MEAC recognizes UMES academic success

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) athletics department countdown continues with their fifth straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Title. UMES was recognized by the MEAC for having the league’s highest GSR for the fifth consecutive year, earning an 89-percent GSR for student-athletes that competed from 2003 to 2006.

“It is a great honor to win this award for the fifth straight athletic season,” said UMES athletic director Keith Davidson. “It shows how successful our athletic program has truly been. The graduation success of our student-athletes has shown the quality of people that we are recruiting and that the university is doing its part in preparing student-athletes for life after college.”

In March, the Hawks were ranked No. 1 out of all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) men’s basketball teams while the Lady Hawks were tied for seventh among HBCU women’s basketball schools for graduation success rate.

In May, the conference acknowledged 66 UMES student-athletes by naming them to the 2014 MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. These athletes retain a 3.0 GPA or better during their respective sport.

In June, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognized the men’s tennis team on their Academic Progress Rate (APR). The squad finished in the top 10 percent of teams with the highest APR.

2013-14 UMES Top Moment Countdown Schedule

Moment #1: Friday, August 29

Moment #2: Thursday, August 28

Moment #3: Wednesday, August 27

Moment #4: Tuesday, August 26

Moment #5: Monday, August 25

Moment #6: Friday, August 22

Moment #7: Thursday, August 21

Moment #8: Wednesday, August 20

Moment #9: Tuesday, August 19

Moment #10: Monday, August 18

Moment #11: Friday, August 15





The 2013-14 UMES athletic season was a memorable one filled with incredible moments, championship performances and individual achievements on and off the playing field. To make way for the 2014-15 season, UMES athletics will count down 15 top moments from a year ago, based on subjective opinion by UMES administrative staff, coaches and student-athletes. The list not only recognizes academic commitment and winning, but also the spirit and pride infused into the campus. A new moment will be revealed each weekday, counting down to the start of competition for the year on Friday, August 29th.

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New Immunization Requirements for Children Entering Kindergarten and Seventh Grade

Snow Hill, MD- New immunization requirements will take effect for students entering kindergarten and seventh grade this fall.  Immunizations are vital to protect children from potentially serious diseases. Students entering kindergarten will need to have proof of two varicella vaccinationsand students entering the seventh grade will need to have proof of  one Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis) and one meningococcal (Menactra or Menomune) vaccination in addition to the previously required vaccines.

Parents of students entering kindergarten and seventh grade are encouraged to contact their child’s doctor now to make sure their child’s immunizations are up-to-date with these requirements and to schedule an appointment for vaccines if needed.

Worcester County Health Department will be offering three immunization clinics to help Worcester County students who do not have a doctor or lack insurance that covers vaccine and are at risk for exclusion from school if not appropriately immunized. Clinic times are from 8:00 am-5:00 pm; dates and locations are listed below. Appointments are encouraged but not required.

Thursday, September 11:

400-A Walnut Street, Pocomoke          410-957-2005

Friday, September 12:

6040 Public Landing Road, Snow Hill   410-632-1100

Monday, September 15:

9730 Healthway Drive, Berlin               410-629-0164

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Since its earliest days as the Delaware Conference Academy, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has enjoyed 128 years of rich history and tradition. Athletics has been no stranger to this history with multiple conference championships, the first HBCU to reach and win in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), and seven national titles to its credit. In honor of these accomplishments, the UMES Athletic Department has released a comprehensive history in two sports: football and men’s basketball.

To view UMES football history, please Click Here.

To view UMES men’s basketball history, please Click Here.

Any person who spots potential errors in the documents, as well as games and records not yet included are encouraged to email Matt McCann at

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The Cellular Connection to donate college scholarships to nearly 300 children nationwide

Nation’s largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer’s “Color for College” program to give $1,500 scholarships to 300 students

Pocomoke, MD (August 8, 2014) – Children ages 13 and younger in the Pocomoke City area have the opportunity to receive college scholarships by simply doing one of their favorite activities: coloring. The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., announces today that its “Color for College” program will donate $1,500 college scholarships to students nationwide at nearly 300 of its stores.

From Aug.3-31, participating TCC stores across the U.S. are inviting local families to bring their children to the store to color a pre-printed page from TCC and complete the entry information on the back. One $1,500 scholarship will be given to the winning submission at each participating store in the form of a 529 college savings plan that cannot be redeemed until the student attends college. No purchase necessary. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on Sept. 5. Parents and guardians of the winners will be contacted by Sept. 30 with details of how to redeem the scholarships.

The participating stores on the Eastern Shore are located in Pocomoke, and Ocean Pines, MD, Millville, De, and Exmore, VA

The “Color for College” program falls on the heels of TCC donating 100,000 backpacks to students across the U.S. during its annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway that took place on Aug. 2.

“We are excited to contribute to children’s education through our ‘Culture of Good’ movement,” said Scott Moorehead, president and CEO of TCC. “This is how our company gives back to the communities where we do business, and education is a primary focus of these efforts. In the end, we want both parents and kids to know we care and their education matters to us.”

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Women Supporting Women presents 13th Annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness

Women Supporting Women presents:

13th Annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness, 3 or 1 mile walk option with lunch afterwards provided by Texas Roadhouse. Walkers are encouraged to bring their canine companions and form a team to help this local breast cancer support group provide free services and support to local breast cancer survivors, their families and friends.

Winterplace Park, Salisbury, MD 21804

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 with registration starting at 8:30 am, walk begins at 10:00 am

Women Supporting Women is a local, grass-roots non-profit organization dedicated to providing awareness, education and support to all those who are affected by breast cancer.  With no national ties or funding, we rely completely on our community to help us provide free services to our neighbors, friends and families right here on Delmarva.  To learn more about WSW, visit or, or stop by our Salisbury office located at 1320 Belmont Avenue, next to the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.


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Artists Talks: Making Better Photographs; Meditation and Art

The Art League of Ocean City’s late summer Artist Talks will focus on two totally different, but not mutually exclusive, subjects this month:  how to make better photographs and the art of transcendental meditation.

George Evancho, life-long photographer and president of the Lewes/Rehoboth-based Coastal Camera Club, will speak on “Making Photographs, Not Just Taking Photographs” Aug. 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street.  Day one will address camera equipment, functions, accessories and lighting. Day two will concentrate on what makes a good photograph, how to focus the viewer’s attention and the elements of composition. The talks are free and attendees can attend either or both days.

Then, on Tuesday evening, Aug. 19 from 7-9 p.m., photographer and July Artist-in-Residence Kim Bemis will discuss how Transcendental Meditation (TM) can reduce stress and increase creativity. The lecture will include short video clips of how the TM technique is being utilized across the country as well as a discussion and photography of his experiences while living in the Himalayas.

For further information about either or both of these free events,  visit, call 410-524-9433 or email:

Funding for public programs and exhibits by the Art League of Ocean City at the Ocean City Center for the Arts is provided, in part, by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

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NORMAN, Okla. – Yesterday afternoon (07/30), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) men’s golf team was named to the 2014 Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-Academic Team, presented by Farmers Insurance. The student-athletes recognized included Sedrick Bailey (Baltimore); Norman Blanco (New Orleans, La.); Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.); Michael Ferguson (Vorhees, N.J.); Richard Fleming (Upper Marlboro, Md.); Bryan Martin (Baltimore); Kevin Odell (Snow Hill, Md.); Keun Park (Woodstock, Md.); Jon Seward (Fort Washington, Md.); Christopher Toney (La Plata, Md.); and recent 2014 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.).

“Our student-athletes are self-disciplined and self-motivated,” said UMES Men’s Golf head coach Marshall Cropper. “Their work ethic begins at an early age. They know what needs to be done and I’m here to guide them.”

A total of 141 teams submitted 3.00 grade-point-averages (GPAs) or higher to earn All-Academic Team recognition. To be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors, a college or university must submit the GPAs for each player on its official squad list for the academic year.

Maryland Eastern Shore and Alabama State University (ASU) were the lone Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) representatives to make this year’s GCAA All-Academic Team. Additionally, the Hornets were one of 11 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I institutions to receive President’s Special Recognition status, earning a 3.5 GPA or better as a team.

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PRMC Reaches 1000th Robotic Surgery

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES men’s basketball and bowling news.

Another week down, another new month coming soon. Shall we begin?:


Last week, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) released its 2013-14 Honors Court and University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) men’s basketball junior forward Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was selected to this year’s team. A total of nearly 900 student-athletes from 335 colleges and universities across the United States were presented with the award, the most in the history of the NABC Honors Court. This is the second consecutive NABC Honors Court for Pitt.

The squad finished 6-24 overall (4-12 MEAC) and named Bobby Collins as new head coach on April 8th.


Recently, the National Ten Pin Coaches Association (NTCA) announced the UMES women’s bowling team as the winner of the third annual team grade point average award (GPA).

“I am very proud of our team,” said UMES Women’s Bowling head coach Kayla Bandy. “We worked hard on the lanes and in the classroom. The dedication that the girls put in was phenomenal and we intend to work that hard each season.”

Last Tuesday (07/22), the squad inked two new recruits for the upcoming season: New York native, Melanie Copey, and Aruba’s Thashaina Seraus.

“Building on an experienced and strong roster for next season, I am excited to have Copey and Seraus join us next year,” said Bandy. “They both bring a disciplined physical game, a passion for the sport of bowling and the same dedication to success that our team prides itself on.”

On April 17th, the Hawks wrapped up their season by finishing in fifth-place at the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC).

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NORMAN, Okla. – Most recently, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced its Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars and saw the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) men’s golfer Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) named among the 208 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I honorees.

Last season, Veverka received numerous academic honors, such as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Golf All-Academic Team and MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. The Brunswick, Md.-native was the lone MEAC representative to make the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars Team this year.

“Michael (Veverka) is a very good student-athlete,” said UMES Men’s Golf head coach Marshall Cropper. “He’s been among our consistent golfers all season.”

On the course, Veverka was the team’s top golfer over the past couple seasons, earning him multiple team honors, including UMES Golf Coaches Award. The former UMES Golf Most Valuable Player (MVP) recipient also was named to the All-MEAC Golf Team in his final season.

To be eligible, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in NCAA Division I, and maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average (GPA). A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

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