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

August 25, 2005                                                                                          2005-06, No.1



F E A T U R E   S T O R Y



August 27 - September 5, 2005

Student orientation continues with Welcome Week, held during the days just preceding the start of fall classes. A week-long series of social and educational events, Welcome Week helps students meet both new and continuing students and learn more about the many opportunities available outside the classroom. It's their chance to get to know student organizations, find out more about UMBC's recreational programs and sign up for club sports.

For resident students, Welcome Week begins with move-in. For off-campus students, it's a chance to get assigned to a "Woolie" group, meet a Community Assistant (CA), and to pick up a Commuter Card, parking permit, and "Where to Go for What" survival kit.

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W E L C O M E   T O   P A R E N T S,   T O O


This is such a special time for you. Several Welcome Week activities have been planned especially for parents. Others may also interest you. Once the car (or SUV, van or dump truck) is unloaded, or you've dropped your son or daughter off for off-campus student check-in at The Commons, visit by one of our informal receptions planned just for you. Also, think about attending some of the events arranged to make all feel a part of UMBC, such as Convocation. Why should the younger folks have all the fun!

Saturday, August 27

10 - 4:  RETRIEVER FEST, Erickson Field

10:30/11 – 2: LUNCH at Student Restaurant or Commons

2:  PARENT RECEPTION, Flat Tuesday's, Commons

4:30:  OFFICIAL WELCOME, Erickson Field

5:  DINNER, Student Restaurant

6:30:  PARENT RECEPTION, Flat Tuesday's, Commons

Sunday, August 28

9:  WALK THE LOOP: Help Develop a Habit, Erickson Hall,

10 – 4:  Bookstore BOOK BUY

Monday, August 29

8:30:  "CAPITOL STEPS" Concert, RAC

Tuesday, August 30





We hope that you, as a parent, guardian or other person involved with our students, know that you are a meaningful part of the UMBC community. Please take advantage of one of the informal parent receptions to ask those remaining questions, put your feet up for a few moments, grab a snack, or laugh/cry/commiserate with those who completely understand.



C O M M E N C E M E N T   2 0 0 9

 Dare we have hope?



T H E   S T A T E   O F   T H E   U N I V E R S I T Y


President Hrabowski's State of the University Address (Watch a video of the Address)

This guy is GOOD!



T A K E   N O T E

In a recent publication, the telephone number for University Health Services was mis-printed. Please note the correct contact information.


Telephone:  410.455.2542


Fax:  410.455.1125


Fax:  410.455.1125       


 W H A T ' S   N E W


New Director of Goddard Earth Science and Technology Center
Raymond Hoff, professor of physics and director of the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, has been selected as the director of the Goddard Earth Science and Technology Center (GEST). Hoff succeeds founding director, Robert Curran, who stepped down. For nearly three decades, Hoff has been involved with atmospheric research, earning his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Physics from Simon Fraser University.  His distinguished research career has been matched by his administrative leadership in directing JCET since 1999 and overseeing its growth and development. In guiding these two important research centers at UMBC, Hoff can further strengthen research ties between UMBC and Goddard Space Flight Center.

Campus Career Partners
Campus Career Partners is comprised of campus departments, services and programs that focus on assisting the UMBC community, particularly students, with career-related concerns. Students can get help with choosing a major or career, finding an internship or part-time job, receiving resume assistance, securing full-time employment, and/or navigating the graduate school application process.  Students can visit the Campus Career Partners’ Web site at for all their career-related needs. Contact Lorie Logan-Bennett, Career Development Center, (, ext. 5-2216) or David Hodnett, The Shriver Center, (, ext. 5-2493) for more information. 



E V E N T S   O F   I N T E R E S T


Capitol Steps at UMBC (8/29)
The UMBC community is invited to see the Capitol Steps as they take a musical, humorous look at all things political. This group is known worldwide for its cutting edge humor and wit. It's not often that the Capitol Steps make their way to Baltimore, so don't miss out. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased now at The Commons Information Desk beginning Monday, August 15. The performance will be held in the UC Ballroom on August 29 at 8:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:45 p.m. Sponsored by Welcome Week and the Student Events Board. E-mail with any questions.

Convocation (8/30)
Come welcome the latest edition of the UMBC family at the 2005 Convocation held in the RAC Arena on August 30 at 3 p.m. President Hrabowski and Provost Johnson will deliver remarks, and Presidential Teaching Professor Cynthia Hody will present the Keynote Address. The President of the Student Government Association, Jordan T. Hadfield, will also address the new students, along with Student Representative Christina M. Finn. Vice President for Student Affairs Charlie Fey will speak to the students and help lead them in putting on their UMBC pins for the first time, a tradition signifying they are officially members of the UMBC family.

On-Campus Job Fair (8/30)
Over 250 job-seeking students are expected to attend the annual On-Campus Job Fair co-sponsored by the Career Development Center (, ext. 5-2216) and the Welcome Week Committee. The job fair will be held on August 30 from 10 a.m. – noon in The Commons on Main Street. Departments interested in hiring students for the upcoming year should register online by August 23 at 


Blood Drive (9/23)
In Vitro Technologies, a techcenter@UMBC company, is hosting a blood drive on September 23 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at 1450 South Rolling Road, in the Main Seminar Room.  The American Red Cross is in desperate need of blood. Donating blood this semester could mean the difference between life and death for as many as three people. Contact Larry Bottorf at ext.5-1242 or to select your time slot. For more information about the blood drive go to For more information about In Vitro Technologies visit


UMBC Career Fair 2005 (10/6)
Don't miss UMBC's largest annual job fair. The fair will be held on October 6 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the RAC. Over 1,000 students and alumni are expected to participate. Register by September 9 to avoid the late registration fee.  Online registration and additional information is available at View the Career Development Center’s Web site at Contact the Center at or ext. 5.2216) with questions.  



I N   T H E   N E W S
Warren Belasco, American Studies, in U.S. News & World Report
2. Kerri Burneston, ’99 Visual Arts, in Urbanite
3. Louis Cantori, Political Science, Interviewed by the Associated Press
4. Erickson School of Aging Studies in the Catonsville Times
5. President Hrabowski and Jack Suess in the Mason Gazette Online
Donald Norris, Public Policy, in
7. Manil Suri, Mathematics, in Urbanite
8. UMBC Residential Life Staff in the Catonsville Times



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