Fall 2020

An Act of Kindness Inspires a Legacy

Ricardo Zwaig was close to dropping out of school, but an unexpected financial gift allowed him to complete his degree. Now a judge, he’s giving back.

Then & Now—Electoral College

This year’s Election Extravaganze was reenvisioned via Discord, complete with chat rooms to match the physical spaces everyone was missing.

We Have 2021 Vision

We look forward to 2021 and beyond, we share a common hope, to once again be in community with one another.

Goals Achieved

UMBC women’s lacrosse coach Amy Slade is inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Retrievers Behind the Scenes—Adwoa Hanson-Hall

As an international student advisor, Adwoa Hanson-Hall knows first-hand how important it is to have someone who knows the ins-and-outs of education abroad.

Making a Path to Mentorship

Lacking mentorship during her schooling, Ashwag Alasmari created an organization for women in computer science.

A Semester Like No Other

The first half of UMBC’s academic year looked different from years past, but Retriever pride remained steady as the community pulled together.

Supporting Our Entrepreneurs

The UMBC Alumni Business Directory provides a one-stop search for Retriever-owned businesses, and helps UMBC alumni network and do business together.

Shop Talk

What happens when you sit down three key players in Alumni Relations and Development who span UMBC’s history? You learn that some things haven’t changed.

Five women officers of the Women’s League in Newport, Rhode Island, c. 1899, Source: National Women’s History Museum.

Enshrined But Not Guaranteed

Marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment, three experts acknowledge how systemic racism plagued the women’s rights movement from its roots.

Call & Response

In a recent essay, President Hrabowski notes, “In difficult times, we come to know who we are.” Never has that been more true than this year or at this point in our nation’s history.

Finding Joy in the Classroom

Theresa Bruce didn’t set out to be a teacher—she had her sights set on being a hot-shot lawyer. So how to explain her last decade as a city teacher?

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