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2009 Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards

September 16, 2009 11:57 AM

Congratulations to our 2009 Outstanding Alumni of the Year! A reception honoring the winners will be held during UMBC's Homecoming, October 15, 2009 at 8 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library. To register, click here.

Dr. James P. Clements '85, '91, '93 (Computer Science and Information Systems) was recently appointed President of West Virginia Unviversity in Morgantown, West Virginia. He is the first UMBC alumnus to lead a major univeristy. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Clements was Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Towson University.


Jeffrey “Duff” Goldman ’97 (History) is known for turning traditional confections into out-of-this-world creations on his Food Network show “Ace of Cakes.” After completing his UMBC degree, Goldman attended the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, Calif. His company, Charm City Cakes, has baked cakes for events including the “Kung Fu Panda” premier and the Maryland Zoo’s annual Zoomerang gala. In 2000 he was a featured speaker at UMBC’s Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship. He also holds a Guinness Book record for baking the world’s largest cupcake, created in March 2008.

Dr. Crystal Watkins '95 (Biological Sciences) studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She received the David E. Rogers Award for the highest standards of professionalism, medical ethics and community leadership. Dr. Watkins’ graduate research was featured in the Wall Street Journal and led to a U.S. patent for a treatment of diabetic disorders. She has also traveled to Ghana and worked with the Princess of Ada and Ministry of Health to implement HIV/AIDS health education and prevention program.

The Honorable Jon S. Cardin M.P.P. '96 (Policy Sciences) represents residents of northwest Baltimore County in the Maryland House of Delegates where he serves on the Ways and Means Committee. Much of his legislation focuses on election, tax and education reform. In February he was awarded the Humane Society of the United States’ Humane Legislator Award for developing legislation that gives shelters access to drugs needed to properly sedate animals prior to euthanasia. Cardin also serves as a member of the Board of Directors/Advisors for the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, the Camp Shohola Scholarship Fund, BaltimoreHebrewUniversity, UMBC Hillel, The American Council of Young Political Leaders, Institute for Progressive Leadership and the Maryland Public Interest Law Project.

Gustavo Matheus, Esq. LLC '90 (Biological Sciences) is always thinking

Alicia Wilson '04 (Political Science) is an associate at Gordon Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger and Hollander, LLC. Prior to her position the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, she served as a clerk for the Honorable David Young for the CircuitCourtofBaltimoreCity. Wilson spent her third year of law school at Susan Leviton’s Juvenile Law, Children’s Issues and Legislative Advocacy Clinic. She also coached the Mock Trail team at the BaltimoreFreedomAcademy – a high school with curriculum and culture focused on social justice and activism.

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