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Improved Live Near Your Work Program Offers up to $18,500 Grant

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is launching its improved Live Near Your Work (LNYW) Program, which offers homebuying assistance to UMB employees while showing the University’s commitment to the community, with an informational kickoff event Thursday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. at the SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballroom A.

The LNYW Program is designed to open the door to homeownership and stabilize and revitalize targeted Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods, offering eligible UMB faculty and staff $16,000 in grants to use toward the down payment and closing costs for the purchase of homes in Barre Circle, Franklin Square, Hollins Market, Mount Clare, Pigtown/Washington Village, Poppleton, and Union Square. In addition, participants may be eligible to receive a matching grant of up to $2,500 from the city of Baltimore, and they may qualify for additional grants from programs outside of the University.

Purchasing a home in a qualifying neighborhood allows UMB employees to become involved in active and ever-growing communities; shorten lengthy commutes to work; live within walking distance of restaurants, stores, stadiums, and cultural centers; and choose from a variety of housing types, ranging from historic rowhouses to newly constructed condos.

To qualify, you must be a regular full- or part-time (50 percent FTE or more) faculty or staff employee who is in good standing, complete a homebuying counseling program, demonstrate creditworthiness, and contribute a minimum of $1,000 to the down payment.

You can find application instructions, program parameters, employee testimonials, neighborhood information, and more at the Live Near Your Work website. Applications open Jan. 29. Here is a list of upcoming events.

Program Kickoff

Thursday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballroom A

This forum will provide an overview of the program’s parameters and qualification requirements and offer information about homebuying incentives from a panel of UMB officials and community partner organizations. Featured speakers include UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, and Chief Business and Finance Officer and Vice President Dawn M. Rhodes, MBA.

The panelists include Emily Kordish, LNYW Program coordinator, UMB Human Resource Services; Matthew Gregory, GO Northwest Housing Resource Center; Liz Koontz, Live Baltimore; and Michael Seipp, Southwest Partnership. In addition, information tables will be set up for more one-on-one discussion with Human Resources staff and community partner representatives. The kickoff event will feature light refreshments. To register for the event, click here.

Homebuying Workshops

Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. SMC Campus Center, Room 351

Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., SMC Campus Center, Room 351

Completing a homebuying workshop is the first of a two-step process toward earning a homeownership counseling certificate, which is required to qualify for the LNYW grants. The second step requires a private homeownership counseling session, which you can sign up for during this workshop, hosted by GO Northwest Housing Resource Center. Learn more about the counseling here.  Register for one of these homebuying sessions here. Employees only need to attend one session.

Live Baltimore Trolley Tour

Saturday, Jan. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Starting at the SMC Campus Center and hosted by Live Baltimore, this narrated bus tour will take participants around local neighborhoods, including the ones that qualify for the LNYW Program. UMB employees can get a free ticket to this tour by registering and using the promo code umb1807. You can register for the tour here.

By attending the tour, you will have a chance to become eligible for a $5,000 grant toward the purchase of a home in the city through Live Baltimore’s Buying Into Baltimore incentive. Learn more about this incentive here and read a list of frequently asked questions.

Live Baltimore Education Sessions


Starting in March, Live Baltimore will be providing on-campus education sessions about homebuying incentives, living in the city of Baltimore, and more. Included in the schedule will be opportunities to meet one-on-one with Live Baltimore staff in an effort to customize the available homeownership programs to the buyer’s needs. Group sessions will offer a high-level overview of the homeownership programs and incentives available through the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland. A schedule and more information on these sessions will be available in the coming weeks.

Applications Open

Jan. 29

Go to the LNYW website for application instructions.

— Lou Cortina



Lou CortinaGlobal & Community Engagement, UMB News, University AdministrationJanuary 9, 20180 comments
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Tax Preparation Session

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
Noon to 1 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Elm Room 210 B

This interactive workshop will teach you:

  • How to choose where to have your taxes prepared
  • What documents to gather to get your taxes done
  • The impact home loan modifications may have on your taxes
  • Tax credits to ask about
  • Tips for deciding whether to “do it yourself” or hire a professional tax preparer

All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend.

Jina Bacchus Bulletin Board, People, University Life, USGAJanuary 13, 20170 comments
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Fair Labor Standards Act Changes

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which will extend overtime pay protection and help to ensure every worker is compensated fairly for their hard work. This change increases the salary threshold for exempt employees (employees not entitled to overtime pay) from $23,660 to $47,476. This change becomes effective Nov. 27.

As a result of the FLSA change, impacted employees will either:

  1. Be reclassified to nonexempt and become eligible for overtime or
  2. Receive a pay increase up to the new FLSA salary threshold

Human Resource Services (HRS) has been working with the UMB schools and administrative units to identify impacted employees and prepare for this change. Managers have received training and will be communicating with each impacted employee by mid-October about how the updated regulations will affect them.

Employee town hall meetings are being scheduled for late October to give employees a chance to ask questions about the upcoming changes.

To learn more about this change, please visit the HRS website. In addition, you may also visit the U.S. Department of Labor website for further information about FLSA and wages.

Patricia Hoffmann UMB NewsOctober 17, 20160 comments
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Human Resource Services

UMB’s First School-Specific Employment Portal Goes Live

The Taleo recruiting system reached another first this week with the introduction of School of Nursing’s employment portal. School-specific employment portals are in development for all seven schools, delivering more convenient access to school-specific job openings.

Until now, job seekers have had only one option: search all University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) postings from the Human Resource Services portal – even when job seekers want to target employment opportunities within a specific school. During development of UMB’s Taleo recruiting system, several users suggested offering job searches from a school-specific websites. School representatives cited benefits including increased search flexibility and the ability to make current employment opportunities available on a school sites as users browse for other information. They also felt that school-specific portals offered more convenient searches for those with specific employment interests (such as faculty).

HRS responded by developing a way to display school-specific faculty and staff postings from Taleo recruiting. The UMB communications team has supported the effort by developing a web template as well as school-specific branding.

Be on the lookout for additional school-specific job portals, which are slated to roll out over the next few months. Those interested in searching all open postings at UMB may continue to search from the UMB Jobs page.

Robin ReidBulletin Board, Collaboration, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, Technology, University AdministrationApril 15, 20160 comments
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Employee Service Awards

Boggs Gets Top Award as Longtime Employees Honored

On Monday, April 27, 2015, Steven Boggs, JD, director of records and registration at the Francis King Carey School of Law, made what to him was a “simple decision.” Others saw his quick, calm thinking to salvage the final exam schedule minutes from the University being closed by the Freddie Gray unrest as anything but simple and unanimously named him UMB’s Employee of the Year at the Employee Service Recognition and Community Service Awards Program on April 7, 2016.

“Yes, stunned is an apt description,” Boggs said of winning the Cecil S. Kelly Memorial Employee of the Year Award. He recalled that fateful day being told that the city was going into curfew and lockdown mode. “Dean Tobin and two other deans were in my office saying 2 o’clock we have to close down the law school and what are our options for our exams? Because I was already aware of how I could convert things into a take-home mode, so students could access their exams remotely with computer software to time them, that was the decision that was made.

“As 2 o’clock approached I was trying to get as many exams converted as I could, not knowing what would happen for the rest of the week. By 2:28 there were three police coming to the door and I’m like, ‘Look five minutes and I’m out of here.’”

Boggs, who was eligible for the annual award after being named Employee of the Month for September, said the decision was simple because alternatives were few.

“We had literally just started our first day of exams. The show must go on. I knew a Plan B so the deans said, ‘All right, make Plan B happen but do it quickly.’ All things being equal it worked as well as it could.”

Boggs said deciding where his $1,500 prize would go was a simple decision as well. “I have four kids,” he said with a laugh, “so I’m sure it’s already spent.”

Boggs, who has worked at UMB for almost three years, was one of several “newcomers” to play a prominent role as nearly 100 longtime personnel were honored at an entertaining luncheon at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center.

“Together, the long-serving employees we honor today have dedicated 2,460 years to this University,” said UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, who co-hosted the event with fellow newcomer Matt Lasecki, SPHR, chief human resources officer. “All told, I’ve given 11 years to UMB — not even a quarter of the tenure of our heroic 45-year honorees,” added Perman. “So it’s clear that UMB’s reputation — our good name and our good works — they say a lot more about all of you than they do about me.”

Lasecki thanked those in the crowd for how “incredibly welcoming” they have been in his first five months at UMB. He then saluted the 20-, 25-, 30-, 35-, 40-, and 45-year employees for their service, sprinkling in interesting facts from the year they started working at UMB.

“Cal Ripken Jr. breaks the consecutive-games record [20 years]; Home Alone was the top movie [25 years]; Dallas was top TV show [30 years]; a loaf of bread cost 48 cents [35 years],” he said during the program.

The 40-year employees honored were Donna Ferger (School of Medicine), Deborah Horstman and Darlene Watkins (both of the School of Dentistry),

Larry Miller (Administration and Finance), and Nolene Taylor (School of Nursing). By the way, Jaws was the top movie when they first came to UMB.

Lasecki introduced the most senior employees by reminding the audience that in 1970 when Thomasine Guberski (School of Medicine) and Carol Stillwell (School of Dentistry) first started, Richard Nixon was president, M*A*S*H was the top TV show, and UMB students could rent places around campus for $39 a month.

Stillwell, who began at the School of Social Work, shifted to the Office of the President for 20 years as an administrative assistant, before moving to the School of Dentistry in 1991, credited great colleagues for her longevity.

“I’m in pediatric dentistry,” she said. “You can’t go wrong when you work with people who work with children.”

Boggs wasn’t the only award winner.

Mary Cain (School of Medicine), Hazel Jones-Parker (School of Nursing), and the late Shirley Allen (School of Dentistry) were recognized as nominees for the Board of Regents Award.

Janet Nance-Richardson, coordinator in the Carey School of Law, received the Community Service Award for her work as founder and chair of Baltimore-Metro Greeks Unite. Said Lasecki: “This is an extension of the service work Janet has been doing in the community for over 34 years as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.”

And Janice Hicks of the School of Social Work won the $2,000 James T. Hill Scholarship, established to support the University’s commitment to staff development in recognition of the former vice president’s long and outstanding service to UMB. Hicks recently earned her BS from UMUC with a major in management studies, and is working toward her master’s degree in health care administration at UMUC.

“She truly embodies the spirit of this award,” Lasecki said, “by constantly striving to enhance her skills and make an impact at the School of Social Work,” where she has worked since 2000. “In spite of her demanding full-time job, she has worked tirelessly on nights and weekends to achieve her higher education dreams.”

By Chris Zang

Enjoy the photo gallery of the event.

Chris ZangCommunity Service, For B'more, People, University Administration, University LifeApril 13, 20160 comments
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Human Resource Services

Taleo Recruiting System Resources Expand

With the addition of Taleo pages to the HRS Manager’s Toolkit section of the HRS website, resources in support of UMB’s Taleo Recruiting System have expanded. Ongoing training continues and your staffing specialist can help with detailed questions.

Taleo in HRS Manager’s Toolkit

A growing collection of Taleo System resources is now available on UMB’s website in the HRS Manager’s Toolkit including:

  • Taleo role descriptions and user access forms
  • Links to class registration and training materials
  • Answers to a variety of frequently asked questions

Over the coming months, look for this collection of Taleo resources to expand even further.


Training for UMB’s Taleo Recruiting System continues with additional dates scheduled through July. For details and registration, please refer to the Taleo registration page in the UMB System Training database.

More Support

If you have questions about the Taleo System, your staffing specialist can help!

Robin ReidBulletin Board, Collaboration, People, Technology, University AdministrationMarch 17, 20160 comments
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Human Resource Services

Welcome UMB’s New Applicant Tracking System

Taleo, UMB’s new applicant tracking system, is now open to trained users for staff recruitment. Taleo delivers a streamlined requisition process and more automation. Required training is underway.

What Is Taleo?

Taleo is the software UMB now uses for recruiting actions from initiating and approving a position requisition through automation of an offer letter. Taleo is available now for staff recruitment. In Summer 2016 Taleo will become available for faculty recruitment.

Register for Training Now

Training is required for access to Taleo; classes last approximately three hours. Staff initiators and staff approvers should attend together. For a course description and a list of available dates, refer to the enterprise training database. Training will run through at least the end of March. If you anticipate a staff recruitment soon, we recommend registering now.


As always, if you have a question or need to recruit for a staff position before you have access to Taleo, please contact your assigned staffing specialist in HRS Staffing & Career Services.

Robin ReidBulletin Board, Collaboration, People, Technology, University AdministrationFebruary 11, 20160 comments
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UMBrella Group

UMBrella Offers Professional Development Opportunity

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) UMBrella Group, in collaboration with the Organization and Employee Development division of Human Resource Services, are planning a new professional development opportunity with particular emphasis for women serving in staff positions at UMB.

Interest Survey

Organizers of this initiative are conducting a survey to determine interest level in a peer coaching program geared toward women on campus. While the program will place particular emphasis on women in staff-level positions, the survey is open to all genders to complete.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about this professional development opportunity, and topic areas that would be of most interest to you. The survey should take only 5-10 minutes to complete.


Clare BanksBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, University AdministrationFebruary 4, 20160 comments
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Human Resource Services

New Applicant Tracking System

Are you involved in hiring new employees? This message is for you! On Feb. 1, UMB rolls out Taleo, UMB’s new applicant tracking system, with a streamlined requisition process and more automation.


Human Resource Services staffing began using Taleo last month. Now, it’s your turn! Starting Feb. 1, Taleo will open to the UMB campus for staff recruits. Taleo will be used for actions from initiating and approving the position requisition through automation of the offer letter. Taleo replaces an outdated version of HealthcareSource.

Get Access

To gain access to Taleo, you’ll need to attend training and submit an access request form. Class dates and registration will be publicized the week of Jan. 25 with classes beginning the first week in February. In class you will receive an access request form. Taleo access will be granted shortly after you submit the completed and signed access request form.

If you need to recruit for a staff position before you have access to Taleo, please contact your assigned staffing specialist in HRS Staffing and Career Services.

Robin Reid Technology, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 14, 20160 comments
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