Fri April 3, 2015
umes-top scholars

UMES salutes top undergraduate scholars

Credit UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. –- UMES students who shined in the classroom during 2014 were recognized today at the 62nd annual Honors Convocation.

According to event organizers, 876 students whose academic performance resulted in grade point averages of 3.5 or higher were named to the dean’s list. Students in that group of scholars with a 3.7 GPA or higher also were acknowledged with Departmental Distinction honors.

The day’s highlight involved announcements of the coveted “Most Outstanding” students in the university’s four academic divisions that offer undergraduate degrees.

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Wed April 1, 2015

Senior USDA official to serve as 2015 commencement speaker

Dr. Gregory L. Parham, assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Credit UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. –– Dr. Gregory L. Parham, an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will deliver the commencement address May 15 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s 128th spring graduation ceremony.

An estimated 415 degree candidates will hear from a man who has worked for the federal agency since 1982 in a variety of capacities, including administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

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Tue March 31, 2015
Education Waiver

Virginia gets 4-year extension for federal education waiver

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia will continue to get relief from federal education requirements and No Child Left Behind-era sanctions.

The Virginia Department of Education says federal officials have approved the state's request for a four-year extension of its Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility waiver originally approved in 2012.

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Thu March 26, 2015
Maryland Fraternity-Racist Email

Student who sent racist email won't return this semester

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Officials say a Maryland college student won't return to campus this semester after an email he sent filled with racist and sexist language was made public.

University of Maryland College Park officials announced Wednesday that the decision was made by "mutual consent" with the student, who sent the email to fraternity brothers in January 2014. The school's investigation is continuing.

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Thu March 26, 2015
Charter Schools

Committee, stakeholders mull changes to charter school bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Senate education committee is mulling amendments to Gov. Larry Hogan's charter school expansion plan.

The changes were presented Wednesday during a committee work session with education stakeholders.

Among the changes to the governor's bill include the creation of a charter school pilot program, holding charter school teachers to the same certification requirements as their public school peers, and eliminating the option for a charter school to request a state waiver to free it from many laws that govern public schools,.

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