Fall 2019

Baltimore Bonds

Current Retriever Sydney Fryer sat down for a chat with fellow Sondheim Scholar Alicia Wilson, vice president for Economic Development at Johns Hopkins University. 

Photo courtesy of UMBC Athletics

High-Tech Gift Harnesses Data for Athletes

A UMBC alumnus donates the VX system, a wearable piece of technology that helps soccer players track their movements and their heart rates.

Photos by Marlayna Demond '11.

A Day in the Life of a Student Teacher

Lydia Coley ’20, American studies, has started a new adventure this semester, doing what she has been preparing for over the last three years—be a student-teacher.

Sergeant Cheatem smiles at the camera as UMBC Police comfort dog looks at him

The Right Dog for the Job

Sergeant Cheatem and Officer Chip sit down for a job interview.

Steve Chu and Ephrem Abebe take a moment to pause in their Fells Point storefront.

Creating Community Through Food

Steve Chu, co-owner of Ekiben along with two other UMBC alumni, shares how the store owes its origins to UMBC and Baltimore City, and why these Retriever chefs care so much about the communities they serve.

Still from “Dude Descending a Staircase” courtesy of Rahhe Alexander.

50-Foot Woman Tells All

“I maintain a pretty high performance and art schedule, and have for a long time,” says Alexander, who is pursuing an MFA in UMBC’s intermedia and digital arts program as much for the community and the push to produce as anything else.

Demoz meets with students on top of the physics building. Photo by Marlayna Demond '11.

Climate Shift

Climate change and other environmental issues like air and water quality disproportionately affect people of color. Today, Demoz sees his role at UMBC as empowering students, especially students from underrepresented backgrounds, to take ownership of their research and contribute to their communities. Eventually, he hopes his graduates will also become mentors and advocates for their own students and colleagues—behaviors he models for them every day.

Beautiful Dreamer

Stan VanDerBeek, who taught at UMBC for almost a decade, was more than an artist; he was a visionary who thought beyond limits and boundaries.

acting and sociology, and Hannah Kelly ’17, acting, pose for

Keeping Pace with Theatrical Intimacy 

Staging intimacy—which includes everything from holding hands to simulated sex—can be one of the most challenging parts of producing a play. 

Randall Ainsworth and Chief Judge Heard. Photo by Marlayna Demond '11.

Setting the Bar — The Impact of a Judicial Internship

Ainsworth says that Heard has been instrumental in holding open the door for the next generation of lawyers and judges. “She has, like, an army of little children, just all over the place, doing good work.”

Peace of Mind

UMBC is taking a holistic approach to its health services with additional preventative and new support resources for its students.

The Driving Force of Chemistry

Think of your second-grade volcano project, but the baking soda and vinegar “eruption” is happening inside an enclosed vessel, propelling the car forward down a track. 

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