Responding to Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence at UMBC (9/20)

Faculty and staff are invited to learn more about the Voices Against Violence Program, as well as the steps one must follow when reporting incidents of sexual assault and relationship violence, Tuesday, September 20, 2-3 p.m., in the Commons room 329. At the end of the session, you will be able to clearly identify the University’s protocol for responding to and reporting incidents of sexual assault and relationship violence on campus; understand the steps a staff or faculty member must take when reporting such an incident; comprehend the importance of reporting this information, both for the victim as well as… Continue Reading Responding to Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence at UMBC (9/20)

Show Your UMBC Spirit!

The Homecoming Decorating Contests are back this year, and offices are encouraged to deck their spaces out in black and gold to share in the spirit of Homecoming! Departments registered by Friday, September 16, will have spirit packs delivered to their offices by students from our Spirit Street Team on Monday, September 19. All offices and halls must register by Monday, October 3. If you are a department or residence hall, wanting to participate in the contest, visit for more information and to register.

UMBC Professional Development Day 2011 (9/22)

What does it cost when you are tense or have trouble concentrating at work, are unsure about your ability to perform a task, feel overwhelmed about having too much to do or avoid having an honest conversation about a challenging situation? This year’s Professional Development Day is dedicated to helping you develop calm, confident power at work. New findings about the brain show that staying calm in challenging times can help our minds think more clearly, prioritize our workload and accomplish tasks more easily. When we can talk honestly, our stress decreases and productivity improves. In this program participants will… Continue Reading UMBC Professional Development Day 2011 (9/22)

Welcome Recently Hired Staff to UMBC

To our recent staff new hires and re-hires: We are delighted you have chosen UMBC as your place of employment, and we welcome you to the campus community. Each new employee comes to UMBC with a unique set of skills, abilities and talents. You have the opportunity to contribute directly to UMBC’s success and our primary objectives: (1) to be one of the best public research universities in the nation; (2) to be a major resource for Maryland and greater Baltimore; and (3) to create a campus community that finds enrichment in cultural and ethnic diversity. Again, welcome to UMBC,… Continue Reading Welcome Recently Hired Staff to UMBC

Jordan Becker ’15 Named America East Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Week

UMBC freshman forward Jordan Becker was named America East Conference Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Week for games ending August 28. Becker scored the lone goal as the Retrievers edged visiting Mount St. Mary’s, 1-0, in the opening game for both teams. The contest was played in steady rain on Saturday, August 27, as the Baltimore area felt the first effects of Hurricane Irene. Read more on

Campus-wide Professional Development Seminars for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

From Renetta Tull, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development and Director, PROMISE Dear Colleagues, The Graduate School and the PROMISE Program are sponsoring more than 20 professional development seminars for all graduate students throughout 2011-2012. There are seminars on teaching, the IRB, how to teach at a Community College and receive a stipend (through the PROF-it program), a Saturday seminar on developing fellowship and funding applications, leadership workshops, and the Dissertation House for Ph.D. Candidates. This list of activities can be found at Some of the current and future workshops (to be added) will cover hot topics such as… Continue Reading Campus-wide Professional Development Seminars for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Welcome to UMBC! (9/15)

We invite all faculty and staff to join President Hrabowski and Provost Rous in welcoming our new colleagues to the UMBC community. This interactive event is a great opportunity to connect and get to know some of the remarkable people here at UMBC. You will learn more about UMBC’s vision and values, the new Performing Arts and Humanities building, and how to create opportunities to make a difference in our community. The Gallery will feature a photography exhibit by Robert Fichter and Robert Freidus entitled “Italian Memorial Sculpture 1820-1940.” We welcome you to stop by the new Retriever Learning Center… Continue Reading Welcome to UMBC! (9/15)

UMBC Training Centers Named a “Top Fastest Growing Company” by Inc. Magazine

UMBC Training Centers, a leading provider of professional, scientific and technical training has been named one of the “Top Fastest Growing Companies” by Inc. Magazine. The Inc. 500 | 5000 list was published on August 23, 2011 and spotlights the top 500 and 5000 fastest growing companies nationwide. UMBC Training Centers’ reported 143% growth, largely attributable to increased training delivered to the federal government in areas such as cybersecurity, systems engineering and project management. Training Centers was founded in 2000 by UMBC, a member of the University System of Maryland and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the… Continue Reading UMBC Training Centers Named a “Top Fastest Growing Company” by Inc. Magazine

Leadership Transition in the Department of Biological Sciences

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Philip Farabaugh as Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, effective August 23, 2011. A Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Farabaugh will build on his many experiences with leadership roles at UMBC. He has served as the Graduate Program Director of the MS Program in Applied Molecular Biology and the PhD Program in Molecular and Cell Biology, as well as the Undergraduate Program Director of the BS Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has chaired the University Faculty Review Committee and the University Direct Research Initiative Fund… Continue Reading Leadership Transition in the Department of Biological Sciences

UMBC Response to Earthquake

At approximately 1:51 p.m. a 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred that was centered in Mineral Virginia (near Richmond). The earthquake was felt up and down the entire east coast to include the UMBC campus. UMBC Police sent out a text alert at 1:56 p.m. advising people on campus to evacuate all buildings. The police checked critical infrastructures on campus to assess any damage and monitored the situation. It was determined at approximately 2:10 p.m. it was safe to reenter campus buildings. This decision coincided with the Federal Government’s decision to reopen the Pentagon and other Federal buildings. UMBC Police also conferred… Continue Reading UMBC Response to Earthquake

UMBC Men’s Soccer Receives Votes In Two Preseason Polls

The UMBC men’s soccer team has garnered votes in two national preseason soccer rankings and has been tabbed as the second choice amongst America East Conference coaches in the league’s preseason poll. UMBC was the only America East squad to earn votes in the NSCAA Division I national rankings and College Soccer News’ 2011 Pre-Season Top 30 poll. The NSCAA rankings included 25 teams, plus 14 teams which received votes, while CSN’s poll included 12 squads receiving votes. The Retrievers open the 2011 campaign at home on Saturday, August 27, against local rival Mount St. Mary’s. Read the full press… Continue Reading UMBC Men’s Soccer Receives Votes In Two Preseason Polls

Convocation (8/30)

You are invited to join us in the culmination of new student orientation at the 2011 UMBC Convocation Ceremony. This annual event includes remarks from President Hrabowski, Interim Provost Rous, faculty awardees and student leaders. The ceremony will be held in the RAC Arena, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 30. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a campus-wide community picnic on the Quad. If you have any questions, contact Lin Guba at ext. 5-5656 or You can find more information on Welcome Week activities here. We look forward to seeing you at Convocation!

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