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WI members celebrating the end of the semesterWI members celebrating the end of the semester

2023 Holiday Happy Hour

Holiday cheer, food, and hugs were shared at the Erickson School for the Happy Hour.

Three ladies around a table during a flower arrangement workshop

Ikebana Workshop

Yasuko Walcott shared information about the Japanese culture and led the group in creating an Ikebana floral arrangement.

First Day Hike

Hiking along the Patapsco

A group of hardy masked hikers joined the hike along the Grist Mill Trail in Patapsco State Park. It was a day with blustery winds and beautiful late-fall weather.

Restored Church

Leaken Park Hike and Tour

Our hosts, Ed and Jo Orser, who have been volunteers at the park for some time, taught us about the history of the estate that became the park. We learned about the relatively recent restoration of a chapel on the property and also visited inside the main house. After the historical tour, many participants went on a hike through the woods on a beautiful September morning!

Lurman Theatre

Lurman Theatre Concert

A group of music-lovers attended a live concert at Catonsville’s Lurman Woodland Theatre. This “hidden gem” behind Catonsville High School has been offering concerts on Saturdays and Sundays for well over 30 years.

Retriever Essentials

Retriever Essentials Share A-Thon

Retriever Essentials is the on-campus organization that supports food insecure members of the UMBC community. At this drive, we collected more than 750 pounds of needed items!

Woodland Hike

Woodland Hike with Kevin Omland

Retirees joined Dr. Kevin Omland of the Department of Biological Sciences on a hike of the trails of the Herbert Run Greenway and Cera. They learned about Dr. Omland’s research on migratory birds and explored major wild spaces of UMBC.

Wisdon Institute group out for a walk at the Patapsco State Park

First Day Hike

January 1, 2020: start of a new year and a new decade. Endless possibilities in sight for the year ahead.  So to start that new year, almost a dozen Wisdom Institute members, friends, families, and dogs, strolled across the Swinging Bridge and along the Mill Race Trail in Patapsco Valley State Park.  We learned about Patapsco Superlative, Hurricane Agnes, and Bloede Dam, all fading from memory into history.  We finished the day with a short hike up to Cascade Falls and its scenic beauty.

Make a First Day Hike your family tradition starting in 2021!

Timmie Topoleski-

Celtic Music with Timmie Topoleski

The Wisdom Institute was pleased to have Dr. Timmie Topoleski, Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UMBC, offer a 90-minute virtual presentation of Celtic Music Traditions. A recording of Timmie’s performance can be viewed HERE.

An informal portrait of Mimi Dietrich inside the museum

Maryland Historical Society with Mimi Dietrich

UMBC alum, Mimi Dietrich, led a personal tour for the Wisdom Institute.  We heard about the evolution of quilting and experienced first hand many beautiful works of art completed by Mimi.

Mimi Dietrich’s Website

Mimi Dietrich’s Blog


Suspended Brewery Visit

Retirees visited a small, eco-designed and sustainable brewery in Baltimore’s Pigtown neighborhood that was founded by two UMBC alumni.

Representatives from the Wisdom Institute visiting the National Arboretum

National Arboretum

In May, our retirees visited the beautiful National Arboretum.

Another image of the Wisdon Institute members attending a Basketball game played at UMBC's new Events Center

UMBC vs. Towson Basketball Game

On December 11, 2018, members of the Wisdom Institute joined their counterparts from Towson University at a reception in the Retriever Room of the Event Center prior to the UMBC/Towson basketball game.  They enjoyed refreshments, good company and the pre-game antics of True Grit.  Many participants stayed for the very competitive game.

Representatives from the Wisdom Institute gather for a visit at UMBC's Observatory

UMBC Observatory

A group of 20+ WI participants gathered to enjoy a reception in the Fireside Lounge in the Commons and socialize.  After the reception, the group proceeded to the Physics Building where they joined a larger group of interested people for an informative and fun talk by Roy Prouty, a doctoral student, on the historic, cultural, practical and scientific elements of constellations in the night sky.  The group broke into two groups to go to the roof of the Physics Building to learn more about the telescope and to enjoy a bit of planet gazing in the night sky.

A group of Wisdon Institute members gathering for lunch

Retiree Lunch Gatherings

Each month, retirees gather at Skylight for a dutch treat lunch and conversation.  Watch the calendar for future dates!