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The True Grit statue was unveiled in 1987. The sculptor was an alumna — Paulette Raye ’87, philosop…

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The first students at UMBC were 750 pioneers who arrived on September 19, 1966 and found three acade…

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UMBC won “medium-sized” at last year’s Kinetic Sculpture Race in Baltimore, taking home th…

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Do you know these people?

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The silo on UMBC Boulevard suggests a connection between the university and farming. What was that p…

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As UMBC celebrates its 50th, the Imaging Research Center (IRC) will begin celebrating its 30th. The…

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Were you at Quadmania 1998? You’ll certainly remember seeing M. Doughty and his band Soul Coughing a…

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UMBC’s 40th anniversary in 2006 had fireworks and parties, but one of its best remembered moments wa…

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2008 was finally the moment when UMBC’s men’s basketball team got to the “Big Dance” -…

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In 2004, the UMBC men’s swimming made Retrievers proud when the team took home its first America E…

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“One of the earliest pieces of public art remaining on campus is Double Helix, a work in Tennes…

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Did you ever take a class with chemistry professor Robert F. Steiner?

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As a standout player in women’s lacrosse who also excelled in the classroom, Kelly Fiorani Marriot…

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In 2013, UMBC women’s soccer team capped a stunning reversal from last place in the conference to …

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The Alumni House staff take Halloween pretty seriously. This photo was taken outside of Alumni House…

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Group photo of UMBC Athletic Bands

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In 2007, UMBC women’s basketball team earned its first NCAA tournament bid. Where you there to wat…

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1980: UMBC men’s lacrosse team wins the university’s only national championship, beating Adelphi…

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Were you ever involved in a theatre production with Xerxes Mehta?

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Athletics Band Directors Jari Villanueva and Matt Basch.

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Is it true that you have to run around the Loop Road to get rid of the calories in one donut? I hear…

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What’s the real story behind True Grit? Why was a Chesapeake Bay retriever chosen as the school’…

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UMBC Athletics hit peak Retriever Fever in the 2007-2008 season, when the men’s basketball team stor…

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Chess has been an integral part of the UMBC story, and one of the greatest teams in university histo…

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For a young university, traditions are important. Since 2005, UMBC’s Homecoming Bonfire has been a p…

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“Some of UMBC’s most notable public art from its earliest days has vanished from view. Today,…

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In another moment of victory for UMBC athletics, women’s softball squad beats Liberty, 7-1, in the…

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What is the oldest standing building on campus? —Sara Shannon ’05, social work
When the Hillcres…

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One of the landmark moments in making UMBC a greener campus came in 2007, when UMBC President Freema…

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“One of the most poignant pieces of public art on campus is Mnemonic by artist Marc O’Carroll…

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In 1965, UMBC moved from a plan to a reality. Albin O. Kuhn was named as vice president of the so-ca…

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Were you here for the Shriver Center dedication? Tell us about it.

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Why was the Hillcrest Building torn down? What was the history behind this structure? —Perry Alexa…

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Do you remember this? Past UMBC President Michael Hooker, Bino Koh, and an unknown man looking at pl…

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As an Honors University in Maryland, UMBC has a reputation as a school that takes academics serious…

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Does UMBC have secret underground tunnels? Why? —Bennett Moe ’88
Mention the word “tunnels” …

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The Terrace Apartments opened on campus in 1981 — representing an expansion of the residential life…

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Do you know who Dr. Hrabowski is speaking with?

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Did you see this theatre production?

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UMBC Retrievers Athletics found a new home in 2003 by joining the America East conference. It has be…

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At a tournament several years before moving to Hawaii.

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Do you remember these dancers?

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Why was the Conservation and Environmental Research Area (CERA) and its trail created? —Delana Gre…

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“One of the key elements of UMBC’s history as a campus has been the institution’s search fo…

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Did you see this play?

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In August 2000, Kenneth Knight ’03, information systems, and M.S. ’05, information systems, was …

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Do you recognize these actors or the play they’re in?

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When did UMBC become a national college chess powerhouse? —Valerie Kilgallon ’87, English
Accord…

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At UMBC I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Men’s Soccer Team. In 2010, this extraordinary gr…

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This bronze statue of True Grit was commissioned in in the late 1980s by then-President Michael Hook…

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A proud moment for UMBC athletics came when women’s track and field phenom Cleopatra Borel ’02, …

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Do you remember when Reggie Truitt ’89 played for the Retrievers?

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The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was selected as the university mascot in founding years of the universi…

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Kathy Zerrlaut, who coached volleyball and lacrosse at UMBC for 41 years and developed the program a…

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Who was the most famous performer or group to play a concert at UMBC? —Eric Messner ’01
UMBC has…

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What was the first computer on campus? —Matt Basch ’08, M.S. ’10
At UMBC, computer science had…

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The sparkplug for the UMBC men’s basketball team’s memorable run to the NCAA tournament in 2008,…

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How did it come to be that UMBC develop a class schedule with a “free hour” in the middle of the…

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As a defender for the men’s lacrosse team, George McGeeney ’82 was a First Team All-American at UM…

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UMBC has always looked to the future — and the founding of the Erickson School of Aging Studies in …

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Throughout the last 50 years, our athletes have done some amazing things. One note-worthy moment too…

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As a track and field standout at UMBC, Dave Bobb ’97 garnered more individual honors than any other …

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Why does UMBC not have a football team? Did the university ever consider having one? —Lisa Price …

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“Greek” was the word at UMBC in 1983 — as this advertisement for a session on “The N…

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Check out this 2013 interview with Michele Wolff, director of the Shriver Center, about the Center’s…

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Do you recognize this researcher?

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Do you remember Dr. Ramachandra “Ram” Hosmane?

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Do you recognize these actors from the 1994 production of Hamlet?

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In 2002, men’s tennis standout Oscar Lopez ’00, and M.S. ’02, mechanical engineering, became t…

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Were you there when Maryland State Comptroller Louis L Goldstein and Michael Hooker broke ground on …

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1966 was a year of firsts for UMBC. The university opened its doors and on its first day of classes,…

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Seniors at my last game before moving to Hawaii.

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Do you know what he’s working on?

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UMBC Athletics history has few stories of Grit and Greatness that are more impressive than the 2013 …

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From the earliest days of UMBC, finding one’s place didn’t just mean growing as a student and a pers…

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Freeman A. Hrabowski, III was named as UMBC’s president in 1993. In his installation address, he sta…

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Do you know these dancers?

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UMBC Mascots: True and Trudy Grit. October 2007

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UMBC’s Women’s Center was founded in 1991 — and it has been providing essential services to the cam…

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It’s no small feat to narrow down 50 years of athletics history to some of our most iconic moments, …

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Do you know who this is? Tell us!

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My first year in the Down and Dirty Dawg Band. 2004

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Throughout the Years

Take a walk through this timeline of significant milestones in UMBC’s history and you’ll see moments of grit and greatness all along the way.

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Grit & Glory

Witness some of the greatest moments in UMBC athletics history.

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Space in Time

Take a look at some of the most iconic public artwork to grace our campus over the years.

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