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McDaniel College Unveils Renovated Gill Center

McDaniel College hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 6 for the college’s renovated Gill Center. The $6.6 million renovation expanded and modernized classrooms and research spaces, as well as maximized underutilized space in Gill Center, which houses one of the college’s largest majors in kinesiology. McDaniel is the only independent college or university in Maryland to offer a major in kinesiology.

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Reviving the Dream of Space Exploration: The Private Space Industry

On July 20, 1969, humans walked on the Moon for the first time. This “giant step for mankind,” as Neil Armstrong put it, was the culminating moment in a decade-long push by the United States to advance the frontiers of space exploration.

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Capitol Technology University, Science Engineering Partnership to launch new STEM program for young people

What’s the best way to attract more young people to STEM fields? Research points to the critical importance of starting early.

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A Conversation with Tina Bjarekull

What has been your journey to your current position at Maryland Independent College & University Association (MICUA)?

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Immediate Position Opening for MICUA's Administrative Assistant

Job Description:

The Administrative Assistant handles a broad range of clerical and administrative duties to support the operations of the organization, assists in the management of a scholarship foundation, records minutes for the MICUA Board of Trustees, and contributes to the mission of an Association dedicated to providing public policy leadership in support of independent higher education.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Answer and direct phone calls
  • Greet and assist visitors
  • Receive, sort and distribute mail
  • Organize and schedule meetings and appointments
  • Maintain the office calendar
  • Maintain contact lists and directories
  • Produce and distribute correspondence memos, letters, faxes, and forms
  • Develop and maintain electronic and manual filing systems
  • Assist in the preparation of reports
  • Maintain supplies inventory, anticipate needed supplies, place and expedite purchase orders, and verify receipt of supplies
  • Participate in team meetings, campus events, and Board activities
  • Perform typing, copying, binding, and scanning
  • Handle sensitive information in a confidential manner
  • Take accurate minutes of meetings
  • Reply to email, telephone, and face to face enquiries
  • Coordinate repairs to office equipment
  • Perform other duties in support of the organization


  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Prior relevant experience or professional training required.

MICUA pays a competitive salary and offers an excellent benefit package, including healthcare, dental, vision, pension, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance.  MICUA is an equal opportunity employer.  For more information about the organization visit www.micua.org.  Interested parties should submit a letter of interest and resume to aswift@micua.org.  

Small Private US College Slashes Tuition by $17K Annually

A private liberal arts college with campuses in New Mexico and Maryland announced Wednesday a $17,000 reduction in its annual tuition, acknowledging that steady price increases in pursuit of prestige drove away many qualified students from families of moderate or modest economic means.

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Decatur resident and Goucher Alumna, 95, was among Navy’s World War II code-breaking team

On October 1942, a professor at a women’s college in Baltimore asked a young student to step into her office.

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Never too late to learn: 65-year-old is St. John’s freshman

When Sheba Delaney arrived at St. John’s College for freshman registration on Wednesday, school representatives at each table greeted her and then glanced around.

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Grant Allows Hood College’s Nursing Program to Grow

The Hood College Department of Nursing has been awarded a $689,235 grant from Maryland’s Nurse Support Program (NSP) II.

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Anchor institutions take on role supporting diversity in Baltimore

Baltimore’s anchor institutions have begun to make progress towards more inclusive hiring and procurement practices by partnering together and sharing ideas, a report finds.

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Hood College Graduate School Partners with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences

The Graduate School at Hood College and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have agreed to a partnership that will allow students who have completed relevant FAES coursework to transfer credits into Hood’s MBA, bioinformatics or biomedical science programs.

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McDaniel Summer Music Camp a chance to grow, express selves through song

A mash of students from different schools all sat on the stage inside WMC Alumni Hall, instruments posed, eyes trained on conductor Jay Bocook.

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Spruce Up grants from Johns Hopkins aid neighborhoods one park or mural at a time

The lot at Charles Street and North Avenue was empty except for the rubble left behind when the building there burned.

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Rachel Brown will explore communication's role in increasing, reducing violence at Common Ground Week 3 keynote

Rachel Brown will be the Common Ground on the Hill keynote speaker for week three, and will tackle conversations about communication’s role in increasing and reducing the risk for violence. Brown said via email she runs an organization called Over Zero.

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Students excited about summer learning in Loyola literacy program

Experts say students out on summer break tend to forget some of what they learned during the school year. The so-called "summer slide" is exactly what one local university is trying to reverse.

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McDaniel Reading Clinic helps students become 'thoughtful, deep' readers

The walls of Friendship Valley Elementary School were covered in camp-themed decorations — tents, trees, clouds and more.

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Frederick County Public Schools STEM Scholars Visit Hood College Campus

Hood College hosted 15 STEM scholars from the Frederick County Public Schools Young Scholars Program on June 27 for a workshop. They heard from the Hood admission team, took a campus tour and participated in mini course sessions in biology and mathematics.

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32 Students Selected for Prestigious I-Fund Program

On June 21, 2018, the Independent College Fund of Maryland (I-Fund) celebrated thirty-two students chosen by the 2018 National Security Scholars Program (NSSP) to be 2018 NSSP Scholars.

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Hood College Students Awarded NSSP Scholarships

Hood College students Eli Nicholson ’19 and Afton Woodring ’19 have been awarded scholarships from the National Security Scholars Program (NSSP), which provides a paid internship for the summer and unique opportunities in the national security field.

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USDA Grants Hood College $100,000 for Biofuels Project

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Hood College Professor of Biology Craig Laufer $100,000 over an 18-month period to fund research and development of cost-effective biofuels. Successful completion of this project would qualify Laufer’s lab for larger grants for commercialization.

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Mount St. Mary’s University Professor Patrice Flynn Selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Russia

Patrice Flynn, Ph.D., professor of business and economics and Morrison Professor of International Studies at Mount St. Mary’s University, has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board of the U.S. Department of State to be a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Russia.

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Washington College marketing campaign with Buzzfeed wins international awards

The college relations and marketing team at Washington College has won two Awards of Distinction in the 24th annual Communicator Awards for its collaborative campaign with BuzzFeed to increase awareness among college-bound teens.

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FCC, Mount St. Mary's and Hood College Sign Cybersecurity Agreement

In an effort to support the growing need for trained professionals in the cybersecurity field, both regionally and nationally, Frederick Community College, Mount St. Mary’s University and Hood College will collaborate to provide a single, unified degree pathway into this field

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Liberal arts prepare students for a changing world

Every spring, I shake 1,200 hands as our students take their final steps as Loyola University Maryland students. By the time they graduate, most of them know what immediately awaits them in the next chapter of their lives.

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Johns Hopkins, UMd. among 100 universities granted most U.S. patents in 2017

Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, College Park were among the schools to earn the most patents for university-born inventions and technologies last year.

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Six Alumni Recognized as Top Maryland Teachers

Six of Maryland’s top teachers have ties to McDaniel College. Four graduated from one of McDaniel’s graduate programs, one earned a bachelor’s degree from the College, and another holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from McDaniel.

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Top Colleges Are Cheaper Than You Think (Unless You’re Rich)

The cost of college is a notoriously complex subject. The list price at many private colleges, including tuition, fees, room and board, has reached the bewildering sum of $70,000 a year. But the real price, taking into account financial aid, is often vastly lower.

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A Medical Clinic Grows in Gambia (St. John's College)

For nearly a decade, a clinic in the tiny west Gambia village of Kunkujang has provided much-needed medical care to thousands of people.

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Hood, Frederick National Lab Will Renew Popular Scientific Symposium

Hood College and the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research have partnered to cohost an annual scientific symposium in the tradition of the landmark Oncogene Meeting, a national fixture in Frederick for more than 20 years.

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Capitol Astronautical Engineering student projects aim for the skies…literally

As summer 2018 approaches, a group of engineering and computer science students at Capitol Technology University is awaiting a NASA rocket launch that will take their project into orbit.

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