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Please consider the online Homecoming calendar the most up-to-date source of Homecoming event information. Times and locations are subject to change. 

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MONDAY, October 8

Homecoming Preview
Noon, UMBC Quad
Show your UMBC spirit and get excited for Homecoming with events including: a Pep Rally featuring the UMBC Down & Dirty Dawg Band, UMBC Dance Team, UMBC Cheerleaders, and the UMBC Fever Retrievers; Snow cones and cotton candy with SEB; and popcorn and megaphones!

Ancient Studies Week: ANCS Students Excavate: Israel to the Eastern Shore
Noon, Fine Arts 215

TUESDAY, October 9

Homecoming Preview
Noon, UMBC Main Street
Show your UMBC spirit and get excited for Homecoming with events including: T-shirt trade with SEB.

Chromatic Catastrophe -- Homecoming Paint Fight
3 - 4 p.m., UMBC Quad
Come out for a black and gold paint fight sponsored by the Office of Student Life, Hindu Student Council, and Caribbean Student Council.

WEDNESDAY, October 10

Ancient Studies Week: "Living in Two Worlds: The Early Excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum"
Noon, Fine Arts 215
An illustrated lecture by Dr. Richard Mason.

Faculty and Staff Jazz Social

5 - 6 p.m., Flat Tuesdays, The Commons
It is becoming a Flat Tuesdays tradition to help kick off Homecoming at UMBC by welcoming all of the wonderful faculty and staff to join us for some casual conversation, laughter, and even a little live jazz in our very own French Quarter.  The winners of the annual office decorating competition will also be announced! Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. All guests must be 21 years or older and bring a valid, government-issued photo ID. Catch the Fever in Flat Tuesdays.

Ancient Studies Week: "Not Always Roman, Not Always Statues: The Recent Lives of Ancient Roman Statues at the Walters Art Museum"
5 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Featuring Dr. Marden Nichols, assistant curator of ancient art at the Walters Art Museum.

Homecoming Bonfire & Outdoor Movie
Dusk, Erickson Field
Join the campus for this much-anticipated Homecoming tradition featuring the legendary UMBC Bonfire, followed by an outdoor showing of The Amazing Spider-Man and a delicious spread from Buffalo Wild Wings. Come early for some great giveaways!

THURSDAY, October 11

Ancient Studies Week: Artifact Table presented by ANCS Council: Featuring the Spiro Collection
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Main Street, The Commons

Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards

7:30 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
The UMBC Alumni Association proudly honors distinguished alumni for their accomplishments and dedication to UMBC. This year's alumni honorees are: Greg Cangialosi ’96, English, Co-founder, Betamore; Stephanie C. Hill ’86, computer science and economics, President, Information Systems and Global Solutions-Civil, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Deborah Randall ’94, theatre, Founder, Venus Theatre; Elizabeth Rossman ’85, political science, Vice President-Government Relations, Honeywell International, Inc.; Dr. Kimani A. Stancil ’94, physics and mathematics, Howard University, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Specialty Area - Soft Condensed Matter Physics; and Christopher Valentino ’06, information systems, Director, Contract Research & Development, Northrop Grumman. Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, will also receive the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award.R

Talent Show
 9 p.m., University Center Ballroom
Witness UMBC’s finest performers as they take the stage at this annual competition. Singers, dancers, comedians, athletes and many more compete to be crowned UMBC’s most talented. Head to for information on how to sign up!

FRIDAY, October 12

Big Prize Poetry SLAM!
6-8 p.m., Performing Arts and Humanities Building Atrium
Slam BIG and Win BIG at a Poetry Slam hosted by the English Department. A 1st prize of $200 will go to the winner of this dazzling high-energy slam. 2nd and 3rd prizes, too, for students and alumni sharing their original work, judged by other students and alumni. Help us put the performing in the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building! To participate in the slam, submit a print and video version of no more than five minutes of original poetry to by 9/17/12. Entries will be judged on their poetic effects, compelling content and on video performance. To be a judge, please send your request and brief bio to as soon as possible, but no later than 9/17. All UMBC students and alumni are eligible.  R

Homecoming Shabbat Celebration

6 p.m. services, 7 p.m. dinner, Skylight Room, The Commons
Please join the UMBC Jewish community for the 10th annual Family Shabbat Celebration. The cost is $18 per adult, $10 per child under 13 years old and free for UMBC students. Please RSVP directly to no later than October 5, 2012. For questions or more information, please email R, $

Women's Lacrosse Alumni Game
6 p.m. tailgate, 7 p.m. game, Stadium Field
Meet and greet with this year's squad with a tailgate on the patio outside the locker room before the game. Then, dust off your old equipment and join fellow teammates in this annual Homecoming event.

Dance Party
9 p.m., University Center Ballroom
Who's ready for a night of music, dancing and celebrating UMBC's Retriever Fever? Come join (seb) and party the night away. We'll provide the glow sticks if you bring your dance moves! Free.

SATURDAY, October 13

Rob Magin 5K Dawg Chase
8 a.m., Registration opens; 9 a.m., Race begins
Stadium Lot

The 4th annual trot around the Loop, named for the late men’s track alumnus Rob Magin ’92, kicks off Saturday’s Homecoming festivities. Enjoy the early morning air and get a closer look at different parts of the UMBC campus. Free t-shirt to all paid entrants. A fun walk/run is scheduled prior to the start of the 5K. R, $

Men's Club Volleyball Alumni Game
9:30 a.m., Retriever Activity Center Courts 2 & 3

UMBC Men's Basketball Alumni Game

10 a.m., UMBC RAC Arena
Dust off the Chuck Taylors and the old uniform and join us for the UMBC Men's Basketball Alumni game.  Bring back memories from playing for the Black & Gold, Championships, and memories of playing on the hard court.  Join teammates, family, friends and other alums for a great event.  

Wrestling Black and Gold Scrimmage
10 a.m., RAC Courts

Reinventing Radio: A Morning with Ira Glass
10:30 a.m., University Center Ballroom
UMBC welcomes Ira Glass, host and creator of the public radio program This American Life, for a morning of humor and insight. This American Life, which is heard on more than 500 public radio stations each week by more than 1.7 million listeners, has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including several Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards. A television adaptation of This American Life ran on the Showtime network for two seasons, winning three Emmy awards, including Outstanding Nonfiction Series. A light continental breakfast will be served before the show. Register by September 22nd for a discounted rate of $10 p/p (alumni, faculty and staff) and $25 for guests.  Limit 4 registrations per person. After September 22nd, registration fees will increase to $15 for alumni, faculty and staff and $30 for all other guests. R, $

Community Picnic Lunch with Dr. Hrabowski
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., UMBC Quad
Catch Retriever Fever and help celebrate Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III’s 20th anniversary as president of UMBC, while enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch with friends at the center of campus. There will be something for everyone at this picnic lunch including inflatable games, carnival booths with prizes, face painters, balloon twisters, raffles, giveaways and much more. A Q&A with Dr. Hrabowski will begin around 12:30 p.m. We will also provide live entertainment by some of UMBC’s most popular student performance groups. Register by September 22nd for a discounted rate of $10 p/p; free for children 11 and under. After September 22nd, registration fees will increase to $15 p/p. R, $

Kids Zone
Noon – 4:30 p.m., SportsZone, The Commons
Does your family include future UMBC Retrievers? Make sure to stop by the Homecoming Kids Zone where children ages 2 through 12 will enjoy a variety of hands-on crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, movies and more. Free popcorn, juice and snacks for all! There will also be a performance by the Uncle Devin Show beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Uncle Devin Show is a live, interactive musical experience for children five and over by renowned drummer Devin Walker. The show cultivates the minds of children through percussion instruments and is a dynamic cross between Fat Albert and Schoolhouse Rock. R

Softball Alumni Game
1 p.m., Softball Stadium
Softball alumnae take on the current team. Who will be victorious?

Cram It/Jam It Shopping Spree
1 p.m.  UMBC Bookstore, The Commons
Join the UMBC Bookstore in celebrating Retriever pride by participating in the Cram It/Jam It shopping spree.  4 grand prize winners will receive their choice of backpack and 46 seconds to cram as much UMBC clothing into it as possible while wearing it on their backs. Dozens of second prizes and discounts will also be awarded at this exciting event. All Homecoming registrants are automatically entered to win. Additional entries may be made in the Bookstore and online beginning September 12. See the Bookstore website for more details.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving vs. Rider University and James Madison

1 p.m., UMBC Natatorium
Join the Retrievers as they take on the Rider University Broncs and the James Madison Dukes and begin work to recapture the conference championship. The Retrievers are coming off a successful 2011 campaign which produced numerous conference champions.

Baseball Alumni Game
1 p.m., Baseball Factory Field
Watch returning Hall of Famers give the current team a run for its money.

Smoothies at Flat Tuesdays
1 - 4 p.m., Flat Tuesdays, Upper Level, The Commons
Stop by and relax for a bit in Flat Tuesdays. Smoothies, as well as other non-alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase. $

Free Game Play
1 - 5 p.m., 2nd Floor, The Commons
Visit The Commons Game Room to relax and enjoy a game with friends. The Game Room features eight pool tables, two table tennis tables, four widescreen plasma TVs for PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, PS2 and one foosball table, as well as an array of card and board games.

Honors College Reception
1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Flat Tuesdays, Lower Level, The Commons
Reconnect with Honors College friends, and make new ones! Please join the faculty and staff of the Honors College for a family-friendly celebration of the Honors College community. There will be pumpkin painting (and pumpkin carving for the brave), door prizes, and refreshments. For questions or more information, email the Honors College at or call 410-455-3720. R

Retriever Weekly Reunion

2 – 4 p.m., Skylight Room, The Commons
Calling all news hounds! The Retriever Weekly is the university's longest running tradition -- and we're inviting alumni of UMBC's newspaper to reconnect at a special Homecoming reception after public radio legend Ira Glass's talk on campus. R

South Asian Students Association (SASA) Alumni Reunion
2 – 4 p.m., Commons, Room 327
The UMBC South Asian Students Association (SASA) was formed at UMBC in the early 90’s and now there are over two decades of South Asian alums all around the world.  Alums with a special focus on South Asian alums in the classes of 1995 – 2012 are invited back to campus to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. For more information contact Narmin Anwar Shahid ’07, ’09 at R

Women's Center Open House and Newcombe Scholars Gathering
2 – 4 p.m., Women’s Center
Since 1981, UMBC has had over 400 women awarded Newcombe scholarships and countless more women over the years who took classes while working and taking care of their families. It's time we honor these experiences and take a moment to share them with others! Join the Women's Center for a chance to socialize with current Newcombe scholars and other alums who made it through college with the unique challenges of being a non-traditional student. Bring your wisdom and experiences to share with current students during the networking part of the program. Learn where the scholars program is now and what its hopes are for the future. For more information, contact Jess Myers, the Women's Center director, at or 410-455-2714. R

Men’s Soccer Game vs. Boston University
3 p.m., Retriever Soccer Park
Watch Retriever men’s soccer team take on conference arch-rival Boston University in a must see matinee. Be sure to wear your black and gold as the soccer team plays BU for the last time (Boston is leaving the America East conference). Admission is free for students, $6 for non-alumni adults, and $3 for UMBC alumni, high school students and younger. Pay on site. $

Meyerhoff Alumni Gathering
3-5 p.m., Room 106-C, Academic Services Bldg.
Reconnect with Meyerhoff and MARC*USTAR alumni and staff while catching "Retriever Fever" during Homecoming 2012. Join the Meyerhoff Alumni Advisory Board (MAAB) to reminisce and meet the senior class (M21's). Attendees will be asked to participate in a community service project in honor of Mr. LaMont Toliver. Do not miss this opportunity of fun, fellowship and service. For more information about this event, please contact Erica Reaves (M12) at or Tiffani Bright (M11) at R

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Lambda Phi Alumnae Reunion

3 – 6 p.m., Room 329, The Commons
Calling all alumnae sorors who were initiated in the Lambda Phi chapter! As members of UMBC's Alumni Board of Directors, Sorors Anita Jackson '80, Tamara L. Lewis '92, and Crystal Watkins '95 invite you to join us for a Homecoming social. The attendance fee is suggested at $20 per soror, $15 of which will be used in support of the Second Generation Scholarship. We encourage you to attend other Homecoming events including the Crab Feast and RATT Reunion Party – the more, the merrier! For questions or more information, contact Tamara Lewis at R, $

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Upsilon Lambda Alumni Reunion
4 – 6 p.m., Flat Tuesdays - Upper Level, The Commons
Hey Ques! We'd like to welcome all the Omega Men from the Upsilon Lambda chapter back to the yard for great friendship and fellowship! If you knew an Omega man at UMBC while you were here, or you'd just like to hang out and enjoy the Homecoming experience we hope you will join us. This is a free alumni reunion with light refreshments and beverages provided. Cash bar (beer and wine) available.  We encourage you to attend other Homecoming events including the Crab Feast and RATT Reunion Party, sponsored by CBLA. For questions or more information, contact Jamiel Dawson '05 at  R

Open Pub at Flat Tuesdays
4 7:30 p.m., Flat Tuesdays, The Commons
The pub in Flat Tuesdays is a great place to catch up with old friends, have a few laughs, or just drop in to relax between Homecoming events. A wide array of alcoholic beverages, highlighting the local Clipper City brewery, as well as non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Guests must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid photo, government-issued ID to enter (students should also bring their red UMBC ID).  $

UMBC Ice Hockey Game
4:30 p.m., Reisterstown Sportsplex
Watch the Retrievers take on Virginia Tech at the Reisterstown Sportsplex. Visit for directions.

Taste of UMBC: Crab Feast
5 –8 p.m., UMBC Quad
It's not a party without delicious crabs, great friends, and entertainment. Back by popular demand, this Crab Feast includes an all-you-can-eat buffet including Maryland blue crabs; homemade Maryland crab and cream of crab soups; beef, turkey, and ham carving stations; BBQ chicken, Italian sausage, pulled pork, baked ziti, corn on the cob, potato salad and much more. A cash bar will also be available.

There will also be live performances by the Sense of Urgency Band led by alumnus Devin Walker '89; Fiddlin' Around, an Irish folk band featuring UMBC's own staff and faculty members Terry Aylsworth, Eric Ebersole, and William Farrell, and alums David Aylsworth '74, Tara Ebersole '08 and Sara Moreland '97; and Black Falls, a blues and classic rock band featuring alumnus Philip Medenbach, Jr. '87. Reserve your spot early as tickets sell out quickly. Reserve your spot by September 22nd for a discounted rate of $40 per person and $20 per child aged 4-11. After September 22nd, registration will increase to $45 per person and $20 per child. This event is free for children 4 and under. R, $

SEB and Friends Homecoming Reunion
6 p.m., Athletic Club Room, Retriever Activities Center
Join current and past SEB friends for a get-together before the comedy show. Visit the Facebook event page here for more information.

Comedy Show featuring B.J. Novak
8 p.m., Retriever Activities Center
Don’t miss your chance to see this year’s headlining comedian, B.J. Novak of NBC's The Office! Tickets will be available to students at the Campus Information Center this fall and online for the rest of the UMBC community. Alumni, faculty, staff and others can get tickets online for $20 per person. R, $

Third Annual RATT Reunion Hosted by CBLA
8:30 p.m. - Midnight, Flat Tuesdays, The Commons
The Chapter of Black and Latino Alumni presents the Third Annual RATT Reunion featuring DJ Rusty V, DJ Romeo, and Nasty Man DJ Neal Conway bringing back the party grooves!  Registration of $15 includes heavy hors d’oeuvres with wine, Heavy Seas brand beer and soda available for purchase -- cash only.  Register online by Monday, October 1, and receive a complimentary drink ticket. We anticipate MAX capacity so register early. The onsite fee will be $20, however due to space constraints admission will not be guaranteed at the door. If you’ve never partied at the RATT … then you’ve never really partied before.  Door prizes will be raffled off. Guests must be 21 and over and bring valid government-issued photo ID.  R, $

SUNDAY, October 14

UMBC Club Men's Soccer
2 p.m., UMBC Soccer Field

UMBC Ice Hockey vs. Montclair State

5:15 p.m., Reisterstown Sportsplex