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February 25, 2005                                                                                               2004-05, No. 9



F E A T U R E   S T O R Y


Technology Adds a Cutting Edge to Modern Dance

By Ann McArthur, Sun Staff Originally published in The Sun , February 3, 2005

In an era when technology invades every aspect of our lives, it should come as no surprise that it has entered the realm of dance in Baltimore.

Theatergoers can witness this collision of dance and technology in *blink*, a multimedia performance presented by the company movement/addiction at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. The show contains two dance works - skip/stop and body.txt - that feature interactive sound and video combined with modern-dance choreography.

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A  M E S S A G E   F R O M   I N S T I T U T I O N A L   A D V A N C E M E N T

Giving matters. State support and tuition alone does not cover the cost of a UMBC education. State support now represents only 20% of UMBC’s operating budget (in 1970, it was 80%). Gifts from alumni, parents, and friends help to close the gap. These funds can become a source of financial aid for students, additional resources for classrooms and the library, and programming to serve a variety of needs.


If you have already made a gift to the UMBC Annual Fund this year, please accept our thanks. Your dollars are already at work.  To make a gift now, go to and click on the icon to download a form to print and mail or to give online through our secure Web site. 


Read more about how UMBC is making an impact on the world around you.




R E T R I E V E R   L O U N G E   O P E N S

Off-campus Student Services has announced that, after several months of planning and negotiations, the CRB (Commuter Relations Board) Retriever Study Lounge, a student-run study hall and snack area, is becoming a reality.


The study space will open February 28 from 10:00am -2:00pm, in the University Center, Room 201 (formerly the UC Gameroom). The Lounge is a "floating program" and will move from year to year--the UC 201 is its temporary home.


The service will operate Monday – Thursday between February 28 to May 19, 2005 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There is no charge for this service and it is open to all students: off-campus or residents.


A student-planned open house from 1-2 p.m. on the 28th will include door prizes, light snacks and an opportunity to 'meet 'n greet'. (Snow date: Thursday, March 3, 2005)


For additional information and details for how you can support this program, please contact Elodie, Study Hall /Media Services Coordinator at


Spread the word!







2004-2005 Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy Now Online
As winter weather approaches, the updated inclement weather/emergency closing policy for 2004-2005 is now online at Please bookmark the page for future reference and remember to check the "What's New" section of the UMBC homepage ( for the latest information on and links to weather-related closing announcements throughout the season.


Applications Available for the Richard and Roselyn Bryson Neville Scholarship for Returning Women
The Richard and Roselyn Bryson Neville Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for a junior or senior level undergraduate "returning woman student” who demonstrates academic promise. Applications are available in the Women's Center (The Commons, Room 004) by 12 p.m. on March 18.


Financial Services' New Web Address
Financial Services’ new Web site address is The old address will redirect to the new site for a short time only, so be sure to bookmark this new address. For more information, contact Don Velli at or ext. 5-1287. 


Blood Drive (3/1)
The American Red Cross is in desperate need of blood. Donating blood this semester could mean the difference between life and death for as many as three people. 9-2:30 p.m., Main Seminar Room, In Vitro Technologies, a techcenter@umbc company (1450 South Rolling Road, South Campus). Please contact Allison Kimery today to select your time slot for Tuesday. Allison can be reached at ext. 5-1242 or For more information about the blood drive and free giveaways visit



E V E N T S   O F   I N T E R E S T


Lecture by Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder and Director of American Visionary Art Museum (3/3)
Rebecca Hoffberger, founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, presents the 2005 Slobodan Petrovich Lecture. Hoffberger will discuss the nature of creativity in her talk, “True Vision: The Responsibility of Human Imagination.” 7–9 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor. The Petrovich Lecture honors Slobodan Petrovich, director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and psychology professor, who died in 2000. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Studies Council of Majors. For more information, e-mail


Damocles Trio in Concert (3/3)
The Department of Music presents the Damocles Trio in a performance of the Brahms Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87; Joaquín Turina’s Trio No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 76; and Ravel’s Trio in A Minor. 8 p.m., Fine Arts Recital Hall. $7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. Order tickets in advance at or call 410-752-8950. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door (cash or check only). For more information, visit


UMBC Symphony Orchestra (3/6)
The Department of Music presents the UMBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Wayne Cameron. The program will feature the winners of the High School Concerto Competition and the Department of Music Concerto Competition in a program that will include Louis Spohr’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 26; Franz Doppler’s Hungarian Fantasie; and a Mozart piano concerto. 3 p.m., Fine Arts Recital Hall. For more information, call ext. 5-MUSC.


Women’s History Month Panel Discussion (3/9)
A panel discussion on "How Do We Do Women's History?" will feature: Michelle Scott, history and women's studies, UMBC; Warren Belasco, American studies, UMBC; Amy Froide (moderator), history and women's studies, UMBC; Rachel Schreiber, digital arts, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and history, Johns Hopkins U.; Jill Moss Greenberg, Maryland Heritage Center and Maryland Commission for Women. 5-7 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library 7th Floor. For more information, e-mail
"Tour de Clay" Stops at UMBC (3/10-4/2)
UMBC's Center for Art and Visual Culture (CAVC) presents three exhibitions as part of the Baltimore area-wide "Tour de Clay," held in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts 2005 Conference. An opening reception for all three exhibitions will be held on Wednesday, March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m., CAVC (Fine Arts Building, 1st Floor). For more information,


"Suburban Journals" Exhibition (Through 3/26)

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents "Suburban Journals: The Sketchbooks, Drawings and Prints of Charles Ritchie." The exhibition spans 20 years and traces the Maryland artist's creations from journal conceptions as watercolor and pen and ink, through independent sheets in various drawing media. For more information, call ext. 5-2270 or visit online:


"Ruffin Cooper: The Golden Gate Bridge Series" Exhibition (Through 3/26)

The Albin O. Kuhn Library presents "Ruffin Cooper: The Golden Gate Bridge Series." Cooper (1942-1992) was a conceptual artist and photographer who came of age in the 1960s. He went to Woodstock in 1969, lived for a time at a New Mexico commune, and later established himself as an artist in San Francisco, crossing paths at different times with such cultural icons as Dennis Hopper, Allen Ginsberg and Andy Warhol. For more information, call ext. 5-2270 or visit


Department of Visual Arts Student Exhibitions (Through 4/2)
The Center for Art and Visual Culture presents three exhibitions of Department of Visual Arts’ student work: “Photo Digital Processes in Printmaking” (The Commons, 2nd Floor), “Constructed Environments” (The Commons, Mezzanine Level) and “3-D Computer Animations and Senior Projects in Animation” (The Commons, Mezzanine Level). For more information, call ext. 5-3188 or visit






Men’s Swimming and Diving Repeats as America East Champions to Claim Eighth Straight League Title; Women Finish Third
The UMBC men’s swimming and diving team capped a perfect season by claiming the America East title with a score of 920 points, while the Retriever women took third place with a mark of 502.


National Residence Hall Honorary and Resident Student Association award recipients

Tiffany Harris, Patapsco Hall, was recognized nationally as “Student of the Month” for December

Nathan Howell, Erickson Hall, was recognized nationally as “Executive Board Member of the Month” for December

Both Nathan and Tiffany were awarded OTM’s at the regional level (CAACURH) and were submitted for national recognition through the National Association of College and University Residence Halls.


1. Scott Bass, Dean of the Graduate School, Serves As Moderator for White House Conference on Aging
2. Three Retrievers Chosen in Major Indoor Soccer League Draft




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