News Archive 2019



  • Tuskegee Airmen celebrate Veterans’ Day at UMES

    Veterans' Day 2019 was a red-letter day for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Actually, “Red Tail” day is more accurate. Two charter members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, including an Eastern Shore native, visited campus to share wisdom ...

    Monday, November 11, 2019
    The energy behind MD's lynching reconciliation panel

    A Dominican Republic native who uses her platform as a Maryland lawmaker to be a voice for disenfranchised African-Americans brought her impassioned message of justice and reconciliation to UMES Thursday. State Del. Joselina Pena-Melnyk delivered a p...

    Thursday, November 7, 2019
    From micro to MACRO

    Getting accepted to an Ivy League school is a dream come true for most college students; being pursued by one is difficult to imagine.But that's the position Ayobami Ogunmolasuyi, a UMES senior who was born in Nigeria, was fortunate to find himself i...

    Friday, November 1, 2019
    'I am just a cook'

    It's not every day a chef with a rock star résumé stops by your kitchen to talk shop and samples your mother's recipe for empanadas. But that's what Mario A. Sep and his classmates experienced when World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés visited th...

    Thursday, October 31, 2019
    Summer of a Lifetime Yields Media Experience in the Windy City

    I was blessed this past summer with the amazing opportunity to have an internship of a lifetime. Through the Louis Carr Internship Foundation, I was given the chance to live in Chicago and work for Flowers Communications Group, a multicultural public...

    Friday, October 18, 2019
    UMES announces new testing admissions' policy

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore announced today it is implementing a “test-optional” admissions policy for applicants whose high school transcripts show their grade-point average to be 3.4 or higher.  Applicants with strong academic credenti...

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019
    UMES, Salisbury Chamber salute veterans Nov. 8

    George Owings, Maryland's Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Anthony S. Sarbanes, a Salisbury native who served three decades in the U.S. Army, are the featured speakers at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 2019 Veterans' Day banquet. The Fr...

    Thursday, October 3, 2019
    'School saved my life'

    John B. King Jr., who served as the Obama administration's second secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, told everyone he met Oct. 1 during a whirlwind tour of Somerset County that schools saved - and shaped - his life. The president / chief ...

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019
    'We will help students fulfill their dreams'

    Dr. Heidi M. Anderson was formally inaugurated Friday as the 16th leader of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on the 133rd anniversary of the institution's founding. When Anderson took office on Sept 1, 2018, she became the fourth woman in the...

    Friday, September 13, 2019
    Founders’ Week 2019 ~ Summer Commencement

    The 45 graduates who were celebrated during Thursday's University of Maryland Eastern Shore summer commencement included an athlete who found UMES while competing for an in-state rival, a couple who met in class and plan to marry, and an entrepreneur...

    Thursday, September 12, 2019
    Md. State College chaplain & professor remembered as vivid orator

    The Rev. William Tycer Nelson has a distinctive place in the history of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he served as a sociology professor and the college chaplain for 23 years during the Maryland State College era beginning in 1948.B...

    Monday, September 9, 2019
    Celebrating three decades of aviation science instruction

    UMES is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its aviation science program in 2019, and the contributions of the man who got it off the ground. Abraham Spinak was remembered Sunday during a ceremony in the university's Engineering and Aviation Science ...

    Sunday, September 8, 2019
    UMES receives $1.3 million NIH science education grant

    Adel Karara and Anjan Nan - professors in UMES' School of Pharmacy - have secured a $1.3 million grant funded by the Science Education Partnership Award program administered by the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences at the National Insti...

    Thursday, August 29, 2019
    UMES representative to lynching study panel named

    Dr. Marshall F. Stevenson Jr. (dean, School of Education, Social Sciences & The Arts) will represent UMES on the newly formed Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The 2019 Maryland legislature created the panel to investigate th...

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019
    ‘This isn’t a job where you can relax’

    UMES aviation student Russell Hayman's middle name is Joseph, but it could just as easily be “vigilant.” That was the case on Independence Day 2019, when Hayman was involved in the rescue of a critically injured teen face down in the Atlantic Ocean. ...

    Monday, August 19, 2019
    Drive fast. Turn left.

    “Drivers, start your engines” are four words that motivate Christian Rose to show up for work - sometimes as many as seven days a week. The UMES alum is hoping someday to answer that call to action at Daytona International Speedway on the second Sund...

    Monday, August 12, 2019
    Barre None: Marion Cuyjet – dance instructor & cultural activist

    “For the culture” isn't just a trendy 21st century phrase.In post-World War II America, Marion D. Cuyjet of Philadelphia played an influential role in diversifying the classical ballet community; she saw a star student, Judith Jamison, go on to perfo...

    Monday, July 29, 2019
    Hawks recall when 'the Eagle ... landed.'

    “Easy Rider” starring Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson and the late Dennis Hopper was the most popular movie in America in July 1969.  A first-class postage stamp cost just six cents and “In the Year 2525” sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 song chart the ent...

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019
    Helping his hometown make sports history

    UMES senior Anthony Ward is proud of his Detroit roots and is in position during summer break to play an important role in helping his hometown stage a history-making sporting event. Ward is completing the final leg of required field experience neede...

    Monday, June 24, 2019
    UMES expands special education teaching curriculum

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has expanded its special education course offerings to appeal to a broader group of professionals who work or have contact with children and adults with diverse needs. UMES' new certificate program has two opt...

    Friday, June 21, 2019
    UMES to offer first-of-its-kind MOOC

    BALTIMORE  - On July 10, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will become the nation's first historically black institution to launch a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Boston-based edX platform in partnership with the University System...

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019
    The Day Eleanor Roosevelt Visited Maryland State

    Fifteen days after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark 1954 ruling on public school desegregation, a prominent equal rights voice delivered Maryland State College's spring commencement address. If former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt mentioned ...

    Saturday, June 1, 2019
    2019 alumna epitomized perseverance

    Intrepid Katie Lipsius walked away from her brief time as a University of Maryland Eastern Shore student with an impressive list of credentials. The Cambridge, Md. native graduated May 24 with highest honors, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in b...

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019
    The transformative power of education

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 2019 spring graduation will be remembered for the 426 new alumni it produced and an inspiring example of the long-term dividends an education from a historically black institution can yield. Dr. John B. King...

    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    'Pay forward the support you received here'

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore conferred 426 degrees at its spring 2019 graduation exercises May 24, a historically significant anniversary for the institution. Sixty years ago to the day, the commencement speaker for the class of 1959 was ...

    Friday, May 24, 2019
    ‘He had something in him - some kind of spirit’

    Charles Laws was a senior at Maryland State College in September 1958 when “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story” by the minister of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Alabama's capital city was published. Laws read the book because its 29-year-o...

    Thursday, May 23, 2019
    A talent for telling stories through art

    @PlasticBottru's 5,900+ Instagram followers will be pleased to know the talent behind the online comic strip, “Oh, My Intern,” graduates from college this spring. So will the family of Martha Opiyo, who left Kenya four years ago to pursue a college e...

    Monday, May 20, 2019
    From UMES’ farm to Tuskegee’s veterinary school

    Nakia Coit is quick to acknowledge that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's farm heavily influenced her decision to become a Hawk. The Baltimore native chose agriculture (animal & poultry pre-vet professional concentration) as her major an...

    Friday, May 17, 2019
    A far-flung clinical rotation doubled as a mercy mission

    For our public health rotation requirement as Doctor of Pharmacy program students, Lauren Antal and I traveled to Vietnam this past April on a medical mission accompanying Dr. Hoai-An Truong and his UMES faculty colleague Dr. Yen Dang.  To ready ours...

    Thursday, May 16, 2019
    Mr. & Mrs. Crippen: Hawk Love Bound for the West Coast

    With their sights set on the West Coast, New Church, Va. native Deshondre (Dre) Crippen and his wife, Zambian native Ruth (Racheal) Crippen, will both receive their bachelor's degrees May 24 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's spring commen...

    Thursday, May 9, 2019
    Business majors measure up as stock market investors

    UMES seniors who took “Strategic Management” (BUAD 495), a course that featured a mock stock market investment competition, learned this spring what it takes to be the next Warren Buffett. Long-time business professor Bryant Mitchell builds his sylla...

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    'Peace, Freedom & Power'

    More than 100,000 people have passed through the visitors' center at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Church Creek, Md. since it opened in 2017.  Future visitors will soon have the opportunity to view artwork create...

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019
    Patterns & Profits

    UMES junior Bryonna Polite, a human ecology major, markets her fashion merchandising skills on a website that since January has generated roughly enough revenue to pay for tuition and fees for a year. The Baltimore native operates Go 2 Girl Bry, an o...

    Monday, May 6, 2019
    Lawmakers greenlight new UMES health professions building

    Construction of a new academic building for UMES' School of Pharmacy and Health Professions is slated to begin this fall, triggered by a $10 million allocation from the 2019 Maryland General Assembly.  The project enables the university to consolidat...

    Thursday, April 25, 2019
    UMES to have a say in confronting lynching legacy

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will have a say in shaping how the state should redress grievances lingering from its history of lynching incidents in the 19th and 20th centuries. The General Assembly passed a law during the just-completed 2...

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    UMES professor’s dissertation garners national acclaim

    A dissertation examining a middle-school curriculum that challenged students to identify and solve problems in their community earned UMES English professor Courtney Harned her doctorate a year ago - and national recognition. The American Educational...

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    2019 Student Commentary winner named

    Vernajh E. Pinder will deliver the student commentary on behalf of the Class of 2019 during the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's spring graduation ceremony May 24. A hospitality and tourism management major from Nassau, Bahamas, Pinder is a mem...

    Friday, April 19, 2019
    Military drone competition to feature UMES engineering students

    University of Maryland Eastern Shore engineering students have earned a spot to compete against 10 other schools in the inaugural HBCU/MI Design Competition sponsored by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) later this month.Th...

    Monday, April 8, 2019
    Shore trio among 2019 Award of Excellence honorees

    Three undergraduates from the lower Eastern Shore were among four UMES students singled out for stellar work inside and outside the classroom during the university's 2019 honors convocation. Peers applauded approvingly as Katherine Lipsius of Cambrid...

    Thursday, April 4, 2019
    Working behind the scenes at The Masters

    UMES sophomore Lane Dillon's 10-day stint as an intern at Augusta National Golf Club during the 2019 Masters tournament provided up-close access to sports history he'll undoubtedly remember the rest of his life.Tiger Woods shocked the golf world by w...

    Friday, March 29, 2019
    Bee mites beware!

    Scientists looking for what's causing the decline of honeybees might have found an answer that has UMES faculty researcher Enrique Nelson Escobar optimistic their discovery can translate into boosting Delmarva farmers' crop production. Escobar, an ag...

    Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    Transition ahead for UMES’ Senior Woman Athletic Administrator

    A willing servant and hesitant interviewee, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Neema Connor reflects on her nearly two decades at this historically black land-grant institution. Always one to have an encouraging word and a positive attitude, ...

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Former state Sen. Jim Mathias named UMES’ government relations director

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has named former state lawmaker Jim Mathias its government relations director. Mathias served 4½ years in Maryland's House of Delegates - from June 2006 until January 2011 - and the following eight years in th...

    Friday, March 22, 2019
    Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society returns

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has revived its international honor society chapter for students majoring in “the computing and information disciplines” after a six-year hiatus. Twenty-one UMES students are now members of Upsilon Pi Epsilon ...

    Thursday, March 14, 2019
    Doubling up on public policymaking

    The Brown sisters of Laurel - Keriesha and Teneisha - have both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly covered. The UMES alumnae are working as interns in Annapolis during the 2019 legislative session as they weigh graduate school options; Keriesh...

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    Ivy League educator will be UMES’ next provost

    A senior administrator at Yale University who is currently the Ivy League school's director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives will be UMES' next chief academic policymaker.Dr. Nancy S. Niemi joins President Heidi M. Anderson's cabinet July 1 as provost...

    Monday, March 11, 2019
    1894 alumna’s grandson to speak at spring commencement

    Dr. John B. King Jr., a grandson of one of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's earliest graduates, will deliver the 2019 spring commencement address to graduates Friday, May 24. King was scheduled to speak at UMES' 2018 Founders' Day Convocati...

    Monday, March 11, 2019
    Sixth-grader wins 2019 regional spelling bee title

    Austin Loar employed stoic discipline - words he spelled correctly - on his way Saturday to winning the 2019 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee. The Salisbury Middle School sixth-grader will represent Dorchester, Somerset, Worcester and Wic...

    Saturday, March 2, 2019
    “Oh, say” Can She Sing the National Anthem

    Basketball fans who were in their Hytche Athletic Center seats early to take in the 2019 homecoming games Feb. 16 against Coppin State were treated to a rare, live performance of the national anthem. Chanda Brown-Wilson, UMES class of 2010, sang “The...

    Thursday, February 28, 2019
    2019 Work-study abroad in the Dominican Republic

    By Rashmi Sharma The service learning trip I took in January to the Dominican Republic was a great way to begin 2019. I am so glad the Richard A. Henson Honors Program provided me this wonderful opportunity, which enabled me to experience a new cultu...

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    Track Star + English Major = UMES Love Story

    UMES Homecoming 2019 theme: There is no place like home.This is true for Clayton Nichols, an Ocean City native, and Shaneka Schoolfield Nichols of Berlin. The Stephen Decatur High School graduates have known each other since the sixth grade in Worces...

    Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    Anderson chosen for 2019 Leadership Maryland class

    UMES President Heidi M. Anderson is among 52 people who have been chosen to participate in Leadership Maryland's 2019 professional development program. Beginning in April, Anderson and other leaders across the state will begin an “eight-month hands-o...

    Thursday, February 14, 2019
    Meet UMES' year-round Santa

    UMES master electrician Donald Ballard and his brothers Bobby and Timmy are hard-working, unassuming siblings who in their respective day jobs keep the Lower Shore's lights on and roads safe. In their spare time, the “Ballard Boyz,” as they're known ...

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    ’66 Alum is Lifetime Achievement Honoree at Homecoming

    Hawk Pride has no expiration date. That is evident in the life of Norman G. Tilghman, a 1966 graduate of then Maryland State College.  The life-long member of Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne has remained close to his alma mater ...

    Thursday, February 7, 2019
    UMES: Where these historic hats hang out now

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and history are no strangers.  UMES recently received a gift exemplifying the richness of local history - and the evolution of women's headwear in the 20th century. Over 100 hats were donated to UMES by David ...

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019
    UMES is home to a state champion tree

    The lone Carolina cherry laurel (tree) known to exist in the state of Maryland can be found on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. That, by default, makes the evergreen adjacent to Wicomico Hall the state champion of its species, ...

    Thursday, January 17, 2019
    WoooMES!

    To be the man, you have to paint the man - or more precisely, paint a portrait of the man. The portrait subject is legendary pro wrestler Ric Flair; the painter is UMES art professor Brad Hudson. The two became social media acquaintances in 2018 afte...

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019