UMES to Celebrate Founders’ Day

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) celebrates its 121st birthday on Tuesday, September 18, at 10 a.m. in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts.  Dr. Dudley E. Flood is the keynote speaker.

    Having served 21 years as a high school educator in the North Carolina public school system, Flood rose through the ranks to the position of executive director of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators.  Throughout his career, he has been published in more than 25 journals, has received some 300 awards for civic service and has spoken or conducted workshops in 48 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Bermuda, Canada and Germany.  He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina, the Substance Abuse Advisory Committee for the North Carolina Prison System, the Minority Cancer Awareness Action Team and on several other boards and committees. He earned a bachelor's degree from North Carolina Central University, a master's degree in educational administration from Eastern Carolina University and a doctoral degree in the same field from Duke University.

    Honorary degree candidates Arthur Shell, legendary football coach, member of the NFL Hall of Fame Class of 1989 and member of the UMES Class of 1968; Robert Lee Elder, professional golfer credited with breaking through one of the most long-standing racial barriers in U.S. sports; and William Dickey, professional golfer and founder of the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association (formerly the National Minority Junior Golf Scholarship Association), will be in attendance.  In addition, for the first time ever, seven Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees will be awarded during the convocation.  A birthday cake reception in front of the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts will immediately follow.

    UMES, a land-grant, research and doctoral degree granting institution, opened its doors to one faculty member and nine students 121 years ago on September 13, 1886.  Faculty, staff and students invite the community to join the birthday celebration, which will include a week's worth of activities that are open to the public.

    Founders' Week Activities begin Sunday, September 16, and continue throughout the week:  Sunday, September 16, Founders' Week Worship Service, Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 11 a.m.; Monday, September 17, International Birthday Flag Salute, Dr. Herman Franklin International Flag Mall, 9 a.m.; Monday, Light Night, Richard A. Henson Center Portico, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, September 18, Founders' Week Convocation & Commencement, Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts, 10 a.m.; Tuesday, Birthday Cake Reception, Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts Patio, immediately following Convocation; Tuesday, Art Shell Celebrity Golf Classic Pairing Party, Richard A. Henson Center, 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Founders' Week Outdoor Concert and Fireworks, Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts Lawn, 8 p.m.; Wednesday, September 19, Art Shell Celebrity Golf Classic, GlenRiddle Golf Course (Berlin), 8:30 a.m.; Thursday, September 20, Department of Fine Arts Music Faculty Recital, Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.; Sunday, September 23, Worship Service, First Baptist Church in Salisbury, 9:30 a.m.

    For more information or a complete listing of events, visit http://www.umes.edu/founders/ or contact the UMES Office of Public Relations at 410-651-6669. 

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    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355,sstreet@umes.edu.