PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP

SSI 2009

PROMISE Summer Success Institute 2009

August 21-22, 2009

Registration for the SSI is free. The program is underwritten and sponsored by the AGEP Program in the Human Resources Division of the National Science Foundation.

August 21-22, 2009

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2009

Dress code for Friday’s event: Casual

10:00 a.m. Evaluating PROMISE
(For contining students)
Breakfast will be served

12:00 p.m. Options and Opportunities for College Teaching
A Lunch Seminar

This session will discuss opportunities for graduate students to receive teaching experiences. The UMBC/CCBC Teaching Fellows program takes graduate students in all fields who have gone through a number of the “Professors-in-Training: PROF-it” training seminars, and gives them a class to teach, a faculty mentor to help them throughout the semester, and a $2000 stipend. PGCC is considering development of a similar program that will utilize grad students from College Park. PROMISE alum, Dr. Alycia Marshall, began teaching as a grad student and she is now Co-Chair of the Math Department at AACC. In addition to talking about getting teaching experience as a grad student, our guests will discuss Project Kaleidoscope and “Faculty for the 21st Century”, an initiative that exposes grad students to all kinds of academic career opportunities, including some at smaller teaching or liberal arts colleges where teaching the students is a primary focus.

About PROF-it:
About Faculty for the 21st Century:

President Obama’s comments on the important role of Community Colleges for the U.S.

U.S. plans $12 Billion for Community College initiatives:

Getting Teaching Experience (Chronicle of Higher Education Article):

Baltimore Sun’s article on explosive growth in Community College Enrollment; CCBC featured (8/16/09):,0,2098708.story

This session invites students from ALL disciplines! There are particular needs for grad students to teach early (101, 201 level courses) in the Sciences, Math, Computers, Spanish, and especially English! These are areas where you have excelled since undergrad. By teaching in one of these programs (starting as a grad student!) you can give back to the community, increase the pipeline of students who will be able to get degrees, and be paid for your expertise!

Special Guests:
* Dr. Elizabeth McCormack, Dean of Graduate Studies, Bryn Mawr College

* Dr. Alycia Marshall (PROMISE Alum), Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Anne Arundel Community College

* Dr. Alan Mickelson, Director, Teaching-Learning Center, Prince George’s Community College

* Dr. Natalie Kimbrough, Professor, History, CCBC and Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

* Dr. Margy McCampbell, Chair and Associate Professor of English, CCBC

* Dr. Timothy Davis, Chair, Department of Social Sciences, CCBC

Dr. Renetta Tull, Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Development, UMBC
Dr. Al Starr, Dean, Ess. Campus, CCBC

Session I: Peer Mentors’ Meeting
Session II: PROMISE Expectations (For NEW grad students only)

Dessert will be served.

Program will end at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus
Building Q, Lounge

Saturday, August 22, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Public Policy and AOK Library Buildings,
UMBC Campus, Baltimore, Maryland

Dress code for Saturday’s event: BUSINESS Casual.
Please refrain from casual clothes, e.g., jeans, tee-shirts, flip flops. Please wear “Professional Conference” attire.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Refreshments

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Welcome & Introduction to PROMISE!
PUBLIC POLICY, ROOM 105, Lecture Hall 9

Dr. Renetta G. Tull
Director of PROMISE, the AGEP for Maryland (UMBC, UMCP, UMB)
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development (UMBC)

9:05 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Alumni Voices

Being Prepared! What you need to know to have a stellar presentation
Dr. LaTese Briggs, Ph.D. Chemistry, UMBC
Research Scientist, The Broad Institute, Harvard/MIT

You Can Make It!
Dr. K. Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., Language, Literacy, and Culture, UMBC
Assistant Professor, Loyola University

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. “When Life Happens”

This panel features recent experienced professors who understand life’s challenges but can also guide you regarding ways to find your motivation and continue to progress.

Non-traditional student, Working Full-time, Having/raising Children

Dr. Levi Thompson (University of Michigan, Chemical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering)

Richard E. Balzhiser Professor of Chemical Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory
University of Michigan

Dr. Ivelisse Rubio Canabal (University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Computer Science)

Illness and death in the family, Personal health issues. Family Caregiver
Dr. Shawn Bediako (UMBC, Psychology)

Money management, Time Management & Community & Professional Service
Dr. Mariajosé Castallanos Arroyo (UMBC, Chemical Engineering)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Connections and Individual Campus Networking Meetings
PROMISE PIs, Alumni, and Staff

This breakout session will allow students to meet others from their respective campuses. Continuing students will discuss strategies for success with new students in respective UMBC, UMB, and UMCP meetings. Campus coordinators will discuss goals and objectives for success in the upcoming year.

Meeting for Graduate Students at UMCP
Public Policy Room 105
Gloria Casilda Anglón
Assistant Director of the Office of Graduate Recruitment,
Retention, and Diversity (OGRRD) and Coordinator of PROMISE@UMCP

Meeting for Graduate Students at UMBC
Public Policy Room 206
Tawny McManus

Meeting for Graduate Students at UMB
Public Policy Room 208
Dr. Judith Pollack

12:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.:
Lunch & Recognition of Ph.D. Candidates

Dr. Carol S. Parham
Interim Associate Dean
Associate Chair, Dept. of Education, Leadership and Higher Education

Dr. Janet C. Rutledge
Dean and Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Summer Success Seminars

Workshop 1 (For New/Incoming Students)
Balancing Life and Graduate School
Library, Room 767

Workshop 2 (For Continuing Students):
News, Press, and Social Media – Broadening Your Reach
Library, President’s Conference Room, 7th Floor
Guest Speakers: Media and Public Relations Departments at UMBC, UMB, and UMCP.
Continuing students are asked to bring their laptops to this session. You will need to have a twitter account, a YouTube account, and a blog account. If you don’t have these accounts, in advance of this session, please set-up a free “Twitter” account –, a free YouTube account –, and a free WordPress account – You do not need to have any content on these accounts yet, but you are asked to at least have an established account (username & password) so that you can login.

3:15 p.m. Dessert Reception and Closing Program
“Voices from the Community”

“Your Community Needs You”
Spoken Word Artist: Komplex & Poet’s Circuit

Invited poets: Komplex, 13 of Nazareth, The Wryte One, and more!
These professional poets and spoken word artists share their work across the world. They support the PROMISE mission and have consented to do a special show for the PROMISE Summer Success Institute. This special Edutainment show will feature both music and spoken word.
This show is free and is open to your family and friends.


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