Friday, August 24, 2012
The first phase of the 170,000 square-foot building is now open on campus.
Visitors to UMBC's campus may have noticed the large construction site at Hilltop Road over the last two years as it has been transformed into the newest building on campus for Performing Arts and Humanities. The first phase of the 170,000 square-foot building has been completed and faculty and staff have started moving in. Students will be using the building when classes start next week. Construction started on the space roughly two years ago, with work on the second phase well underway. The first wing has a 275-seat theatre and a 120-seat theatre, as well as space for set design, rehearsal and costume and makeup. The building also includes offices for faculty and staff in the department and also houses offices and writing labs for the …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
A contractor hit a gas line while working on the Catonsville campus.
Four buildings at CCBC Catonsville have been temporarily evacuated Thursday due to a ruptured gas line, according to CCBC. Hope Davis, a spokeswoman, said that a contractor hit a gas line while working on Building E. The gas has been shut off and the gas line is being repaired, Davis said. Buildings D, E, F and G were evacuated to vent the buidlings, she said. Baltimore County fire crews are currently on the scene. Davis said the buidlings have been re-opened as of 11:45 a.m. and classes will resume at 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The tech incubator complex at UMBC is growing.
In just 18 months, the BWTech incubator at UMBC has added 20 new tenants, according to a report from Bmore Media. The incubator currently hosts 86 tenants and 14 affiliated companies and organizations. In the last two years, many of the new tenants have been in the area of cybersecurity, according to the article. The incubator started in two trailers in 1989 on the campus and now sits on 71 acres of off Interstate 195 on the western edge of the campus. For a full list of tenants, visit the incubator's website.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The commencement ceremonies wrapped up Monday.
More than 1,600 students received diplomas from UMBC at its 57th commencement ceremony. On Monday, 1,252 undergraduates received diplomas at First Mariner Arena in Baltimore, according to a news release. Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation, delivered the address to the graduates. Suresh also received an honorary doctor of science degree for his national leadership in the sciences and engineering and for research in the field of nanobiomechanics. On Friday, 403 graduates received diplomas on campus at UMBC and on Thursday, the Erickson School held a ceremony also on campus. Rebecca M. Blank, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, delivered the address. To read profiles of the Class of 2012, visit this …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Two university employees either resigned or were fired, according to the audit.
This story has been updated to include a response from UMBC. UMBC is proposing changes to how it does business after an audit revealed questionable corporate credit card expenditures and that several students had not been charged tuition or fees in 2011. The audit was conducted for the period beginning Oct. 1 2008 and ending June 30, 2011 for the public research institution that had a total of 12,888 students enrolled as of fall 2010. One result: two employees accused of improperly using university credit cards either resigned or had their employment terminated, the audit said. "Obviously we take it very seriously," said UMBC spokeswoman Elyse Ashburn. "As soon as any of the findings were brought to our attention, we responded immediately…
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Freeman A. Hrawbowski III is on Time Magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.
UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski III has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, in Time Magazine's annual list. The 61-year-old Hrabowski has been at the helm since 1992 and has been named to several influential lists before. In 2009, Time named him one of the 10 best college presidents. He was also named to U.S. News and World Report's best leaders in America. U.S. News also ranked UMBC as the No. 1 "up and coming" university in 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to UMBC. In an article in the Baltimore Sun, Hrabowski said his success and the success of the campus are the same. Time praised the college's Meyerhoff Scholars Program, which was started in 1988 as a financial and academic support program for black …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
LaMont Toliver was the director of the Meyerhoff Scholars program and the assistant dean of undergraduate education.
UMBC Assistant Dean LaMont Toliver died suddenly on campus Tuesday morning, according to WTOP and UMBC officials. President Freeman Hrabowski sent the following in an email to the campus community Tuesday: "With great sadness, we must let you know that LaMont Toliver, Director of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education, passed away late this morning after suffering a heart attack on campus. "This is a tragic loss for LaMont’s immediate family – his wife, Lisa, and his four sons, Jacquet, Tristan, Julian, and Jordan. (Both Julian and Jordan are students here on campus.) "LaMont’s passing is a tragic loss as well for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program family and the entire University community. LaMont …
Friday, February 17, 2012
An email was sent out to the university community on Wednesday.
A person at UMBC is suspected of having tuberculosis, according to a letter sent to the campus community. School health officials are working with the Baltimore County Department of Health to obtain for further testing for the person, who is isolated, according to Director of University Health Services Jennifer Lepus. University officials did not confirm whether the person was a student, citing health privacy laws. Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that causes coughing, chest pain, bloody sputum, weakness, weight loss, chills, fever and night sweats. University officials sent a letter to the campus community Wednesday about the infected person. Although the infection is contagious, it is highly unlikely the general student population …
The community college will also welcome Native American speaker next week.
Since Professor Stephanie Molholt arrived at CCBC Catonsville in 2009 to teach classes on the topic of Native Americans, she has watched interest in the subject grow from one section of a Native American history class to five sections. Students are intrigued by a subject they don't know much about, she said. "We don't do a good job teaching native history," Molholt said. So with the increased interest in the topic, the timing was right for the community college to start a Native American studies program. Students can now take classes under a transfer pattern that will go towards four-year universities. Students will be able to take classes in history, literature and culture. CCBC's program is the first of its kind in Maryland, but it is an…