Retriever Love Week: Day 2

Published: Feb 16, 2016
(Couple at graduation and wedding)

So many of you have found lasting love at UMBC that we decided to extend Valentine’s Day to tell your stories! Here are four more.

DSC_7340.JPGMichael Glassman ’12, geography and environmental systems, met his now-wife, Michelle Colbert ’12, sociology, at UMBC in 2011. They were married in November 2015. (Photo courtesy of Michael Glassman.)



ADP-36_resizedPeople meet their life partners all kinds of ways these days: online, out and about, through mutual friends. Catherine Lane Kruder ’12, English, met her husband Josh Kruder ’11, computer science, in one of the oldest ways in the book: through her mother.

“We never would have met had [my mother not been] in the same computer science class as Josh in the winter of 2009,” Catherine says. “It was a set up from the beginning when she told me about the really cute [blonde, blue-eyed] guy in her class one night at dinner.”

Catherine’s mother told her to come see her before class the next day, and, while “cringing at the thought” of her mother playing matchmaker, Catherine agreed.

“[The] rest, as they say, is history.”

Catherine and Josh were married in 2012, and their daughter, Genevieve, will be a year old in March. To this day, Catherine says, her mother prides herself on what she calls “the set up of the century.” (Photo courtesy of Catherine Kruder.)

image1 (1)Some of these stories cut right to the heart… literally. Kenneth Tai ’06, biochemistry and molecular biology, and Diana Salvador Tai first met in anatomy and physiology class while dissecting a cat.

“Romantic[,] huh?” Diana, then a pre-nursing student at UMBC, jokes now. “He was fascinated by my visual memorization skills[.]”

Their relationship only grew from there: from Phi Mu and Lambda Chi Alpha socials to late night practices for FASA [UMBC’s Filipino American Student Association]. They married in Washington, DC on August 8, 2008.

“A cat, a dog, and two beautiful kids later[,] we look forward to sharing our unfairytale-like story with them,” Diana writes. (Photo courtesy of Diana Tai.)

IMG_6040.jpgSpeaking of excellent memorization skills, Kathy Weems Guerra ’96, English, who met her husband Peter Guerra ’96, English, in Dr. Falco’s fall 1994 Medieval and Renaissance Literature class, says she helped him prepare for the final “because I take excellent notes and never missed class!” They were married in Annapolis in June 1997. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Guerra.)

Read about all the couples we’ve featured this year here!

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