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Better Living Through Chemistry

From cooking and cleaning to fixing your car, understanding chemistry can enlighten all aspects of life. That’s just one reason why Dean William R. LaCourse still loves sharing the joy of his favorite subject in front of a classroom.

Carrying on a philanthropic legacy

Behind every story of giving lies a story about someone’s generosity. For Hema Gowda ’01, biological sciences, this story was about continuing a generational legacy through philanthropy. 

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Six alumni to speak as honorary degree recipients at 2022 Commencement

The six 2022 honorary degree recipients speaking at UMBC’s commencement ceremonies next week have a lot in common. They are each doing amazing things in their respective fields. And they also all happen to be UMBC alumni. “These honorary degree recipients are wonderful examples of the best of UMBC,” said Greg Simmons, M.P.P., ’04, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “They are brilliant individuals at the top of their fields, who care deeply about making the world a better place, each in their own way.”

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Because She Can: Jackie Hrabowski’s Service to Students

“You use the talents that you have, not so much for your own purpose, but to make life better for others,” Hrabowski said. “Because when you do that, your universe expands in a positive way as well.”

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Equation of Change

Hrabowski mentors hundreds. Those hundreds mentor thousands. Those thousands mentor hundreds of thousands. The result is Hrabowski’s exponential equation of change.

Leaders Among Us

For college presidents, Freeman Hrabowski provides a template for academic achievement, humility, and putting students first.

Sherman Scholars Live Out Founder’s Legacy

Following the passing of George Sherman, the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars carry on the legacy of inclusive education in underserved communities.

Supporting the Whole Student

Thirty years later, Lewis still feels a sense of real connection to the campus and works to help other alumni engage with students and the institution.

An Interrupted Education, Completed

Bob Bolton ’70, funds a scholarship in honor of his mother Elinora Bolton, who returned to college after having 10 kids and earned her degree alongside him.

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