founders' week

Evolution of the Mission (an essay)

Sep 13, 2017

When the Civil War ended in 1865, Negroes recognized education was the path to providing for one’s family and to bettering one’s condition in society. Despite newfound freedoms, former slaves and freedmen had few options to pursue elementary, much less higher education. Access to formal education was an exceptionally rare in rural communities. In small towns, Negro education fell to the church, where students learned their earliest lessons from local clergy.

UMES celebrates Hytche legacy during 2016 Founders’ Week

Sep 7, 2016
UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.--Members of the William P. Hytche Legacy Initiative committee gather on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 4-to-7 p.m. in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center to celebrate the culmination of “a labor of love” that began nearly a decade ago. The single motivating factor for committee leaders Pat H. Alexander ‘69, William F. Armstrong ’70 and Charles D. Gregg ’68 is honoring the life and achievements of the late UMES president. 

Passing the torch of genealogical research to the next generation

Sep 18, 2014
UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.. –– The largest first-floor classroom in Hazel Hall on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus has a new name: the George and Frances Latimer Lecture Hall.

Members of the Latimer family were guests of honor during Founders’ Week at a reception to unveil identical plaques at both entrances to Room 1020.

George Latimer, a retired chief of the New York City transit police department, has pledged $100,000 to underwrite a scholarship fund he requested should be used to assist a UMES undergraduate interested in African-American history.

Celebration, reflection mark September graduation day at UMES

Sep 11, 2014
UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – (Sept. 11, 2014) – Celebration and reflection were the day's watchwords as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore held its summer commencement and 128th Founders’ Day Convocation Thursday. 

The university awarded 28 Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees and recognized four leaders for their contributions and loyal support of the institution.

This year’s ceremonies coincided with the 13th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and rural Pennsylvania, and UMES incorporated tributes into the day’s events.

UMES observes Founders’ Week with events

Sep 5, 2014
UMES Office of Public Relations

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.