Prepare for a double take: West Hill gets a makeover

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Choptank after the renovation.

After 35 years on campus, West Hill Apartments are finally getting a makeover! Over the summer, UMBC began work  to fully renovate five apartment buildings that house 236 students. West Hill, UMBC’s first campus apartment complex, has been here since 1980, so we’re sure you’ll agree the updates are as welcome as they are striking.

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Choptank before the renovation (in case you needed a reminder).

The work on West Hill caps off several years of renovation projects for the campus apartments, and completion is anticipated in summer 2016. Earlier this fall, students moved into the completed halls with work continuing on the newly vacated spaces.

New exterior community gathering spaces will be developed as part of the project, including a small recreation field. The community is supported by the adjoining Residential Community Center, with large communal rooms, meeting spaces and laundry facilities.

When renovations are complete, the buildings will feature:

  • New siding and windows
  • Enclosed stairwells that feature key-swipe access.
  • Each room in each apartment requires key-swipe access
  • Lifted ceilings
  • Sensor-activated lighting for increased energy efficiency
  • Upgraded electrical wiring and mechanical systems
  • New wall finishes
  • Improved bathrooms
  • ADA accessible rooms
  • Full refrigerators
  • Built-in routers
  • Smart desks

Check out photos of the transformation!

Staying in the Loop – Yvette Mozie-Ross ’88, health science and policy

Staying in the Loop is a new post series from the Chapter of Black and Latino Alumni (CBLA) that seeks to create connections between alumni, faculty, staff, and other supporters of UMBC and CBLA. Click here for more information about CBLA.

Name: Dr. Yvette Mozie-Ross
Major: Health Science and Policy
Grad year: 1988
Staff: Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Planning

Q: What do/did you enjoy most about being a part of the UMBC community?

I enjoyed the close sense of community. Everyone knew everyone and looked out for each others’ well-being. I remember celebrating birthdays and also coming together to help classmates through difficult times as well (personal/family challenges).

Q: UMBC is approaching its 50th anniversary (2016) and certainly the campus has come a long way – from a small commuter school to the nation’s #1 “up-and-coming” university – in such a relatively short period of time. What, in your opinion, makes UMBC so unique/special? What’s your most memorable experience/moment at UMBC?

I think what’s special about UMBC is we provide a place for ordinary, everyday people who are passionate about their interests and willing to work hard to become extraordinary!

Q: If you could meet one person in the world who would it be and why?

Oprah Winfrey. I think she is an amazing person who has positively impacted so many lives through her work in television and media. She is a deeply spiritual person who (unapologetically) works to ensure her that her spiritual self and her professional self are in alignment. I strive for that in my day to day work.

Q: What is the best advice you’ve received?

Whatever follows “I am” will come looking for you!

Q: What is one book you think everyone should read?

Five Languages of Love by Gary Chapman. This book is great no matter where you are in your relationship – whether you are just getting started in a new relationship or celebrating 50 years of marriage!

Q: What is one thing you can’t live without?

Chocolate!

10th Annual Wine Tasting Event

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 10th Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction hosted by our Chapter of Young Alumni. By attending the event, you helped raise nearly $5,000 for student scholarships. We loved seeing you there and hope you had as much fun 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.

Staying in the Loop – Donta Henson ’13, health administration and policy

Staying in the Loop is a new post series from the Chapter of Black and Latino Alumni (CBLA) that seeks to create connections between alumni, faculty, staff, and other supporters of UMBC and CBLA. Click here for more information about CBLA.

Name: Donta HensonDonta Henson_CBLA
Major: Health Administration and Policy
Grad year: 2013

Q: What do/did you enjoy most about being a part of the UMBC community?

The energetic and diverse learning environment.

Q: UMBC is approaching its 50th anniversary (2016) and certainly the campus has come a long way – from a small commuter school to the nation’s #1 “up-and-coming” university – in such a relatively short period of time. What, in your opinion, makes UMBC so unique/special? What’s your most memorable experience/moment at UMBC?

Hands down, the leadership of Dr. Hrabowski is what makes UMBC such a special place.

Q: If you could meet one person in the world who would it be?

Dr. Mae Jemison.

Q: What is the best advice you’ve received?

“Stay the course.” This advice was given to me during my early years in the Navy and while so simple the message of perseverance has carried me to unbelievable heights.

Q: What is one book you think everyone should read?

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.

Q: What is one thing you can’t live without?

One thing I couldn’t live without is my family. They’ve been my biggest supporters and my biggest source of pride.

Staying in the Loop – Darren “Jazz” Stevens ’95, Economics

Staying in the Loop is a new post series from the Chapter of Black and Latino Alumni (CBLA) that seeks to create connections between alumni, faculty, staff, and other supporters of UMBC and CBLA. Click here for more information about CBLA.

Name: Darren “Jazz” Stevens 14036689697_f491a4a34a_k
Major: Economics
Grad year: 1995

Q: What do/did you enjoy most about being a part of the UMBC community?

UMBC became home, and working with my UMBC family making my home what we wanted it to be was, and is, what drives me.

Q: UMBC is approaching its 50th anniversary (2016) and certainly the campus has come a long way – from a small commuter school to the nation’s #1 “up-and-coming” university – in such a relatively short period of time. What, in your opinion, makes UMBC so unique/special? What’s your most memorable experience/moment at UMBC?

The faculty prioritizes the success of the students, instead of accepting the failure of students, making it unique in the world of collegiate education. “One of” my most memorable experiences was the demonstration at the 1994 Board of Regents meeting. Students demanded their voice be heard, and we were provided the platform to express our voice.

Q: If you could meet one person in the world who would it be and why?

John Madden. I would want to take a cross country tour on the Madden Cruiser watching football films from the 60s through the new millennium, breaking down game film.

Q: What is the best advice you’ve received?

The best advice I ever received was a quote, “True power is the ability to tell someone to go to Hell, and make them feel happy that they are on their way!”

Q: What is one book you think everyone should read?

Monster by Sanyika Shakkur. The lesson to learn: Sometimes the ends justify the means, regardless of the ramification.

Q: What is one thing you can’t live without?

Football season.

Long Term Care Insurance – A Perfect Fit?

Editor’s Note: The UMBC Alumni Association has partnered with several organizations to offer you special perks and benefits. This month, we wanted to share this announcement from our partner, Meyer and Associates, about a new plan available to our alumni:

M&A_LongTermCareIns_Red_1955Considering long term care insurance (LTC)? Coverage may not be out of reach. The UMBC Alumni Association Alumni Insurance Program now offers a new approach to LTC called Perfect Fit. With Perfect Fit, you select from a menu of features to find a plan with a premium you can afford.

Plans include key features at low price points, including:

  • Home Health Care – Benefits for care at home
  • Care Coordination – Help your family plan your care
  • Inflation Options – So benefits grow over time

Want to see what your Perfect Fit premium buys?  Visit http://meyerandassoc.com/umbc for a free quote – and a free 10-point checklist with great buying tips.

Round Up: UMBC In the News, 3/20

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!