UMES Welcomes Community to Homecoming Events
PRINCESS ANNE, MD-The Hawks at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore are preparing the nest for Homecoming 2009, welcoming the community along with alumni to the campus.
Among the events planned for the celebration is the Gospel Explosion on Sunday, February 8, at 6 p.m. in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts. Area greats, the Veney Sisters, the Powerfied Youth of the Cathedral of Love Church, the Zionaires and the UMES Gospel Choir, join Preacher Pap and the Gospel Invisibles of New Jersey in concert. General admission tickets are $5, while UMES students attend free of charge.
Tea and Orchids, an event for campus and community women, takes place on Wednesday, February 11, at 3 p.m. in the Student Services Center. The event features keynote speaker Wilma Holmes-Tootle, an educator, philanthropist and community leader; live jazz by solo jazz saxophonist Everett Spells who has played with musical greats such as Frank Foster and Billy Burgess Gardner; hors d oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit the UMES Foundation Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Educational Advancement Through Technology Endowment.
The Love Notes Tour highlighting R& B artists Slim, Bobby Valentino, Pleasure P and Trey Songz makes a stop at UMES on Thursday, February 12, at 7 p.m. in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Bobby V got his nickname Valentino because he was due to be born on Valentine s Day. Of other interest, Trey Songz will appear at UMES the same night that the 51st Grammy Awards airs on CBS, where he also appears for his nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for Can t Help But Wait. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $20 for UMES students.
President Thelma B. Thompson hosts the sixth annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on Friday, February 13, at 7:30 a.m. in the Students Services Center ballroom. Currently serving as the chief learning officer of the U.S. Marshals Service, The Rev. Dr. Marc Farmer of the Oakland Mills Church of God in Columbia, Md., is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $40 per person or $350 for a table of 10. Proceeds benefit the UMES student scholarship fund.
Other events open to the public that round out the homecoming schedule include a Step Show at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 13, in the William P. Hytche Athletics Center with general admission tickets available for $10. A Late Night Comedy show is slated for Saturday, February 14, at 9 p.m. in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts. General admission tickets are $8.
The Hawks take to the court for a battle with the North Carolina A&T Aggies for the homecoming basket ball game on Saturday, February 14. Doors open at noon in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center with the women s game starting at 2 p.m. and the men s game following at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15. UMES students get in free.
Many additional events for UMES alumni will take place during the homecoming festivities. For more information, call 410-651-6669.
Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, email@example.com.