This is the last edition of the Newsletter for the
2013-2014 academic year.
Today, Tuesday, May 20, Germantown Campus will host
the Collegewide Closing meeting. The Germantown Campus celebration is
Wednesday, May 21. On Wednesday, we’ll kick off
festivities in the Globe Hall atrium at 9 a.m. with a coffee and cake reception
to celebrate, and thank our fabulous facilities team for getting us through this
year’s merciless winter. The closing meeting will follow at 10 a.m. in Globe
Hall. We’ll wrap up our festivities with a campus picnic and spirited game of
softball at noon (or volleyball in the gym if it rains). Click here for
additional professional week events.
I hope you saw Dr. Pollard’s memo last
Thursday. The budget news is truly cause
for celebration. The final waltz in the budget dance always coincides with
final exams and all of the end-of-year activities and events. To those of you who
took time out of your busy schedules to advocate for the College or encouraged
students to participate in the process, thank you! And to all of you who do the
work that makes advocacy so easy, thank you! Last Thursday’s County Council vote
to support the additional $6.8 million for the College ensures that new
positions, critical to the planned fall opening of the Bioscience Education
Center, are funded. Thirteen new faculty positions have been funded along with
staff positions that permit us to provide services vital to student success.
There have been innumerable wonderful
events in the last two weeks celebrating and highlighting the semester and the
achievements of an academic year. Some fill the pages of Inside MC or are
forwarded in emails filled with pride. Many others, not destined to become
headline are no less significant for the students who achieve them. Thank you
for your contributions to the triumphs, large and small.
A few memorable moments:
Lucy Laufe presides over the induction of students into Phi Theta Kappa,
the international honor society of two year colleges. Lucy will serve as the collegewide
Honors Director in the new academic structure. Thank you, Lucy, for your
incredible commitment to our high achieving students.
spring, Prof. Bruce Madariaga
challenges his honor students to use what they are learning in
his economics class to make a real-world positive public policy
change. This semester, Robert (Addam) Pittenridge requested an
in-person meeting with Congressman Chris Van Hollen, and got what he asked
for. Bruce, Addam and another student, Paulette Wanko, met with Congressman
Van Hollen and advocated for policies to reduce economic inequality.
one of our Renaissance Scholars, just learned that he was admitted to Dartmouth
on a full scholarship.
Dr. Rick Pires, Dr. Don Newlin, and Professor Zenobia Garrison participated
in the T-STEM mini-retreat on May 6
in the Paul Peck Innovation Center. They are part of the
STEM Transfer Student Success Initiative (T-STEM), sponsored by a grant from
the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Along with Bill Koch and Richard Scott, they have done phenomenal work
on curriculum alignment and transfer advising as part of this inter-institutional
project between UMBC, Anne Arundel Community College, Community College of
Baltimore County, Howard Community College, and Montgomery College.
Earth Day Fair was planned by students from Prof.
Strahorn’s IS273 class. Among the many wonderful tributes paid to our
exquisite planet, there was artwork orgniazed by Amanda Miller and her
students. Starry Night, done in chalk between the HS and SA buildings was
on exhibit until the rain came. I hope that you had a chance to see the
student artwork on display in HT or see the student engineering projects. The
final Athenaeum Lecture was a recital and poetry ready by Charles Williams – an
To Paula Bostic (Writing Center
supervisor), Jack Curling (Chair of Health and PE), Dr. Carol Allen (biology
faculty), Dr. Martin Levy (networking faculty), and Prof. Hossein Torkan, on
behalf of the campus – your colleagues and the thousands of students you have
taught – thank you. We congratulate you and wish you wonderful retirements.
In closing, I want to thank each of you
for the energy, passion, and joy that you bring to work every day. Your
enthusiasm, dedication, and spirit define Germantown campus. In the fall, some
of you will have a new chair or supervisor; some will have a new dean. Some of
you will be new chairs. Some of you will be new deans. Higher ed, like almost
all institutions today, is having to adapt to a very dynamic world. Our
willingness and ability to adapt, to be flexible, to transform ourselves as we
transform the lives of our students, while maintaining our core values –
excellence, integrity, innovation, diversity, stewardship, sustainability – is
a tribute all of you - to the College community. No matter what you do during
the summer months, I hope that you find time for personal renewal. I am excited
for the challenges and opportunities we will face in the next academic year
because I have witnessed what we are capable of envisioning together.
Have a wonderful summer!
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