UMBC Presidential Faculty & Staff
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
University Center Ballroom
lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)
year, the UMBC community comes together to celebrate the accomplishments
of our outstanding faculty and staff.
This year we honor:
Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Presidential Teaching Professor, 2008-2011
L.D. Timmie Topoleski, professor of mechanical engineering, has distinguished
himself as an outstanding scholar and educator whose engaging teaching has
touched and inspired many students at UMBC. Topoleski serves as graduate
program director in mechanical engineering, and under his direction the program
has seen a dramatic transformation both in size and quality. Because of his
vision and hard work, the Department of Mechanical Engineering received two
prestigious Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Awards from the
U.S. Department of Education. These awards helped create a profound transformation
in the type and number of graduate students who are entering the program.
He continues to provide steady guidance to his students, working with them
in addressing difficult advising and mentoring issues.
Mathematics and Statistics
Presidential Research Professor, 2008-11
Thomas Mathew, professor of statistics, is an internationally recognized
authority on multivariate statistical analysis, bioequivalence testing and
statistical tolerance intervals. As an elected fellow of both the American
Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Mathew
is a member of the most select group of statistical scientists in the field.
He is known for his foundational statistical contributions to the field of
inter-laboratory data analysis, and his work was recognized with a Youden
Award for inter-laboratory testing from the American Statistical Association.
Associate Director, Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology
Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET)
Presidential Distinguished Staff Award, Professional Staff,
In addition to her outstanding management skills, Danita Eichenlaub has demonstrated
leadership in the development of financial systems and controls which are
now being modeled across the campus. Eichenlaub supervises all aspects of
the administrative and financial management for two research centers, GEST
and JCET. She has merged the two administrative staffs from the centers into
one team and monitors sponsored research funding of $20-25 million annually.
Insurance Program Specialist
University Health Services (UHS)
Presidential Distinguished Staff Award, Non-Exempt Staff, 2008-2009
Ethel "Willi" Haskins-Cotton's dedication and initiative
has greatly enhanced the services UHS provides to the campus community. She
patiently spends time helping international students, graduate assistants
and other studentsmany of whom are managing their own health care
for the first timeunderstand the complexities of medical insurance.
Haskins-Cotton established a third-party billing program enabling major insurance
companies to reimburse many of the medical services UHS provides. Because
of her hard work, UHS has been able to expand its range of services at a
time when many college health centers have had to decrease services due to
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President's Commission for Women Achievement Award
Executive Director, Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT)
President’s Commission for Women Achievement Award 2008-2009
Claudia Morrell is regarded as one of the foremost experts on gender issues
in technology in the world and a role model and advocate for young women
at UMBC and beyond. As executive director of CWIT, Morrell developed the
CWIT Scholars Program, which provides scholarships and programmatic support
to young women and men pursuing their undergraduate degrees in information
technology and engineering. The CWIT Scholars Program currently retains 94
percent of its students, a rate that exceeds the normal rate of retention
for students in these majors.
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System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty and Staff Awards
Professor of the Practice, English
USM Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Mentoring, 2007-2008
Christopher Corbett is an award winning journalist who has dedicated himself
to helping UMBC students achieve a high level of skill as undergraduate reporters
and success in internships and jobs in the field. While teaching nearly all
of the journalism courses offered by the Department of English since 1990,
Corbett has served as the faculty advisor to The Retriever Weekly. He led
its student editors and writers to three Reese Cleghorn Fellowships in recent
years, and has helped hundreds of undergraduates hone their critical thinking,
writing and editing skills.
Director of Sports Medicine, Athletics
USM Board of Regents’ Award, Outstanding Service to
For 29 years, Cindy Kubiet has provided exceptional sports medicine service
to student-athletes participating in inter-collegiate sports at UMBC. In
addition to her responsibilities involving student-athletes' general
health care, Kubiet focuses on program and policy development, budget management,
recruitment and training. She supervises and trains a staff that has grown
to include four assistant trainers and 10-15 student-trainers, and she
coordinates the activities of two team physicians and other health care professionals
who treat student-athletes.
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Previous Presidential Faculty and Staff Award Recipients
2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007
Human Resources department has granted release time for employees
to take part in these events, and everyone is encouraged to attend.
All campus offices will remain open and services should continue
to be offered. Supervisors and staff are asked to work together
to coordinate staffing.