The Hawk Flyer July-Sept. 2022

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On July 1, 2022, the newly-elected executive board of University of Maryland Eastern Shore National Alumni Association took their seats. Congratulations again to:

UMES NAA Executive Board In July 2022, our alma mater, the University of Maryland 2022-2024 Eastern Shore rebranded releasing the new logo Teonna Wallop, President created by Baltimore-based TBC, Inc. This logo Hope R. Greene, 1st Vice President replaced all other previous university logos. With this Akira Ali, 2nd Vice President rebrand, the university launched branding guidelines to Tiffany Penn, 3rd Vice President ensure consistency, detailing the appropriate logo versions, colors, typography, etc. In addition to the Scarlette Howard, Recording Secretary updated logo, a new tagline, ‘Soar Above and Beyond,’ Imani Payne, Corresponding Secretary Randy Fitzgibbons, Treasurer was unveiled. Eric Spencer, Financial Secretary In August 2022, the National Alumni Association Dr. Thomas Holt, Parliamentarian launched it's well-requested updated logo. We are Natasha Ross, Chaplain excited about the updated look and is still in process of Damon Thompson-Estes, Sgt-at-Arms updating our sites, forms, etc. Major thank you and shout-out to Natasha Ross, Class of 2006 for serving as Nominating Committee Chair and Valerie Robinson, Class of 2002 for serving as Elections Committee Chair.


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MEET THE MARKETING & ADVERTISING COMMITTEE My name is Serena Studivant and I graduated Class of 2017 with a Bachelor of Art in Applied Design with a concentration in Photography. During my time at UMES, I was a Resident Assistant and Student Director for the Office of Residence Life, a member of Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society, Textures, My Sister's Keeper, Women of Distinction, and a charter member of the Upsilon Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. After graduation, I started my own photography business and worked at our alma mater in the Office of Residence Life as an Area Director. Currently, I am pursuing my Master's in Community Based Education and Leadership at Stevenson University Online and working as a Residence Life Coordinator in Salisbury, MD.

Newsletter Chair My name is Aaliyah Edwards and I am a current senior Class of 2023 studying Kinesiology from Baltimore, MD. During my time at UMES, I served as a historian for My Sister’s Keeper, the publicity chairperson for the National Society of Leadership and Success, the president of the Caribbean International Club, and a production member of Haus of Legacy. I am currently a part of The Upsilon Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Campus Activities Board. I am also a student worker for the Office of Student Experience.

Committee Member

My plans after graduation are to attend nursing school to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

My name is Isaac Blankson-Mensah and I am a current senior, Class of 2023 studying Computer Science, Science Focus. I was born and raised in Ghana but reside in Harford County, Maryland. I am currently employed on-campus by the Office of Alumni Relations.

Committee Member My name is Quiana Tilghman, but I am affectionately known as QT. I hail from Crisfield, MD and am a proud hawk Class of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Class of 2014 with a Master of Science in Criminology. While at UMES I’ve worn multiple hats, served on multiple committees and had the joy of being apart of multiple orgs: Residents Hall Association, ResLife, Women of Distinction, Alpha Phi Sigma, Rho Alpha Sigma. The creator of ResLife Week and the Shady Affair. I served on the Homecoming Committee, HawksVote, Trio Upward Bound and much more. I am currently employed at our alma mater as the Director of Student Outreach and Leadership Development; with the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Experience.

Committee Member

Let your smile change the world; but NEVER let the world change your smile.

To contact the committee please email We welcome your talents if you would like to join us on the Marketing & Advertising committee to assist with the newsletter, creating content for social media, and event flyers. Email Madam President if interested in being appointed to our committee. 2


NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION On July 9, 2022 our executive board held the Quarter 1 Board of Directors meeting in Newark, New Jersey. The meeting was followed by lunch with the NYC Tri-State Alumni Chapter at Swahili Village. The next meeting will be the Annual Meeting during Homecoming on November 12, 2022. The meeting is open to the public.

UMES SOUTHERN MARYLAND ALUMNI CHAPTER, INC. On July 23, 2022, UMES Southern MD Alumni Chapter, Inc hosted their annual alumni reunion day party. 100% of the proceeds for this annual event will now go into their chapter’s Fallen Hawks fund.

On Saturday, July 30, 2022 UMES Southern MD Alumni Chapter, Inc. had their annual retreat which is also always their first executive board meeting for the membership year. Pictured: Teonna Wallop (President), Lisa Jackson (1st Vice President), Shenika Sledge (2nd Vice President), Valerie Robinson (Corresponding Secretary & Chapter Photographer), Myah Foster (Financial Secretary), Drena McDaniel (Treasurer), Akira Ali (Parliamentarian) & Deborah Taylor (Historian). Not pictured: Dr. Jaracus Copes (3rd Vice President) & Tashaunya Blake (Recording Secretary).


GREATER ANNAPOLIS ALUMNI CHAPTER On July 31, 2022, the Greater Annapolis Alumni Chapter hosted their annual crab feast. Hawks enjoyed vendors, 50/50 raffle, cash bar and lots of fun catching up with fellow alumni.

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION University of Maryland Eastern Shore National Alumni Association held their annual Executive Leadership Retreat on August 13, 2022 in Baltimore, MD. Board members had the opportunity to team build, eat, laugh and learn. Thank you to Kadeem Turnbull, UMES Director of Alumni Relations for his presentation and giveaways. Thank you to David Balcom, UMES Vice President for University Relations for his presentation and letting executive leaders know ways that alumni can continue to be of service.

TRI-COUNTY ALUMNI CHAPTER On August 26, 2022 members of Tri-County Alumni Chapter and Baltimore Alumni Chapters joined Madam President to speak with some of the Class of 2026 about the mission of the National Alumni Association and its partnership with the university. Thank you to Allen Davenport (Tri-County Alumni Chapter), Keesha Wallace (Baltimore Alumni Chapter, President), Erinn Gross (Baltimore Alumni Chapter, Financial Secretary) and Shanieka Herndon (Baltimore Alumni Chapter) for participating.


BALTIMORE ALUMNI CHAPTER On July 31, 2022, the Baltimore Alumni Chapter hosted their annual crab feast. Hawks enjoyed vendors, raffles, music and fellowship with alumni.



On September 10, 2022, Robert "Owen" Johnson, Jr. was honored by Morgan State University for his service to the community at their 15th Annual Blue & Orange Scholarship Dinner Dance & Awards Program.

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION On September 7, 2022 UMES had 79 (current UMES students, staff and alumni) in attendance for HBCU Night with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. The Hawk-Pride was present throughout the night. Thank you for all who assisted in making this event a success!

On September 15, 2022 NAA President Wallop attended the Young & Ambitious Alumni Panel during Founders’ Week and provided the closing remarks. During the program, alumni expressed the importance of joining organizations, taking breaks, not being average, networking and communicating with UMES peers, faculty, and others in the working world.


UMES SOUTHERN MARYLAND ALUMNI CHAPTER, INC. On Thursday, September 22, 2022 the UMES Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter, Inc., hosted a dine to donate fundraiser at Boston’s Restaurant in Waldorf. Good food, good drinks and good conversation. In addition to the receiving a percentage from the restaurant, they received $75 in donations! HAWK PRIDE


UMES SOUTHERN MARYLAND ALUMNI CHAPTER, INC. On Sunday, September 25, 2022, UMES Southern MD Alumni Chapter, Inc. joined the DC HBCU Alumni Alliance for HBCU Night with the Commanders. Hawks traveled from Philadelphia to attend the game at Fed-Ex field in Landover, MD. Our Hawks had a great time tailgating and enjoying the game. Although the Commanders took a loss, our Hawks supporting the Philadelphia Eagles had an even better night.


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS Challedon Saltor has been a force to be reckoned with since starting acting at the age of four. The Baltimore native was enrolled into The Arena Players, Inc. a local theater by her mother, which sparked a new love in Challedon. She continued her theatrical training until she was 13 years old and later attended University of Maryland Eastern Shore, earning her Bachelor's Degree in English. Her education landed her a role at Radio One's 92.3 WERQ in Baltimore and soon after, Challedon relocated to Atlanta, GA to fully pursue acting and modeling. She clearly made the right move, seeing as she quickly booked opportunities with the likes of T.I., Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, along with Vibe and King Magazine, and a national campaign with Creme of Nature.

Challedon's credits include: Power Book IV: Force, 61st Street, Tyler Perry's "House of Payne," BET's "The Game," TVOne's "Fatal Attraction," and National Geographic's anthology series "Genius: Aretha Franklin." "Genius" stars (Cynthia Erivo) as the Queen of Soul and features Challedon as Marcia, one of Rev. C.L. Franklin's (Courtney B. Vance) love interests. When asked why she loves acting, Challedon emphasizes the beauty of being able to tell someone's story and inspire others through her work. Fueled by her desire to leave a legacy and succeed, she has no plans of stopping anytime soon. (Written By: Rhema Josey)

Earl Holland Jr.

2005 graduate and Eastern Shore native, returns to the nest as the new Director of Public Relations! Prior to joining UMES again, Holland worked as the online content editor for podcasts at, a medical publishing company that specializes on reaching physicians. In his more than ten years of notable journalism experience, Holland has held positions as a reporter, web editor, and producer at The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times as well as the (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal and the (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal Sports. In addition, Holland received three "Best of Gannett" Awards and four Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association Awards. Holland, was an English major, worked as a costudent general manager at what is now Hawk Radio while he was a student at UMES. He was also a member of the UMES Drama Society. He also spent four years on the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge squad, which placed second nationally in 2004.



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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) welcomes Tara A. Owens as Athletic Director and Anastasia Rodriguez as the Vice President for Administration and Finance

Tara A. Owens

Anastasia Rodriguez

After four years at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where she increased studentathlete enrollment by 110% and obtained $2.5 million in funding for sports facility renovations, athletic director Owens joins the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She has also served in various positions in athletics at Baltimore City Community College, Norfolk State University, Elizabeth City State University, Cheyney University, and Petersburg Public Schools. Owens holds a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Virginia State University, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Cheyney University, and a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.

Vice President Rodriguez has 20 years of expertise in federal and state funds management, cost accounting, payroll, pre- and post-award, risk management, bond financing, and procurement. She previously worked at Jacksonville State University in Alabama before coming to UMES. As JSU's controller, she improved process efficiency and accuracy while navigating COVID and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) spending. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and a Master of Business Administration, all from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Leave your Hawk Legacy by adding an engraved brick to the entrance of the new Pharmacy Building and Health Professions Complex! This is your opportunity to support the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a modest donation that will last beyond your lifetime. Buy a 4" x 8" brick celebrating your own accomplishments, honoring, or memorializing a loved one, classmate, faculty member, club, team, sorority or fraternity, family member or any other important person or organization in your life. Engraving generally allows two lines per brick, 14 characters per line (including spaces and punctuation). Cost is $250 per brick, $500 for double brick engraving, $1000 and up for larger sections for organizations or families. Anyone wishing to contribute at a higher level may contact David Balcom for additional naming and recognition opportunities. Following your purchase, you will receive a confirmation of your purchase and inscription request. Someone will confirm your inscription with you prior to the engraving. Bricks will be ordered in lots of 30 and will be installed accordingly. Someone will contact you when your brick is installed.


Alumnus, Derrick Doose is being recognized for being the largest donor for our April 2022 Diamond Anniversary Fundraiser. Derrick donated $5,747.82 getting us extremely close to our goal. Here’s a little more about Derrick and his many accomplishments. Thank you, Hawk! We very proud of you and we appreciate you.

Derrick Doose, a graduate of Baltimore’s Edmondson West Side High School (’89),

attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (’89-’94) where he studied Electrical Engineering Technology. Following College, this Baltimore native began work for one of the largest lighting companies in the world Sylvania Lighting as a lighting technician and site surveyor,. While at Sylvania, “Doose” also accepted an internship at Georgia Public Television in the role of Technical Director. After leaving Sylvania in 2000 Doose went on to work for Lucent Technologies, A multinational telecommunications Equipment Company) as a Fiber Optics Technician. With his demanding schedule and new family, he was unable to continue interning at Georgia Public Television. A year and a half later, Doose was abruptly laid off from Lucent Technologies. This sudden turn of fortune renewed Doose’s interest in television production and he began to actively seek a way to pursue his passion. To supplement his income, Doose began working nights with Night Shield Security. This job proved to be a blessing in disguise as he was soon assigned to provide security on actual film sets, where he put forth every effort to make industry contacts. It didn’t take Doose long to realize that his future would be in making movies. While providing security on the set of The Fighting Temptations, Doose met several industry professionals that took notice of his industrious nature and eagerness to get involved on the set. This soon landed him his first job as a Production Assistant on the feature film Dumber and Dumberer. With no formal training in the motion picture industry, Derrick was determined to absorb every piece of information possible on his first job as Production Assistant, which has spun into a Twenty-year career in the Motion Picture Industry. He has held various positions, including Production Assistant, 2nd Assistant Director, 1st Assistant Director, Production Coordinator and Director of Photography. Doose has worked on such films as, Motives, Stroke of Genius, Trois: The Escort, Warm Springs, Angel From Montgomery, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion, The Gospel, The Last Adam, Stomp the Yard, Daddy’s Little Girls, Trois 3- The Escort , Creed, and has become the go to person for all of Tyler Perry’s shows, most recently Assisted Living, House of Payne ,Young Dylan , All the Queens Men, Madea’s Home Coming, and A Jazzman’s Blues. Coupled with his experience on a Dhost of music videos, commercials and other television sitcoms, Doose has received very well rounded training while pursuing his career. And he is a proud member of the Director’s Guild Of America (DGA) as a 1st Assistant Director, Which has brought Doose to his ultimate goal of, directing multiple episodes of television, and will take him to the next level of producing, and screen writing for the motion picture industry in the near future.



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NECROLOGY This section is to pay tribute to our Fallen Hawks. "Gone but Not Forgotten" Ta'Quan Cave, Class of 2019 departed this life on 8/22/2022

Aleksandria Padgett, Class of 2021 departed this life on 8/29/2022

William "Billy Boy" Showell, Class of 1970 departed this life on 9/2/2022

Gorman "JuJu" Johnson, Class of 1968 departed this life on 9/12/2022

Matthew Lang, Class of 2004 departed this life on 9/20/2022

Please keep the family and friends of our Fallen Hawks in your thoughts and prayers.

This newsletter is made by UMES alumni for UMES alumni. We plan to continue to bring you the latest in UMES news, Athletics, National Alumni Association updates, HBCU legislation news, alumni events and more! We’re seeking writers, photographers, and other marketing professionals to join the UMES Alumni Association’s Marketing Committee. If you are interested email us We look forward to sharing a myriad of stories from University history to alumni highlights and we encourage alumni of all ages to get involved and submit noteworthy news about yourself and fellow UMES alumni with us via email

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