The UMBC Parent Connection                                                                                    
A service of the Division of Student Affairs                                                                                                                           2004-05, No. 4

Parent Programs & Services Office                                                                                             October 29, 2004

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W R A P P I N G   U P



Most celebrating took place on Saturday, October 23. The beautiful and warm late-summer weather helped hundreds of UMBC family members, students, alumni, faculty and staff members enjoy an array of programs and events. From the substantial continental breakfast - introduced by UMBC's male a cappella group, Mama's Boys - to the Mochrie-Sherwood comedy concert - seen by some 3.500 people - the activities were deemed a great success.


Marie desJardins' program on Artificial Intelligence drew quite a crowd, as did several other presentations. An appreciative and raucous crowd of 850 fans cheered on the men's soccer team as the defeated Northeastern, 2-0. Men's and women's swimming and diving teams bested Rider at the Natatorium. Unfortunately, volleyball and field hockey were downed by Binghampton and New Hampshire, respectively, but they played with typical UMBC heart and vigor.


The Gallery Crawl, conceptualized by Kathy O'Dell, Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences, was deemed a great success. O'Dell described the experience as a "...jam-packed, varied-in-content, well-run Homecoming & Family weekend." According to Charlie Fey, Vice President for Student Affairs, what made the weekend so special were "...the smiling faces of our parents, students, alumni and staff members." Special thanks to all who took the time and made the effort to attend.


And the winners are...


The raffle winners for the two Bookstore gift certificates were:


    Carol Malach, a parent from W. Henrietta, NY, and a student, Jordan Hadfield. Congratulations to both!


What more would you have liked? What more could have been done? Please drop us a note:



F E A T U R E   S T O R Y


Our Students: Special Before and After Graduation


The UMBC Alumni Association’s newly elected president, Anita Maddox Jackson, health science and policy ’80, has a stellar reputation in Baltimore as a highly respected professional and caring human being. Currently director of supplier diversity for Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), she credits UMBC as “the foundation for my professional success. UMBC helped me forge a satisfying career and, at the same time, broaden my view of the world.”

Jackson ’s substantial experience both in the corporate world and in connecting institutions across the public and private sectors includes a 21-year tenure with BGE in human resources, marketing and sales and corporate communications. In her current position, Jackson directs a program which provides purchasing opportunities for minority- and women-owned business enterprises.

Nationally, Jackson is a committee vice chair of the Edison Electric Institute. She sits on the regional board of the MD/DC Minority Supplier Development Council and the local boards of BB&T Bank and Alliance, Inc. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Rho Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Jackson received her Master of Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Jackson ’s role as president of UMBC’s Alumni Association is fitting, given her commitment to become more involved with the University. “When I returned to campus recently, I couldn’t believe how much had changed,” she explains. “UMBC has always encouraged academic excellence and personal growth—I can attest to the power of both—but these days the University is in a whole new league. I am happy to have this opportunity to serve the Alumni Association, because I recognize the importance of giving back.”




P A R E N T   I N V O L V E M E N T


This past summer, parents began asking how they could become involved in augmenting the campus life experience for students at UMBC. In response, we researched and developed a list of activities and programs to benefit, potentially, parents as well as students.

  • Parent Advisory Group.  Such a group of concerned parents could provide occasional advice to UMBC on issues that might effect student life on campus. Discussions could be on campus or via teleconference, chatroom, or similar media.

  • Regional Committees.  Parents from regions that generate a significant number of potential or matriculating students might participate in or otherwise support recruitment activities. Likewise, they might produce "send-off" events for students leaving such areas for the first time to attend UMBC.

  • Travel Programs.  To achieve significant group discounts and generate revenue to support student life, parents could partner with alumni, faculty and students to participate in exciting and, possibly, educational (CEUs) trips. We are currently investigating such an arrangement with a major travel provider.

  • Family Program Committees.  We welcome parent involvement in helping to plan Welcome Week, Family Weekend and similar programs.

  • Student Emergency Loan and Book Funds.  Parents are a likely source to plan activities to benefit such funds. Family oriented programs offer ideal opportunities to generate revenues to benefit students who temporarily need some support.

  • Career Programs Support.  By participating in career development programs, parent can share their wealth of knowledge to benefit directly our students' searches for meaningful professions.

  • Mentoring, Leadership and Speakers Programs.  One of the more effective ways to contribute to student growth and development is to mentor them as they make their way through their academic and personal educational experiences. Parents are an incredibly rich source of knowledge and advice. Why not take advantage of your success to help others.

  • Holiday Hosting Program.  Many native and international students find it difficult to travel home for some holidays and breaks. Expand your and their horizons by hosting them during such times. Parents could advise the program and serve as hosts.


An important note: We'd like to gauge your interest in these programs and services, as well as determine whether you would like to participate in any of them for the well-being of all of our students. Naturally, when conducting such a sampling we worry about the ease of just not responding. Please, should you be interested, reconfirm our faith in humankind and send an email indicating your likes and, if possible, your preferences for involvement.


I M P O R T A N T    D A T E S   &   E V E N T S

  • Mid-term examinations. Mid-terms will quickly befall our students. You might want to check with your students about theirs...and consider sending them a care package.

  • UMBC Training Forum: “Technology and Training”,

Thursday, November 4 from 6-8 p.m.


This event will be held in the main seminar room at the, techcenter@UMBC, South Campus. For complete information, click on


W H A T ' S   N E W

Speaking of Care Packages...Gift Possibilities

There are several ways to arrange gifts for your child while he or she is at UMBC. The Resident Student Association (RSA), through the On Campus Marketing company, provides Welcome (Week) Kit Care Packages, Halloween Care Packages and Finals Kit Care Packages. Unfortunately, only the finals kit is still available for this and next semester. Contact On Campus Marketing directly at 1-800-892-8741. You will need the residence hall name and room number when ordering.


Sodexho, the campus food service, makes available cakes (call catering at 410-455-1207) and gift certificates for Jazzman's and the Skylight Room. To make ordering the latter a little easier if you're not close by, Parent Programs & Services would be happy to procure the certificates for you. Then, we could either put them in a greeting card or mail them back to you so that you can personally send them.


The UMBC Bookstore is always willing to work with parents who desire to give a student some item(s) from the store. Call or write Gail Dupree (410-455-2665, If you prefer, Parent Programs & Services can help with these purchases, as well.



Winter Session Scholarships 
Winter scholarships for up to three credits of in-state undergraduate tuition are now available to qualified UMBC degree-seeking students. Consideration for scholarship support is based on financial need, grade point average and proximity to graduation. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded, so download an application now at Submit your application to the Office of Summer and Winter Programs (U.C., Room 207) by Wednesday, December 1. Forms are also available in the Office of Summer and Winter Programs, Academic Services and the Financial Aid Office. For more information, e-mail or call ext. 5-2335.


S A V E    T H E   D A T E


Night of a Thousand Dinners to Benefit Adopt-a-Minefield (11/3)
UMBC’s Model United Nations Team will host its first annual Night of a Thousand Dinners charity gala to benefit the Adopt-a-Minefield Campaign. The event--part of a worldwide initiative coordinated by the United Nations Association of the USA and the Canadian Landmine Foundation--raises funds for mine clearance, survivor assistance and advocacy. Night of a Thousand Dinners includes includes hors d’oeuvres and dancing. 7-10:30 p.m., U.C. Ballroom. Tickets will be sold in advance at The Commons Information Desk and at the door; $5 for students and $45 for other guests. For more information, contact Caroline Andes at or visit the UMBC Model United Nations Web site,

“Escaping Poverty” (11/12)
The next Public Policy Forum looks at “Escaping Poverty.” Learn about research on the effects of family and neighborhood conditions on adult success, and about policies that can “level the playing field” and help poor children escape from poverty. Speakers: Marvin Mandell, UMBC; J. Lawrence Aber, New York University; Mark Greenberg, Center for Law and Social Policy; and Joe Jones, Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development. 8-10 a.m., World Trade Center, 21st Floor, 401 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore. Sponsored by the Department of Public Policy. All events are open to the public, and include a light breakfast. Advance registration is required. For more information, call ext. 5-8193, or visit


I N   T H E   N E W S   A T   U M B C

1. Warren Cohen, History, in Los Angeles Times
2. IRC on MPT “Artworks”
3. UMBC’s Model United Nations Team in the Baltimore Chronicle
4. Charles Milligan, CHPDM, in the Business Gazette
5. Erricos Pavlis, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, in Scientific American
6. Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in the News


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