The Joy in Possibilities: DAVID GROSSBLATT, J.D. ’97

David Grossblatt
David Grossblatt

BIO

  • J.D. ’97, The University of Baltimore
  • Started tech hub Founders Dojo
  • Owner of investing group Giant Leaf LLC
  • Proponent of blockchain

David Grossblatt, J.D. ’97, is an entrepreneur, an attorney, an angel investor, an early adopter and enthusiastic supporter of the digital economy, and someone who brings people together, among other things. And what connects Grossblatt’s many endeavors is his openness and sense of fun.

“I believe in an abundant environment, more people contributing more ideas,” Grossblatt says. “Finding ways to enrich everyone around you creates so much positive karma.” 

During his career, Grossblatt has founded and nurtured hundreds of successful startups. His investing group, Giant Leaf LLC, supports projects and companies in areas that include technology, art and real estate.

A Baltimore native, he attended Pikesville High School and the University of Maryland before obtaining his law degree at UBalt’s School of Law. “My first experience of the internet was in the computer lab across the street from the law school,” he recalls.

After graduation, Grossblatt headed West and practiced law in the Bay Area for two years. “I loved law school and didn’t much like being a lawyer,” he says. He decided to start a company that provided online services. Soon after, he rented a warehouse-like space in San Francisco and invited fellow entrepreneurs to share it rent-free.

“This was before the coffee shop as gathering spot. There were so many people starting out and no one had anywhere to work,” Grossblatt recalls of what became the tech hub Founders Dojo. “There were not a lot of rules, and we all learned from each other.” Since 2007, hundreds of global companies in software development, advertising and the digital economy have been incubated in the Dojo, and the ideas keep coming.

One—big—idea that captivated Grossblatt almost a decade ago is a decentralized infrastructure for the internet via blockchain technology. “I knew this thing was going to be good,” he says. “The current structure of the internet is like a train—you get on and ride where it takes you. Blockchain is more like a car—you control where you want to go.”

Blockchain stores data in contained, virtually hack-proof “blocks” that are linked. One of its uses is creating digital ledgers for financial transactions using cryptocurrency, of which perhaps the best known is bitcoin. “From my law studies, I see this technology from a policy and legal perspective. It provides better security, privacy and transparency,” Grossblatt says. “It’s a much-improved user experience with such potential. A lot of people don’t understand it yet, but we’re getting there.”

He continues, “Here’s a related thing I’m in love with.” Grossblatt is nurturing the inaugural football program at Oakland, California’s 100-year-old Lincoln University. “I’ve never worked with athletes before, and it’s so much fun. I think of them as entrepreneurs,” he explains. “I wanted to do something good to help these kids—most of them come from tough situations. We’re helping them set up social networks and teaching them about cryptocurrency and ways to become financially successful after college.”

Grossblatt and his wife, Lesley (until recently the chief product officer of San Francisco public media organization KQED), recently moved from California to Carson City, Nevada. Lesley is unschooling (a less structured form of homeschooling dictated by the student’s interests) their children, 11 and 13, in a city with a smaller-town feel. “My children are phenomenal people, and my wife is amazing,” he says. “We are so supportive and respectful of each other. You can imagine how goofy I can be, too, and she’s my best audience.”

The future, says Grossblatt, includes global ventures, international family travel and endless possibilities. Recently he and some of his Dojo partners gathered in Las Vegas to discuss a sports and marketing program. “Being with people I love who love me, all the ideas, it lit up the town for us,” Grossblatt says. “I want to bring that to other cities around the world.”

He continues, “I’m constantly trying to find more clarity, be more purposeful, live the best life for the best reasons. When I look back, I don’t think I could have dreamed all this.”

The Power of Voice: LaFONTAINE E. OLIVER, MBA ’13

LaFontaine E. Oliver
LaFontaine E. Oliver

BIO

  • MBA ’13, The University of Baltimore
  • President and general manager at WYPR
  • General Manager at the Morgan State University station, WEAA
  • General Manager and DJ at the college radio station at the University of Miami

LaFontaine Oliver, MBA ’13, has a voice for radio. Maybe he picked it up from his father, who worked at the heritage African-American station WOOK in Washington, D.C. Oliver cut his own teeth working in college radio at the University of Miami, which helped pay his way through undergraduate school, before starting his career in commercial radio. Oliver has done it all, from producing to hosting. In July 2019, he became president and general manager at WYPR, Baltimore’s local NPR affiliate.

“I’m a big believer in the power of voice,” he explains, “and you see that now not just in radio but in the Renaissance of audio—the theater of the mind. You can connect in a visceral way that’s different from when you give people visuals. There’s a closeness, an intimacy, a connection that can be experienced as an individual or a group, like a couple or a family driving in the car.” 

Oliver has a vocal presence, but he always leaned toward behind-the-scenes jobs in management. Knowing an MBA would help on that path, he took a job at the Morgan State University station, WEAA, while pursuing his graduate degree at UBalt. He finished his coursework online when an opportunity arose to work at WMFE in Orlando, Florida. There, he oversaw initiatives to expand the station’s newsroom and community engagement, efforts that pushed the station’s listenership to all-time highs. A death in the family reset Oliver’s priorities and, after six years in Florida, he moved his family back to Baltimore to be nearer to relatives.

When he began at WYPR, his primary goal was to be a good listener. “I set out on my ‘listening tour’ with the staff, the board of directors, community stakeholders,” he says. “I wanted to hear where we excelled, where we needed growth, how we could improve. I knew it would be important to have that insight inform our long-term strategic planning. To build for success you need to develop a plan that’s yours—not your predecessor’s, not shooting from the hip—and that belongs to everyone.”

With a wry laugh, Oliver notes that while he got to the listening part, the planning stage was cut off by the pandemic. Suddenly he was in a city he hadn’t lived in for six years, developing an emergency preparedness plan during a global health crisis, in a contentious time of local and national elections and social unrest. His plans included how to maintain breaking news coverage and high-quality content with all his staff working from home.

Despite the challenges, public radio thrived during the pandemic. While corporate sponsorship took a nosedive, leaving a $500,000 hole in the budget, individual donors stepped up. In its last fiscal year, WYPR brought in $3.5 million from individual gifts. Listenership rose as well.

“In times of crisis, people flock to public media,” says Oliver. “The pandemic drove people to us who wanted reliable, well-sourced information without hype or hysteria.”

Oliver notes that in an era of flagging print news media, public radio fills a local information void. During the pandemic, WYPR embraced its role as first informer, upping local coverage and launching the popular Daily Dose podcast, a roundup of the news and original reporting related to the state’s COVID-19 response. This summer the station received eight Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards and two regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

“I champion our role supporting local news journalism and local news journalists,” he says. “I want to look at how I can double my newsroom and then double it again. That is what the community requires of us.”

WYPR can now look to its future. Oliver is orchestrating the station’s acquisition of Towson University’s WTMD and looking at ways to strengthen WYPR’s philanthropy and community engagement. He is interested in digital conversion and emerging platforms, untethering WYPR’s content from the exclusive medium of radio. Yet he believes radio itself is a mainstay of the media landscape.

“Free, over-the-air options are important purely from an access point of view,” he says. “There’s a lasting utility to radio broadcasting that’s been counted out so many times, but radio is resilient.”

Christianna McCausland, a longtime contributor to the magazine, writes

from Baltimore.

The Gift of Wings: NIKIEA REDMOND, B.S. ’11

Nikiea Redmond
Nikiea Redmond

BIO

  • B.S. ’11, The University of Baltimore
  • Co-Director and Co-Producer, Anatomy of Wings
  • Editor and book designer
  • Community activist

Since she was a child, Nikiea Redmond, B.S. ’11, has been recording people’s stories. Her mother, who owned a local restaurant, and her aunt are both activists who involved Redmond in projects in her community.

“I worked on newspapers for kids and teens, interviewed people about the history of the neighborhood, helped in a local computer lab,” she recalls. “I wouldn’t be who I am today if I didn’t feel comfortable navigating different personalities.”

Redmond’s ability to connect is an integral part of how she came to direct and produce her acclaimed documentary, Anatomy of Wings. Created with co-director and co-producer Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander, the film chronicles the lives of 10 young women from Baltimore’s Dunbar Middle School. The group met in 2008 in a program designed to teach the girls to use video equipment, and over a decade they and their mentors became confidants and supporters of each other’s journeys. 

Redmond grew up in East Baltimore and attended Dundalk community college and Towson University before transferring to The University of Baltimore to complete her degree. “I felt seen at UBalt,” she recalls. “It’s a place that encourages people to be creative.” Redmond interned in the president’s office of East Baltimore Development, Inc., where one of her supervisors mentioned that a program for young women was looking for volunteers. “I thought, I could see myself doing this,” Redmond recalls.

“ We were all influenced by the girls’ willingness to be open and true to themselves. Learning to listen to them changed my life completely.”

The meetings quickly became more than film classes. “We were having these amazing discussions. We were all influenced by the girls’ willingness to be open and true to themselves,” she adds. “Learning to listen to them changed my life completely.”

Anatomy of Wings is a montage of footage, some filmed by the girls and some of group discussions and gatherings. In later years, the young women and their families welcomed Redmond, D’Andrea Hollander and other mentors to their celebrations and events. The group conversations in the film reflect the reality of growing up in difficult circumstances—sometimes silly and fun, sometimes about hopes and dreams, and sometimes addressing tough topics such as teenage pregnancy and losing family members.

In many ways “The girls were living adult lives with a child’s mind in a child’s body,” says Redmond. Barely out of her teens herself when the group formed, Redmond was at times mentor, sister and role model. “I wanted to be there for them, have it be about their story, not my story,” she continues. “And allowing them to be themselves in the moment, and not always having a solution, really let me check in with myself. I realized I need this too.”

One compelling section of the film takes place on a retreat, when the girls were close to high school graduation. Some of them clearly struggle to communicate their frustrations and fears about moving forward. Redmond says it was difficult when she couldn’t help a girl achieve all of her goals. “We want the best for people we love, and I had to accept that I could not always take them where they wanted to go,” she says. “That part still doesn’t sit well with me.”

Yet, she continues, “Everyone graduated from high school and now they are women in their twenties and thirties. When I watch them raise children, work, see how they manage conversation well, step up boldly and share their stories at film festivals, I know all of them are doing well.”

With Anatomy of Wings released, Redmond is looking to future projects that include a documentary exploring her grandmother’s story. She also brings book projects to life as an editor and designer. As mother to one-year-old son Ashton, Redmond says “I’m looking at the whole journey, and what my next thing should be. I’d like to be a resource for people in publishing, and also for people navigating film festivals, helping them to get their creative work out into the world.”

Anatomy of Wings will be featured in this fall’s American Black Film Festival and the team is working on streaming and distribution deals. There’s also talk of a podcast with the young women. Says Redmond, “We’re a family—the need for what we have together does not go away.”

One of the lessons of Wings, she says, is the incalculable value of allowing people the space to thrive in their own ways. “If we all were heard and seen for who we are,” she says, “what could we be capable of?”

Paula Novash is managing editor of the magazine.

CLASS NOTES

*Class notes featured were received from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.

1970s

Stuart M. Goldberg, B.A. ’70, J.D. ’74, is the chairperson for the Stratford University Professional Advisory Committee, as well as chair of the Stratford Alumni Project which is working to establish an alumni association and an alumni relations office for the university. He also serves as a foundation trustee for the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Foundation in the United States.

Poet and author Neil M. Noble, B.A. ’72, self-published a book of 45 of his best poems entitled Moods of a Lake and Other Selected Poems in 2018. It was reprinted in 2020.

Smithey Law Group LLC appointed Barnett Q. Brooks, J.D. ’75, as of counsel attorney with the firm in August 2020.

Janet T. Coupland, B.A. ’78, received the 2020 Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) Honor Award in November 2020 for her volunteer role as curator of the retrospective exhibit “50 Years of MAC.”

Glenn L. Klavans, J.D. ’78, was appointed administrative judge for the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) court in January.

John M. Riley, B.S. ’79, joined Ankura, a global business and advisory expert services firm, in July 2020 as senior managing director.

1980s

Nina K. Yudell, B.S. ’81, MBA ’82, was elected to serve as the chair of The University of Baltimore Foundation, Inc., effective July 1, succeeding fellow alumnus, R. Thomas Crawford, MBA ’91, who had held the chair since 2017.

Lisa A. Vronch, B.S. ’82, received a gubernatorial appointment as parole commissioner to the Maryland Parole Commission in December 2019.

Linda S. Woolf, B.A. ’82, J.D. ’85, was named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation in September 2020.

Julius Green, B.S. ’83, MBA ’89, joined the National Philanthropic Trust as a member of the board of trustees in November 2020.

Stephen W. Lafferty, J.D. ’83, was nominated by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski to serve as the director of the Department of Planning for Baltimore County in January.

Douglas E. Roorbach, M.A. ’83, retired after serving as owner, editor and publisher of Grant County, Indiana’s weekly newspaper, The News Herald. He sold the business in April 2020.

Mark E. Singleton, B.S. ’83, was named chief financial officer and head of industry solutions at LL Global in June 2020.

Baltimore Center Stage appointed Sandy Liotta, MBA ’84, as the new president of their board of trustees in July 2020.

Career coach David J. Smith, J.D. ’84, was interviewed on The TODAY Show in August 2020 and provided tips on working from home.

Marquis Who’s Who honored Edith C. Amobi-Agbaza, B.A. ’85, M.A. ’87, in December 2020 by presenting her with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for her achievements and leadership in the field of social work.

William D. Morse, J.D. ’86, marked 30 years of service in March with Shore United Bank. He currently serves as the executive vice president and legal counsel for Shore United, and general counsel of Shore Bancshares, Inc.

Denise L. P. Fritsche, B.S. ’87, joined The Hoffman Group, a full-service accounting and consulting firm, as a manager in July 2020.

Jeffrey S. Getty, J.D. ’87, was named administrative judge for Allegany County (Maryland) and the Fourth Judicial Circuit, effective August 2020.

Fred S. Hecker, J.D. ’87, was appointed in January as administrative judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, which includes Maryland’s Anne Arundel, Carroll and Howard Counties.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond appointed William J. McCarthy Jr., J.D. ’87, LL.M. ’92, executive director of the Catholic Charities of Baltimore, to the Baltimore office’s board of directors of the Federal Reserve System in June 2020.

Lucy Motsay Rutishauser, MBA ’87, was named as one of The Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch 2020. She is the chief financial officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group and played a pivotal role in the company’s 2019 acquisition of 21 Regional Sports Networks and Fox College Sports from Disney.

The Kennedy Krieger Institute promoted Jacqueline D. Stone, M.P.A. ’87, to a new senior leadership position, chief clinical officer, in September 2020.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation in Easton, Maryland, welcomed Kevin B. Cashen, MBA ’88, as a member of its board of directors in June 2020.

Two books by author Carole Boston Weatherford, M.A. ’82, won American Library Asso-ciation Youth Media Awards in January. R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book award. BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom was named as one of five Newbery Honor Books.

Gina M. Smith, B.S. ’89, is the deputy director for Gaming Compliance with the Virginia Lottery as of June 2020. She was previously with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

President Kurt L. Schmoke, Alan J. Hyatt, Steven D. Hyatt

For the Hyatts, UBalt is a family tradition. President Kurt L. Schmoke recently met with Lou Hyatt, who took business classes at the University in the late 1940s and founded Hyatt Commercial, the real estate brokerage firm celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Joining them are Lou’s son Alan J. Hyatt, J.D. ’78, and grandson Steven D. Hyatt, J.D. ’16, at the Severn Bank Building in Annapolis. The building is home to Hyatt and Weber, P.A., the law firm founded by Alan over 40 years ago, where Alan and Steven both practice. 

1990s

Joann Petillo, MBA ’90, joined HGA Architects and Engineers in June 2020 as associate vice president in business development in the Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, DC offices.

Heather L. Price, J.D. ’91, was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the Caroline County (Maryland) District Court in January.

Leonard B. Rus, M.S. ’91, was named in September 2020 as managing partner of Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, P.A., a certified public accountant, wealth advisory and technology consulting firm with offices in Maryland and Virginia.

Lesley A. Davis, J.D. ’92, was appointed executive vice president of The Mississippi Center for Public Policy in January.

John R. Tribble, MBA ’93, was promoted to the newly-created role of vice president, customer relationship and business development, with Church Mutual Insurance Company in January.

Shelly L. Brown, J.D. ’94, was appointed to the board of 211 Maryland in October 2020. This nonprofit organization serves as a statewide resource to connect citizens to health and human resources.

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region elected Kelly A. Koermer, J.D. ’94, to its foundation board of directors in August 2020.

Scott Burger, B.S. ’95, chief executive officer of Class Brands, participated in the invitation-only Jeffries 2020 Retail Summit last September as a panelist for a session entitled “The Sleep Economy in A Post-COVID World.”

Daniel P. Vavonese, J.D. ’95, was appointed as deputy commissioner for Trademark Operations at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in January.

Paul Lurz, B.A. ’96, served as incident commander for Baltimore County’s COVID-19 response from April 2020 through April 2021.

John Godshalk, MBA ’97, joined NDA Partners in December 2020 as an expert consultant. He is a former reviewer and investigator in the FDA Division of Manufacturing and Production Quality in the Center for Biologics Evaluations and Research.

Nichols College in Massachusetts named Glenn M. Sulmasy, J.D. ’97, as its eighth president, effective July 1.

David M. Connelly, J.D. ’98, joined Balch & Bingham’s Washington, DC office in January as partner in the energy practice.

Claude de Vastey-Jones, J.D. ’98, joined the board of directors for Heritage Housing Partners Corp., which works to promote and provide affordable housing in Howard County, Maryland.

Neil E. Duke, J.D. ’98, joined the Johns Hopkins Health System Legal Department in September 2020 as the practice group leader and chief legal counsel for employee affairs and accessibility coordination.

Stephanie A. LaMonaca, J.D. ’98, was promoted in March to associate dean of students at University of Redlands in California.

Byron S. Bereano, J.D. ’99, was appointed in January by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to the Prince George’s County District Court.

Render Networks, an innovative network management construction platform, appointed Lori L. Sherwood, J.D. ’99, director of Commercial & Market Development in July 2020.

2000s

Michael G. Himmel, MBA ’00, joined Member Business Financial Services (MBFS) as a credit union relationship manager in May.

Medical device maker Ambu Inc. selected Kellee Fitzsimmons, M.S. ’01, as their tax director in July 2020. She directs Ambu’s efforts to ensure compliance with tax laws as well as monitor and respond to current and impending changes to tax regulations.

Rebecca N. Cordero, J.D. ’02, Assistant State’s Attorney for Calvert County (Maryland), received the 2020 Respect for Law Award from the Optimist Club of Calvert County.

The Montgomery County (Maryland) Council appointed Valerie L. Ervin, M.P.A. ’02, to the new Commission on Redistricting in January.

John S. Butler, B.A. ’03, was named to the First Responder Center for Excellence board of directors in April. He has been the fire chief for the Fairfax County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue Department since 2018.

John A. Carpenter Jr., J.D. ’03, was elected partner at the Baltimore firm of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP in September 2020.

Sara L. Cook, MBA ’03, was named vice president for academics at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin in January.

James F. Elliott, J.D. ’03, was named State’s Attorney of Allegany County (Maryland) in February.

William D. Finegan, MBA ’03, was appointed executive vice president, North America, in May 2020 for Immerse virtual reality software company.

Luisella Perri, J.D. ’03, joined Holland & Knight in April as partner at the firm’s Washington, DC office. She was also named a 2021 Best Lawyer in America in the practice areas of public finance law and tax law.

Geneau M. Thames, J.D. ’03, assistant vice president, general counsel and secretary at Harford Mutual Insurance Group, was elected in March to join the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). The FDCC is an international, professional trade associated comprised of leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction in specific industries.

Adam D. Baker, J.D. ’05, was elected partner in September 2020 at the Baltimore law firm of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP.

Jennifer L. McNulty, J.D. ’05, was named associate justice of the Barnstable Juvenile Court in Massachusetts in September 2019.

Christopher W. Adams, J.D. ’06, was promoted to partner at Squire Patton Boggs in February.

Erik S. Atas, J.D. ’06, was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan in December 2020 as associate judge for the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

C. Pete Gutwald, M.P.A. ’06, was named in January to serve as director of the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections for Baltimore County.

Neil B. Phillips, MBA ’06, was promoted to senior project manager in the construction department of St. John Properties, Inc. in September 2020.

Comcast named Christopher G. Rouser, B.S. ’06, regional vice president of Human Resources for the Keystone Region in July 2020.

David J. Weishaus, J.D. ’07, assumed management of Tunie’s Market, an independent grocery store and community staple, in Coral Springs, Florida, in 2020.

William R. Wells, M.P.A. ’07, was appointed deputy director of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services in May.

Kemp W. Hammond, J.D. ’08, was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan in November 2020 to the District Court for Anne Arundel County (Maryland).

John F. Kreiner B.S. ’08, joined basys, llc, a Baltimore area software company, as a vice president of engineering in March.

Maryland Institute College of Art appointed Ellen Lupton, D.C.D. ’08, as the inaugural William O. Steinmetz ’50 and Betty Cooke ’46 Chair in Design, an endowed faculty position, beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year.

Jason F. Weintraub, J.D. ’08, joined the governmental relations team at Gordon Feinblatt as counsel in November 2020.

Lydia S. Hu, J.D. ’09, joined FOX Business Network in February 2021 as a New York-based correspondent.

Ajaye S. Pope, M.P.A. ’09, MBA ’15, was named to Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2020.

Brian Saval, B.S. ’09, of Saval Foods, was named to Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2020.

University of Baltimore professor, best-selling author and activist D. Watkins, B.A. ’09, M.F.A.’14, signed with More/Medavoy Management in June 2020.

2010s

Leah C. Dempsey, J.D. ’10, vice president and senior counsel of federal advocacy with ACA International, an association of credit and collection professionals, was recognized as a top lobbyist in December 2020 by The Hill newspaper.

Lee D. Dunbar, B.A. ’10, was promoted to major in November 2020 and assumed the position of chief of the services and support bureau for the Harford County (Maryland) Sheriff’s Office.

Henry L. Greenidge, J.D. ’10, a transportation policy expert, served as a 2020-2021 Fellow-in-Residence with the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University.

Myshala E. Middleton, J.D. ’10, was appointed associate judge for the Baltimore City Circuit Court in December 2020.

Jesse Pulliam, B.A. ’10, M.A. ’12, and his wife welcomed a daughter to their family this year.

Harry Spikes II, M.P.A. ’10, was named executive director of Bon Secours Community Works in September 2020. He previously served as district director for the late United States Congressman Elijah E. Cummings.

JDKatz P.C. welcomed Cailin J. Talbert, J.D. ’10, as a senior associate in September 2020. Her professional work focuses on estates and trusts, wills and probates, and tax matters.

Cassaday & Company, Inc. hired Benjamin Dorsey IV, M.S. ’11, as director of tax services in June 2020.

Babak Monajemi, J.D. ’11, was elected a shareholder of the law firm Polsinelli in Washington, DC in November 2020.

Heather Young Scheicher, B.S. ’11, and her husband Dean, welcomed a daughter in September 2020.

The board of directors of the Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council in West Virginia announced the appointment of Rachel C. Snavely, J.D. ’11, to the role of executive director. She previously served as the Berkeley County Grants Administrator.

Courtney Trang, B.S. ’11, M.S. ’15, assistant director of Alumni Relations at The University of Baltimore, and her husband, Tony, welcomed their son Oliver on March 19.

Alan Tsao, B.S. ’11, and Sonya Tsao, B.S. ’11, M.S. ’13, J.D. ’17, welcomed a baby boy this year.

Deddles Donuts, a business owned and operated by Robin Holmes, B.A. ’12, was selected as the official donut caterer for last May’s 146th Preakness Stakes.

Brandon S. Butler, J.D. ’13, the former Allegany County (Maryland) county administrator, joined Greenwill Consulting Group as a consultant in May. He represents businesses in Western Maryland and beyond.

GRB&A, a full-service public accounting firm, named Kelly M. DeRose, M.S. ’13, as partner in February.

Katie Kerner, J.D. ’13, an attorney with Jenner Law in Baltimore, was named co-chair of the Maryland Association for Justice’s Product Liability Section in February.

Pessin Katz Law, P.A. elected attorney Adam E. Konstas, J.D. ’13, to member in January.

MBH Settlement Group welcomed Kim E. Stepanuk, J.D. ’13, as an attorney in September 2020.

Sabrina Viscomi, MBA ’13, assistant dean of budget, students and operations at Towson University, received her doctorate degree in business administration in spring 2021 from University of Maryland Global Campus.

Mishpacha Magazine recognized Brett A. Weil, M.S. ’13, commercial relationship officer at PeoplesBank, as a “Covid Hero” for his role during the pandemic, helping struggling Maryland businesses apply for and receive loans from the Paycheck Protection Program.

Tiffany F. Boykin, J.D. ’14, became the chief compliance and fair practice officer at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, in August 2020.

Alexander B. Dentsman, B.S. ’14, was named to Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2020.

Raymond L. Gambrill, J.D. ’15, joined the litigation group at Miller, Miller & Canby in January. His work focuses on business, commercial and real estate litigation and criminal defense litigation.

Nevada State College named Elizabeth S. Gunn, M.F.A. ’15, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences in January.

Shelby Blondell, B.S. ’15, MBA ’18, won the grand prize of $30,000 at Salisbury University’s Ratcliffe Foundation Shore Hatchery Entrepreneurship Competition 2021. Her invention, The Sheller, is a flat, stainless steel seafood multitool that is a combination crab mallet, knife and bottle opener. Blondell is also a 2016 winner of UBalt’s pitch competition, The Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competitive Business Prize.

Shelby Blondell, B.S. ’15, MBA ’18, won the grand prize of $30,000 at Salisbury University’s Ratcliffe Foundation Shore Hatchery Entrepreneurship Competition 2021. Her invention, The Sheller, is a flat, stainless steel seafood multitool that is a combination crab mallet, knife and bottle opener. Blondell is also a 2016 winner of UBalt’s pitch competition, The Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competitive Business Prize.

Author Marjorie O. Baofo Appiah, MBA ’16, also known as Marjy Marj, had her most recent book, Same Elephants, featured by the South Carolina State Library in February.

Tracy C. Gold, M.F.A. ’16, released a book entitled Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby in March. She donated one book to a Baltimore area nonprofit for every preordered book.

Ronald Manson, B.A. ’16, published his debut thriller, A Shepherd of Wolves, in April. He writes under the pen name R.J. King.

K. Alexander Wallace, M.P.A. ’16, joined the government affairs practice of Z+C, LLC, the Annapolis law firm, in January.

Ken Weaver, M.P.A. ’16, was awarded the Chester A. Newland Presidential Citation of Merit during the president’s reception at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) national conference held in April.

Grason M. Wiggins, J.D. ’16, joined the Maryland Multi-Housing Association as a senior government affairs manager in January.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland hired Caylin A. Young, J.D. ’16, as the organization’s new public policy director in January.

Brian Daskalovitz, MBA ’17, joined Andrews Federal Credit Union in June 2020 as the vice president controller. He oversees all accounting and finance operational functions and strategies.

Taylor C. Hartman, J.D. ’17, left the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) State’s Attorney’s Office in 2021 to join Hartman, Attorneys at Law, as an associate specializing in criminal defense.

Erik L. Johnson, J.D. ’17, joined the Atlanta office of Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP in September 2020 and specializes in coverage and commercial litigation.

University of California Merced welcomed Chanelle Reese, M.S. ’17, as assistant ombudsperson in August 2020. She provides services for students, staff and faculty.

NY Eastern Union promoted Jacob S. Lipoff, MBA ’18, in July 2020 to executive managing director of the QTS Banking and Capital Markets Division.

Kevin Amado Jr., M.P.A. ’19, was promoted in January to community impact and engagement manager of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.

Kiarya Ingram B.A. ’19, was awarded the Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Program Outstanding MSW Scholar of the Year Award by the University of Maryland School of Social Work. The award, presented in April, is given to a graduating student who has exemplified an outstanding level of proficiency, initiative and commitment to the highest standards of social work practice in a public child welfare field placement.

Lauren R. Mullin, J.D. ’19, joined the medical malpractice group at Goodell Devries as an associate in December 2020.

Valerie E. Taylor, J.D. ’19, joined Pessin Katz Law, P.A. as an associate in the firm’s general litigation group in September 2020.

Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Mackie, LLC welcomed John K. Thompson, J.D. ’19, as an associate in December 2020.

Jamie Grace Alexander, B.A. ’20, was named to The Baltimore Sun’s 2020 list of 25 Women to Watch. Alexander is an artist, activist and creator of the Gender Museum and the Baltimore Queer Paper.

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B ONLINE

Online Panel Discussion Many aspects of our society are changing rapidly. We’re dealing with new ideas and new challenges. There’s a lot to talk about, and yet we may not be sure how to effectively communicate about tough topics. Four UBalt-affiliated thought leaders collaborate to address The Changing Conversation: Communication in a time of rapid social evolution. Their wide-ranging discussion covers topics that include:
  • Creating an atmosphere where people feel safe sharing ideas
  • Engaging with those whose worldviews differ from our own
  • How historical events inform our discussions today
  • How learning environments and the workplace are adapting to societal change
  • Navigating difficult conversations in personal and professional settings
  • Hopeful signs for greater connection
Alicia Jones McLeod
Alicia Jones McLeod
Joshua Clark Davis
Joshua Clark Davis
Ting Zhang
Ting Zhang
C. Alan Lyles
C. Alan Lyles
Watch the discussion at ubalt.edu/changing-conversation

Anatomy of Wings
Learn more about the film, a recent winner of Best Documentary at the LA Femme
International Film Festival! Wings follows a group of young women from Baltimore over a
ten-year period. Clips, upcoming screenings and more are available at anatomyofwings.com.

Co-Producers & Co-Directors Nikiea Redmond and Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander
Co-Producers &
Co-Directors Nikiea
Redmond and Kirsten
D’Andrea Hollander
Anatomy of Wings promotional poster
Anatomy of Wings
promotional poster

Bodine’s City
View a slideshow of photographs by A. Aubrey Bodine, selections from Jennifer Bodine’s book Bodine’s City. Many of the locations featured in this historic collection of Baltimore photos are within a few blocks of The University of Baltimore campus!

Visit the slideshow at ubalt.edu/ubmag

Marble Steps
One of Bodine’s favorite subjects, the pristine marble steps of West Baltimore, shown here in the 1940s

In Memoriam

1940s

Kurt M. Rosenbach, CERT ’46
Charles H. Baldwin, A.B.A. ’48
Francis W. Hopkins, A.A. ’48

1950s

Elizabeth Bromwell, A.A. ’50
Joseph M. Napoli, B.S. ’50
Robert A. Rhodes, B.S. ’50
Leonard E. Trout Jr., A.A. ’50, J.D. ’52
Martin Moncarz, J.D. ’51
John R. Schafer, B.S. ’51
Anthony Shabek Jr., B.S. ’51
Fred Tepper, B.S. ’51
William M. West, CERT ’51
Wallace E. Camp Sr., B.S. ’52
Robert W. Heflin, A.A. ’52, B.S. ’57
Edna L. Williams, LL.B. ’52
William R. Benson, LL.B. ’53
Norman W. Lauenstein, J.D. ’53
John J. Brocato, LL.B. ’54
Harry Deitchman, B.S. ’54
Charles L. Amos, B.S. ’55
George E. Anderer, B.S. ’55
Otto P. Schulze, LL.B. ’55
Philip R. Beigel, A.A. ’56
George B. Dietrich, B.S. ’56
Rosario L. Vinci, A.A. ’56
Alan Getz, LL.B. ’57
Ray R. Hartsoe, CERT ’57
Sheldon A. Rubenstein, LL.M. ’58
Herbert S. Silbert, B.S. ’58
Charles F. Mitchell, B.S. ’59

1960s

Charles A. Blackman, B.S. ’60
Robert R. Cassilly, LL.B. ’60
Stanley Dorf, A.A. ’60
Donald H. Lazar, A.A. ’60
Philip I. Matz, B.S. ’60, LL.B. ’67
Carroll C. McComas, B.S. ’60
Arthur W. Rees, B.S. ’60
David H. Sheppard, B.S. ’60
Melvin J. Caldwell Sr., J.D. ’61
Melvin R. Guy, J.D. ’61
Norman A. Hare Jr., B.S. ’61
James E. Holman, B.S. ’61
Marvin L. Majewski, B.S. ’61
Thomas B. Silcott Jr., B.S. ’61
John F. Foley Jr., LL.B. ’62
William L. Freeh, LL.B. ’62
John J. Gilmore, B.S. ’62
William J. Guerin Jr., B.S. ’62
David H. Krebs, LL.B. ’62
John P. Wever, A.A. ’62
John B. Maier, J.D. ’63
William H. Wolf Jr., B.S. ’63
R. Roland Brockmeyer, J.D. ’64
James J. Held, B.S. ’64
James C. Hoeck, LL.B. ’64
Warren R. Jamison, B.S. ’64
Edward J. Katrinic, LL.B. ’64
Thomas L. Lovelace, J.D. ’64
John F. X. O’Brien, J.D. ’64
Edward J. Sas, A.A. ’64
Joseph J. Armetta, B.S. ’65
Peter W. Bartel Jr., J.D. ’65
Donald W. Dew, B.S. ’65
Allan R. Kobin, B.S. ’65
Donald A. Logan, B.S. ’65
Terrell H. Shriver, B.S. ’65
Jack M. Torner, LL.B. ’65
Albert R. Wilkerson, J.D. ’65
John J. Cain, B.S. ’66
Joseph A. Cuneo, B.S. ’66
Michael K. DeAgro Sr., B.S. ’66
Robert I. Edwards, B.S. ’66
Gary E. Good, LL.B. ’66
John T. Langmead Jr., B.S. ’66
Johnny E. Marrs, B.S. ’66
Thomas Salvatore III, J.D. ’66
William T. Glasgow, J.D. ’67
Robert C. Hardy, LL.B. ’67
Joseph M. Nolan, J.D. ’67
Carl E. Pagan, B.S. ’67
Michael P. Smelgus, A.A. ’67
George Barkman, LL.B. ’68
John C. Baronella, B.S. ’68
Melvin M. Bondyra, B.S. ’68
Harvey L. Glaser, B.S. ’68
Dennis A. Hightow, B.S. ’68
William F. Kirwin Jr., J.D. ’68
William J. Klimaszewski, B.S. ’68
O. Franklin Mitchell, B.S. ’68
Carl L. Moltz Jr., B.S. ’68
Wayne C. Morrow, B.S. ’68
Robert L. Pabst, B.S. ’68
Richard W. Shultz, B.S. ’68
Thomas C. Wieciech, B.A. ’68
Ronald A. Allen, B.S. ’69
Thomas K. Day, B.S. ’69
Herbert H. Kirshner, B.S. ’69
John B. McCrystle, J.D. ’69
Eugene J. Pawlikowski, J.D. ’69
Paul M. Plaia Jr., LL.B. ’69

1970s

Jerry A. Berardi, J.D. ’70
Charles R. Boutin, J.D. ’70
Ara M. Crowe Jr., J.D. ’70
Michael F. Gilligan, J.D. ’70
Leah B. Graff, J.D. ’70
Robert J. Heitzman, J.D. ’70
Edwin M. Kahoe, J.D. ’70
Raymond L. Klein, B.S. ’70
Lawrence W. Krastel, B.S. ’70
Roy R. Krebs, B.S. ’70
Joseph F. Lechman, J.D. ’70
Irene C. Santoek, J.D. ’70
David L. Schroeder, B.S. ’70
Wayne N. Weller, B.S. ’70, M.S. ’87
Laurence M. Boyd, B.S. ’71
Ronald A. Dicrescenzo, B.S. ’71
Norman T. Green, B.S. ’71
Harold A. McBee Sr., B.S. ’71
William J. Reuter, B.S. ’71
Charles L. Stull, B.A. ’71, M.S. ’77
Randall T. Knight, B.S. ’72
Curtis R. Perry, B.S. ’72
Omeria F. Saunders Jr., B.S. ’72
James R. Bell, J.D. ’73
Edward S. Calwell, B.S. ’73
Matthew S. Evans III, J.D. ’73
Guy H. Goeller, B.S. ’73
Larry R. Holtz, J.D. ’73
John G. McDonald Jr., B.S. ’73
John T. Shaw, J.D. ’73
Wayne H. Watts, B.S. ’73, M.S. ’78
Leroy Adams, CERT ’74
Ronald R. Donatucci, J.D. ’74
Lee F. Fedner, J.D. ’74
Murphy Gabriel Jr., B.S. ’74
Sharon L. Harris, J.D. ’74
William I. Kissinger, B.S. ’74
Robert Brewer, B.S. ’75
Gerald R. Ingley, B.S. ’75
W. Glen McFaul, B.S. ’75
Clarence Weston, B.A. ’75
Leaston V. Booker Jr., B.S. ’76
Marshall A. Botkin, M.S. ’76
Maurice A. Fournier, B.S. ’76
Raymond H. Fowler Jr., B.S. ’76
John R. Goodwin, B.S. ’76
Bruce A. Miller, B.S. ’76, M.S. ’85
Phyllis B. Kramer, J.D. ’77
Denise C. Lucas, B.S. ’77
David M. Broy, B.S. ’78
James G. Gavin, B.S. ’78
Howard B. Gerber, J.D. ’78
Clyde A. Thomas, M.S. ’78
Jules G. Kollar, J.D. ’79
Andrew G. Shank, J.D. ’79
Edgar L. Youngblood, B.S. ’79

1980s

Thomas J. Christopulos, B.S. ’80
Allen T. Cook, B.S. ’80
Eleanor P. Lipsitz, M.P.A. ’80
Toni R. Manning, MBA ’80
Dale R. Mumford, M.P.A. ’80
Donald B. Nippard Jr., B.A. ’80
Dawne L. Ways, CERT ’80
Jeffrey A. Weber, J.D. ’80
Alexandra N. Williams, J.D. ’81
Katherine E. Wilson, B.S. ’81, J.D. ’88
Betty Jane C. Ballantyne, B.A. ’82
Denise M. Jamison, B.S. ’82
Evelyn L. Panzer, B.S. ’82
Susan B. Sohn, CERT ’82, MBA ’84
Vasiliki J. Tsamis, B.S. ’82, M.S. ’96,
CERT ’96
Laura T. Wetherald, M.S. ’82
Douglas C. Fox, M.S. ’83
Kenneth L. Hooper, J.D. ’83
Donald C. Mulcahey, J.D. ’83
Kathleen A. Talty, J.D. ’83
Diane C. Bauman, B.S. ’84
Brian P. Fallon, B.S. ’84
Katherine A. Holmes, B.A. ’84,
J.D. ’88
Charles J. Ryan III, J.D. ’85
Barbara Seaman, J.D. ’85
John C. Waugh, B.S. ’85
Eileen M. Gilmartin, M.A. ’86
Norma L. Harris, M.A. ’86
Thomas E. Morrow, B.S. ’86
Alan C. Remchuk, M.S. ’86
Zachary S. Gray, J.D. ’87
Steven W. Ragsdale, B.S. ’87
Erlene A. Servance, B.S. ’87
Thomas A. Luby Jr., MBA ’88
Jane R. Luckey, J.D. ’88, LL.M. ’93
Moynelle F. Stewart, B.S. ’88
Maureen M. Canion, MBA ’89
Maureen Vilanova, J.D. ’89
Susan Winestein, J.D. ’89
Geri Wojciechowski, B.S. ’89

1990s

Mark Kulwicki, J.D. ’90
Khalil Moorman, B.S. ’90
Denise M. Smallwood, B.A. ’90
Tracey L. Smyser, M.A. ’90
Sandra K. Harris, B.S. ’91
Elene L. Aiken, MBA ’92
Nelson F. Cross, B.S. ’93
Olivia N. Graham, J.D. ’93
David N. Rasmussen, MBA ’93
Gregory A. Castelli, J.D. ’94
Thomas V. Hauck, B.S. ’95
David R. Lepson, B.A. ’95
Jacqueline A. Finney, B.A. ’96

2000s

Rosemary C. Smart, LL.M. ’04
Bonnie Jean Schupp, D.C.D. ’05
Shawn P. Durkin, B.S. ’06
Trevor McDerby, B.S. ’06
Robert S. Fayer, B.S. ’09
Daniel Haines, B.S. ’09
Tong Li, CERT ’09, M.S. ’12

2010s

Darren Sanborn, LL.M. ’10
David Hupp, MBA ’11
Matthew M. Testa, J.D. ’11
Sergei A. Bower, B.S. ’14
Jonathan Oliner, B.S. ’14
Babatunde A. N. Bashir-Bello,
B.S. ’16
Sydney L. Jeter, M.S. ’16

MICHAEL KLEIN
MICHAEL KLEIN

Michael Klein, B.A. ’76, chairman of Klein Enterprises, one of the largest management and development companies in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area, died on October 18, 2020. Klein and his family have been dedicated supporters of The University of Baltimore for five decades. In 2013, an endowment from Klein and the Philip and Harriet Klein Foundation established the Klein Family School of Communications Design within the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

Michael and his father Philip Klein, B.S. ’38, also made generous bequest gifts to the University. Philip began donating in the 1970s and made his first major gift in 1992, establishing the Klein Family Fund to support the English Department. Michael created the Klein Professorship in Writing and Literature with his first major gift in 1997.

Michael’s daughter Rachel Klein, B.A. ’00, is also a graduate, and Daniel Klein, Philip’s grandson, and Michael’s nephew, previously served as a member of the UBalt Foundation Board of Directors, as did Michael.

The Klein Family Fund contributes to an ongoing reading series in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program. And the Michael F. Klein Fellowship in Creative Writing and Social Justice is awarded yearly to a student in the program, with the aim of emphasizing the role of the arts in calling attention to issues of social justice and injustice in American society.

1949 staff of UBalt student newspaper.

Conrad S. Schafran, B.S. ’49, died on July 6, 2020. Schafran, a native of New York City, donated his extensive record collection to The University of Baltimore in order to promote the appreciation of jazz music among younger generations of students and music listeners. Now part of the Baltimore Regional Studies Archive in the Robert L. Bogomolny Library, Schafran’s collection consists of more than 8,000 vinyl LPs of jazz, blues, folk, rock, big band and show-tune commercial audio recordings.
View at archivesspace.ubalt.edu/repositories/2/resources/131.

A Path of Integrity: LINDSEY ELDRIDGE, M.P.A. ’19

Lindsey Eldridge
Lindsey Eldridge

BIO

  • M.P.A.’19, The University of Baltimore
  • Director of Public Affairs and Community Outreach, Baltimore Police Department
  • Staff for Mayors Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Catherine Pugh
  • Specialist in forging community connections

Lindsey Eldridge, M.P.A. ’19, majored in broadcast journalism at Morgan State University. After she graduated with highest honors during the recession of 2008, finding work was a challenge. “For months my job was applying for jobs,” she recalls. “People would tell me I didn’t have the experience they wanted, and I needed a job to get experience. I began to think, maybe communications is not for me.”

Now Eldridge has come full circle as the director of Public Affairs and Community Outreach for the Baltimore Police Department. Baltimore’s is the eighth largest law enforcement agency in the country, and since Eldridge began the job early in 2020, “It’s been a whirlwind!” she says. Although navigating remote technology, fluid pandemic concerns, and incidents of crime around the city is a constant challenge, “We just keep pushing forward,” Eldridge says. “What makes it work is the expertise of my excellent team, and the relationships we have in the community.”

Eldridge has built community connections throughout her career. In her first job post-college, with a Washington, DC-based organization called Leadership Directories, she worked with government officials. “I had the opportunity to practice the business skills I needed for my future, like how to send a proper email and call someone in a professional manner,” she recalls. After a few years, wanting to return to Baltimore, she took a job in the administration of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. 

“I tried to learn all I could about city government and Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s platforms,” Eldridge recalls. The uprising after the tragic death of Freddie Gray “was a rough time for the city,” she recalls. “Making sure people know that you care, and following up to build a foundation of trust, was more important than ever.”

Eldridge recalls some memorable moments: “One day a voice on the phone said, ‘Hi Lindsey, this is Vice President Biden and I need to schedule a call with Mayor Rawlings-Blake.’ I had the opportunity to meet First Lady Michelle Obama, too.”

“ Our department has truly made great strides in the last few years. We are very focused on what the community wants, needs and deserves. We want to be worthy of their trust.”

Next, Eldridge took on a scheduling role in the administration of Mayor Catherine Pugh. “One of my favorite projects came about during this time,” she says. “I helped put together an event for 100 faith-based organizations, to share information about how city government could help them grow and develop. It’s still one of my proudest achievements.”

During her maternity leave after the birth of her first child (she’s expecting her second this fall), Eldridge approached the Baltimore City Police Department about a new position. “I was fortunate to take on the role of Community Outreach Coordinator and create it from the ground up,” she says. She then served as interim Communications Director before moving into her current position. Throughout her tenure, Eldridge has worked to bridge gaps between the police department and the community.

“Our department has truly made great strides in the last few years,” she says. “We are very focused on what the community wants, needs and deserves. We want to be worthy of their trust.”

Eldridge says she is inspired by the words of Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. “The Commissioner says ‘Build relationships that were never built, build on current relationships, repair broken relationships, and know that your every action will do one of those things,’” she explains. Eldridge hopes the peaceful protests in Baltimore after the tragic death of George Floyd reflect progress toward forming more positive community connections.

One of her goals is to encourage more women to join the Department. “Women make up 16 percent of our organization with the national average only around 11 percent. By 2030, we’d like to be up to 30 percent,” she says.

Eldridge says she values the different perspectives women in law enforcement provide. “The spokespersons for the Mayor, City Council, Fire Department, State’s Attorney and Police are currently all women,” she notes. “I feel a sisterhood with these leaders. We need to keep breaking that glass ceiling so young women coming after us don’t have to.”

Her approach to new challenges, Eldridge says, is “making sure I’m acting with integrity. Commissioner Harrison also says ‘Right is right even if no one else is doing it, and wrong is wrong even if everyone else is doing it.’ When I stay grounded in integrity, I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.”

Paula Novash is managing editor of the magazine.

UBALT COMMUNITY COMMEMORATES SEPTEMBER 11

Josiah Guthland speaking at the September 11 ceremony.
Josiah Guthland speaking at the September 11 ceremony.

Members of The University of Baltimore community gathered to mark the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. Speakers including Josiah Guthland, director of the Bob Parsons Veterans Center; Roger Hartley, dean of the College of Public Affairs; and Hugh McLean, director of the Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic, shared personal stories and highlighted the significance of the day.

UBalt lost three notable alumni during the attacks in New York City. Nicole Marano, associate vice president for Student Success and Support Services, honored Joseph V. Maggitti, B.S. ‘75, Seamus Oneal, M.S. ‘97 and Karen L. Seymour, B.S. ‘81 by sharing reminisces from their families about their legacies and the many lives they touched. These alumni are also honored in a plaque in Gordon Plaza, dedicated by the University in 2002. This recognition is located in a garden space beautified by members of UBalt’s chapter of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa, who were represented by the group’s president Chloe France.

The plaque dedicated to UBalt alumni.
The plaque dedicated to UBalt alumni.

Activist and community artist Ron Kipling Williams, B.A. ’13, M.F.A. ’16, performed his poem “One Morning.” Williams is an adjunct professor and faculty fellow at UBalt’s Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics.

In his closing remarks, Guthland reflected on the enduring impact of September 11 for our nation. “As professionals and leaders of The University of Baltimore, it is our privilege and also our duty to educate the next generation so that they too, like us, will never forget,” he said.

The UBalt Student Government Association placed 147 flags in the Plaza to represent Maryland lives lost on September 11, and also in the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “When the sun rises, it will shine on the flags of our fallen,” Guthland continued, “and remind us that even as time stops for no one, we will stop and remember them.”

MORE RESOURCES ABOUT SEPTEMBER 11
A new area of UBalt’s website features videos and other educational resources that consider the role of higher education in understanding the events of September 11 and its legacy.

ubalt.edu/20yearslater

lights over the World Trade Center MemorialONE MORNING
One morning
two planes
crashed into our
humanity

One morning
the cries of 3,000
reverberated throughout
the planet

One morning
the stillness of peace
erupted into flames

One morning
the soul of a people
was irrevocably changed

It takes centuries
for a tree to grow
yet minutes
to fall

It takes
decades for a human life
to mature
yet in seconds
it can expire

It takes months
to erect a tower
yet one morning
to collapse

We spend 
generations
cultivating a society
for all of us to live and thrive
to love and evolve

Sometimes
we take this for granted
that things take
years to build
and moments to ruin

Sometimes
we forget to protect
and honor and cherish
what is sacred to us
believing
it will always be there

Sometimes
we forget
as we scurry around
in our daily fury
to stop
and remember
who we are
and whose we are

And then
one morning
it becomes
too late

Like the trees
towers do fall
but what we did before
and how we stand
in that moment
and what we do next
marks who we are

On the day
of the anniversary
of one morning
we pause
and reflect
and proclaim to our selves
and to each other
with the haunting echo
of the ancestors
from the soil of
ground zero

never forget

May we
on that same day
and every day
never forget
what we have created
what we hold sacred
to what we are dedicated

never forget
for one more morning
who we are
and whose we are
to honor
to protect
to cherish

to love

Ron Kipling Williams
9/11/13