PRINCESS ANNE, Md. –-The University of Maryland Eastern Shore celebrates its 128th Founders’ Week, Sept. 7-13, with a series of free events for campus and community.
The celebration actually begins a day early, Sat., Sept. 6, with Street Sweep, a community clean-up day in the Town of Princess Anne. Volunteers will meet at the Garland Hayward Youth Center at 8 a.m. to register for a work site and pick up their free T-shirt. The event ends with a picnic at the center for volunteers.
Founded just days apart in 1886, UMES (founded by the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church) and the Metropolitan United Methodist Church celebrate their 128th anniversaries together with a worship service Sun., Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. Also learn about the university’s rich history in an exhibit at the Frederick Douglass Library this fall.
Ed Gordon, an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, is the first speaker at the inaugural Presidential Lecture Series Wed., Sept. 10. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in the university’s Student Services Center Theater. Gordon’s message will focus on the role of the media in political, economic and social activity, especially as it relates to current events; the Michael Brown case and the November election.
Gordon will also give the address at the Founders’ Week Convocation and Summer Commencement Thurs., Sept. 11 where 28 UMES students will receive Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees. A tribute to 9-11 is part of the morning’s activities along with wreath-laying, anniversary and statue dedication ceremonies for the university.
The week wraps up with a concert Fri., Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Ella Fitzgerald Center on campus as part of the Manokin River Arts & Jazz Festival. The event continues in the Town of Princess Anne the following day with arts, jazz, food and fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 410-651-6669 for more information.
Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580.
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