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May 2014

Message from the Acting Vice President and Provost DSC_3114_EDT_Q9_R2500

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.

Lucy Laufe - PTK

A few memorable moments:

Dr. 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.

Bruce Madriaga and Congressman Van Hollen    

Each 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.  Addam, 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.


Starry Night
The 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 unforgettable evening.


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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