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December 7, 2001

The Commons Update

As The Commons, UMBC's 21st century center of campus life, nears completion, the first week's schedule of celebratory events and a new logo reflecting the building's open, modern design have been revealed.Finishing touches are now being added for both the exterior and interior of The Commons. Inside, furniture and video wall components are on the way, while workers finalize interior floors. Outdoors, new tile, plantings and, if the warm weather continues, possibly even fresh sod, are helping to bring The Commons' inviting blueprints to life.The logo was designed by Jim Lord, a UMBC alumnus (visual arts/graphic design '99) who currently works as the senior designer in UMBC's Creative Services. I wanted the design to represent the building and the building to be represented in the design, says Lord. Lord's design features three of The Commons' signature tall windows, representing faculty, staff and students, with the sweeping lines signifying the constant activity and traffic of campus life coming in and out of the building.I wanted to make a connection between the architecture of The Commons and its sense of community, Lord says. When people see the logo for the first time, I hope they will make an instant connection with The Commons. It's a very exciting place.A schedule has been released for The Commons Grand Opening Week of January 28 through February 3, 2002. Events of interest to faculty and staff include:Monday, Jan. 281 p.m.Ribbon-Cutting CeremonyMain StreetEnjoy food and entertainment at the official grand opening of The Commons.9 p.m.Retriever After PartyRetriever Grill & Main GamesCelebrate the first home game of the semester with the entire UMBC community at a post-game party hosted by UMBC Athletics.Tuesday, Jan. 294-6 p.m.Faculty and Staff ReceptionSkylight RoomVice Presidents Mark Behm and Charlie Fey host an informal wine and cheese affair.Saturday, Feb. 27:30 11:30 p.m.Sweetheart SwingSkylight RoomGrab your sweetie and hit the dance floor at the Alumni Association's second annual Sweetheart Swing. This event is hosted by UMBC's alumni sweethearts, couples who met and fell in love while attending UMBC. Guests can enjoy a buffet dinner, swing dance lessons, D.J., gifts, door prizes, special activities, cash bar and more. For tickets and more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (410) 455-ALUM or email

Posted by dwinds1 at December 7, 2001 12:00 AM