BALTIMORE - UMBC Athletics and Recreation would like to congratulate Joseph Bieberich, a 21-year old graduate student-athlete at UMBC from Brookeville, Maryland. This past May, the men’s rugby captain received the first annual Haud Collumi Scholarship sponsored by the UMBC RFC Alumni Association. Joe graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in environmental science with a minor in biological sciences. He is currently enrolled in an accelerated Master's program at UMBC, and plans to finish his Master's degree with a thesis in May 2013.
During Joe’s senior year at UMBC, he was voted captain & president of the UMBC men's rugby team, and is currently entering his eighth semester with the team this fall. In the fall of 2011, the team made the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year, and in the spring of 2012, the team brought home first place trophies from both the Frostbite and Rocky Gorge Cup tournaments, with victories against many formidable east coast rugby teams.
In addition to his involvement with the men's rugby team, he was also a member of the UMBC Honors College and the Sports Club Council. Joe also received the community service award, and the officer of the month award at the Sports Club Council end of the year banquet in May.
This coming academic year, he plans to remain a captain on the men's rugby team and a executive on the Sports Club Council.