Scholars Director Known for her Care for Students Steps Down

Following a year’s leave of absence, Kalyani Chadha has stepped down from her position as director of the Media, Self and Society Scholars program. Alison Burns, interim director of the program during 2019–2020, will be her replacement, starting immediately. The appointment was made by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Chadha, only the second director of Media, Self and Society, had headed up the program since 2004. During that time, she oversaw a gradual shift of the program’s focus from primarily popular culture to issues of particular resonance in society today.

Collage of Kathy McAdams photos

Kathy McAdams was known to be a warm, enthusiastic and generous mentor and colleague. Here, she is shown (clockwise from bottom left) popping champagne for a celebratory occasion; standing with a student at a 1999 Scholars Academic Showcase; speaking at a Scholars event while executive director; posing with current Executive Director Marilee Lindemann and Maggie Fritz, the 2018 recipient of the Kathy McAdams Leadership Award; chatting with Donna B. Hamilton, former associate provost and dean for undergraduate studies in 2014; and posing with the other executive directors of College Park Scholars, Lindemann, Greig Stewart and Nancy Shapiro in 2014.

College Park Scholars Mourns Loss of Katherine McAdams, Program’s 2nd Executive Director

College Park Scholars mourns the loss of Katherine McAdams, who died Sept. 29, 2020, at the age of 70. McAdams was Scholars’ second-ever executive director.

College Park Scholars Updates Organizational Mark

As a follow-up to its 25th anniversary year, College Park Scholars has updated its organizational mark. The updated design ties together the sun symbol, a clipart sun swirl that has informally represented the organization throughout its quarter-century history, with a design that was used in celebration of its 25th anniversary year during 2019–2020.

The result is a modern “sunburst” that signifies: