Happy Retriever Love Week!

A couple of weeks ago, we put out a call on social media for couples whose love stories began at UMBC. We got so many great responses that while Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, we’ve decided to extend the holiday through Friday to share your stories on the blog. Happy Valentine’s Day the Second through Sixth!

6A62BF94-A2AB-498D-851A-7D908DC79B425698E789-DEBD-4338-9169-2032D4566156 (1)In August 2000, Kenneth Knight ’03, information systems, and M.S. ’05, information systems, was a transfer student looking for advice on his classes. During a fire drill, a mutual friend led him to Angela Washington Knight ’03, information systems, and M.S. ’05, information systems, and from then on, Kenneth says, they were “inseparable.” They have been married since September 2003. (Photo courtesy of Kenneth Knight.)

IMG_5400Leah Concannon Mayer ’02, psychology, met Patrick Mayer ’02, philosophy and political science, the first month of their freshman year at UMBC, and the two were longtime friends by the time they started dating in 2003. They dated long distance while attending graduate school in separate parts of the country, and got married in 2006. They both work at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, where Patrick is an assistant professor of philosophy and Leah directs the McNair Scholars Program, and have two children. (Photo courtesy of Leah Mayer.)

Kat Joe PicJoe Fleshman ’14, economics, met his wife Kat Schuster Fleshman ’14, theatre, during their freshman year at UMBC. They started dating in early 2011 and “quickly became attached at the hip.”

“UMBC was so important to our relationship because we grew up here together. We have great memories of [H]omecomings, Quadmanias, and working with ResLife and the Commons to leave our marks on the campus. We gave everything we had to this school, and it gave us more than we could have ever hoped for in return. We were lucky to have many of our closest friends and UMBC family involved with our wedding in June 2015.

“I know I’m the happiest I’ve ever been because of the opportunities that UMBC gave us to allow our relationship to blossom,” Joe writes. (Photo courtesy of Joe Fleshman. And yes, that is Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation and UMBC Homecoming 2013 fame.)

image.pngStephanie Fields Lightfoot ’95, sociology, worked at the UMBC Bookstore as an undergrad, and Leon Lightfoot ’94, information systems management, was a frequent browser among the shelves. In 1993, Stephanie says, “he finally got the nerve” to approach her, and so began their courtship. A visit to the Shriver Center during her senior year led Stephanie to join the Peace Corps, a decision Leon supported “with hopes that [she] would return to him after two years.”

Indeed, when Stephanie stepped back onto U.S. soil after her service, Leon was waiting there with a ring. After 17 years of marriage and two children, Stephanie says, “If it weren’t for UMBC, there would be no Lightfoot family of [four].” (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Lightfoot.)

Read UMBC Magazine’s 2014 feature on UMBC couples here.

 

Roundup: UMBC in the News

One of the things that makes UMBC great is how wonderful our alumni, students, faculty, and staff are. Because of these amazing people, UMBC often finds itself “in the news,” so each week, we’ll be sharing with you a round-up of the most newsworthy achievements from our community.

Meet the Alumni Leadership: Erin Griffiths ’05

Erin Bio PicName: Erin Griffiths ‘05, sociology
Employer: Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Alumni Leadership Role: Vice President of the Chapter of Black and Latino Alumni (CBLA)

Q: Where are you from originally?
Washington, DC

Q: What’s your favorite UMBC memory?
Spending time with my friend while she worked at the front desk of Hillside [apartments].

Q: Why are you involved in an alumni board or chapter?
I think it is important to “pay it forward,” since I am now more established. I met some great people while attending UMBC. I want to support attendance at UMBC, so other people are able to have a great college experience and great careers.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to support UMBC?
It is always important to reflect and remember where you came from. The education at UMBC is exceptional and the foundation that I received helped prepare me for graduate school.

Q: Do you have a favorite hobby or pastime?
Singing.

Q: What is the most recent book you’ve read?
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Read more about the Chapter of Black and Latino Alumni!

Round-Up: UMBC in the News, 7/25

One of the things that makes UMBC great is how wonderful our alumni, students, faculty, and staff are. Because of these amazing people, UMBC often finds itself “in the news,” so each week, we’ll be sharing with you a round-up of the most newsworthy achievements from our community.

Read more great news here!

Alums in the News: Copeland, Friedman, Bachore and Bell-McKoy

We are proud of our alums and their constant achievements. Recently, four of UMBC’s alumni, in particular, have made it in the news and we thought you should know!

Governor Martin O’Malley recently announced the appointment of 23 judges who will serve across Maryland. We’re proud to share that two of our UMBC alumnae, Judge Melissa Kaye Copeland ’91, sociology, and Judge Karen Friedman ’94, political science, were appointed to the Circuit Court for Baltimore.

Copeland has served on the District Court for Baltimore City since 2012. Prior to that appointment, she worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City. She spent her last seven years in that office serving as Deputy Division Chief of the Narcotics Division and received numerous awards from federal and local law enforcement agencies. Judge Copeland is a former secretary of the Monumental Bar Association, and she began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Bonita Dancy of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

Friedman has served on the District Court for Baltimore City since 2010. Prior to that appointment, she spent nine years as a Judge on the Orphans’ Court of Baltimore City and several years at Willner and Associates practicing family law. Judge Friedman has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Baltimore City Bench/Bar Committee, the Simon Sobeloff Law Society, and the National Association of Women Judges. Read the full announcement.

Photo via Cabrini College
Photo via Cabrini College

Dr. Zelalem Bachore ’05, information systems management, M.S. ’07, information systems management, Ph.D. ’12, information systems management, recently began teaching at Cabrini College in Pennsylvania.

Previously, Bachore worked with the Baltimore police and fire departments as a systems programmer and a faculty member of Virginia International University and ECPI University.

She said this of her new position: “I love working at Cabrini,” Bachore said. “I love the fact that people actually acknowledge each other and take the time to greet each other. There is also a sense of serenity and peace.” Learn more about Bachore’s journey.

bellmckoyAssociated Black Charities CEO Diane Bell-McKoy ’73, sociology, was recently named to the Daily Record’s 2014 Influential Marylanders list.

Influential Marylanders was created in 2006 to honor people who have each made truly significant impacts in their fields and continue to be leaders in Maryland. These individuals are selected by The Daily Record’s editors. Winners are selected in the following categories: Civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. – See more at: http://thedailyrecord.com/influential-marylanders/#sthash.EnsxdwQZ.dpuf
Influential Marylanders was created in 2006 to honor people who have each made truly significant impacts in their fields and continue to be leaders in Maryland. These individuals are selected by The Daily Record’s editors. Winners are selected in the following categories: Civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. – See more at: http://thedailyrecord.com/influential-marylanders/#sthash.EnsxdwQZ.dpuf

According to the website of the Daily Record, the list was created in 2006 to honor people who have each made truly significant impacts in their fields and continue to be leaders in Maryland. These individuals are selected by the Daily Record’s editors. Winners are selected in the following categories: Civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology.

The honorees were recognized at an event on March 27, 2014, at the Grand Lodge in Cockeysville, MD. Learn more at the Daily Record’s website.

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Yvette Pappoe ’13, sociology, on UMBC’s BreakingGround

Yvette_Blog110713Yvette Pappoe ’13, sociology discovered her passion for learning during her time as a student at UMBC. Now, an intern with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, she’s continued pursing that passion after graduation. Her current project is to develop a strategy to recruit and engage college students with the Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau.

I believe it is our responsibility as members of the community to be directly involved in shaping the lives of our next generation.

Learn more about Yvette and find out how you can help.