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

March 18, 2005                                                                                           2004-05, No.10



F E A T U R E   S T O R Y



The Center for Art and Visual Culture presents the Tour de Clay


The largest Tour de Clay exhibition in Baltimore shows at UMBC.


For the complete story click here.




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.


S P R I N G   B R E A K


At long last, the students return home (at least some of them) for an extended stay. To make matters even better, the weather might actually cooperate and provide blue skies and relatively balmy temperatures.


We truly hope that all of you have an exciting, fun-filled, lively, but restful, eight or nine days.





2004-2005 Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy Now Online
As winter weather approaches, the updated inclement weather/emergency closing policy for 2004-2005 is now online at Please bookmark the page for future reference and remember to check the "What's New" section of the UMBC homepage ( for the latest information on and links to weather-related closing announcements throughout the season.


(This announcement has been left here in hope that it gives us all a huge gut-splitting laugh.)


2005 Student Leadership Awards: Nominations Due (4/1)
Student Affairs, the Student Government Association and Graduate Student Association announce the call for nominations for the 2005 Student Leadership Awards, to be presented at the UMBC Student Leadership Awards Gala (May 2, 5:30 p.m., U.C. Ballroom). Nominees should be affiliated with your department, residence community or student organization and meet the criteria for each award. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations, which are due by April 1 to UHS, Health Education Office, Erickson Hall. Information about award categories and nomination forms are available at To request a nomination packet, call ext. 5-3751 or e-mail Packets are also available at: Student Affairs, SGA and GSA offices in The Commons, Residential Life and the RAC. Self-nominations are permitted.


Nomination/application forms are also available online at:


April is Service Month
Throughout April, the Office of Student Life will highlight many efforts going on campuswide 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.


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


International Gateway Website Launches
A new Web page integrating international and intercultural resources on campus is now available at  This site celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of UMBC by bringing together many departments and organizations in an easy to navigate gateway page. The site is for students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and partner institutions who are interested in learning more about resources and services for the international community.  This site should also encourage cross-campus dialogues and collaborations.  For information, e-mail


GLBTA Resource and Support Center
A small group of students, mostly from the Freedom Alliance, is beginning an effort to create a center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students, staff and faculty at UMBC. To support this cause, contact Eric Grollman at


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



"Suburban Journals" Exhibition (Through 3/26)

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents "Suburban Journals: The Sketchbooks, Drawings and Prints of Charles Ritchie." The exhibition spans 20 years and traces the Maryland artist's creations from journal conceptions as watercolor and pen and ink, through independent sheets in various drawing media. For more information, call ext. 5-2270 or visit online:




"Ruffin Cooper: The Golden Gate Bridge Series" Exhibition (Through 3/26)

The Albin O. Kuhn Library presents "Ruffin Cooper: The Golden Gate Bridge Series." Cooper (1942-1992) was a conceptual artist and photographer who came of age in the 1960s. He went to Woodstock in 1969, lived for a time at a New Mexico commune, and later established himself as an artist in San Francisco, crossing paths at different times with such cultural icons as Dennis Hopper, Allen Ginsberg and Andy Warhol. For more information, call ext. 5-2270 or visit




Warren Cohen, History, to Receive 2004 USM Board of Regents Award
2. Franklin Cox, Music, Featured Soloist at German Music Festival 
3. Carol Hess-Vait, Dance, to Feature Video in Film and Video Festival
4. Alumna Jo Israelson to Feature Video in Film and Video Festival
Entrepreneur-in-Residence Martin O'Neill Appointed to CollabraSpace Board of Directors
6. Anna Rubin, Music, Releases CD on Capstone Records




I N   T H E   N E W S
  Center for Art and Visual Culture, in the Baltimore Sun 
2. President Freeman Hrabowski, in the Republican
Fortune Masamba, Senior, in the Annapolis Capital
Rick and Ali Moreland, in the Baltimore Sun
Robert Provine, Psychology, in the Washington Post
6. Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in the Washington Post
7. Sally Shivnan, English, in the Washington Post


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Linehan Artist Scholars Program

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The Student Link

Hillel at UMBC

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