Nazi Paikidze-Barnes Becomes U.S. Women’s Chess Champion

On Monday, April 25, former UMBC Chess Teammate, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes became the 2016 U.S. Women’s Chess Champion in spectacular fashion.

Going into the final round, Nazi had to not only win with the black pieces against the #2 seed, but the first place competitor also had to lose against the #12 seed. Despite these overwhelming odds, circumstances conspired in her favor and she finished as champion with a score of 8.5/11.0.

A detailed interview with Mrs. Paikidze-Barnes will appear on the UMBC Chess Program blog.

Tim Cox, Academic Advising and Student Success, Featured in National Journal

A feature article by Tim Cox, assistant director of academic advising and student success at Shady Grove, was recently published in Academic Advising Today, a quarterly electronic publication of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

In the article, Cox describes how UMBC’s academic advising community supports and fosters multi-campus collaboration. He also shares examples of how UMBC’s community of experts helps inform and engage fellow advisors about the practice of academic advising across multiple campuses.

Read the full article »

Eric Yoo ’18 and Steven Strohmier ’16 qualify for ACUI billiards national tournament

Two UMBC undergraduate students, Eric Yoo ’18, math, and Steven Strohmier ’16, arts, recently competed in the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) sectional qualifier in billiards.

Mr. Yoo finished in first place, while Mr. Strohmier finished in fourth place. Both students have successfully qualified for the national tournament to be held this summer at a location yet to be announced.

The Commons Gameroom is proud to have sponsored their trip and invites the UMBC community to join us in congratulating them on their achievement.