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To foster the education, critical thinking and intellectual growth of students, to create and apply new knowledge via research, scholarship and the creative arts, to improve the surrounding world, we must first foster an inclusive community of global citizens committed to academic freedom. We are dedicated to act with entrepreneurial spirit, embrace the power of technology, operate with fiscal responsibility and administrative efficiency, foster transformational change and create a vibrant surrounding community.

A teachable moment

Last week, Student Entertainment Events Productions (SEE), an independent student group on campus, announced its decision to postpone a screening of the film American Sniper that was scheduled for early May.


Today, Governor Hogan extended a 2% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to state employees into the next fiscal year (begins July 1, 2015), funded by the $68M approved by the General Assembly.

Creating new opportunities for UMD in East Asia

Just back from a 10-day visit to universities, businesses, and government organizations in Seoul and Beijing as part of Governor Hogan's trade mission, I would like to share some outcomes and personal impressions—beyond the space limitations of my daily postings on Twitter.

Proposal for beer/wine at venues on a trial basis

After extended and careful consideration, the University has submitted a proposal to the Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners ("Board") for permission to serve beer and wine at UMD athletic venues starting in fall 2015, on a one-year trial basis.

Changing the culture of college drinking

The Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners has approved UMD's request to sell beer at football and basketball games on a one-year trial basis, starting this fall. 

President's Student Advisory Council on Diversity & Inclusion

The President's Student Advisory Council on Diversity & Inclusion has been selected. There were 112 nominations, 40 applications, and 18 selected to participate on the Council.

Frederick Douglass Square at UMD

If one listens carefully, one might hear the fire of the great abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass crackling outside of Hornbake Library. A towering bronze statue has been installed on the plaza and Douglass Square will be formally dedicated next week. 

Veterans Day—Dec 2015 Commencement speaker: Medal of Honor alumnus

In 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice silenced the guns in the "war to end all wars." 

"State of the Campus 2015" video

On Tuesday, I outlined a path forward for our University in the annual State of the Campus address to the University Senate.

Flags at half-staff and "the clash of ideas"

The American and Maryland flags are flying at half-staff through Thursday, November 19, as directed by President Obama and the Maryland Secretary of State, to honor the victims of the Paris attack.


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