News and Notes: People

Board of Regents Faculty Awardees


Dr. William Burke, Professor of the Practice at Salisbury U
Professor Bronwyn Mayden, Assistant Dean of Continuing Professional Education in the School of Social Work; Director of the Promise Heights initiative
Dr. Thomas J. Miller, Professor and Director of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory at the Center for Environmental Studies
Dr. Mike Raupp, Professor of Entomology at UMCP


Dr. Van Bao, Associate Professor of Accounting in the College of Business at Frostburg
Dr. Eileen O’Brien, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at UMBC
Dr. Randy Ontiveros, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Dept of English honors program at UMCP
Dr. Bridal Pearson from the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore
Dr. John Hudgins from the Department of Applied Social and Political Science at Coppin


Dr. Jennifer Golbeck, Associate Professor of Information Studies at UMCP.
Professor Paula T. Morris, Professor of the Practice in the Perdue School of Business at Salisbury
Dr. Barbara Resnick, the Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology in the School of Nursing
Dr. Michelle Scott, Associate Professor of History at UMBC.


Dr. Mikhail Anisimov, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UMCP.
Dr. Kate Brown, Professor of History at UMBC.
Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta, UMCP, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Wei Yu, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Towson

Jake Goering, UMCP/Human Development, Retired
Now living in Kansas at the ripe age of 97, Dr. Goering won the Faye McCoy Positive Aging Award. He has been active in local affairs, and just three years ago he toured China. May we all be so fit! (Thanks to Albert Gardner for this information.)

Barbara Hurd, Frostburg
Congratulations to Prof. Hurd for receiving a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship.

Towson: Laravene Loeschke
Former Towson president is still inspiring, serving campus despite terminal cancer. Dr. Loeschke’s “bucket list is much the same at the twilight of life as it has been all her life. Doctors have given the former Towson University president a harrowing prognosis: The 68-year-old could live another two weeks to two years. The adrenal cancer that prompted her to step down in December has advanced to her abdomen. She has moved to a senior living facility a couple miles from campus, and she hopes the end doesn’t come with pain. But she’s still enmeshed in university life. She speaks at school functions, attends dinners and is working on Towson’s 150th anniversary project. Even when home, she receives a steady stream of students — and former students — to whom she provides advice and counsel.”
Source: Baltimore Sun, 13 March 2015

Amber Kelsey: Towson Debate Team
For the second straight time and third overall, the Towson University Debate Team won the Cross Examination Debate Association championship. The debate resolution this year was, “Resolved: The United States should legalize all or nearly all of the following: marijuana, online gambling, physician-assisted suicide, prostitution, the sale of human organs.” Amber Kelsey is the Assistant Director of Debate.

Tom Bowling, Frostburg
Dr. Bowling, currently FSU’s vice-president for student affairs, will become interim president of the campus effective July 1. Bowling received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Florida State University and his M.Ed. from Wayne State University while serving with the U.S. Army in Germany.

Congratulations to Helen Hayes Awards recipients in the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies!

  • Dan Conway, Associate Professor and Head of the MFA Design graduate program, received the Outstanding Set Design – HELEN Production award for his work on “Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol” at Adventure Theatre MTC;
  • Aaron Posner, TDPS Adjunct Professor, received the Outstanding Play or Musical Adaptation award along with Patrick McDonnell, Erin Weaver and Andy Mitton for their work on “The Gift of Nothing” at the Kennedy Center;
  • Mitchell Hébert, TDPS Professor of Theatre Performance, received the Outstanding Musical – HAYES Production award as part of the ensemble of “Sunday in the Park with George” at Signature Theatre

Barbara Bergmann
The holder of a Harvard doctorate in economics, Dr. Bergmann taught at the University of Maryland from 1965 to 1988 and at American University from 1988 to 1997. Afterward, she continued to speak out on public issues, to publish her work and raise consciousness about women’s issues in economics. Among her books was The Economic Emergence of Women (1986). She died on April 5.

Kurt Schmoke, U Baltimore
Former mayor and current University of Baltimore President Kurt L. Schmoke wants the school to appeal to more military veterans. Many people who went into the military expecting to have 20-year careers are being discharged sooner than expected due to downsizing, said Schmoke.

Marion Winik, U. Baltimore/Communications Design
From her article in The Baltimore Fishbowl (1 May 2015): “Most of what I do know about being black in this city comes from teaching the memoir workshop at the University of Baltimore. One of my students was D. Watkins, who graduated with an MFA in creative nonfiction last year and now has two books on the way to press. This week he published an op-ed in The New York Times explaining clearly and simply what some TV riot-watchers don’t understand: that police brutality has been a routine part of his life since he was in pre-school, with cops harassing him and his friends on the basketball courts, on their bikes, and in their homes.
“The piece was blunt, to the point, and guaranteed to offend, calling the police terrorists and predicting that, if justice is not done, Baltimore will keep burning as it did Monday night. Reading it, I felt as proud as if I were his mama, and sent the link to friends around the country all night long.”
Her full commentary on the Baltimore tragedies is at

Ira Berlin, UMCP/History
A campaign led by History Distinguished Professor Ira Berlin is paying off. The University of Maryland has announced that it will build Frederick Douglass Square on the College Park campus to honor the former slave and abolitionist. The new square will feature quotations from Douglass displayed on a steel wall. The wall will be surrounding by paving squares, flower beds, benches, and accent lighting.

Prof. Huth is the lead investigator in a $2.5 million grant to study the link between aid and conflict. Does aid lead to intranational and/or international conflict or reduce its likelihood? A handful of institutions are working with UMCP on this project.

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