Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land bricks honor fam­i­lies, in­di­vid­u­als

Bricks placed at La Plata cam­pus honor fam­i­lies, in­di­vid­u­als

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Walk­ing across the three Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land cam­puses, any­one — fac­ulty, stu­dents and vis­i­tors — might look down and see names en­graved in brick. But the bricks, which may seem like just red rec­tan­gles with black let­ters, are much more than the pavers of en­try­ways. They are sym­bols of last­ing im­pacts that have been made by a per­son, busi­ness or fam­ily, and a cer­e­mony Sept. 16 hon­ored those be­ing rec­og­nized through the place­ment of these bricks on the La Plata Cam­pus.

CSM Pres­i­dent Brad Gottfried opened the cer­e­mony, which was held at the James C. Mitchell Cen­ter for Health Tech­nol­ogy (HT Build­ing).

“We are here to ac­knowl­edge and honor the in­di­vid­u­als within the com­mu­nity who have made a dif­fer­ence in the lives of so many,” Gottfried said. “The CSM Brick Pro­gram pro­vides a way to memo­ri­al­ize and pay trib­ute to loved ones and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who are our true cham­pi­ons.”

Bricks are pur­chased by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, ac­cord­ing to CSM Foun­da­tion Chair­woman Rané Franklin, who ex­plained they may name a loved one who has passed, cre­at­ing a trib­ute to the im­pact the per­son had on South­ern Mary­land, or be pur­chased in honor of some­one in the com­mu­nity who is still work­ing to make the re­gion a bet­ter place.

Franklin said the cer­e­mony rec­og­nizes not just the peo­ple whose names are in­scribed on the bricks newly placed at the La Plata Cam­pus, but also those who pur­chased the bricks and be­lieve in the col­lege’s mis­sion of trans­form­ing lives.

“It starts with a brick, a schol­ar­ship, a room nam­ing or an event spon­sor­ship,” Franklin said. “That gen­eros­ity and in­vest­ment today, en­riches and im­pacts our to­mor­rows.” She then turned the au­di­ence’s at­ten­tion back to Gottfried, who has an­nounced his plans to re­tire as CSM’s pres­i­dent next year, and his wife, Linda.

“Dur­ing his 10-plus years as col­lege pres­i­dent, he and Linda have pur­chased bricks for oth­ers. They have es­tab­lished three schol­ar­ship funds and, most re­cently, they have pledged $110,000 to­ward our cur­rent $10-mil­lion ‘Make An Im­pact Cam­paign’,” Franklin said. “Dr. Gottfried and Linda, you have es­tab­lished quite a legacy.”

Bricks that were laid in mem­ory in­clude the fol­low­ing names:

Howard Franklin Al­ger, Richard Lee Bolton, John Cal­hoon, Charles R. Chap­man Jr., Jim and Fern Cleary and Paula Cleary Locher, Terri Ann Edwards, Ber­nice Gottfried, David Michael Krankowski, Reuben Fred­er­ick Lilly Sr., Es­ther Luys­ter, Ernest “Ernie” A. Sch­lae­fli, Mary I. Shasho, Ann Gore Spencer, Cloyce “Clo” Spinks, Oreta Stinson and Wal­ter “Duke” Ward.

Bricks that were laid in honor of some­one in­clude the fol­low­ing names:

Pa­trick L. Allen; Aubel Fam­ily of Richard, Sta­cie, Bran­don and Jason; Pro­fes­sor Rex Bishop; Paige Blanken­ship; Bar­bara Bowl­ing, Frederic J. Moore and George M. Bowl­ing IV; Buck­ler Fam­ily; Teirra M. But­ler; Ly­man R. Comey and Laura Sue Comey; Linda Sul­li­van Cox; James F. Di Misa; Pro­fes­sor James Fehr; Charles and Sylvia Fer­gu­son; Pro­fes­sor Bruce Fried;

Pro­fes­sor Tom Gorecki; Carolyn and Bill Gra­ham; Bob and Jann Healy; Help Desk; David, Laura and Kathryn Hupp; IMT Staff; Frank and Su­san Kruszka; Teresa M. Kruszka; Lisa M. Le­an­dre; The Li­brary; Steven and Brenda Lowe; Joan Mid­dle­ton; Pro­fes­sor Bill Mor­ton; Deborah Sul­li­van Payne; Michael W. Payne; Shelby L. Payne; Proc­tor Fam­ily, Avery and De­bra; Zau­riel D. Proc­tor; Qu­at­tle­baum Fam­ily and Thomas Qu­at­tle­baum; Thomas Carl and Iris Hope Ronaldi, Jr.; Joan Shel­ley; Shy­man­sky Law­man Fam­ily; South­ern Mary­land Stud­ies Cen­ter; Pamela S. Starkey; Mar­shall R. Sul­li­van Jr.; John, Anita and Erik Warnes; and John and Roberta Wear­mouth.

The bricks are pur­chased for $200 each from the CSM Foun­da­tion, and the funds are di­rected to the col­lege’s gen­eral schol­ar­ship fund. For in­for­ma­tion on the brick pro­gram, go to im­ or con­tact the De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment at 301-934-7604.


Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Foun­da­tion Di­rec­tor Al­land “Al” Le­an­dre, cen­ter, pur­chased an hon­orary brick to com­mem­o­rate his men­tor Oreta Stinson. From left are Stinson’s sis­ter, Lola Scott; Stinson’s daugh­ter, Syd­ney Pow­ell; Le­an­dre; Stinson’s sis­ter, Thomasina Hazel; and Stinson’s niece, Kenyetta Hazel. “I would like to ded­i­cate this brick to my men­tor who was taken away from us much too early,” Le­an­dre said, adding, “Oreta ded­i­cated her life to help­ing peo­ple, and her legacy will live on for­ever.” Go to bit. ly/2d57Bg6 to read more about the im­pact Stinson had on Le­an­dre and a schol­ar­ship he cre­ated at CSM in her honor.

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