UMBC at Light City 2017!

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Remember last spring, when UMBC set up camp at Baltimore’s debut Light City festival? Remember all the art, the music, the glow-in-the-dark beer glasses? Dear readers…we’re glad to inform you that this year, we’re back! From March 31 through April 8, Light City Baltimore will once again illuminate the Inner Harbor, and UMBC will be there to help light the lamps.

This year’s exhibition features large-scale artworks by faculty members Tim Nohe and Eric Dyer, and the UMBC Spark gallery space on Calvert Street will house works by UMBC faculty, alumni, and current students. During the day, catch President Freeman A. Hrabowski’s keynote address at Light City’s EduLab. Faculty members Gymama Slaughter, Lee Boot, and Kimberly Moffitt, along with alumni Greg Cangialosi ’96, English, Maritha Gay ’84, health science and policy, and Joseph T. Jones, Jr. ’06, social work, will also be present at the conferences.

26204540931_8e853358d7_oOn top of all that, we’re hosting a shindig of our own! Join us at the Harbor Club at the Pier V Hotel on Saturday, April 1 from 8 to 11 p.m., where you can take in a full panoramic view of the festival, enjoy food and drinks on us, and score some glow-in-the-dark UMBC swag. We can’t wait to see you there!

For more information on our presence at Light City, click here. You can also check out photos from last year’s festival here.

Alums in the News: Paper Flowers and Thoughtographs

Our alumni aren’t just Retrievers: they’re curators, makers, and doers. Let’s see who’s made the news…

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Erin Terwilliger ’09, music, now an instruction and research specialist at the Glenwood branch of the Howard County Library, talked with the Baltimore Sun about a class she recently hosted for teens and adults on how to upcycle books into paper poinsettias. “It’s fun to make something beautiful out of common, everyday objects,” says Terwilliger, who hosted the second in the “Art Escape” craft class series on December 12.

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Emily Hauver ’06, visual arts, curator of exhibitions here at UMBC, recently spoke with Hyperallergic about Dr. Jule Eisenbud, a psychiatrist who attempted to capture psychic projections on film in the 1960s. Eisenbud’s photographs were displayed at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery in 2011, and have now been digitized by Special Collections.

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Alums in the News: November 9-15, 2016

Let’s see who made the news this week…

taiwoAdeyinka Taiwo ’10, visual arts, spoke with Volunteer Maryland about her work with the Montgomery County Community Action Agency, which partners with various groups in the area with the goal of alleviating poverty. Read more about Yinka here.

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Delali Dzirasa ’04, computer engineering, and his software company, Fearless Solutions, were awarded a contract by the U.S. Small Business Administration to upgrade the agency’s web presence and user interface. Read more here.

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Around the Horn: Photos from the Alumni Awards, The Golden Ball, and Grit & Greekness

While September 19 may have come and gone, our 50th anniversary celebration is far from over, and we’ve had a busy couple of weeks to prove it! Here’s a brief recap of our most recent 50th events.

2016 Alumni Awards

On Thursday, October 6, we celebrated the achievements and contributions of a stellar group of alumni (who you can read about here) at the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall. UMBC News has the full recap, but you can see a few  of our favorite photos from the event below.

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The Golden Ball

The Visual Arts department held their 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 15, beginning as an exhibition and open house during the day and carrying on into the evening as an elaborate costume party. From vintage tintypes and an anamorphic chalk drawing of True Grit to some truly wild Bauhaus-era getups, The Golden Ball was a feast for the eyes all around. Tim Nohe, professor of visual arts, provided us with some snapshots of the day’s events, with help from Charles Myers.

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Grit & Greekness Alumni Celebration

Elsewhere on Saturday, generations of Greek life alumni gathered at the Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) to celebrate the past 50 years and look ahead into the future. “It was incredible getting to reconnect with sisters[,] meet sisters from the past, and talk about how things changed or stayed the same!” said Poulomi Banerjee ’16, health administration and policy, a Phi Sigma Sigma alumna who also spoke at the event.

The evening featured a special musical performance by Rob Manfredi ’88, computer science, and Tim Marsh, and culminated in a step show by the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma and the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta. “The energy was infectious and it seems like everyone had a wonderful time,” said Stanyell Odom, UMBC’s director of alumni relations.

She continued: “For many, it was their first time attending an alumni event and we hope that each and every alum remembers that UMBC will always be their home and that there are many ways to stay connected with a place that holds such a special place in their hearts.”

Check out a slideshow from the evening below. (All photos by Marlayna Demond ’11.)

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Head to the alumni website to update your contact info and get up to date on all our alumni gatherings!

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!

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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.

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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.

Freedom of Expression: Majid, Alexander

Every so often, we shine a spotlight on alumni who have made the news recently, in Baltimore and beyond. Today, we’re featuring two alums who are making an impact through creative expression, whether through storytelling or visual art.

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Asif Majid ’13.

Asif Majid ’13, interdisciplinary studies, former class valedictorian and current instructor at UMBC, will relay his tale of getting lost on a pilgrimage to Mecca at the February 10 Stoop Storytelling event at the Senator Theatre in Baltimore. Stoop Storytelling is now in its 10th year, and was created to “foster empathy and build a community” in Baltimore, both by empowering citizens to tell their own unique stories and give audiences a different perspective on other people’s lives.

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Photo by John Alexander ’98.

John Alexander ’98, visual arts, has mounted a solo photography exhibit at the Savannah (Ga.) Jewish Educational Alliance art gallery called “Connecting with Nature.” As an artist, Alexander is inspired by Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Mary Cassatt, and says that being out in nature is his “great escape.” The Columbia native has established himself as a wedding, portrait, and commercial photographer since graduating from UMBC.

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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.

Read more at UMBC Insights!