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UMBC named a “Best Value College” eight years in a row for strong academics and affordability

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has again named UMBC a Best Value College, featuring UMBC on both its “top 100” public universities list and “top 300” national list. UMBC is one of just three universities in the state of Maryland to be featured for 2017. Continue reading UMBC named a “Best Value College” eight years in a row for strong academics and affordability

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New Green Offices program engages UMBC community in campus sustainability efforts

“A lot of people wanted to be more sustainable, but didn’t feel empowered to take action,” says Tanvi Gadhia, so the program provides a scaffold to help offices build their own green efforts. Twenty-seven offices have stepped up to the challenge so far. Continue reading New Green Offices program engages UMBC community in campus sustainability efforts

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Baltimore Stories final event focuses on listening to communities, strengthening coalitions

“Now more than ever, it is crucial to consider the role of coalitions, forged across boundaries, in practicing public humanities and supporting the work of active and engaged communities,” said Dresher Center Director Jessica Berman, at the event. Continue reading Baltimore Stories final event focuses on listening to communities, strengthening coalitions

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Baltimore City elementary school students learn about college opportunities through UMBC visit

“Bringing fifth graders to campus gives them the opportunity to see themselves at college, and inspires them to see their own education as interesting and meaningful,” said Jaelyn Bos ’17, biological sciences and environmental science. Continue reading Baltimore City elementary school students learn about college opportunities through UMBC visit

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Baltimore Sun highlights UMBC’s focus on empowering students as leaders, partners, and community-builders

UMBC is a “hub of diversity and commitment,” said David Hoffman, assistant director of student life for civic agency. “We are preparing students to change the world for the better by teaching them to think critically and envision themselves a co-creators of community. That starts with the campus community.” Continue reading Baltimore Sun highlights UMBC’s focus on empowering students as leaders, partners, and community-builders

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UMBC support for STEM grad students from underrepresented groups featured as a national model

UMBC’s Summer Success Institute creates opportunities for mentorship and community building among graduate students, supplementing academic programs to “[make] sure students have the emotional and community support they need to thrive,” says Renetta Tull. Continue reading UMBC support for STEM grad students from underrepresented groups featured as a national model

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Critical Social Justice celebrates UMBC as a home for learning, activism, and social change

In her keynote talk “Body/ Land/ Home: Disability Justice, Healing Justice and Femme of Color Brilliance,” Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explained how lived experiences can provide a foundation for social justice. Continue reading Critical Social Justice celebrates UMBC as a home for learning, activism, and social change

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U.S. News recognizes UMBC as a top global university for 2017

Just one month after honoring UMBC’s continued national leadership in teaching and innovation, U.S. News & World Report has recognized UMBC as a global leader in higher education, highlighting the university’s strengths in international collaboration and faculty publications, particularly in geoscience and space science research. Continue reading U.S. News recognizes UMBC as a top global university for 2017

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Alumni Awards highlight profound impact, drive, and commitment of UMBC alumni and faculty

“People you see on this stage are not just amazingly talented, they are good people who have done great work,” shared President Hrabowski. “I can’t think of anything an educator would want more than that: People who care about others, who strive for excellence, and who never, never, never give up.” Continue reading Alumni Awards highlight profound impact, drive, and commitment of UMBC alumni and faculty

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GRIT-X showcases groundbreaking UMBC research, scholarship, and creative achievement

The inaugural GRIT-X featured some of the university community’s most fascinating new research and creative work in three sets of 10-minute talks that covered topics from the process for creating a successful theatre company to dealing with contaminants in local watersheds. Continue reading GRIT-X showcases groundbreaking UMBC research, scholarship, and creative achievement

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Founders Day celebrates 50 years of inclusive excellence at UMBC

“This has been a 50-year experiment in Catonsville,” Pres. Hrabowski explained. “Can you bring people together from all races, backgrounds, and religions, and have them learning how to work together, to live together, and to listen to each other? That’s what we’re in the process of doing in our country, and it’s what we believe we are doing on this campus and will do even more of in the time to come.” Continue reading Founders Day celebrates 50 years of inclusive excellence at UMBC

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UMBC community festival will celebrate 50 years of grit and greatness (and puppies), Sept. 16-19

Thousands of Retrievers and their families will gather on campus for a golden anniversary weekend with over a hundred features, including special events, family activities, performances, athletic matches, reunions, tours, and socials. Continue reading UMBC community festival will celebrate 50 years of grit and greatness (and puppies), Sept. 16-19