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Oates Named Oros Family Professor in Comp Sci and Technology

UMBC professor Dr. Tim Oates has been named an Oros Family Professor in Computer Science and Technology. The five-year endowed professorship will fund Dr. Oates’ newly proposed research project in the area of mobile healthcare. Read more about endowed professorships at UMBC here. A professor of computer science and electrical engineering, Dr. Oates is principal investigator in UMBC’s Cognition, Robotics and Learning (CoRaL) Lab, where he pursues research in the broad areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and natural language processing. “I was delighted to recommend Dr. James T. Oates’ appointment as Oros Family Professor in Computer Science and… Continue Reading Oates Named Oros Family Professor in Comp Sci and Technology

FY12 Donor Roll Now Online

The donor roll for FY12 — which covers giving from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 — is now available online. In addition to a listing of all donors, the donor roll also includes listings of: The Hilltop Society The 1966 Society Consecutive Years of Giving (5-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20+) 1st Time Donors Thank you to everyone who supported UMBC in FY12! View the donor roll here.

Saper, LLC, Named Bearman Family Chair in Entrepreneurship

Craig Saper, professor and chair of Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC), has been named the Bearman Family Chair in Entrepreneurship. “Dr. Saper is a scholar of large achievement and great energy, whose talents and interests make him a superb choice for the Bearman Family Chair in Entrepreneurship,” said John Jeffries, dean of the college of arts, humanities, and social sciences (CAHSS). The Bearman Family Chair in Entrepreneurship was established by The Herbert Bearman Foundation to acknowledge and honor the contributions of Dr. Arlene Bearman to the UMBC community. This chair recognizes and supports outstanding teaching skills, an interest in entrepreneurship,… Continue Reading Saper, LLC, Named Bearman Family Chair in Entrepreneurship

VIDEO – Portraits of Giving: Todd Carton ’77, INDS

As we’ve mentioned many times before on this blog, philanthropy is intensely personal. Which is why the story behind the naming gift made by Todd Carton ’77, interdisciplinary studies, is especially touching; the gift honors his late brother. Carton has always been interested in the arts, as was his brother, so when he heard about the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building at UMBC, he was eager to see the space students from all disciplines would be able to be touched by the arts. His gift — the naming of the building’s new box office — will not only help… Continue Reading VIDEO – Portraits of Giving: Todd Carton ’77, INDS

Student Scholarship Q&A: Micaela A. Perez Ferrero ’13

Name: Micaela A. Perez Ferrero ’13 Major:  Political Science Scholarships: Alumni Association Scholarship, Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program, The Shattuck Family Entrepreneurial Scholars Program, and The UMBC Political Science Department Q:  How important is it for you to have received these scholarships? A:  Without scholarships, I would not be at UMBC. Scholarships have not only allowed me to attend a 4 year university, but it also allowed me to attend UMBC. Scholarships have given me the opportunity to achieve my goals and dreams, and I am sincerely grateful for all those who have contributed to each of my scholarships. Q:… Continue Reading Student Scholarship Q&A: Micaela A. Perez Ferrero ’13

Student Scholarship Q&A: Savita Moses ’13

Name: Savita Moses ’13 Major:  Information Systems Scholarship: Alumni Association Scholarship Q:  Why did you decide to come to UMBC? A:  I was a part of a Pre-College Program offered by University of Maryland, College Park and we went on many college tours throughout the area. UMBC was one of the places we visited and toured. I fell in love with the campus as soon as I stepped onto it; I felt right at home. I had some friends that went here, so I began researching the university and talking to them about it. It seemed like everything I wanted… Continue Reading Student Scholarship Q&A: Savita Moses ’13

VIDEO: Alternate School Break Lets Students Give Back

Volunteerism is a wonderful way of showing you care. And UMBC’s students care A LOT about their community, if this post on UMBC’s Breaking Ground site is any indication: -Watch videos about UMBC’s upcoming Alternative School Break 2013 Among the projects planned for spring 2013: Working with the ARC of Carroll County; Looking at life through the eyes of a refugee; Helping Baltimore city’s homeless population; Even implementing health care teachings a la Patch Adams (see above). As Kayla Keelan, graduate coordinator for service in UMBC’s Office of Student Life, explains, “This program, built around service, critical thinking and reflection,… Continue Reading VIDEO: Alternate School Break Lets Students Give Back

Happy Philanthropy Day! (P.S. Our Students <3 You!)

Nothing warms our hearts quite like witnessing the impact of alumni philanthropy among our students. We see it everywhere — in the classrooms, on our stages, among our volunteer organizations — and yesterday, we watched our students pull off the ultimate THANK YOU for the donors who help make their UMBC experience possible. In honor of National Philanthropy Day, students spent their free hour yesterday writing thank-you letters to alumni. Some of them even drew pictures of True Grit inside (our students are so creative)! We’re so grateful they’re grateful! [slideshow]

Online Tool: Calculate the Cost of a Semester

Attending college these days is expensive. You’ve got tuition, room and board, books and computers to buy — and that’s not even counting late night pizza runs! Even at a state school like UMBC, students find themselves struggling to keep up with bills. In Fall 2011, for example, 62% of undergraduate students applied for financial aid; 80% of those demonstrated some level of financial need. On average, the percentage of need that was met of students who were awarded any need-based aid was 60%. You don’t need to be a math genius to see that many students still need our… Continue Reading Online Tool: Calculate the Cost of a Semester

VIDEO: Simmons ’04, MPP, on Excitement of Hrabowski Fund for Innovation

If you’re on campus regularly, it’s easy to see the excitement building this semester about both the 20th anniversary of Dr. Freeman Hrabowski’s presidency here and the launch of the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation, a fund created by Dr. Hrabowski to promote new thinking in the classroom. We’re equally excited to share this video (below), featuring Vice President of Institutional Advancement Greg Simmons, a 2004 graduate of UMBC’s master’s of public policy program, as he talks about the fund, Dr. Hrabowski’s legacy, and how we can all help keep UMBC strong. Enjoy! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNSn7tQR1GQ] Support the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation… Continue Reading VIDEO: Simmons ’04, MPP, on Excitement of Hrabowski Fund for Innovation

Faculty and Staff Support the UMBC Community

Click here to read more and see a video about Krista, just one of the many students who benefits from your support. UMBC faculty and staff give their all to the university each and every day simply by doing their jobs well. The launch of this year’s Faculty/Staff Campaign is another important way of showing that you care — and supporting the UMBC community beyond your individual reach. Even modest gifts add up to help students, faculty and staff succeed. We do great things at UMBC, and every little bit helps us continue to make a difference. Furthermore, our gifts… Continue Reading Faculty and Staff Support the UMBC Community

Gates Foundation Grants $2.6 Million to Ensure Transfer Student Success in STEM Fields

UMBC is pleased to announce today a $2.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build a national model for ensuring more transfer students earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. Anne Arundel Community College, the Community College of Baltimore County, Howard Community College and Montgomery College will work with UMBC on the “STEM Transfer Student Success Initiative.” Sarah Gantz of the Baltimore Business Journal wrote: “Transfer students account for about 38 percent of UMBC’s new students in STEM fields and largely come from the initiative’s partner community colleges. “How they succeed depends quite a lot… Continue Reading Gates Foundation Grants $2.6 Million to Ensure Transfer Student Success in STEM Fields

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