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October 12, 2006

CommUniversity Fest to Give Whole Family Free Samples of UMBC

Fun, Free Events to Expand Minds, Move Bodies Oct. 21

CONTACT: Chip Rose, UMBC News

Note to Media: High-resolution photos are available for download at the bottom of this advisory.

UMBC is throwing the biggest party in its 40-year history on Saturday, Oct. 21, and the public is invited to enjoy CommUniversity Fest, a day of free activities for all ages reflecting UMBC's diverse mix of arts, culture, athletics and intellect.

Feed Your Head with thought-provoking lectures and discussions by UMBC faculty on topics ranging from politics and infinity to parenting and rock n’ roll. Or put the fun back in “fundamental laws of physics” with a hands-on engineering lesson using balls, hot-air balloons and biplanes.

Soak Your Senses in free arts exhibits, audio tours and gallery crawls, plus live music and dance performances by alumni and student groups.

Cruise Down Memory Lane with a classic car show or savor the spirit of the Orioles 1966 World Series victory with Baltimore Sun sports columnist Peter Schmuck.

Playtime for Kids of All Ages features face painting, carnival games, rock climbing wall, moon bounce, a soccer clinic by Baltimore Blast players, a parade of 40 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and a giant-size chess challenge against members of UMBC’s world championship team.

Event Details:

UMBC CommUniversity Fest
Saturday, Oct. 21
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Erickson Field
(in front of Albin O. Kuhn Library & across from Erickson Hall)
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

All events are free and open to the public. Free parking on campus. Rain or Shine.

For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit or call 410-455-8000.

Note to Media:
High resolution photos & captions related to this advisory are below. Click on the smaller photo to access a high-resolution copy. Contact Chip Rose, UMBC News, at 410-455-5793 or if any questions about downloading.

Caption for photo above:
UMBC's mascot dog will lead 40 other Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and volunteer owners and breeders from across the region in the "March of the Retrievers." The parade of 40 dogs starts at the "True Grit" status outside UMBC's Retriever Activities Center on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 12:15 p.m., continuing to the Commons and ending at the Soccer Field.

Caption for photo above:
UMBC professors Anne Spence (left) and Taryn Bayles put the fun back in "fundmental laws of physics" as they present "Balls, Balloons, and Bi-Planes: Hands-on Engineering for the Whole Family," from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday on UMBC's Erickson Field.

Caption for Photo Above:
UMBC student dance performances are among the many arts and culture events open to the public at CommUniversity Fest.

Caption for photo above:
At 1 p.m., UMBC Men's Soccer takes on Hartford University, followed by a soccer clinic led by UMBC Alumni, now pro players for the Baltimore Blast.

Posted by crose at October 12, 2006 2:53 PM