This year’s Student Leadership Reception was held Sunday with live music, dinner and a packed house. The Photography department was beautifully represented by Amber Caroll, Photo Alum ’09, invited back to give the keynote address, rising senior Rachael Hulme’s HELP PORTRAIT, acknowledge as Program of the Year and graduating senior Micah Wood won the prestigious Sidney Lake Award. Congratulations and thank you for all you’ve contributed to the photography department and the MICA community.

Photos by Jessica Marx, Mica Alum 2012

Amber Carroll received her BFA in Photography in 2009 and her MA in Teaching in 2010 from the Maryland Inst
a Program Manager, hosting Social & Entertainment Activities for the Student Activities Office. There she discover
on serve as an Orientation Leader, a board member of the Black Student Union, a member of MICA Mentoring Net
Freedom’s Door: Challenging Slavery in

Maryland,” a facilitator for the MICA/UB Leadership Retreat, and a Senior Advisory Council member. In 2009, she
this very event. In the fall of 2010, Amber started working for Montgomery County Public Schools, where she was
by the Maryland Art Education Association. She now lives in North Carolina and teaches at Durham School of the

There are five types of programs we would like to recognize. The categories for this award
are: Community Service, Educational, Cultural, Wellness & Social. This year’s Student
Program of the Year award winners are as follows:

The first category is the Community Service Program of the Year, awarded to the event
that has best contributed to the community service and volunteerism efforts of MICA.
Funded by a France-Merrick Special Projects grant, this winning program provided photo
and hand-drawn portraits to over 200 men in varying stages of addiction recovery. This
year’s winning event impacted both the MICA and Baltimore community by pulling together
people from photography, Apple, SVA, faculty and community partners to empower others
and advance a worthy cause. Congratulations to Rachael Hulme and supporters of the
Help-Project. Rachael couldn’t be here today, so we are accepting this award in her behalf.

: Our next Sidney Lake Award recipient began his leadership career by independently
putting on events for students in his residence hall during his foundation year. He wasn’t
even getting paid to do it, but his genuine desire to help others and improve the MICA
community was his main motivator. This hasn’t changed at all during his four years at MICA,
three and a half which have been spent as a Program Manager in the Student Activities
Office. He has used his passion for music to develop the music scene at MICA, hosting
numerous concerts for local bands, and more prominent acts such as Kishi Bashi and Dan
Deacon. His largest event had about 430 attendees, which is an incredible feat at MICA!

He has truly put his heart and soul into his role as a Program Manager and our staff
often joke that he is a fifth staff member in the office due to the exceptional level of his
contributions. In addition to putting on his own programs, this student has excelled as a
mentor to others, sharing his knowledge with both staff and students. As an Orientation
Leader, he has inspired his mentees to become engaged in the MICA community, taking on
roles such as Program Manager, Resident Advisor, and Orientation Leader. This student has
also been notably engaged within the Photography Department, jumping at opportunities to
install exhibits, represent the department at institutional events like Open House, and even
volunteering to re-design departmental signage. He does all this and more while lending a
hand to others in need and radiating cheer and enthusiasm. He displays maturity beyond
his years, gives his 110% to any project he takes on, and is a great example of what it means

to be a leader. It is my honor to present the Sidney Lake Award to Micah Wood

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