S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 1 College Park Scholars C omm un it y N e w sle t t e r DE AR SCHOL ARS COMMUN I TY , Each academic year has community we need to know who we are, and learn its own unique rhythm and to appreciate one another’s skills, experience and this year is no exception. points of view. With an earthquake and In this issue we share some of the ways that the hurricane marking opening threads of community have been cultivated. Service week, ﬂexibility and a Day, held before classes begin, is a pivotal way for special camaraderie College Park Scholars to engage with communities became the early hallmarks near the University of Maryland. As you will learn, of this fall semester. the aftermath of Irene offered a profound glimpse of Move-in schedules were how interdependent our worlds are. adjusted so families could For those looking to gain new experiences, get students into the “Building your Scholars legacy” highlights ways to Martha Baer Wilmes residence halls before the get more involved in the Scholars community. You’ll storm hit and then return home safely. Orientation read about how Arts Scholars are experiencing events evolved into movies and games in the ﬁrsthand that learning does not just happen in the lounges. And new bonds of friendships were formed classroom. We share our excitement about our as students hunkered down together to wait out the Scholars alumni in an alumni proﬁle and news of the storm. Scholars Alumni Association. At the same time, this year saw some familiar As a living and learning community, Scholars constants. Once again we welcomed a talented and provides us all with a unique opportunity to diverse group of freshmen to Scholars who bring a experience community. I hope through this ﬁrst burst of new energy to our community. issue of the semester you will feel a connection to Our sophomores have returned from engaging the Scholars community that will continue to summer pursuits and brought renewed commitment ﬂourish. to their academic lives and new aspirations for their future. It is this energy and talent that help make Sincerely, College Park Scholars a vibrant and strong community. Martha Baer Wilmes Building community is at the heart of the College Associate Director Park Scholars experience. To build a strong College Park Scholars Service Day: Cleaning up after Hurricane Irene By Graham Bennie between our faculty and students and is a way Senior Editor to give to the neighboring communities. This On the morning of this year’s Service Day, year, it was clear for many what that service ﬁrst-year Scholars gathered in the Comcast would entail. Center to be welcomed to this living-learning Hurricane Irene caused widespread ﬂooding community. and tree damage and left many in Maryland The kickoff to the 16th annual all-day event of without power for days. By August 29th, some volunteerism also was an opportunity to explain Service Day sites were unaffected, while other that Service Day creates the ﬁrst connections programs assisted sites where there was dire need for cleanup. “[Service Day] is a lot of hard work,” said Jed Nieves, a sophomore nursing major in Science, Technology and Society. “It’s a pretty good feeling at the end of the day, though. Seeing all the work we put in, there’s deﬁnitely a sense of fulﬁllment.” Every year, Science and Global Change (SGC) students serve at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C. “Because of the hurricane, they needed us more than ever,” SGC program director Dr. Thomas Holtz said. Scholars cleaned up fallen branches and Scholars students, faculty and staff make their way to the raked up other brush. “It really made a buses for transport to Service Day sites. difference for them to have us there,” said SGC Associate Director Dr. John Merck. “With our Students from Science, Technology and Society group of students, we cleaned up in a couple (STS) raked parking lots and cleared debris at the hours what would’ve taken their usual staff weeks City of Takoma Park (Md.) Community Center. to ﬁnish.” Dr. Betsy Mendelsohn, faculty director for STS, said the students completed important tasks that allowed city employees to clear downed trees and power lines. International Studies (IS) students took part in hurricane clean-up efforts at Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring, Md., where they have served for the past two years. IS students raked and cleared debris at the gardens, according to Associate Director Carmen DeAnna. “While we were working, there were people walking around the gardens,” said freshman Cole Gibson, a government and politics major. “I think it made it more meaningful for us doing the work to see people beneﬁting from it.” Business, Society and the Economy Scholars (above) sort clothing donations at Interfaith Worksʼ Community Vision in Silver Spring, Md. During the Service Day kickoff (right) at the Comcast Center, Scholars alumnae (left to right) Nicole Eisenberg and Brittney Seiler announced the implementation of a new Cambridge Community and College Park Scholars Pledge. The pledge is designed to reinforce the ideals of the living and learning community. September 2011 2 A L U M N I P RO FILE: PATRICE C AMEAU Patrice (Bynum) Cameau’s job is not your typical 9-to-5 position. As the founder of Commun Public Relations, a consulting ﬁrm in Hyattsville, Md., Cameau works beyond what some consider normal business hours as the constant voice and connection Scholars alumna (2003) between her clients and the media. The Patrice Cameau is the former American Cultures Scholar founder of Commun represents clients ranging from the Public Relations. recording artist Wale to the non-proﬁt organization USO. Tony Lewis, winner of the 2011 Steve Harvey "Best Community Leader" Hoodie Award, is also a Commun PR client. Cameau worked with Lewis to creating strategic communications and public relations create a digital media campaign to raise campaigns, Cameau handles all of the administrative and awareness of his award nomination. accounting tasks that coincide with running a business. “It “Patrice is extremely diligent and very hasn’t all been easy,” she said. “Sometimes you need to try tenacious about serving her clients,” things out a couple of times before you get it right.” Lewis said. “She believes in your brand Despite the challenges, Cameau loves what she does. which causes her to treat it in a Remembering the ﬁrst time one of her clients was featured in considerate and delicate manner.” The Washington Post, Cameau said she almost cried because she Cameau received her Bachelor of was so happy. “Whenever I successfully pitch a client and a Arts degree in communications from reporter said, ‘we’re going to put the story in next week’s the University of Maryland in 2005, and issue,’ I get the same rush every time.” her Master of Arts in public Cameau is also passionate about her experience with communication from American College Park Scholars and her time at the University of University in 2010. Before founding Maryland. “I grew up and went to school in Prince George’s Commun PR, she interned for VIBE and County,” said Cameau, who earned her Scholars citation in SPIN magazines, worked for Ketchum 2003. “But here I was in this program with people from around Public Relations, and spent two years as the world!” a seventh-grade teacher. Cameau Cameau plans to bring her experience to students who want freelanced on the side, creating PR to learn about the communications ﬁeld. campaigns for former classmates. Currently, Cameau is working on Commun College, an Cameau knew that she wanted to initiative that would introduce college students to the world of take her love for public relations to the communications. As part of the program, she is developing next level. “If I really wanted this to “Terps in Entertainment,” the inaugural event of the series, grow, I knew I needed to devote 100 which—if given the green light—would feature University of percent of my time to it,” said Cameau, Maryland alumni who are working in the communications and whose focus at Maryland was in public entertainment ﬁelds. relations. Her advice to current Scholars? “Delve in headﬁrst and In 2006, she founded Commun PR, understand there is a learning opportunity in everything that which is a take on the words you do,” she said. “If this is something that you want to do, then “communications” and “community. In you need to keep going and going until you get it.” addition to counseling clients and --Devin Miller September 2011 3 Building your Scholars legacy Students, staff tell how to get involved By Devin Miller said. “You’re getting up in front of One sophomore tutor said the Senior Editor families and your peers and putting program provides a break from her You made it through the ﬁrst few into words what it means to be a busy schedule. “Once a week, you weeks of class, got over any start- Scholar.” meet with your little buddy, and he of-the-school-year jitters, and your For some students, being an or she is so excited to see you,” fall semester is ofﬁcially in full Ambassador helps them to create a said Kelly Yanchulis, a Global Public swing. Now is the time to get bond with Scholars. “You feel Health Scholar. “It really breaks up involved in the College Park invested in the community you’re the monotony of going to class.” Scholars community and learn what living in and it helps you to give Senior Matt Viens, an other students are doing to leave back to everything Scholars stands Environment, Technology, and their mark on the program. for,” said Scott Kincaid, a Economy alumnus, said the STARS College Park Scholars offers sophomore Arts Scholar. program is a learning experience for students opportunities to engage in Another avenue for student both sides. “As much as I’m teaching the community through groups such involvement is Lakeland STARS, a them, they’re teaching me,” he said. as Ambassadors, Lakeland STARS, tutoring program for ﬁrst- through Members of the Student Advisory and the Student Board see their Advisory Board. participation as Scholars Associate essential to creating a Director Martha connection between Baer Wilmes said an students and faculty. important ﬁrst step Each program has two toward actively student advisors who participating in the provide feedback on Scholars community academics and is to attend extracurricular introductory activities to the meetings. “You don’t have to Scholars Central Staff. commit by going to the ﬁrst “Being on the Board can help meeting,” Wilmes said. “You’re just improve your sense of belonging to learning whether the group is a a community,” said Mian Khalid, good ﬁt.” sophomore advisor for Global Opportunities to get involved in Scholars Ambassadors, which is College Park Scholars include Public Health. “It’s where I get my always accepting new members, is a (clockwise from top left) the Student Maryland pride.” group that attends open houses, Advisory Board, Scholars Ambassadors Although the application period hosts prospective students on and Lakeland STARS. for SAB has passed for this year, campus overnight and serves on Scholars can still get involved by student panels. sixth-graders from nearby Paint joining the academic affairs, student “Ambassadors gives students the Branch Elementary School. Tutors activities, or advocacy committees. chance to represent their Scholars are paired with a student, providing Ben Parks encourages students to program, their academic major, their homework help and mentoring think about “leaving their legacy hometown, and themselves,” said once a week. with Scholars,” whether it be Ambassadors Coordinator Brent “It’s an awesome experience to be helping plan the semi-formal dance Hernandez, assistant director of able to provide support to a or promoting recycling in the College Park Scholars. student and help them to see that residence halls. Junior Emily Summers, a Life college is attainable,” said Lakeland Each of these groups thrives on Sciences alumna, joined STARS Coordinator Ben Parks, who student initiative. By branching out Ambassadors her freshman year. also is the coordinator for the beyond your Scholars program, you “Ambassadors is great for College Park Scholars Student can play a vital role in the ever- improving public speaking,” she Advisory Board. growing Scholars community. September 2011 4 PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT Arts Scholars to help bring hit Broadway musical RENT to life on stage By Sydney Carter and create in the East Associate Editor Village of New York City during the late 1980s and It’s a “season of love” for the Arts program as early 1990s—the height rehearsals for the University of Maryland School of of the HIV/AIDS Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies’ epidemic. The Maryland presentation of RENT are underway. The show opens students involved say Oct. 21 with Arts Scholars and alumni—actors, lighting they have artistic designers and the stage manager—working on and off ambitions that motivate stage to bring the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize- them to accurately winning rock opera to new life. communicate the As opening night approaches, those connected to whirlwind story of RENT. the Arts program buzz with anticipation for their roles “I think RENT is what in the beloved multimillion-dollar musical that ran on made me want to do Broadway for 12 years theatre,” Meinero said. “I Arts alumnus David Todd faces the challenge of his saw it and thought, ‘This role as Angel Dumott Schunard with genuine show is so beautiful, I excitement. “It’s something outside my comfort zone, want to be able to do outside the box for any guy to play- a cross dresser,” that.’” Todd said. Alan Mingo directs Pride ﬁlls Arts Scholar Jonathan Helwig when he UMD’s vision for reﬂects on his role as ex-rock star Roger Davis. “The Jonathan Larson’s darkness and complexity that Roger brings to the masterpiece. Mingo stage is a very interesting and educational perspective played Tom Collins in the on the AIDS epidemic that began during the 80's and Broadway production of 90's,” Helwig said. RENT and now returns Megan Meinero, an Arts teaching assistant, worries to his alma mater to about casting the right light on the show at the right bring the 1996 classic to RENT runs Oct. 21 to moment as the lighting board operator. “Even though the Clarice Smith Oct. 28 in the Kay I’m not on stage, I still feel like a performer sometimes Performing Arts Center. Theatre of the Clarice because I have to be there, in the moment, just as The original production Smith Performing Arts much as they do,” she said. “And it’s great to feel that —based loosely on Center, ticket information way, to have that connection to the piece.” Puccini's La Bohème— can be found here. And each of them credits the Arts Scholars program debuted at the New York with preparing them for their RENT roles. Theatre Workshop. “I was the stage manager for the Arts Fair my “It’s so different working on the actual material that sophomore year, which was a very large production,” is in the score,” said Todd, a senior computer science said Arts alumnus Michelle Heller, who is the stage and theatre major. “Because now it’s a matter of manager for RENT. “Without that experience, I think I unlearning our previous misconceptions of what we would have had more difﬁculties working with this saw on stage and what we saw in the movie to make many people in one room.” our own version of RENT.” Meinero said the Arts Scholars Program helped her The show’s beauty comes from more than just song come out of her shell and be comfortable with herself and dance, with a touch of poignant dialogue thrown as an artist. “I think if I wasn’t that way now, I wouldn’t into the mix. As the actors rehearse, artisans craft the have gone out for anything to do with RENT,” the props and scenery while members of the production senior theatre major said. “I wouldn’t have auditioned, crew plan the lighting and stage design. I wouldn’t have agreed to board operate and I “I think theatre’s best when all the elements- the wouldn’t be so excited to do it.” acting and the design- come together to create this The cast and crew will tell the emotional story of beautiful mesh of work,” Meinero said. “Hopefully that poverty-stricken artists battling to survive, perform can happen this time around.” September 2011 5 Scholars Alumni Association revives, extends outreach This semester will be an ofﬁcial Special important one for College Park Interest Club. Scholars alumni as the program has The meeting put new energy and resources into also included a its outreach. brainstorming The revitalization of the College session, Park Scholars Alumni Association resulting in began with the hiring of Sarah three areas of Cardona this summer as the focus for the coordinator of alumni outreach, and revitalized continued with an exploratory College Park meeting Sept. 17th. Scholars At that meeting, Cardona, Association: Scholars Executive Director Greig reengaging the Stewart, and alumni representing Scholars alumni several programs discussed ways to community; The College Park Scholars Alumni Association is strengthen the Scholars Alumni connecting revitalizing the organization through social media and Association. Scholars alumni to identifying new leaders. Khris-Ann Small, a junior current Scholars kinesiology major from Olney, Md., students; and and Advocates for Children alumna, leveraging Scholars alumni to said she attended the meeting to promote the Scholars “brand.” regain the connections that made And while Scholars alumni and COLLEGE PARK Scholars such an important part of staff at the meeting made progress her life for two years. in developing new direction for the SCHOLARS HISTORY “I got involved so we, as current program, these steps are only the undergrads and scholars alumni, can beginning, according to Cardona. combine our efforts with degree- The next step is to populate the IN 1996, COLLEGE PARK holding scholars alumni to create a alumni board. The revamped SCHOLARS STARTED TWO long lasting networking atmosphere organization will include four VERY IMPORTANT SERVICE within the scholars community,” ofﬁcers, additional members of the PROGRAMS THAT Small said. “These last two years as Board of Directors at-large, and CONTINUE TODAY: SERVICE an undergrad are crucial for us to representation from the Junior DAY AND LAKELAND STARS, build ties with people we aspire to Alumni constituency. be like. But most of all I wanted to As the group continues to THE AFTER-SCHOOL be a part of an organization that develop, Cardona said they will TUTORING PROGRAM FOR was not mainly student-run, so I communicate all developments and PAINT BRANCH could get a feel of what it is going opportunities to the Scholars ELEMENTARY SCHOOL to be like in the ‘real world.’” alumni community through the STUDENTS The association will spend the fall College Park Scholars website, semester improving communication Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, the efforts via a new website, renewed alumni section of the Scholars presence on Facebook and Weekly E-Newsletter, and the SINCE COLLEGE PARK LinkedIn, and a semi-regular feature Community Newsletter. SCHOLARS WAS FOUNDED in the Community Newsletter. Alumni interested in contributing IN 1994, 7,675 STUDENTS The new direction for the to the Scholars Alumni Association’s Scholars Alumni Association revitalization should contact Sarah HAVE EARNED THEIR originates from the organization’s Cardona at firstname.lastname@example.org. PROGRAM CITATIONS. induction into the University of --Anna Kowalczyk Maryland Alumni Association as an September 2011 6 Supporting Scholars If you have an interest in providing ﬁnancial support to College Park Scholars, please contact Greig Stewart, or choose one of the For more information, please visit following options: any of the following websites: 1.You may send a gift by check. In this case, please make the check out to UMCP College Park Scholars Foundation and indicate the area you wish to support, if any, in your check's memo ﬁeld, next to 'College Park Scholars'. Gifts made Undergraduate Studies by check without a notation beyond the program name will support the College Park College Park Scholars Alumni Scholars general fund. Association 2.You may contribute an online gift, through UM Ofﬁce of Parent & Family Affairs the University philanthropy site. Please choose College Park Scholars as the fund. 3. If you are a University faculty or staff member, you may use payroll deduction as the method of payment, and you may indicate Questions, comments, ideas, or your preferred donation amount and the suggestions? period during which the deductions should begin and end. Please contact Greig Stewart Please email us if you are interested in this option. On behalf of all of us in the College Park Like us on Facebook Scholars community, thank you for the consideration of your support. Follow us on Twitter Please visit our website for more information. CONTRIBUTORS - September 2011 Graham Bennie Senior Editor Devin Miller Senior Editor Sydney Carter Associate Editor Anna Kowalczyk Public Relations Sibia Sarangan Multimedia Specialist Martha Baer Wilmes Associate Director Brent Hernandez Assistant Director Kimberly Davis Communications Director September 2011 7
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