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Program News


    • In October 2018, 11 ORLD students, graduates, and professors attended the 20th Annual International Leadership Association Conference.  Between those 11 attendees, they presented a total of 15 workshops and presentations.  What a great accomplishment for all who participated!  

    • In April 2018, we had several ORLD students and graduates take part in UMES's 9th Annual Research Symposium.  All did an excellent job representing the ORLD program! A special congratulations to 2011 ORLD Graduate, Dr. Wendy Edmonds, who won the faculty oral presentation competition and PhD student, Celeste Raver-Luning, who won the 3-Minute Thesis competition and placed second in the graduate student oral competition!

    • In March 2018, ORLD students, Davitta Ealy and Linda Cureton, were awarded best paper at ISSOBR - Academy Business Research Conference in New Orleans. Their paper centered on Chaos and Complexity Theory. Great work Davitta and Linda!

    • Congratulations to ORLD student, Davitta Ealy, and 2011 Graduate, Dr. Wendy Edmonds for being part of a team that won The Chair Academy's 2018 Idahlynne Karre Exemplary Leadership Award.  They were part of team that performed a mixed methods study utilizing the SYM-Q Model and Instrument, a derivative of Cultural Intelligence, to address the needs of students in intercultural environments.  Findings from the study can help to promote student inclusion and intercultural-synergy within learning institutions. 
      Award for Student and Graduate

    • In April 2017, ORLD alumna Dr. Jacqueline Stone published a study "Association of Health Professional Leadership Behaviors on Health Promotion Practice Beliefs" at the prestigious Disability and Health Journal. Drs. Attoh and Gong are among the coauthors. Congratulations to Dr. Stone!  

    • Our most sincere and heartfelt congratulations go out to our colleague Dr. Caddie Putnam Rankin, ORLD Assistant Professor and winner of the UMES Graduate School's 2015 Promising Scholar Award. Caddie was honored with the award on April 22, 2015 during the UMES Graduate Education Week. The Promising Scholar Award recognizes an untenured junior faculty member whose research, teaching and service to graduate and undergraduate students show significant signs of promise that the individual is on a trajectory of a successful career in the professoriate. Caddie is very humbled by the award but is very deserving of the recognition. Way to go Caddie!

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      From left: Dr. Patrick Liverpool, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Caddie Putnam Rankin, Assistant Professor in ORLD; Dr. Juliette Bell, UMES President (photo by Dr. Benita Rashaw) 
    • Congratulations to Dr. Zino Okpozo, who did an outstanding job presenting her research in the annual UMES 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition. Dr. Okpozo presented her dissertation research on the effect of ethical leadership in mitigating burnout of hospital residents in the three minute format. Great work Dr. Z!
    • Great work by ORLD students William Etti, Sherry Maykrantz and Nan Tang at the 2015 UMES Graduate Research Symposium. Each of them presented research they have been completing in the program, and each did an excellent job with the presentations and the Q&A that followed. We are proud of each of you!
    • Congratulations to Mr. William Etti, who was selected to receive the OD Honor Award as part of the Acquisition Community N-Act Working Group by the National Institutes of Health. Great work!
    • Congratulations to our Fall 2014 ORLD graduates:
      Dr. Carl Jefferson
      Dr. Lonnie Morris
      Dr. Ihouma Nwakwuo
      Dr. Cynthia Sims 
      Dr. Benita Rashaw

    • Congratulations to Ms. Benita Rashaw, ORLD student and UMES’ assistant director in the Office of Residence Life, who was recently named to the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools’ Family Engagement Council. This followed her winning the 2014 Parent Involvement Matters Award from Somerset County Public Schools. She is an outstanding role model of engaged community leadership - congratulations Benita!
    • The ORLD program wants to commend William Etti and Mia Russell, two students currently in the program, for their participation in the 2014 International Leadership Association conference in San Diego, CA. Will presented his poster entitled "Succession Planning and Cultural Intelligence: Women and Minorities," while Mia presented her paper entitled "Leadership Through Entrepreneurship Education: A Creative Way to Engage and Motivate Youth." Both were well received, and both reported that they had a wonderful experience and were able to meet and network with some leaders in Organizational Leadership. 
    • Congratulations to our Spring 2014 ORLD graduates:
      Dr. Karen Casey
      Dr. Lisa Johnson

    • Congratulations to Ms. Shearn Barkley, winner of the UMES Graduate Dean's 2014 Staff Award for Excellence. Ms. Barkley has faithfully and excellently served the ORLD program for several years. We appreciate her continued efforts and applaud her on this honor!
    • Several ORLD students and faculty participated in the 5th annual UMES Regional Research Symposium, held on April 17th at the UMES Student Services Center. The participants represented ORLD well, and include Karen Casey, Carl Jefferson, Benita Rashaw, Debbie Ridley, and Simeon Shoge. Faculty participants included Dr. Tao Gong, Dr. Todd Matthews, and Dr. Caddie Putnam Rankin. Way to go!
    • Congratulations to our December 2013 ORLD graduates:
      Dr. Rose Beteck
      Dr. Carolina Bown
      Dr. Leonard Burks
      Dr. Tondalaya Carroll
      Dr. Nicole Gavin
      Dr. Nichelle Henderson
      Dr. Marye Kellerman
      Dr. Cecelia Martin
      Dr. Vanita Penn
      Dr. Alotta Taylor
      Dr. Louis Woolard

    • Congratulations to Dr. Carolina Bown (ORLD Fall 2013 graduate), who recently placed third in the first annual UMES 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition. Dr. Bown presented her dissertation research in a three minute format, captivating the audience with the results of her fascinating study of indigenous women leaders in Ecuador. Way to go Carolina!
    • Several ORLD faculty and students participated in a workshop entitled "Leadership for Human Service Professionals: A Servant Leadership Approach." The workshop was held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center on November 12th, 2013. It was sponsored by the Wicomico County Partnership for Families and Children and was organized by Partnership employee and ORLD Internship student, Janese Weathers.
    • Three ORLD students (Tondalaya Carroll, Lonnie Morris and Cynthia Sims) presented at the International Leadership Association's 15th annual global conference in Montreal, Canada in October 2013. Their session was entitled "Understanding the Intersection of Leadership and Entrepreneurship." Congratulations!
    • Warmest congratulations to ORLD adjunct faculty member Dr. Judylynn Mitchell, who was honored as the 2013 National Education Association Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award winner at a ceremony in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Mitchell has dedicated her career to working to promote equality and fairness for all. For more information about Dr. Mitchell, see this link: Again, congratulations and outstanding work Dr. Mitchell.
    • Congratulations to ORLD student Cynthia Sims, who was the co-chair of the 3rd Annual WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development) "Pathways to Leadership Conference" held at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio on June 6th, 2013. Great work Cynthia!