WELCOME TO THE 2011 MSDE MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The training will run from July 11-July 15. The opening luncheon receptionand plenary session will be held at the Richard Hensen Center. The Richard A. Henson Center is a mini-conference center and hotel located on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. It is also the Hotel where participants will be staying during the duration of the training. A continential breakfast is included with your stay and is offered each morning between 7:00 and 9:00 downstairs in the Hensen Center. Rooms are located on the third floor and are reached via elevator.
When participants arrive they are expected to check in both with the Hotel as well as with the BMF Program Affiliate (see table in Hensen Center Lobby. Participants will receive a welcome packet upon arrival that includes a complete training schedule, parking permit, gifts, and etcetera. Check will occur between 11:00am-12:00pm and will be followed by our opening luncheon and plenary session.
The campus is located on approximately 700 acres of land. UMES is located in the small town of Princess Anne on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The town dates back to 1733 and has many buildings and landmarks of historic interest. The quiet community environment is excellent for learning, yet it is only 3 hours by car from the abundant cultural and recreational facilities of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Virginia Beach. Directions to the campus can be found at the bottom of this page. The State's famous seaside resort, Ocean City, is only 1 hour from the campus.
The town of Princess Anne was created by an act of Maryland's General Assembly in 1733 and selected as the county seat of Somerset County in 1744. Located at the head of the Manokin River the town was named for the 24-year-old Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Anne and King George of England. The land was well elevated and conveniently suited for the purposes of centrally located town in Somerset County. Twenty-five acres of "Beckford" Plantation were purchased and divided into thirty lots on a grid plan. Princess Anne is primarily known for its historic homes and buildings. The oldest dwelling in the town, The William Geddes House (or Tunstall Cottage as it is known to many residents), was constructed some time around 1755. Many examples of fine architecture can be found along the streets. Samples of those not to be missed are: The Somerset County Courthouse, the Metropolitan United Methodist Church, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Manokin Presbyterian Church, the Washington Hotel, and the crowned jewel, the Teackle Mansion. Constructed from 1802 - 1819 by Littleton Dennis Teackle, one of the area's most influential men of his time, the mansion is the home of the Somerset County Historical Society and is open for tours. Princess Anne has small shops to explore and tasty eateries in which to dine. Please stop in and check them out.
The UMES campus is located 13 miles south of the town of Salisbury, which provides shopping, a movie theatre, the Ward Museum, Shorebirds Stadium, the Salisbury Zoo, the Salisbury Philharmonic Orchestra, Pemberton Historical Site and Park, and many other recreational facilities. If you enjoy wine, a great local wineries is located close to the UMES campus, the Bordelau Winery. In nearby, Pocomoke you will find the Sturgis One Room School Museum, a quaint downtown area that includes the local African-American History Museum, the Delmarva Discovery Center located on the Pocomoke River, the Mar-Va Theatre, and the Isaac Costen House Museum. Ocean City has beaches, a great boardwalk, shopping, theme parks, miniature golf, and the newly opened Ocean Downs Casino and Racetrack. The front desk of the Richard A. Hensen Center Hotel will be happy to provide you with area maps as well as point out activities, sites, shopping areas, recreational facilities and more that may be of interest to you.
A campus tour will be offered on Monday afternoon following the opening luncheon and plenary session.
1106 Wilson Hall will be the location of some of our other training sessions. Wilson Hall is number 16 on the campus map. If you are walking, turn right when existing the Richard A. Hensen Center until you are in a large quad. It is located on the left immediately adjacent to the Frederick Douglas Library. 1106 Wilson Hall is also the home of our Center for Instructional Technology. If you are driving, it is on the left side of the campus.
The FLIC lab (Foreign Language Instructional Center) at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a state-of-the-art learning laboratory it is also the home to our Microsoft IT Academy and one of our 2 Certiport testing centers. If you are walking from the Hensen Center, turn right. Immediately after Hazel Hall (the first building to the right of the Hensen Center) but before reaching Waters Hall, you will come to a parking lot. Look to the right and walk through the parking lot, FLIC will be located in a grey modular classroom.
Waters Hall houses the Universities main computer labs. Turn right when exiting the Hensen Center and it will be the second building on your right.
With the exception of breakfast, participants will enjoy their meals in the Plateau Dining Facilty on campus located in the Student Services Building. The Student Services Building, also known as the SSC, spans 147,000 square feet, the length of two football fields, the Office of Student Activities offers and supervise the Student Government Association (SGA), Over 50+ registered Student Organizations, a Game Room with both Billiards and a Bowling Center, a Chapel, Lounges, a Ballroom, a Multipurpose Room and, a Theater. For information about the resources in the SSC or other campus resources (such as the pool, althletic facilities, etcetera) call the information desk at (410)651-6436.
From Baltimore, Washington DC, and Alexandria, Virginia
Take appropriate Rt. to Chesapeake Bay Bridge (Eastern Shore of Maryland). Rt. 50 East to Salisbury, Maryland. Salisbury, use Business Rt. 50, take business Rt. 13 South (South Salisbury Blvd which becomes 13 South). Follow to Princess Anne, Maryland and follow signs to Maryland Route 822, UMES Boulevard.
From Baltimore, DC, Alexandria to Princess Anne - 140 miles.
North Entrance to UMES
UMES Boulevard is Maryland Route 822. It is the first light you will hit after the Welcome to Somerset County Sign and after entering Princess Anne. Coming from the North, you will take a left onto 822, traveling approximately 3/4 mile to campus, where you can travel left or right. You will want to turn right. Once you have turned right, keep going straight. You will pass a large building with a pond in front (the SSC) on your left. After the SSC, you will come to a very large parking lot on your left. Enter the parking lot and turn right. Park as far to the right as possible. You have arrived. Exit your vehicle and walk to the main entrance of the Richard A. Hensen Center.
To the Right:
Hazel Hall *
To the Left:
Physical & Health Ed. Ctr.
Students Services Ctr. *
Library (The UMES Library is worth visiting while you are on campus. The African American Collection is particularly noteworth. The focus of the collection is African American History, culture, and literature encompassing mostly out-of-print, rare, and first editions. Many of these titles circulate in-house only