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UMBC Together Weekly Spotlights

Week of August 3rd - 11th Edition

Check some ways you and/or your office can stay connected with the wider UMBC community this week by informing you of select events, programs, resources, as well as some tips and tricks to maximize your virtual campus experience. 

Here are some items to check out this week through next Monday (August 3rd-August 10th):

Call To Action

Help Us Increase Food Security with Towards Wholesome Eating: Donate to the Retriever Essentials Gritstarter: Link

Events and Engagement

Summer Lunch & Learn: UMBC History

Campus Life’s Online Leadership Challenge 

ONGOING: Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 - Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | All Day | Online

Retrievers!! We want YOU to take on the Online Leadership Challenge! Navigate the different paths to leadership, practice articulating your journey as a leader, and engage in meaningful discussions with other UMBC students. 

Challenge questions will be posted on the Campus Life Instagram and myUMBC page every Tuesday and Thursdaystarting July 21st until August 13th. The student who accumulates the most points throughout the challenge will receive a $50 UMBC Bookstore gift card! The Online Leadership Challenge is dedicated to helping students reflect on the intersection of academics, personal experiences & campus involvement to answer the question: What is a leader? And what does leadership look like?

To access the Challenge Guidelines click on the "Download Image" button below. Make sure to follow the Campus Life Instagram @umbccampuslife and Campus Life myUMBC page to participate as a challenger! Who knows? Maybe you'll win the prize, or better yet, discover the leader in YOU! For questions contact Coordinator for Leadership, Beatriz Gutierrez-Malagon at bgutierrez@umbc.edu

ONLINE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE POSTS: Challenge Day 1 — Self-Development | Challenge Day 2 — Feedback and SelfChallenge Day 3 — Social IdentitiesChallenge Day 4 — Values 

Attention Challengers!You have until 11:59pm on Friday, August 14th to submit all your answers to any and all posts! The winner will be announced on Monday, August 17th

Summer Lunch and Learn: UMBC History

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | noon - 1:00p.m. | Online via WebEx

Join us for a virtual series of informal talks on a variety of interdisciplinary topics. Students, faculty, and staff — bring your own lunch and stay connected with the UMBC academic community. Read below for ways to join this virtual event. The Webex link to join the conversation will be provided on the day of the event.

Before the first buildings appeared on UMBC's campus, Spring Grove Hospital patients tended the surrounding farmlands. In 1966, UMBC opened its doors with just three buildings, 45 professors, and wooden sidewalks. Join us on a virtual walking tour to explore how UMBC has transformed into a thriving campus, and experience the history, innovative art and architecture that defines the university today. This talk will be followed by a period of Q&A, so either post your questions in the comment section before the event starts, or in the WebEx chat once the event starts.

Staff Paint & Sip

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30p.m. | Online via WebEx: Link

Grab your family and/or housemates as we take time to wind down, relax, and paint the evening away! This paint session will be facilitated by the talented Brittney Stephenson, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Fine Arts.

No experience required! Test your skills and enjoy a beverage of your choice. In order to participate, you will need to have the following materials listed below. Items can be purchased at their local art store, or big box retailer such as Michaels, Plaza Art Supply, Blick Art, or Amazon. I will start thinking of themes to paint. Both Exempt and Non-Exempt staff are encouraged to attend! Please RSVP if you plan to attend by clicking “Going.” 

Art-specific items

  • Small Tubes of Acrylic Paint (i.e. Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, and White)

  • Brushes (Small, Medium, Large)

  • Painting Surface (i.e. Canvas, Canvas Pad) (Size 16 x 20 preference, but any size is fine)

  • Black Sharpie (Fine Point or Pen)

Other Items

  • Water Cup

  • Paper Towels

  • Clothes you don't mind getting paint on

  • A beverage of your choice

Join our event by clicking on this Webex Link

Questions? Contact Carlos Turcios, PSS Secretary at carlos6@umbc.edu

Click here for a full list of UMBC Events.


  • Announcement for Grad Students Graduating in Fall 2020: Link 

Contact Info

Website: umbc.edu/together 

Email: together@umbc.edu 

Social Media: #UMBCTogether

Posted: August 4, 2020, 11:32 AM