July-Sept 2023 UMES NAA Newsletter

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A HAWK’S TALE ~Sincerely, 1886 Greetings Hawks! Can you believe it’s November already?!? We are two weeks from Homecoming and we can’t wait to see you all! This year’s theme, if you have not heard is, A Hawk’s Tale ~ Sincerely 1886. The theme was selected to pay homage to our past and the journey our illustrious institution prepared us for. Each Hawk has a tale to tell and at homecoming, that is what we do. We rally and fellowship to catch up, expand our network, exchange stories, and give advice. From golden hawks to new freshmen hawks, the moment we stepped foot on campus we began our, Hawk’s Tale!


We have worked for months confirming details to ensure our Homecoming celebration is inclusive and offers a variety of activities for all. We are revamping events and sticking with old traditions. So pack your bags and prepare for November 16November 19, 2023, as we go back home. I have received many requests about the bookstore. After meeting with the university, the bookstore will be open until 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Looking to be a vendor for homecoming? Please email specialevents@umesnaa.org. -See you soon, Hawks!


NATIONAL & CHAPTER EVENTS UMES SOUTHERN MARYLAND ALUMNI CHAPTER, INC. On Saturday, July 8, 2023, the Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter, hosted their annual Hawk Reunion Day Party. A portion of the proceeds for their annual event supports their Fallen Hawks fund. The Fallen Hawks fund assists the chapter with honoring burial expense requests in the event of a Southern Maryland Hawk’s untimely or sudden death.

UMES GREATER ATLANTA ALUMNI CHAPTER For the first time in almost 10 years, UMES participated in the Atlanta Area MEAC Cookout on July 8, 2023. In fact, over 20 local alumni along with UMES' Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Armajeanne Harmon, attended the picnic. During the festive event, over 300 MEAC school alumni enjoyed networking, dancing, and catching up. Additionally, the Greater Atlanta Alumni Chapter also used this time to present scholarship recipients with their awards and two gift baskets each.

UMES TRI-COUNTY ALUMNI CHAPTER On July 22, 2023, Tri-County hosted their Back to the Yard Game Night at UMES in the SSC Gameroom and Bowling alley. Hawks had a great time of fellowship and learning more about the chapter and its initiatives.



NATIONAL & CHAPTER EVENTS UMES GREATER ANNAPOLIS ALUMNI CHAPTER On Sunday, July 23, 2023 the Greater Annapolis Alumni Chapter hosted its annual Crab Feast at Martin’s Crosswinds. Close to 700 people came out to support the event and scholarships were awarded to future Hawks during the event!

UMES NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION On Saturday, July 29, 2023 the UMES NAA held its Quarter I Board of Directors Meeting for the 2023-2024 membership year in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting was hosted by our UMES NYC TriState Alumni Chapter & UMES Philadelphia Alumni Chapter. After the meeting they enjoyed lunch at Tacodelphia.

UMES BALTIMORE ALUMNI CHAPTER, INC. On August 1, 2023 the Baltimore Alumni Chapter participated in National Night Out! National Night Out first started in 1984 to foster a more positive relationship between law enforcement and local communities. The chapter’s participation in National Night Out also served as a membership event as they were able to connect with Hawks in the area that did not belong to the chapter prior to the event.



NATIONAL & CHAPTER EVENTS UMES NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION The UMES NAA hosted its annual Executive Leadership Retreat on Saturday, August 26, 2023. The theme for the retreat was, Creating a path for strategic sustainability. The retreat allows all of the executive leadership board from the local alumni chapters to join the UMES NAA Board of Directors for a day of food, fellowship and learning how to grow their nonprofits. They also enjoyed hearing a “State of the University” address from President Anderson .

UMES BALTIMORE ALUMNI CHAPTER On Sunday, August 27, 2023 the Baltimore Alumni Chapter hosted their annual Crab Feast. The event was ‘All You Can Eat’ with vendors on site and raffles. The ‘All You Can Eat’ ticket purchases were used to contribute to support UMES student scholarships.

UMES GREATER ATLANTA ALUMNI CHAPTER On September 9, 2023 the Greater Atlanta Alumni Chapter participated in the Atlanta MidAtlantic HBCU Unity Cookout. During the event, connections were made, there was fellowship amongst attendees, and a fun time was had, East Coast style. The participating institutions were: Cheyney University, Coppin State College, Howard University, Lincoln University (PA), Morgan State University, and of course UMES.



NATIONAL & CHAPTER EVENTS UMES SOUTHERN MARYLAND ALUMNI CHAPTER, INC. On Saturday, September 9, 2023, UMES Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter, Inc. attended the 4th Annual DC HBCU Alumni Alliance Scholarship Gala. During the gala, Dr. Valerie Robinson, Class of 2002, was awarded the DC HBCU Alumni Alliance Volunteer of the Year Award. Dr. Robinson is a professional photographer and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She serves as the Corresponding Secretary for University of Maryland Eastern Shore Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter, Inc. and is an active member of the chapter's Ways & Means Committee. Dr. Robinson is the Elections Committee Chair for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore National Alumni Association; a Certified Alumni Recruiter for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and she is a member of the Hunger Committee for the DC HBCU Alumni Alliance. Dr. Robinson volunteers her time and talent outside of her duties for the chapter by taking photographs at events and retreats to capture our history. She volunteers her time taking photos for other alumni chapters and the National Alumni Association as well. Finally, Dr. Robinson sends cards to all chapter members on their birthdays and anniversaries as well as flowers to executive board members who lost a loved one. This is the job of the Chaplain, but she completes the duties of the vacant position. Dr. Robinson embodies our alma mater's motto, "Deeds, Not Words". Her alumni chapter, husband, sorority sisters and friends joined her at at the gala to celebrate her accomplishments. Members of President Anderson’s cabinet also attended the event to lend their support.




UMES WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN ALUMNI CHAPTER On September 23, 2023, the Washington Metropolitan Alumni Chapter hosted it’s Annual Endowment Brunch. Princess Sarah Bentil the 53rd Miss UMES was the Mistress of Ceremonies and Alumnus, Dr. Earl Richardson from Morgan State University was the speaker. Proceeds from the event support the chapter’s endowment with the university.

HBCU NIGHT WITH THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES On Thursday, September 28, 2023, UMES NAA participated in the 2nd Annual HBCU Night with the Baltimore Orioles. $5.00 from every ticket purchased supported the association and was ultimately donated back to the university. Alumni and Student Hawks come together to fellowship during this event.




Alumna, Yvette Redd shows her Hawk Pride during National HBCU Week.

Alumna, Tanisha Terry spotted President Anderson at the National HBCU Week Conference.


W E E K September 4-10, 2023 THE HAWK FLYER


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS HAWK LEGEND AWARD Alumnus Willie L. Baker received the Hawk Legend Award on Thursday, September 14, 2023, during the “Soar Above & Beyond” Campaign Dinner during UMES’ Founders’ Week Willie is a 1965 graduate of Maryland State College, now, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a life member of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore National Alumni Association. He served as the President of the National Alumni Association from 1987-1991. Willie has committed a lifetime of energy and passion, fighting for worker’s rights, human rights, and a more just social and economic society both domestically and internationally. He continues to be active in the fight for worker’s rights the USA and the world.

Willie L. Baker, Jr. Class of 1965

“UMES provided me with the education I needed to become a successful professional who has traveled the world, to meet with dignitaries like Nelson Mandela, and make a difference in the lives of working men and women. I wouldn’t have been able to do that without my UMES degree. That’s why I give back to this place, a place very special to me” WILLIE L. BAKER, JR. ANDRE “DJ DRE”




Andre Bradley, Jr. also known as ‘Dj Dre’ is an

Baltimore native who has been glued to turntables since his father let him spin in the basement at the early age of 1̀4. Dre believes in being one of the greatest such as DJ Drama, DJ Khalid, and his favorite DJ Jazzy Jeff. He also wanted to be like his father who has taugher him well on becoming a impressive DJ. He has been successful as a college student DJ from doing small house parties then leveling up to major college events. Nothing has stopped him as he as traveled to other colleges from Lincoln U of PA to Bowie State. After graduating from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, in 2013, he went to DJ on big states for concerts and has DJ-ed for the mayor of Baltimore City. His latest accomplishments are being a DJ on one of the biggest hip hop concerts Rolling Loud Miami, DJ-ing the AFRAM festival in Baltimore City for 4 years, being re4cognized as a DJ for Rick Ross’s own music label MMG (Maybach Music Group) and now becoming a live radio DJ for 92Q Jams in Baltimore. He is working his way to the top and this is only the beginning for him.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” ANDRE “DJ DRE”




ALUMNI RECRUITERS AT WORK UMES Admissions & Recruitment with Alumni Recruiters, Scarlette Howard (UMES NAA Recording Secretary) and Lisa Jackson (1st VP of UMES Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter, Inc.) at the National Society of High School Scholars’ Annual College Fair IN Oxon Hill, Maryland on August 12, 2023. Stay tuned for another Alumni Recruiter Training!

UMES Admissions & Recruitment with Alumni Recruiter, Damon Thompson-Estes (UMES NAA Sgt-at-Arms) on Day 1 of the National Society of High School Scholars’ Annual College Fair on Friday, August 11, 2023.




LIFE MEMBER & CLASS REUNION HARLEM RENAISSANCE GALA Join UMES NAA for annual Life Member & Class Reunion on Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 7 pm - 11 pm. This year's theme is the Harlem Renaissance. Come dressed in your best Harlem Renaissance attire. Formal attire is required. Tickets are on sale. Life members are FREE! Entry includes food and open bar.

CLASS OF 1973 5OTH ANNIVERSARY DINNER & DANCE Join the Class of 1973 as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary on November 17, 2023 with a Meet & Greet and on November 18, 2023 for their Reunion Dinner & Dance.



UPCOMING EVENTS HOMECOMING 2023 A HAWK’S TALE ~ Sincerely 1886 NOSTALGIA Join the NAA for a trip down memory lane. Happy Hour will take place in the Henson Center before the Tawes Gym Party. Come comfortably dressed and ready to party. The event is 21 & over!

A HAWK’S TALE Join the NAA for ‘A Hawk’s Tale’ with Black Alley Band at Brew River. Brew is located at 502 West Main Street, Salisbury, Maryland 21801. The event is 21 and over!

BEFORE I LET GO BRUNCH Join the NAA before we let you go for Sunday brunch at Evolution Craft Brewing located at 201 E. Vine Street Salisbury, MD. Event is 21 and over!



UPCOMING EVENTS 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 ASAP. Full payment is due no later than December 8, 2023. Flights are not included.




This section is to pay tribute to our Fallen Hawks. "Gone but Not Forgotten"

Dr, Virgie ‘Eaddy’ Mason Class of 1973 6.23.2023

Herman B. Taylor Class of 1963 7.3.2023

Kennon Broadhurst Class of 1996 7.8.2023

Reuben Antonio Tony Marshall Class of 1991 8.14.2023

Robert Hamlin lll 9.24.2023



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS On behalf of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore National Alumni Association's Board of Directors, we would like to thank our alumni for your support and/or volunteerism. A special thank you goes out to our Homecoming & Special Events Committee. Thank you for ensuring that we have a safe and fun-filled homecoming weekend.

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