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Independent Higher Education Day 2022

 

Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed February 23, 2022 Maryland Independent Higher Education Day (IHED) and encouraged the people of Maryland to support independent institutions.
2022 IHED Proclamation

2022 IHED Proclamation
 

To commemorate this event, MICUA brought together college students and administrators from MICUA member institutions to celebrate the strength and continued success of independent higher education in Maryland, as well as the generosity of the Sellinger Program. This year MICUA hosted IHED 2022 with both virtual and in person activities.

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Goucher College students with Mileah Kromer,
Associate Professor and
Director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics,
and Kent Devereaux, President of
Goucher College.
Maryland Institute College of Art students
and Sammy Hoi, President of
Maryland Institute College of Art.

 

The morning began with a Zoom Webinar. Marylou Yam, PhD, Chair of the MICUA Board of Trustees and President of Notre Dame of Maryland University, kicked off the event. President Yam explained the tradition behind IHED and the importance of all students being given the opportunity to attend the institution of higher education that best fits their needs. The Honorable Bill Ferguson, President of the Maryland State Senate and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, followed with a keynote address. President Ferguson described his path to public service through Teach for America, a position with the Baltimore City Public School System, and then elected office. While teaching, he realized that his purpose was to support equity and that he wanted to work to change laws in a way that would create sustainable good. He shared insights regarding leadership, the importance of having a plan, using backward mapping, and giving realistic expectations, overcoming obstacles, and being open-minded. Sara Fidler, President of MICUA, wrapped up the webinar with a presentation that included key facts about MICUA and tips and tricks for how students could successfully lobby members of the Maryland General Assembly.

 

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 Marylou Yam, PhD, Chair of the MICUA
Board of Trustees and President of
Notre Dame of Maryland University.
The Honorable Bill Ferguson,
President of the Maryland State Senate.
 

 

After the webinar, President Yam and Sammy Hoi, President of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), were honored on behalf of MICUA on the Floor of the Senate by the Honorable Cory McCray and the rest of the Maryland State Senate. Senator McCray mentioned that he is proud to have MICA to be located in his district and he presented President Yam and President Hoi with a Senate proclamation.

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Marylou Yam, President of Notre Dame of Maryland University,
and Sammy Hoi, President of Maryland Institute College of Art,
were honored on the Senate Floor by Senator Cory McCray.
Marylou Yam, President of Notre Dame of Maryland University,
and Sammy Hoi, President of Maryland Institute College of Art,
were honored on the Senate Floor by Senator Cory McCray.

 

Later in the morning, MICUA students met virtually with elected officials in small groups. Over forty State Senators and Delegates participated in the meetings with students enrolled in MICUA institutions to discuss higher education issues. Conversations covered topics of funding, capital projects, equity and diversity, and legislative goals. Students had a chance to thank Legislators for their support, explain how they have benefitted from Sellinger funding, and share their school pride. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about the legislative process, meet their representatives, and discuss relevant and important issues.

IHED 2022 culminated with a luncheon that combined a celebration of IHED with MICUA’s 50 year anniversary.

 

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State legislators, college students and administrators attend the

Independent Higher Education Day and MICUA 50 year Anniversary luncheon.

 

The luncheon also included the bestowing of the 2022 MICUA Presidents’ Award to the Honorable Maggie McIntosh, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, in recognition of her outstanding leadership in support of college access, choice, opportunity, and the pursuit of knowledge. Delegate McIntosh has been not only a champion and supporter of MICUA’s students, faculty, staff, and schools – but also a friend.

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 Delegate Maggie McIntosh is honored.

 

Delegate McIntosh has advocated for independent higher education among her colleagues, in Committee hearings, in voting sessions, on the Floor of the House of Delegates, and in the community. Remarks recognizing Delegate McIntosh’s accomplishments were given by President Yam, and representatives of Johns Hopkins University (JHU) including Ron Daniels, President of JHU, Paul Rothman, Dean of JHU School of Medicine, and Kevin Sowers, President of Johns Hopkins Health System. The Honorable Adrienne Jones, Speaker of the House of Delegates, and several members of the House Appropriations Committee joined the event to honor Delegate McIntosh and MICUA.


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Remarks were made by Marylou Yam, President of Notre Dame of Maryland University;
Ron Daniels, President of Johns Hopkins University;

Paul Rothman, Dean of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine;
and Kevin Sowers, President of Johns Hopkins Health System.

IHED2Delegate Pat Young, Delegate Shaneka Henson, Delegate Jared Solomon,
Delegate Susie Proctor, Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Speaker Adrienne Jones,
Delegate Mark Chang and Delegate Ben Barnes
attended the Independent Higher Education Day luncheon.