The UMBC Parent Connection                                                                                        2004-05, No. 3
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The time for your fall visit to campus quickly approaches. Although they may not admit it, the students probably anticipate the visit as much as you do.


Family Weekend program highlights include several fantastic events such as the Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood – Whose Line Is It, Anyway? – Concert on Saturday night, the Men’s soccer game vs. conference rival Northeastern at 1 p.m. on Saturday (game ticket needed to attend the pre-game Tailgate Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.)

Thursday’s program focuses on the arts with a contemporary improvisation by John Berndt and other area musicians, as well as a student and staff talent show.

Friday continues your exposure to UMBC arts featuring performances by Linehan Artist Scholars, a Campus Gallery Crawl, a visual arts student exhibition, “A Thousand Hounds: A Walk with the Dogs through the History of Photography,” choreographed dance video, UMBC Theatre’s presentation of “Action,” and Commons Cabaret jazz.  Hillel sponsors a Shabbat Dinner at 6 p.m.


Begin Saturday with the Family Continental Breakfast being served along Main Street in The Commons from 9-10 a.m. Program highlights include two sessions and the Retriever Resource Fair to help you gain insights into services and programs available to students. The Parent Programs and Services office will lead a discussion of various ways parents can contribute their involvement toward improving the overall student experience. Fun for all includes the Residential Life Ice Cream Social and Commons Game Room activities that include free pool and ping-pong. For the younger crowd we will have face painting, Retriever tattoos, coloring, harvest season goodies, cartoons, popcorn, balloons and mocktails! Additionally the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand with some fire safety tips and videos. Parents must accompany anyone under 16 at all times. Both activities begin at 3 p.m.

If you were not able to do so earlier, you might want to spend some time of Sunday taking in repeats of “A Thousand Hounds” exhibit, “The HOME House Project” and the Theatre’s “Action.”

For complete program and reservation information, please visit


F E A T U R E D    S I T E



UMBC believes that entrepreneurship is the ability of an individual to identify a goal, provide the leadership and muster the assets necessary to reach that goal. As such, individuals pushing the envelope in science and technology, breaking new ground in the creative arts or crafting new solutions to society's problems can all be entrepreneurs. At UMBC, we believe in entrepreneurship. It is our mission to infuse the university with the thinking and attitude, activities and ideas that will inspire entrepreneurial accomplishment in all its forms.


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P A R E N T   I N V O L V E M E N T

During Course Selection Days this past summer, some parents asked about graduation rates. Here are some 'Fast Facts' (Fall 2003, as applicable) prepared by the Office of Institutional Research.













   Total Enrollment





 New Freshmen, All





 New Transfers, Degree Seeking





 New Graduate





SAT     Degrees Awarded Class of 2003
  Average 1219       Bachelor's





















Six - Year Graduation Rate, 1996 Cohort 53% (Source: IPEDS GRS, 2002)  (This figure does not take into consideration those students who know upon entry to UMBC that they will transfer to other institutions.)

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

What other dates could be more important than October 20-24Homecoming & Family Celebration!

Well, maybe 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.

W H A T’ S   N E W

Flu Vaccine
University Health Services will begin giving flu shots on October 15. However, because of a vaccine shortage, the plan for making shots available to the campus community has been modified.
Flu shots will be provided only at UHS and ONLY to priority groups as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
-adults >64 years
-children aged 6-23 months,*
-persons aged 2-64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions,*
-all women who will be pregnant during influenza season,
-residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities,*
-children 6 months-18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy,*
-health-care workers with direct patient care, and
-out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children aged < 6 months*.

This plan may change pending further direction from CDC and/or Maryland Department of Health.
*Care not provided for those <16 years of age at UHS. Definition provided for your information.

Healthy persons who are 5-49 years of age and not pregnant, including health-care workers (except those who care for severely immuno-compromised patients in special care units) and persons caring for children aged < 6 months should be encouraged to be vaccinated with intra-nasally administered live, attenuated influenza vaccine.
Persons in priority groups identified above should be encouraged to search locally for vaccine if their usual health-care provider does not have vaccine available.
Many children aged < 9 years require two doses of vaccine if they have not previously been vaccinated. All children at high risk of complications from influenza, including those aged 6-23 months, who present for vaccination should be vaccinated with a first or second dose, depending on vaccination status. However, doses should not be held in reserve to ensure that two doses will be available. Rather, available vaccine should be used to vaccinate persons in priority groups on a first come first serve basis.
Persons who are not included in one of the priority groups above, because of the urgent vaccine supply situation, are asked to forego or defer vaccination.

Winter Session and Catalog 2005

The UMBC winter session (January 3-28, 2005) offers courses from a variety of academic disciplines to undergraduate and graduate students to help them meet academic goals. The website and course catalog, presenting new updated looks, will be available only online at Because of lengthy publication schedules, this approach provides more currently accurate information for students and other visitors to the website.

The Office of Summer and Winter Programs continually strives to meet the needs of the entire UMBC community. Feedback is always welcome; send any suggestions you might have pertaining to the January winter session.

New Campus Visitor's Guides are Available
The 2004-05 UMBC visitor's guides are available. The guides feature information on campus destinations as well as the campus map. Online information for visitors, including a new interactive map, can be found at To request printed visitor's guides, call 1-866-VIP-UMBC or write

UMBC Police Department Receives 2004 Chief's Challenge Award
The UMBC Police Department received the 2004 Chief's Challenge Award, presented by the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, Maryland Committee for Safety Belt Use, Inc. and the Maryland State Highway Safety Office. The award is presented to an agency from one of three groups for their new, continued, or expanded programs to promote the use of safety belt and child safety seats. There were three award groups representing law enforcement throughout the State. UMBC received the award for the Federal, State and University Police Agencies category. The other groups were the Maryland State Police and Municipal police and Sheriffs' Departments.

The award was presented at the annual Chief's Challenge luncheon on September 27, at the Inner Harbor Marriott Hotel in Baltimore. Maryland is one of the states leading the nation in the use of occupant restraints with an 89 percent compliance rate. UMBC students, faculty and staff had a combined compliance rate of 96 percent when driving on campus. The UMBC Police extends their thanks to the UMBC community for their cooperation with campus traffic safety.


Clothesline Project T-Shirt Making in the Women's Center
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Clothesline Project honors women survivors as well as victims of intimate violence. Any woman who has experienced such violence, at any time in her life, is encouraged to come forward and design a shirt. Victim's families and friends are also invited to participate. It is the very process of designing a shirt that gives each woman a new voice with which to expose an often horrific and unspeakable experience that has dramatically altered the course of her life. Participating in this project provides a powerful step towards helping a survivor break through the shroud of silence that has surrounded her experience.
T-shirts and supplies will be available in the Women's Center (The Commons, room 004) throughout the month of October, and the Clothesline will be displayed (with the opportunity to make shirts) by Voices Against Violence on Monday, October 18 to Tuesday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street, The Commons. For information about T-shirt making in the Women's Center, call ext. 5-2714. For information about the UMBC Clothesline and display, call 410-455-3754.

Ancient Studies Week (10/10-16)
Oct. 11, 1 p.m., Fine Arts 450: A talk by Melissa Merrill about her work on an archaeological dig in Greece last summer. Melissa was supported by

    scholarships from The Explorer's Club Washington Group and the Department of Ancient Studies. 
Oct. 13, 4 p.m., Library Special Collections: A talk by Dr. Barry Gittlen on archaeology in Israel: “Returning the Stones: Recreating Excavated Ekron.”
Oct. 15, 1 p.m., Fine Arts 450: A discussion by Rebecca Stephen and Michelle Vinchkoski on their experiences as students in Rome last semester.

Hide and Seek (Documentary in Recognition of National Coming Out Day) (10/11-13)
Hide and Seek mixes documentary and fiction to create a fascinating portrait of lesbian childhood. The fictional narrative tells the story of Lou, a 12-year-old girl living in Brooklyn in the mid 1960s coming to terms with her burgeoning sexuality. Her story is skillfully woven between interviews with 20 adult women who recount salient moments from their childhoods, including their first attractions, how they felt when they first heard the word lesbian and thoughts about the possible cause for their homosexuality. Running Time: 65 minutes.
All screenings in the Women's Center, The Commons 004.
Monday, October 11: 9:30 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:20 p.m.
Tuesday October 12: Noon, 1:10 p.m., 2:20 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:40 p.m.
Wednesday October 13: 9:30 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:20 p.m.

Panel Discussion on Signing of 1964 Civil Rights Act (10/14)
The Africana studies department is co-sponsoring with the Baltimore Community Relations Commission a panel discussion commemorating the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Included among the panelists will be Michael Mitchell, former MD State senator and son of Clarence Mitchell, Jr., and A. Dwight Petit, civil rights attorney and regent for the University System of Maryland.  6:30 p.m., U.C. Ballroom. Refreshments served at 6 p.m.  All are invited. For more information, contact Thomas N. Robinson, Jr., chair, Africana studies, 410-455-2158 or

Career Fair 2004 (10/14)
Don't miss UMBC's largest annual job fair. It’s a great chance to meet and network with the employers who recruit UMBC's students.  A list of participating organizations is available at
12-3:30 p.m., RAC. Contact the Career Development Center at 410-455-2216 or with questions.

"Race and Education Reform in Post-Apartheid South Africa" (10/14)
The Social Sciences Forum presents Helen Ladd, associate director, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and professor of public policy studies and economics, Duke University. Ladd will discuss "Race and Education Reform in Post-Apartheid South Africa" and compare her  recent research, published in Elusive Equity: Education Reform in Post-Apartheid South Africa 2004, to education reform in America. 4 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor.

Midnight Madness (10/15)
UMBC Basketball's annual Midnight Madness hits the RAC Arena. The festivities begin at 10 p.m. with carnival games, food and plenty of music to get Retriever fans in the spirit! Then, at the stroke of midnight, the Dawgs take the floor for the first time of the 2004-05 season and both teams always put on a great show.


S A V E    T H E   D A T E

UMBC Symphony Orchestra (10/17)
The Department of Music presents the UMBC Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Wayne Cameron. The program will feature the Tchaikovsky Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 35, with violinist Airi Yoshioka; The Walk to the Paradise Garden by Frederick Delius; and The Sea by Frank Bridge. 3 p.m., Fine Arts Recital Hall. For more information, call 410-455-MUSC.


“Our Democracy, Our Airwaves” (10/18)
The Social Sciences Forum presents Meredith McGehee, executive director, Alliance for Better Campaigns, who will discuss “Our Democracy, Our Airwaves.” The Alliance for Better Campaigns is a public interest group that seeks to improve elections by promoting campaigns in which the most useful information reaches the greatest number of citizens in the most engaging ways. For more information, visit 1 p.m., Public Policy Atrium.


"How Healthy are Healthy Lifestyles" (10/19)
The Friends of the Library & Gallery present a BookNotes lecture by Professor of Sociology William Rothstein, who will discuss “How Healthy are Healthy Lifestyles.” The idea of healthy lifestyles based on risk factors was the most important innovation in public health and preventive medicine in the twentieth century. Food and pharmaceutical companies have sold hundreds of billions of dollars worth of foods and drugs that claim to produce healthy lifestyles or modify risk factors. This talk will examine the development of the healthy lifestyle theory and the role of commercial and other interests in its application. 4-5 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. A reception will follow. For more information, call 410-455-2356 or e-mail


UMBC Visionaries in Information Technology Forum: "Cyber Security and the Weakest Link" (10/19)
This year's Visionaries in Information Technology Forum kicks off with Philip Reitinger, senior security strategist, Microsoft Corporation, who will discuss "Cyber Security and the Weakest Link." At Microsoft, Reitinger develops and implements programs that enhance the security of Microsoft products and services and help secure our nation's critical infrastructures. For more information and to register:


ISD Training Systems Forum (11/4)
UMBC’s ISD Training Systems program’s next Training Forum will highlight “Technology and Training.” The event is co-sponsored by the Baltimore Business Journal and is expected to bring professionals from Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. 6-8 p.m., Main Seminar Room, UMBC South Campus. For more information, visit



D O N ' T   F O R G E T   A B O U T

Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics Launches New Study Program in France.  Students should contact Thomas T. Field ( or ext. 5-6798) or pick up an application in the MLL office.

The Home House Project (Opening 9/30).   More information is available at 

"A Thousand Hounds: A Walk with the Dogs through the History of Photography" (Through 12/11).  The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery


I N   T H E   N E W S   A T   U M B C
1. IRC on MPT “Artworks”
2. Tom Schaller, Political Science, in the News
3. Mark Croatti, Political Science, in the Baltimore Sun
4. Donald Norris, Public Policy, in the Baltimore Sun


UMBC Calendar of Events

Art Events at UMBC

Athletic Events at UMBC

H E L P F U L   W E B S I T E S   F O R   P A R E N T S


Financial Aid


Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT) Scholars Program

Humanities Scholars Program

Linehan Artist Scholars Program

Meyerhoff Scholars Program (Science and Engineering)

Public Affairs Scholars Program

The Honors College

Parents Association

Student Affairs

Career Development Center

The Student Link

The Retriever Weekly (student newspaper)

Official UMBC Publications


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