Hello from Coppin State! 

October 3, 2016

Welcome to Monday Morning Mentions, an electronic communication from the campus of Coppin State University! Periodically on Mondays, we will share updates, highlight good news, and important events taking place on Coppin's campus.  We have much to be proud of at Coppin State University and I want all of us to share in the accomplishments of our university.   -

President Maria Thompson, Coppin State University 

"Education is a precondition to survival in America today."
Marian Wright Edelman
 Coppin State University has been awarded 3.6 million grant to assist with teacher preparation.
The U.S. Department of Education launched Teacher Quality Partnership Program (TQP) grant competition to support high-quality teacher preparation and professional development for prospective and current teachers. Dr. Yi, Huang, Associate Dean and Associate Professor for the College of Arts & Sciences, and Education authored the proposal and will serve as the principal investigator. Dr. Huang’s proposal; Pathways to Professions (P2P): Preparing Culturally Responsive Educators for Inclusive Excellence was ranked #1 among all applicants in 2016; and also ranked # 1 in the history of the program. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), University of New Hampshire, and University of West Alabama were the four other institutions awarded in 2016.

Mental & Behavioral Health De-escalation Crisis Intervention training conference held.

Last month, in a response to the need for first responders to have increased training with citizens experiencing mental health illness Chief of Police, Leonard Hamm orchestrated a Mental & Behavioral Health De-escalation Crisis Intervention conference training session. The two-day seminar focused on equipping law enforcement agents, first responders and mental health specialists with tools and techniques for intervention and de-escalation that included real-life scenarios and role play.  

Dr. Michael Freeman, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Activities was an invited quest on WYPR’s Midday with Tom Hall  Friday to discuss the national increase in enrollment at HBCU’s. SGA president, Rigel Moore shared her thoughts about an HBCU education and experience. 
Coppin host West Baltimore Conference- Oct 13 
Coppin State will be the host location for the West Baltimore Community Development Conference. Panelists will “share unique perspectives on partnering with communities to create safe and healthy communities and share their vision as part of a connected approach to regenerating West Baltimore.” The conference is being jointly sponsored by CSU, Baltimore City Community College, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore. The conference will take place; Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14 in the Tawes and Talon Center.

Register here:   

Welcome Matthew Fraling III, Esquire

Please join me in welcoming Matthew B. Fraling III, Esq., who has recently been appointed to the position of Legal Counsel and Director of Government Relations. Mr. Fraling comes to Coppin State after working as Senior Counsel for the law firm of Harris Jones & Malone, LLC. In addition to his legislative experience as a lobbyist, Mr. Fraling spent two decades as a defense attorney and a prosecutor for State’s Attorney’s offices in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County.  He earned his law degree at Georgetown University.

What's Happening Now
Foundation Merit Scholarship Donor adds 8!   

Institutional Advancement will install 8 new Foundation Merit Scholarship benefactors during a recognition ceremony later this month. Donors establish a $25,000 scholarships for students who demonstrate the highest academic performance. The 2016 benefactors are Carolyn A. Carey, Dr. Beverly Downing, Zeta Phi Beta, Valerie Brown Traore, Joan and Douglas Stevenson, Shirley Stokes, Davis Posner and Mary Brashears Scott.  The Foundation Merit Scholarship is the most prestigious offered by the university.


Please hold October 15 for the installation ceremony. More details to follow.  I thank all of our Foundation Merit Scholars for their generous investment in our student’s success. 

For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Jamal Uddin held his annual Science Symposium that addressed global issues and resolutions. This year’s symposium, named after long-time faculty member, Dr. Gilbert Ogonji, included scientists from University of Maryland School of Medicine, College Park, UMBC, National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to present on an array of topics.  

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown ” 

Don’t miss the CSU presentation of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” to be presented in the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium from October 27-31.  This production of Charlie Brown marks the first time Coppin has participated in Free Fall Baltimore, a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, made possible by presenting sponsor BGE, with generous support from The Abell Foundation, Atapco Properties, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation.  

Happening Soon ! 

Coppin’s Active Minds chapter is participating in a Kognito challenge. Kognito is an ‘At-Risk for Students” virtual simulation for faculty, staff and students to practice conversations with students and learn what to say when someone may need help. The top placing chapter could receive a total up to $1,500 for campus-wide participation. Please click here to get started: https://active-minds.kognito.com/ The Kognito Challenge runs until October 7.

Coppin Family Campaign will kick off this month.  This year’s theme is Open a Door, Change a Life. The campaign gives faculty and staff the opportunity to support areas of the campus that means the most to them.  Stay tuned for campaign activates and updates. The goal this year is to reach 250 participants.  


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Coppin State University is a Historically Black Institution within the University System of Maryland that prepares students with the mission of meeting the challenges associated with urban communities. The University seeks to transform the lives of its students who return to their communities as change agents.