News Archive 2017



  • Daevon Greene lands Cisco sales internship

    UMES upperclassman Daevon Greene nailed down his 2018 summer job plans on Halloween, thanks to a fledgling partnership between the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Cisco Systems Inc., a computer networking conglomerate. Greene landed a nine-w...

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017
    UMES' Winter commencement 2017

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore awarded 270 degrees today at its 21st winter commencement exercises. Families and friends filled the courtside bleachers in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center, ignoring a chilly forecast of a potential seco...

    Friday, December 15, 2017
    Oladimeji caps UMES senior year with speaking honor

    Omolayo Ayomide Oladimeji, a criminal justice major from Bowie, Md., will deliver the class of 2017's student commentary Friday, Dec. 15 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's winter commencement exercises.“It's a dream of mine to be able to s...

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017
    In memoriam: Dr. William M. Pender Sr.

    Retired UMES educator William Madison Pender Sr. died Friday, Dec. 8 in a two-vehicle traffic accident within view of his home on U.S. Route 50 west of Salisbury. He was 95.Pender worked at the university for some three decades, starting in the fall ...

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017
    Morgan State declares Princess Anne Academy Day

    Morgan State University's year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary included a Founders' Week ceremony formally recognizing the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's shared history with the Baltimore institution. Morgan President David Wilson p...

    Friday, December 1, 2017
    UPenn diversity expert is commencement speaker

    Dr. Marybeth Gasman, a University of Pennsylvania professor whose specialty is higher education history with a focus on minority serving institutions, will be UMES' winter commencement speaker Friday, Dec. 15. Graduation exercises in the Hytche Athle...

    Friday, November 17, 2017
    UMES + ReGreen Organics = Zero Waste

    Leftover food and table scraps generated across the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus will no longer be sent to a local landfill. Instead, the refuse will be handed over to ReGreen Organics, an up-start recycling company with a new approach...

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    UMES pilots? Make aviation history!

    Four UMES upperclassmen - each with a pilot's license - etched their names into aviation history this fall by helping track a record-breaking flight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Juniors Noah Atkins, Justin Beaudett, Chris Cornett and senior Jean Al...

    Thursday, November 9, 2017
    Articulation agreements make transferring to UMES smooth

    The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs has confirmed three new articulation agreements that have been finalized in the past several weeks. The Department of Kinesiology developed a “4+2” memorandum of understanding that und...

    Thursday, November 2, 2017
    Can nanotechnology combat soybean pests?

    Nanotechnology, using particles about a billionth of a meter in size, has helped improve products from clothing to golf balls to sunscreen. At the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a researcher is investigating how it can be used in soybean produ...

    Thursday, November 2, 2017
    Industry CEO is speaker for Blunt Lecture Series-Nov. 6

    Gregory A. Page, a UMES alumnus (1996) and president and CEO of Page Building Group, is the speaker Nov. 6 for the 10th annual Roger R. Blunt Construction Management Technology Lecture Series.  Page will address UMES students, faculty, industry peers...

    Thursday, November 2, 2017
    The Day Ella Fitzgerald visited UMES

    On a glorious autumn day 43 years ago - Oct. 27, 1974 - the University of Maryland Eastern Shore paid tribute to the 20th century's “First Lady of Song” by naming its performing arts center after Ella Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald spoke and performed during...

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    Cooperative agreement opens door for educational exchange with Ghana

    University of Maryland Eastern Shore representatives signed an agreement today with a group of 10 Technical Universities in Ghana-a catalyst for scientific cooperation and outreach between the institutions.  The linkage promotes development in Ghana ...

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    UMES welcomes new admissions / recruitment director

    Dr. Eric Hilton is the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's new admissions and recruitment director. Hilton has nearly two decades of experience in higher education administration as a recruiter. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Hilton earned his underg...

    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    UMES named a United Methodist Church historic site

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore - founded in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy - has the distinction of being “United Methodist Historic Site # 536,” an honor bestowed by the denomination's Peninsula-Delaware Conference.  It is a natio...

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    A summer spent running for public office

    DaJuan Gay began his studies at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with more on his mind than his challenging curriculum. At age 20, when most college kids anticipate the social life of school, Gay focused his extracurricular activities on his ...

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    Mosely Gallery design show promotes social change

    "Design/Connection,” opening Oct. 19 with a reception in the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Mosely Gallery from 4-6 p.m., is an invitational show featuring the works of four contemporary artists and educators who use visual communication as a...

    Friday, October 6, 2017
    Veterans Salute Gourmet Dining tickets available

    Tickets are available to tantalize your taste buds at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Gourmet Dining Series; a long-time fall tradition.  Hospitality and Tourism Management students and faculty have planned a veterans' salute and a holiday...

    Friday, October 6, 2017
    UMES sponsors College Fair Nov. 2

    High school juniors and seniors can connect with representatives from colleges across the country Nov. 2 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Tri-County College Fair.   The free event, which is in its 16th year, is from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ...

    Monday, October 2, 2017
    UMES' golf program receives an Exelon gift

    A Baltimore-area utility company that sponsored a major pro golf tournament this past summer has made a donation to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's PGA golf management program. The $20,000 gift from Constellation, an Exelon Company, will b...

    Friday, September 29, 2017
    A volunteer's front line view of hurricane relief in Texas

    Editor's Note: UMES counselor Kate Kent used her professional training and experience to assist the American Red Cross as a volunteer assigned to shelters where Hurricane Harvey evacuees from the Gulf Coast relocated.After officially being assigned b...

    Thursday, September 28, 2017
    Professor publishes one of a kind text resource

    If you're keeping up with the latest on educational settings for hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the community and schools, you've probably seen the term, “makerspace.”“Makerspaces have been popping up more recentl...

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    Upward Bound breaks down barriers

    Upward Bound, a federal program synonymous with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for more than half a century, is positioned to continue making a college education a realistic goal for first-generation and low-income students. Dr. Nicolé L. G...

    Friday, September 22, 2017
    UMES launches VET-Connect program

    Stephanie Hallowell's affinity for the university as an alum ('16) and her passion for working with veterans and people with disabilities has led her to a service post as UMES' new VET Connect program coordinator. “A lot of Vets from the area don't r...

    Friday, September 15, 2017
    2017 UMES Physical Therapy grads receive degrees

    Two sisters from Baltimore County were among 29 students who received Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees today at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 2017 summer commencement. Kayla Coad of Parkville was just behind older sister Karis crossing...

    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    UMES cracks U.S. News & World Report survey's Top 20

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore moved up to the nation's Top 20 historically black institutions, according to the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Colleges survey released today. At number 20, UMES' ranking is its...

    Monday, September 11, 2017
    Internship brings brush with golf stars

    UMES senior Nia Troutman had a front-row seat this summer to one of 2017's biggest events in women's golf while earning credit toward her degree in PGA golf management. Troutman is in the midst of a seven-month internship at the Des Moines Golf &...

    Friday, September 1, 2017
    Mosely Gallery faculty exhibit opens Sept. 7

     In addition to the annual faculty show's display of recent paintings, drawings, prints, photos, ceramics, sculpture, glass works and installations, I invited our talented faculty to also create works specifically addressing the theme, “Homage.”Durin...

    Thursday, August 31, 2017
    Dr. LeRoi Hicks is 2017 summer commencement speaker

    Dr. LeRoi S. Hicks will be the featured speaker for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 131st Founders' Day Convocation and summer commencement exercises. The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for t...

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    NO CELEBRITY chef

    There is so much interest these days in cooking and dining. Chefs have become celebrities with cable TV shows and product lines; they host cruises and festivals; they live that celebrity life. Thousands of women and men who make the food that we eat ...

    Monday, August 28, 2017
    On being an algebra ambassador

    Delaware State University invited me to participate this past summer in its “3+1” academic exchange program with the Changchun University of Science and Technology. Located in northeast China near the North Korean border, the city of Changchun is hea...

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017
    WESM 91.3 FM has a new general manager

    Veteran broadcaster Gerry Weston has accepted an appointment to be the general manager of WESM (91.3 FM), the National Public Radio affiliate on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Weston was general manager of Delmarva Public Rad...

    Friday, August 18, 2017
    Peace Corps Prep now an option @ UMES

    The Peace Corps is establishing an undergraduate certificate program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore that starts this fall. The Peace Corps Prep partnership with UMES will combine targeted coursework with hands-on experience to prepare st...

    Friday, August 11, 2017
    First State philanthropists start new UMES scholarship

    The owners and operators of Bennie Smith Funeral Home Inc. have established a new scholarship fund at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The Bennie and Shirley Smith Endowed Scholarship Fund is being created to provide need-based scholarships ...

    Thursday, August 3, 2017
    Student chefs showcase talent at Governor's event

    When Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan hosted the 10th annual Governor's Buy Local Cookout July 20 at the Government House in Annapolis, a student chef from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the Universities at Shady Grove's en...

    Friday, July 21, 2017
    A new frontier fighting prostate cancer

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Dr. Peter Wang is on a mission to unlock the mysteries behind a medical diagnosis dreaded by half the planet: prostate cancer. Along with fellow oncology researchers with whom he's worked since immigrating f...

    Thursday, July 13, 2017
    Pharmacy school secures accreditation thru 2019

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's School of Pharmacy has secured accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education through June 30, 2019. The council formally approved the peer-review credential in late June and notified UM...

    Thursday, July 13, 2017
    Making Physics Phun

    Drawing inspiration from the world of cartoon art, a team of University of Maryland Eastern Shore researchers has come up with a strategy to improve the success rate of students who take college physics courses.Led by Dr. Kausik S. Das, the team has ...

    Friday, June 2, 2017
    WWI tribute band will feature UMES musicians

    Dr. Isrea Butler embarks on a seminal personal journey this summer alongside young musicians who together will retrace the footsteps and performances - symbolically and literally - that will show how a World War I military band overcame segregation a...

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    Perseverance pays off for the Class of 2017

    Members of UMES' Class of 2017 won't likely forget how their Memorial Day weekend started - with pomp and circumstance. The university awarded 441 degrees during Friday's spring graduation ceremony, a quarter of which went to graduates who listed Pri...

    Friday, May 26, 2017
    Making virtual reality a really cool tool

    Ben Whiteley has the distinction of being the first engineering graduate (Class of 2017) to leave the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with virtual reality programming skills, much of it self-taught. His senior-year design project has established...

    Friday, May 12, 2017
    USDA grant to support fashion merchandising

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant that will be used to bring the latest digital technology to fashion design and merchandising classes. The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agricultu...

    Thursday, May 11, 2017
    Meet Jasmine Brown, Class of 2017

    Jasmine E. Brown will represent nearly 330 members of the senior class on stage at spring 2017 commencement exercises May 26 when she delivers the student commentary. Brown, a member of the Richard A. Henson Honors Program, was the top choice of a pa...

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    2017 Crab Boat Engineering Challenge

    Blue skies and unseasonably warm temperatures for late April provided ideal conditions for high school students putting their Chesapeake deadrise crab boat models through the test in the 2017 Eastern Shore Crab Boat Engineering Challenge sponsored by...

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    My March for Science

    “Science serves our nation” was among the many signs displayed during the March for Science on Earth Day 2017.  Even though it was damp and cold on the National Mall in Washington D.C., thousands of scientists turned out in a very spirited mood. Like...

    Monday, May 1, 2017
    UMES announces 2017 spring graduation line-up

    Rushern L. Baker III, Prince George's County executive, will be the spring 2017 graduation speaker for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore May 26 in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.  A sizeable number of audience members on commencement da...

    Friday, April 28, 2017
    UMES social media personality inspires future Hawk

    Logan Gibson, a graduating senior at Pikesville High School near Baltimore and newly admitted UMES student, met her favorite social media personality, UMES senior Jayla Watson, at a recent open house on campus. Gibson is smitten with UMES and Watson'...

    Monday, April 24, 2017
    Confronting opioid addiction & abuse

    Lower Delmarva residents who know someone struggling with opioid use can get answers to their questions Saturday, April 29 at a free information-exchange clinic sponsored by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.Students in UMES' School of Pharmac...

    Friday, April 14, 2017
    ‘The imminent autumn of new content’

    UMES students who register this fall for a select number of general education classes offered by the university's Department of English and Modern Languages can expect to spend less on traditional textbooks. That's the objective of Courtney Harned an...

    Thursday, April 13, 2017
    A spring break fixing things

    Imagine a spring break from college clearing brush along gnarly nature trails, rounding up refuse at Assateague Island National Seashore and making over an unkempt cemetery.Along with cultural excursions sprinkled in, that's what eight University of ...

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017
    UMES student named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

    UMES sophomore Axel Bayingana is among an elite group of peers from colleges across the country identified by a Boston-based non-profit organization as “public problem solvers.” Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 1,000 institutions that advance...

    Friday, March 31, 2017
    UMES pharmacists expand the brand to India

    Two faculty members from UMES' School of Pharmacy were among headliners who shared their expertise at an international conference of pharmacists and educators held last month in India. Dean Rondell E. Allen was a keynote speaker at the event held at ...

    Thursday, March 30, 2017
    'Be the one who succeeds'

    A new roving ambassador with a robust profile has joined the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Admissions and Recruitment office. A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 van debuted this week at the UMES Washington Metropolitan Area Alumni Chapter's 27th ...

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    Confronting the opioid crisis

    Dr. Deanna Dunn, a member of the UMES pharmacy school's charter class of 2013, took her experience volunteering as a graduate student as motivation to address a major health issue in the community while pursuing her career goals. Dunn has established...

    Friday, March 24, 2017
    Dumpson, Luna named to Maryland’s Top 100 Women list for 2017

    Two women with University of Maryland Eastern Shore ties have been named by The Daily Record to the Baltimore-based newspaper's 2017 listing of Maryland's Top 100 Women.  Kimberly C. Dumpson, UMES' executive vice president, and Bonnie N. Luna, a memb...

    Friday, March 17, 2017
    UMES hosts March 30 chamber music theatre performance

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore plays host to a free performance, “Ain't I a Woman,” Thursday, March 30 by the Core Ensemble of Lake Worth, Fla.The 7 p.m. chamber music theatre piece takes place at UMES' Ella Fitzgerald Center along with an ...

    Friday, March 17, 2017
    Concert Choir honors Tubman and Fitzgerald April 2

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore pays tribute to “two American icons of history and culture,” Harriet Tubman and Ella Fitzgerald, at its April 2 Concert Choir performance, said Dr. Sheila McDonald Harleston, director. The 4 p.m. concert is fr...

    Friday, March 17, 2017
    UMES plays integral role in opening of Harriet Tubman Visitor Center

    When the 17-acre Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center in Church Creek, Md., near Cambridge, Md. officially opens March 11-12, UMES will be on hand playing an important role in opening activities. The center, for which gro...

    Friday, March 10, 2017
    Introducing M STREET GRILLE

    UMES hospitality-tourism management students will soon have a new option in getting hands-on experience when an existing restaurant getting a new look re-opens in Princess Anne this spring. M STREET GRILLE is a collaborative venture between the Unive...

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    'I was never afraid'

    This profile originally was published in Wake Forest Magazine and is reproduced here with permission.By Carol L. Hanner  Herman Eure (Ph.D. '74) never expected that studying parasites would lead to receiving Wake Forest (University's) highest honor, ...

    Monday, March 6, 2017
    Spelling 'solvency' right makes life sweet

    The fourth time was the charm for Erin Welch of Princess Anne at the 2017 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee.The eighth-grader from St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Salisbury bested 26 other competitors Saturday to win the title of t...

    Saturday, March 4, 2017
    Harnessing the 'Force'

    When last heard from in a quiet corner of the UMES campus, Star Warrior Brad Hudson was sketching palm-sized drawings of the sci-fi film's characters that were to be marketed as collectible souvenirs. Since then, the unassuming art professor has gone...

    Friday, February 24, 2017
    A Student's Perspective on UMES Day in Annapolis

    By Chiamaka Nnah, senior biology major I thought UMES Day in Annapolis (Feb. 10) might be boring. I was unclear about my role, so assumed I was going to be sitting around watching people give presentations. As a biology major, I didn't really know mu...

    Thursday, February 23, 2017
    Van Hollen to visit UMES Feb. 20

    U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is scheduled to visit the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Presidents' Day, Feb. 20, when he will formally announce plans to introduce federal legislation honoring Harriet Tubman. Tubman, a Dorchester County ...

    Saturday, February 18, 2017
    UMES hosts Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

    In celebration of Black History Month, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's president, Dr. Juliette B. Bell, has called upon one of her favorites, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, for a free performance for the community. The group, which...

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017
    Hawk Homecoming-something for everyone

    Dizzying line-up of events marks Hawk Homecoming The University of Maryland Eastern Shore presents “School Daze” February 12-19-a plenitude of homecoming events for students, alumni and the community. A mini-concert and rally, “School is in Session,”...

    Friday, February 3, 2017
    Masonry fish magnet

    Four days prior to Christmas, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore put down a deposit on a small plot of real estate along the state's Atlantic coast.The location is 10 miles east of Ocean City some 50-to-60 feet underwater.Resting on the ocean f...

    Friday, February 3, 2017
    Black History Month exhibit opens Feb. 2

    “Women of Color Working With Color,” the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Black History Month Exhibit, opens Thursday, Feb. 2 with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Mosely Gallery. “As the most immediate of the art elements, color powerfully ...

    Thursday, January 26, 2017
    Making the most of your winter break

    Ben Webster just returned from China where he spent three weeks of his winter break from UMES as a participant in a business and culture program sponsored by the Council on International Education Exchange. Webster took a three-credit undergraduate c...

    Monday, January 23, 2017
    These UMES alums are glad to have pebbles in their (golf) shoes

    One of the PGA tour's signature golf tournaments takes place at the Pebble Beach Resorts each February and two newly minted UMES alumni will be working on the 2017 edition from a front-row seat.Norman Blanco and Bobby Donson parlayed senior-year inte...

    Friday, January 20, 2017