The UMBC Parent Connection
A service of the Division of Student Affairs Parent Programs & Services Office

April 22, 2005                                                                                           2004-05, No.11



F E A T U R E   S T O R Y




Emphasis on undergraduate research is one of UMBC's more distinctive strengths. Each year, the UMBC community celebrates the scholarly and creative accomplishments of undergrads at Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD).

On Wednesday, April 27, approximately 60 students will present their work to the campus community and the general public. (Events will be held on the 7th Floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library.)

Full story at:



G I V I N G   M A T T E R S


State support and tuition alone does not cover the cost of a UMBC education – State support now represents only 20% of UMBC’s operating budget (in 1970, it was 80%).  Gifts from alumni, parents, and friends help to close the gap.  These funds can become a source of financial aid for students, additional resources for classrooms and the library, and programming to serve a variety of needs.  If you have already made a gift to the UMBC Annual Fund this year, please accept our thanks.  Your dollars are already at work.  To make a gift now, go to and click on the icon to download a form to print and mail or to give online through our secure Web site. 


Read more about how UMBC is making an impact on the world around you.



Q U A D M A N I A   2 0 0 5


 Quadmania, UMBC’s annual largest campus-wide party, will rock UMBC on the Quad on Saturday, April 30th. In addition to a wide-variety of music and Headliners of Talib Kweli and Violent Femmes, Quadmania will feature several other attractions such as inflatables, carnival rides, contests, prizes, and food vendors.



C O M M E N C E M E N T   2 0 0 5



Undergraduate & Graduate Commencement information is now available at

Check it out!



A  M E S S A G E   F R O M   F I N A N C I A L   A I D   A N D   S C H O L A R S H I P S

Students must have a valid loan request on file with UMBC by April 22, 2005 in order to be processed for this academic year (2004-2005.)  Should you have any questions, please contact Financial Aid and Scholarships at 410.455.2387.



M O N T H L Y   P A Y M E N T   I N F O R M A T I O N


Would you like to pay your bill in installments    instead of all at once? Enroll in the Fall 2005 Monthly Payment Plan (MPP)!

   ·   Choose 5, 4, 3 or 2 payments

   ·   Enrollment for 5-payment plan starts 4/25/05

       and ends 5/24/05

   ·   First payment for 5-payment plan is due by


   ·   If you enroll after 5/24/05, you may qualify for

       4, 3 or 2-payments, depending on when you


   ·   No interest charged.  Only an Enrollment fee of

       $50 per semester

   ·   MPP available for Fall and Spring only

   ·   There is no MPP for Summer and Winter

   ·   Certain charges can't be budgeted (see below*)

   ·   Enroll on-line at

 Questions? Please call Advanced Education Services at

 1-800-551-2773 weekdays from 8:00am to 6:00pm EST,

 or email


 * You may not budget off-campus housing, Walker Avenue

 Apartments, books, phone charges, utility bills, health services

 fees, late fees, library fines or parking tickets. Students are

 responsible for paying all charges not covered by the MPP budget

 by the due date on the bill.



M E Y E R H O F F   M E S S A G E


The Meyerhoff Parents Association seeks your assistance in adopting a unique perspective on Oriole Park at Camden Yards. All you need to do is purchase tickets for you, your family members, distant relatives, friends and acquaintances to cheer on the Orioles as they bag the Colorado Rockies:

   Saturday, June 18, 2005, 4:35 p.m. gametime
   Suggested donation: $20 per ticket
   Checks payable to: UMBC Foundation; Memo "MPA Acct # 20127" on check.
   (Funds will be administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of the MPA.)


If the MPA sells 500 tickets, each ticket stub will automatically be entered in a drawing for a "reserved suite" for you and nine others of your choice at a future Orioles game.

More information? Phone Stephen Matthews, 301-567-4967 or email Karen Rayfield,

The mission of MPA is to support and perpetuate the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program by fostering unification among past and present recipients and their families. MPA volunteers support the UMBC Meyerhoff staff and students at events during the school year. This is MPA's first major fund-raising event.





April is Service Month
Throughout April, the Office of Student Life will highlight many efforts going on campus-wide and in the community.  Contact Michelle Bond at if you or your department or organization is involved in such an effort.  The Office of Student Life will distribute a complete list of ongoing service opportunities, and a list can be found at:


First Kosher for Passover Meal Plan (4/23-5/1)
UMBC Hillel, in partnership with Sodexho, will provide a full kosher for Passover meal plan in the Dining Hall this year. Interested individuals may find out more information at Faculty and staff will be able to purchase strictly kosher for Passover frozen entrees at the University Dining Hall. For details, contact Rabbi Amos Levi at ext. 5-1329 or


USM Women’s Forum Student Scholarships (4/30)
The Women’s Forum of the University System of Maryland is accepting applications for the USM Women’s Forum 2005 Student Scholarship Program. Full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students may apply. The criteria for which the $500 scholarships are:

* U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
* Completed at least 48 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits
* Minimum GPA of 2.8
* Completion of application form
* Documented short and long-term educational and career goals
* Evidence of financial need
The scholarship is open to anyone, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. Preferred candidates will be residents of Maryland pursuing educational and career goals that focus on the social, economic, political, scientific and health conditions that affect women. Applications are available in the Women’s Center, Financial Aid Office or Fine Arts 544. For more information, visit, or contact the UMBC campus representative, Dianna Thayer at


Bearman Foundation Pledges $1 Million for Entrepreneurship Chair
UMBC honored members of the Bearman family at an on-campus reception April 18 for their $1 million commitment to establish The Bearman Family Chair in Entrepreneurship at UMBC. The gift, made by the Herbert Bearman Foundation, is the first endowed chair established by a former faculty member, Arlene Bearman, who taught in the Administrative and Managerial Sciences Program for many years.

Janet and Walter Sondheim Hall Dedication and Sculpture (5/11)
On May 11, UMBC will unveil its second statue and rename the Social Sciences Building the Janet and Walter Sondheim Hall, the first academic building to be named after university benefactors. The sculpture and building dedication will be a permanent tribute honoring the Sondheims’ life-long involvement in public service in Baltimore.


New Web site for Students Provides Career-Related Information
Campus Career Partners has developed a Web site that helps students find the correct office/service while they decide on a major or career direction; find an internship or part-time job; receive assistance with putting together a resume; locate a full-time job; and navigate the graduate school application process. Students with career-related questions should visit   The site is a collaboration between Academic Services, the Career Development Center, The Shriver Center, and other organizations involved in the Campus Career Partners project.


USM Women’s Forum Student Scholarships (4/30)
The Women’s Forum of the University System of Maryland is accepting applications for the USM Women’s Forum 2005 Student Scholarship Program. Full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Applications are available in the Women’s Center, Financial Aid Office or Fine Arts 544. For more information, visit, or contact the UMBC campus representative, Dianna Thayer at

“Kids Book Drive” (4/18-5/6)
Book drops for this important program can be found in the Women’s Center, the Coffee Shoppe in the Administration Building, and in the Education Department.  Donate any new or gently used children's books.  All books will be donated to Baltimore Reads in May.  Contact Lisa at with questions.


UMBC Night at Camden Yards (6/15) - One more chance
Knowing that some of you would be disappointed at having to miss the MPA trip to Camden Yards - and that others would jump at the chance to see the O's twice that week (this time vs. the Houston Astros), the Alumni also have scheduled a trip to the old ball yard.

Enjoy burgers, hot dogs and salads (one trip through buffet line, please), beer and soda; Orioles bird appearance and drawings for Orioles memorabilia. 5:35 p.m. bull pen party, game time 7:05 p.m; $20 per person includes bull pen party and one upper reserved ticket. RSVP to Make checks payable to UMBC Foundation.  (All funds received will be managed by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.) Buy your tickets early, this event sold out in 2004.

UMBC’s Summer Book Reading Initiative for New Students
The summer reading program for all new UMBC students will continue Fall 2005. The text for this year is Kenneth Brower’s The Starship and The Canoe. Book discussions will occur Monday, August 29 from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


Financial Services' New Web Address
Financial Services’ new Web site address is The old address will redirect to the new site for a short time only, so be sure to bookmark this new address. For more information, contact Don Velli at or ext. 5-1287. 



E V E N T S   O F   I N T E R E S T


Comedy writing workshop and panel discussion (4/28)
Learn about comedy writing from professional comedians Basil White (who teaches comedy writing at The Writers Center in Bethesda), Jerry Thomas, and Clay Miles.  Basil's workshop is 4:30-5:45 p.m. in UC 310, and the discussion panel is 7:30-9:00 p.m., also in UC 310. Join us for one or both. Sponsored by the UMBC Writers' Guild.

UMBC Jazz Ensemble (4/28)
The Department of Music presents the UMBC Jazz Ensemble directed by Jari Villanueva. 8 p.m, Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-MUSC or visit

"Much Ado About Nothing" (Through 5/1)
The Department of Theatre presents "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare, directed by Colette Searls and Lynn Watson, in which the Bard aims his savage wit at chivalry and romance. A gender-bending ensemble exposes the true nature of patriarchy and sexual power-play in this favorite of Shakespeare’s comedies. The production features set and costume design by Elena Zlotescu, light and sound design by Terry Cobb, original music composed and performed by John Yurick, dramaturgy by Susan McCully, choreography by Doug Hamby, and movement coaching by Wendy Salkind.

Thursday, April 21, 4 p.m.
Friday, April 22, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 28, 8 p.m.
Friday, April 29, 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 4 p.m.
(The theatre will be dark on April 30.)

All performances will be held in the UMBC Theatre. Admission: $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, $3 for the preview. Ticket proceeds benefit the Department of Theatre Scholarship Fund.  To order tickets in advance, order online through MissionTix http:// or call 410-752-8950. Remaining tickets will be available at the door (cash or check only). For additional information visit


Imaging and Digital Arts Thesis Exhibition (IMDA) (Through 5/7)
The Center for Art and Visual Culture presents the IMDA Thesis Exhibition, an exhibition by graduates of UMBC’s MFA program in Imaging and Digital Arts, an interdisciplinary program integrating computer art, video, filmmaking, photography, art theory and criticism. This year’s exhibition features the work of Nino Leselidze, Karen Howard, Jennie Thwing and Renee Shaw. The MFA candidates will present the following oral examinations:

Karen Howard, Evanesce, April 29 at 10 a.m.
Jennie Thwing, The Divided Self, April 29 at 3 p.m.
Renee Shaw, Transparent Black, May 3 at 2 p.m.

Jennie Thwing, the RTKL Fellowship Award Recipient, will give a public
lecture on May 3 at 3 p.m. Admission to the exhibition and all events is free. The Center for Art and Visual Culture is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in the Fine Arts Building. For more information call ext. 5-3188 or visit

“On Assignment: Photographs by Arthur Leipzig” (Through 5/31)

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents “On Assignment: Photographs by Arthur Leipzig.” The project serves as a major retrospective of the renowned photographer Arthur Leipzig, best known for his photo essays depicting life in New York in the 1940s. The presentation will include 70 photographs representing his most significant works taken either on assignment for major publications or for his own "self-assignments": children, New York, rural labor, winter fishing in the Atlantic, Pablo Casals, South Sudan, Mexico, pediatric hospitals, and Jewish life. The show is organized by the Library Gallery and curated by Tom Beck and Cynthia Wayne. On May 5, the Gallery will host a reception and book signing for Arthur Leipzig from 5 to 7 p.m. The Gallery is open Monday-Friday, noon to 4:30 p.m., on Thursday until 8 p.m., and Saturday 1-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270 or visit


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“Written in Stone, Danced on the Body” (4/29 and 5/1)
Written in Stone, Danced on the Body is a joint performance developed by UMBC students and faculty, residents of the Charlestown campus of Erickson Retirement Communities and interns of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. The performance will include recorded narrative/music, a photographic display documenting the performance’s process, and will be filmed by the UMBC New Media Studio. The performance will be in the Auditorium of the Catonsville Retirement at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 29. Then on May 1 at 3 pm, the group will peform at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. Both performances are free. For more information call 410-455-3190 or visit


UMBC Gospel Choir and Jubilee Singers Spring Concert (5/7)
The Jubilee Singers will perform free from 7-8 p.m. The Gospel Choir will perform from 8:15-9:30 p.m; Tickets for the Gospel Choir’s performance are $7 general, $5 students, and $10 at the door. Both concerts are in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Contact Janice Jackson at for more information.



1. CWIT’s Beth Perlman and Shirley Collier Receive Top 100 Women Award
2. Adriana Fonesca Named America East Women’s Tennis Performer of the Week
3. Joe Fowler Named America East Baseball Co-Rookie of the Week
4. Kali Shirk Named America East Rookie of the Week



I N   T H E   N E W S
1. Center for History Education, in the Annapolis Capital
2. First Year Council, in the Baltimore Sun
3. President Freeman Hrabowski, in Inside Higher Ed
. Alumnus Ian Kennedy, in the Baltimore Sun
5. Joe Regier, The Commons, in the Baltimore Sun
6. Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in the Gazette
7. Kristin Julian Sohr Cancer Research Fund, in the Annapolis Capital
8. Dean Welch, on WYPR’s Marc Steiner Show



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Gateway to International and Intercultural Programs & Services

Linehan Artist Scholars Program

Meyerhoff Scholars Program (Science and Engineering)

Public Affairs Scholars Program

The Honors College

Parent Programs & Services

Student Affairs

Career Development Center

Residential Life

The Student Link

Hillel at UMBC

Financial Services

The Retriever Weekly (student newspaper)

Official UMBC Publications


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