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Universities at Shady Grove
Tue, 09/15/2020
Bethesda Beat

Chevy Chase resident Anne Khademian will take over role in October 


The Universities at Shady Grove’s incoming executive director says she is focused on finding innovative ways to advance the campus and strengthen partnerships with community organizations.

The University System of Maryland on Monday morning announced that Anne Khademian, a presidential fellow and processor at Virginia Tech, will take over as USG’s next executive director, effective Oct. 19. She will succeed Stewart Edelstein, who has agreed to retain his position until Khademian assumes her role.

Khademian will also serve as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University System of Maryland.

In an interview Monday afternoon, Khademian said she was drawn to USG because of its focus on helping first-generation and underrepresented students participate in higher education, as well as its work to enhance economic development and community partnerships with MCPS and other organizations.

“There’s commitment in the system … to continue to do those innovative things and explore ways higher education can be a better partner to the community at large,” Khademian said. “I’m really happy that I have a chance to be a part of that effort.”

With more than 20 years of experience working in higher education, Khademian said that commitment to innovation will be critical both during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

Higher education must remain nimble and find ways to “serve our students better, to serve our communities better and to be more affordable,” Khademian said. Institutions across the country, including USG, likely will have to get by with less funding. (Steve Hull, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Bethesda Magazine and Bethesda Beat, is a member of the USG Board of Advisors.)

“My focus in the immediate term will be on making sure we’re taking care of our students, taking care of our faculty, taking care of our staff, and making sure everyone’s safe and getting what they need,” Khademian said. “Then, in the longer term, it’s going to be how do we innovate now? How can we continue to do good things? … How do we build on what we’ve learned in this time?”

At Virginia Tech, Khademian is a professor and director of the School of Public and International Affairs.

During her time there, Khademian has “led the school through a period of significant growth and transformation, including the introduction of new academic degrees and programs; increased student enrollment; new faculty hires; forging of new global partnerships and initiatives; and extended outreach to the local community,” according to a news release from the University System of Maryland on Monday.

She has written three books and has published several research articles about public management and public policy.

Khademian is a fellow and member of the board of directors of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Khademian said she hopes her experience can be “an asset in fostering what is an already collaborative space (at USG) to do more.”

A 58-year-old mother of two, Khademian grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Michigan.

She attended Michigan State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration. She later earned her Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Khademian participated in cross country and track at Michigan State, a Division I school, and was recently inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Khademian has lived in Chevy Chase since 2003, and her two daughters attended Montgomery County Public Schools. For seven years, Khademian made the four-hour drive to Virginia Tech once per week, leaving home at 3 a.m. to arrive at 7 a.m.

In her spare time, Khademian enjoys reading, spending time with her family and exercising with her two rescue dogs, Fiona and Peaches.

Universities at Shady Grove
Tue, 04/07/2020

Greenroofs.com Featured Project April 6, 2020

This indoor living wall at the Universities at Shady Grove’s newest academic building, its Biomedical Sciences & Engineering (BSE) facility, is a lovely gem of a project combining living architecture and art. Incorporating sculpture as part of the State of Maryland’s Percent for Art Program, the greenwall rhythmically accentuates the staircase and draws visitors to views of the exterior Piney Branch Water Garden.

Nestled within the cool greenery you’ll encounter sculpted aluminum panels which, according to the artist, “are abstractions based on natural patterns, observed phenomena, systems, materials, and structures that reference the scientific and engineering disciplines found within the BSE building and the regional biotech cluster.” [READ MORE]

Universities at Shady Grove
Mon, 11/25/2019
The Washington Post

The gleaming biomedical sciences and engineering building that just opened in a technology corridor of suburban Maryland testifies to the power of a novel idea: Offer degrees from several public universities through one commuter-friendly campus, and the students will come.

The Universities at Shady Grove, near Interstate 270 in Montgomery County, has enabled thousands of transfer students to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the past two decades from an array of schools in the University System of Maryland.

Built with $175 million in state money, the 220,000-square-foot edifice of brick, glass and textured stone provides laboratories and classrooms that double the academic footprint at Shady Grove. The building also raises the ambitions of a campus that has quietly grown into an educational force in an economically dynamic expanse of the Washington region that has no four-year public university to call its own.

The biomedical sciences and engineering building of the Universities at Shady Grove. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
The biomedical sciences and engineering building of the Universities at Shady Grove. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Shady Grove, a destination for many who start in community college, is home to about 3,000 students who commute from places such as Silver Spring and Gaithersburg. It has no residence halls, no intercollegiate athletics and no freshmen.

With the expansion, the campus is projected to draw up to 7,500 students in coming years to obtain degrees from any of nine public universities in Maryland. The diplomas come straight from those universities, without extra notations or qualifiers.

The new building — dedicated Thursday by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and other public officials — will enable growth of degree programs in fields such as clinical dental hygiene, translational life science technology and cybersecurity.


Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 11/21/2019
UMB News

Gov. Larry Hogan, higher education leaders, students, and local elected officials were among those celebrating expanded opportunity for Marylanders as the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and other institutions unveiled new programs and services on Nov. 7 in Montgomery County, Md.

The occasion was the grand opening of the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Education Facility at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville. The $175 million, state-of the art building includes a community dental clinic that the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) will open to patients in January.

(View a video below and a photo gallery.)

UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, was joined by Mark A. Reynolds, DDS, PhD, MA, dean and professor, UMDOD, at the event that featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours, and demonstrations for visitors to the dental suite by UMSOD students.

Third-year School of Dentistry students Ben Horn, left, and Sahar Nesvarderani demonstrate techniques for guests during the grand opening of the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility at the Universities at Shady Grove.

Third-year School of Dentistry students Ben Horn, left, and Sahar Nesvarderani demonstrate techniques for guests during the grand opening of the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility at the Universities at Shady Grove.

“The School of Dentistry’s new educational programs and clinical facility at USG will expand our ability to educate highly skilled clinical practitioners and leaders in oral health care as well as improve access to dental services for underserved residents of Montgomery County,” Reynolds said.
BSE is a six-level, 220,000-square-foot facility that will double the footprint of the campus and enable USG to increase enrollment capacity from its current 3,000-plus students to more than 7,500 over the next several years, according to USG. The campus houses programs of nine institutions in the University System of Maryland (USM).

The event began with a luncheon and panel discussion for invited guests. The moderator was Christopher P. Austin, MD, director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health and a member of the USG board of advisers. Panelists were the presidents of institutions with expanded offerings in BSE, including Perman; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Freeman Hrabowski, PhD; and the University of Maryland, College Park’s Wallace D. Loh, PhD, JD.

In keeping with the mission of BSE, their subject was STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math — and medicine). Addressing the additional “M” in STEMM, Perman said, “I often tell medical students looking ahead toward 40 years or so of practice, that if they want to enjoy a career in medicine, they need to crave what they learned in basic science.”

Perman also asked a rhetorical question. “What’s this building going to do for Montgomery County, the state, and for our learners at UMB?”

“A lot,” he declared, supplying his own answer before describing the expanded dental offerings, including patient care to bolster oral health in the region.

UMSOD is introducing two innovative programs to educate and train future leaders who will work interprofessionally to address oral and systemic health connections and improve patient outcomes.

  • The Clinical Dental Hygiene Leader Program (CDHL), in which coursework begins in June, becomes the only Master of Science (MS) degree in dental hygiene in the state. Through this two-year, dual-degree program, qualified college graduates can obtain both a second Bachelor of Science degree and the MS, producing dental hygienists who can assume key leadership roles in a variety of clinical, educational, public health, and health care settings.
  • The Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Oral Health Science Program, to be offered beginning in fall 2020, is for non-dental health care professionals who want to build core oral health competencies to better respond to patients’ needs and more holistically manage patient care.

The new clinic is expected to provide oral health care to 3,000 to 4,000 patients, many of whom are currently underserved and eligible for services on a reduced-fee basis. The suite of 24 dental chairs and adjoining operatory facilities will enable UMSOD to provide comprehensive dentistry for adults and children, with treatment by UMSOD postdoctoral residents, general dentistry students, and dental and dental hygiene students under UMSOD faculty supervision.

USM Chancellor Robert L. Caret, PhD, in remarks to several hundred guests assembled for the ribbon-cutting, noted that the clinic becomes one of the largest community dental clinics in the state. What’s more, its function helps USM fulfill its mission. “Universities have three primary roles,” he said, the first being education and the second economic vitality. “The third is social well-being of the region in which they reside. This kind of facility allows us to do all three of those things in ways that would not be possible without them.”

USG executive director Stewart Edelstein, PhD, said, “The BSE is about science — science on display — and teaching the application of science to improve the human condition.” He noted that an entire floor (the second) is devoted to health and medical education and described amenities in the community dental clinic while inviting guests to see for themselves.

Awaiting them in the UMSOD simulation laboratory adjacent to the clinic were Katherine Perez Sandoval, Megan Didion, Fahimeh Razian, and Meskerem Melorea, members of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2020; and Sahar Nesvarderani and Ben Horn, members of the Doctor of Dental Surgery Class of 2021.

Nesvarderani commented on the advantages of becoming familiar with the latest equipment and technology, such as lightweight, air-driven hand pieces. Didion also expressed students’ appreciation for the state-of the-art technology. “The more practice we get, the better our clinical skills are going to be,” she said.

Razian, Melorea, and Perez Sandoval all spoke of how the new offerings in dental hygiene will broaden opportunities for those in the area who wish to enter the career, saving time, energy, and costs. “People won’t have to go long distances from home to get the education they need,” said Perez Sandoval.

Sharing a work station, Horn and Nesvarderani demonstrated, among other techniques, how students learn by using a typodont, or model of the oral cavity, for a guest who lives nearby at a residence for the elderly.

With its new academic programs and clinic at USG, Reynolds noted, “The School of Dentistry will be drawing upon its expert faculty as well as the unique interprofessional opportunities found at the USG campus to prepare graduates for successful careers in emerging new models of multidisciplinary health care delivery.”

In addition to the new dentistry programs, UMB offerings at USG include programs of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 11/21/2019
Business Wire

ROCKVILLE, Md.--()--The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) – a regional campus of the University System of Maryland that offers degree programs from nine different Maryland public universities – celebrated today the opening of its fourth academic building, a $175 million, state-of-the-art Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) education facility.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, USM Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden, University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret, university presidents from around the state, USG Executive Director Stewart Edelstein, and the USG Board of Advisors were joined by an array of elected officials, business and community leaders, faculty, staff and students for the grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting. Hundreds attended the grand opening event, which was followed by tours of the BSE and a STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical studies) Showcase to highlight programs that partner universities will be bringing to the new facility, as well as area science and technology businesses that are partnering with USG.

USG is a regional higher education center of the University System of Maryland that offers approximately 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs from nine different state universities, all on one convenient, full-service campus in Rockville. Students who attend USG pursue and earn their degrees directly from the partner universities that offer the programs on the campus. For undergraduate students, the university programs offered at USG provide third- and fourth-year classes toward a bachelor’s degree. Most students who attend the undergraduate programs at USG transfer from Montgomery College or another college, after completing the first two years of their coursework.

The new BSE building will provide USG the opportunity to expand educational offerings and degrees in the STEMM fields, including new programs from UMBC in life sciences, cybersecurity and engineering; from the University of Maryland, College Park, including the Clark School of Engineering; and from the School of Dentistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

One of the first and most unique features of the new BSE will be a community dental clinic operated by the School of Dentistry. Equipped with 24 operatory stations, the clinic will provide comprehensive dental care to community patients. Patient care will be provided by faculty-supervised dental students and dental hygiene students.

The BSE is a six-level, 220,000-square-foot facility that doubles the footprint of the campus. It will enable USG to ultimately increase enrollment capacity from its current 3,000-plus students to more than 7,500, over the next several years.

The building has been constructed as one of the most sustainably sourced laboratory buildings in the region and is on track to be certified as LEED Platinum, the highest level of certification issued by the U.S. Green Business Council. Key sustainability features of the building and project include the materials and resources used in construction; indoor environmental quality enhancements; protection of the local ecology in design and construction; water efficiency; and energy use.

Another highlight of the BSE is a spectacular, outdoor public artwork entitled “Piney Branch Water Garden,” by the renowned Michael Singer Studio. The artwork – which connects directly to an elevated campus boardwalk that was built to traverse wetlands associated with the Piney Branch watershed – features harvested rainwater, flowing over layers of underwater sculpted surfaces and includes night lighting. Sculpted panels are repeated on a living wall of the interior of the building and represent abstractions of natural patterns, systems and structures referencing the scientific disciplines within the BSE. Michael Singer is an award-winning artist with commissioned public art projects throughout the nation and abroad. The studio was selected to design and produce the public art at USG through the Maryland Public Art Initiative, which is administered by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Among other features of note about the BSE facility:

  • 20 fully equipped teaching laboratories;
  • Two 120-plus seat lecture halls;
  • 12 active learning classrooms;
  • Clinical training facilities, including the dental clinic with 20 dental chairs and four surgical offices;
  • Product design laboratory and maker spaces for student research;
  • Academic offices;
  • A future innovation and entrepreneurship center where students and mentors will work collaboratively with local businesses to develop new ideas and technologies; and
  • Student affairs offices to support academic success, career and internship services, and counseling and consultation.

The architectural firms Cooper Carry and Lake Flato collaborated on the planning and design of the BSE. Gilbane Building Company served as the construction management firm, under oversight by University of Maryland Capital Projects, Department of Planning and Construction.

“For nearly 20 years, the Universities at Shady Grove has been providing students with opportunities to complete baccalaureate and graduate degrees in a variety of fields offered on campus by our nine university partners,” said USG Executive Director Stewart Edelstein. “The opening of this state-of-the-art Biomedical Sciences and Engineering facility will enable us to expand our ability to serve students and the region by bringing a variety of much-needed and in-demand STEMM programs into Montgomery County.”

For more information about the new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering building at USG, please visit shadygrove.umd.edu/bse.

Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 11/21/2019
University System of Maryland News

Baltimore, Md. (Nov. 5, 2019) – The University System of Maryland (USM) celebrates this week’s opening of the new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering education facility at the system’s regional higher education center in Montgomery County, the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7.

The Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) education facility is a $175 million project that will allow USG to expand educational offerings and degrees in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). These programs include new offerings from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in life sciences, cybersecurity and engineering; from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Clark School of Engineering; and from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) School of Dentistry.

USG is located at 9636 Gudelsky Drive in Rockville. USM Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden and Chancellor Robert L. Caret will participate in the ceremony.

Established more than 20 years ago, the concept of the USM regional centers is unique nationally. The regional centers are not “satellite” campuses of a single university, but rather conveniently and strategically located sites where multiple universities deliver their most in-demand undergraduate, graduate, professional degree, and certificate programs. The USM maintains two other regional higher education centers: USM Hagerstown in western Maryland and USM at Southern Maryland in St. Mary’s County. USM has broken ground on a new Academic and Innovation Center, an $86 Million, 84,000-square foot academic and research facility that will nearly double USMSM’s educational footprint, create autonomous systems research space, and spur economic activity and job growth.

“A major expansion is also underway at USMSM, as construction is underway on the Academic and Innovation Center  NAME building that will greatly expand classroom space and provide testing facilities for drone research conducted by the UMCP Clarks School of Engineering….]

Since its opening in 2000, USG has grown rapidly and increased the number of students served on its campus from an initial cohort of 200 to more than 3,000 today. Approximately 12,000 undergraduate and graduate-level degrees have been awarded by USG’s nine participating universities to students who have attended the campus. Programs are offered at USG by the following nine University System of Maryland universities: University of Maryland, College Park; Bowie State; Salisbury University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore; UMBC; University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES); and University of Maryland Global Campus.

“The Universities at Shady Grove is a critical, successful, and major component of the higher education landscape in Montgomery County. Having served several years ago on the USG Board of Visitors, it gives me great pride to see this marvelous new facility move from concept to completion,” Gooden said. “Our three regional centers are hubs of innovation and training that extend the reach of the fine institutions in our system—benefitting both students and local businesses.  We are grateful to leadership in Annapolis for providing the funding to support this important and unique regional model.”

The BSE is a six-level, 220,000-square-foot facility that will double the footprint of the campus and allow USG to increase enrollment capacity from its current 3,000-plus students to more than 7,500, during the next several years. Its constriction makes it one of the most sustainably sourced laboratory buildings in the region and is on track for LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of certification issued by the U.S. Green Business Council.
An exciting feature of the BSE will be a community dental clinic operated by the School of Dentistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Equipped with 24 operatory stations, the clinic will provide comprehensive dental care to community patients. Faculty-supervised dental students and dental hygiene students will provide the patient care.

“In many ways this new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering education facility represents the best of the USM regional center model—providing students with access to an affordable education, businesses with innovation partners and a highly trained workforce, and communities with enhancements to the local quality of life,” said USM Chancellor Robert L. Caret.  “We are proud to expand this important work in Montgomery County, and greatly appreciate both the state and county leaders who support this vision.” 

Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 11/21/2019

UMBC students like Jackelyn Flores are increasingly taking advantage of high-impact programs at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG), a Montgomery County campus UMBC shares with eight other Maryland public universities. Opportunities for her and other UMBC-Shady Grove students are expanding even further today with the opening of a new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Education Facility on the popular campus.

Flores ’21 is one of the first students to pursue UMBC’s new degree in translational life sciences technology (TSLT), launched at Shady Grove this fall. Fascinated by biotechnology, she completed her associate’s degree in the field at Montgomery College (MC) while working full-time in the cell therapy department at Lonza, a biotech company near Frederick, Maryland. She’s now enhancing her biomedical sciences knowledge and lab skills through the UMBC program, in a region with particularly high demand for biotech professionals. 

Exterior of the just-completed Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Facility at The Universities at Shady Grove. Photo courtesy UMBC-Shady Grove.

Access to state-of-the-art science

At USG, UMBC offers both the new TLST bachelor’s degree and a master’s of professional studies in biotechnology that relaunched exclusively at USG last year. Three new teaching labs in the BSE will greatly increase opportunities for students in these programs to develop their skills with state-of-the-art lab equipment, from liquid chromatography to bioreactors to high-end microscopes.

“Because it’s top-notch equipment, this is what they’ll see when they go work at a biotech company,” says Annica Wayman ’99, mechanical engineering, M6, associate dean for Shady Grove affairs in UMBC’s College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS). “They’ll be more prepared for those jobs because they’ll already be familiar with the equipment.”

The fact that many disciplines will offer courses in the building will also help students prepare for the workforce. “This building symbolizes an opportunity to bring the disciplines together to address societal problems,” Wayman says, “and to discover how they can work together to address the biggest challenges.”

Wayman hopes the building will be a resource for companies in the area, whether that means project-based courses where students tackle real industry needs, or startups renting time on the equipment for their own projects. These connections would benefit students, too, who will get the chance to work more closely with biotech professionals while completing their degrees. 

Annica Wayman ’99, M6, mechanical engineering, is leading UMBC’s efforts to grow STEM programs at UMBC-Shady Grove. Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.

Blazing a trail in student training

The path that Jackelyn Flores took from Montgomery College to UMBC is one purposefully designed through a collaboration between the two institutions. “CNMS is a trailblazer in keeping our education programs up to date with the rapid pace of science and technology development, and in making sure students have the skills the biotech industry needs now,” Wayman says. “We also work closely with MC so the program pairs well with their very hands-on biotech program. We created this program to build on that.”

As she prepared to transfer from MC to UMBC, Flores found a supportive community that gave her the information and resources she needed to be successful. “UMBC offered plenty of open house sessions where I was able to meet directly with UMBC staff who answered all of my questions, and UMBC staff maintained active communication throughout the application process,” she says. “It was extremely reassuring to know that the school cared and was offering so much help.”

“The program at Montgomery College did an amazing job in helping me develop the lab skills necessary for the industry,” Flores says. “The TLST program is enhancing my lab and critical thinking skills while also reinforcing my knowledge of the biomedical industry.”

Informal gathering spaces inside the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Facility encourage interaction and collaboration. Photo courtesy of UMBC-Shady Grove.

Growing Maryland’s STEM workforce

UMBC plans to continue to grow its already robust STEM presence at USG. Beyond offering TLST at the undergraduate level, UMBC offers graduate programs in biotechnology, cybersecurity, data science, geographic information systems, and technical management. Additional STEM programs matching the needs of local employers are on the horizon. Complementing all of these are popular programs in psychology, social work, political science, and history.

“One of the goals of CNMS and UMBC being at Shady Grove is to contribute to workforce development for the state, particularly in STEM,” Wayman says, “The new building provides USG and UMBC the opportunity to greatly expand training students and develop the workforce in high-demand STEM careers.”

It’s working for Flores. “The BSE will open doors for students to network and become involved in the industry while establishing critical connections,” she says, like the one she has with Lonza. “I can’t wait to see what the rest of the TLST program has to offer.”

Universities at Shady Grove
Fri, 03/29/2019
University of Baltimore

The University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs once again ranked in the top 25 percent of all public affairs schools of its kind in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 edition of the best graduate schools in the nation. The college is ranked #60, climbing four spots from its 2019 ranking.

The rankings are based on peer reviews about program excellence and statistics that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. 

"This is our third straight year climbing in the U.S. News rankings. I attribute that rise not only to the strength and distinction of our nationally-accredited Master of Public Administration program, but also to our faculty and their world-class research and scholarship," said Roger Hartley, dean of the College of Public Affairs. "It is an honor to be ranked among prestigious schools that are a mix of Research 1 and private institutions, many much larger than us. This ranking is a testament to the tenacity and grit of our faculty, staff, students and alumni, and I thank them all for contributing to the success and national recognition of our college."

UB tied with equivalent programs at Cleveland State University, CUNY-John Jay College, the Naval Postgraduate School, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the University of Pennsylvania, all in the #60 position.

The full rankings, data and methodologies can be found here.

Learn more about the M.P.A. and the College of Public Affairs.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

Universities at Shady Grove
Mon, 09/24/2018
By Liz Anderson | @planetnoun September 24, 2018 6:32 am
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett in February. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

WASHINGTON — Montgomery County’s outgoing county executive remembers scraping his way through college. Now, he and his wife are helping pay it forward in dollars and cents, so local students can get the support they need to succeed.

Ike Leggett said he has fundraising efforts at his Alexandria, Louisiana community church to thank for his very first college scholarship — all $12 of it.

“At the end of the summer, it raised more money than it ever raised in the history of the church,” Leggett remembers of the fundraiser. “That $37 had to be divided among three students, and we got about $12 apiece.”


Leggett also asked a Louisiana state senator who had given him a resounding “no” at first, but eventually gave in with some persistence.

“Once I realized the benefits of college, I really devoted myself — opened my heart, my arms, my intellect and whatever I could — to devote an effort to make sure I would do well,” he said.

Four degrees later, and many years of service to Montgomery County, Leggett and his wife have established their own fund: The Ike and Catherine Leggett Scholarship.

“This scholarship fund my wife and I are establishing is designed in a way to help those who are underprivileged, those who need resources in order to go to college, either the University of Maryland at Shady Grove or Montgomery College,” Leggett said.

Ike Leggett, who has served three terms as County Executive, announced nearly two years ago that he would not seek a fourth term at the county’s helm.

He and his wife, Catherine, were honored Sunday at the Leggett Legacy Forward event, which was free and held at the Music Center at Strathmore. It also doubled as a fundraiser.

Donations rolled in during the latter portions of the event, via text message and old-fashioned check, which helped meet the $1.7 million goal.

Now, they’re looking to raise an additional $300,000 to meet their new $2 million goal.

The Ike and Catherine Leggett scholarship fund will benefit students throughout Montgomery County who participate in the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success program, also known as ACES, a free program at 14 participating county high schools.

High school students can apply to the program while in 10th grade. They receive support during 11th and 12th grades, while navigating the pathway first through Montgomery College, then a bachelor’s degree at the Universities at Shady Grove.

“We are hoping that it is a scholarship fund that lives on in perpetuity — so clearly we’ll establish an endowment, and clearly there’ll be money that we give every single year to both Montgomery College and to the Universities at Shady Grove,” Catherine said. “And so it’ll be a perpetual scholarship fund” for students in the ACES program “who need that help to get to the four-year college, that four-year university.”

Donations can be made to the scholarship fund through the Montgomery College Foundation, or the Universities at Shady Grove Foundation.

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Universities at Shady Grove
Wed, 08/01/2018
BioBuzz news

By: Sarah Ellinwood, PhD

In this exciting age of science, technology, and innovation, more and more high schoolers, college students, and graduate students are becoming interested in pursuing a career in biotech.  But, is the standard science degree (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) keeping up with this demand and adequately preparing students for careers in this field?  While there is no doubt that having formal scientific training is important, many employers feel that students don’t often graduate with the skills that are sought out by the biotech industry.

This is where the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and Montgomery College have stepped up to the plate!  Together, these two institutions have jointly developed a new biotech industry-driven degree program that will be offered at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) this fall.  This new degree, the Bachelor of Science in Translational Life Science Technology (TLST), is designed to prepare students for the exhilarating biotech opportunities of today and tomorrow by combining general learning with real-world applications used by scientists in academic and industry research.  BioBuzz recently caught up with Dr. Bill LaCourse, Professor and Dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at UMBC, to learn more about how the TLST came to be and how it will strengthen biotech as a whole in the BioHealth Capital Region. [READ MORE]