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The time for your fall visit to campus quickly approaches. Although they may not admit it, the students probably anticipate the visit as much as you do.


Family Weekend program highlights include several fantastic events such as the Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood – Whose Line Is It, Anyway? – Concert on Saturday night, the Men’s soccer game vs. conference rival Northeastern at 1 p.m. on Saturday (game ticket needed to attend the pre-game Tailgate Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.)


Thursday’s program focuses on the arts with a contemporary improvisation by John Berndt and other area musicians, as well as a student and staff talent show.


Friday continues your exposure to UMBC arts featuring performances by Linehan Artist Scholars, a Campus Gallery Crawl, a visual arts student exhibition, “A Thousand Hounds: A Walk with the Dogs through the History of Photography,” choreographed dance video, UMBC Theatre’s presentation of “Action,” and Commons Cabaret jazz.  Hillel sponsors a Shabbat Dinner at 6 p.m.



Begin Saturday with the Family Continental Breakfast being served along Main Street in The Commons from 9-10 a.m. Program highlights include two sessions and the Retriever Resource Fair to help you gain insights into services and programs available to students. The Parent Programs and Services office will lead a discussion of various ways parents can contribute their involvement toward improving the overall student experience. Fun for all includes the Residential Life Ice Cream Social and Commons Game Room activities that include free pool and ping-pong. For the younger crowd we will have face painting, Retriever tattoos, coloring, harvest season goodies, cartoons, popcorn, balloons and mocktails! Additionally the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand with some fire safety tips and videos. Parents must accompany anyone under 16 at all times. Both activities begin at 3 p.m.


If you were not able to do so earlier, you might want to spend some time of Sunday taking in repeats of “A Thousand Hounds” exhibit, “The HOME House Project” and the Theatre’s “Action.”


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TAPPING THE POWER OF THE ARTS: A conference for K-16 teachers, artists, administrators, community leaders  --  October 1-3, 2004


Guided by the expert leadership of arts educator Eric Booth and composer Tania Leon, conference participants will explore and discover ways in which the arts - including music, dance, theatre, visual art and the literary arts - create strong and imaginative minds. Conference participants will gain new skills and tools to enrich their communities and activate
their constituencies.


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Think about hiring UMBC students and alumni

If you or your organization is recruiting part-time, temporary, entry-level or experienced candidates, consider contacting the UMBC Career Development Center (CDC) to connect with UMBC’s talented students and alumni.  Visit the CDC website at for more details on the recruitment services it offers employers.  CDC can be reached at 410.455.2216 and/or


Career Concerns?

If you’re hoping that your student won’t be coming back home to live with you after graduation, you’ll want to steer them to UMBC’s Career Development Center (CDC).  CDC assists students with selecting a major and making career decisions, developing career skills (e.g., resume writing, interviewing, salary negotiation), applying to graduate/professional school, and locating part- and full-time employment.  It’s never too soon to start and it’s never too late.  All CDC services are also available to recent UMBC graduates.  The main CDC office is located in Room 204, Math/Psychology Building.


Fall Career Events

n       Graduate/Professional School Fair – September 29

n       Weekly Wednesday Workshop Series – September 15 to November 17

n       On-Campus Interviews with top employers– September 20 to December 10

n       Becoming a Maryland Teacher:  Career Changers Fair – October 9

n       Career Fair 2004 – October 14

n       Corporate Visibility Days (Employer networking opportunities) – November 3, 10, 17.


A complete schedule of the semester’s events can be found at

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What other dates could be more important than October 20-24Homecoming & Family Celebration!

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Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics Launches New Study Program in France 
The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics is offering a three-week winter program for students of French in Montpellier, France from January 8 through January 29, 2005. Students will earn three credits for FREN 201, 202, 301, 302, or 399, depending on their placement. Montpellier is a few miles from the Mediterranean and is sunny most of the year. For more information, students should contact Thomas T. Field ( or ext. 5-6798) or pick up an application in the MLL office.

The Home House Project (Opening 9/30)
The Center for Art and Visual Culture presents The HOME House Project, an innovative multi-year initiative organized by the
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Through a competition and subsequent exhibition addressing the future of affordable housing, SECCA challenged artists and architects to propose new designs for affordable and sustainable single-family housing for low and moderate income-families. The 100 works represented in this exhibition are the award winners plus other selections from the initial group. Presented as framed two-dimensional works or in virtual format, they offer a range of design solutions--from the adventurous and visionary to the traditional, and everything in between. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on September 30. The Center for Art and Visual Culture is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and is located in the Fine Arts Building. More information on the exhibition, public programming and outreach is available at 

"A Thousand Hounds: A Walk with the Dogs through the History of Photography" (Through 12/11)
The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents "A Thousand Hounds: A Walk with the Dogs through the History of Photography."
Over 120 photographic works illustrate the history of photography from the 1840s to the present using dogs to tell the story. Featured artists include William Wegman, Elliott Erwitt, Andy Warhol, Larry Clark, Ralph Gibson, Sally Mann and Eric Fischl. "A Thousand Hounds" is organized by the Cygnet Foundation and is curated by Ray Merritt and Miles Barth. The local presentation of the exhibition is generously funded by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Friends of the Library & Gallery. Hours: Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 4:30 pm; Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday 1 to 5 pm. For more information, call ext. 5-2270. More information on the exhibition is available at


Graduate/Professional School Fair (9/29)
Sponsored by UMBC's
Career Development Center and the Greater Baltimore Career Consortium, this is an event seniors won't want to miss! Meet with
representatives from over 150 graduate and professional schools from all over the country, including Harvard, Duke,
Columbia and Penn State. For a link to a list of participating schools, visit 12-4 p.m., RAC.

Blood Drive (10/5)
Save a life; please donate!
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Main Street, The Commons. Call ext. 5-3457 or e-mail to sign up or for more information about restrictions/requirements for giving blood. Walk-ups also welcome.

Career Fair 2004 (10/14)
Don't miss UMBC's largest annual job fair. It’s a great chance to meet and network with the employers who recruit UMBC's students.  A list of participating organizations is available at
12-3:30 p.m., RAC. Contact the Career Development Center at ext. 5-2216 or with questions.

UMBC Visionaries in Information Technology Forum: "Cyber Security and the Weakest Link" (10/19)
This year's Visionaries in Information Technology Forum kicks off with Philip Reitinger, senior security strategist, Microsoft Corporation, who will discuss "Cyber Security and the Weakest Link." At Microsoft, Reitinger develops and implements programs that enhance the security of Microsoft products and services and help secure our nation's critical infrastructures.

Before joining Microsoft in January 2003, Reitinger was the executive director of the Department of Defense's Cyber Crime Center (DC3) in Linthicum, Md. Previously, he was chair of the Group of Eight's  High-Tech Crime Subgroup and the Vision and Policy Committee of the National Cyber Crime Training Partnership. He has served on the Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center's Steering Committee and the National White Collar Crime Center's Cyber Crime Advisory Board.
The Visionaries in Information Technology Forum will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Free continental breakfast provided. For more information and to register:


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