Alumni News and Events

Past Alumni Events

An Evening With Alice McDermott

We're excited for our upcoming conversation with acclaimed writer Alice McDermott on Thursday, Nov. 29. Three of McDermott's novels were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, and her best-known work, Charming Billy, won the 1998 National Book Award. Following our talk, McDermott will sign copies of her latest novel, The Ninth Hour, a gift to all guests with ticket purchase. Register here.

Celebrating UMB's People and Purpose

We did something a little different at our Founders Week Gala this year. With Taking Care of Maryland as our theme, we asked a few of the 500+ friends who joined us what makes UMB so special to them and so vital to the state. We were humbled by their replies. This short video features prominent leaders and scholars who make Maryland such a great place to live.

School of Social Work Featured on Good Morning America

Good Morning America and Reader's Digest named Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library one of the nicest places in America. Among the reasons? Our Social Worker in the Library program, which connects library patrons to life-changing services. The entire GMA segment is definitely worth a watch.  

UMB Delegation Visits Asia for Partnership Talks

President Perman and a team of UMB leaders traveled to China, South Korea, and Japan last month to strengthen existing relationships with international universities and companies, and to forge new partnerships that will amplify our global impact in education, research, and technology commercialization. This video captures highlights of the trip.


September 2018


An Evening with Acclaimed Author AliceMcDermott

Join Dr. Perman on Thursday, Nov. 29, for a conversation with renowned writer Alice McDermott. McDermott's latest novel, The Ninth Hour, landed on virtually every top 10 list and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. Following her talk, McDermott will sign copies of The Ninth Hour, a gift to all guests with ticket purchase.

Register here.

promise heights

Promise Heights Wins $30 Million Federal Grant

Promise Heights, led by our School of Social Work, has won a $30 million grant to expand its vital services to children and families in one of Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods. Promise Heights provides wraparound support for children, cradle to career, with an aim to end the cycle of poverty, violence, and trauma that damages their emotional and physical health.

UMB Fights the Opioid Epidemic

Last year, opioid overdoses killed more than five Marylanders every day. UMB's Center for Addiction Research, Education, and Service is a new multidisciplinary effort to prevent addiction and treat those affected by it. Our breakthroughs (like the School of Pharmacy's UMB 425, an opioid painkiller that could inhibit addiction) have won a lot of attention. CARES will supplement our pharmaceutical development with critical work in policy, treatment, and training.

cure web

UMB CURE Scholars Star in Follow-up Documentary

Maryland Public Television will air 8th Grade, an Emmy-nominated sequel to From West Baltimore, on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. The program follows the same five UMB CURE Scholars as they make their way through 8th grade, preparing to face new challenges in high school and at home. Dr. Robin Saunders and 8th grader Shereen Farquharson talked about UMB CURE last month on WYPR's On the Record.       

August 2018

CEC rendering

UMB Expands Community Engagement Center

Open fewer than three years, UMB's Community Engagement Center has logged 24,000 neighbor visits. Now the CEC is getting a bigger and better home. With $4 million in state support, we'll expand vital services to our Southwest Baltimore neighbors.


Among Small Colleges, UMB Boasts the Country's Highest Earning Alums

Career guidance website Zippia published its list of colleges that produce the nation's highest earning graduates. Guess what? UMB alums earn more, on average, than graduates of any other small college in the U.S. In fact, at $102,900 in average income, Zippia says UMB has a "stranglehold" on first.

naturalization ceremony

Maryland Carey Law Works to Secure Immigrants' Rights

During a U.S. naturalization ceremony held on campus in June, Dr. Perman shared his own parents' immigration story and their pursuit of the American Dream. In this column, reflects on Carey Law's work to secure that dream for Maryland's immigrants, refugees, and asylees.


JMORE Profiles Dr. Perman in Issue on Baltimore Leaders

In the July issue of JMORE magazine, Dr. Perman shares how his work with students, patients, and neighbors is a little like being a rabbi.

May 2018

Dr. Perman Delivers Annual State of the University Address

In a passionate, hourlong speech, Dr. Perman talked about UMB's extraordinary power to advance the public good and shared his vision for the University's future. Read the full transcript of Dr. Perman's May 9 address.

Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen Addresses UMB's Class of 2018

Degrees were conferred on 2,250 UMB graduates during the University's May 18 commencement ceremony. In her commencement address, UMB alumna Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, urged graduates to "make a world of difference."

Writer David Simon Discusses His Work and the City That Inspires It

At a gathering of 350-plus UMB alumni, Dr. Perman talked to "The Wire" creator David Simon about his groundbreaking work in journalism and television and about the future of Baltimore, where so many of his stories take place. View a photo gallery of the event.

UMB Leads $100 Million Study on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

The University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute of Human Virology is leading a $100 million PEPFAR-sponsored project to measure the impact of HIV prevention and treatment programs in Nigera. It's the largest population-based HIV survey ever conducted in a single country.

UMB's Robert Redfield Tapped to Head CDC

Robert Redfield, MD, co-founder of the Institute of Human Virology, has been appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Dr. Redfield's first speech to CDC personnel, he promised to uphold science and data at the nation's pre-eminent public health agency.

March 2018

An Economic Incentive for Gun Control

In an open letter to the University community, Dr. Perman advocates using economic pressure in the gun-control battle. He invites students, faculty, and staff to join him in lobbying academic and professional organizations to move their meetings from states with weak gun laws.

Read Dr. Perman's interview here and learn what other universities across Maryland are doing to fight gun violence.

David Simon

Join Dr. Perman and Writer David Simon in Baltimore

Our Evening With David Simon quickly sold out. If you'd like to be on the mailing list for future alumni events, please share your contact information with us.

To all those who registered, we look forward to seeing you on April 22!

New Tech for Military Vehicles May Protect Against Brain Injury

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering have developed a shock-absorbing device for military vehicles that may protect warfighters against traumatic brain injury from land-mine blasts.

Read more about this technology.

Esserman: Human Trafficking Touches All Communities

Ambassador Susan Esserman, JD, director of the SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors (a joint project of UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park) talked recently about the center's efforts to end the brutal trade of human trafficking and to help its survivors heal.

Watch Ambassador Esserman's full presentation.

February 2018

David Simon

Join Dr. Perman and Writer David Simon in Baltimore

On Sunday, April 22, TV writer and producer David Simon will talk to UMB alumni about Baltimore and its influence on some of his hit shows, like Homicide and The Wire. The program begins at 5 p.m., with a reception to follow, both at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Fells Point (formerly home to Homicide: Life on the Street).

Jody Olsen Chosen to Lead Peace Corps

Congratulations to UMB's Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, nominated to be the next Peace Corps director. Dr. Olsen is a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, senior faculty advisor at UMB's Center for Global Education Initiatives, and senior lecturer at our Graduate School. Read more about Dr. Olsen's nomination.

UMB Unveils UM Ventures 2.0 in New Innovation Space

University, state, and technology leaders gathered in UMB's newest innovation space, the Grid, to launch phase 2 of our technology commercialization partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park. Together, the Grid and UM Ventures 2.0 will help build a startup culture in Baltimore and beyond. Read more about the Grid and UM Ventures 2.0.

FDA Approves GammaPod Breast Cancer Treatment

Invented by William Regine, MD, FACR, FACRO, and Cedric Yu, DSc, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the GammaPod radiotherapy system could reduce or eliminate the need for tumor-removing surgery in patients with early-stage breast cancer. Read more about GammaPod.

November 2017

Health Care Debate

President Perman Weighs in on the Health Care Debate

Read Dr. Perman's op-ed, published last month in The Hill, on the true cost of cutting care for our nation's poor.

Gala 2017

Founders Week Gala

Dr. Perman celebrates UMB's 22nd annual Founders Week Gala and the kickoff of the Catalyst fundraising campaign.

Bruni 2017

UMB Talks Politics With Frank Bruni

Dr. Perman, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, and UMB alumni discussed politics and the media in the age of President Trump. Check out the photo gallery.

Maryland Momentum Fund

Maryland Momentum Fund

Is your early-stage company looking for investors? The new Maryland Momentum Fund, managed by UMB's Center for Maryland Advanced Ventures, is offering financing for Maryland-based startups launched by University students, faculty, staff, and alumni. For details and eligibility requirements, go to Maryland Momentum Fund.

October 2017

From West Baltimore

From West Baltimore

Six young teens in West Baltimore, all part of the UMB CURE Scholars Program, come from a community plagued by violence and poverty. Despite the traumatic reality of their neighborhoods, despite the daily challenges and fears they face, the scholars share a resilient optimism for what will be possible in their lives. Watch the trailer.

If you'd like to help our scholars achieve their dreams, become a mentor.

August 2017

Advancing the Science of Sport

Advancing the Science of Sport

UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park are advancing the science of sport with a brand-new, state-of-the-art Cole Field House. The College Park facility will house the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance, a joint university effort to pioneer research in brain science and injury recovery.

The Fourth Amendment in Crisis

The Fourth Amendment in Crisis

Maryland Carey Law professor David Gray, JD, PhD, MA, discusses digital surveillance technologies and how they allow the government to track our movements, finances, communications, and social contacts. His new book is instructive as the Supreme Court takes up the privacy issue this fall, deliberating whether police need a warrant for cellphone location data.

Turning Tech Into Fast-Growing Startups

Turning Tech Into Fast-Growing Startups

UMB's New Ventures Initiative (NVI) was launched this spring to quickly turn existing University technologies into companies ready for acquisition or funding. NVI just celebrated its first success with Living Pharma, a UMB startup sold just 18 months after its founding. Living Pharma's technology teaches the body to fight cancer by boosting T cell production.

A Special Evening for UMB Alumni

A Special Evening for UMB Alumni

Join Dr. Perman and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni on Thursday, Nov. 9, as they talk politics and the media in the age of President Trump. An alumni reception begins at 6 p.m. with program to follow, both at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Register now.

July 2017

A Special Evening for UMB Alumni

A Special Evening for UMB Alumni

Join Dr. Perman and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni on Thursday, Nov. 9, as they talk politics and the media in the age of President Trump. An alumni reception begins at 6 p.m. with program to follow, both at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Register now.

Better Surgery Through Virtual Reality

Better Surgery Through Virtual Reality

See how trauma surgeons at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and computer scientists at the University of Maryland, College Park are teaming up to bring augmented reality into the operating room.

Making Dental Care Affordable for the Elderly

Making Dental Care Affordable for the Elderly

Offering low-cost dental treatment for elderly patients and advocating for expanded insurance coverage on their behalf, the University of Maryland School of Dentistry is caring for Maryland's vulnerable senior citizens.

Putting City Students on a Path to Success

Putting City Students on a Path to Success

Denise Koch of CBS Baltimore takes a look inside the UMB CURE Scholars Program, which prepares Baltimore youth for careers in the health sciences.

June 2017

Save the Date

Save the Date!

Join Dr. Perman and fellow UMB alumni on the evening of Nov. 9, 2017, for a special event in Washington, D.C.

State of the University

State of the University

In his annual State of the University address, Dr. Perman shares how UMB leads in education, research, clinical care, and public service.

Partnership for West Baltimore

Partnership for West Baltimore

UMB and the University of Maryland Medical Center are teaming up to improve health, education, and economic opportunity in West Baltimore.

Congratulations to UMB's Class of 2017

UMB Commencement 2017

Congratulations to UMB's Class of 2017!