Andy Shallal, Psyche Williams-Forson and Regie Cabico headshots

Busboys and Poets' owner Andy Shallal (left) will join Professor Psyche Williams-Forson, a scholar of material culture & food, for a wide-ranging discussion at a special Do Good Dialogue, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 4:30–6 p.m., in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Slam poet Regie Cabico will also perform.

3 Theme Questions With… Andy Shallal

Long before it was a “thing” to have a “slash” career, Andy Shallal boasted several careers to his name. The Iraqi-American owner of the popular local restaurant chain, Busboys and Poets, Shallal has been an entrepreneur, artist, political activist… even a politician.

World map with yellow dotted lines leading to College Park

Students are invited to share their migration stories at a Scholars Theme event Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at 7 p.m. in 1205 Cambridge Community Center. This map shows some of the family migration paths that eventually led Scholars faculty and staff to the University of Maryland.

An Invitation to Share Your Migration Story

“How did you get here?” is a rich and complex question. Asked in a tone of suspicion at, say, an airport or a store, it may feel like a challenge or even a threat: “You don’t look like you belong here. How and why are you here?” Asked over a cup of coffee in a friendly tone of voice, it will probably feel like an invitation: “Tell me more about yourself. What brought you to this place at this time doing what you are doing?”

John Merck leading students in Alaska

Science and Global Change Associate Director John Merck (far right) has remained with College Park Scholars for almost 20 years because of the job's intellectual creativity and the program's impressive students. Here, he is pictured leading students on a hike in Alaska in August 2018. PHOTO: Harold Burgess

Why This Faculty Member has Stayed at Scholars for 20 Years

My first gig at the University of Maryland was an assistantship to Dr. Thomas Holtz, who at the time was creating the Earth, Life and Time program—the precursor to College Park Scholars’ current Science and Global Change (SGC) program. In the 19 years since, I’ve taken on many other responsibilities, including the director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Geology.

But my job with Scholars remains by far my favorite.