U.S. News Names UMBC National Leader

UMBC Continues to Earn Top Rankings

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UMBC attracts inquisitive minds that thrive on solving problems through collaboration, and the latest U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges Guide reveals why.

Our campus continues to lead the list of universities making “the most promising and innovative changes,” while ranking fifth on the list of campuses with an “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching”—ahead of Yale, Brown, and Stanford—and being recognized for prioritizing intensive undergraduate research and creative work.

Excellence and Innovation Drive Enrollment

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Just as higher education leaders are taking notice, students and families are as well. Applications have increased 50% in the past five years and we are on track to enroll a record 14,000 students.

UMBC’s unusual combination of innovative teaching, leading-edge research, and supportive community empowers and inspires students.

Students celebrate our standard of innovation

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A recent student editorial in The Retriever Weekly shared, “What becomes clear about UMBC is that our mission is not about ‘getting there,’ it is about always looking for ways that we can provide the best possible academic experience for incoming freshmen, upperclassmen, faculty, and staff alike. By remaining dedicated to the ‘Up-and-Coming’ standard of innovation, we can continue to make an impact at UMBC, its surrounding communities, and beyond.”

At UMBC, achievements in research and graduate education and a deep commitment to undergraduate teaching aren’t competing interests; they strengthen one another. U.S. News is just one of many rankings to note this distinction.

Read more about UMBC’s recent achievements and rankings.

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Fetching Discounts for our Dawgs: Retriever Athletic Center

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Feeling a little out of shape? Catch yourself panting after climbing up the stairs? Look no further than your alma mater to get you back on track!

The Retriever Athletic Center, otherwise known as the RAC, has everything a retriever needs to get in shape. Our great facilities, such as a cardio balcony, a newly renovated weight room, an indoor track, three full-sized basketball courts, and two pools — an outdoor, 50 meter, Olympic-sized pool, and an indoor 8-lane pool — will leave you drooling. If you find yourself wanting to chase after some tennis balls, there are five available tennis courts fit for any Retriever open until 9:45 p.m. daily. Simply call ahead to reserve a court.

Fellow dawgs can purchase a year-round membership for $250, or opt for 6-month, 3-month, or 1-month memberships at a discounted rate. All memberships include full access to all RAC facilities. Lockers and locker rooms are available to RAC members, as well as passes for those who wish to bring a friend. If you aren’t sure if you’d like to commit to a membership, just drop by and request a tour!

Fill out your membership form today!

6 Reasons to Nominate Someone Great…

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There’s really no question that Retrievers are some of the best and brightest in Maryland and around the world. Our alumni are teaching at Harvard and MIT. They’re doctors and researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health.  They’re leading the charge for non-profits that are changing the world. They’re starting super cool businesses.

And on top of all that, they’re just good, nice people who care about their friends, family and community. But if that’s not enough motivation to start typing now, we’ve put together six more reasons why you should nominate someone you know:

  1. You can brag about how you “knew them when.”
  2. Seriously, can you think of a better way to tell a friend how awesome you think they are?
  3. Good karma. Need we say more?
  4. We have a brand-new faculty award, so you can say thanks to that teacher who changed your life.
  5. Your fellow alums deserve to be recognized for how awesome they are!
  6. You’ll have a great reason to come to the alumni awards to eat tasty snacks and visit with old friends.

Nominate someone today. It’s so worth it.

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.

Back to school again!

back to schoolThe spring semester has officially kicked off, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have the students back on campus! We wish them well as they had back into the classroom and spend their evenings studying in the library. May will be here before you know it!

Want to join in on the fun this spring? Check out these cool happenings:

Alums inducted into UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame

UMBC Athletics is pleased to announce that seven alumni and one current beloved staff member will comprise its 2014 UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame class:

Justin Bronson ’09, men’s swimming & diving, earned five gold medals in America East Championship competition in individual races and three golds in relay events, in addition to numerous silver and bronze medals. He was selected as the America East Conference Swimmer of the Week once as a freshman, twice as a junior and three times in his senior year. The native of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada still holds the school record in 500-yard freestyle.

Kelly Fiorani ’06, women’s lacrosse, currently ranks third on UMBC’s all-time scoring list in lacrosse with 189 points. She scored 140 goals and added 49 assists from 2003-06. Fiorani was a member of UMBC’s Northeast Conference champion and NCAA Tournament team in 2003. She was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year in 2003 and received America East First Team honors and All-Championship Team honors in 2004 and 2006. She also received two letters in soccer and ranked second in points (10) for the 2004 squad. Fiorani was named UMBC’s Outstanding Female Senior Athlete in 2006.

Jay Greene ’09, men’s basketball, has played the most basketball games, 122, and logged the most minutes, 4,192, in Retriever basketball history. A current assistant coach with UMBC, Greene dished out 683 assists, the most in school history, the third-most ever in America East Conference history and the third-most of any NCAA Division I player in the state of Maryland. He was named the Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player in the 2008 America East Tournament, leading the Retrievers to their first tournament title and NCAA berth. In his junior season, he was the lone player in the nation to be ranked in the top five in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio and assists per game. An America East All-Rookie team member in 2005-06, Greene earned First-Team All-Conference honors in 2007-08 and Second Team honors in his senior campaign.

Ray Ignacio ’87, men’s lacrosse, earned Honorable Mention All-American in 1987. He is currently tenth in NCAA history in face-off winning percentage (63.4%) and his 69.6% mark led the nation in 1987. Ignacio is UMBC’s single season leader in draws and is the current leader with 450 face-offs won. He is a member of the UMBC All Time Lacrosse Team, was the 1987 UMBC Lacrosse team captain and played in the 1987 North-South All-Star Game.

Cindy Kubiet, Director of Sports Medicine, 1978-present, established a training program which includes recruitment, educational forums, clinical experiences and a career development and mentor program. Her holistic approach toward working with student athletes led to the creation of a life skills program at UMBC in 1986. Kubiet was awarded the Board of Regents’ University System of Maryland Staff Award for her outstanding service to students in an academic or residential environment in 2007.

Alessandra Pedergnana ’06, women’s tennis, becomes the first women’s tennis player selected to the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame. As a freshman in 2003, she won 27 matches and was named All Conference in both singles and doubles in the Northeast Conference. She earned All-America East honors in 2004 and played at No. 1 singles for her final two seasons. As a senior, she won her 100th career match and finished the campaign with an impressive 13-4 record. She was named UMBC’s co-Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2006.

Kristie Pickeral ’06, softball, was the 2002 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year, helping UMBC reach the NCAA Championships. A year later, she earned NEC Player of the Year with a .387 batting average, 12 HR’s and 59 RBI. The third baseman is currently UMBC’s all-time hits leader with 263 and she slugged 40 home runs. She is also the all-time leader in RBI (179), games played and started (242), total bases (416) and walks, and was the 2005 UMBC Most Outstanding Female Athlete.

Brian Rowland ’03, men’s soccer, holds UMBC’s single season (11, 2002) and career shutouts record (25) as a goalkeeper in men’s soccer. He earned First Team All-Northeast Conference honors in his senior season of 2002. He is currently seventh in school history with 227 saves and has played professionally both indoors (Baltimore, Milwaukee, Orlando) and outdoors (Crystal Palace USA, Toronto Lynx). Rowland is currently an assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Maryland.

The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and inductions will take place on Saturday evening, January 25, at the Southeast Club Level of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the UMBC men’s basketball game versus Hartford that afternoon. Get tickets today.

#GivingTuesday at UMBC, 12/3

We’re less than a week away from #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving on December 3rd. UMBC’s students and alumni are working to change the world, and on #GivingTuesday, you can be a part of it.

Throughout the last month, the UMBC Annual Fund has shared stories of how our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are working to change the world. We’ve gotten a peek at how the Engineers Without Borders group will bring clean water to Isongo, Kenya. We’ve learned about UMBC’s mission to create a more inclusive campus through LGBTQ programs and initiatives. And we’ve tapped our feet to songs that will be on the Down and Dirty Dawg Band’s new CD.

Here are just a few things the people involved with those projects had to say:

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“Engineers Without Borders-UMBC relies on gifts to fulfill our mission of implementing environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing globally aware and internationally responsible students and engineers. We especially appreciate gifts from alumni because we believe that EWB-UMBC not only promotes projects in the developing world, but also transformative experiences for UMBC students.”

~Lee Blaney, assistant professor and advisor for EWB


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[Your support] means the world to the band. If you’re an alumni of the band and had a great experience, your donation will help ensure that the next generation of students have the same positive experience.”

~Matt Basch ’08,  ’10, Director, Down and Dirty Dawg Band


GT_rainbow flag_square“To support UMBC as an alum is a no-brainer. As a student, I felt the positive impact [of donor support], and I want to live up to Dr. Hrabowski’s motto that of those to whom much is given, much is expected.”

~Chris Magaha ’03, donor to LGBTQ programs & initiatives


They’ve had their say. Now it’s your turn.
Will you join us in making a difference on #GivingTuesday?