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Gay Warshaw, Manager of Recruitment and Admissions for the Graduate School, will retire from UMBC on September 1. She will be pursuing a new chapter as a self-employed freelance translator (German to English), a goal she has held for many years.

Gay’s ties to UMBC span more than 35 years. She attended UMBC as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and Linguistics. Gay then spent time at Kent State University pursuing graduate studies in Higher Education Administration and later returned to UMBC to earn a Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication. While an undergraduate at UMBC she worked as a tutor for the Learning Resources Center (where she met her future husband), as a Student Peer Advisor with Orientation, for Residential Life, and also interned with the Social Security Office of International Policy in Washington DC.

After a career in international exchange with the federal government and in the non-profit world, Gay spent several years as a stay-at- home mother. Gay returned to the workforce in 2001 initially working with UMBC’s Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (MIPAR). In 2010 she joined the staff of the Graduate School. As part of the Recruitment and Admissions staff Gay has helped to prepare countless graduate students for Graduate School through overseeing Graduate Orientation. She has represented the Graduate School in recruitment and marketing activities, coordinated the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program, and worked with partners across campus on various projects. She also
helped to move the Graduate School’s recruitment process into a more social media and web-based realm.

Gay was honored to participate in the first cohort of the UMBC Project Leadership Program. She also served the University in various ways, including: Maryland Charity Campaign Department Coordinator; New Student Book Experience Facilitator; Conversation Partner with the English Language Center; Commencement Volunteer; Manuscript Reviewer for the UMBC Review: Journal of Undergraduate Research; several search committees; and the Professional Staff Senate.