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By SLOANE BROWN | December 2, 2007
DINNER AND A SHOW" REACHED new heights at the Lyric Opera House recently, as Coppin State University held its Second Annual Vision Award Celebration there. Hundreds of formally dressed folks gathered on the mezzanine level for a pre-show party before they would head into the theater to see performances by singer Nancy Wilson and comedian Bill Cosby. Guests browsed the dinner buffet and caught up with old friends. For incoming Coppin president Reginald Avery and his wife, Esther, it meant meeting a lot of new friends.
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By Natalie Sherman | September 11, 2014
The University System of Maryland Board of Regents voted Thursday to sell the vacant and deteriorated former Hebrew Orphan Asylum in West Baltimore to the Coppin Heights Community Development Corp. for redevelopment as a community health center, according to a university spokesman. The land is currently owned by Coppin State University, which acquired it as part of a 7.3-acre, $680,000 purchase from the Lutheran Home and Hospital Foundation Inc. in 2003. The chancellor recommended that the board allow Coppin State University to move forward with sale of the property.
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By SARA NEUFELD and SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER | February 2, 2006
Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore has a proud and storied history, but by any measure, it languishes today. There are no Advanced Placement classes. The carpet in the library is taped to the floor. Ninety-five percent of students failed last year's state test in algebra. Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele says "enough is enough." He is making a personal commitment to turning the school around and adding his weight to a proposal that nearby Coppin State University take over its management.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Hundreds of people who came to watch their loved ones graduate from Coppin State University were turned away Saturday after the venue filled to capacity, and the staff suspected counterfeit tickets were to blame. Clara Phillips came to Baltimore from Houston to watch her son, Stephen Calvit, walk across the stage to accept his master's degree. When she got inside the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, she said staff closed the doors to the auditorium and things began to get rowdy. The scene became chaotic as people tried to push through, several witnesses said, with elderly people and children in danger of being shoved by the crowd.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2004
The University System of Maryland loses the last of its "colleges" today, when Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. signs a bill creating Coppin State University. The dropping of "college" from the West Baltimore school's name was approved unanimously by the General Assembly. It leaves St. Mary's College of Maryland, which operates independently of the university system, as the only public four-year college in Maryland. "We deserve it," said Coppin President Stanley F. Battle, who has been pressing for the name change since he took office a year ago. "We worked very hard for this.
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December 15, 2006
On December 11, 2006, VASHTI MINOR JUDE; mother of Elise Jude Mason, Esq., Laura Gardner; grandmother of Fred D. Mason, III. Also survived by other relatives. Family will receive friends at St. James Episcopal Church, Lafayette and Arlington Avenues, Friday 11 A.M to 12 noon with Mass to follow. Interment Arbutus Memorial Park. Family request donations to be made payable to Coppin State University. Services entrusted to Phillips Funeral Home, 410-523-4918.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman | September 11, 2014
The University System of Maryland Board of Regents voted Thursday to sell the vacant and deteriorated former Hebrew Orphan Asylum in West Baltimore to the Coppin Heights Community Development Corp. for redevelopment as a community health center, according to a university spokesman. The land is currently owned by Coppin State University, which acquired it as part of a 7.3-acre, $680,000 purchase from the Lutheran Home and Hospital Foundation Inc. in 2003. The chancellor recommended that the board allow Coppin State University to move forward with sale of the property.
NEWS
June 26, 2013
The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has unanimously accepted the report and recommendations of the special review committee on the revitalization of Coppin State University ("UM regents approve plan to revitalize Coppin State," June 22). Political expediency has prevailed. The report does not adequately address serious issues with the lack of accountability at this public institution, nor does it set forth specific, objective performance standards for which Coppin should be held responsible.
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June 22, 2003
On June 18, 2003 BAIL L. RAO, born in India, son of the late Bail and Laxmi Gopalakrishnaya. He received his PhD in England and worked for several major companies including Clairol and MaxFactor as a Research Manager. From 1968 to 1985 he was the Chairman of the Department of CHemistry at Coppin State University. In 1985 he retired andobtained a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is also survived by a nephew and a grand-niece. He enjoyed reading writing and the horse races.
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By PHOTOS BY LLOYD FOX and PHOTOS BY LLOYD FOX,SUN PHOTOGRAPHER | March 20, 2006
Special Olympics athletes from across Baltimore dribbled, shot and scored at the citywide Special Olympics Adult Basketball Championships last Monday. Nearly 80 adult Special Olympians competed in three events: basketball skills, which tested passing, dribbling and shooting; a 3-on-3 basketball game; and a 3-on-3 game that paired Olympians and their mentors. About 50 Coppin State University students volunteered and cheered on the athletes in the school's third year hosting the championships.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
The body overseeing higher education in Maryland unveiled a new four-year plan Wednesday intended to help serve the low-income, first-generation and nontraditional students that make up a growing segment of the academic population. The Maryland Higher Education Commission's plan is also meant to push the state toward Gov. Martin O'Malley's goal of increasing the proportion of college-educated Marylanders to 55 percent by 2025. "We realize that in order to have the workforce that we need to meet the demands of our economy … we have to look beyond those students who have traditionally comprised our graduation cohorts," said Maryland Higher Education Secretary Danette G. Howard.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
Coppin State University's former director of facilities was charged this week with multiple counts of procurement fraud, though details on his alleged crimes have so far not been revealed. Jerry Lamont Stamper, 59, of Randallstown, faces three felony counts of procurement fraud stemming from incidents in September 2008, May 2009 and March 2010, according to the Maryland Attorney General's Office. Prosecutors allege that Stamper "falsified and suppressed material facts in connection with procurements made through the University, which resulted in his personal gain.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
Coppin State University's president said Friday that the college has accomplished about half the goals in a plan conceived last year intended to boost its graduation rates and enrollment, strengthen its academic programs and improve the way it operates. "We are aggressively changing the culture at Coppin" to meet the goals, President Mortimer H. Neufville said in a University System of Maryland Board of Regents meeting held Friday via conference call. Neufville said 23 goals on the 50-point plan have been put in place, with the rest expected to be complete by June.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Clayton "Pete" McNeill, a former executive at Coppin State University who during his more than three-decade career oversaw a $325 million campus expansion at the Baltimore school, died Monday of congestive heart failure at Sinai Hospital. The Catonsville resident was 66. "I admired him very much. He was an excellent administrator and a very loyal employee," said Calvin Burnett, who was president of the university from 1970 until retiring in 2003. "He came through here as a student and came back to join our administrative staff.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2013
First came the decorations for the bags: a few words of inspiration, a drawing, and a heart with a pound sign scrawled inside. Next came the lunch: a turkey sandwich, an apple, an Oreo cookie and a water bottle — with most of the food paid for, and prepared by, Coppin State University students. And then came the social media campaign. The students huddled for photos to post on Instagram and Twitter, tagging their entries with #HashTagLunchBag, as they became the first Baltimore group to participate in an effort to feed homeless people that has been spread through social networking sites.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2013
Dale Dunn strode into Kevin Ondrasek's office at the University of Southern Mississippi with an air of determination. A graduate student with one more year of NCAA eligibility, Dunn told the first-year assistant track coach he had unfinished business. Ondrasek was intrigued. Dunn was clearly a cut above the other students who had meandered in, looking for walk-on spots. He was an academic All-America sprinter who had attended Coppin State University on a full athletic scholarship.
NEWS
October 26, 2003
On Sunday, October 19, 2003, LILLIAN DABNEY DEARING, Ph.D., a resident of Baltimore, MD., passed away at the Independence Court of Hyattsville. She was a retired professor of education at Coppin State University, born in Washington, D.C. Daughter of the late William H. and Minerva G. Dabney. Left to cherish her memory are; her sister Ruth C. Smith and brother-in-law William R. Smith. Family will receive friends during viewing on Monday, October 27 from 10 A.M. until Funeral Service 11 A.M. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1225 R St., NW, Washington, D.C. Interment Maryland National Memorial Park.
NEWS
July 27, 2012
To answer your recent editorial, "Which way for Coppin?" (July 25), my response is - up! Back in June 2009, Coppin State University President Dr. Reginald S. Avery wrote, "We understand our obligation to be good stewards of the public's investment in us and that we will be held accountable. " The priority of Coppin State University today must be the enrollment, retention and graduation of students. Coppin, much more than any other university in Maryland, has a tremendous challenge in addressing a significant number of disadvantaged Maryland residents.
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By Liz Bowie and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
A small but vocal group of community leaders rallied Monday morning on a west Baltimore street corner to pressure Coppin State University and its contractors to hire more neighborhood residents during construction of an $87 million science and technology building — the latest in a series of efforts to force government-supported projects to hire in the city. With the sound of construction equipment in the background, civil rights activist Marvin L. "Doc" Cheatham Sr. said Coppin and the contractor, Barton Malow Co., have reneged on a commitment to hire local residents for jobs.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
The state Board of Regents will delay searching for a new president of Coppin State University until 2015 and instead announced Tuesday a two-year contract for the interim leader, who was brought out of retirement to overhaul the ailing Baltimore institution. Officials said the move to "official" president gives Mortimer H. Neufville the teeth to make the sweeping changes necessary to improve academic and administrative operations at the historically black college, which has the lowest graduation rate in the state, about 15 percent.
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