College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation members paused June 25 to recognize eight individuals who have made lasting impressions on the CSM community during the annual Prince Frederick Campus brick recognition ceremony. The CSM Foundation’s Honorary and Memorial Brick Recognition Program pays lasting tribute to the lives and contributions of those who have positively influenced others.
“We are here to acknowledge and honor the individuals within the community who have made a difference in the lives of so many,” said CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy. “The CSM brick program provides both a way to memorialize and pay tribute to loved ones and members of the community who are our true champions.”
A brick was installed along the entrance walkway of Building A in memory of CSM Testing Center Manager Linda Ann Giles, of Prince Frederick, who died Feb. 11, 2019, while employed at CSM.
“One of her colleagues noted that ‘she would be remembered for the great impact she had on the non-traditional, single-parent (women) students and they would miss her spirit and enthusiasm,” shared Murphy. “She enjoyed cooking, baking and most of all spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.”
Gordon Kelly Leith-Buchanan, of Haymarket Virginia, was also memorialized.
“He was a great friend of the college and attended many events here at the CSM Prince Frederick Campus, including standing alongside his mother, Mary Ann Harms, when they dedicated Building A to the late John. E. Harms,” Murphy said.
“Today is about recognizing you – our partners, our supporters – by honoring those who believe in the mission of the College of Southern Maryland and share in the vision to transform lives, one at a time,” added CSM Foundation Chair Kimberly Rosenfield. “It starts with a brick, or a scholarship, a room naming or an event sponsorship – that generosity and investment today, enriches our today and immeasurably impacts our tomorrows.”
Bricks were also placed to honor Murphy; CSM graduate Ben Brown; CSM Vice President of Advocacy and Community Engagement and CSM Foundation Executive Director Michelle Goodwin and her husband Bix Goodwin; CSM Trustee Emeritus Mary Krug and her husband Judge Warren Krug; and CSM Adult Education Program Instructor Edie McGreevy.
“Ben Brown has become an integral part of the Adult Education Program as our graduate and ambassador promoting lifelong learning,” shared Rosenfield. “As a student at CSM, he has continued his pursuit of his personal educational goals and has continued to encourage fellow classmates to meet their goals as well. He has considered Adult Education as a part of his family, and as that, we wish him only the best as he continues to grow from being our graduate to a CSM graduate and moving forward to the next degree and his dream.”
McGreevy was honored with a brick by her work colleagues who call her “a champion of lifelong learning.”
“She began working with Adult Education as an instructor and then became the intake assessment specialist and now she is the program coordinator,” shared Rosenfield. “She has consistently put the needs of our learners as a top priority. Edie continues to champion the individual learner.”
Rosenfield extended her personal admiration for Michelle Goodwin and her husband Bix Goodwin, who will share a brick with both of their names on it.
“I don’t believe there is anyone who has done more for CSM, than Michelle Goodwin,” said Rosenfield.
CSM Trustee Emeritus Dorothea Smith purchased a brick to honor Mary Krug for her 10 years of service to the college. She served as the board’s vice chair, 2009-10, and as chair, 2010-12.
“Her visionary leadership of the board initiated the one-college concept that resulted in the CTET building in Hughesville, uniting the three campuses,” shared Rosenfield. “She also demonstrated how important it was to ‘show up’ and ‘show out’ at the college’s functions, especially the employees recognition ceremony and the CSM Foundation scholarship activities. Mary was, and still is, a tireless advocate for CSM.”
Rosenfield also recognized Mary Krug’s husband, Judge Warren Krug.
“[He] has been Mary’s lifelong partner and a staunch supporter in all her efforts to improve the quality of life for the citizens in Calvert County and the Southern Maryland region.”
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The last brick dedication to honor Murphy also served as a surprise birthday gift for the CSM president.
“Today a brick has also been laid in honor of Dr. Maureen Murphy; generously donated by the CSM Foundation,” said Rosenfield. Dr. Murphy also serves as the CSM Foundation secretary-treasurer. “During her two years of service, she has demonstrated that she is a change agent with a strong focus on student success, employee development and community development.”
The Brick Recognition Program is designed to be a lasting celebration of those who have a special connection to CSM and the Southern Maryland community. As a tribute to a family member, a friend or to represent a special occasion, a brick is inscribed and placed among other honorary bricks at locations available on the La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses. Bricks are available for $200 each, with the funds providing financial support to the college and its mission. For information, contact the CSM Development Department at 301-934-7599 or visit http://foundation.csmd.edu.
To view photos of the event, visit https://csmphoto.zenfolio.com/19junebrickprin.