MAP Events for the week of 1/25

These are the MAP Events for the first week of Spring 2015 Classes, January 25, 2015.



Fundamental Laws of Investing – Investing Fundamentals: Starts at 12:00 PM in W-1-31. MAP Miles earned: 50.

Financial Education Institute – Financial Drawbacks: Starts at 6:00 PM in CC-3-3540. MAP Miles earned: 50.



Fundamental laws of Investing – Retirement Planning: Starts at 12:00 PM in W-1-31. MAP Miles earned: 50.

Resume Workshop: Starts at 3:00 PM in M-3-430. MAP Miles earned: 50. Sign up in advance under “Career Fairs & Events” at

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Degree Audits Unavailable from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Wednesday January 14th

There will be scheduled maintenance on the degree audit application on Wednesday, January 14th  beginning at 1:00PM. Students, staff, and faculty will not be able to run degree audits between 1:00PM and 4:00PM.

If you are planning to come to walk-in advising in the afternoon on January 14th please print a PDF copy of your degree audit and bring it with you to meet with an advisor.

Thank you!

CM Undergraduate Program Staff


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Fellowship Opportunity for Prospective Graduate Students

If you are thinking about applying to a graduate program for the start of the Fall 2015 semester, this is a fellowship opportunity that you should consider applying to by the January 20, 2015 deadline.

Here is a link and a brief description of this fellowship: USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program –

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people’s compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, as well as provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

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MAP Events over winter break

Interested in catching a MAP event over the winter break?  Check these out!

Title Mile Value Date Time Location
Values in the Workplace 50 1/12/2015 2-3 PM CC-3-3540
How to Prepare for the Volunteer Fair 50 1/21/2015 3-4 PM TBD
Financial Education Institute-Financial Drawbacks 50 1/26/2015 6-7 PM CC-3-3540


RSVP through the MAP portal 

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Scholarships Available – Deadline January 2nd

The University has three scholarships available with a deadline fast approaching! Please consider applying to one or more of these scholarships by the January 2, 2015 deadline.

Applying has never been easier—all students need to do is log on to using their Wiser ID and Password, and complete the application plus a short essay to apply for any (or all!) of the three scholarships by January 2, 2014.

We do not require a letter of recommendation or a transcript. Multiple awards will be made for each scholarship:

The Bob and Jean O’Hara Sheridan Scholarship ($13,500 available) seeks full-time undergraduate students who:

  • Filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for AY14-15
  • Reside in any neighborhood in the City of Boston or Everett
  • Participates in co-curricular activities
  • NOTE: No GPA Requirement

The Peter and Jackie Berlandi Scholarship Fund ($16,500 available) seeks full time undergraduate students who:

  • Reside in and graduated from a public or private high school in an urban community within the Metropolitan Boston area
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher
  • Students who have federally determined financial need may be given preferred consideration.

The Tina Bachand Memorial Scholarship ($16,000 available) seeks full matriculated undergraduate students in the College of Science and Mathematics or the College of Nursing and Health Sciences who meet the following criteria:

  • Reside in Dorchester or South Boston
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a FAFSA on file at UMass Boston for the current academic year
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have self-identified as single mothers.

Applicants will be screened by a committee and award decisions will be made in January-February.

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Join Us Today from 9-10am for Donuts and Coffee with the Dean

Come meet our new Dean, Dr. Jorge Haddock on December 11th from 9-10am in the Dean’s Conference Room (M-5-610)!

Coffee & Donuts with the Dean UG

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Networking Event Registration Deadline is Wednesday December 10th!

The deadline to RSVP for the Employer Networking Event is fast approaching!  Make sure you RSVP with the Office of Career Services and Internships by Wednesday December 10th!  The event is Thursday December 11th  from 4pm to 6pm in the Alumni Lounge of the Campus Center, and is worth MAP miles!

Are you prepared?  Have you researched the companies who will be attending, and have a game plan for talking with each of them?  Have you polished your resume?

Make sure by bringing your resume to a Resume Quick Check!

12/9/2014 1-3pm CC-1-1500 (Terrace area)

12/10/2014 11-1pm CC-1-1500 (Terrace area)

Do you have an elevator pitch (15-30 seconds on who you are and what you’re looking for?)  Are you planning to bring something professional to collect things in?  (A bag or pad-folio can go a long way!)  Check out the Networking MAP workshop tomorrow at 11am in the Campus Center 2-2545 for more helpful hints!  RSVP here.

And, last but not least, are you prepared to be professionally dressed?

Business etiquette for professional attire can vary based on gender.  Here are some helpful tips when considering attire for the Networking Event.

Men: Your suit should fit, be ironed, nicely tailored, and conservative regarding color choices.  A tie is almost always a good idea, and make sure you have shined, closed-toed shoes (with matching socks) as well. Your shoes and belt should match, be careful of too much cologne, and make sure your facial hair is kept neat.  Piercings and tattoos should be minimized or covered if possible.

Women: Your suit should fit, however, pants or skirts are both appropriate.  It should be ironed, nicely tailored, and be conservative regarding color choices and patterns.  Avoid distracting jewelry, revealing clothing, overpowering perfume, and makeup that could be considered distasteful.  Shined, closed toes shoes with low heels are recommended (you will be standing for some time).

All students:  Make sure your hair is neat, choose mints over gum, and leave your phone in your pocket/bag unless you’re using it to take down some employer information!  And remember…the best thing you can wear is a smile!

 Need examples of professional dress?  Click here!

Reminder, check IN with Career Services at the entry to the Alumni Lounge in the Campus Center, and check OUT for MAP miles in the lobby after you’re finished.  We will start checking out at approximately 4:45pm, so you should plan to spend some time with all the employers in the room!


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How to Calculate Your GPA

As the end of the semester approaches, it is always good to understand where you stand in your courses, and therefore how that could impact your GPA. Here is some helpful information about calculating your GPA:

What is a GPA?

A student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numerical representation of their academic progress at UMass Boston. Only UMass Boston classes are calculated into your GPA. Each letter grade you receive has an equivalent grade point using the Grading Scale. You can use the UMass Boston Grading Scale to help calculate or predict your GPA.


What is the UMass Boston Grading Scale?

Grading Scale

The Registrar’s Office has a grading system in place for all of UMass Boston.

Grade Point Average





A 4.00 3 12.00
A- 3.70 3 11.10
B+ 3.30 3 9.90
B 3.00 2 6.00
B- 2.70 3 8.10
C+ 2.30 3 6.90
C 2.00 1 2.00
C- 1.70 2 3.40
D+ 1.30 3 3.90
D 1.00 4 4.00
D- .70 3 2.10
F or IF .00 3 .00


How do you calculate your GPA?

  • Multiply the grade points for each course by the number of credit hours each course is worth.  The resulting value is referred to as “Quality Points”
  • Add together earned quality points for all courses completed at UMass Boston
  • Divide the sum by the total number of completed credit hours


Credit Hours         Grade (Equivalent)                          Quality Points

3                     x               C-  (1.7)                                   =                    5.1

3                     x               B-  (2.7)                                  =                     8.1

3                     x               C-  (1.7)                                   =                    5.1

3                     x               C-  (1.7)                                   =                    5.1

TOTAL:  12                                                                                       23.4

 23.4 (Quality Points) ÷ 12 (credit hours) =  1.95 

**This students GPA is below the University Standard of a 2.0 and could have an academic standing reflecting warning, alert, probation, suspension, etc.

The My GPA Tool

University Advising Center’s GPA Calculator

  • This calculator is for estimation purposes only and can calculate your Semester, Cumulative, or Goal GPA.
  • Results are based only on the data you supply.


If you have any questions about your GPA, academic standing, or how to calculate your GPA, please make an appointment to see your academic advisor.

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Coffee and Donuts with the Dean – December 11th

Come meet our new Dean, Dr. Jorge Haddock on December 11th from 9-10am in the Dean’s Conference Room (M-5-610)!

Coffee & Donuts with the Dean UG

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MAP Events for the Week of 12/7

These are the MAP Events for the Week of December 7, 2014.


Concord Wealth Management Presents: Financial Literacy – Financial Transitions: Starts at 6:00 PM in M-1-409. MAP Miles earned: 50. Register for this event online at


Career Services: Networking Workshop: Starts at 11:00 AM in CC-2-2545. MAP Miles earned: 50. Sign up in advance under “Career Fairs & Events” at

Beta Gamma Sigma Presents: Stress Management and Relaxation: Starts at 12:45 PM in CC-2-2545. MAP Miles earned: 50. Register for this event online at


Career Services: Informational Interviews and Job Shadows over the Winter Break: Starts at 3:00 PM in CC-2-2540. MAP Miles earned: 50. Sign up in advance under “Career Fairs & Events” at


Career Services: Employer Networking Event: Starts at 4:00 PM in CC-2-2551 Alumni Lounge. MAP Miles earned: 100. Professional Dress Required! Sign up in advance under “Career Fairs & Events” at

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