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Bowie State University

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Motto Prepare For Life
Established January 9, 1865
Type Public
President Mickey L. Burnim
Faculty 205
Undergraduates 3,988
Postgraduates 1,466
Location Bowie (address), Maryland, United States
Campus Suburban, 338½ acres (1.4 km²)
Colors Black and Gold
Nickname Bulldogs/Lady Bulldogs
Website http://www.bowiestate.edu

Bowie State University ("Bowie State"), located on 338½ acres (1.4 km²) in unincorporated Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. Located north of the suburban city of Bowie, Bowie State is part of the University System of Maryland. Bowie State is Maryland's oldest historically black university[1]. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1865 (MDCCCLXV) is a common year starting on Sunday. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Motto: Growth, Unity and Progress Location of Bowie in the State of Maryland Coordinates: Country United States State Maryland County Prince Georges County Established 1916  - Mayor G. Frederick Robinson Area    - City 41. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37°53N to 39°43N  - Longitude 75°4W to 79°33... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Prince Georges County is located in the U.S. state of Maryland immediately north, east, and south of Washington, D.C. It is the wealthiest majority African-American county in the nation. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37°53N to 39°43N  - Longitude 75°4W to 79°33... Motto: Growth, Unity and Progress Location of Bowie in the State of Maryland Coordinates: Country United States State Maryland County Prince Georges County Established 1916  - Mayor G. Frederick Robinson Area    - City 41. ... University System of Maryland The University System of Maryland (USM) is a public corporation and charter school system comprising 13 Maryland institutions of higher education. ... In the United States, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) (a type of Minority Serving Institution or MSI) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African-American community. ...

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History

Bowie State's history began on January 9, 1865 when the Baltimore Association for the Moral and Educational Improvement of Colored People established the Baltimore Normal School in Baltimore, Maryland to train African American teachers. In 1908 the school was renamed Normal School No. 3 after the state Board of Education provided funding for and assumed control of the institution. By 1914 the school had moved to Prince George's County, Maryland and become known as Maryland Normal and Industrial School at Bowie. It became the Maryland State Teachers College at Bowie in 1935 and Bowie State College in 1963. In 1988, Bowie State achieved university status[2]. 1865 (MDCCCLXV) is a common year starting on Sunday. ... Nickname: Motto: The Greatest City in America,[4] Get in on it. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Prince Georges County is located in the U.S. state of Maryland immediately north, east, and south of Washington, D.C. It is the wealthiest majority African-American county in the nation. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


Overview

Academics & Programs

BSU has 25 undergraduate majors, 19 master’s programs, in disciplines as diverse as computer science, education, human resource development, organizational communication, and nursing, and two doctoral programs. In partnership with the University of Maryland University College, Bowie State University became the first historically black university to include overseas studies. It was also the first university in the nation to offer a bachelor degree in pedology. Programs also include a rare doctoral degree in education leadership, a program for educational administrators[3]. The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is the second largest university in Maryland. ... See also Pedology (soil study). ...


In 1995, NASA and the National Science Foundation awarded $27 million as one of only six schools in the nation declared Model Institutions for Excellence in science, engineering, and mathematics. This lead to a strengthening of the already growing computer science program; in 1999, the Maryland Higher Education Commission approved the schools additional focus in computers and technology. Since then new technology related programs including music technology and a strengthened computer science department have been added. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an agency of the United States federal government, responsible for the nations public space program. ... The logo of the National Science Foundation The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. ...


Schools & departments

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Professional Studies
  • Academic Support Services

Campus & facilities

The campus comprises over 24 buildings with more than 988,897 square feet (92,000 m²) of space. The campus is located in Bowie, Maryland between the metropolitan areas of Baltimore (25 miles) and Washington D.C. (17 miles). An on campus MARC Train Station and Metrobus stops provide access to local transit. It is a wireless campus equiped with Wi-Fi and public computer labs across campus for student use. Motto: Growth, Unity and Progress Location of Bowie in the State of Maryland Coordinates: Country United States State Maryland County Prince Georges County Established 1916 Mayor G. Frederick Robinson Area    - City 41. ... MARC, prior to 1984 known as Maryland Rail Commuter Service, is a commuter rail system comprising three lines in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. ... The Jackson Graham Building, where Metro headquarters is located. ... Official Wi-Fi logo Wi-Fi was originally a brand licensed by the Wi-Fi Alliance to describe the embedded technology of wireless local area networks (WLAN) based on the IEEE 802. ...


Twenty-three percent of students live on campus in seven residence halls. Cultural performances, lectures and sporting events are among the frequent on campus events. Built in 1921, the oldest building still in use is Harriet Tubman Hall. The $17.6 million School of Business and Graduate Studies is the newest building on campus[4]. Other recent additions to the campus include the Bowie Place dormitory, the New Science Building, and the $6.5 million Center for Learning Technology (CLT) that is a state-of-the-art facility serving the computer science and computer technology programs.


On campus, the Bowie State Satellite Operations Control Center (BSOCC) is an orbiting satellite operation and control center allowing students to gain the hands-on experience in such a facility. In 2003, the center went fully operational. It is a joint venture operated by the university, the Honeywell Corporation, the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA in Greenbelt, MD [5]. Honeywell Heating Specialties Company Stock Certificate dated 1924 signed by Mark C. Honeywell - courtesy of Scripophily. ... Aerial view of Goddard Space Flight Center. ... The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an agency of the United States federal government, responsible for the nations public space program. ... Greenbelt is a planned city located in Prince Georges County, Maryland. ...


In 2005, Bowie State University built a $1 million supercomputer in conjunction with Apple Computer, Inc. Xseed is a 224-node cluster based on Apple’s Xserve G5. The combination of this cutting edge technology puts Xseed among the world’s top 200 most powerful supercomputers on the TOP 500 list, which serves as a benchmark for ranking high-performance computing systems [6]. Apple Inc. ... A small Xserve cluster with an Xserve RAID. Xserve is the name of Apple Computers Macintosh 1U rackmount line of server computers. ...


The university is also home to The Maryland Center, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 providing community services. In partnership with the federal General Services Administration, the campus also host the Bowie State University’s Telecommuting Center, which has state-of-art workstations and is opened 24-hours day, 7 days a week [7]. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. ...


Student life

Athletics

Bowie State's athletes compete in the Eastern Division of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, participating in the NCAA's Division II. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a college athletic conference made up of historically black colleges in the southeastern United States. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ...


The Bulldogs play the following sports[8]:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

They compete and/or train on-campus in Bulldog Stadium, the Leonidas James Physical Education Complex, and A.C. Jordan Areana[9].


Clubs & organizations

Bowie State has many academic clubs, fraternities, honor societies, organizations, sororities, and student association on-campus. The computer, education, french, and history clubs are just few examples of the academic clubs. The art guild, concert and marching bands, jazz and brass ensembles, and others allow students to explore the fine and performing arts. Alpha Phi Alpha, Chi Eta Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta. The honor societies represented at BSU include: Delta Mu Delta, Lambda Pi Eta, and Sigma Tau Delta. The student newspaper, The Spectrum, and WBSU Radio allow for students to monitor campus events and news.[10].

SOS at the Homecoming Parade 2005
SOS at the Homecoming Parade 2005

The Symphony Of Soul, also known as SOS, is the name of the marching/concert/pep band at Bowie State University. Adolph E. Wright is the Director of Bands at Bowie State University, where he has successfully built the SOS from 30 members, upon his arrival at BSU in 1998, to 185 members by the fall of 2001. Under the leadership of Mr. Wright the "Symphony of Soul" has received rave reviews following collegiate performances, as well as when representing the University abroad. Each year, the SOS takes a trip to Montreal, Canada to perform for the Montreal Alouettes. During the fall, students always expect the usual impromptu parade through the campus by the SOS. They were also a part of the NFL season opener as they performed the National Anthem with Aretha Franklin and shared the stage with other recording artist such as Aerosmith, Brittney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and others. The SOS was featured in the Original Battle of the Bands held at RFK Stadium and its drumline was named as one of Showtime Magazines top ten amongst HBCU’s. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... This article needs cleanup. ... The Montreal Alouettes (French: Alouettes de Montréal) are a Canadian Football League team based in Montreal, Quebec. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American soul, R&B, and gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... Britney Spears performs on the National Mall in Washington, DC, September of 2003. ... Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971), is an American R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress who has sold over 60 million records around the world since her career began in 1991. ... Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, informally known as RFK Stadium, is a sports stadium that opened in 1961. ... In the United States, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) (a type of Minority Serving Institution or MSI) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African-American community. ...


Notable alumni

  • Joanne Benson: Maryland State Assembly Delegate
  • Toni Braxton: Singer, Songwriter
  • Gwendolyn T. Britt: Maryland State Senator, 2004.
  • Chris Holbert (African American): Chief Financial Officer TechFaith Wireless Communication, China, effective on July 1, 2006
  • Christa McAuliffe: NASA Astronaut
  • James Proctor, Jr.: Maryland State Assembly Delegate
  • James L. Walls, Jr.: Mayor, City of District Heights, MD
  • Lethal Cook: Bowie State basketball team, Division 2 Player of the Year
  • Kevin Bell, Bowie State basketball team
  • Randy "White Chocolate" Gill, current ABA all-star guard with the Maryland Nighthawks
  • Wale, rapper

Lt. ... Toni Michelle Braxton (born October 7, 1967 in Severn, Maryland) is a six-time Grammy Award-winning[1] American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress who was popular during the 1990s. ... // Gwendolyn Britt is a member of the Maryland State Senate, first elected in 2003, to represent District 47, in Prince Georges County, MD, winning with 99. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... James L. Walls, Jr. ... Wale, (pronounced wah-lay, born September 21, 1983), is a Washington, DC hip hop artist who has recently gained national and international attention for his innovative lyrics and mixture of hip hop and go-go music combined with a unique style, unparalleled swagger and collection of rare and limited edition...

Notable faculty

  • Brenda DoHarris: Author, Professor of English

Brenda DoHarris is a writer who was born and raised in British Guiana (now Guyana). ...

References

External links

  • Bowie State University Official Site of Bowie State University
  • Bulldogs Online Official Site of Bowie State Athletics
  • Bowie State Fact Book Bowie State Fact Book

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