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Situated in the small, historic town of Princess Anne, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore comprises a 600 plus acre expanse that is at once academic, international, and Arcadian, making it a fitting atmosphere for study and young adult growth. It offers students a tranquil retreat from a bustling city lifestyle, yet it is only a two-hour drive from any one of several mid-Atlantic metropolitan areas- Norfolk, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Wilmington- providing access to many urban amenities. In addition, the resort town of Ocean City is less than an hour's drive away.

The atmosphere of UMES has long been famial. Almost 60 percent of the students live on campus. The oval shaped mall is the hub of campus academic and residential activity. There students, faculty, and staff walk together to and from their daily activities in the classrooms, administrative departments, student activity and residence life facilities. The campus is decidedly close-knit.

Behind the campus oval are 500 acres of farmland that complete the multifaceted research institution. Innovative agricultural research, serving both local and global economies, is conducted through the Small Farms Institute noted for its aquaculture facility, the Swine Research Center -- the hub of all University of Maryland swine research, a poultry management operation and crop and animal production programs.

The international elements of the UMES campus can be evidenced by the flags of approximately 50 nations that wave at the campus entrance around the federal, state and University flagpoles. These flags symbolize various nationalities of students enrolled at UMES.

A recent ongoing capital improvement project reflects the University's emphasis on academic development. In 1993, the campus's premiere academic building, the Richard A. Henson Center, was opened and dedicated. Combining the future with tradition, it will blend well with the Georgian-style architecture that defines the neighboring Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts, the J.T. Williams administrative building, and the recently renovated Kiah Hall.


Alumni House - Initially the site of the Home Management Residence, this building was converted in 1992 to serve the alumni association, and the development office.

Benjamin Banneker Hall - (1959) Named for the noted Revolutionary Era surveyor, mathematician and inventor, this building houses offices for faculty and teaching staff.

Benjamin Oliver Bird Hall - Built in the early 1940's and named for the first head of the institution, Bird Hall was renovated recently for the offices of admissions, recruiting and financial aid.

The Theodore Briggs and Richard Thomas Arts and Technology Center - (1984) The departments of Technology and Art and Industrial Education are named for the two former department heads of industrial education.

Lida M. Brown Hall - (1966) This building is the home of the Department of Education, and was named for a former dean of women at the institution.

George Washington Carver Hall - (1972) Renovations in 1990 doubled this space for the Department of Natural Sciences.

Central Receiving Building - The Office of Physical Plant is located in this building, it also serves as the primary receiving dock for the campus.

Child Development and Family Center - Located in the Early Childhood Center, the Child Development and Family Center houses the campus= early childhood program for up to 30 children aged 3 to 5 years. The Center is opened all year.

Frederick Douglas Library - (1968) Named for the self-educated abolitionist, orator, and author who was born on the Eastern Shore. The three-story facility houses a multiplicity of print and non-print resources to support the mission and academic programs of the university. In 1991, through renovation effects, the library doubled in size to 61,000 square feet. The collection includes over 177,000 volumes, 30,000 bound periodicals and over a half million microfiche and microfilm collections. As a member of the University of Maryland’s System Library Information Management System, the library is linked with the University’s eleven campuses and thirteen libraries via an automated integrated system

Charles R. Drew Student Health Center - This facility houses the student health center which provides treatment, counseling, and educational services to students.

Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts - (1973) Home for the Department of Fine Arts, this stately building is named for the internationally acclaimed vocalist and contains a 1200 seat auditorium with a thrust stage, classrooms and a conference room.

Harford Hall- Renovated in 1994, this two-story building is a residence facility for female students in The Honors Program.

Richard A. Henson Center - Completed in 1993, this major campus structure houses the Departments of Hotel/Restaurant Management and Human Ecology, as well as 24 guest rooms, conference and dining facilities for the hotel/restaurant management program. It honors the Eastern Shore philanthropist and prominent aviation chairman.

Hydroponics Green House - A 2.5 acre facility used commercially to grow horticultural plants.

Thomas R. Kiah Hall - Formerly the Somerset Jr. High and High School, a 1990 renovation converted this three story building for the use of the Physical Therapy, Business and Economics, and Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering departments. It is named for the former chief executive of the university.

Murphy Hall - (1943) and Murphy Hall Annex (1964) These traditional residence halls house female freshmen, and take their name from John Murphy, publisher of the Afro-American Newspaper, the first national African American newspaper.

Nuttle Hall - (1973) Named for a member of the board of regents, male freshmen are housed in this traditional residence hall.

Plant and Soil Science Building

Plaza Residence Halls - Opened in fall 1996, Court Plaza Resident Hall houses male students and the Art Shell Plaza Residence Hall houses female students.

The President's House - (1964) This elegant home on the edge of the campus is the residence of the University President and the President's family.

Somerset Hall-A colonial structure, this building is closed for renovation.

Charles Clinton Spaulding Hall - (1963) Bearing the name of the noted black business leader from North Carolina, this one-story structure houses the academic program of Poultry Technology and Management.

Student Apartments - (1980) Housing sophomore, junior, senior and transfer students, this complex provides four-person apartment suites.

Student Development, Cultural and Recreation Center - (1976) Called simply the SDC by students and staff, until spring 2001, this building will house the Office of the Student Government Association, the Counseling Center, Career Planning and Placement, Cooperative Education, Basic Skills, as well as the Chapel, and assembly room, game room, snack area, and the campus bookstore. Most areas will move into the Student Services Center (see below) in spring 2001.

Student Residential Complex - (1990) this 600-bed apartment complex is complemented by a cluster of student residences: Murphy Hall and Murphy Annex, Nuttle Hall, Wicomico Hall, and the Student Apartments.

Student Services Center – scheduled to open in spring 2001, this two-story building is the home of the Student Government Association, 25-registered student organizations, bookstore, game room, bowling center, dining hall, snack bar, chapel, lounges, resource center, ballroom, theatre, and the campus post office.

Henry O. Tanner Hall - (1963) The airway science program is located in the structure named for the accomplished black artist from Pittsburgh.

J. Millard Tawes Gymnasium - (1966) The building is primarily used for student intramural sports activities. It is named for the former Maryland governor born and raised in the nearby town of Crisfield. The adjoining Cappy Anderson Stadium was renovated in 1992.

Frank Trigg Hall - (1954) Name for the fourth head of the institution, this four-story Colonial Revival structure houses the Department of Agriculture.

Joseph Robert Waters Hall - (1950) The cafeteria and dining facilities are in this two-story structure that honors one of the institution's founding ministers.

WESM/93.1 FM Radio Station - The University’s 50,000-watt station has been broadcasting since 1986 and brings a welcome jazz and contemporary music format to listeners within a 75 mile radius of the campus.

J.T. Williams Hall-A three story renovated structure originally built in the 1950s, J.T. Williams Hall houses administrative offices.

Joseph Alfred Banum Wilson Hall - (1949) This two story Greek Revival building is the home for the Department of English and Languages. Named for one of the early founders of the institution, the building is also the site of the new telecourse production studio.

William P. Hytche Athletic Center – Completed in spring 1999, this facility houses the Department of Physical Education. Classroom facilities and faculty offices are contained in the building as well as a sports event seating capacity of 6000+. The structure includes an Olympic sized swimming pool, NCAA regulation in-door track arena, state-of-the-art exercise and fitness equipment, and a dance studio. The building is named for President Emeritus Dr. William P. Hytche.

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