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Councilmember Valerie Ervin to be Guest Speaker as Universities at Shady Grove Recognize Outstanding Seniors on April 17
  • Release ID: 09-050
  • Release Date: 4/8/2009
  • Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7970 or Joe Bucci,301-738-6356
  • From: Office of Valerie Ervin

Councilmember Valerie Ervin to be Guest Speaker as Universities at Shady Grove Recognize Outstanding Seniors on April 17

Eighth Annual Breakfast Will Honor 20 High-Achieving Seniors from the 9 Colleges
That Share Rockville Campus

ROCKVILLE, Md., April 8, 2009—Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, chair of the Council’s Education Committee, will be the guest speaker on Friday, April 17, when the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) honor outstanding graduating seniors at its “Tribute to the Stars” Fifth Annual Student Achievement and Leadership Breakfast.

Councilmember Ervin is expected to address dozens of students representing the best and brightest of the eighth graduating class from institutions participating in the Universities at Shady Grove partnership. Parents, faculty and staff also will be present at the breakfast, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the multi-purpose room of Building SG II on the campus at 9630 Gudelsky Dr. in Rockville.

“We are excited to recognize these 20 deserving students and their families as we celebrate their impressive academic and leadership accomplishments achieved within our more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs from nine respected institutions within the University System of Maryland,” said Stewart Edelstein, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and the executive director at USG. “Many of these students also work and balance a variety of responsibilities, which makes their commitment to academics and leadership that much more notable.”

One outstanding senior from each undergraduate program offered at the Universities at Shady Grove will receive an Student Academic Achievement Award. Recipients are selected on the basis of grade-point average, participation in internships and honor societies and contributions to their program of study. Student Leadership and Service Awards will be presented to three seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, service and dedication to the Universities at Shady Grove and the community at large. These recipients are selected based on participation in extracurricular activities, community service and commitment to their fellow students.

The Universities at Shady Grove is an innovative model for delivering top-quality college degree programs. USG is not one university; instead it is a collaboration of nine leading public universities in Maryland offering more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Montgomery County. Established in 2000, USG serves more than 3,000 full- and part-time students. Participating USG partners include Bowie State University; Salisbury University; Towson University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park, and University of Maryland University College

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