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CareeIMG_3363r Life Balance Launch & Coffee Hour, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 3-4 PM, UMBC Library 7th Floor.

On May 6, 2015, the Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative will be launching at UMBC! Everyone is invited to attend! The event will be held in the AOK Library on the 7th floor open area from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, and other campus leaders will be providing remarks at this event to share information such as leave policies, e.g., family matters/maternity/vacation, and other initiatives on campus that make career-life balance one of UMBC’s values. 
At the Career-Life Balance Launch, other organizations that advocate career-life balance and wellness of the individual will be present as well. We will have representatives from the following organizations at our event:
  • Counseling Center
  • Fitness and Wellness @ UMBC
  • Green Dot Bystander Program
  • Health and Wellness Initiative
  • Healthy Retrievers
  • Human Resources
  • UMBC Police
  • Relationship Violence Awareness & Prevention Program
  • The Graduate School (Assistant Dean for Administration, Policy & Compliance)
  • University Health Services
  • Voices Against Violence Program





Career-LifCLB Bryan UB Comboe Integration Workshop, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, with Dr. Laura Koppes Bryan

Dean Laura Bryan from UB will be providing a talk about about setting up building a career portfolio with a focus on managing both career and life responsibilities. At this event, attendees will be able to walk away with ideas or an outline for developing their career portfolio. If you are interested, please come and attend! Complimentary lunch will be provided. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Dean Bryan’s latest book, Shaping Work-Life Culture in Higher Education: A Guide for Academic Leaders.
Dean Laura Bryan’s Biography:

Dean Laura Bryan is the dean for the Gordon College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Baltimore. She is also a professor in the Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences. Dean Bryan is an advocate for effective strategies on managing both work and life responsibilities. She worked as an independent consultant for LK Associates, where she consulted with organizations on various areas, including work-life effectiveness. She also served as Director of Work-Life at the University of Kentucky where she analyzed data surveying the work-life culture for both faculty and staff members. She developed and implemented the UK Work-Life vision and strategy; through her advocacy and presentation to the University Board of Trustees, she was approved of a budget of 11 million dollars for the work-life initiatives. She has published about the significance of work-life strategies. In 2014, she published a book, Shaping Work-Life Culture in Higher Education: A Guide for Academic Leaders, which provides history about work-life culture in academia and emphasizes the significant role work-life culture has on productivity, wellness of the individual, recruitment, and retention of employees.



Career-Life Balance Writing Corner for Graduate Students, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

The Career-Life Balance “Writing Corner” breakfast session for graduate students will be held on Monday, Feb. 23. During this session, graduate students will be able to have some dedicated time to work on grant submissions, CV updates, dissertations, applications, etc. The Career-Life Balance “Writing Corner” is a new initiative that is taking the best practices from the PROMISE Dissertation House, PROMISE Writing for Publication, and PROMISE Postdoctoral Writing Suite activities, and combining them with needs that graduate students expressed in a CLB poll launched at UMBC during the Fall semester 2014. The “Writing Corner” concept was developed by the CLB GA, Amanda Lo, who worked with graduate students to gauge interest. Amanda describes the space as follows: “This room will serve to help others achieve career-life balance by providing a comfortable environment where graduate students, post-doctorate fellows, faculty, and staff can allocate time to work at ease on their writing. All participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and any materials that they might need to assist them with their writing.”

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