2023 Holiday Happy Hour
Holiday cheer, food, and hugs were shared at the Erickson School for the Happy Hour.
Yasuko Walcott shared information about the Japanese culture and led the group in creating an Ikebana floral arrangement.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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!
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.
Suspended Brewery Visit
Retirees visited a small, eco-designed and sustainable brewery in Baltimore’s Pigtown neighborhood that was founded by two UMBC alumni.
In May, our retirees visited the beautiful National Arboretum.
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.
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.
Retiree Lunch Gatherings
Each month, retirees gather at Skylight for a dutch treat lunch and conversation. Watch the calendar for future dates!