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February 2, 2001


Years after they met at UMBC, Morris Fogle '83 told Diane Crump-Fogle '87 M.A. that he had asked her out on a dare, after noticing her on campus and hoping to meet her. Diane, now associate director of UMBC's Career Development and Placement Center, says, "Little did we know that our lives would be changed forever." There are probably many similar stories among the 430 known alumni, as well as others who met and fell in love at UMBC. On Saturday, February 10, UMBC presents its first Sweetheart Swing, held in honor of couples who met at UMBC, although it is open to the entire campus. This unique event, complete with a swing dance exhibition and lessons, will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Tickets for the Sweetheart Swing are $25 per person. For more information, call (410) 455-ALUM.

Samantha Davis, director of alumni relations, says that her office knows of about 430 alumni couples who met at UMBC, and seven of those couples currently serve on the Alumni Board. The first-time event was suggested by alumnus Bill Glover '90, who met his wife, Cathy Klein-Glover '90, at UMBC.

Hosts for the evening include Bob and Mimi (Haw) Dietrich, who are not only part of UMBC's first graduating class in 1970, but probably one of the first couples who met on campus and got married (they tied the knot after graduating). Since then, they have been very active as UMBC alumni, and Bob is laboratory facilities manager for the Department of Biological Sciences. "Many people have a special place in their hearts for UMBC because they met here," says Mimi.

In addition to the Dietrichs and Glovers, organizers and hosts for the evening are Diana Fertsch '82 and Steve Andre '77, Patti (Hicks) LeConte '90 and Brian LeConte '89, Pam (Yachera) Offutt '82 and Jay Offutt '82, Lisa (Dates) Price '87 and Dwayne Price '87, and Jill (Timmons) Royston '94 and Zack Royston '97, '99.

This special Valentine's celebration will also include a buffet dinner, cash bar, dj and dancing, and door prizes.

Posted by dwinds1 at February 2, 2001 12:00 AM