Council of Majors

The Council of Majors meets the second and fourth Monday of each month during free hour (12 noon until 1pm) in the INDS conference room, Fine Arts 529. All majors and any students interested in an interdisciplinary approach to education are invited to attend. The Council sponsors the annual Slobodan B. Petrovich Lecture, along with academic, social and fund-raising activities.

Major INDS Events 

The Del Rey School service project is a Halloween celebration for children with cerebral palsy. The INDS Council of Majors hosted a "Halloween pumpkin decoration party" for UMBC students using pumpkins donated by the Towson Whole Foods Market, and delivered pumpkins to the Del Rey School for their annual Halloween celebration.

artREACH is an INDS sponsored fundraiser that features UMBC student musicians and artists who sell their artworks and donate proceeds to a local non-profit organization. In Fall 2011 the INDS Council of Majors raised $125 for Great Kids Farm. Below is a live performance at artREACH by "i am unanimous."

The Slobodan B. Petrovich Lecture: Since 1997 Interdisciplinary Studies at UMBC has hosted an annual lecture featuring a prominent individual from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Representing fields including social sciences, medicine and the humanities, each lecturer has incorporated several academic disciplines in achieving professional success. The Petrovich lecturers illustrate the need for addressing complex issues by drawing upon a range of disciplinary perspectives to address contemporary problems. Below is a video of the 2011 Petrovich Lecture by Dr. Kathleen Lynch, Executive Director of the Folger Institute.

2013-2014 Officers

Josh Massey

Vice President: 
Kiran Prabhakar

Jillian Goles

Nneka Opara

Lewis Brant

Marketing Officer:
Alyson Stetyick

INDS Advisor: 
Steven McAlpine

2012-2013 Officers

President: Rachelle Epstein
Vice President: Josh Massey
Treasurer: Kiran Prabhakar
Secretary: Asif Majid
Advisor: Steven McAlpine

(Photo: Council of Majors President Rachelle Epstein is thrilled with progress on her capstone which will entail a virtual museum exhibit of Peruvian crania ! )

2011-2012 Officers

President: Gift Jayakar

Vice President: Josh Massey

Treasurer: Rachelle Epstein

Secretary: Amy Fowler

Advisor: Steven McAlpine

Previous Council of Majors

INDS Council of Majors 2010-2011

President: Allison Isberg
Vice President: Donna Viola
Treasurer: Gift Jayakar
Secretary: Alex Calvin
Events Coordinators: Heather Bollinger 
Public Relations Officer: Jeannie Blevins
New Student Liaison: Asif Majid

Advisor: Steven McAlpine


INDS Council of Majors 2009 - 2010

President: Tabassum Majid
Vice President: Donna Viola
Treasurer: Justin Lingel
Secretary: Alex Calvin
Events Coordinator (2009): Todd Carter
Events Coordinators (2010): Heather Bollinger and Gift Jayakar
Public Relations Officer: Jeannie Blevins
Marketing Director: Jonathan Teklu
Advisor: Steven McAlpine


INDS Council of Majors 2008 - 2009

President: Rob Bonfante
Vice President: Samantha Bier
Treasurer: Jon Hart
Secretary: Jasmine Jones
Events Coordinator: Tabassum Majid

Advisor: Steven McAlpine