Campus Life

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Leading a (Retriever) Nation

It’s never easy to start a new job, but athletic director Brian Barrio had more to contend with than which parking lot to use. He joined #RetrieverNation in January of 2020 and after only two months (during which time, he even lived in a campus apartment), UMBC closed its physical campus due to COVID-19. With 17 Division I sports and over 350 student-athletes, this would have been a massive undertaking in the best of circumstances. We talked to Brian about what that transition was like, what he’s learned from the experience, and what’s up next. And he almost managed to make it through the entire interview without one sports reference. 

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What’s it like when “Take Your Dog to Work Day” is every day?

National Take Your Dog to Work Day might officially only be celebrated on the Friday after Father’s Day, but for Sergeant Jamie Cheatem of the UMBC Police Department, it’s every day. Coming up on their three-year anniversary this September, Sgt. Cheatem and Chip, UMBC’s comfort dog, have quickly become an inseparable duo both on the job and at home.

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How to be a Retriever!

UMBC has unique long-standing traditions, made especially dear to students and alumni because so many of them were conceived and implemented by students.

Incoming President Surprises an Excited Campus

Valerie Sheares Ashby, current dean of Duke University’s Trinity School of Arts & Sciences, may not officially start her role until August 1, but she’s already making a splash on campus.

Get Your Steps in with Dr. Hrabowski

As often as possible, President Freeman Hrabowski will take a lap around the campus that has shaped him as much as he’s shaped it.

Exploring Pathways to Social Change

UMBC students use their Spring Break to deconstruct their ideas on service and learn more about the community of Baltimore.

UMBC Responds to Putin’s War in Ukraine

Following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the Retriever community has turned to students and faculty to provide insight on the subject, as well as ways to help.


The 9 Best Places on Campus to Enjoy Fresh Air

In celebration of spending time outdoors in all seasons, here are a few of the best spots on and near campus to enjoy some fresh air in the new year.


Then & Now—Cicada Invasion

The 2004 appearance of the locusts only warranted one story in the Retriever. But this year’s cicadas got a celebrity welcome.

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