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Over Coffee – Winter 2009

For two decades, the Honors College at UMBC has offered select students an intensive and interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate education. As the college celebrated its 20th anniversary last fall, UMBC Magazine asked Mark Tyler ’99, history – an Honors College alumnus who is now an assistant state’s attorney in Anne Arundel County – and a current Honors College student, Allison Seyler ’11, to reflect on their experiences in the program. Q: What attracted you to the Honors College? Mark: It represented an opportunity to have a more up-close and in-depth interaction with peers and professors. I didn’t join the Honors… Continue Reading Over Coffee – Winter 2009

Night Shift in the War Room – Benjamin Lloyd ’05, M.P.P.

A UMBC Public Policy grad talks about his view of the 2008 campaign from the nerve center of Republican nominee John McCain’s headquarters. By Richard Byrne ’86 Benjamin Lloyd ’05 M.P.P. public policy, did better than get in on the ground floor of Arizona Sen. John McCain’s rollercoaster ride to the Republican nomination. He got involved at the very nadir of the campaign, when a nearly-toxic combination of financial profligacy and low poll numbers had nearly buried McCain’s presidential hopes. In August 2007, Lloyd climbed aboard McCain’s “Straight Talk Express” when the press had already written off the candidate as… Continue Reading Night Shift in the War Room – Benjamin Lloyd ’05, M.P.P.

KAL on Campus

When renowned political cartoonist Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher came to UMBC, he wanted to push his craft into the digital age. He did that – and much more – by spurring innovative research and prodding a new generation of students to get involved in politics and media. By Richard Byrne ’86 Images courtesy of the Imaging Research Center After nearly three decades in the political cartooning business, Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher was looking for new frontiers. Someone less energetic might have reclined on their laurels. After all, Kallaugher’s work for the Baltimore Sun and British magazine The Economist has made him one… Continue Reading KAL on Campus

How to Build a Championship Basketball Team

With Randy Monroe, Head Coach, UMBC Men’s Basketball Randy Monroe describes being a head basketball coach as “being a Tootsie Roll pop: he’s all good things rolled up into one. He’s the mentor; he’s the father figure; he’s the coach; he’s the advisor.” Now in the midst of his fifth full season as UMBC’s coach, Monroe offered his blueprint for building the 2007-08 team that won an America East championship and took UMBC to the NCAA Men’s Division I Championship Tournament for the first time. As a man who takes all of his roles seriously, it’s no surprise that Monroe… Continue Reading How to Build a Championship Basketball Team

Herstory Lessons

The near success of Sen. Hillary Clinton and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the electoral battles of 2008 made it an important year for women involved in politics. However, even before the 2008 landmark races in which Clinton fought to the end to wrest her party’s nomination and Palin campaigned as the Republican vice presidential running mate to Sen. John McCain, other women have blazed trails in the struggle to gain electoral representation. The growing involvement of UMBC alumnae in politics is indeed reflective of the national trend. Some of these events have been seminal, like Rep. Shirley Chisholm’s gutsy… Continue Reading Herstory Lessons

Discovery – Winter 2009

“Smog Blog” Tracks Air Quality When fires blaze across the Western United States, it’s just a matter of time until the resulting haze and dirty air plumes travel downwind to neighboring states – even as far away as the East Coast. In 2003, environmental scientists at UMBC invented a method to track significant air pollution events and to provide a daily diary of air quality across the United States. The result is an innovative Web site known as the “Smog Blog,” which now attracts some half a million users annually. The Smog Blog alg.umbc.edu/usaq offers realtime analysis and an extensive… Continue Reading Discovery – Winter 2009

Ballot Boxers

Four UMBC alumnae who have made careers in politics and government look back at an electoral cycle that held landmarks and heartbreaks for women candidates. By Richard Byrne ’86 The year 2008 saw a momentous breakthrough for African-Americans in U.S. electoral politics. But it was a landmark year for women as well. UMBC Magazine talked with four prominent political alumnae just after Election Day 2008. We asked them to reflect not only on the tumultuous political year, but also about gender and politics issues in their own careers. And to add some scholarly perspective, Cheryl M. Miller, an associate dean… Continue Reading Ballot Boxers

At Play – Winter 2009

Sound & Strength Imagine a few sounds: a squeaky door, the shredding of paper, a bowling ball falling down a staircase, and a persistent buzz. Then: a drum beat, some notes from a piano and a wailing saxophone enter the mix. Soon pauses are woven in, here and there, filling up space not with sound but with silence. Until the sounds renew themselves again. This music filled the UMBC Fine Arts Recital Hall on an evening last November, created by five composers – four of them alumni of the university’s music department. It was a celebration of improvisation, experimentation –… Continue Reading At Play – Winter 2009

Abnormal Ambitions

Sondheim Scholar Ari Ne’eman has plunged headlong into the maelstrom of controversy over autism. His goal? To give autistics – including himself – a significant voice in the debate. By Mat Edelson Staring over a plate of Crispy Beef, Ari Ne’eman is contemplating extinction. Not only his own extinction, but that of everyone just like him. Spectrum Storms Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel N. Shurkin examines the wide range of opinions surrounding autism. Read more. Everyone with autism. Ne’eman is dead serious. So much so that he created the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) to take on the medical establishment’s thinking about… Continue Reading Abnormal Ambitions

2008 UMBC Alumni of the Year & Distinguished Service Award Winners

Each year, the UMBC Alumni Association presents awards to honor alumni for their professional and personal achievements and service to the University.   Learn more about our past award winners. DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD Eric Conn ’85, Computer Science, is an accomplished entrepreneur, executive, technologist, and software engineer and a member of the board of UMBC’s Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship. He is the president and co-founder of Gloto Corporation, which specializes in the design, development, and deployment of innovative products that integrate mobile devices and computers. In 2006 Gloto launched Cellblock.com, which allows users to instantly publish photos and videos from… Continue Reading 2008 UMBC Alumni of the Year & Distinguished Service Award Winners

2007 UMBC Alumni of the Year & Distinguished Service Award Winners

Each year, the UMBC Alumni Association presents awards to honor alumni for their professional and personal achievements and service to the University.   Learn more about our past award winners. Outstanding Alumnus Social & Behavioral Sciences Eric A. Carlton ’91, Africana Studies After becoming the youngest high school principal in the country at age 29, Eric A. Carlton ’91, Africana studies, later launched Banner Schools, a private company that partners with public school districts to provide a successful educational environment for at-risk youth. The company has three schools in Chicago, one in Miami, and will open another in Detroit. Together, the… Continue Reading 2007 UMBC Alumni of the Year & Distinguished Service Award Winners

2006 UMBC Alumni of the Year & Distinguished Service Award Winners

Each year, the UMBC Alumni Association presents awards to honor alumni for their professional and personal achievements and service to the University.  Learn more about our past award winners. Outstanding Alumna Natural & Mathematical Sciences Diane Auer Jones ’88, M.S. Applied Molecular Biology In addition to a successful career as an entrepreneur, government policy maker and administrator at Princeton University, in November Jones was appointed Deputy Associate Director for the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. She also has served as an active member of the UMBC Research Park Corporation’s board of directors for the past eleven years. Outstanding… Continue Reading 2006 UMBC Alumni of the Year & Distinguished Service Award Winners

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