week. MOST facilitators would have the ability to be enrolled in the 096 Community Service & Learning practicum through the Shriver Center, a zero-credit transcript notation for participating in this service-learning opportunity.

An Information Session will be held on Tuesday, 12/11 in PUP 107, from 12-1 pm. Pizza will be provided. Come out to meet Rhett Walker, MCSR Campus Training Coordinator, even if you cannot stay the entire time.

If you are interested and/or have any questions, contact Lori Hardesty, Assistant Director, Service-Learning, K-16 Partnerships at Also, please help by forwarding this information to students and colleagues that may be interested.   In the meantime, read more about MCSR through the words of Jeff Cullen, Director of Student Judicial Services, who recently shared “When Doing Nothing Is Not an Option” via BreakingGround’s blog.

For more info on MCSR, go to

Principles for Planning Community Discussion (12/10)

Four years before UMBC’s 50th anniversary in 2016, it’s time to take stock of our progress, understand our accomplishments and challenges, and prepare for a new stage of planning to support our collective aspirations for the campus.

As our community prepares for a new stage of strategic planning, broad discussion about the scope and design of this process is vital. Several gatherings to discuss draft design principles for planning have been held with governance groups and other campus leaders this fall. Building on that work, the campus at large is invited to a Campus Community Discussion from 12 to 1 p.m. Monday, December 10, in UC 310.

We hope that you will attend and join the discussion.

Winter 2012 Commencement (12/20 & 12/21; RSVP by 12/10)

FROM: Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs   

I hope you are planning to attend our winter 2012 Commencement Ceremonies. 

  • Graduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 20 in the RAC
  • Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 21 in the RAC

We have had a wonderful response thus far.  As you know, these events are very important to our graduate and undergraduate students who have completed their degree requirements in August or December 2012, as well as to their family and guests.

REGALIA PICK-UP: Faculty and staff regalia will be ready for pick-up from the Bookstore between December 10 and December 17. 

LINE UP LOCATION AND PROCESSION: Faculty and Associate Staff who are marching in the procession will line up on court 1, in the multi-purpose gym. Enter the RAC at the main entrance and go directly downstairs, where light refreshments will be available. Please line up at 9:15 a.m.  There will be security personnel to monitor coats and jackets.  

  • The Graduate Commencement procession on December 20 will begin promptly at 9:50 a.m.
  • The Undergraduate Commencement procession on December 21 will begin promptly at 9:40 a.m.

INFORMATION FOR PH.D. MENTORS: Faculty members who are mentors to graduating Ph.D. candidates should report to the lower level (basement) of the Sondheim Hall no later than 9:15 a.m. Do not report to the regular line-up area for faculty and staff.  Mentors will accompany their students in the procession and will hood them on stage as part of the ceremony. 

RSVP: For seating purposes, it is important that OIA has an accurate count of faculty and staff participating in the procession, including those who use their own regalia.  If you have not already done so, please use the online response form to send your RSVP by Monday, December 10.  Please copy this link into your browser to reply:

We look forward to your participation in the winter 2012 Commencement Ceremonies.

Wind Ensemble, Animation Students Collaborate in a Unique Concert Event (12/10)

The UMBC Wind Ensemble will perform its final concert of the semester Monday, December 10 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, under the direction of Richard Spece.

Amongst the selected works, the Wind Ensemble, will perform a special, multi-disciplinary piece, A Symphony of Fables, featuring art and animation created by the students of Introduction to Animation taught by Lynn Tomlinson.

A Symphony of Fables is made up of five programmatic movements, each rooted in a different fable –“The Lion and the Mouse”, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”, “The Tortoise and the Hare”, “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”– and will be accompanied by visual interpretations, projected onto a screen directly behind the musicians. The artworks by Calvin Kumagi, Yasmine Pierce, Chris Carlson, Audra Gotjen, Joey Kim, Kasey O’Brien, Christopher Oursler, Eric Meadows, Billy Ragan and Zack Haynie are original pieces with styles adapted to convey the tone and timbre of the music, and highlight the students’ progress throughout the semester.

Admission to this event is free.

Women’s Center December Film Series: Tough Guise (12/3-7; 12/11)

Come to the Women’s Center for our December 2012 Film Series for the film “Tough Guise.” In this innovative and wide-ranging film, Jackson Katz argues that there is a crisis in masculinity and that some of the guises offered to men as a solution (rugged individualism, violence) come loaded with attendant dangers to women, as well as other men. (87 minutes).

Showtimes are as follows:
Monday (12/3) & Wednesday (12/5): 1:00, 2:30, & 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday (12/4) & Thursday (12/6): 11:30 a.m.; 1:00, 2:30, & 4:00 p.m.

On Friday December 7 at 12 p.m., we will be having a film discussion facilitated by Dr. Seth Messinger of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

On Tuesday December 11 at 1 p.m, we will be having a MEN ONLY film discussion facilitated by Ben Goldberg, Assistant Director of Off-Campus Student Services.

We hope to see you there!