Category Archives: This Week

Ancient Studies Week (10/9-15)

Join the ancient studies department for ancient studies week, October 9-15. A full list of events can be found at

Below is a preview of one of the many events, a presentation by student excavators.

IRC to Show Exhibit in Commons (10/4-10/5)

Join the Imaging Research Center next week as they unveil their latest exhibit, “See Intuit,” in the Commons. The exhibit will be open Monday, October 4, noon-5 p.m., and Tuesday, October 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The exhibit gives visitors the chance to experience a moment of intuitive insight and shows what is happening in their brains at that moment. It was created for the USA Science and Engineering Festival, which will be held on DC’s National Mall October 23-24, and the IRC researchers hope the feedback they receive during the event in the Commons will help them put the finishing touches on the project.

“I hope the UMBC community comes and stops by the booth and has fun with it, and I hope that we learn where we’re going wrong and where we’re succeeding,” said Lee Boot, associate director of the IRC.

Hans Koch Workshop (9/24)

In collaboration with High Zero Festival, UMBC presents a workshop by bass clarinetist Hans Koch in Room 508 of the Fine Arts Studio, Friday, September 24, at 1 p.m.

Koch quit his carreer as a recognized classical clarinetist to become one of the most innovative improvising reed players in Europe. He has worked with Cecil Taylor, Fred Frith and other noted artists since the eighties. As a composer he has shaped the sound of Koch-Schütz-Studer ensemble and has written for radio plays and film. Since the nineties he has worked with electronics as an extension of saxes and clarinets, as well as with sampling/sequencing/laptop techniques. As a reed player he is always working to define his own vocabulary and sound, making him a unique voice on the stage.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

Christopher Corbett, English, to Read at Baltimore Book Festival (9/26)

Christopher Corbett, professor of the practice, English, is a featured author at the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend. He will read from his book “The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the Wild West” on Sunday, September 26, at 5 p.m. on the CityLit stage. Corbett will appear as part of the New Mercury Reading Series, which features nonfiction authors.

The 15th annual Baltimore Book Festival will take place around the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon from September 24-26. More than 225 authors will be featured in the festival.

France Trip Information Session (9/27)

Questions about the UMBC January study trip to France? Join us for a question and answer session Monday, September 27, at noon in Academic IV, room 148C.

The French Area of Modern Languages offers a three-week experience of French language courses, life with a French family and tours and excursions in Montpellier, near the Mediterranean. Escape from the cold weather and earn three to four credits. For full information on the trip, contact Thomas Field at

University Registrar Candidate Presentations/Open Forums (9/21)

From Kriste Lindenmeyer, Professor and Chair of History, University Registrar Search Chair:

Join the University Registrar Search Committee at the Open-Meeting Campus Presentation by the third registrar candidate. Kelly Rowett-James will visit UMBC Tuesday, September 21, noon-1 p.m., in the University Center, room 312. We will have print copies of Rowett-James’ resume and cover letter available at the presentation. Contact me ( if you need a digital copy before the presentation.

The Search Committee appreciates any feedback you may offer about all three candidates. The committee will meet on Friday, September 24, to make its final recommendations for the position.

Thank you for your help with this important process. I have listed the members of the search committee below. Feel free to contact any of us. There are also separate meetings with various constituents on campus.

Kriste Lindenmeyer, Chair, University Registrar Search Committee

University Registrar Search Committee:

  • Ken Baron
  • Jill Barr
  • Michael Busges
  • Arnold Foelster
  • Aryya Gangopadhyay
  • Pamela Hawley
  • Stephanie Johnson
  • Beth Jones
  • William LaCourse
  • Ben Lowenthal
  • Elaine O’Heir
  • Karin Readel
  • Nicole Roop
  • Chris Steele
  • Yasmin Karimian
  • Anna Rogers

UMBC Running Club (9/8)

Jogging is a great way for anyone to improve their health and fitness level, but finding the motivation to get up and get moving can sometimes be difficult. The UMBC Running Club is here to help! The goal of the club is to promote an active lifestyle by bringing together people of all skill levels who want to walk, jog or run. Whether you are a first-time jogger or avid runner, being a part of a group can give you the extra push necessary to reach your fitness goals, whatever they may be. The club will help organize runs, both in the mornings and evenings, so you can find a time that is most convenient for your schedule. Specific days and times will be determined at the first club meeting. The club is open to all members of the UMBC community, including students, faculty and staff of all ages.

For more information on the Running Club, contact Kyle Weihs (, 410-302-1070) or stop by our first meeting on Wednesday, September 8 at noon in Biological Sciences 120.

Fall Opening Meeting (8/19)

From: Freeman Hrabowski and Elliot Hirshman

Each year, at the start of the fall semester, the UMBC community comes together to welcome colleagues and students back to campus, celebrate our achievements and launch the beginning of the academic year. Please join us at the Fall Opening Meeting on Thursday, August 19, in the University Center Ballroom. A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.; the program begins promptly at noon.

The program will include the annual State of the University Address, focusing on our fall enrollment, budget, campus facilities, the capital campaign and achievements of students, faculty and staff, as well as welcoming remarks from the provost. In addition, two of our incoming undergraduate and graduate students will talk about why they chose UMBC.

So that as many people as possible can attend, release time for staff will be granted. All campus offices will remain open, and services will continue to be offered. We ask supervisors to work with staff members to arrange for staffing coverage.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, August 19.

Orientation Course Selection Day (6/17)

Beginning on Thursday, June 17, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation will partner with departments campus wide to welcome freshmen, transfers and their families of the incoming fall 2010 class during Orientation Course Selection Days. These full-day sessions will begin at 8 a.m. and will run throughout the summer, with the majority taking place in late June and early July. Students and family members will park in Lot 17 and begin their day in the University Center Ballroom. For more information about Orientation, visit our website.

Join us in welcoming these future Retrievers to campus!

2640 Move/Music (5/14-16)

The Megapolis Audio Festival and 2640 Space are pleased to announce 2640 Move/Music, an interdisciplinary evening organized by Timothy Nohe, associate professor of visual arts, featuring dance, electro-acoustic music, real-time animation and video projection.

Choreographers, musicians and artists are responding “in the round” to the unique features and acoustics of an 110 year-old church located in Baltimore’s Charles Village. The dancers will work with live video cameras and projection, body extensions, light environments and extended techniques in modern and tap movement. The musicians will employ architectural elements within the church, extended vocal techniques, laptops, wine glasses, saxophone, ebow guitar, wavetable synthesis, zither, bowed percussion, toys and waterphone.

The event is included in the Megapolis Festival Weekend Pass, general admission is also available at $10 to the public, $8 to students and seniors.

For more information, visit