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NOTE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been moved to its rain location, and only one food truck will be there. We will still have giveaways, performances, and face painting.

Homecoming Hype & Food Trucks
12 – 1 p.m, UMBC Quad (rain location: Commons, MainStreet)

Show your UMBC spirit and get excited for Homecoming with events including: a Pep Rally featuring the UMBC Down & Dirty Dawg Band, UMBC Dance Team, UMBC Cheerleaders, and the UMBC Fever Retrievers; popcorn & cotton candy with (seb); games, free give-aways, and food trucks!

Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff

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Gritty 5_squareHomecoming Info Tables
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Breezeway

Stop by the breezeway and pick up some Homecoming gear and schedule to get ready for festivities!

Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff

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Faculty and Staff Social
5 – 6 p.m., Flat Tuesdays, The Commons

It is becoming a Flat Tuesdays tradition to help kick off Homecoming at UMBC by welcoming all of the wonderful faculty and staff to join us for some casual conversation, laughter, and even a little live music in our very own French Quarter.  The winners of the annual office decorating competition will also be announced! Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. All guests must be 21 years or older and bring a valid, government-issued photo ID. Catch the Fever in Flat Tuesdays. R

Audience: Faculty and Staff

Dusk, Erickson Field

Join the campus for this much-anticipated Homecoming tradition featuring the legendary UMBC Bonfire! Come early for great food & giveaways!

Audience: Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff


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Women’s Soccer v. Vermont
7 p.m., Soccer Field

Watch Retriever women’s soccer team take on Vermont. Be sure to wear your black and gold. Admission is paid on site. $

Audience: Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

Library_squareOutstanding Alumni of the Year Awards
6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. ceremony
Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery
Register Here

The UMBC Alumni Association proudly honors distinguished alumni for their accomplishments and dedication to UMBC. This year’s alumni honorees are: Dr. Mary Loeken M.S. ’80, biological science, Research Investigator, Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School; Brigitte Pribnow Moore ’05, acting, Executive Director, Young Playwrights Theatre; Sherece West-Scantlebury Ph.D. ’07, public policy, President and CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; Jeehye Yun ’97, computer science, CEO, Secured Sciences Group; and the Honorable Ricardo Zwaig, ’77, Spanish, Judge, District Court of Maryland. R

Audience: Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Community

Talent Show
9 p.m., University Center Ballroom

Witness UMBC’s finest performers as they take the stage at this annual competition. Singers, dancers, comedians, athletes and many more compete to be crowned UMBC’s most talented. Contact (seb) at for information on how to sign up.

Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff

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Poetry Slam_SquareBig Prize Poetry SLAM!
6-8 p.m., Performing Arts and Humanities Building Atrium

Slam BIG and Win BIG at the second annual Poetry Slam hosted by the English Department.

Last year’s slam was a standing-room-only success. A 1st prize of $200 will go to the winner of this dazzling high-energy slam. 2nd and 3rd prizes, too, for students and alumni sharing their original work, judged by students, alumni, faculty and staff. Help us put the performing in the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building! To participate in the slam, submit a print and video version of no more than five minutes of original poetry to by 9/17/13. Entries will be judged on their poetic effects, compelling content and on video performance. All UMBC students and alumni are eligible.

Audience: Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

Cheer_SquareRetriever Rally
9 – 10:30 p.m., Retriever Activities Center (RAC)

Pack the RAC and show your Retriever Pride!  Tons of freebies, food, t-shirts, games, and the introduction of this year’s basketball teams. Activities begin at 9pm sharp and you need to get to your seat by 9:30pm to not miss the spectacle!

Audience: Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

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5K_SquareRob Magin 5K Dawg Chase
8 a.m., Registration opens; 9 a.m., Race begins; Stadium Lot

The 5th annual trot around the Loop, named for the late men’s track alumnus Rob Magin ’92, kicks off Saturday’s Homecoming festivities. Enjoy the early morning air and get a closer look at different parts of the UMBC campus. Free t-shirt to all paid entrants. A fun walk/run is scheduled prior to the start of the 5K. R, $

Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Community


Jeffrey Tambor_SquareA Morning with Arrested Development Star Jeffrey Tambor
Breakfast, 9:15 a.m.; Lecture at 10 a.m.; University Center Ballroom

Join Arrested Development star Jeffrey Tambor for a funny and honest conversation about “What’s Keeping You From Performing Your Life?” Jeffrey has been captivating television, film, and theatre audiences for four decades. Join him and hear his story and be inspired to share your own. Tickets are $15 for faculty/staff/parents/community, $10 for alumni and $5 for students. R, $

Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game
11 a.m., UMBC Stadium

Dust off your old equipment and join fellow teammates in this annual Homecoming event as alumni take on current students.

Audience: Students and Alumni

Picnic with FAH_SquareCommunity Picnic Lunch with Dr. Hrabowski
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., UMBC Quad
NOTE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been moved to True Grit’s.

Catch Retriever Fever while enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch with friends at the center of campus. There will be something for everyone at this picnic lunch including inflatable games, carnival booths with prizes, face painters, balloon twisters, raffles, giveaways and much more. A Q&A with Dr. Hrabowski and Tim Hall, our new Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation will begin around noon.  We will also provide live entertainment. Register by Monday, September 23 for a discounted rate of $10 p/p; free for children 11 and under. After September 23, registration fees will increase to $15 p/p. R, $

Have a question of your own to ask Tim Hall? Submit it here.

Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

Support Shriver Center “Stuff a Scion!”
11 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Commons

The Shriver Center will be collecting warm clothing and non-perishable food items for its community partners throughout the week of Homecoming.  Please bring clothing and food donations to Homecoming events in order to help “stuff a Scion” with items for our community partners. (If you’d like, you can bring your donations to campus October 2-12.)

Audience: Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

Women'sLacrosse_SquareWomen’s Lacrosse Alumnae Game
12:30 p.m., UMBC Stadium

Meet and greet with this year’s squad with a tailgate on the patio outside the locker room before the game. Then, dust off your old equipment and join fellow teammates in this annual Homecoming event.

Audience: Alumni


Men’s Rugby v. Salisbury
1 p.m., Walker Field

 Join us as the Retrievers face off against the Seagulls!

Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Community

Homecoming Kickball Kup – Students vs. Alumni
1:15 p.m., Erickson Field

Do you have what it takes to be the ultimate kickball champion?! Join fellow UMBC students and alumni as we kick it old school for a rousing game of kickball on Erickson Field. Everyone and all kickball skill levels are welcome. Kickball winners will receive a fabulous prize. Hosted by the UMBC Student Alumni Association (SAA) and the UMBC Chapter of Young Alumni (CYA). For more information email Jessica Bard ’08 ’12 at or call 410-455-1678.

 Audience: Students and Alumni

Kids Zone_SquareKids Zone
1:00 – 3:00 p.m., SportsZone, The Commons

Does your family include future UMBC Retrievers? Make sure to stop by the Homecoming Kids Zone where children ages 2 through 12 will enjoy a variety of hands-on crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, movies, and more. Free popcorn, juice and snacks for all!

  Audience: Families with children

Smoothies at Flat Tuesdays
1 – 4 p.m., Flat Tuesdays, Upper Level, The Commons

Stop by and relax for a bit in Flat Tuesdays. Smoothies, as well as other non-alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase. $

 Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

Free Game Play
1 – 5 p.m., 2nd Floor, The Commons

Visit The Commons Gameroom to relax and enjoy a game with friends. The Gameroom features eight pool tables, two table tennis tables, four widescreen plasma TVs for PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, PS2 and one foosball table, as well as an array of card and board games.

 Audience: Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

Tour of Baltimore with the Shriver Center [CANCELLED]
1:30 – 5 p.m., Bus departs Commons Circle Drive

Come join us for a unique afternoon tour of Baltimore—exploring largely unknown sites of local peace and justice history, while learning about the complex urban issues that Shriver Center students and alumni have been engaging for 20 years through participation in our service programs.  We’ll get off the beaten path and hear stories of everyday people who have struggled for social change.  The tour will be led by Dr. Joby Taylor, Director of the Shriver Peaceworker Program; there will be several stops, with only moderate walking. Bring your open eyes, ears, and minds–and comfortable shoes–and let’s go explore the City together! Space is limited to 27 people and registration is required. R

Audience: Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

Spirit March
2 – 2:30 p.m.

CAUTION: Attending this event may cause you to feel symptoms of Retriever Fever. Immediately following the Picnic on the Quad, all alumni, students, and staff are encouraged to MARCH with us to the soccer field to cheer on our UMBC Retrievers as they face the Albany Great Danes. There will be music, chanting, spirited signs, prancercising, laughing, and entirely too much fun.

Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

Softball_SquareSoftball Alumnae Game
2 p.m., Softball Stadium

Softball alumnae take on the current team. Who will be victorious?

Audience: Alumnae and Students


Baseball_SquareBaseball Alumni Game
2 p.m., Alumni Field

Watch returning Hall of Famers give the current team a run for its money.

 Audience: Alumni and Students


Honors College_SquareDecorate Pumpkins & Rockets with the Honors College
2 – 4 p.m., Flat Tuesdays Lower Level & Patio

Reconnect with Honors College friends, and make new ones! Please join the faculty and staff of the Honors College for a family-friendly celebration of the Honors College community. There will be pumpkin painting, paper rocket decorating and launching, door prizes, and refreshments. Our featured faculty member will be Dr. Susan Hoban, Honors College Faculty Fellow and Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology Professor who will provide hands on rocket decorating and launching instructions. For questions or more information, email the Honors College at or call 410-455-3720. R

Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty and Staff


Residence Life Community Center Open House
2 – 4 p.m., Community Center

Come visit the brand new Community Center nestled among our apartment communities! A space where students will gather and create new experiences and memories for years to come. Visit with current and former staff members, share stories and memories of your own. Light refreshments will be served.

Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty and Staff

Basketball_SquareMen’s Alumni Basketball Reunion
2:30-4 p.m., Flat Tuesdays Upper
Calling all Men’s Basketball alumni! Join us for an alumni reunion to re-connect and learn more about our plans for the upcoming season. For more information, contact Brian Johnson, assistant basketball coach, at

Audience: Alumni


Men’s Soccer Game v. Albany
2:30p.m., Retriever Soccer Park

The defending America East champion Retrievers battle conference rival Albany in what promises to be an exciting match.  Be sure to wear your Black and Gold. Admission is free for students, $6 for adults, and $3 for alumni, high school students and younger. Pay on site. $

Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Community

Open Pub at Flat Tuesdays
4 – 6:30 p.m., Flat Tuesdays, The Commons

The pub in Flat Tuesdays is a great place to catch up with old friends, have a few laughs, or just drop in to relax between Homecoming events. A wide array of alcoholic beverages, highlighting the local Clipper City brewery, as well as non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Guests must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid photo, government-issued ID to enter (students, faculty, and staff should also bring their red UMBC ID).  $

Audience: Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Community (Must be over 21)

Ice Hockey v. Virginia Tech
4:45 p.m., Reisterstown Sportsplex

 Watch the Retrievers take on Virginia Tech at the Reisterstown Sportsplex. Visit for directions.

Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Community

crabbies_squareTaste of UMBC: Crab Feast
5 – 8 p.m., UMBC Quad
NOTE: This event has sold out, and due to inclement weather, will be moved to the Skylight Room.

It’s not a party without delicious crabs, great friends, and entertainment. Back by popular demand, this Crab Feast includes an all-you-can-eat buffet including Maryland blue crabs; homemade Maryland crab and cream of crab soups; beef, turkey, and ham carving stations; BBQ chicken, Italian sausage, pulled pork, baked ziti, corn on the cob, potato salad and much more. A cash bar will also be available. There will also be a live performance by Black Falls, a blues and classic rock band featuring alumnus Philip Medenbach, Jr. ’87. Get your tickets by Monday, September 23, for a discounted rate of $40 per person and $20 per child aged 4-11. After September 23, registration will increase to $45 per person and $20 per child. Tickets will increase to $50 per person and $25 per child at the door. This event is free for children 4 and under. R, $

 Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

AKA_SquareAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Lambda Phi Alumnae Reunion
5:30 – 8 p.m., Room 329, 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 our third annual  Homecoming reunion. The attendance fee is suggested at $20 per soror, $15 of which will be used in support of the Second Generation Scholarship. We encourage you to attend other Homecoming events including the CBLA Homecoming Throwback Party taking place immediately following the AKA Reunion. For questions or more information, contact Tamara at R, $

  Audience: Alumni

Student Leader Reunion
7 – 8 p.m., RAC

Join us for a reunion with SGA, SEB, Greeks, and Operation Staff.

Audience: Students,  Alumni, Faculty and Staff

Nick Offerman_SquareComedy Show Featuring Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation
7 p.m. doors, 8 – 9:30 p.m. show, RAC Arena

Don’t miss your chance to see Nick Offerman take the stage at UMBC’s annual Homecoming comedy show! If you’re a fan of Ron Swanson and NBC’s Parks & Recreation (or maybe you just appreciate the fine art of hunting, whiskey & breakfast foods), then this is one show you’ll absolutely want to see. This isn’t your traditional stand-up comedy – you’ll hear everything from his ridiculous tips for college students to some of his hilarious stories and songs. Tickets will be available to students at the Campus Information Center this Fall and through the Homecoming website. Ticket prices are available to students for $12, and $15 for alumni, faculty, staff, and the general public. R, $

 Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

RATT Reunion_SquareCBLA Homecoming Throwback Party
8:30 p.m. – Midnight, Flat Tuesdays, The Commons

Because a good time at UMBC knew no boundaries!  Whether you partied at the UC Ballroom, Commuter Cafeteria, Patapsco Rec Room, Octoberfest, Quadmania or the RATT, a funky good time was always had. Join us as DJ Rusty V, DJ Romeo, and DJ Neal Conway throwback on the wheels of steel and remind us how we do it! Online registration fee of $10 includes heavy hors d’oeuvres. Register online by Tuesday, October 1 and receive  a complimentary drink ticket. Registration will be $20 at the door. We anticipate MAX capacity, so register early (due to space constraints, admission will not be guaranteed at the door). Door prizes will be raffled off. Guests must be 21 and over and bring ID. Visit the Chapter of Black and Latino website to learn more about this organization. R, $

 Audience: Alumni

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Ice Hockey v. Georgetown
Reisterstown Sportsplex

It’s a dawg-eat-dog world as the Retrievers take on the Bulldogs.

 Audience: Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community

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