Reid Compton, a longtime fixture of the Life Sciences Scholars program, has stepped down from his role as program director after nearly 10 years.
College Park Scholars has been coordinating an annual theme for each of the past few years. It’s a chance for students across our community to come together to engage in a shared intellectual experience. Whether it’s trash—our theme from the 2015–2016 academic year—power or something else, we take on a complex, multifaceted problem, work to understand its causes and impacts, and discuss how we might address it with thoughtfulness and creativity.
College Park Scholars is grieving over the loss of Marybeth Drechsler Sharp, who died June 5, 2018, after an 18-month battle with breast cancer. She was a longtime graduate assistant on the Scholars central staff who made contributions to the program both professionally and personally.
College Park Scholars mourns Ira Berlin, who died June 5, 2018, in Washington. Berlin was a celebrated historian and scholar on slavery who, as dean for undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, helped found College Park Scholars in 1993. The intent was to combine the best of academic and student affairs into a singular living–learning program for high-achieving students.
When Anthony Sartori was a freshman at the University of Maryland (UMD), he recognized the need for a community-wide revitalization of care—something that would connect students with themselves and with others. “I came to college lacking self-care strategies,” Sartori says. “No one taught me how to properly take care of myself or what I need to do when I’m feeling overwhelmed.”
Last month, College Park Scholars Executive Director Marilee Lindemann was inducted into the Sigma Circle of ODK. She was asked to speak on her leadership philosophy at the induction ceremony. The following is an edited version of her remarks: