CSM Brick Ceremony Memorializes Individuals, Honors Special Friends

Brick dedication
Newly installed bricks lay in memory of Laura Sue Comey and Lyman Richard “Dick” Comey, placed by their son Bill Comey.
CSM Foundation Board of Directors Chair Nancy Hempstead welcomes guests.

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation recently installed 11 bricks along its La Plata Campus walkways – each engraved with the name of an individual, family and a cat, who have a special connection to the college.

The CSM Foundation’s Honorary and Memorial Brick Recognition Program pays lasting tribute to the lives and contributions of those who have positively influenced the lives of CSM students and faculty.

Since 1989, the brick program has recognized 373 individuals in the walkways at the La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses.

“We honor those who believe in the mission of the College of Southern Maryland and share in the vision to ‘transform lives, one at a time,’” said CSM Foundation Board of Directors Chair Nancy Hempstead, during the ceremony.

“It starts with a brick, or a scholarship, a room naming or an event sponsorship,” Hempstead added. “That generosity and investment, enriches our today and immeasurably impacts our tomorrows.”

Bricks were purchased and placed in honor of 2018 CSM graduate Camille Joie Pena De Jesus; former CSM employee Jane A. Gehris; CSM Emeritus Professor of Languages Bill Klink; Thomas Carl & Rev. Dr. Lynn Ronaldi III and Ford T. Feline. Feline, the cat, is a permanent and loved resident at the La Plata Campus.

From left, colleagues and friends Richard Siciliano, Art Viterito, honoree Bill Klink, Paul Billeter and Mike Green celebrate the placement of Klink’s honorary brick.

Bricks were placed in memory of Laura Sue Comey, Lyman Richard “Dick” Comey, Bobby Ray Logan, Virginia and Arthur “Sonny” Lund, Thomas E. Smoot and Francis Spriggs.

For a $200 donation, an engraved brick provides a unique way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, retirement, special occasion or remember a loved one or colleague.

Learn more about the CSM Foundation’s Honorary and Memorial Brick Recognition Program at https://foundation.csmd.edu/giving/other-ways-to-give/index.html

To view photos of the CSM Foundation’s Honorary and Memorial Brick Recognition Program, visit http://csmphoto.zenfolio.com/18brickdedlapl