UMBC launches Center for Democracy and Civic Life at a critical national moment

“We can develop the knowledge, skills, and resourcefulness to work across differences and address challenges together, and to build thriving civic communities,” says David Hoffman, director of the new center. “UMBC is the perfect setting for that kind of learning, with so many people and programs already contributing to a vibrant civic culture.” Continue reading UMBC launches Center for Democracy and Civic Life at a critical national moment

UMBC community leaders launch Retriever Courage, a sexual assault prevention and response initiative

UMBC community leaders have announced the Retriever Courage initiative—the next phase in UMBC’s work to prevent and respond to sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct. The initiative emphasizes, “Change requires the courage to speak out, to listen, to learn, and to take action. We must fully live our campus values—inclusive excellence, collaboration, innovation, and impact—to make UMBC a safer, more caring living, learning, and working environment for all.” Continue reading UMBC community leaders launch Retriever Courage, a sexual assault prevention and response initiative

Lynne Schaefer and Jack Suess share UMBC’s “collaborative style” as national higher ed leaders

Lynne Schaefer and Jack Suess are known across UMBC for their essential roles in shaping and sustaining the university’s strong and steady growth over the years. They’ve also had a major impact beyond the university through leading boards of directors of national higher education organizations, bringing “UMBC’s collaborative style” along with them. Continue reading Lynne Schaefer and Jack Suess share UMBC’s “collaborative style” as national higher ed leaders

UMBC outlines next steps in work to improve sexual assault prevention and response

“It’s time,” says Professor Chris Murphy, “for all of us to listen to survivors, engage in serious and deep self-reflection as a campus, and to work together to invest the time and resources needed to provide everyone with a safe and productive educational experience at UMBC.” Continue reading UMBC outlines next steps in work to improve sexual assault prevention and response

UMBC community gathers for listening session on sexual misconduct and campus safety

Hundreds of UMBC community members gathered on Thursday, September 20, for an open listening session on sexual misconduct, in a painful and powerful moment for the university. A large crowd rapidly filled the Fine Arts Recital Hall and then two overflow spaces in the biology building and library, connected through a live video feed. As everyone took their seats, ready to begin, a sense of quiet tension filled the space—a community taking a breath, ready to speak and to listen. Continue reading UMBC community gathers for listening session on sexual misconduct and campus safety

Retriever Nation celebrates UMBC’s “top 10” U.S. News rankings in teaching and innovation

“These teaching and innovation rankings include institutions specifically identified by college and university leaders across the country as being at the forefront of higher education,” says UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski. “They speak to our core commitments to student and faculty success and to constant learning and growth.” Continue reading Retriever Nation celebrates UMBC’s “top 10” U.S. News rankings in teaching and innovation

Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Ed name UMBC a top U.S. university, with focus on diverse learning community

The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education have just released their popular college rankings for 2019, again naming UMBC one of the nation’s top universities. This year’s rankings specifically highlight the strength of UMBC’s diverse learning community, including student and faculty diversity and the representation of international students. Continue reading Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Ed name UMBC a top U.S. university, with focus on diverse learning community

Princeton Review recognizes UMBC as one of the top universities in the nation

UMBC’s Princeton Review profile speaks directly to the dedication and commitment of the university’s faculty and staff. As one student says, “UMBC wants to see every student succeed—they provide you with the tools, people, and resources to make sure you get where you want to go in life.” Continue reading Princeton Review recognizes UMBC as one of the top universities in the nation

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“Chronicle” names UMBC one of the nation’s best colleges to work for, with honors

“This honor is meaningful for us because it reflects how UMBC is truly a supportive and inclusive community,” says President Freeman Hrabowski. “This is a place where we believe in mutual respect and in achieving great things when we combine our strengths and work together toward our shared vision.” Continue reading “Chronicle” names UMBC one of the nation’s best colleges to work for, with honors

UMBC students ready to share passion for discovery, expression at URCAD 2018

“I am most proud of the kinds of questions these students are asking in their research and creative work,” says April Householder, director of undergraduate research and prestigious scholarships. “From developing clean air technologies or bringing awareness to human trafficking, to collaborating with local poets and creating meaningful art, UMBC undergrads are making change in the world.” Continue reading UMBC students ready to share passion for discovery, expression at URCAD 2018

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UMBC men’s basketball heads to NCAA tournament as America East Champions

Decked out in black and gold, Retriever fans cheered ecstatically on Tuesday afternoon as the UMBC men’s basketball team set off for game one of the NCAA tournament—the team’s first in a decade. The team now heads to Charlotte, North Carolina to take on the University of Virginia (UVA) on Friday, March 16 at 9:20 p.m. EST. Continue reading UMBC men’s basketball heads to NCAA tournament as America East Champions

Ticket Punched: UMBC heads to NCAA tournament after America East championship victory

With less than a second left on the clock, the Retrievers’ star guard Jairus Lyles made a stunning three-point shot, dethroning the University of Vermont in an edge-of-your-seat America East Championship match that catapulted UMBC to a 65-62 victory and its first NCAA tournament berth in a decade. Continue reading Ticket Punched: UMBC heads to NCAA tournament after America East championship victory

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Times Higher Ed and Wall Street Journal recognize UMBC as a top global and U.S. university

UMBC’s profile in THE lauds the university’s commitment to innovation and impact by noting, “UMBC has always stressed innovation and interdisciplinarity. It has never been afraid to pioneer new models of teaching and research, and new ways of contributing to the regional economy.” Continue reading Times Higher Ed and Wall Street Journal recognize UMBC as a top global and U.S. university

Growing UMBC community celebrates U.S. News spotlight on innovation and teaching

As UMBC welcomes its largest freshman class ever this fall, Retrievers have three more reasons to feel confident in their college choice: The 2018 U.S. News & World Report college guide ranks UMBC the #7 Most Innovative university in the nation, #13 top national university for Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching, and one of the nation’s top universities overall on the Best National Universities list. Continue reading Growing UMBC community celebrates U.S. News spotlight on innovation and teaching

UMBC selected for national initiative to prepare the next generation of social justice leaders

AAC&U has selected UMBC as one of 10 institutions nationwide to participate in a bold, new initiative designed to “educate, prepare, and inspire the next generation of leaders to advance justice and build equitable communities.” Continue reading UMBC selected for national initiative to prepare the next generation of social justice leaders

UMBC alumnus Jerome Adams confirmed as U.S. surgeon general

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Jerome Adams ’97, M4, biochemistry and molecular biology, for the position of U.S. surgeon general. He replaces Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams Ph.D. ’06, public policy, who was serving as acting U.S. surgeon general. Both alumni have prioritized connections with local communities and vulnerable populations. Continue reading UMBC alumnus Jerome Adams confirmed as U.S. surgeon general

UMBC’s Tim Hall named president of Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association

“Tim Hall’s appointment as president of the I-AAA Athletic Director’s Association is a recognition not only of his role as a leader in intercollegiate athletics, but also of the value he places on collaboration,” said UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski. “I know he will work hard over the next year to advance initiatives critical to all of the association’s institutions.” Continue reading UMBC’s Tim Hall named president of Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association

UMBC receives Collaborative Opportunity Grant to launch college access program with Baltimore City high schools

The Path Before Me will provide exposure to the college experience, mentoring, SAT preparation, and support for the admissions and matriculation processes to an initial group of 40 Baltimore City high school students in a way that responds to how they express their own college readiness needs. Continue reading UMBC receives Collaborative Opportunity Grant to launch college access program with Baltimore City high schools

Prof. Tim Nohe congrats Melissa Cormier upon receiving her MFA degree.

UMBC’s spring 2017 commencement honors each student’s story of achievement

In remarks to his graduating class, Valedictorian Daniel Ocasio reflected, “At UMBC, people from all over the world, every race, every socioeconomic background, cooperate — not just exist together, but really work together — to better themselves and each other through education.” Continue reading UMBC’s spring 2017 commencement honors each student’s story of achievement

Georgina Stephanie presents at URCAD 2017.

UMBC students tackle complex questions with creativity at URCAD 2017

Now in its twenty-first year, UMBC’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) “attains a certain kind of maturity,” but it’s “thrilling to see that as it comes of age, it retains the brawling, restless energy that has always made it so special,” shares Simon Stacey, interim dean and vice provost of undergraduate education. Continue reading UMBC students tackle complex questions with creativity at URCAD 2017