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Meet the Magazine Staff

If you're wondering who's behind UMBC Magazine, look no further than the Alumni House basement. There, a team of writers and designers -- most of them alumni themselves -- are working to create an intellectually stimulating, diverting magazine they hope will make you proud.

Richard

Richard Byrne '86, English
Editor
byrne@umbc.edu
410-455-6885

Richard is the founding editor of UMBC Magazine. He has worked as an editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington City Paper and St. Louis Magazine. His freelance writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Time (online), and Foreign Policy. In his spare time, he writes plays and is a member of Washington, D.C.'s, Taffety Punk Theatre Company. As a student at UMBC, Richard edited Bartleby, regularly eschewed sleep, and made his home in the Chesapeake and Patapsco residence halls.

jim

Jim Lord '99, Visual Arts
Design Director
jlord1@umbc.edu

During Jim's final semester at UMBC, he worked as the part-time web assistant for UMBC's Creative Services, and he's been with the group in various roles ever since. In his current position as Design Director, Jim oversees the day-to-day operations of the studio and continues to design tons of stuff for the campus community. Jim transferred to UMBC in 1997, and while here spent most of his time focusing on his design degree, playing intramural sports, hanging with friends, and driving to the Sip 'n Bite, Double T Diner, and the Paper Moon Diner (he loves pancakes). He was a resident of the Terrace and West Hill apartment communities and has fond memories of Dogapalooza, Quadmania, and the original Chick-Fil-A in the Pub (not the new one that's here now).

Michelle

Michelle Jordan '93, Visual Arts
Designer
mjordan@umbc.edu

Michelle graduated from UMBC with a degree in visual arts, emphasis in photography, in the era before the interwebs. After college, she moved from photography to web design and programming. She has been trying to keep up with the ever-changing world wide web ever since. Michelle returned to UMBC in 2004 to work as a web designer for Creative Services. She likes rescuing cats, dreaming, saving the environment, reading books and seeing daylight.

Jenny

Jenny O'Grady
Associate Editor
jogrady@umbc.edu

Jenny is the only member of the magazine staff without a degree from UMBC; she hopes you will forgive her. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Goucher College, and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, a graphic designer and an editor. Currently, she oversees alumni and development communications for UMBC, including Retriever Net, UMBC's alumni online community. By night, she's an adjunct professor with her former M.F.A. program. She enjoys hiking, running, poetry, book arts, the interwebs, comic books, and zombie movies.

Erin

Erin Ouslander '03, Visual Arts
Designer
erin.ouslander@umbc.edu

Erin graduated from UMBC in 2003 and has been working as a print designer for the university ever since. She likes dinosaurs, Michael Jackson, and the color yellow. When she's not at work, you can usually find her snozzling her cat or watching mindless television with her hubby, Matt, who is also a UMBC alum. Erin and Matt welcomed their first daughter, Olive Mae, to the world in December of last year.

Melissa

Melissa Van der Kaay
Designer
lissavk@umbc.edu

Melissa graduated from Villa Julie College (now called Stevenson University) in 2008 with a degree in Visual Communication Design. She is the newest member of UMBC's Creative Services team, working as a production designer. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, playing with her three adorable kitties, listening to music (recorded & live), experimenting with various forms of art, popping bubble wrap, and much much more.