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

December 6, 2004                                                                                                               2004-05, No. 6



F E A T U R E   S T O R Y




Overview of Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a vital ethical commitment of the UMBC community. The Faculty Senate affirmed the importance of our values and practices at its February 2001 meeting by adopting the Statement of Values for Student Academic Integrity at UMBC. This statement follows the Faculty Senate's adoption of the Student Academic Conduct Policy in March of 1998. Honors Task Force Report and subsequent conversations in the 2000-2001 year have reinforced our shared commitment to uphold high ethical standards amidst new challenges and technologies. As a member institution of the Center for Academic Integrity (CAI), UMBC is one of 244 institutions of a national consortium to share best practices and establish ongoing efforts to maintain traditional values in a dynamically changing academic environment. Faculty and students are encouraged to consider such principles as outlined by CAI colleague Dr. Bill Taylor in A Letter to My Students Additional resources relating to academic integrity are included the UMBC Faculty Handbook, the UMBC Student Handbook and the Graduate School's Policy and Procedures for Student Academic Misconduct.


The complete ACADEMIC INTEGRITY site can be found at this url



P A R E N T   I N V O L V E M E N T

Holiday Happiness

We hope that you all enjoyed a heartwarming, relaxing and safe Thanksgiving, knowing, of course, that no one overate. An issue of the UMBC Parent Connection was omitted because we were sure that you were enjoying the actual presence of your student much more than needing to read a newsletter. If you don't agree with that decision, please write.

Future Projects

Negotiations are being conducted with a major travel program provider. We hope that, by next year, we will be able to share a terrific program for your enjoyment. In the meantime, please take a moment to select one or two projects from the following list in which you would like to participate. Just send a email to  Thank you.

Here is a list of projects, 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.


T H E   M O S A I C :   C U L T U R E   &   D I V E R S I T Y   C E N T E R

Located on the second floor of The Commons, The Mosaic has become a place to relax, relate and release.  According to Norma Green, coordinator, students often gather to enjoy sometimes rousing cultural and political conversations. 


Mosaic programs include bi-weekly cultural conversations with topics such as “The Whitening” of History, presented by Dr. King of Africana Studies,  “Am I free to be me” – Racial Identity presented by Amiee Strang, a bi-racial student, and “Should we all just speak English” – Language Barriers hosted by Dr. Ana Mara Schwartz of Modern Language and Linguistics . Monthly cooking sessions have included dishes such as Cambodian carmelized beef soup (Khmer Organization) and Jamaican stewed chicken and banana fritters (Caribbean-American Student Association). November featured a “down-home” style soul food dinner prepared by our Black Student Union and December promises to delight with pupusas, lomo salta do, plantanos Manduros, frito con crema, horchano and tamarindo (Hispanic/Latino Student Union).  Those attending not only get to enjoy the delectable dishes but also learn how to prepare them. Other programs include recognizing and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Coming Out Day, American Indian Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and the like. Winter Holiday Celebration activities are planned for December 6 at 1 p.m. in the Cabaret.


Cultural peers from Mosaic are prepared to assist with programs and cultural activities sponsored by other organizations and have been called upon to serve as panelists and presenters at various campus events. They are also able to assist with research and have created a small resource library that spans many cultures.


Spring events will include Black History Month activities and Cultural Conversations, while cultural cooking sessions continue. Mosaic also plans to host a tour of both historic Black Baltimore and Washington, D.C.  Links with faculty and staff across campus have helped strengthen and broaden programmatic offerings.


Mosaic participants encourage visitors, especially parents, to drop by and join in.



M A K E   A   M A S S A G E   T H E   M E S S A G E

Within the next few weeks, your UMBC student will be heading into one of the more stressful times of his/her college career: FINAL EXAMS WEEK. Many students spend long hours preparing for their upcoming exams, leading to complaints of becoming “stressed out.”


As part of UMBC’s Healthy Campus Initiative, University Health Services offers the opportunity for you to purchase a ½ hour or full hour massage from our licensed massage therapist at UHS for your student. We will send your student a gift certificate announcing your special gift. The certificate will be good for six months from the date of purchase.


If you’d like to participate, please complete, cut and paste the order form below and a check made out to UMBC.  Please also include your student’s address so that the gift certificate gets to your student. If it's easier, just send the necessary information in an email to


UHS knows you care about your student and wants to offer an opportunity for you to help them during this stressful time.




UMBC University Health Services



_____ Yes, I’d like to send my student a gift certificate good for a:   ______ ½ Hour Massage ($25.00)   ______ Full Hour Massage ($50.00)


Please mail my gift certificate to the following address:


Student’s Name __________________________________________________________


Student’s Address ________________________________________________________


Student’s Phone __________________________________________________________


Please include the following message on the certificate:







Certificate should be signed FROM: ___________________________


Please send check made payable to UMBC to:


UMBC University Health Services

Attn: Massage Certificate Order

Erickson Hall Ground Floor

1000 Hilltop Circle

Baltimore MD   21250


If you have any questions, please call 410-455-2542.




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.


Winter Commencement (RSVP by 12/8) 
Winter Commencement will take place on December 23, at 10 a.m. in the RAC. The Provost's Office must hear from all faculty and staff who intend to march in the procession by December 8. The response form is located at  


Coat Drive (Ends 12/17)
Student Judicial Programs (SJP) is seeking donations of old coats, hats and gloves to help people in need of the winter essentials. Please drop off your donations at SJP in the Student Development and Success Center, on Center Road between Susquehanna and Chesapeake Halls (the old Shriver Center.) For additional information, contact Connie at, Barbara at or call the SJP office at ext. 5-2453.


Information Session on Summer Study Travel Program to Vienna, Budapest and Prague (12/8)
Students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and friends are invited to join the Honors College for the June 2005 Study Travel Program to Vienna, Budapest and  Prague with an optional extension to Salzburg. 
An information session about the trip will be held Wednesday, December 8 at 1 p.m. in the Honors College, room 216, Kuhn Library.  Please sign up for the session in the same location. For information about the session, please contact Maureen McCormick, or ext. 5-3720. For information about the study program, please visit


UMBC Percussion Ensemble (12/9)
Under the direction of Tom Goldstein. 8 p.m., Fine Arts Recital Hall.  For more information, call ext. 5-MUSC.

Fall Dance Showcase (12/9-11)
Each evening at 8 p.m., Fine Arts Studio 317. $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors. For information and reservations, call the Dance Box Office at ext. 5-6240.


Theatre Dept. Presents David Hare’s “Fanshen” (12/2-12)
Directed by Xerxes Mehta.
The play takes place in the late 1940s, during the birth of modern China. Please note that this production contains violence, nudity and explicit language. All performances in UMBC Theatre. $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors. For show times, visit For reservations, call the Theatre Box Office at ext. 5-2476.



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