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VIDEO: Innovator-In-Training: Krista, Class of 2015

Meet Krista, a sophomore studying animation and interactive media. Someday she hopes to create video games that educate as much as they entertain. And, like so many of her friends in disciplines across the board at UMBC, she is an innovator-in-training. Krista also supports her education by working part-time as a phonathon caller, so she speaks all the time with alumni about their time at UMBC. She enjoys the stories – and the idea that so many memories have come together to build the UMBC of today. Watch Krista’s video to learn more about her work, and check out the… Continue Reading VIDEO: Innovator-In-Training: Krista, Class of 2015

Women’s Soccer Raises Funds to Fight Cancer

The UMBC women’s soccer team raised $1300 for breast cancer research during its recent “Fight in Pink” contest on Oct. 14 against Stony Brook. The money will go directly to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a foundation that has become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. The Retrievers sold t-shirts prior to the event and held a silent auction throughout UMBC’s matchup with the Seawolves, in addition to accepting donations. “I have to give credit to all the UMBC women’s soccer players who initiated the pink game,” head… Continue Reading Women’s Soccer Raises Funds to Fight Cancer

Sorority Gives Back at Homecoming

When alumnae of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Lambda Phi Chapter reunited during this month’s Homecoming weekend, it was more than just the predictable flurry of pink and green and catching up on each other’s lives. That’s because the women added a philanthropic component to their event, raising nearly $700 to support UMBC’s Second Generation Scholarship Fund. Thirty-eight alumnae contributed to the fund, which was founded in 1986 to support students who have taken at least one Africana studies course and demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives of minorities through community service, extracurricular activities or other community involvement. Event… Continue Reading Sorority Gives Back at Homecoming

Warm Support for Hrabowski Fund for Innovation

FROM: Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs TO: The UMBC Community RE: Warm Support for the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation I am delighted to share news of the tremendous support we have received from alumni and friends, the local community and businesses, and state and national leaders as we launch the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation. Over the last few months, hundreds of people across the state and nation have given of their time, talents, and resources, including about $5.5 million in gifts honoring President Hrabowski’s 20 years of dynamic leadership. Of that amount, more than $3… Continue Reading Warm Support for Hrabowski Fund for Innovation

Second Annual 1966 Society Dinner

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski hosted the second annual 1966 Society dinner on September 19 in the 4th Floor English Department Conference Room in UMBC’s new Performing Arts and Humanities Building. The 1966 Society celebrates those individual members who have identified the UMBC Foundation in their estate plans. Guests had a terrific view of the campus and the Baltimore skyline as they enjoyed their evening. During dinner, Dr. Jessica Berman, Chair of the Department of English, welcomed them to the English department and described how introductory courses are being redesigned to improve students’ writing skills and incorporate new technology. Earlier that day,… Continue Reading Second Annual 1966 Society Dinner

With BreakingGround, Philanthropy Takes on Infinite Forms

Philanthropy is an extremely personal act. We all give in different ways, and for very different reasons. Many of us give back by writing a check to a favorite program, providing an immediate (and, often, necessary) infusion of funds. Some of us also volunteer time to the organizations that mean the most to us. And, many times, we give as members of groups — interactions that bind and strengthen our communities. It is in this spirit that UMBC has launched BreakingGround, “a campus-wide initiative to embed opportunities for civic learning and collaborative problem-solving even more broadly and deeply in our… Continue Reading With BreakingGround, Philanthropy Takes on Infinite Forms

Bieberich Receives First Annual Haud Collumi Scholarship

Graduate student-athlete Joseph Bieberich ’12, environmental science, will receive the first annual Haud Collumi Scholarship, which is funded largely by alumni of the UMBC Rugby Football Club. Bieberich is captain of the men’s rugby team. During Bieberich’s senior year at UMBC, he was voted captain & president of the UMBC men’s rugby team, and is currently entering his eighth semester with the team this fall. In the fall of 2011, the team made the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year, and in the spring of 2012, the team brought home first place trophies from both the Frostbite and Rocky Gorge… Continue Reading Bieberich Receives First Annual Haud Collumi Scholarship

Portraits of Giving: Helen Phillips '98, M.S. '01, MechEng

We all give to UMBC for different reasons. In this “Portraits of Giving,” double alumna Helen Phillips ’98, M.S. ’01, mechanical engineering, shares the story behind why she created a scholarship in honor of her mother. As one of the first recipients of the Anthony Alvarez Award for Outstanding Students in Engineering, Phillips truly understands the importance of student scholarships — and the personal value of giving back. VIDEO: Portraits of Giving

Portraits of Giving: Helen Phillips ’98, M.S. ’01, MechEng

We all give to UMBC for different reasons. In this “Portraits of Giving,” double alumna Helen Phillips ’98, M.S. ’01, mechanical engineering, shares the story behind why she created a scholarship in honor of her mother. As one of the first recipients of the Anthony Alvarez Award for Outstanding Students in Engineering, Phillips truly understands the importance of student scholarships — and the personal value of giving back. VIDEO: Portraits of Giving

UMBC Beats Giving Goals for FY12

UMBC’s alumni showed themselves to be true “Retriever Believers” this fiscal year, helping UMBC to exceed its goals for alumni giving for Fiscal Year 2012, the Office of Development reports. Final numbers for the fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, showed that: 2,515 alumni donors contributed during FY12, a 17% increase over FY11 Alumni donors contributed $316,780, a 5.6% increase over our FY12 goal 517 alumni gave for the first time this year; of that group, 63% are graduates of the last ten years UMBC had an 84% pledge fulfillment rate (industry standard is… Continue Reading UMBC Beats Giving Goals for FY12

Donors Care – Q&A with Jean Rittermann

UMBC’s donors support the university for many reasons, and for that we are grateful. One such donor is Jean Rittermann, President of Conveyor Handling Company, Inc., who along with her sister, Nancy Carey, established the Anthony Alvarez Award for Outstanding Students in Engineering in honor of their father. Q: How did you become involved with UMBC? A: Education and hard work have always been a priority in our family. So as our business prospered, and we [Rittermann, her sister and their spouses] realized the importance of giving back to the community, it seemed only logical to think about creating a… Continue Reading Donors Care – Q&A with Jean Rittermann

Donors Care – Q&A with Jean Rittermann

UMBC’s donors support the university for many reasons, and for that we are grateful. One such donor is Jean Rittermann, President of Conveyor Handling Company, Inc., who along with her sister, Nancy Carey, established the Anthony Alvarez Award for Outstanding Students in Engineering in honor of their father. Q: How did you become involved with UMBC? A: Education and hard work have always been a priority in our family. So as our business prospered, and we [Rittermann, her sister and their spouses] realized the importance of giving back to the community, it seemed only logical to think about creating a… Continue Reading Donors Care – Q&A with Jean Rittermann

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