CSM News Bytes: Cause Theatre, Nursing Honor Society, Presidential Scholars

The cast of CSM Cause Theater's production of

News Bytes


CSM Cast Members Raise Funds for Suicide Prevention

The cast of CSM Cause Theater?s production of “The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note” raised more than $1,800 for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention during the “Out of the Darkness” community walk Sept. 12 in Indian Head. The annual walk honors loved ones who have died, and raises funds for research and education. “We set our goal at $1,000 and even though we have exceeded our goal we will continue to fundraise until the end of the year,” said Barbara Wheeler, CSM adjunct faculty member and stage manager for “The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note.” The play follows Jake who finds an unaddressed suicide note and goes on a crusade to find the note's author. The cast will place collection jars at each performance of the “Bright Blue Mailbox,” which is performed at the La Plata Campus Oct. 15-17. Production may not be suitable for younger audiences. For information and showtimes, visit www.csmd.edu/Arts  or call the Box Office at 301-934-7828 or e-mail bxoffc@csmd.edu.


CSM Inducts Students into Nursing Honor Society

The College of Southern Maryland has inducted its newest members, fourth-semester nursing students, into the Alpha Omega Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Society, during a ceremony at the La Plata Campus in September. Inducted were, from left, Hannah Arnold of Lexington Park, Samata Bushal and Samantha Cox of Waldorf, Valerie Dowell of Dowell, Christine Hurry of Clements, Kelcie McElvine of White Plains, Amanda Schmeltz of La Plata, and Susan Wallish of Lusby. The path to induction involves nursing students becoming provisional members at the beginning of their third semester of study. They must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average, earn a “B” or higher in all courses required for the nursing program with no previous nursing course failures, and reflect sound moral and ethical values with professionalism and integrity of the highest caliber. Established in 2012, the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society is recognized by the National Association of Associate Degree Nursing. CSM formed its chapter in 2014. Faculty advisors for the society are Nursing Professor Jan Bonham, Associate Professor Lynn Kennedy and Associate Professor/Nursing Program Area Coordinator Karen Russell. For information about CSM's nursing program and other health sciences, visit www.csmd.edu/hea/.



Elite Musician Inspires Presidential Scholars

Senior Chief Musician Leon Alexander Jr., center, met with College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus students in the Presidential Scholars Program including, from left, Taylor Bausch of Solomons, Dominique Mitchell of Lusby, Savannah Barrett of Huntingtown, Stephen Hartman of Chesapeake Beach, Kierston Hill of Prince Frederick, Shelby McCloskey of Lusby, Megan Elliott of Broomes Island, and Tyler Berberiun and Victoria Hall of Prince Frederick. Alexander talked about his dedication to his craft and his life as a musician with U.S. Navy Band “The Cruisers.” “More than 300 people competed for one spot [as a drummer] with the band. It was amazing to hear 'we're going to hire you,'” said Alexander. “Among the elite musicians that I have so much respect for, I was the best on that day.” For more on the Presidential Scholars Program, register for program information session 6-8 p.m., Nov. 12 at www.csmd.edu/presidentialscholars.