April 20, 2012
Wednesday's front page was a lesson in vision for Maryland. In one corner, Freeman A. Hrabowski III is named as one of the 100 most influential people in the U.S. by Time for what he has been able to do as president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In the opposite corner, Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell encourages the General Assembly to leave the state's "doomsday" budget in place. The reason we are facing doom is that Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller "ran out of time" in doing the one job that the legislature has to get done - passing an annual budget.
June 27, 2012
UMBC women's lacrosse coach Kelly Berger has resigned after three years as Retrievers coach for unspecified reasons. The university's athletics website announced Berger's departure in a three-sentence new release that said she leaves with a 30-23 record and that her assistant coaches will remain. Berger was one of the youngest coaches in Division I when she took over the Retrievers. In her first season, they finished 11-7, a school record for a rookie head coach. After that, Berger was given a three-year contract extension, but this spring, she was not on the sideline from late April through the end of the season for unspecified reasons.
June 3, 2011
Due to a power outage on campus, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County is closed Friday.
April 11, 2010
The University of Maryland Baltimore County became national college chess champions today after beating three teams in what is known as the final four of chess. Alan Sherman, director of the college's chess club and associate professor of computer science, said the final teams were some of the strongest UMBC has faced recently. UMBC has won the tournament six of the past 10 years. The weekend-long tournament was held at the University of Texas at Brownsville, and included that college as well as the University of Texas at Dallas, UMBC and Texas Tech University.
April 14, 2010
I disagree with your assessment that the University of Maryland, Baltimore County needs a name change ("The checkmate club," April 13) for one simple reason: brand identity. The goal of any entity that provides a product or service is to differentiate itself from the competition. Universities and colleges are no different and each strives to develop an academic uniqueness that can be identified with that institution. Many years ago, at a time when UMBC was an unknown college often considered a second rate institution relative to the state's so-called flagship university, the faculty and staff at UMBC considered those very name changes that you suggest, MIT (Maryland Institute of Technology)
April 26, 2012
Letter writer Raymond Hoff bemoans what he calls UMBC's "doomsday" budget, which is really a "live within your means" budget ("UMBC excellence imperiled by 'doomsday,'" April 23). Mr. Hoff complains that UMBC faculty and staff have not had a cost-of-living increase in three years. But he should be happy to still have a job - a luxury not available to legions of unemployed Marylanders, some of whom have been unemployed for three years. He talks about academics who have moved out of the state and the difficulty of hiring replacements for them.