The UMBC Parent Connection


Fall 2005


Special Homecoming Edition


A service of the Division of Student Affairs Parent Programs Office

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              Message from the Vice President for Student Affairs

Welcome back to UMBC.  This weekend is an opportunity for you to become more acquainted with your son or daughter’s experience at college.  The events of this weekend are designed to entertain you, to inform you, and also to prepare you to be a support for your UMBC student.  College can be a life-altering experience.  Learning inside and outside of the classroom can be stimulating and fun, but at the same time, overwhelming and intimidating.  Your support and openness is important to your son or daughter, or other family member.

The Division of Student Affairs is here to help you navigate the intricacies of a university, and to assist you as the parent of a college student.  A soon-to-be formed Parent Association, founded by supporters and run by parents, will work with my office to offer programs and services to families of our students.  Other departments in this Division provide an array of services, activities, and opportunities for all UMBC students.  The Division houses the residence halls, the Commons, oversees student clubs and organizations, and provides career assistance through the Career Services Center.  We also offer health and counseling services, and coordinate transportation services.  In addition, we provide a comfortable lounge and resources for commuter and transfer students.

 If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact my office at 410 455-2393 or email me at, or my Chief of Staff, K. Jill Barr at


Charles J. Fey, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs



A Brief History of Homecoming at UMBC

      Homecoming is a tradition in many colleges and universities.  Typically these activities center around a football game.  At UMBC we have decided to host Homecoming and Family Celebration, and create our own traditions.  In recent years, Homecoming has evolved into various traditions, including a pep rally, the Retriever Ball, a well-known comedy performance, and the UMBC men’s soccer game on Saturday afternoon.  Traditions are building and students are getting more involved than ever before.  This year we are featuring the band My Chemical Romance to our growing list of activities.

     As an UMBC parent, you can help support UMBC’s Homecoming and Family Celebration by participating in our many activities and attending the soccer match.  Look for a schedule of events at various locations on campus.

Join the Parent’s Association

Learn more about the Parent’s Association – Stop by The Skylight Room in the Commons, 3rd floor on Saturday from 10:30 – 11:00 and learn more about how you can get involved!

   True Grit, the UMBC mascot

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