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

January 4, 2005                                                                                                          2004-05, No. 7



F E A T U R E   S T O R Y


Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) research professors Jeff Halverson (left) and Ali Tokay (right) investigate


The Science of Snow


The complete story can be found at



B E S T   W I S H E S   F O R   A   R E S T F U L   A N D   E N J O Y A B L E   B R E A K

Happiness is having the young ones at home for the holidays and semester break. We hope that each and every one of you had a peaceful, stress-free, relaxing and wonderful time. We are looking forward to the return of our current students and the arrival of our new students in the new year!

Parents of new incoming students should check the UMBC website soon for information about Winter Welcome Week activities.


A  R E M I N D E R   F R O M   F I N A N C I A L   A I D

You will be receiving your PIN from the U.S. Department of Education beginning in December 2004. The four-digit PIN serves as the identifier that allows you to access your personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems. You will need your PIN to electronically sign your 2005-2006 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you do not receive your PIN or you would like to apply for a PIN please visit  Parents of independent students must also apply for a PIN so that forms might electronically be signed.


H E L P   M E E T   W I S H E S   F O R   W A R M T H

The first annual Coat Drive sponsored by Student Judicial Programs has been overwhelmingly successful. This success has prompted them to continue the drive until February 3, 2005. This enables you to donate all of those extra, but usable coats, scarves, hats and gloves to help others stay warm over the cold winter months. Don't let them take up your much-needed closet space. Send those items that are in good condition back to campus with your student. Contributions can be dropped of at the SJP office in the newly-named Student Development and Success Center (former Shriver Center). For additional information please contact Connie at, Barbara at or call 410.455.2453. Thank you for your generosity.





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.


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