Chesapeake College, Shore United Team Up to Fight Hunger


Shore United Bank is supporting Chesapeake College students through the campus Corner of Care.

A campus food pantry developed to aid needy Chesapeake students, the Corner of Care is used year-round by students of all ages, some who must support their families. The pantry is stocked solely with donations from Chesapeake College employees and the service community.

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Shore United Bank employees at the Dover Street branch in Easton recently kicked off the Corner of Care collection effort. Items may be donated at branches through the end of February.

“The Corner of Care ensures that Chesapeake students do not have to choose between attending college and going hungry,” said Director of Advancement Elizabeth Devlin. “Students of all ages make sacrifices to attend college. While aid and scholarships help with tuition costs, living expenses are still a challenge.”

This month-long collection campaign for the Corner of Care will have an enormous impact on students, according to Ms. Devlin.

“Shore United Bank is committed to aiding our community in a variety of ways. Donating to the Chesapeake College Corner of Care allows us to help community members in need, and also show our support for students as they pursue their dreams,” said Laura Heikes, Shore United Bank’s SVP, Community & Government Relations Officer.
Collection boxes, provided by Kangaroo Self Storage of Chester, are now located in 14 Shore United branches in Maryland. Items needed include dry and canned goods, microwavable foods, plastic utensils, household paper products, toiletries, school supplies and bottled water.

For more information about donating to the Corner of Care, please contact Director of Advancement Elizabeth Devlin at

Public Invited to Black History Month Event at Chesapeake


To celebrate Black History Month and raise money for a scholarship fund, the Chesapeake College Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) is hosting the 17th annual community luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 4 in the Chesapeake College Caroline College Center at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to members of the public.

green, dale greenwoodProceeds from the event will benefit the J.C. Gibson Scholarship Fund.  Each semester the committee awards Chesapeake students scholarship money to purchase textbooks.

Director of Multicultural Affairs Tasha Thomas said the annual luncheon is designed to encourage community unity and celebrate diversity.

This year the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Multicultural Advisory Committee will celebrate young Unsung Heroes; local high school seniors. They will be recognized for service and goodwill demonstrated within their respective high schools and communities. 

“This is an opportunity to celebrate area youth as well as build a scholarship fund dedicated to the memory of JC Gibson, a former staff member of the college who hoped to ensure that students had the greatest opportunity possible to succeed,” Thomas said. “Through the support of our campus and local community members, we continue to strive to accomplish this goal.”

The keynote speaker will be Professor Dale Glenwood Green, an Eastern Shore native and Assistant Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation at Morgan State University. He is also a Partner in the fifth oldest African American architectural firm in the country, Sulton Campbell Britt & Associates.

He is best known for his engaged scholarship and applied research in the areas of African American Heritage Preservation and the Making of a Scholar Activist. He has been interviewed on Fox 45 News National, can be heard on NPR and was featured on the front page of the Washington Post.

Professor Green is the recent recipient of several national and local awards in the areas of heritage, design, preservation, activism and community engagement. His work on The Hill project of Talbot County is one of his most notable accomplishments in this area.

Entertainment will be presented by the Church of the Nazarene “Jesus Loves You” Dance Ministry. Tickets for the event (including a buffet lunch) are $20 general admission or $10 for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Ms. Thomas at 410-827-5857.

Classic ‘Berenstain Bears’ at TPAC


Currently engaged in a critically-acclaimed, sold out off-Broadway run in NYC, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! is hitting the road. The show comes to the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Come on down to Bear Country where Brother Bear, Sister Bear, Papa Bear, and Mama Bear sing and dance in this colorful new musical filled with fun for the whole family.

Adapted from the classic children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! brings everyone’s favorite bear family to life in a thrilling theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear’s grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can’t stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. The Berenstain Bears LIVE! will give boys and girls of all ages the chance to fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up.

Show tickets are $9.For more information and tickets, please call the box office at 410-827-5867 or email


Chesapeake College Hosts Second Saturday Event


Celebrate Second Saturday on Saturday, Jan. 14 with an art show opening in the Leggett Gallery at the Chesapeake College Cambridge Center from 5-6:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.


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This month, the gallery features the works of local photographer Jameson Harrington.  An Eastern Shore native, Harrington is the guy who likes to drag his camera with him everywhere, much to the torment of his friends. He enjoys shooting almost anything, whether it be helping out a local business, covering an event for a magazine, taking the occasional portrait or just capturing the beauty of where he happens to be, it is guaranteed he’s putting his heart into it. When not occupied with a thrilling career in mapping or snapping away you can find him chasing down a new craft beer to try and planning out what he would do if he won the lottery.

This exhibit will feature scenes of daily life on the Eastern Shore.

Refreshments for the opening reception will be provided by The Wine Bar. For more information, please contact Marcie Molloy at 410-827-5825 or

Bank Creates Scholarship at Chesapeake College


Pictured L to R are: Chesapeake Board of Trustees Member Robert Grace, The Peoples Bank President and CEO Ralph Dowling, Chesapeake College President Barbara Viniar and The Peoples Bank Executive Vice President and Director William “Tad” Wheatley.

The Peoples Bank, a local and independent community bank since 1910, recently gave a $50,000 donation to Chesapeake College

The $50,000 gift will establish an endowed scholarship to be awarded yearly to deserving students from Chesapeake’s five-county service area for career training or degree preparation.

“As our business has expanded, I’ve seen the impact that Chesapeake has had on our employees and customers,” said The Peoples Bank President and CEO Ralph Dowling. “The college is an incredible resource for everyone in our region. Businesses, in particular, can benefit from the education and training Chesapeake offers to prepare the local workforce.  We see Chesapeake as a strategic priority for economic development in the area.”

The Peoples Bank, with headquarters in Chestertown, has branches in Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. As part of its mission as a community bank, The Peoples Bank, supports efforts that benefit many in the service community.

Chesapeake College, Mr. Dowling added, is an entity that serves all populations on the Shore with a range of opportunities. From trades training to transfer degrees, Chesapeake offers programs that prepare students for careers or the next step.

“The college is a great feature of this area, which is basically rural and somewhat isolated.  Chesapeake is open to all, and able to fill the educational gap between high school and a career in so many fields,” Mr. Dowling said.

Vice President for Advancement Lucie Hughes said of the donation, “We’re grateful to The Peoples Bank for a generous gift that will help many students achieve their dreams. An endowed scholarship ensures that we can continue to help our students for many years to come. “

For more information about scholarships at Chesapeake College, please contact Ms. Hughes at

Celebrate the Holidays at TPAC


Take a break from the holiday rush and come experience the culture and traditions of the season in “Sleigh Ride Around the World” in the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College. This original musical revue full of high energy song and dance will be presented on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

sleigh-rideFor several years, Creative Productions at TPAC has taken audiences somewhere on a “sleigh ride.” This year, travel with the Sleigh Ride Company as they explore traditions, dances, stories and melodies the world over. The audience will experience “an incredible journey” of holiday celebrations.

The performers are from the Eastern Shore, Baltimore, and Virginia. Using elements of theatre, music and dance, it’s a magical show, about a magical time that defies cultural boundaries, and something not to be missed. Make it a part of your tradition and bring the whole family on a “sleigh ride” around the world!

Show only tickets are $15 adults and $10 children 10 and under.

Interested in making it a full “night out”? A special dinner/show package with be offered at 6 pm for $30/adults and $20/children.  Reservations for the dinner package must be made by Dec.12. For tickets, please call the box office at 410-827-5867 or email


Chesapeake College Hosts Second Saturday Event


Celebrate Second Saturday on Saturday, Dec. 10 with an art show opening in the Leggett Gallery at the Chesapeake College Cambridge Center from 5-6:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

This month, the gallery features the works of local photographer Bill Whaley.  An East New Market resident, Whaley has traveled the globe photographing people and places in many countries. His favorite works, however, continue to result from his travels around the Delmarva Peninsula.

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This exhibit will feature local scenes of wildlife, lighthouses, beaches and people that make the region special.

Refreshments for the opening reception will be provided by The Wine Bar. For more information, please contact Marcie Molloy at 410-827-5825 or

About Chesapeake College

Founded in 1965 as Maryland’s first regional community college, Chesapeake serves five Eastern Shore counties – Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. With more than 130,000 alumnae, Chesapeake has 2,300 students and almost 10,000 people enrolled in continuing education programs.

Presidential Scholars Earn High Academic Honor at Chesapeake College


Chesapeake recently honored the 17 Presidential Scholars for 2016-2017 in a reception with the college’s administration.

The 2016-2017 Presidential Scholars are: Julie Andrew of Easton, Rachel Beggins of St. Michaels, Taylor Bradley of Vienna, Kristen Callis of Easton, Ahmad Dajani of Cambridge, Kady Dodson of Chestertown, Kaitlin Fairbanks of Federalsburg, William Fox of Denton, Kendel Gowe of Preston, Christen Houtz of Denton, Kristen James of Stevensville, Reece Johnson of Church Hill, Samantha Jones of McDaniel, Danielle Kennedy of Galena, Meagan Owens of Cambridge, Margaret Ruppert of Stevensville and Caitlin Souder of Stevensville.

presidential-scholars-16-group-1“We’re so proud to have outstanding students like all of you here at Chesapeake,” said President Barbara A. Viniar. “I encourage all of you to make the most of time here. Get involved in student clubs and organizations. Take an Honors class. You’ll find that all of these activities will enrich your experience here at Chesapeake.”

The Presidential Scholarships, provided the Chesapeake College Board of Trustees, are the most prestigious scholarships offered by the college. They are awarded to academically talented seniors in each of the nine area public high schools.

Steve Gowe, a Chesapeake College alum and father of recipient Kendel Gowe, said his family is proud of his daughter’s academic achievement and happy for the scholarship.

“Our older daughter, Hannah, was a presidential scholar when she attended Chesapeake. We’re proud of them both for being such hard workers, and we’re financially grateful to Chesapeake. These scholarships are a huge help to families,” he said during a recent reception to honor the scholars.

Kendel Gowe is an Education major and plans to follow in her older sister’s footsteps and earn a bachelor’s degree at Salisbury. Hannah Gowe is now a 4th grade teacher with Caroline County Public Schools.

Chesapeake College Campaign Exceeds Fundraising Goal


Chesapeake College exceeded the $3 million fundraising goal of the Setting Sail Campaign. The college raised $3.26 million to support scholarships, technology and the Health Professions and Athletics Center.


President Barbara A. Viniar overlooks the campus from the Health Professions and Athletics Center.

The Setting Sail Campaign launched with three goals: raising funds for the Health Professions and Athletics Center, enhancing campus technology and increasing student scholarships.

“This campaign represents more than $3 million pats on the back for all the work we do at Chesapeake. Raising these funds posed a challenge because the community did not fully understand our level of need,” said Dr. Barbara A. Viniar of surpassing the Setting Sail Campaign goal. “Each dollar is a show of support for our students and their dreams, and is proof of how much the college means to the community.”

Exceeding the fundraising goal is also significant because the feat was accomplished during a recession. Despite an economic downturn which left many organizations with dwindling coffers, donors continued to fund Chesapeake’s campaign. As the economy improved, Dr. Viniar said, the gift amounts increased.

The campaign’s ambitious goal of building a state-of-the art health career training center and renovating Chesapeake’s athletics facilities,  was achieved when the Health Professions and Athletics Center opening in August of 2015. As the largest building on Chesapeake’s main campus, the facility contains high-fidelity, simulation labs, a fitness center, classrooms, a gymnasium, yoga studio, athletic training facility, locker rooms, lounge areas and a multi-purpose space.

Now a year after the building opened, Dr. Viniar said it is rewarding to see the students and employees benefiting daily from the facility. There is also tremendous pride in watching visitors tour the facility.

“The HPAC is more than an impressive building on our campus, it’s a community asset that is allowing Chesapeake to best prepare healthcare workers able to serve the region,” Dr. Viniar said.  “Every day I walk through the building to see students learning in these wonderful spaces. I also enjoy seeing how impressed our visitors are when they see building and the equipment.”

Support for the goals of the campaign started within the college community. Chesapeake employees, Dr. Viniar said, gave generously to the campaign despite economic challenges that froze their salaries.  That internal commitment helped garner support from area organizations and individuals.

“Setting Sail was a fundraising campaign, but it was also an opportunity for us to build relationships in our community,” Dr. Viniar said. “More people now understand Chesapeake’s role as regional leader in education, economic development and enrichment.  We’ve been able to build ongoing support for our students and programs.

For more information about Advancement at Chesapeake College, please contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lucie Hughes at