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Celebrating the 20-Year Morgan Renaissance and The Presidency of Dr. Earl S. Richardson


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Earl S.Richardson, president Greetings: With this year marking the celebration of the Morgan Renaissance, we are certainly proud of the progress that this university has made over the last 20 years. A firm belief in Morgan’s legacy as a mainstay in the Baltimore community and as a national leader among historically black colleges and universities has propelled our institution to new heights in enrollment, academic offerings and campus renewal. However, as you will read in this issue of Morgan Magazine, Morgan’s best days are just on the horizon. You will revisit Morgan’s 129th commencement ceremony, where hundreds of students realized the culmination of years of hard work and stood ready to leave Morgan, invigorated with a sense of achievement and equipped with the training and purpose with which they will work to better our society. Morgan continues to make significant advancements in academic areas. Learn more about our role in exploring complementary and alternative medicine in public health, and Morgan’s role in researching and offering instruction on health services for low-income families. In athletics, Morgan is excited to once again call itself champion in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, this year in women’s track and field. Discover the story of Romona Modeste, and her place among some of the NCAA’s finest track and field athletes. The present and future success of Morgan is possible because of the generosity of many dedicated alumni and supporters. Organizations such as MORE (Marylanders Organized for Responsibility and Equity), ensure that Morgan will continue to move in a positive direction in securing need-based assistance for our students. Also, the new Student Life Center, which will house a number of academic and social activities, including a theater and Cyber Café with an adjacent parking garage, will be opening this fall. Soon after, our brand new state-of-the-art library and our new communications building will be available for use. Enjoy this issue of Morgan Magazine, and through it, rediscover the Morgan Experience. Sincerely,

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Morgan Staff Vice President Institutional Advancement Cheryl Y. Hitchcock Director of Public Relations and Communications Clinton R. Coleman Assistant Director of Public Relations and Communications Jarrett L. Carter Publications Manager Ferdinand Mehlinger Art Director David E. Ricardo Sr. Graphic Designer Andre Barnett Photographer (cover) P. A. Greene Additional Staff Contributing Writers Rasheim T. Freeman Erin Johnson Welford L. McLellan Hollis Minor Jannette J.Witmeyer Contributing Photographers John Moore Ferdinand Mehlinger

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Estuarine Center Transfers to Morgan During Official Ceremony . .27

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129th Commencement Celebrating the 20-year Morgan Renaissance By Erin Johnson

The Honorable James E. Clyburn Morgan State University celebrated its 129th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 2005 at the W.A.C. Hughes Memorial Stadium. More than 953 degrees were presented to students in undergraduate, masters and doctoral level programs Achievement was the theme of the event as Dr. Earl S. Richardson was recognized for his 20-year tenure as president of the university. “We feel truly blessed to have such a dedicated and innovative leader,” said Dean of Academic Affairs, Burney J. Hollis. “Under Dr. Richardson’s impressive leadership, Morgan continues to gain prominence as one of the nation’s premier historically black colleges and universities.” With the help and support of Morgan educators, scholars and administrators, Richardson’s major accomplishments

Tyrone D. Taborn, receiving an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree, is chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Career Communications Group, Inc.



Keynote speaker—The Honorable James E. Clyburn, United States Representative from the 6th Congressional District of South Carolina. include the implementation of a number of new academic programs that address the shortage of African-Americans and other minorities in critical fields. The Honorable James E. Clyburn, United States Representative from the 6th Congressional District of South Carolina, served as commencement speaker. A congressman, teacher, employment counselor and Human Affairs commissioner, Clyburn has been proclaimed the “unashamed advocate of his constituents.” Clyburn, who currently serves as the vice chair of the Democratic Caucus in Washington, received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree for his work. Also receiving an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree was Tyrone D. Taborn, chairman and Chief Executive

Officer of Career Communications Group, Inc.. Taborn is well known throughout the community for his advancements in the scientific industries and has created a network of publications, conferences, websites and partnerships that promote engineering, science and technology among African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and women. Ceremonial highlights included the distribution of diplomas and departmental awards, as well as the distinguished Alumnus of the Year award. This year’s award went to retired Army Colonel James Stanley White, a graduate of the class of 1954. Col. James Stanley White ’54

MSU’s Class of 1955 was also recognized during the ceremony for their 50th Anniversay of commencement. 3

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Morgan’s Renaissance The Presidency of Dr. Earl S. Richardson By Jannette J. Witmyer


WHEN EARL S. RICHARDSON WAS NAMED PRESIDENT OF MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY IN 1984, he understood that in order to restore the institution, he would also have to restore faith in it. During the "decade after desegregation," as described by Dr. Richardson, the institution was in the midst of a tumultuous time, plagued by plummeting enrollments, a crumbling physical plant, disenchanted faculty members and internal turmoil. Doubts had begun to develop about the institution's ability to survive.


President Richardson’s Keys to Morgan’s Spectacular Growth 2005


20 years later, Morgan State University is a national leader among historically black colleges and universities. Designated by the state legislature as Maryland's Public Urban University, the institution produces over 50 percent of the bachelor's degrees awarded to African American college graduates in Maryland. Dr. Richardson's vision and leadership have created growth and prosperity at Morgan in five key areas: students, faculty, programs, facilities and funding. The transformation is being recognized as "Morgan's Renaissance."

Students Faculty Programs Facilities Funding

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Morgan’s Three Great Eras of Progress "The first was the era of President John Oakley Spencer, the first Ph.D. to lead the University. Under Dr. Spencer’s leadership, 1902-1937, Morgan was transformed from a college supported by the religious community that focused primarily upon training young men and women for the ministry, and for teaching, to a college attracting support from private foundations and offering a strong liberal arts program that equipped its graduates to enter an ever-increasing variety of professions. Under Dr. Spencer, Morgan received its first accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.”

“The second great era of progress at Morgan occurred during the presidency of Dr. Martin David Jenkins, 1948-1970. During this era, Morgan began to attract a stellar faculty with impressive credentials and outstanding scholarly output; it was declared by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools as a national model in liberal arts education; it expanded its offerings to include graduate programs, its student body and graduates distinguished themselves in many fields; and it began its important transformation into a public urban university," says Hollis.

Dr. Hollis identifies 1984 to the present as Morgan State University's third era of great progress and calls it the "Era of Dr. Earl S. Richardson." Citing the university's increase in student enrollment; enhanced and increased professional and degree programs; restored and newly constructed physical plant; faculty enhancements; and increased fundraising and alumni participation, Hollis declares, "… Under his leadership, Morgan has become a university not only in name, but also in fact!"

John O. Spencer, Ph.D. 1902–1937

Martin D. Jenkins, Ph.D. 1948–1970

Earl S. Richardson, Ed.D. 1984–Present

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Progress 1984—Present Earl S. Richardson’s Beginnings A Maryland native and graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (formerly Maryland State College) baccalaureate program in social sciences, Dr. Richardson came to hold a personal understanding of the challenges faced by HBCU’s in Maryland and their students. He earned Master of Science and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated at the head of his class. As a Ford Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow, he conducted extensive research on critical problems in higher education relevant to racial autonomy, desegregation and integration.



Over a 19-year period before coming to Morgan, Richardson gained invaluable experience working as assistant to the president of the University of Maryland System, and served as executive assistant to the chancellor, director of Career Planning, and Placement and acting director of Admissions and Registration at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The breadth of these experiences provided a strong foundation for Dr. Richardson's adept grasp of the issues and concerns of public urban universities and how to address them, and


solidified his vision for a revitalized Morgan State University. "Here you had an institution with a great legacy, great history, rich history, with unlimited potential… and my goal was to move us to a point of realizing that. When I came here, it was to restore Morgan to its place of glory, and my way of restoring it was to take it to the next level – not just renew what was here, but to take it to the next level. ... (that ever-evolving challenge ...) But we’ve come a long way," says Richardson.

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The numbers speak for themselves…

Students Increased Enrollment Morgan's enrollment has increased steadily over the past two decades from 3,906 in 1985 to 6,892 students in the fall of 2004, an increase of 2,986 students or 76%. As a result of raising admissions standards and limiting the admission of provisional students to 20 percent, SAT scores for entering freshmen have increased by over 200 points, from 701 in 1987 to 904 in 2004, along with a dramatic increase in the number of high-ability students enrolled. Not only is the school attracting quality students, it also ranks 11th nationally of all bachelor’s degrees awarded to African American students. Morgan has led the nation the

last two years in graduating the highest percentage of female engineers in a class, at 42 percent. The institution is number one in the nation in producing African American electrical and civil engineers; in the top five nationally for African Americans awarded degrees in engineering and public health; among the top 15 nationally in awarding Ph.D.s in education; and among the top 30 nationally for all doctoral degrees awarded to African Americans. Additionally, Morgan leads all campuses in the state of Maryland in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to African Americans in science, engineering and mathematics.

Morgan ranks 11th nationally of all bachelor’s degrees awarded to African American students.




A World Class Faculty Morgan has attracted a world-class faculty and stands as a leader not only in Maryland's academic community but in the nation as well. The institution has revised policies on appointment, promotion and tenure, with increased emphasis given to academic credentials, excellence in teaching, scholarly output, student advising and service to the University and professions. There has been an increase in the number of tenure-track faculty holding terminal degrees from approximately 50 to well over 70 percent, an improved faculty research profile and higher standards for professional advancement more consistent with a research university that has, however, not lost its commitment to quality teaching. Additionally, the university has established a faculty development program that provides support for research and grant writing, an Office of Sponsored Program which facilitates the development of grant proposals and the management of grants from external sources, and a program that grants released-time from teaching for faculty conducting research.

Programs New Academic Programs Since 1984

Bachelor’s Degrees Degree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Date Civil Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . .1984 Electrical Engineering . . . . . . . . .1984 Industrial Engineering . . . . . . . . .1984 Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1993

Morgan ranks 6th among traditional campuses nationwide in doctoral degrees granted in higher education.

Hospitality Management . . . . . .1995

Master’s Degrees Degree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Date African-American Studies (with UMBC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1988 MAT in Teaching . . . . . . . . . . . . .1991 Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1993 Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1997 Public Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1999

Morgan is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral Reseach Intensive Institution Morgan now offers a fresh palette of programs that includes nearly 10 new undergraduate programs, three new master’s degree programs and 10 new doctoral programs in critical areas of minority under-representation, such as bio-environmental sciences, business administration, engineering, English, higher education administration, community college leadership, history, mathematics education, public health, science education and social work. The renaissance crosses all disciplines, art, language, science, education, theater, literature, music and architecture. It has been described as "having the character of the classic liberal arts and bringing innovation and excellence to Maryland education."

Social Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2004 Source Data Below: The Office of Institutional Research and Black Issues in Higher Education, "Top 100 Degree Producers"

Degree Production Ranking

Doctoral Degrees Degree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Date History (Ph.D.)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1995

Mathematics Education (Ed.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1995 Science Education (Ed.D.) . . . . .1995 Engineering (D.Eng.) . . . . . . . . . .1997 Public Health (Dr.P.H.) . . . . . . . . .1999 Urban Community College Leadership (Ed.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1999 Bioenvironmental Sciences (Ph.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2000 Business Administration (Ph.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2000 Higher Education (Ph.D.) . . . . . .2000 English (Ph.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2004 Social Work (Ph.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . .2004



Doctoral Degrees awarded to African Americans 18th All Disciplines Combined—traditional campuses nationally 4th All Disciplines Combined—HBCUs 8th Education degrees 4th Engineering degrees 11th Health Science degrees Master's Degrees awarded to African Americans 14th English Literature 40th Engineering Bachelor's Degrees awarded to African Americans 11th All Disciplines Combined—traditional campuses nationally 11th All Disciplines Combined—HBCUs 6th Engineering degrees 9th Education degrees 10th Biological/ Biomedical Science degrees 12th Computer Science and Information Systems degrees (including MIS in business) 20th Business Management degrees 18th Psychology degrees 40th Social Sciences degrees 18th English Language and Literature degrees


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Facilities IN






The university's growth continues with projects underway that include a new student center and adjacent parking garage; library; and communications center with a bridge connecting it to the Academic Quad; and expansion of the Verda Welcome Bridge, which arches over Cold Spring Lane. These capitol projects alone total over $160 million.

























New Construction 1985 Thurgood Marshall Apartments Complex 1991 Mitchell Engineering Bldg. 1991 Blount Residential Towers 1993 Rawlings Dining and Residence Hall 1997 Schaefer Engineering Hall 2001 Murphy Fine Arts Center 2003 Morgan View Apartments 2003 Dixon Science Research Center



Annexed Property 1995 Montebello Complex 2003 Turner Armory 2004 Estuarine Research Center 2004 Northwood Shopping Center (portion)

New Construction Underway Dec. 05 New Student Center & Parking Garage (534 Cars) Jul. 06 New Library Mar. 06 New Communications Center & Pedestrian Bridge










Renovated Facilities 1989 Spencer Hall 1991 Baldwin Hall 1991 Cummings House 1991 Hurt Gymnasium 1991 Woolford Infirmary 1992 Calloway Hall 1992 Harper-Tubman House 1992 Key Hall 1993 Holmes Hall 1994 Carter-Grant-Wilson Building 1994 McMechen Hall 1999 Hill Field House 2000 O’Connell Hall 2001 Hughes Staduim 2003 Alumni House 2003 Turner Armory 2005 Verda Welcome Bridge







Dynamic and Growing Campus The physical embodiment of Morgan State University's renaissance is reflected in the on-campus renovation and construction of classroom and research buildings, residence halls, dormitories and other auxiliary buildings, totaling over $200 million, and the expansion of the campus to include three adjacent complexes (Montebello Complex south of the campus, the Pentridge Apartments west of the campus and a portion of the Northwood Shopping Center on Morgan’s south-west border) and a satellite Estuarine Research Center in Calvert County. Morgan is now a state-of-the-art institution.











New Construction

Renovated Facilities

1991 Cummings House

1991 Hurt Gymnasium

1985 Thurgood Marshall Apts.

1991 Blount Residential Towers

1991 Woolford Infirmary

1992 Calloway Hall

1997 Schaefer Engineering Hall

2003 Morgan View Apartments

1992 Harper-Tubman House

1993 Holmes Hall

2001 Murphy Fine Arts Center

2003 Dixon Sci. Reseach Cntr

1994 Carter-Grant-Wilson

1994 McMechen Hall

1995 Montebello Complex

2005 Student Cntr & Garage

1999 Hill Field House

2001 Hughes Staduim

2003 Turner Armory

2006 New Library

2003 Alumni House

2005 Verda Welcome Bridge

2004 Estuarine Research Center

2006 New Communications Center & Pedestrian Bridge

Annexed Property

Under Construction




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Funding Funding After launching the first-ever capital campaign in its history, the university exceeded its five-year campaign goal of $25 million in the first two years. Morgan has also experienced a greater success rate in attracting funded research and external grants. Grants and contracts awarded to the institution have increased beyond 1,000 percent, from $2,067,694 in 1986 to $25, 982, 426 in 2005. Since 1993, Morgan has been awarded nearly 100 grants and contracts in excess of $500,000 and over 40 grants and contracts over $1 million.

While Morgan has made tremendous strides, Dr. Richardson points out that as a public institution, Morgan competes not only with the other priorities of the State (i.e. Medicare, elementary and secondary education…) but also with a large group of its colleagues. It is a challenge that involves still another skill set marketing. According to Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., Dr. Richardson is a very capable marketer for the university. "Besides being a great president, he’s a great marketer and quite frankly, these days, college presidents have to have the ability to market their institution,” he says. Richardson also recognizes that the politics of state funding do not always appreciate the special and specific needs of students who attend historically black colleges and says, "…you can’t deal with our historically black colleges in terms of averages. You’ve got to talk about the missions of these institutions and how they impact on workloads. Funding one student at Morgan is not the same thing as funding one student at either College Park or Salisbury." He goes on to say, "Political decisions are not usually made in that logical fashion. They’re usually made [in a snap]… 'Well, what is the average for this and what is the average for that?' Well, we don’t have any averages here. We have individuals here, who have individual needs. And that’s quite an issue for us."


A family man, Dr. Richardson is frequently joined by his wife, Dr. Sheila B. Richardson, and son, Eric, at functions showing their support of the university's efforts. Dr. Sheila Richardson is a licensed clinical professional counselor, and is in charge of a not-for-profit organization that provides technical assistance to various communities on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Richardson's relationship with Morgan's students is often viewed as an extended family connection. These students are the individuals that Richardson has in mind as he aggressively pursues public and private funding. Considering that there was once talk of merging Morgan with another university or another college in Baltimore, the university's academic strides are no less than phenomenal. Morgan has reached its goal of meeting the criteria for official classification by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral, research intensive institution, and has recently received confirmation. The university has produced 20 or more doctorates per year for three years to fulfill this requirement. Delegate Maggie L. McIntosh (State of Maryland, 43rd District) remembers Morgan's time of uncertainty and reflects on the institution's accomplishments. "Oh boy, are those years gone! [Because] Morgan has proven not only that the pundits at the time were wrong, they were dead wrong. It has grown in stature. It has grown in student body, and the accomplishments of Morgan students shine throughout this land," McIntosh says. As Dr. Richardson reflects on his goals for Morgan then, now and in the future, he's not so sure that they've differed or that they will. Because he knows the worth of a good education, his vision has always been to create an environment for the best education possible. Of his work at Morgan, Richardson says, "We have restored Morgan to its place of reputation and, I hope, renewed its confidence in itself. I am a product of a historically black college; it served me well. I went into grad school and did exceedingly well. I’m a good example of what education can do for you. Born poor…father, mother - no education… Here I end up being the president of a university. It just shows you what education can do for you, which for me says, 'Now it’s your time to make sure others get the opportunity.'"


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Morgan Pays Tribute to Scholars & Donors By Erin Johnson Mr. Douglas Nelson, president of The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Dr. Earl S. Richardson

SCHOLARSHIPLUNCHEON More than 140 Morgan students were invited to this year’s Morgan State University Foundation Scholarship Luncheon held March 31st in the McKeldin Center. This annual event continues to be the highlight of the spring semester in which student scholars come face to face and mingle with their scholarship donors. This year’s luncheon recognized a wide variety of different companies, foundations, industries and individuals that partnered with Morgan to provide financial contributions to MSU students. Donors included Morgan’s Howard L. Cornish alumni chapter and the MSU Departments of Military Science, Chemistry and Biology. Alumni J. Dennise Smith, Earl G. Graves, and Marsh E. Holmes were some of the individual donors, while companies such as Bank

Front Row: Lakesha Ross, Mrs. Ernestine Tyler, Breana Fleming Back Row: Dr. Earl S. Richardson, Mr. Calvin Tyler, Jr., Byron Selby, Omari Koram, and Kevin Brown




of America, General Motors, Fox News and Xerox Corp. were just a few of the larger corporations recognized. Morgan State President Dr. Earl S. Richardson was delighted to join with the Foundation for this celebration of achievement. In written correspondence to donors, Dr. Richardson identified the high priority need of financial scholarships for students in college. "Getting a quality college education these days is not cheap, and it is getting more expensive each year,” wrote Dr. Richardson. “Unfortunately, most of our students, like some of those you are meeting today would not be in school if not for your financial support. It is our hope after today’s luncheon, you will be as convinced as we are that you could not have made a wiser investment.”

Front Row: Kirsten Johnson, Ella Moultrie Harris, Wilhelmina Stevenson, Erica Wright. Back Row: Knief Dixon, Marchelle Byarm, Dr. Earl S. Richardson, John Griswold, Howard James, II

Foundation scholarships are offered as need-based and merit-based financial aid. They help offset tuition and fees and provide both worthy and needy students with the resources required to pursue a college education. MSU Foundation Executive Director, Cheryl Hitchcock, presided over the ceremony and welcomed guests, which included MSU Board of Directors, University Deans, corporate, and members of the MSU National Alumni Association, which served as the luncheon’s sponsor. Ms. Hitchcock encouraged donors to continue their support and to help recruit other philanthropists to establish student scholarships. “We are proud of these students and support them in any way we can,” Ms. Hitchcock said.

Dr. Patricia Welch, Jennifer Robertson, Dr. Earl S. Richardson, Mrs. Marsha Holmes, Yoko Robertson, Brandon Matthews

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Civic Organization Seeks to Establish $100,000 Scholarship Fund By Welford McLellan

Marylanders Organized for Responsibility and Equity (MORE) has committed $25,000 toward the establishment of an enhanced scholarship fund for political science and architecture and planning majors at Morgan State University. The committed funds are to be used for a 3-to-1 dollar match for other donors who would like to participate in the MORE Scholarship fund drive. Once the goal of $100,000 is met and the endowment is established, the fund will be open and able to receive additional contributions. “We are pleased to have the challenge of raising $75,000 to complete this endowment. We have excellent people on the MSU Foundation and they will be working diligently to ensure that this fund reaches its goal,” Dr. Richardson added. “This is what we refer to as stepping up to the plate. says morgan president Earl S. Richardson. This organization believes in what we are doing here at Morgan. Many of MORE’s members are Morgan alumni and have given before.” Established in 1981, MORE is made up of a statewide coalition of civic-minded individuals and organizations. It includes sororities and fraternities,

Charles G. Tildon, Jr.

business professionals, executives, Prince Hall Masons and political leaders. Its original activities were centered on politics and government but later the organization realized there were needs in other areas. He describes MORE as an organization created to improve the quality of life of AfricanAmericans who live in Maryland. Charles G. Tildon, Jr., chairman of the organization and former president of the BCCC (formerly the Community College of Baltimore.) “We have had numerous agendas, but I think that establishing this scholarship fund may be the one project that best exemplifies our goal. We hope to influence others to give,” Tildon said. “What better way to influence lives than by educating the masses—and we are helping by establishing a fund that will provide scholarships to deserving students as long as Morgan State University exists,” he said. To qualify for a scholarship, a student must be a junior or senior, majoring in the prescribed courses, who has maintained a 2.75 GPA. Criteria also specify that awardees must be of good character and have leadership potential. Documents found in the Morgan State University Foundation office detail that

the scholarships shall perpetuate the memory and vision of the founder of MORE, Samuel T. Daniels, “in honor of his dedication to our community.” Scholarship documents also specify that the endowment will pay tribute to the current MORE Chairman, “for his untiring leadership and wisdom.” For numerous years, Daniels headed the Baltimore Prince Hall Masons, and as the Executive Director of the Council of Economic and Business Opportunity (CEBO). From those two positions, Daniels, who was considered a no-nonsense leader, engineered political and business triumphs that are legendary. Early on, there were major political successes, but many remember when MORE saved the local chapter of the National Urban League by paying for two mandated audits that cost $25,000 a piece. Without the money, the heralded organization that assisted in job placement for Maryland citizens would have had to close its doors. Individuals or organizations who want to contribute to this scholarship should contact the Morgan State University Foundation, Inc., at 443-885-3040 or toll free 888-458-8678. You may also use the enclosed contribution envelope.


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New Administrators

Bring Wealth of Experience to University’s Fundraising Division By Hollis Minor


THERE IS AN AIR OF EXCITEMENT IN THE UNIVERSITY’S DIVISION OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT. Cheryl Y. Hitchcock has been named vice president of the division, and Barbara Mason has been appointed its director of Development. This division is responsible for fundraising, marketing, P.R. and alumni relations at MSU. It supports the university’s teaching, research and public service missions by enhancing the institution’s image with the media and general public, forging partnerships with corporate and civic organizations, and maintaining relationships with the university’s alumni. Ms. Cheryl Y. Hitchcock Hitchcock first joined Morgan’s advancement team as the major gifts officer, following a 22-year career in sales and sales management with Xerox. Xerox offered a Social Service Leave Program, which allowed employees to take time away from Xerox to volunteer their skills to help non-profit organizations. Through that program, she was “loaned” to Morgan for one year. Hitchcock explains, “When I was on loan to Morgan from Xerox, I used the skills I gained at Xerox to sell and market something for which I have a passion – Morgan. Then, I decided to stay at Morgan.” Ms. Barbara Mason Mason brings to Morgan more than 17 years of experience with the American Red Cross, 10 of which were as its director of Development. There, she was responsible for raising funds for disaster


programs and special events. Mason is responsible for managing and evaluating Morgan’s giving programs. Currently working to implement a planned gifts program, she expects to institute many more programs in the future. Mason says, “Morgan has been making an effort to build its fundraising capacity and incorporate it as a major function. We want to make it as easy as possible to make a gift to Morgan that will benefit of Morgan and students.” Mason says that Morgan has a group of giving advisors who help people decide what to contribute, and how it can benefit both Morgan and their personal objectives. “When you’re ready, we can help you negotiate the gifts that best suit your purpose, conditions, controls, reporting and recognition wishes,” she says. Morgan is in the midst of its first capital campaign: New Horizons: The Campaign for Morgan State University. The five-year goal of this campaign was originally to raise $25 million, primarily to enhance Morgan’s endowment for scholarships and need-based financial aid. Other priorities include funding for faculty and program development. “We exceeded our $25 million goal in two years, and we’ve just ended the third year of an overachievement period,” says Hitchcock. “However, there is still a significant need for continued overachievement. The original goal was set at a very modest level. Now more than ever, Morgan’s current and future students need alumni support.


Ms. Cheryl Y. Hitchcock—Vice President, Division of Institutional Advancement.

Ms. Barbara Mason is the new director of Development in the Institutional Advancement Division, bringing to Morgan more than seventeen years of experience with the American Red Cross, ten of which were as its director of Development.

Female Speedsters Restoring MSU Track Legacy By Rasheim T. Freeman Hailing from France, the U.S.Virgin Islands, California, and right here in Baltimore, Morgan State Track and Field Coach Neville Hodge's female athletes give new meaning to the term "world-class speed." Led by Junior Romona Modeste, Hodge has fielded a young group of international sprinters who conjure up images of the Olympic and Penn Relay championship track teams of old, coached by the legendary Eddie P. Hurt. At the 2005 NCAA Track and Field championships, Modeste was the only female athlete from a Historically Black College and University to qualify for the NCAA track and field championships in Sacramento. Of her accomplishment, Modeste said, "I was in complete shock when some of the male athletes told me that I was the only woman from a HBCU to qualify". At the 2005 Mid Eastern Athletic Conf. Championships, Modeste and company unseated last year's champion, private school powerhouse Hampton University. Severine Tanic of France and Nichelle Gibbs of the U.S. Virgin Islands won gold in the heptathlon and the 800-meter dash respectively. And Modeste blew by the rest of the field in the 400 meter hurdles in 59.43 seconds, a full two seconds ahead of the bridesmaid finisher, Hampton's Chandra Pulliam. Buoyed by her performance in the hurdles, Modeste ran the anchor leg in the 4 x 400 meter relay with Janice Smythe of Jamaica and Mariama Gondo of Sierra Leone (now a Baltimore resident) in what was essentially a coming out party for the international sprinters. "If you go to the Caribbean you will find 80% of US coaches looking at Caribbean athletes because they are so special and they have a lot of talent despite a lack of resources," said MORGAN MAGAZINE



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Coach Hodge. "Some youngsters train on grass, others run barefooted, which is difficult because the grass doesn't give like a track surface, but they post times that rival American runners." Modeste’s early training took place in the sugar cane patches behind her house in Couva, a small town in Trinidad and in Tobago known more for its candy and confectionary factory than its track stars. She would also run along the beach against the tide of the water to develop stamina. She became known for her bruising, training exercises and her penchant for going head-to-head with much older runners. So much so, that her teammates nicknamed her "Bruiser." Romona "Bruiser" Modeste sounds about right for the gutsy junior who ran in the NCAA track and field championships, three weeks removed from a torn hamstring. "Bruiser" was limited to training on the hurdles for much of the season due to the hamstring injury. "[The injury] showed me that I am able to accomplish anything that I put my mind to," said Modeste, "and it proves to me that next season I can see major improvement because I have more confidence and I will get a boost to run even faster." Coach Hodge, who has coached in the last three Olympics for the Virgin Islands, calls Modeste "the number one athlete that I have ever coached from the Caribbean." Hodge also says that Modeste is equally bruising off the field as she is on the track. "[Romona] is a team person. She gets it done on the track and she carries a 3.0



average in the classroom. I expect big, big things from her next season," Hodge said. And for Hodge, next season starts now as he is already talking about the potential for Modeste to be one of the top female hurdlers in the country. Hodge is also working now on getting the men and women's track and field program in shape during the off-season. Hodge makes all of his athletes,

and was the anchor leg for the Jamaican relay team which set a shin-splitting, new world record of 3:03.9. Rhoden was also a member of the "Historic Four" which broke the 56-year-old mile relay record at the Penn Relays. "We virtually retired the old CIAA and MEAC track championships," says Jeff Evans, administrative assistant in the Health, Physical Education and Recreational Dance Department. "You're talking about 10 to 12 years when we not only won track championships but football and lacrosse championships too. If we didn't win it every year, we won it every other year".

In 1996, Morgan's Rochelle Stevens, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, ran on the women's gold medal 1,600 meter relay team in Atlanta. She was joined by her teammate MSU Female Athlete of the Year, Ramona Modeste and MSU Phillipa Arnett who won Head Coach of the Year, Neville Hodge, have taken Morgan’s the silver medal for the Lady Bears track team to new heights. Bahamas in the 4x100 sprinters included, run cross country meter relay at those same games. and he asks some to run with tires Coach Hodge, himself a representative affixed to their waists by way of a of the U.S.Virgin Islands in the 1984, looped rope. He calls it "tire pulling.” 1988 and 1992 Olympics, is mindful of Morgan’s new female stars the history of Morgan State's program may rewrite the book on when he talks about next season's goals Morgan’s brilliant history in for his 2005 MEAC championship team. track and field. But it will not "Morgan has a record of world-quality be easy. MSU sent more than athletes and my motivation is to mold 50 athletes to the Olympic the track and field team in that tradigames. Dr. George Rhoden was the first tion. It's people like Romona who are Morgan State track and field star to go going to help me get to that point," said to the Olympics when he competed at Coach Hodge. the 1952 Helsinki games. Rhoden set the world record in the 400 meter dash


Student Retention:

Morgan’s Successful Support System Draws Praise By Hollis Minor


Sometimes, outside forces unrelated to campus life, can create stress and problems that make studying all but impossible. Some students respond to stress by dropping out or losing focus in their work. Often, capable students are lost in the maze of difficulty that comes with succeeding in college. Morgan has an excellent reputation for offering a nurturing environment to students, and in recent years, the University has increased its efforts to retain students who, may have been lost in the past. The Office of Student Retention (OSR) ensures improvement in student retention and increased persistence to graduation by focusing on academic success and achievement through early intervention and systematic tracking of all undergraduate students. The office offers continuous support for students from matriculation to graduation, and provides a structure and forum for the ongoing review and evaluation of all programs, services, policies, procedures, and behaviors that affect the quality of student life and learning. The OSR is supported by the Access and Success grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, first awarded to Morgan in 1998. At that time, four goals were outlined: 1) to enhance tutoring programs; 2) to enhance educational programs in residence halls; 3) to strengthen advising programs and to enhance monitoring of student progress; and 4) to create the Access-Success Summer Bridge Program for first-time freshmen. The OSR received praise during the last academic year from the Maryland Higher Education Commission for its support of the Morgan MILE (Male Initiative on Leadership and Excellence), Academic Enrichment, and PACE (Pre-Accelerated Curriculum in Engineering) programs.



Approximately 70% of Morgan’s students are first-generation college attendees.

In the coming year, the office plans to continue with its established programming, and to move forward with some of the yet unmet goals of its strategic plan, which are the completion of a Frequently Asked Questions website and the publication of a comprehensive Academic Support Services Resource Manual. Director of Student Retention, Dr. Tiffany B. McMillan, says, “Because of limited funding, we prioritize our focus (in student retention) on students who have earned “D” or “F” grades, students on academic probation, students who have withdrawn or stopped-out, and students who have earned 90 or more credit hours. For example, presently, the MILE (Male Initiative on Leadership & Excellence) program makes a huge difference in the lives of about 55 of our male undergraduate students. Additional funding would enable us to involve many more AfricanAmerican men on campus.” The campus-wide MILE program empowers African-American male undergraduate students at Morgan to engage in civic responsibility, to improve interpersonal relationships, and to develop leadership skills, ultimately resulting in their superior academic performance. McMillan says, “Since the retention rate for female undergraduate students is higher than the male retention rate, we developed a program specifically designed for male students. They learn about themselves and their peers, and gain a sense of responsibility. It is a holistic approach to developing and supporting young



African-American male college students. We believe that if we engage and support them as men, we’ll make them better as student scholars.” One of the most successful campuswide programs is the Access-Success Summer Bridge Program. The program for first-time freshmen, now in its seventh year, has graduated or retained 68% of all participants from Summer, 1999 – Summer, 2004. Because of its success, it was expanded from a summer program to a year-round program.

retain their financial aid and stay in college, to how long it will take the student to graduate. Posters, a website, fliers and other tools have been developed to remind students of the March 1st filing deadline. “Last year, there were many students that had not filed their applications on time,” McMillan says. “This year, the number of late applications was significantly reduced.”

Through the Academic Enrichment Program, new computers have been purchased for the computer labs in all of the residence halls. “We were concerned about our campus residents,” McMillan says. “They’re on campus 24 hours a day and they need a myriad of resources for studying. In response to their needs, we installed active computer labs in all residence halls on campus. Also, we created tutorials and workshops, and there are always computer lab assistants to help student residents during lab hours.”

Additionally, the OSR works in collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid to reduce attrition related to students’ ability to pay for college and maintain their funding, a serious issue, considering that 95% of Morgan’s students receive some type of financial assistance. “We work with students as early as possible to determine their needs and how to meet those needs,” says McMillan. “Students are also encouraged to pursue as many options for financial aid as possible. The Customer Service Campaign is another program under development. It is intended to improve services in the Enrollment Management Department (Admissions/Residence Life/Financial Aid), where our staff interfaces with and assists so many of our students.”

Approximately 70% of Morgan’s students are first-generation college attendees and many of the parents and guardians have little experience with the concerns and financial obligations associated with going to college. Communicating and informing parents on aspects of student life and financial aid, are a critical part of student support. The Financial Aid Campaign started at Morgan last year because many students do not file their federal financial aid (FASFA) applications on time. When they are filed late, it creates all kinds of problems – from whether students can


While the campus-wide programs are coordinated centrally, OSR also works in collaboration with the six academic units of the university: the College of Liberal Arts; School of Engineering; School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences; School of Business and Management; School of Education and Urban Studies; and, Institute of Architecture and Planning.

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“Ultimately, when you compare Morgan to other public, urban HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), our graduation and retention rates are excellent.” —Dr. Tiffany B. McMillan

The schools’ retention programs are coordinated through Dr. McMillan to ensure that campus-wide goals are met. But, beyond that, each school develops unique retention strategies.

“Morgan is a unique institution. We nurture our honors students and those that are meeting their academic expectations and goals at the university, and at the same time, we also provide access and opportunity to students who have yet to reach their full academic potential. We take students with the potential to be good and try to make them great.”

Michael James, Retention Coordinator for the School of Education and Urban Studies, says, “We created a study and networking area for our students called the PIT (Positive Information Territory). The students did not have a designated area in which to study, before and after classes, so we chose an underutilized location to bring in furniture, related magazines, periodicals and books, and supplied some resource tables. Also, since one of our big retention issues is funding, we started a letter-writing program targeting churches and hip-hop moguls, asking them to help us. We have a resume-writing program as well.” “Basically, we do everything we can to help students discover their career passion and to follow it successfully. The retention staff here at Morgan is here to 'meet and solve,' not just to 'meet and have dialogue,' and Dr. McMillan is the visionary that directs the entire program.” We do everything we can to ensure student success and achievement.”

Another trait that sets Morgan apart from other institutions is the university’s mission to serve a multi-ethnic and multi-racial student body and to help ensure that the benefits of higher education are enjoyed by a broad segment of the population. Because Morgan’s mission encompasses providing access to a large segment of diverse academic and social backgrounds, the numbers relative to retention are even more impressive.

Dr. Tiffany Beth McMillan was appointed the Director of Morgan State University’s Office of Student Retention (OSR) on October 1, 2003. Prior to her appointment, she served for three years as the coordinator of Morgan’s Access-Success Program and for two years as an academic advisor for the Comprehensive Program for Undeclared Majors. Following completion of her undergraduate degree, Dr. McMillan worked as a management consultant and meeting planner for a Washington, DC, consulting firm. McMillan said, “I discovered that, at a management consulting company, making money for the company was the bottom line. I’m more people-service oriented; the desire to assist and mentor students drove me to academic advisement. Later, I was invited to become the Director of the OSR. I find this more personally rewarding than simply making money for a company.”

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“Often, Morgan’s six-year graduation rate (43%) or freshman-sophomore retention rate (73%) is compared to the rates at majority institutions, private institutions, or highly selective institutions whose graduation and retention rates may be higher than Morgan’s. These types of comparisons are not valid for a number of reasons. There are factors such as disparities in funding, the selection of only highability students for admission, and the lack of available financing for college tuition that make the comparisons between Morgan and such institutions incongruent. At Morgan, we offer admission to diverse students from diverse backgrounds.” “Ultimately, when you compare Morgan to other public, urban HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), our graduation and retention rates are excellent. Here at Morgan, we love our students, and we do everything we can to ensure student success and achievement.”

What’s In A Name?

Verda Welcome Bridge: In Remembrance of the Honorable Verda Freeman Welcome America’s First African-American Female State Senator (1907- 1990) By Ferdinand Mehlinger


The Honorable Verda Freeman Welcome, politician, civil rights and community activist, was one of fifteen children born to North Carolina farmers, John and Docia Freeman. She came to Baltimore in 1929 to further her education and graduated from Morgan State College in 1939 with a bachelor's degree. After earning a Master of Arts degree from New York University, she became a teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System, where she worked for eleven years.

After graduating from what was then Morgan State College in 1939, the Honorable Verda Welcome became a leading civil rights advocate in the state of Maryland.



In 1959, twenty years after her graduation from Morgan, Welcome was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates to represent the Fourth District of Baltimore City becoming the first African-American female to hold that position. She received the Woman of the Year Award in 1962, which was presented by the Women's Auxiliary to


the National Medical Association. After her tenure in the House of Delegates, Welcome became America's first African-American female state senator, serving from 1962 until 1982. Some of her notable accomplishments include her influence on the passage of legislation addressing discrimination in public accommodations, funding for the construction of Provident Hospital, creating the rank of lieutenant for policewomen in Baltimore City, equal pay for equal work, harassment of welfare recipients, illegal employment practices, and several other reforms in the state of Maryland. At the time of its initial construction in 1964, the Welcome Bridge was 14 feet wide, and 20 feet high and cost $65,000 to build. The Welcome Bridge connects the north and south campuses of the university, spanning Cold Spring Lane.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Morgan’s Progressive Approach to Public Health By Hollis Minor

Dr. Allan Noonan is director of the Public Health Program at Morgan State University. He previously served as a senior advisor in the office of the Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service. A proactive public health professional for more than 30 years, Dr. Noonan participated in the eradication of smallpox in West Africa and has worked in epidemiology, maternal and child health, public health administration, and the training of health professionals. Former posts he has held include secretary of health for the state of Pennsylvania, regional health administrator and assistant surgeon general for six Midwestern states and the director of the department of health in the District of Columbia.


The cost of health care for Americans is spiraling upward. In financially strapped situations, decisions become even more difficult and more challenging when families face the choice between paying for food or for medicine. But imagine a world where certain foods could be used as an alternative medical treatment. The Morgan State University Public Health Program’s Center for Research and Training in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is playing a leadership role in exploring alternative medical systems as a potentially valuable option for public health in resource-poor, urban communities. According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIHNCCAM), CAM is made up of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not presently considered part of conventional medicine. In CAM, complementary medicine, such as using aromatherapy to help reduce a patient's discomfort following surgery, is used together with conventional medicine. Another example is adopting a special diet to treat cancer in conjunction with surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. Researchers at Morgan are keenly aware that in many parts of the world and even certain cultures within the United States, some of these practices are not


the alternative, but have served as the original and primary form of medical care, and have done so with positive results. Morgan State University has advanced its progressive, holistic Public Health Program by working in partnership with the biology, chemistry, and physics departments at universities in the West Indies, Africa, and around the world. Funded by NIH-NCCAM under a T-32 training grant, the program was developed with the recognition that the quality of life for many living in urban areas is diminishing as a result of environmental and social realities, which place them at increased risk of disease, disability, premature death. Morgan’s goal is to recruit underrepresented minorities, and to train them in highquality research methods and approaches in order to address the increasing questions posed by the practice and application of CAM. In doing so, the researchers hope to contribute to the overall body of knowledge and practice of CAM. In addition to a Master's of Public Health degree and a Doctorate of Public Health degree, Morgan’s Public Health Program offers pre- and post-doctoral CAM training fellowships. In the year 2000, (Morgan State University was one of two universities in the country to be


awarded institutional research training grants by the NIH-NCCAM.) The grant has been used to train minority researchers and practitioners in approaches for conducting scientific research in CAM. “The work of our CAM fellows has two general directions. First, our scholars are studying the applications of CAM in the treatment of specific conditions, especially those that affect AfricanAmericans. Secondly, they are developing methodologies for evaluation in determining how and why these CAM modalities work,” says Dr. Yvonne Bronner, Principal Investigator of the CAM Research Program. In collaboration with our partners, innovative studies conducted at Morgan include exploring the relationship between yoga and heart rate variability; the use of acupuncture in the treatment of substance abuse; alternative hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopausal symptoms; medicinal plants to treat diabetes as well as potential sources of chemotherapy against certain forms of cancer and the utility of the African-American faith community in promoting good health. Morgan scholars are conducting crosscultural studies to share information and develop strategies to integrate CAM into western health systems. Morgan

Morgan’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) team members (left to right): Dr. Ava Joubert, M.D., Frederick Oladeinde, M.Sc., Ph.D., Glena Lindsey, researcher and Dr. Anthony Kinyua, Ph.D.

has collaborated with scientists from the Caribbean, and East and West Africa who are experts in exploring the indigenous healing methods from these regions. “Together with our post-doctoral fellows, who are physicians trained in western allopathic (conventional) medicine, we are exploring those barriers that prevent open communication between physicians and patients from various cultural backgrounds. This creates a discussion on the use and benefits of complementary and/or alternative treatment modalities. Through the important work of our scholars, we can proudly apply these exciting new approaches and develop ways to share and integrate information about CAM into conventional health care systems with the hope of alleviating some of the burdensome public health problems of our community.”

In the year 2000, Morgan was one of two universities in the country to be awarded institutional research training grants by the NIH-NCCAM. MSU’s goal is to recruit minorities and train them in high-quality research methods and approaches in order to address the increasing questions posed by the practice and application of CAM. In doing so, MSU hopes to contribute to the body of knowledge and practice of CAM.

Morgan’s Public Health Program, in partnership with the community is leading the way to optimal health through education, research, service and practice. Optimal health is defined as the best possible emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual and socio-economic aliveness that we can attain.




Morgan’s Public Health Program, in partnership with the community, is leading the way to optimal health through education, research, service and practice.

What is Complimentary and Alternative Medicine? Based on naturalistic healing from Western and Eastern traditions, as well as traditional African healing wisdom, CAM is currently defined by NIH-NCCAM as encompassing five categories: • Alternative medical systems of theory and practice, such as homeopathic and naturopathic medicine; Ayurveda, from India; and traditional African and Chinese medicine, often having evolved apart from and earlier than Western medicine, practiced in the United States.

CAM Statistics Recognition of the value of CAM is steadily growing in the • Mind-body interventions including a wide range of techUnited States. According to NIH-NCCAM, more than half of niques, such as meditation, prayer, art, music, and dance the adult population report using some form of CAM. When therapies, all designed to enhance the mind's capacity to megavitamin therapy and prayer specifically for health reasons affect bodily function and symptoms. are included in the definition of CAM, that number rises to • Biologically based therapies, utilizing substances found in nearly 70%. It appears that CAM is most often used to treat nature, such as herbs, foods, and vitamin supplements. and/or prevent musculoskeletal conditions or other conditions • Manipulative and body-based methods based on manipula- involving chronic or recurring pain, such as back, neck, head, or joint aches, or other painful conditions. Studies show that tion and/or movement of one or more parts of the body, 30-70% of those suffering from chronic or recurring conditions, including chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation and such as asthma, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and cystic massage; and fibrosis, have used CAM, and as many as 50% of children with • Energy therapies, the manipulation of energy fields that sur- autism are being treated with some form of CAM. Americans round and penetrate the human body. are also likely to use CAM for colds; anxiety or depression; gastrointestinal disorders; and sleeping problems.

Dr. Yvonne Bronner Principal Investigator, received her doctoral training from the Johns Hopkins University, Department of Maternal and Child Health, and has many years of research experience in community nutrition. Prior to accepting her current appointment at Morgan, she served as a faculty member at both Howard University and Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of numerous publications on obesity. In her words: Dr. Bronner says, “About the time when there was a heavy emphasis on public investment in treatments for lead poisoning, I began to wonder why the investment was not made prior to the problem. She asked, “How do we stop it?” It was at this time that I accepted the



directorship of Morgan’s Public Health Program in hopes of making a difference in how public health issues and education are approached. “The fact is we live in an era of chronic diseases and we are limited in our ability to cure them. People must therefore participate in their own health and well-being. Here at Morgan we’re trying to establish an emphatic synergy between allopathic medicine and personal responsibility.” “In many cases, we each have the tools at our fingertips to prevent disease and make us well, such as our diet, exercise, and spiritual habits. We believe that more people can be healthy if they take personal responsibility and are mindful of what it means to achieve optimal health. Hence, Morgan’s Public Health Program takes a holistic approach to health, shaped by the need to address the whole person, as well as to prepare a larger number of practitioners to help in our communities.”

Estuarine Center Transfers to Morgan During Official Ceremony On May 19, university faculty and employees joined local government officials to witness the official transfer of the multi-million dollar Estuarine Research Center in St. Leonard, Maryland, to Morgan State University President Earl S. Richardson and Dr. James Baker, president of the Academy of Natural Sciences, signed the agreement giving ownership of the 28,000-squarefoot St. Leonard, Maryland facility to Morgan State University. Dignitaries were given a tour of the Chesapeake Bay Water Basin surrounding the center aboard the 42 -foot research vessel Joseph Leidy. The ERC’s research vessel, Joseph Leidy

“The ERC will provide expanded opportunities for increasing the research profile of our faculty, assist in our efforts to

increase the numbers of African-Americans and other minorities in the sciences and further enhance the Chesapeake Bay,” said Dr. Richardson. Dr. Richardson envisions the Estuarine Research Center improving minority student interest and participation in the environmental sciences. He believes the center will also provide Morgan students with opportunities to enter the field of environmental sciences and prepare them to contribute to the study and improvement of regional and national ecosystems. The ERC gives Morgan the distinction of being the only urban HBCU with a coastal ecosystem as part of its campus that is available for its students to explore. “We are privileged to have the opportunity to work with an outstanding urban university in this field of environmental research,” said Dr. Baker. Morgan plans to hold class trips for biology and engineering students so that they can take full advantage of the numerous activities and capabilities of Univeristy’s newest resource.

The historic ceremonial signing of the partnership made between the Academy of Natural Sciences and Morgan State University included: Dr. T. Joan Robinson, Morgan’s vice president of academic affairs, and university provost, president Earl S. Richardson, MSU Board of Regents Chairman Dallas Evans, Dr. James Baker, president of the Academy of Natural Sciences and MSU General Counsel Julie Goodwin.



President Earl S. Richardson and Dallas Evans, chairman of Morgan’s Board of Regents gaze at the Chesapeake Bay while discussing plans for expanding facilities, and future trips for students and staff to visit the ERC.


Dr. Kelton Clark, director of the MSU Estuarine Center, gives Dr. Earl S. Richardson, Chairman Dallas Evans, a guided tour of the facility.

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Murphy Fine Arts 2005 Sept. 9 Lecture by Tavis Smiley Sept 20— Exhibition: “The Greater Good: An Artist’s Contemporary View Oct. 30 of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment” @ James E. Lewis Museum of Art Sept. 24 Morgan’s Chior and Soulful Symphony Concert in Tribute to Dr. Nathan Carter Live Broadcast Town Hall Meeting: Oct. 6 “Beyond Legacy: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment” Oct. 7 Exhibition Opening Reception: “The Greater Good…” Oct. 7, 8 Theatre Morgan presents Miss Evers’ Boys Oct. 8 Symposium: “Beyond Legacy: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment” Oct. 9 Theatre Morgan presents Miss Evers’ Boys Oct. 9 49th Annual Ebony Fashion Fair Oct. 14, 15 Urban Underground Unplugged! Soul in the Hole…A Neo-Soul Music Festival Oct. 20 Wynton Marsalis Quartet Oct. 22 “Kiddie C.A.T.S.” Children’s Series Opening Gala Event: Capoeira –Brazilian Acrobatic Martial Arts Oct. 30 Dave Brubeck’s Birthday Bash w/the Baltimore Choral Arts Soc. & MSU Choir Nov. 11 Duke Ellington Orchestra with the Morgan State University Choir performing “Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts” Nov. 17, 18 29th Annual Dorothy P. Stanley Scholarship Fund Dance Festival Nov. 18 “Kiddie C.A.T.S.” Children’s Series Opening Gala Event: IMAGIMIME Nov. 19 “Kiddie C.A.T.S.” Children’s Series Opening Gala Event: IMAGIMIME Nov. 19 MFAC Comedy: Rain Pryor in “Fried Chicken and Latkes” + The Defiant Thomas Brothers The Morgan State University Marching Band Show Dec. 3 Dec. 11 Morgan State University Choir Annual Christmas Concert

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Bears Football Schedlue 2005 Sept 1 Morgan vs Towson University, @ Towson, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7PM Morgan vs Bowie State University, (Masonic Classic), @ Home, Baltimore, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6PM Sept 10 Sept 17 Morgan vs Savannah State (Fullwood Classic) @ Cleveland, OH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2PM Sept 24 Morgan vs Hampton (N.Y. Urban League Classic) @ Meadowlands, NJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4PM Morgan vs Bethune-Cookman, @ Daytona Beach, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2PM Oct 1 Oct 8 Morgan vs N.C. A&T @ Landover, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4PM Oct 15 Morgan vs Howard (Homecoming) @ Home, Baltimore, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1PM Oct 22 Morgan vs Delaware State University @ Dover, DE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1PM Oct 29 Morgan vs Florida A&M @ Home, Baltimore, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6PM Nov 5 Morgan vs Norfolk State @ Home, Baltimore, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1PM Nov 12 Morgan vs @ South Carolina State, Orangeburg, SC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30PM SUMMER





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Morgan Magazine 2005 Issue  

M A G A Z I N E M A G A Z I N E Celebrating the 20-Year Morgan Renaissance and The Presidency of Dr. Earl S. Richardson SUMMER 2005 . 443-88...