UMES salutes top undergraduate scholars

  • Thursday, April 2, 2015

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (April 2, 2015) - UMES students who shined in the classroom during 2014 were recognized today at the 62nd annual Honors Convocation.

    According to event organizers, 876 students whose academic performance resulted in grade point averages of 3.5 or higher were named to the dean's list. Students in that group of scholars with a 3.7 GPA or higher also were acknowledged with Departmental Distinction honors.

    2015 Most Outstanding students

    The day's highlight involved announcements of the coveted "Most Outstanding" students in the university's four academic divisions that offer undergraduate degrees.

    • School of Pharmacy and Health Professions: Mya Selby, Suitland, Md. 
    • School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences:  Alexandra Alford, Nashville, Tenn. 
    • School of the Arts and Professions: Kadijah Felder-Patterson, Sicklerville, N.J. 
    • School of Business and Technology: Ujala Noman of Princess Anne, a December 2014 graduate  

    Noman, Felder-Patterson and Alford were among 245 members of the Richard A. Henson Honors Program. Noman currently is a graduate student at Wayne State University in Detroit pursing a graduate degree in accounting.   

    Dr. Michael Lane, the Henson Honors Program director, said "the convocation is a rewarding and awarding opportunity for the entire campus community to come together, to praise the academic excellence of our finest students' journeys and to inspire new students to follow in their footsteps."

    UMES' annual honors convocation traditionally features an address from a keynote speaker and the 2015 edition was a homecoming for Dr. Tyler S. Love, a 2009 honor graduate (technology education) as well as member of the Henson Honors Program. He was introduced by his undergraduate adviser, Dr. Leon Copeland, a professor emeritus.

    "You may not realize it yet," Love said, "but I can assure you that your education from UMES will take you as far as you allow it, and it has prepared you to be competitive with graduates from some of the top institutions in the nation."

    Love, a Palmyra, Pa. native, stepped away from a teaching job in Baltimore to earn a master's degree and doctorate from Virginia Tech.

    Recognized as the top students in their respective departments were: Lindsey Hughes (agriculture, food and resource sciences), Noman Choudhry (natural sciences), Nana Okyere Acheampong (rehabilitation services), Jeffrey Ajayi (kinesiology), James Walker-Bey (criminal justice), Mariah Crockett (education),  Aundrea Townsend (English and modern languages), Kevin Odell (PGA golf management), Drew Barrall (technology), Leah Carpenter (hospitality-tourism management), Joshua Nwogu (mathematics and computer science), Eunhea Cho (fine arts), Mohamed Elbashir (general studies), Elizabeth Ranger (social sciences) and Abbas Diab (engineering and aviation science).


    Bill Robinsonx