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Rethinking collaborative public humanities research in New Orleans and Baltimore

The success of taco trucks and Soul Food pop-ups in post-Katrina New Orleans has raised complex questions about food truck regulation, worker rights, immigration issues, and local vs. tourist experiences that often pit these communities against each other. UMBC’s Sarah Fouts and local organizers Toya Ex Lewis and Fernando López are implementing Project Neutral Grounds to share these vendors’ experiences and histories. Continue Reading Rethinking collaborative public humanities research in New Orleans and Baltimore

Dawg Days Abroad: The scoop on UMBC’s newest summer program

Most new students can’t wait to get their college careers started. This group of dedicated Retrievers really couldn’t wait. Through UMBC’s new Dawg Days Abroad program, nearly 30 incoming students had the chance to travel to Bristol, England as part of a two-week international excursion. Students were able to gain college credits and start making lasting memories before classes even began. Developing the pilot program, navigating piles of paperwork, coordinating travel logistics, and wrangling a few dozen college students in a foreign country…seems easy, right? Caylie Middleton ‘08, associate director of international education, told us just how this exciting new… Continue Reading Dawg Days Abroad: The scoop on UMBC’s newest summer program

The Kinetic Sculpture team prepares the shark before the race. Photo by Marlayna Demond '11.

Fish out of Water

The challenges of building a human-powered amphibious sculpture include working with nary a blueprint in sight, avoiding flying sparks from your professor’s power tools, returning to the theatre department’s dumpster again and again seeking out items to upcycle into an ever-changing design, and—oh yeah—not sinking in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor when all is said and done. By Randianne Leyshon ’09 Race day photos by Poulomi Banerjee ’16, all other images by Marlayna Demond ’11, unless otherwise noted. A dismembered hammerhead shark takes up most of the office space. Professor Steven McAlpine proudly holds up the dorsal fin and other grey body… Continue Reading Fish out of Water

Video: A Trip to Baltimore’s Oldest Markets

Want to learn more about how Kate Drabinski’s summer course is exploring food justice in Baltimore? UMBC Magazine’s Jenny O’Grady tagged along for a recent walking tour, exploring local historic food markets and a community garden. Learn more about UMBC’s Summer Session here.

Good Neighbors

Anyone who has had the pleasure of a rooftop visit with Freeman A. Hrabowski knows the joy UMBC’s president takes in pointing out the Baltimore skyline from the top of the Administration Building. That’s because Baltimore — to him, and to UMBC — is not just a nearby spot on a map or a place to watch a baseball game. It’s a life source for the university, providing internships for our students, jobs for our graduates, and culture for all who may choose to take advantage of it. As much as UMBC receives from the city, however, it also gives… Continue Reading Good Neighbors

Fusion: Ekiben takes an interdisciplinary approach to the restaurant biz

[wpvideo aHnk3EIN] On a typical Saturday, in the wee hours of the morning — we’re talking two or three a.m. — Nikhil Yesupriya ’13, biological sciences, Steve Chu ’12, economics, and Ephrem Abebe ’13, information systems, are in the kitchen of Chu’s father’s restaurant in Pikesville, chopping, mixing, steaming. By 7:30, they’ve set up shop at the Fells Point Farmers Market, serving up their take on Asian fusion cuisine at the Ekiben food stand. Ekiben got its start slinging steamed buns and rice bowls at the farmers’ market, and now, roughly a year and a half later, they’re opening a brick-and-mortar location at… Continue Reading Fusion: Ekiben takes an interdisciplinary approach to the restaurant biz

Hrabowski and alumni entrepreneurs featured in SmartCEO

SmartCEO has published a feature-length profile on UMBC President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski. In addition to an overview of the President’s career in academia and his approach to education, the article dedicates much of its length to Dr. Hrabowski’s role in the bwtech research park and his encouragement of alumni entrepreneurship. Several UMBC alumni now either work for companies based in the research park or run them, and the ones interviewed for this article point to their UMBC experience and connection with Dr. Hrabowski as positives in their entrepreneurial journey. According to the article, companies “[draw on] help from UMBC faculty and… Continue Reading Hrabowski and alumni entrepreneurs featured in SmartCEO

Alums in the News: Griner, VanDyke, Doyle, Cangialosi, Clements, and Arthurs

Here at UMBC, we take pride in what our alums accomplish after graduation. Take a moment to see which Retrievers have been on the move and making news! Former UMBC professor and alumna Anita Griner ’99, psychology, was recently appointed Chief Performance Officer of Cognosante. In addition to her work as a graduate professor at UMBC, where she taught advanced program management sciences, Griner has experience with large IT and healthcare programs. Cognosante focuses on aiding healthcare services, specifically dealing with Health Reform initiatives using technology and BPO services. Read full article.   Maureen Evans Arthurs ’13, gender and women’s… Continue Reading Alums in the News: Griner, VanDyke, Doyle, Cangialosi, Clements, and Arthurs

Highlights from the 2014 Alumni Awards

The long Homecoming Weekend was kicked off in a big way on Thursday, October 9, with the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony. This year, the ceremony was held in the stunning Performing Arts and Humanities Building Concert Hall, with receptions preceding and following the event in the Dance Tech Studio. Those in attendance were treated to speeches by the honorees, as well as lots of smiles and laughter. And of all of the quotes about the night, Director of Alumni Relations Stanyell Odom said it best: “This year’s winners are an outstanding representation of UMBC. All of the members of our community should be proud of their accomplishments… Continue Reading Highlights from the 2014 Alumni Awards

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