UMES celebrates its scholars at 61st
PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (April 3, 2014) – Hundreds of
UMES undergraduates took a break from their studies today to revel in formal
recognition from faculty and administrators for a job “well done.”
university’s 61st Honors Convocation attracted a capacity crowd to
the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts, where many audience members
had earned a coveted place on the dean’s list during 2013.
those called on stage for special recognition were two scholar athletes on UMES’
championship bowling team and an international student who distinguished
himself as a math major.
Ukaivbe, who hails from Delta State, Nigeria, was named the Daniel J. Pinkett
Award in Mathematics winner, an honor that comes with a $1,500 cash award. The Pinkett
prize is named in honor of a math teacher at Princess Anne Academy, as the
university was known during the early 20th century.
who has a 3.63 grade point average, was unable to accept in person; he was in
Bridgeport, Conn., where he was an invited presenter at the Conference of the
American Society for Engineering Education. He plans to pursue a master’s
degree in applied computer science at UMES.
professor who supported his nomination said Ukaivbe “has amassed a research
record well beyond that of his peers,” which has included publication of articles
about b-spline interpolation, a highly specialize form of numerical analysis.
Junior Tatiana Munoz of Colombia, who will be away from campus next weekend attempting
to become an NCAA champion bowler, received the Award of Excellence as the top
student in School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. She is majoring in
Award of Excellence winners were: senior Michael Taylor of Eden (School of Arts
and Professions), senior Chelsea Grainger of Gaithersburg, Md., (School of
Agriculture and Natural Sciences, and senior Paul Cecil of Severn, Md. (School
of Business and Technology).
Megan Buja of Rockford, Ill., the lone senior on the NCAA tourney bound team,
was singled out for departmental honors from the Department of Human Ecology.
Other departmental honorees were: senior Tina
Ndam of Montgomery Village, Md. (natural sciences), senior Saadia Feliciano of Lansdowne,
Pa. (criminal justice), senior Waltrant Hemphill of Nanticoke, Md. (education),
senior Shauna Kaye Jones of Salisbury, (English and modern languages), senior Tiffani
Revels of Pocomoke City (fine arts), senior Aaron Chatmon of Waldorf, Md. (general
studies), sophomore Kadija Felder-Patterson of Brooklawn, N.J. (social
sciences), senior Ujala Noman St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (business, management
and accounting), senior Esther Nwogu of Pennsburg, Pa. (mathematics and science),
senior Shanyce Stewart of Mt. Vernon, N.Y. (technology), junior Tawfeek Matug of
Salisbury (engineering and aviation science), senior Samantha Lord of Cambridge
(hospital and tourism management), senior Yelena Simeon of Rockville, Md. (hospitality
and tourism – Shady Grove campus), senior Jeffery Locklear of Accomac, Va.
(exercise science) and 2013 graduate Katelin Whitelock of Eden (physician
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