Peaceworker, Bridget Patton, Add Her Remarks to the Annual State of the University Address by Freeman Hrabowski
Maria Packard, incoming freshman in mathematics and Sherman STEM Teacher Scholarl; Sean Radaskiewicz, incoming transfer student in visual arts; and Bridget Patton, incoming master’s student in public policy and a Shriver Peaceworker Fellow, shared their personal stories, academic interests, and what attracted them to UMBC.
“Even though I have only been here for a couple of weeks, I am confident that I have made the right decision,” Patton said. “I am eager to take advantage of all that UMBC has to offer and make my own contributions.”
Joe Jones remembers the day vividly. After attending Freddie Gray’s funeral at New Shiloh Baptist Church on April 27, 2015, he walked to his office across the street at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF) and found his staff gathered around a television watching CNN footage of unrest just blocks away. As he shared that experience with a crowd of UMBC faculty, staff, and student leaders four months later, he emphasized that two words came to mind as CFUF planned how to move forward with community-building in Baltimore: respect and trust.
While a modest reduction in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing hours, announced last week, is a step in the right direction, it does not go far enough to address the many problems of the new online, high-stakes standardized assessment.
Mark Zachar is working to complete his Masters in the Art of Teaching by student teaching at Arbutus Middle School, part of the Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) system and a partner school with UMBC. This brief video by the BCPS highlights some of Mark’s contributions to Arbutus Middle School.
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, Charlotte Keniston didn’t expect to learn lessons about food and agriculture that could transform the lives of people in the United States, but the family farming practiced at her site in the village of San Sebastián taught her many lessons that proved to be surprisingly applicable in the U.S..
If Greg Couturier were channeling John F. Kennedy in speaking about the value of the Peace Corps, he probably didn’t realize it because his love of the organization, what it represents and what it has been able to accomplish, naturally comes to the fore in any conversation with him.
For me, like many others, returning from Peace Corps service in Zambia meant transitioning back home and right into graduate school. I received a Shriver Peaceworker Fellowship (one of the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows programs that links study and service) which, in addition to supporting my Masters in Geography & Environmental Systems, has connected me to other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who are also bringing the world home to grad school…
Kellie Bland, of Baltimore, Md., was a Peace Corps TEFL Teacher Training Volunteer in Nicaragua from August 2010 to November 2012. She graduated from Elon University in Elon, N.C. in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. Bland is currently a Peace Corps Shriver Peaceworker Fellow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Baltimore, Md. and will graduate with a master’s in Intercultural Communication in 2015…