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Homecoming Highlights

Alumni Awards

Now in its 31st year of celebration, UMBC’s annual Alumni Awards honor graduates who have accomplished significant milestones throughout a long career as well as those who inspire us with admirable achievements early on in their fields.

“This outstanding group of award winners are leading the way for others and making an impact on all facets of our society and on the local, national, and global stages,” says Stanyell Odom, director of Alumni Engagement. “They exemplify the best qualities of a UMBC education—they are intellectually curious, creative, entrepreneurial, innovative, committed to making a difference, and passionate and proud of their UMBC.”

On Wednesday, October 2, the UMBC Alumni Association presented awards to honor these alumni for their professional and personal achievements and service to the university. The Association board also honored a faculty member for extraordinary teaching and overall impact on students and alumni.

“Each year, the selection seems to be a more competitive process,” says Sara Lerma Jones, associate director of Alumni Engagement, “especially as we have more alumni and they grow into their careers. The nominators have done a wonderful job highlighting alumni from various backgrounds.”

ILSB Opening

ILSB Ribbon Cutting Group

During the height of UMBC Homecoming festivities on October 12, the university community and supporters from across Maryland gathered to celebrate the opening of UMBC’s Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB). “With the addition of this incredible, world-class facility, the state of Maryland will continue to lead the way,” Governor Larry Hogan told the crowd, speaking from behind a festive ribbon twisted in the form of a double helix. “And UMBC will continue to push the boundaries, achieve significant breakthroughs, and shine as a national and global leader in innovation.” Full story.

Also check out the top 9 features of the new ILSB.

Basketball Tip-Off

The 2019 Men’s Basketball Tip Off, presented by Hamel Builders, was a great success! The fourth annual event featured the Retrievers’ men’s basketball team, as well as a special guest, CBS college basketball insider, Jon Rothstein. Guests had the opportunity to listen to K.J. Jackson (senior), Brandon Horvath (junior), and Coach Odom reflect on the 2018-19 season and discuss the team’s core values. Attendees were also given a firsthand look at the upcoming 2019-20 season. The tip off event allows UMBC alumni, family, friends, and supporters an opportunity to connect not only with one another, but also with the players, coaches, and athletics and university administration. We hope to see you next year!