The UMBC Alumni Association will present awards to six distinguished
alumni who are leaders in their fields at the 2008 Outstanding Alumni Awards
Ceremony and Annapolis Reception on February 6. For more information
about the honorees and the event, please visit http://retrievernet.umbc.edu/annapolis.
Engineering and Information Technology
Stephanie Reel ’85, Information Systems, is vice provost
for information technology and chief information officer for the Johns Hopkins
University, and vice president for information services for the Johns Hopkins
Hospital. Reel’s work to develop electronic patient records management
was honored by Computerworld magazine and the Smithsonian Institution.
Kevin M. Maxwell ’02 Ph.D., Language, Literacy & Culture,
is the superintendent of schools for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
An educator for over 20 years, Maxwell previously served as a chief educational
administrator, community superintendent, principal and teacher in Maryland
public schools. Under his leadership as principal, Walter Johnson High School
in Montgomery County was named one of the 100 best high schools in the U.S. Maxwell
was recently named Public School Superintendent of the Year by the Fullwood
Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Reid C. Thompson ’85, Biological Sciences, is vice
chairman of neurological surgery, director of the Vanderbilt Brain Tumor
Center and associate professor of neurological surgery at Vanderbilt University.
Thompson’s expertise is in the surgical treatment of patients with
complex brain and spinal cord tumors, particularly those involving the most
critical parts of the brain such as the brain stem and skull base.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
The Honorable Marcella A. Holland ’80, Political Science,
is circuit administrative judge of the Baltimore City Circuit Court. Among
her many honors, she has been named one of Maryland’s “Top 100
Women” and has an extensive record of community service and civic leadership.
Visual and Performing Arts
Kara Lee Corthron ’99, Theatre, received the 2007
Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights for “Wild Black-Eyed Susans,” which
was performed during UMBC’s Homecoming in 2007. She is also a three-time
recipient of the Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Foundation Award.
Distinguished Service Award
Eric Conn ’85, Computer Science, is the president
and co-founder of Gloto Corporation, creators of Cellblock.com, which allows
users to instantly publish photos and videos from cell phones to an online
photo album. Cellblock was used at UMBC’s 40th Anniversary, and, as
guests watched from several locations, real-time photos from events were
instantly posted on a large screen – a new twist that took the concept
of a traditional photo album and turned it into a social event.