Round Up: 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.

Read more at UMBC Insights!

Two by Two

Looks like good things happen in pairs for Retrievers! Four members of our community have been recognized in the media for their hard work. Rachel Hirsch and Miguel Palmeiro were featured on The Daily Record’s list of successful professionals under 40, and alum Jim Bailey and current student Seamus Ertel have been featured in two Baltimore Sun articles recognizing their dedication to Baltimore’s historic Fort McHenry.

Rachel Hirsch ’03, political science, and Miguel Palmeiro ’06, biological sciences, are on The Daily Record’s 2015 VIP Successful Before 40 list. Hirsch is currently a senior attorney at Ifrah Law, and Palmeiro also works as an attorney in private practice.

To see the full list of winners, click here.

Jim BaileyJim Bailey ’03, history, M.A. ’08 history, and current student Seamus Ertel ’17, describe their work at Fort McHenry. Bailey works as the coordinator of volunteers and oversees between 400-600 volunteers each summer as they work together to provide re-enactments for those visiting the fort.

Courtesy of Getty Images and The Washington Post
Courtesy of Getty Images and The Washington Post

Ertel’s involvement with Fort McHenry started at a very early age, when his father began working as a volunteer and then an employee. Seamus has followed in his footsteps, and currently works as a park ranger and in the fife and drum corps.

Find out more about Bailey and Ertel.

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Round Up: 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.

Read more at UMBC Insights!

Alums in the News: Whitehead, Michael, and Loftus

In the weeks following the death of Freddie Gray and the protests in Baltimore, members of the UMBC community have sought to engage in thoughtful reflection, dialogue, and service around the complex social and economic challenges facing our Baltimore community—and communities across the nation. Here are a few recent contributions from some of our alumni.

WhiteheadKaye Whitehead ’09 Ph.D., language, literacy, and culture, has been a key voice in conversations about Freddie Gray’s death, the Black Lives Matter movement, and police brutality. In an article on PROMISE, Dr. Whitehead discusses her experience at the front lines of the peaceful protests in Baltimore and provides primary accounts from the people living the “Baltimore Uprising” on a daily basis. She has also been working on a book entitled Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America. She was interviewed by WYPR about Freddie Grey and how his death fits into police brutality.

Read more from PROMISE here. Listen to the full interview here.


JoshMichaelJoshua Michael ’10, political science, helped prepare meals for students and clean up debris in the aftermath of the Baltimore riots. Michael teaches seventh grade math at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City. Recently, he talked with the Baltimore Sun about the importance of supporting the city’s children.

To read the full article, click here.


LoftusMatthew Loftus ’07, chemistry, argues that community leaders need more influence in what positive policing looks like in their neighborhoods. Loftus wrote an article for the American Conservative where he explores the role of police in Baltimore. He compares the perspective of the Baltimore police force from a plethora of sources to trace the trajectory of their reputation today.

Read the full article here.

 

Alums in the News: Mozie-Ross, Barbosa, and Roberts

Here at UMBC, we take pride in what our alums accomplish after graduation. Take a moment to see which Retrievers have been on the move and making news!

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Dr. Mozie-Ross ’88 with UMBC students.

UMBC’s vice provost for enrollment management and planning, Dr. Yvette Mozie-Ross ’88, health science and policy, speaks out in support of the Advanced Placement Summer Academy, which might be eliminated due to budget restrictions. Mozie-Ross told the Baltimore Sun that “The AP academy attracts very highly motivated students, and certainly for us, gives us an opportunity to recruit well-prepared students.”

Read the full article here.


Barbosa
Courtesy of Josh Folck | lehighvalleylive.com

Ray Barbosa ’09, American studies, was recently named the new head coach of Bethlehem Catholic’s boys basketball team. Barbosa takes on the exciting position of head coach in a time when he will also get the opportunity to coach his younger brother, something that few others get to experience in their own careers. He is also eager to teach the players his outlook and the new system he wants to put into effect to have them at the top of their game next season.

To read more, click here.


Roberts Brothers
Photo via the group’s Facebook page. Credit to Mike Stog

Daniel Roberts ’10, music, and Luke Roberts ’12, mechanical engineering, recently released their self-titled debut album They’ll Have Dreams. The Roberts brothers’ approach is unique in that their goal for each show is to play the music completely live, despite the fact that there are only two of them on stage. To that end, they’ve harnessed the Ableton Live software  in order to play and record multiple instruments during a show.

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Round Up: UMBC In the News 04/10

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.

Alums in the News: Okoro, Holmes, and Baker-Frost

Here at UMBC, we take pride in what our alums accomplish after graduation. Take a moment to see which Retrievers have been on the move and making news!

OkoroMelanie Okoro ’11 Ph.D., marine estuarine environmental science, currently works as the West Coast Region Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator with the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). Dr. Okoro is working on how science and policy impact one another in relationship to governmental policies concerning species and their habitats.

To find out more about Dr. Okoro’s work, click here.


Spencer HolmesSpencer Holmes ’05, political science, is a co-founder of PlateDate, a company that offers personal chefs for in-house dates, group gatherings, and more. Recently, Holmes discussed the success of his company and how the idea was created in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. 

Read the full article here.


Baker FrostDeAnna Andrea Baker-Frost (M12) ’04, biological science, was recently appointed to the Medical University of South Carolina’s  Board of Visitors. Baker-Frost is a scholar of the Southern Regional Education Board, and she is also a member of the American Medical Association, the American Medical Student Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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