Happy 10th Birthday PROMISE! From April 1, 2003 to Today: A Message from the Director

Dear Participants, Alumni, and Friends of PROMISE,

Today, I celebrate 10 years as the Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP. For those of you who remember my first day at UMBC, I started out in an office on the 5th floor of the Administration Building. I am so happy that so many of you who were students then, have gone on to finish your master’s and doctoral degrees. You are leaders, professors, directors of programs, you have built families, garnered hosts of friends, and you have your own mentees. As I move into the 10th year as your director, I hope to be able to continue to serve you well and help you to reach your dreams.

Please mark Saturday, August 17, 2013 on your calendars. We will be celebrating our PROMISE growth at the 2013 Summer Success Institute (SSI) on UMB’s campus. We invite all students, alumni, and friends to join us for the celebration! Please plan to join us! I would love to see you there!

The pictures below from that first year include two former peer mentors who are no longer with us, the late Jessica Soto Perez (pink sweater), and in the second picture, the late Dr. Angela Grant (center). Jessica was a Peer Mentor (Chemical Engineering) at UMBC, and Angela was a Peer Mentor (Math)  at UMCP. Current students: remember that you are here and alive, so you can finish, you can continue toward that goal! It remains my honor to serve you.

Very sincerely,

Renetta Tull

First PROMISE Peer Mentors at UMBC

First PROMISE Peer Mentors at UMBC

First PROMISE website, 2003

First PROMISE website, 2003

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Categories: National AGEP, Ph.D. Completion

Author:Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at the UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland (http://www.umbc.edu), and the Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise. The PROMISE AGEP includes alliance members: UMBC, the University of Maryland Baltimore, and the University of Maryland College Park. She is passionate about training postdocs for careers, cultivating new graduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, retention of all graduate students, and Ph.D. Completion. She speaks nationally on these topics, and has projects in Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Puerto Rico. Her personal website is: http://renettatull.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Google+ google.com/+RenettaTull. Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Renetta_Tull

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6 Comments on “Happy 10th Birthday PROMISE! From April 1, 2003 to Today: A Message from the Director”

  1. April 2, 2013 at 6:03 AM #

    Reblogged this on Renetta Garrison Tull – Living Life Online and commented:

    My message to PROMISE. Thanks for letting me serve you for 10 years.


  2. oscar j. serna
    April 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM #

    Dr. Tull. Congratulations to the 10 anniversary. I appreciate their meritorious work of support and motivation for graduate students. Thank you for everything that you are doing in a positive attitude.


    • April 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM #

      Thank you Oscar! Muchas gracias. I’m so glad that you always bring your daughter with you to activities. I predict that she will get her own PhD one day! Buena suerte!


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