President Bell announces decision to step down

Feb 12, 2018
UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -– Dr. Juliette B. Bell announced today that she will step down as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on June 30.

Bell informed Chancellor Robert Caret, the University System of Maryland’s governing board and the UMES Board of Visitors of her decision, which was then shared in a letter that went out to the campus.

Mehta awarded Cotton Incorporated Grant

Feb 9, 2018
UMES School of Agricultural & Natural Sciences

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-– A 2018 Cotton Incorporated Curriculum Program Grant has been awarded to Dr. Sunidhi Mehta, assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology.  The grant will support research aimed at providing in-depth information about cotton as a sustainable and green textile material to fashion merchandising students at UMES.

A spring break fixing things (and learning stuff, too)

Feb 8, 2018
UMES Office of Public Relations

  • Imagine a spring break from college clearing brush along gnarly nature trails, rounding up refuse at Assateague Island National Seashore and making over an unkempt cemetery.

    Along with cultural excursions sprinkled in, that's what eight University of Maryland Eastern Shore students did during the third week of March as participants in an intensive six-day service-learning project. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) – Construction will start in te next few weeks on an addition that will double the size of Dover's Robbins Hose Fire Company.
The second floor of the building on South Governors Avenue will have a kitchen, a workout room, bunks and ofices.
The expansion will cost more than $5,000,000.
Donations are paying part of the cost. Kent County funds and a loan will pay the rest.


STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) – The center lane of the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is slated to open about three weeks ahead of schedule.
The lane has been closed since January 3, while road crews repaired more than a mile of cracked concrete. The cracks were the result of a botched paving job.
State officials had set a goal of opening the lane by Memorial Day. They said good weather was a factor in allowing them to finish early.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) – Chesapeake fire officials are investigating a blaze at Western High School.
Officials say that the school was evacuated as lockers caught fire, filling the school with smoke.
Authorities are trying to determine what caused the fire.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – An attorney for the widow of a Rehoboth Beach businessman told a Chancery Court judge that releasing information about the man's death to the public is "totally and completely unnecessary".
Attorney John Phillips says the autopsy report and other materials about the death of Duane Lawson contain "materials of a personal nature" and releasing the information would be an invasion of privacy for the Lawson family.

PRINCESS ANNE, MD – Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, will deliver the commencement address at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

Willards, MD – The family of a Willards, Maryland Marine says he was killed Thursday near Fallujah, Iraq. Twenty six year old Robert "Bobby" Guy died after being shot in the head, his mother, Anny Guy, told the Salisbury Daily Times. She says that her son was proud to be a Marine and wanted to be in Iraq. At the local fire hall in Willards, just around the corner from Guy's house, a sign read: "God Bless our hero Bobby Guy." Over the weekend, Guy's family and friends remembered Guy as a goodhearted man who loved jokes and who worked for more than a year to become a Marine.

Salisbury, MD – It's been nearly three weeks since a shooting rampage that straddled two states, killing two people and wounding four. One victim, 33 year old Carla Green of Salisbury is still in intensive care. Green was driving in the Miami Avenue neighborhood when she was shot five times. Green is at Peninsula Regional Medical Center and still has three bullets lodged in her body. Her relatives say she is paralyzed and has a collapsed lung.

Richmond, VA – Environmentalists don't like it, but Virginia is hoping an exchange program will help reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. The state is planning to allow sewage plants and industrial sources to buy, sell and trade water pollution credits in a program that will take effect January 1st. The experimental program is one of several initiatives that was signed into law last month to combat the flow of excessive nutrients polluting the bay. The damaging nutrients come from storm runoff carrying fertilizer and animal waste.

Salisbury, MD – A man accused of killing two people on a random shooting spree in Delaware and Maryland was wanted at the time on charges related to another shooting incident last year. Allison Norman, 22, of Seaford, Delaware was arrested yesterday morning after a string of shootings. Two people were killed and four others were wounded, on critically. Just a day earlier, a warrant was issued for Norman's arrest after he failed to appeal in Wicomico County Circuit Court.

Salisbury, MD – Absentee ballots will be counted today in two close races for Salisbury City Council. In District One, challenger "Shanie" Shields leads incumbent Lavonzella Siggers by six votes with 11 absentee ballots yet to be counted. In District Two, challenger Deborah Campbell leads incumbent Michael Day by 25 votes with 145 absentee ballots yet to be counted. Meanwhile, Mayor Barrie Tilghman breezed to a third term, defeating challenger Donald Long. And voters narrowly favored eliminating primary elections for city offices.


The Key--Feb. 9, 2018

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is pleased to share with you for reading at your leisure an electronic, flip-version of the campus newsletter, The Key.