News Archive 2018



  • Class of ‘68: Golden Hawks forged by an incendiary year

    As December 2018 graduates embark on the next chapter of their lives, members of the Class of 1968 were honored at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 22nd winter commencement.  The class of '68 includes a Tony-nominated stage actress, retired...

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    Bringing a Little Joy to Delmarva

    While making a list and checking it twice, we go straight to a big man (on campus) himself. A long-time University of Maryland Eastern Shore faculty member - and member of a giving profession - wears an additional stocking cap this time of year. And ...

    Friday, December 14, 2018
    'Remembering how far you have come'

    Graduation day at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore began shrouded in fog, much the way some degree candidates surely must have felt their first day of college - some just 3½ years ago. By midday, 270 newly minted graduates emerged from the un...

    Friday, December 14, 2018
    'Go as far as the east is from the west'

    Eden Ndjami, who as a child emigrated with her parents from Cameroon to America, delivers the student commentary on behalf of classmates who graduate Dec. 14 during the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 22nd winter commencement exercises. The bi...

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    Getting back to the land

    Annette Kenney is proof it's never too late to pursue a college education. On the cusp of turning 50, Kenney earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in December 2016. And she isn't finished. Kenney is a...

    Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    Tom Joyner headlines December 2018 graduation

    Philanthropist-broadcaster Tom Joyner will put an exclamation point on his recent efforts to help the University of Maryland Eastern Shore boost its scholarship fund by serving as the December 2018 commencement speaker. Joyner will be just the fourth...

    Thursday, November 8, 2018
    Circle of Giving

    Editor's note: This essay is adapted from remarks the writer delivered during the 2018 President's Donor Reception Oct. 25.What is life without the ability to receive and give gifts? Giving can create an array of many colorful perspectives, and a wor...

    Monday, November 5, 2018
    The sky is not the limit for UMES researchers

    UMES physics professor Kausik Das spent a week with the National Research Council of Canada in mid-October participating in suborbital flights to conduct experiments under zero-gravity conditions, including one developed by four University of Marylan...

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018
    Henry Brooks - 4-H Hall of Fame honoree

    Dr. Henry M. Brooks, who served 33 years as 1890 extension administrator at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H. Honored by the Maryland 4-H ...

    Monday, October 29, 2018
    Pharmacists help people live better lives

    I always wanted to pursue a career in health care.  A presentation at a career day in high school set me on the path to becoming one of America's most trusted professionals: a pharmacist.As I began to learn more about what pharmacists do, I came to u...

    Sunday, October 28, 2018
    2018 $1 Million Golf Shootout starts Oct. 27

    The Million Dollar Golf Shootout, hosted by WMDT 47ABC and sponsored by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, begins this weekend and provides a chance for one local golfer to win $1 million. The event features qualifying rounds at three differen...

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    UMES alum flourishes at prestigious D.C.-area research lab

    Jordan Wesley of Mitchellville, Md. received his undergraduate degree in computer science from UMES this past December, launching him on a path to a post-graduate internship with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Wesley, who played baseball for ...

    Friday, October 19, 2018
    “A class act”

    Richard Warren Jr.'s classroom is not difficult to locate a few steps down the hall from Crisfield High School's central office.  It might just be a local landmark, now that he's Maryland's 2018-19 Teacher of the Year. Warren's door festooned in maro...

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    'Through clear Moroccan skies ...

    By Allyson McCullough / UMES Class of 2020A recent overseas adventure demonstrated to me, as Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. once wrote, that “A mind stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimension.” Traveling forces you to trust the un...

    Thursday, October 4, 2018
    When pumpkins & strawberries grow side-by-side @ UMES

    First, it was zucchinis and squash. Now, it's pumpkins (and late-season strawberries). Oh my. Dr. Naveen Kumar is the latest University of Maryland Eastern Shore faculty member to produce a bountiful harvest from a small experimental plot on the east...

    Wednesday, October 3, 2018
    UMES awards 29 Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees

    Twenty-nine graduate students in the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's doctor of physical therapy program were awarded degrees during summer commencement and a belated 132nd Founders' Day celebration. Following the ceremony, Rachel V. Whiteley o...

    Sunday, September 23, 2018
    Mosley exhibit: No Longer 'The Irreverent One'

    Over a 25-week period earlier this year, the blockbuster “Black Panther” took in $700 million in gross ticket sales domestically, the top-earning movie for the first nine months of 2018. The name of the late artist, whose creativity in the 1970s insp...

    Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Hospital CEO steps in to deliver commencement speech

    Steven Walas, chief executive officer of HealthSouth Chesapeake Rehabilitation Hospital, will serve as guest speaker for the rescheduled 2018 Founders' Day convocation and summer commencement at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The event was...

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    More than a fishing expedition for this UMES researcher

    Next time you gaze into an aquarium to watch zebrafish zip to and fro, you might just be looking at a 2-inch long vertebrate capable of pointing the way to treating high blood pressure and diabetes. That's because the small fish with black and white ...

    Thursday, September 13, 2018
    UMES marine scientist moonlights as an archaeologist

    Before Dr. Bradley G. Stevens joined the University of Maryland Eastern Shore faculty in 2009 as a marine scientist, he conducted research on the biology and reproduction of king crabs for 22 years in Kodiak, Alaska.  In the early 21st century, Steve...

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018
    TEAM = Together in Excellence, Affirming our Mission

    Dr. Heidi M. Anderson's whirlwind first week as UMES' 16th leader began with fund-raising outreach in Orlando and ended today at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in a traditional gesture recognizing the 132nd anniversary of the university and the...

    Sunday, September 9, 2018
    A life rich and full, well lived

    Dr. Thomas H. Kiah, the dapper leader of old Princess Anne College who died in 1936, left a lasting impression on most people he encountered - an observant Louis Frazier Martin among them. “I really admired him,” recalled Martin, now 101.  “He was ba...

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018
    1894 alumna’s grandson is 2018 Founders’ Day speaker

    UMES' 132nd Founders' Day Convocation speaker will be Dr. John B. King Jr., the grandson of one of the institution's earliest graduates. King is president and chief executive of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to ide...

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018
    Trap crops: 'Its about the bees ... and the flowers'

    The day may not be too far off when melons will grow in the same field alongside summer squash and zinnias. Dr. Simon Zebelo, an agriculture research professor who specializes in entomology, and his graduate student Ebony Jenkins are field testing an...

    Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    Marshall Stevenson joins UMES academic leadership team

    Dr. Marshall F. Stevenson Jr. has joined the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's academic leadership team as dean of its School of Education, Social Sciences and The Arts. Stevenson most recently served in a similar role at Delaware State Universi...

    Friday, June 29, 2018
    Garden Partners

    Somerset County's Marion Sarah Peyton Adult & Alternative Learning Center focused on food as a school-wide project during 2017-18 academic year, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore played a supporting role. It started in September, when ...

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    'I believe in human dignity'

    A Mississippi Civil Rights Museum exhibit highlighting the role protest marches played in the movement includes a 1966 photograph of a 22-year-old black man wearing a Maryland State College t-shirt. The museum in Jackson, the state capital, acquired ...

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Hats off to the Class of 2018

    Creativity became a partner of unbridled joy at the 131st spring commencement exercises Friday, ushering in a new era at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The university's administration relaxed graduation-day rules and allowed honorees to de...

    Friday, May 25, 2018
    Abigail Chambers: agriculture education ambassador

    Abigail Chambers is a one-of-a-kind undergraduate at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. A candidate to graduate in the spring of 2019, Chambers is an agriculture education major - the lone student at UMES currently pursuing that degree path. S...

    Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Carolyn Brooks to be honored at May 25 commencement

    Dr. Carolyn B. Brooks, an award-winning educator at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for more than three decades, will be formally named a faculty member emerita May 25 during the 2018 spring commencement. The Richmond, Va. native joined the ...

    Thursday, May 10, 2018
    Spring commencement's student speaker named

    Senior Jahmai E. Holland will deliver the student commentary on behalf of her classmates at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 2018 spring commencement exercises May 25. A panel of judges picked Holland, an accounting major from Landover, Md....

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018
    New Hope for Prostate Cancer and Other Diseases

    Dr. Sean Vasaitis, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has the distinction of being the only current member of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore faculty with two U.S. Patents to his credit. The latest came in early February  for...

    Friday, May 4, 2018
    An up close look at aviation innovation & leadership

    I had the opportunity this past April to attend the world's oldest air show - the Innovation and Leadership in Aviation exhibition in Berlin, Germany.  The 109-year-old event featuring the latest innovations in aviation and space travel had more than...

    Thursday, May 3, 2018
    I CARE (about goslings)

    It was very unusual to see a goose nesting site in a high (foot) traffic area with no camouflage, but this is what two Canada geese decided to do just outside my office window in the Hytche Athletic Center. I had the unique opportunity to watch the p...

    Monday, April 30, 2018
    New epilepsy treatment idea emerges at UMES

    A medical research project Dr. Patrice L. Jackson-Ayotunde began seven years ago has earned the University of Maryland Eastern Shore pharmacy professor a U.S. Patent.  Jackson-Ayotunde received word April 3 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office t...

    Friday, April 27, 2018
    When you want to be ‘boss of the moss’

    Lingering winter weather didn't hamper UMES golf management students from polishing their putting skills as they awaited the arrival of spring. That's because they've been practicing in the friendly confines of the PGA-accredited program's new academ...

    Thursday, April 26, 2018
    Rural health inequities focus of UMES summit

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the state health department co-hosted a “Health Equity Summit” April 20 at the Henson Center that attracted some 140 participants. Inspired by National Minority Health Month, the day-long event was a joint...

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    Altruistic alumni pay it forward

    Shanicia Hanson was about to move in November 2016 when she discovered graduation regalia from her undergraduate days at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. “As I was packing, I came across my cap and gown … and I asked (fiancé Cardel Louis-Jac...

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    Professor James Polk to receive presidential medallion

    A respected educator who spanned the transition from Maryland State College to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore during those challenging times will be honored May 25 at the 2018 spring commencement exercises. James A. Polk will be awarded a p...

    Friday, April 13, 2018
    Biology major wins UMES' top undergraduate award

    Vasavi Veerapaneni was eight when she and her family moved to the United States from India.  She mastered a new language in the ensuing 11 years and is now on the verge of earning a degree in biology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Alo...

    Thursday, April 5, 2018
    UMES alumna comes full 'circle'

    Caitlin Cecil LaComb returns April 5 to her alma mater to deliver the keynote address at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 65th spring honors convocation.  Since graduating with honors in December 2014 with a bachelor's degree in general agr...

    Friday, March 30, 2018
    UMES student to serve as University System of MD regent

    UMES junior Langston O. Frazier's nomination by Gov. Larry Hogan to serve on the University System of Maryland's governing board has received formal approval from the state senate. Frazier will represent 170,000 of his peers - including his 20-year-o...

    Friday, March 16, 2018
    'Blues & Roots'

    James Biays Young spent a rich-and-full life collecting jazz recordings and books about “America's classical music,” and now the fruits of those twin obsessions are entrusted to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Before Young, a Baltimorean by...

    Thursday, March 15, 2018
    BG&E executive is 2018 spring commencement speaker

    Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), will deliver the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's commencement address May 25 to the Class of 2018. Butler has been a utility company executive since 200...

    Friday, March 9, 2018
    Taryn Jones named Newman Civic Fellow for 2018-19

    Taryn B. Jones, a junior biochemistry major from Willingboro, N.J., will be the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Newman Civic Fellow for the 2018-19 academic year. Jones is among 268 college students selected for the honor by Campus Compact, a ...

    Thursday, March 8, 2018
    Meet the lower Eastern Shore's best speller for 2018

    James Gordy, a seventh-grader at Somerset Intermediate School in Westover, bested 21 other competitors Saturday to win the 2018 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee. Gordy, who asked to be introduced as “Jake,” confidently plowed through 26 r...

    Saturday, March 3, 2018
    Cotton Incorporated awards UMES curriculum grant

    A Curriculum Program Grant from Cotton Incorporated has been awarded to Dr. Sunidhi Mehta, an assistant professor in UMES' Department of Human Ecology. It will support research aimed at providing in-depth information to fashion merchandising students...

    Friday, February 23, 2018
    Rubbing elbows with renowned oceanographers

    I had the opportunity this past summer to return to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts and conduct bio-geochemical research alongside Dr. David Nicholson and Hilary Palevsky, a post-doctoral student. As a rising junior in 2016, I too...

    Monday, February 19, 2018
    The Legacy of Mack Alston, UMES '71

    Mack Alston Jr. (class of 1971) was a devoted and committed Hawk who over the years made regular contributions to his alma mater's athletics program, the university's Annual Fund and other campus initiatives.  Alston passed away on Christmas Eve in 2...

    Friday, February 16, 2018
    UMES professor's baseball collection on display in Salisbury

    Professional baseball spring training is underway and a new exhibit with multiple ties to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore opens Friday, Feb. 16, at the rebranded Salisbury Art Space in downtown Salisbury. “The Art and History of the Negro Le...

    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    UMES President Bell announces decision to step down

    Dr. Juliette B. Bell announced today that she will step down as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on June 30. Bell informed Chancellor Robert Caret, the University System of Maryland's governing board and the UMES Board of Visitor...

    Monday, February 12, 2018
    UMES students to attend USDA Ag Outlook Forum

    Two UMES undergraduates are among 30 university students the U.S. Department of Agriculture has picked to attend its 2018 Agricultural Outlook Forum through the USDA Student Diversity Program. Senior Tobechukwu "Toby" Opara and sophomore Alexis Doon ...

    Monday, February 5, 2018
    Marshall Cropper: Eastern Shore Golf Hall of Famer

    UMES men's golf coach Marshall Cropper is among six people in the Class of 2017 inducted into the Eastern Shore Golf Hall of Fame.  Cropper, who grew up in Accomack County, Va., is the first African-American to be so honored by the recognition progra...

    Friday, February 2, 2018
    A winter break in the Dominican Republic

    The service learning trip to the Dominican Republic organized by the Richard A. Henson Honors Program that I took a year ago greatly impacted me and motivated me to experience it again this past January. One thing I took away from this experience is ...

    Thursday, February 1, 2018
    Salisbury University, UMES form new academic partnership

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Salisbury University have forged a new academic partnership capable of producing pharmacists in six years. The agreement creating a “cooperative undergraduate/professional program” will streamline instruct...

    Thursday, January 25, 2018
    Saludos desde Salamanca

    ¡Hola! I am a strong believer that learning never stops. Though school was not in session in January, breaks are prime opportunities to pursue your interests and get outside your comfort zone. For the past two winter breaks, I have used that free tim...

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    Clothing drive nets UMES national acclaim

    A clothing drive UMES' PGA golf management students conducted in 2017 has received national recognition by a philanthropy founded by golf pros that collects and passes on recycled apparel to the needy. UMES students' efforts in rounding up nearly 500...

    Thursday, January 18, 2018