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2023 Message from President
2022wasanamazingyearforus!Madam3rdVice President,TiffanyPennandherHomecoming&Special EventsCommitteewrappeduptheyearperfectlywithan unforgettableHomecomingexperience. Thisyearwhile wefocusonensuringthatyouarecurrentwithUMES& Alumninews,wewillcontinuetotakealookatimportant mattersrelativetohowwearetreatedwhenwereturn home Progresshasbeenmadewhenitcomestopolice profilinganditwillcontinuetobemonitored Iamin receiptoftheracialdiscriminationcomplaintsthat occurredattheMarriottpropertiesinSalisbury,Maryland anditisbeingaddressed. Staytuned!
Everything that we do as a Board is based on volunteerism. Everything that is done at the local alumni chapter level is based on the same We really need YOU If you are a dues-paying member and willing to serve on our Marketing & Advertising Committee, please reach out to us at marketing@umesnaaorg If you are willing to serve at the local level, reach out to your chapter president.
I would like to take this time to thank my Board of Directors and my committees for all the work that they do to help grow our membership, finances and partnerships I would equally like to thank all local alumni chapter executive board members and those that serve on chapter committees Last but not least, my Alumni Recruiters are in the community expanding our HBCU footprint. You are to be commended!
Last but not least, I would like to thank our alma mater for a true partnership. We are much better together!
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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated
Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity, Incorporated was founded on January 5, 1911 on the campus of Indiana University The name was officially changed to Kappa Alpha Psi on a resolution adopted at their Grand Chapter Meeting in December 1914 This change became effective April 15, 1915 The organization has been known temporarily as Alpha Omega and in 1911, Kappa Alpha Nu.
One of the 5 objectives of the Fraternity is: “To promote the spiritual, social, intellectual and moral welfare of members” Many aspects of the Fraternity’s rites are engrained in Christianity ideals and contain excerpts from the Bible
The original chapter, Gamma Xi, was chartered on our campus on April 2, 1949. Much later, Pi Nu was chartered on our campus on December 13, 2008.
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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated was founded at Howard University in Washington, DC, on January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The Founders wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.
From its inception, the Founders also conceived the fraternity as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, they held a deep conviction that they should return their newly acquired skills to the communities from which they had come. This deep conviction was mirrored in the Fraternity’s motto, “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity”.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated is the only fraternity constitutionally bound to a sister organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, in the National Panhellenic Council.
The ALMIGHTY Alpha Mu Chapter was chartered on our campus on April 15, 1935.
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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 13, 1913, by 22 collegiate women studying at Howard University The Founders first act of public service was participating in the Suffrage March of 1913. For eleven decades the sorority has operated in the pursuit of its principles of sisterhood, scholarship, service, and social action.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community. The sorority accomplishes its purpose by providing assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world.
Delta Mu Chapter was chartered on our campus in 1952 Nu Rho Citywide Chapter was present on campus and in the community after 1977 Much later, the Upsilon Sigma Chapter was chartered on our campus on April 15, 2017.
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ® (AKA) was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908 It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® was founded on a mission of five basic tenets that have remained unchanged since the sorority’s inception”
Their mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, promote unity and friendship among college women, study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind.”
Alpha Omicron chapter was chartered on our campus on April 7, 1951
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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on Friday, January 16, 1920, at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The Klan was active during this period, and the Harlem Renaissance was acknowledged as the first important movement of Black artists and writers in the US This same year the Volstead Act became effective, heralding the start of Prohibition and Tennessee delivered the crucial 36th ratification for the final adoption of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. The worst and longest economic recession to hit the U.S. would define the end of the decade-The Great Depression.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc was the first National Pan-Hellenic Council organization to centralize its operations in a national headquarters, first to charter a chapter in Africa, first to form auxiliary groups, and first to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.” Their principles are Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc was the first sorority to charter a chapter on our campus The Eta Beta Chapter was chartered on our campus on May 31, 1947
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NATIONAL & CHAPTER EVENTS
NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
On Saturday, January 21, 2023, the UMES NAA hosted our quarterly Board of Directors Meeting, hosted by UMES Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter, Inc. in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland. Following the meeting, they invited the chapter to have lunch with the Board.
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On February 16-20, 2023, our Southern Maryland Chapter hosted their 2nd Annual Hawks Take Flight International Trip to Tulum, Mexico. While there, they explored the Mayan Ruins and fellowshipped in the sun.
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Jenell Ellison, Class of 2012
MynameisJenellEllisonandI graduatedfromUniversityofMaryland EasternShorein2012withaBachelor ofSciencedegreeinCriminalJustice IamamemberoftheUMESNYCTriStateAlumniChapter.
IamaformerAssistantDistrict AttorneyandnowIamanAttorneyfor NYCDepartmentofCorrectionsTrials &LitigationDivision. Attheendofthe monthI’mventuringintoanewposition at aprivatefirm,JoeyJacksonLaw,as aDefenseAttorney.
IamalsotheOwnerofRytm Candle CompanyLLC Istartedmybusinessin August2020anditwasincorporatedin October2021 Theshopislocatedin
Freeport, NY. I created Rytm. as part of my therapy. It’s all about creating a comfortable space in our safe spaces, making them feel good, making ourselves feel good and creating a vibe with the music and a little nostalgia.
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Tasha Wilson, Class of 2007
My name is Tasha Wilson and I graduated from University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology.
I am a member of UMES Baltimore Alumni Chapter, Inc
I work at Towson University in the Office of Inclusion & Institutional Equity. I also work at Anne Arundel Community College as an Adjunct Professor Currently, I sit on the Board of Directors for Kids' Chance of Maryland, Inc.
Outside of my career in Student Affairs, I am internationally recognized as a trailblazer in the marketplace.
Known as Tasha W: Messenger of Hope™
I am an author, entrepreneur and speaker who has made appearances across the United States, New Zealand and Australia In 2016, I was presented with the Governor's Volunteer Service Certificate by The State of Maryland In 2021, I was featured in Voyage Baltimore Magazine as one of Baltimore's Inspiring Stories. As a mental health advocate, I served on Grammy Award-winner Michelle Williams' launch team for the book "Checking In." In 2022, I was featured in Woman-to-Woman International Network, Inc I was also honored as one of Maryland's Christian Women in Leadership, receiving the Deborah Arise Marketplace Forerunner award.
My journey as an author and speaker began the moment I made the intentional decision to transform my pain into power My life is a testament of how I continually break glass ceilings by confronting pitfalls from the past, mastering the inner critic, and exploring the power of fearlessness. I empower others to recognize the greatness within, ignite the value of their voice and rediscover who they are beyond their trauma.
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THREE-TIME UMES ALUMNUS
Dr. Jocelyn Elliott,aLongIsland,NewYorknative who originally came to University of Maryland Eastern Shore interested in studying pre-vet studies, graduated with a bachelor's degree in general agriculture and a master's degree in food and agricultural sciences. In December 2022, she became a 3-time graduate of the university when she receivedherPh.D.inFoodandAgriculturalSciences.
Jocelyn served as the Graduate Student President of the Student Government Association where she helped advocate for graduate students needs and the overall experience in andoutsidetheclassrooms
Along her educational journey at UMES, Jocelyn met her husband, Javier Elliott when she was a sophomore and they married in 2020. They welcomed a daughter into the world in theSpringof2020.
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“It taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to doing, don’t sell yourself short, and to be a good example for my daughter. It was hard, there were tears.”
Life Member, 2019 Hall of Excellence Inductee, 2009 Alumnus with a bachelor's degree in sociology / public policy, a former employee within the Office of Housing and Residence Life and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated (Delta Omicron Lambda Chapter) and was heavily involved with the Imperial Court and Student GovernmentAssociation(SGA)duringhisdaysasastudent
Rhett has authored and co-authored seven (7) books: two (2) professional development books and five (5) children’s picture books
Rhett and fellow UMES Alumnus Marcellus Connor co-authored the children’s books to increase the representation of Black characters, encourage early literacy in households of color, and tellstoriestheyfeltwerenotbeingtold
Rhettcombinedallfivestoriesintoachildren’spicturebookthatcanbereadforwardandbackward The book is the perfect way to encourage family time and bonding It’s also an excellent gift for friendsandfamilytoenjoysharingwiththechildrenintheirlives
The books can be purchased at: rhettburden.com
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MEAC 2023 MEAC
2023 MEAC HALL OF FAME
Congratulations to Alumna Maria Rodriguez, Class of2011onbeinginductedintothe2023MEACHallof Fame The three-time MEAC Bowler of the Year (2009, 2010, 2011) led the Hawks to MEAC championships in 2008 and 2011, and she was also a three-time All-MEAC selection. A member of the MEAC’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Bowling Team, Maria currently competes professionally and internationally as a member of the Women’s Professional Bowling Association (WPBA) Tour. She joins her former teammate Jessica Worsley (Bond) asthesecondbowlerintheMEACHallofFame
2023 MEAC DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD
Congratulations to Alumna Serena Studivant, Class of 2017, on being named the 2023 MEAC Distinguished Alumni on behalf of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore This award recognizes alumni for their contribution to the community and the university Serena has been serving the UMES community in some capacity since 2013. Currently,sheservesontheadvisoryboardforthe
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PEP BAND NEW UNIFORMS!
As a part of our Hawksgiving initiative, we have raised $4,36285 thus far towards our goal of $30,00000 to support our Student Hawks While scholarship has always been the main focus of our donations, we noticed that our Student Hawks have some additional needs. The Pep Band needed uniforms and new instruments. Pictured here are the new uniforms that were worn during the 2023 MidEastern Athletic Conference in March compliments of our Southern Maryland and Baltimore Alumni Chapters. Keep the donations coming because they could use another set ofuniformsandthoseinstruments
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MEET EAT & CHAT EVENT
On March 10, 2023, During the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the UMES Office of Alumni Relations hosted a Meet, Eat & Chat eventtoengagealumni.Duringtheevent,the NAA was awarded a token of appreciation in celebration of their 75 years of partnership with the university The award will be housed inthealumnihouse
Kearney, President of UMES Southeastern Virginia Alumni Chapter, Teonna Wallop, UMES NAA President & President of UMES Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter, Inc., UMES President, Dr. Heidi Anderson and Larry Penn, President of Greater AnnapolisAlumniChapter.
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ALUMNI RECRUITERS ALUMNI RECRUITERS
AlumniRecruitersassisttheUMESOfficeofAdmissions&Recruitmentbycoveringcollege fairsthatourAdmissions&Recruitmentstaffarenotabletoattend Theyalso accompanyourrecruitersforaddedsupport Allalumnirecruitersgothroughvirtual trainingonayearlybasistoobtainandmaintaintheircertification.
Alumni Recruiter Training on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 from 6:30PM-8:00PM.
A polo shirt and name tag will be provided to you once you have completed training and signed up to cover an event
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UMES SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA ALUMNI
UMES Southeastern Virginia Alumni Chapter is now accepting scholarship application submissions for the 2023-2024 academic year. To apply, students are to visit: wwwumessevachaptercom/sc
UMES BALTIMORE ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP
UMES Baltimore Alumni Chapter, Inc. is now accepting scholarship application submissions for the 2023-2024 academic year. To apply for the Delphine Mabel Lee Scholarship, students are to visit: https://form.jotform.com/220247601 044039 To apply for the Ed Wilkins scholarship, students are to visit: https://form.jotform.com/220286149 770055
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HAWK BUSINESS SUMMER EXPO 2023
Join the Membership Committee for our Hawk Business Summer Expo Hawk Business Owners, this is your time to shine! Community vendors are welcome as well. This event is free to dues-paying members All others pay $40.00. Dues-paying members may also vend for free! All others pay a $75.00 vendor fee.
UMES PHILADELPHIA ALUMNI CHAPTER HAPPY HOUR
Join UMES Philadelphia Alumni Chapter for their Happy Hour Mixer on Friday, May 19, 2023 from 6pm-10pm. Come out, eat, drink and have a good time More importantly, come out and learn more about their chapter. This event is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
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UMES GREATER ATLANTA ALUMNI CHAPTER ATLANTA HBCU ALUMNI ALLIANCE 5K
Join UMES Greater Atlanta Alumni Chapter for the 16th Annual Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance 5K on Saturday, June 24, 2023 The event is hybrid so you can join them in person or virtually. Please be sure to select UMES as your HBCU affiliation when registering
UMES WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA ALUMNI CHAPTER TOP GOLF II
Join UMES Washington Metropolitan Area Alumni Chapter for Top Golf II on Sunday, June 18, 2023 at 2pm The cost is $100 per person. After June 6, 2023, the price is $125 per person. Father/Son or Father/Daughter is priced at $150 for both. After June 6, 2023, the price is $175 for both. Price Includes 2 drink tickets, food buffet, 3 hrs of golf, 1 free raffle ticket and more Father's Day gifts will be provided to all fathers. There will be raffles/door prizes. Golf Pro is available to assist non golfers
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UMES SOUTHERN MARYLAND ALUMNI CHAPTER, INC. HBCU ALUMNI ALLIANCE 5K
Join UMES Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter, Inc for the 10th Annual DC HBCU Alumni Alliance
5K on Saturday, June 24, 2023. The event is hybrid so you can join them in person or virtually Please be sure to select UMES as your HBCU affiliation when registering.
UMES PHILADELPHIA ALUMNI CHAPTER HBCU ALUMNI ALLIANCE 5K
Join UMES Philadelphia Alumni Chapter for the 3rd Annual Philadelphia HBCU Alumni Alliance
5K on Saturday, June 24, 2023 The event is hybrid so you can join them in person or virtually. Please be sure to select UMES as your HBCU affiliation when registering.
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UMES SOUTHERN MARYLAND ALUMNI CHAPTER, INC. HAWK REUNION DAY PARTY
Join UMES Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter, Inc for their 3rd Annual Hawk Reunion Day Party: The Thrillogy on Saturday, July 8, 2023. Join
for food, drinks, hookah with vibes by DJ WINDY CITY
UMES GREATER ANNAPOLIS ANNUAL CRAB FEAST
Join UMES Greater Annapolis Alumni Chapter for their most anticipated event of the year! Their annual crab feast will take place on Sunday, July 23, 2023 at Martin's Crosswinds from 3pm-7pm Please see a chapter member for tickets and room block details.
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UMES SOUTHERN MARYLAND ALUMNI CHAPTER, INC. HAWKS TAKE FLIGHT
Join UMES Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter, Inc. for their 3rd Annual Hawks Take Flight International Trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica Deposits are $150.00 per person and are due no later than June 2, 2023. Full payment is due no later than December 8, 2023. Flights are not included.
UMES SOUTHERN MARYLAND ALUMNI CHAPTER, INC. BLACK TIE GALA NIGHT
Join UMES Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter, Inc. for the 4th Annual DC HBCU Alumni Alliance Black Tie Gala on Saturday, September 9, 2023. Be sure to select UMES as your HBCU affiliation when registering.
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This section is to pay tribute to our Fallen Hawks. This section is to pay tribute to our Fallen Hawks.
"Gone but Not Forgotten" "Gone but Not Forgotten"
Peter (PJ) Okemmou, Jr Class of 2013
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Connie Scott Class of 1968
2 9 2023
Willie Carolyn Weatherby Kaufman Class of 1960 2 22 2023
Rev Harrison Leroy Penn Class of 1957
2 9 2023
Dr. Jimmie Flythe, Jr. Class of 1995 2 13 2023
Dave Rice Class of 1964 03 06 2023
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Samuel Edward Everett Class of 1968 2 25 2023
Harold Andre “Blue” Jewette, Sr. Class of 1975 2.3.2023
On behalf of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore On behalf of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore National Alumni Association's Board of Directors, we would National Alumni Association's Board of Directors, we would like to thank University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Office like to thank University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Office of Alumni Relations for their continued partnership. of Alumni Relations for their continued partnership.
We would also like to thank our sponsor, PNC for their We would also like to thank our sponsor, PNC for their continued support of our events throughout the year. continued support of our events throughout the year.
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