50th Anniversary Weekend 2.0: Visual Arts Golden Ball and Grit & Greekness Alumni Celebration

Miss our 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend back in September? Never fear, because tomorrow, Saturday, October 15, we’ve got not one, but two chances to celebrate our 50th year in style!


On-campus from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., check out the Visual Arts department’s Golden Ball, a day-long exhibition culminating in a lavish, Weimar Bauhaus-style costume party. Come in costume and enjoy a cash bar, free snacks, and the company of your fellow Visual Arts alumni. Admission is free, but do let us know if you’ll be attending here.


Meanwhile, at the Columbus Center in downtown Baltimore, our Grit & Greekness Alumni Celebration kicks off at 8 p.m. Reconnect with your brothers and sisters, and hear special remarks from Dr. Hrabowski and generations of Greek Life alumni, as we honor the legacy of UMBC’s fraternities and sororities. With an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and plenty of dancing, it’s bound to be a singular event. Register here!

Be sure to share the memories you make at these events on Retriever Stories, or by using the #UMBC50 hashtag on Facebook or Twitter. We can’t wait to celebrate with you again!

Check out the rest of our calendar, update your contact information, and find out how you can get involved with our alumni community here.

[Photos] What a wine tasting!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the 9th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction hosted by our Chapter of Young Alumni. By attending the event, you helped us raise more than $6,500 for student scholarships. We loved seeing you all there and hope you had as good a time as we did! We’ve shared just a few photos from the event below, but we hope you’ll check out our full gallery on Flickr.

See more photos from the Wine Tasting!

Join Us for a Jazz Brunch!

cbla_brunch_windowJoin UMBC alumni on Sunday, May 18, from 12-3 p.m. for the CBLA Scholarship Jazz Brunch. You’ll enjoy a fabulous buffet, energizing jazz and fantastic fellowship as we raise money in support of the Second Generation and Esperanza Scholarships.

This year’s event will be held in the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture and the ticket price includes an unlimited brunch buffet, special brunch beverages, and full access to the museum (brunch ends at 3 p.m., access to the museum is available until 5 p.m.).

Music will be provided by UMBC student members of the Jazz Ensemble and will include traditional, contemporary and Afro-Latin jazz.

If you would like to make a gift to support either the Second Generation or Esperanza Scholarships in advance of the brunch (or if you cannot attend but would like to support), please click here (be sure to type in the name of the scholarship in the field marked “other designation.”)

Questions? Contact Balvin Brown ’02 at balvinbrown@gmail.com or Stanyell Bruce in the Office of Alumni Relations at bruce@umbc.edu or (410) 455-2632.

Join us for the Jazz Brunch!

Mark Your Calendars for March!

Make it a March (and April) to remember by joining us for these great events coming soon:

Admissions Receptions
Various Dates

Are you a proud Retriever Believer? There are a variety of ways alumni can volunteer to give back to the UMBC community. One unique opportunity is to attend one of our many spring Admissions Receptions. These events are offered through Alumni Relations and the Admissions Office. The first two receptions will be held in March:

  • Tuesday, March 11, 7 – 9 p.m., Baltimore (Hilton)
  • Tuesday, March 25, 7 – 9 p.m., North Bethesda (Rockville/Strathmore)

Get more details and volunteer through our website.

Dessert & Discussion: Family Voices
Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a spring Dessert and Discussion with Professor Wendy Salkind (theatre) and two fellow alums for a reading of Harold Pinter’s early radio play, Family Voices.
Following the reading of this short play, Professor Salkind will informally respond to audience reactions to Pinter’s characters, and his Absurdist techniques in theatrical form. RSVP now!

Early-Bird Ticket Sales!
Wine Tasting and Silent Auction
Friday, April 25, 7 p.m

This is no average trip to the library. Get dressed to the nines and join fellow UMBC alumni and guests for an elegant party in the beautiful and historic George Peabody Library. Located in picturesque Mt. Vernon, the George Peabody Library will be a studied backdrop to an evening filled with jazz, excellent company, refined refreshments and fine wine. Your attendance and participation in the silent auction will benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship for current UMBC students. This event is brought to you by the UMBC Chapter of Young Alumni.

The ticket price includes unlimited wine tastings and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Purchase your tickets now until March 7 for the early bird price of $30.