Calling All Retrievers!!

50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend — September 16-19, 2016


Thank you to the thousands of alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends who made this such a successful celebration! 

Whether you were on campus for the first day of classes in September 1966 or you became a Retriever in the decades since, the time has come to celebrate your part in the founding generation of UMBC students, faculty, and staff. Join the party as we gather the pack and celebrate 50 years of Grit & Greatness!

R = Registration Required    $ = Ticketed Event



wyprsponsorlogoFRIDAY, September 16, 2016

Erickson School Anniversary Celebration
Noon – 2 p.m.
7th Floor, Albin O. Kuhn Library
Calling all undergraduate and graduate program alumni to participate in the inaugural UMBC & Erickson School Anniversary Celebration. On this occasion, we will celebrate the University’s 50th birthday, in conjunction with the School’s 10th birthday, and feature remarks by D-1ean Judah Ronch and guest speaker, Dr. Shari Waldstein.  R

Constitution & Citizenship Day Lecture
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
University Center, Room 310
As UMBC celebrates its 50th anniversary, the U.S. Constitution celebrates its 229th birthday. Sanford Levinson, the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair at the University of Texas School of Law, will deliver this year’s Constitution & Citizenship Day Lecture. Professor Levinson’s talk will focus on the constitutional roots of modern political dysfunction, and what steps We, the People, are willing to take to address these problems.

Economics and Financial Economics Student & Alumni Networking Reception
2-3:30 p.m.
Commons Sports Zone

Alumni of the Economics and Financial Economics programs are invited to join current faculty and staff in welcoming back new and returning undergraduate students. Reminisce and share your career insights while enjoying mid-afternoon refreshments. Register for this event here.

We Can Work It Out: Reflections On How Public Policy Impacts Our Lives
4-6 p.m.
Skylight Room, The Commons
This alumni roundtable, hosted by the School of Public Policy, will feature outstanding Public Policy alumni sharing stories about how the implementation of public policies in his or her field of interest affects people’s lives in the U.S. The panelists are: U.S. Deputy Surgeon General Sylvia Trent-Adams, Samford University School of Public Health Dean Keith Elder, former SRA International President and CEO Renny DiPentima, Baltimore City Deputy Budget Director Robert Cenname, and Laura Bruner with the Maryland Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement. To learn more about the panelists, go hereR

Faculty & Staff Donor Preview Reception
4-6 p.m.
Dance Cube, Performing Arts and Humanities Building
As UMBC celebrates 50 years of inclusive excellence, we want to also celebrate the Faculty Staff Campaign donors who help make it all happen. Swing by for refreshments and let us share our thanks as you receive a special insider preview of the weekend’s events. R

Economic Policy Analysis New Student & Alumni Happy Hour
4:30-6 p.m.
3rd Floor Lobby and Room 367, Public Policy Building
Join us in welcoming the 17th matriculating class of ECPA master’s students to UMBC. Alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to mix and mingle while enjoying happy hour refreshments. You can register for this event hereR

Friends of the 50th: Sociology, Anthropology, Health Administration and Policy, and Gerontology
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Atrium, Public Policy Building (Rooms 105, 206, 208, 203, 204)
Network with peers and professionals in the field and celebrate the many accomplishments of our department over our 50 years of existence. This is part of a fall series which will include an open house, panel lecture on mental health inequalities in the U.S., and a panel on applying to graduate school. This event requires preregistration. If you have not received an invitation through Eventbrite, and you are interested in attending, please contact

Class of 1970 Alumni Happy Hour
5-7 p.m.
Lower Level, Flat Tuesdays, The Commons
Remember the original UMBC gym? It has been replaced by The Commons, a multi-purpose student center that includes a bookstore, student meeting space, staff offices, lounge, faculty and staff restaurant, and one of the campus food courts. Meet up with fellow ’70 alumni – UMBC’s first class of graduates – in Flat Tuesdays, the original site of Gym 1, for light hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer cash bar, and a preview of what’s to come over the next few days. R

English Department Happy Hour
5-8 p.m.
Performing Arts & Humanities Building, 4th Floor
“Thou’rt a scholar; let us therefore eat and drink”! (The drinks and hors d’oeuvres are on us.) Stop in to visit with former classmates and faculty in the English Department’s new fourth floor offices in the Performing Arts & Humanities Building. Enjoy literary trivia games, prizes, and the best views on campus. Two English Department faculty members and distinguished poets will share their work — Tanya Olson, who won the American Book Award in 2014 for her first book, Boyishly, and  Lia Purpura, whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, and who was a recent Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Register for this event here.

6-9 p.m.
Box Office, Performing Arts & Humanities Building
Check in and get a lay of the land for the weekend as you enjoy our Friday night festivities.





Around the World in 50 Years with MLLI and Study Abroad
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Performing Arts & Humanities Building, Lecture Hall 132; Post-show Reception: Fine Arts Bldg, Room 463
MLLI (Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication) and the Study Abroad Office are teaming up to bring home alumni from around the world for a multinational and cross-generational music and story sharing experience, including a performance of traditional Korean music and a chamber music concert. Join us for a reception after the show to reconnect with your alma mater – with appetizers, music, and drinks – at MLLI’s new campus location! R

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Lambda Phi Alumnae Reunion
6:30-9 p.m.
Upper Level, Flat Tuesdays, The Commons
Calling all alumnae members who were initiated in the Lambda Phi chapter! Anita Jackson ’80, Tamara L. Lewis ’92 and Crystal Watkins ’95, invite you to join us for a 50th Anniversary reunion social. We encourage you to attend other 50th events including the House of Grit Festival, Freeman and Fireworks, Decades Dance Party and more. As part of the on-line registration, we encourage you to make a minimum suggested gift of $20 in support of the Second Generation Scholarship. Questions? Contact Tamara Lewis at Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and wine and beer will be available for purchase. All attendees must be 21 and over. R, $

NOTE: This event is now SOLD OUT! No on-site registration will be available.
8 – 11 p.m.
Retriever Activities Center
$5 before August 19, $10 after
Try your luck at one of our most uniquely popular student activities — bingo! Everyone wins when breakfast is involved, especially when it’s supersized for the 50th. Keep your eye on the card to win an array of amazing prizes worthy of the half-century mark! Students can attend this event for free. R, $



SATURDAY, September 17, 2016

Open House at The Retriever Office
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
University Center, Room 214
Come meet the Retriever staff, hang out, and get a tour of the office that’s been the number one source of campus news for the past 50 years! Light refreshments will be served.

UMBC Chess Championship
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
3rd floor , The Commons
Spectators are welcome to visit and watch members of the UMBC Chess Program compete against local and regional talent during their annual fall tournament.

The Golden Ball – Costume Making Workshop
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fine Arts 113
Stop by the Department of Visual Arts to make your costume for our upcoming Golden Ball on October 15th! Join us in our costume atelier in FA113 and we’ll provide all the tools and materials you need to get your fancy on! Only got an hour? Make a mask! Got the whole day? Make a whole costume! Let us know you’re coming here. For questions, contact

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
University Center Ballroom
$15 before August 19, $20 after
Join this special gathering of faculty and staff — current, retired, and emeritus — as we honor founding faculty and staff, along with past and present Presidential Faculty and Staff Awardees, and USM Regent’s Awardees. Reflect on UMBC’s roots as John Jeffries, emeritus dean of arts, humanities, and social sciences, interviews George LaNoue, emeritus professor of public policy, about his new book Improbable Excellence: The Saga of UMBC. R, $


Retriever Believers Donor Lounge
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dance Cube, Performing Arts and Humanities Building
This VIP lounge is the perfect place for donors to check in and relax between 50th Anniversary activities. Stop by for free food and drink and to pick up your special commemorative 50th gift! Thank you for supporting UMBC!

Dessert at the Dresher Center
Noon – 1 p.m.
Performing Arts & Humanities Building, Room 216
The Dresher Center for the Humanities welcomes returning alumni and the campus community to stop by for a sweet bite and see our fabulous space in the PAHB! Learn about the great events we’re putting on as part of the Humanities Forum. Hear about the ways the campus is focusing on scholarship and teaching in the humanities. Talk to us about programs and events you’d like to see offered.

Honors College 50th Celebration Event
Noon – 2 p.m.
Terrace, Performing Arts & Humanities Building
Join us for a celebration of the Honors College and your role in it! Reconnect with fellow alums, and the faculty and staff of the Honors College. Cookies will be provided! R

1-6 p.m.
Adjacent to the Performing Arts & Humanities Building
(Registration open 1-9 p.m.)

Grit: It’s an attitude, defined by courage, resolve, and strength of character, which embodies the indomitable spirit of UMBC. Within the House of Grit, you’ll find tents with fun activities for all types of Retrievers — Makers, Solvers, Explorers, Uniters, and Thinkers — including UMBC’s campus made of Legos! You’ll also find registration, campus tours, food trucks, alumni gatherings, beer and wine area, entertainment on the Main Stage, and more! Meet up with other alumni throughout the day in the Uniters tent, where there will be gatherings for the alumni board, Meyerhoffs, 80’s alums, legacies, young alumni, Black and Latino alumni and more.>> See the full House of Grit Community Festival schedule here!



Athletics Tour
2 p.m.
Retriever Activities Center
An athletics tour will be offered at 2 p.m. departing from the Retriever Activities Center and ending at the Retriever Soccer Park in time for the Men’s Soccer Game at 3 p.m.  Sign up by visiting the Uniters Tent in the House of Grit Community Festival area.

Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars and Alumni Meet & Greet
2-3:30 p.m.
Room 234, Performing Arts & Humanities Building

Current Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars and Sondheim Scholars alumni are invited to connect and celebrate. R

Humanities Scholars Alumni Reception
2-3:30 p.m.
Dresher Center Conference Room (Room 216), Performing Arts and Humanities Building
Good company, good food, and good views. What else can we ask for? Come over and enjoy one of the best views on campus while catching up with other humanities scholars alumni and meeting the current ones. R

50 Years of Economics at UMBC
2-4 p.m.
Atrium, Public Policy Building
Peake, Sorkin and Goldfarb. No, it isn’t a new UMBC accounting firm, it’s just part of the list of founding and emeritus faculty who look forward to catching up with you at this 50th celebration event. All alumni are invited to stop by to reminisce and enjoy conversations. Mid-afternoon refreshments will be provided. R

College of Engineering and IT Open House
2-4 p.m.
Dean’s Patio, Room 217, IT&Engineering Building
The College of Engineering and Information Technology invites alumni to join current students, faculty, and staff in sharing light refreshments and memories on the Dean’s Patio.  Whether you were a major, a minor, an undergraduate or graduate researcher, a faculty or staff member, or just took some classes with us, we look forward to seeing you again!  During the COEIT Open House, many of the research labs in the College (TBA) will also be holding more intimate open houses — stay tuned for more details!

Residential Life Reunion: “There’s No Place Like Home”
2-4 p.m.
Apartment Community Center
For many, Residential Life was a home away from home!  Come and reunite with the Residential Life community!  Whether it’s your previous CD or RA, former colleague, or suitemate, come reminisce about your years living and working in Residential Life.  We’ll remember the past, talk about the present and build upon the future! Door prizes, light fare and tours of the communities will be available. R

CWIT Alumni Tea
2-4 p.m.
Room 456, IT&Engineering Building
Alumni of the CWIT, SITE, T-SITE, and Cyber Scholars Programs are invited to join current CWIT staff and students for an afternoon tea.  Learn about how the CWIT community continues to grow, mingle with former classmates and current students, and reminisce about your time at UMBC while enjoying light refreshments. R

INDS Ice Cream Social
2-4 p.m.
Rooms 001, 002, & Ground Floor,  Fine Arts Building
Celebrate the history of Interdisciplinary Studies as you meet former classmates and current students, faculty and staff. Did your self-designed major eventually turn into a traditional degree at UMBC? Share your story in our timeline, plus enjoy ice-cold creamy treats!

Library Alumni Reunion
2-4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Students employed in the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery have formed strong ties to each other, UMBC, and the Library & Gallery.  In celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the campus, the ties among the library’s student assistants and staff will be highlighted as part of the 50th anniversary of the Library & Gallery. R

McNair Scholars – 25 Years of Grit & Greatness
2-4 p.m.
Room 310, University Center
All UMBC McNair Scholar alumni are welcome to reunite!

English Department Open House
2-5 p.m.
Performing Arts and Humanities Building, 4th Floor
Nearly every student who came to UMBC took at least one English course, and many left a legacy through Bartleby or The Retriever. Join us to relive the memories and tour our new department offices. Sip lemonade and munch on cookies and enjoy short readings and presentations by some of the department’s distinguished poets, writers and scholars. Sally Shivnan, an associate director of the English Department’s Writing and Rhetoric Division, will be reading from her new collection of short fiction Piranhas & Quicksand & Love. We look forward to catching up with you! Register for this event here.

Celebrate Science with CNMS (College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences)!
2 – 4 p.m.
Various locations in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, and University Center
Join faculty, staff, and students for hands-on science demonstrations and fun for the whole family with the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences! Make DNA, check out microscopes and telescopes, create slime, and explore prime numbers and unusual topographical surfaces. Plus, re-connect with some of your favorite scientists and teachers!  Simultaneous with this event, there will be poster sessions, lab tours, an Ask the Experts session, and science music videos (see below). Register for this event here.

Ask the Experts (CNMS and CWIT)
2 – 3 p.m. (Room 120 in Biological Sciences Building) and 3 – 4 p.m. (Room 120 in Meyerhoff Chemistry Building)
UMBC faculty with expertise in Medicine and Medical Technology (2 – 3 p.m.) and Nanotechnology (3 – 4 p.m.) will give short presentations.  Topics include pharmaceuticals for the third world, advances in cancer treatment, nanotechnology for energy, and nanoparticles for biomedical diagnostics, among others. Alumni and their families will have an opportunity to ask questions of the faculty in these two critical areas.

Science Music Videos (CNMS/CHEM)
2 – 3 p.m. (Room 120 in Meyerhoff Chemistry Building)

Science music videos on research programs of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMBC will be shown for the first time to the public. These were produced by students from Northwest High School in Germantown, MD. If you like rap, hip-hop and science, this is the place to be.


2-5 p.m.
Linehan Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building
Listen and learn as some of UMBC’s most intriguing faculty and alumni minds enlighten us.  Enjoy three sets of 10-minute talks starting at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. See the full schedule of presenters here! R


Campus Tour
3 p.m.
Uniters Tent, House of Grit Community Festival

Join us for a tour of campus to see the grit and greatness of our growing community. Sign up for general and athletics tours by visiting the Uniters Tent before 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. General tours will be offered at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., departing from the Uniters Tent, and will include the Albin O. Kuhn Library, The Commons, Academic Row, and a residence hall space.

Men’s Soccer Game Vs. The George Washington University
3 p.m.
Retriever Soccer Park

It’s Retriever Spirit time! Wear your black and gold, and get ready to cheer on your Men’s Soccer team as they take on the Colonials of George Washington University on our home turf. Click here to pre-purchase $5 tickets, or pay cash on-site ($9/adult & $7/Seniors, Youth, Faculty/Staff & Under 6 free). $


The Women Behind Financial Revolution: A Sneak Peek of Amy Froide’s new book, “Silent Partners”
3-4 p.m.
Lecture Hall 132, Performing Arts and Humanities Building
Dr. Amy Froide, associate professor of history, will offer a sneak peek of her new book on women investors in the world’s first stock market. Between a fifth and a third of investors in the Bank of England, joint stock companies, and government debt during Britain’s Financial Revolution were women, and Froide argues that women’s capital helped the rise of Britain as a trading and colonial empire. Women were early adopters of new financial opportunities and also served as investors for their husbands, brothers, and nephews. “Silent Partners” will hit bookstores this fall. Sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Minor. R

Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation Reunion
3-5 p.m.
Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation, Library Pondside
Reconnect with alumni who volunteered and worked with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation over the years.  All UMBC alumni who worked or volunteered within the office (Orientation Peer Advisors (OPAs), Student Assistants, Tour Guides, Ambassadors, Black Student Recruitment Team Members, Telecounselors/STARS, Undergraduate Fellows, Event Speakers, Social Media Ambassadors, Model Room Hosts) are welcome.

Campus Tour
4 p.m.
Uniters Tent, House of Grit Community Festival

Join us for a tour of campus to see the grit and greatness of our growing community. Sign up for general and athletics tours by visiting the Uniters Tent before 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. General tours will be offered at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., departing from the Uniters Tent, and will include the Albin O. Kuhn Library, The Commons, Academic Row, and a residence hall space.

CNMS Re-connection Reception
4 -5 p.m.
University Center 312
Time to re-unite with your old lab-mates and study groups! This event features appetizers and the chance to meet up with the faculty and friends you worked with in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. Register for this event here.

Retrieve Your Memories: Fab Four Alumni Dinner
4-5:30 p.m.
University Center Ballroom
$35 before August 19th, $40 after
Walk down memory lane with your fellow alums and faculty and staff from UMBC’s earliest years. This event will include a memorabilia station, viewing of the Fab Four 25th Anniversary video, remarks by a member of each graduating class (1970 through ­1973), and a slideshow featuring then and now photos of campus. A full buffet dinner, wine and beer, and dessert will be provided. Dinner Menu: Fresh/dried fruit and cheese mosaic, Maryland crab fondue, mesclun salad, caesar salad, cajun shrimp and grits, balsamic flank steak, mashed potato bar (with all accompaniments), balsamic asparagus, dinner rolls, cupcakes, coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine. R, $

5 p.m.
Starts at Lot 9 (Behind Performing Arts & Humanities Building, next to Hilltop Circle)
With our Chessie Marching Unit leading the charge, dogs of all ages and all breeds from across the UMBC community will gather to show their pride! If you and your pooch would like to paw-ticipate, contact Julia Celtnieks ’13, 50th Anniversary Program Assistant, at, or at 410-455-1879!


An Unofficial, Totally Tongue-In-Cheek, Slightly Zany History of Campus Culture at UMBC
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall 132, Performing Arts & Humanities Building
UMBC associate professor of history George Derek Musgrove ’97 offers an unscripted take on the student experience through the years at UMBC in conversation with alumni speakers. R

The Believers’ Reception & Dinner Buffet
5-7 p.m.
Dance Cube, Performing Arts and Humanities Building
A private reception for members of the Hilltop and 1966 Societies, and other UMBC supporters, whose generosity and commitment help us achieve greatness today and prepare us for tomorrow. R

5-7 p.m.
The House of Grit, Adjacent to the Performing Arts & Humanities Building
$15 before August 19, $20 after
Share a meal with friends new and old before the big fireworks show begins! R, $






Retrieve Your Memories: Stoop Stories with the Fab Four and Friends
Seven Storytellers share true, personal tales about the earliest days of UMBC
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Linehan Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building
$25 before August 19, $30 after
The Stoop Storytelling Series is a popular event in Baltimore in which seven people tell a true, personal tale on a shared theme in front of a live audience. Join us for this UMBC Fab Four-inspired storytelling event featuring alums from the first four graduating classes, a faculty member, a staff member, and our very own president, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, each of whom will share stories centered on the theme of “My most memorable UMBC experience.” The seven storytellers will have five minutes each to tell their stories. Guided by the motto, “Everyone has a story. What’s yours?” The Stoop’s mission is to showcase the extraordinary stories of “ordinary” people. These stories are not read or memorized or performed. They are shared. Stoop shows are intimate and surprising, wonderful and weird, hilarious and heartbreaking. The UMBC show will be facilitated by the Stoop Storytelling Series co­-hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin. This is an event not to be missed!  R $

7:30-8:30 p.m.
The House of Grit, Adjacent to the Performing Arts & Humanities Building
Join thousands of Retrievers for a fantastic finale featuring remarks by President Freeman Hrabowski and a fireworks display as bright as UMBC’s future, including a performance from Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” by the UMBC Orchestra. You won’t want to miss it!





(seb) Cosmic in the Commons
8 p.m.
The Commons
Join the campus community for cosmic bowling, free glow in the dark game play in the Game Room, mini golf and more!

Decades Dance Party
8:30 p.m. – Midnight
Performing Arts & Humanities Building
$20 before August 19, $25 after
Put on your dancing shoes, and get ready to bust a move to music from every decade of UMBC’s existence! The party will take place on the first two floors of the Performing Arts and Humanities building and feature alumni and guest DJs –  Andy Gotcsh ’12, Bobby Dawson ’14, and DJs from the RATT era, Rusty Valentine ’91, Mario Armstrong and Neal Conway spinning top 40 hits from the last 50 years.

Two drink tickets and light fare will be provided. Featured drinks include a signature “Grit” and “Greatness” cocktail and “Grit & Greatness: An Honors Ale in Maryland,” a special craft brew provided by the Suspended Brewing team Yasmin Karimian ’11, Josey Schwartz ’11, Amir Karimian ’08, and Steve Karolenko ’13. This party is open to all guests 21 and over only (must have a valid state issued ID). R, $



SUNDAY, September 18, 2016

UMBC Chess Championship
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
3rd floor, The Commons
Spectators are welcome to visit and watch members of the UMBC Chess Program compete against local and regional talent during their annual fall tournament.

Community Brunch
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
True Grits Dining Hall
Pile up a plate (or two) with your fellow Retrievers. Don’t miss the make-your-own waffles station, or the bottomless coffee! Pay at the door. $

Women’s Soccer Game Vs. Delaware State University
1 p.m.
Retriever Soccer Park

It’s Retriever Spirit time! Wear your black and gold, and get ready to cheer on your Women’s Soccer team as they take on the Hornets of Delaware State University. Click here to pre-purchase $5 tickets, or pay cash on-site ($9/adult & $7/Seniors, Youth, Faculty/Staff & Under 6 free).$

I Wish I Could Go Back to College: A Musical Theatre Club Retrospective
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Theatre and Academic Services (Old Theatre)
The Musical Theatre Club is celebrating its 10th anniversary of offering students across all majors the opportunity to participate in student-produced musical theatre productions, both on stage and behind the scenes. This musical showcase, featuring past and current club members, includes performances from each show the organization has produced since its founding. Join the talented cast of alumni and current students for an afternoon of musical theatre fun! Reception and dessert bar following the show on Commons Mainstreet from 3-4:30 p.m. Click here to register.

UMBC at Venus Theatre
3 p.m.
Venus Theatre, Laurel, MD
Join UMBC’s Department of Theatre and Venus Theatre artistic director Deborah Randall ’94, theatre, at the Venus Theatre Play Shack in Laurel for a special performance of Rock the Line — a new work by award-winning playwright and UMBC alumna Kathleen Warnock ’80, interdisciplinary studies. (There’s even a campus shuttle to the show.) Enter the code “FOV” when you order tickets at to get half-price admission. All audience members will also receive UMBC anniversary swag!

Catholic Alumni Mass and Dinner
5 p.m.
Harbor Multipurpose Room
UMBC’s Catholic Campus Ministry and Catholic Alumni Group would like to invite both Catholic and non-Catholic alumni to join us for our Sunday Mass and community dinner. Come meet our current students, learn how campus ministry is growing, and share how UMBC and your faith have shaped your life. For more information, contact Hannah Jones at

MONDAY, September 19, 2016

FOUNDERS DAY CELEBRATION, “UMBC at 50: Reflections and Aspirations”
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Retriever Activities Center
On this day, 50 years ago, the first students started classes at UMBC. To honor our founding day and all generations of Retrievers past and present, the campus will join together for a special Founders Day State of the University Address from Dr. Hrabowski, and a celebration for one and all. R


Tour of 50th Anniversary Exhibition
3 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
The curators of “Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50” will give a tour and answer questions about the Library Gallery exhibition celebrating UMBC.

A Visionary’s Perspective on the Future of the Arts
Talk 5 – 6 p.m.; Reception 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Linehan Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building
Curious about what role the arts will play in the future of our country? This talk with David Yager, president of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, will inspire us to think futuristically about the potential of an arts education. Formerly a professor and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at UMBC, Yager founded/directed the CADVC, the Imaging Research Center, the M.F.A. program in Digital Arts, and the Innovation and Design Lab (a collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution). After 20 years at UMBC, Yager left to serve as Dean of the Arts at the University of California Santa Cruz. Seven years later he moved once again to become President of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Reception sponsored by the IRC and CADVC. For more information, contact Preminda Jacob at  R



ONGOING, September 16-19, 2016

Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
See UMBC’s special story, as told through a carefully curated collection of objects and photographs spanning six decades.

50 Years of Living the Life Sciences: A Biology Timeline
First Floor, Biological Sciences Building
The UMBC Department of Biological Sciences will exhibit a display of the department’s rich history of innovation and greatness over the past 50 years, including key milestones in the advancement of biology as a science. The UMBC community will be encouraged to interact with the timeline by contributing their own stories and participating in UMBC Biology trivia.

50 Paw Prints for 50 Years
Throughout the UMBC Campus
Snap a selfie with informative and fun paw prints all over campus. Don’t forget to share on social media!