Baltimore International College Wins Gold in Culinary Knowledge BowlBaltimore International College Wins in Culinary Knowledge Bowl
This past April, Chefs Faith
Kling and Fred Parmenter coached five
This past April, Chefs Faith
Kling and Fred Parmenter coached five
The Board of Trustees of the Maryland Independent College and University Association has elected Mary Pat Seurkamp, President of College of Notre Dame of Maryland, as Chair of the Board effective July 1, 2008. Elected by unanimous vote of the MICUA Board of Trustees—which includes the presidents of 18 private colleges and universities in Maryland—Dr. Seurkamp will lead the organization in implementing its strategic objectives.
The Board of Trustees of Villa Julie College has voted to change the name of the institution to Stevenson University. The decision follows the approval of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) last month for university status for Villa Julie. One of the main components of the new University will be the Villa Julie College of Arts and Sciences, which will occupy the institution's original campus on Greenspring Valley Road in Stevenson.
Seven Marriotts Ridge High School juniors gathered around a baby grand piano in the chorus room at their Marriottsville school, all facing their director at the keyboard, Terry Eberhardt. Eberhardt smiled as he deftly played strains from "Imagine" by John Lennon.
In Sue Childers’ class, the children know what a rhombus is. They also understand bar graphs and can tell you about the poison dart frogs in the Amazon rainforest. One of Childers’ students, 8-year-old Seth Bosse, did an exercise which asked him to describe his kite. ‘‘My kite has a set of four golden streamers plus shining blue bows,” Bosse wrote. ‘‘It is very large, so large that it takes about 12 people to hold it. The rest of it looks like a rainbow twinkling in the sky.”
Four College of Notre Dame of Maryland graduates have been named “Teacher of the Year” in their respective Maryland counties this spring.
Every once in a while as a journalist you see a scene that grips you and will not let go, a scene that is at once so uplifting and so cruel it’s difficult to even convey in words. I saw such a scene last weekend at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore. It was actually a lottery, but no ordinary lottery. The winners didn’t win cash, but a ticket to a better life. The losers left with their hopes and lottery tickets crumpled.
Loyola College in Maryland was selected as one of 39 two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico to receive a 2008 HP Technology for Teaching grant, which is designed to transform teaching and improve learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology.
Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law last week an extension of the Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship, which the Maryland Higher Education Commission's Office of Student Financial Assistance administers.
They say in weather that when it rains, it pours, and success is raining down on Capitol College in the form of U.S. Department of Defense Scholarships awarded to four exceptional students studying engineering and information assurance. Capitol, a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, has been issued a grant for three new scholarships under the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship program.
The elation of winning one of the nation's largest literary prizes for undergraduate students perhaps can be summed up best by the winner, Emma Sovich, 22, who described the moment in a breathless post-award interview.
Students entering college who want to make a difference in various areas of public service are eligible for financial aid from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The agency is currently accepting applications for the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG).
John Billingslea, the Franklin High School psychology teacher named yesterday as Baltimore County's Teacher of the Year, said that growing up on the family farm in northern Harford County taught him much about the value of hard work and the endurance he would need to sustain a career in education.
Fabiana Presley, a 10th-grade student at Broadneck High School, has never quite gotten algebra. But this year, she says, is different. "This year it's just easier to understand," she said, adding, "This is the only class I like on 'A' day."
Melissa "Missy" McFayden, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Ridgely Elementary School, was named Caroline County Public Schools Teacher of the Year on May 2, much to her surprise. "I can't believe it!" McFayden said, minutes after the announcement was made in front of staff, students and parents gathered for Field Day. "I don't think I've wiped the smile off my face." McFayden is finishing her seventh year at the school. She was nominated for the first time last year.
At its annual banquet Friday, the Board of Education recognized Stephen Decatur Middle School teacher Amy Gallagher as the 2008 Worcester County Teacher of the Year. Gallagher, an eighth-grade social studies teacher, was honored by Board of Education President Garry Mumford in front of 350 people at a banquet in the Clarion Hotel's Crystal Ballroom.
Bonnie Beavan, a mathematics teacher at Spring Ridge Middle School, has been named the St. Mary's County Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2008. "While her efforts are exceptional, Ms. Beavan's results with students are phenomenal," wrote Ms. Kathy Norton, assistant principal of Spring Ridge Middle School, in her letter of recommendation.
Oakdale Middle School art teacher Kathy Tobery is the Frederick County Public Schools 2008 Teacher of the Year. The 11-year teaching veteran received the good news last week when the FCPS “Prize Patrol,” led by Dr. Linda Burgee, FCPS superintendent, visited Ms. Tobery during her planning time.
As a fifth-grader in western Pennsylvania, Cathy Stephens was once cast as Betsy Ross in the school play. She recalled being an "unlikely choice," but her teacher, Nancy Morrison, saw something special in her and gave her the confidence to take the part and change her outlook on life.
An educator at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, who believes veteran educators can play a key role in teacher retention and that to achieve on standardized tests students must be consistently challenged to think, has been named Baltimore County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year.
In its continuing effort to combat the nursing shortage in Maryland and across the country, Villa Julie College has unveiled plans to also offer its RN to BS nursing degree option completey online. This new option will allow working nurses to earn an accredited bachelor's degree at their own pace without disrupting their personal and professional lives.
The commencement ceremony yesterday at St. John's College in Annapolis was an apt display of a school that prides itself on individuality and freedom through learning. St. John's is known for its "great books" curriculum and for its old-fashioned approach to schooling.
MICUA Alumni Shine in Teacher of the Year Awards in
Maryland Counties across the State
School districts around the nation are honoring their best teachers May 4 through 10, Teacher Appreciation Week. In Maryland, graduates of MICUA member institutions have been named Teacher of the Year in Baltimore City and half of Maryland's 23 counties.
Ronald Wooden, a graduate of College of Notre Dame of Maryland's leadership and teaching program, has been named Harford County’s 2008 Teacher of the Year. Wooden has taught fifth graders at George D. Lisby Elementary School at Hillsdale in Aberdeen since 1999.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is accepting proposals from institutions of higher education interested in providing teacher training as part of the federal government's "No Child Left Behind". The purpose of the grants is to provide professional development to teachers and principals in core academic subject areas.
Kristin Covaleskie hid her face behind her long brown hair as her principal, the Baltimore schools CEO and an entourage of administrators, fellow teachers, and media streamed into her classroom yesterday and interrupted her lesson.
Johns Hopkins alumni are often asked to give back to the university. Now, a call has been made for them to give back to Baltimore. On Saturday, local alumni will join current Johns Hopkins students and staff for the SOURCE Spring Tri-School Day of Service, a full slate of community service projects held across East Baltimore.