Chamber of commerce presentation 9 12-12 draft 2

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Mark Halsey: New Executive Director of the University System of Maryland Hagerstown

Mark Halsey began as the new Executive Director of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) this past May. Mr. Halsey is charged with leading the Hagerstown center to continue to meet the needs of students in the region by broadening existing programs, developing new programs and maintaining and expanding relations with area community colleges.

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Chamber of commerce presentation 9 12-12 draft 2

  1. 1. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWNPRESENT, PAST, and FUTURE: Fulfilling a Promise of Access Hagerstown – Washington County Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues September 12, 2012 Mark C. Halsey Executive Director USMH
  2. 2. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWNPRESENT, PAST, and FUTURE Fulfilling a Promise of AccessPresent Growth, Visibility, and ProgramsPast Celebrations and ConflictsFuture: What Can We Do Together?
  3. 3. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Present Growth, Visibility, and Programs• New Leadership Building on Firm Ground• Enrollment Getting Stronger• Partnership Continues with Barbara Ingram School for the Arts• Expansion to 60 W. Washington• Changes at the Center• Program Offerings
  4. 4. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Enrollment Getting Stronger• 149 students from programs at USMH graduated in May 2012• 1,017 students have graduated since USMH opened in 2005• Fall 2012 enrollment is definitely expected to be higher than Fall 2011 (formal data released in mid-October)
  5. 5. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Expansion to 60 W. Washington• Excellent collaboration with the City• City is paying for renovation build-out and will be the landlord• USMH paying upfront cost of technology: fiber optic cable, installing wireless web, phones, “smart” instructional technology, plus furniture
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  8. 8. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Expansion to 60 W. Washington• USMH will occupy 2700 sq.ft.: Three large classrooms to accommodate up to 90 additional students at one time Offices for 6 faculty Restrooms• Use & Occupancy expected soon, although USMH will not move in until technology is completely installed – probably mid-October
  9. 9. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Expansion to 60 W. Washington• City installing a “flying canopy” in University Plaza in USMH’s red, black and yellow color scheme• Exterior door canopies (same colors) above exterior doors of the new building will help “brand” USMH• Ribbon Cutting and Open House later this Fall
  10. 10. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Changes at the Center• Numerous office moves• New paint and repairs• Moved Security and Student Services• Student Council office – 1st floor visibility• Fall Orientation added this year• New Writing Center under development
  11. 11. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Changes at the CenterNew Career Center opened this Fall utilizingCareerBeam, a highly-regarded software package company and industry research job postings create professional resumes and cover letters use video to prepare for interviews social media integration for networking Your participation in job fairs, job search seminars and other activities welcomed and needed!
  12. 12. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Changes at the Center• Currently updating exterior signage• Working with the City to increase street visibility and directional signs• Exploring idea of installing a Coffee Shop in the First Floor lobby – know a possible Entrepreneur-Partner?
  13. 13. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Program Offerings• USMH opened in 2005 with 3 universities offering 7 Undergraduate and 5 Graduate programs• Today 6 universities offer: 15 Undergraduate degree programs  9 Masters degree programs  1 Doctoral degree program
  14. 14. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Current Program Offerings• Business Administration and Accounting (BS)• Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, and Investigative Forensics (BS)• Education (BS, MAT, MEd, EdD)• Engineering (MS only)• Health Information Management (BS) – new in Spring 2013• Information Systems Management (BS)• Liberal Studies (BS) – design your own major• Nursing (BS, RN-to-BS & MS)• Psychology (BS)• Social Work (BASW & MSW)• Sociology (BS)• Sports Management (BS) – new in Spring 2013
  15. 15. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Past and Conflicts• USMH was established with strong community (Civic and Business) support – Map demonstrates geographical need . . .
  16. 16. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Past and Conflicts• About $13.5 million in State of Maryland funds originally invested in USMH after the City’s gift of the old Baldwin hotel building• Scholarships always seen as vital to facilitate access to Higher Education. The Waltersdorf- Henson Challenge Grant raised over $500,000.• Since then, private foundations have been solicited, and the annual Feaste & Frolic fundraising gala adds to scholarship resources
  17. 17. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Feaste and FrolicScholarship Fundraiser Witness the Knighting of Lady Mary Baykan and Squire Brien Poffenberger October 5, 2012
  18. 18. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Past and Conflicts• In 2012 – 2013 academic year: 19 students were awarded a total of $42,280• Since inception, over $130,000 awarded to local students
  19. 19. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Past Celebrations and• Past threats to funding at the General Assembly (Del. Bohanan)• Conflicts generated much media attention, and consumed much time• Funding preserved, but threats have impacted public perception and enrollment
  20. 20. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Future: What Can We Do Together? Support USMH in front of the General Assembly!1. Letters of Support – particularly from the Business Community2. Document local support to USMH from municipalities, business and civic organizations3. Call on elected officials – particularly out of the area – telling them of your support of USMH
  21. 21. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Future: What Can We Do Together? Advance Workforce Education … Educate Innovators1. Programs that support/enhance the region’s forthcoming Economic Development Strategic Plan2. Programs that fill vital Workforce Development needs in the region, such as engineering, technology, science, communications and supervising a 21st Century workforce3. Programs that continue career pathways for HCC and FCC students
  22. 22. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Future: What Can We Do Together?Encourage prospective students to consider USMH1. Students in high school thinking about college2. Students graduating from, or planning to attend, HCC and FCC3. Working adults wanting to complete their degree
  23. 23. Future: What Can We Do Together?
  24. 24. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Future: What Can We Do Together? Help raise additional scholarship funds1. Corporate sponsorship of Feaste & Frolic2. Individual/family sponsorship or purchase tickets3. Establish a named scholarship (such as Citi, Washington County and City of Hagerstown) ~
  25. 25. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWN Final ThoughtWhat we don’t need are people who knowhow to do what we did yesterday or today.What we need are people who know how to do what we’ll be doing in the future.
  26. 26. University System of Maryland at HAGERSTOWNDISCUSSION and QUESTIONS?

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