Season's gifts and decorations to be sold by women's club


November 16, 1995|By Joni Gunhe | Joni Gunhe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF YOU'RE LOOKING for that perfect new creation for your holiday decorating or gift giving, get in line behind me.

Tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Berrywood Women's Club presents its annual Holiday Boutique at the Berrywood Clubhouse.

Information: 647-1577.

* Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church will have its annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 544-5051 or 647-2550.

* Also Saturday, a Fall Craft Fair is on tap from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Old Mill High School. This one boasts artisans and is sponsored by the school band boosters.

Information: 760-8221.

* Presenting its fourth annual Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday is St. Andrew by the Bay Catholic Church on College Parkway. In addition to handcrafted items for sale, customers can order poinsettias.

Information: 974-4366.

* In addition to its regular weekday hours, the YWCA Gift Shop in the Arnold headquarters will be open for weekend holiday shopping from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, 9 and 16, and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

Information: (410) 626-7800 or 974-0147.

Professor of the Year

The 1995 Maryland Professor of the Year is L. Kristan Presnell, an assistant professor of computer science at Anne Arundel Community College.

Ms. Presnell, who was among 546 nominees nationwide, was selected from a list of 15 nominees from 13 Maryland colleges and universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

She goes well beyond traditional teaching methods to help her students understand her difficult class materials. She created some of her own lab manuals and uses team instruction and student teamwork to improve learning.

"She's a wonderful professor who is very willing to explain what I don't understand," said Heather Fifield of Edgewater, a secondary education major in Ms. Presnell's Introduction to Computers class. "She won't give us the answers though. She makes us think."

Nominees are evaluated on their dedication to undergraduate teaching; their performance within the institution, community and profession; their approach to teaching; their impact and involvement with students; and support from colleagues, and current and former students.

Ms. Presnell joined the community college faculty in 1989 after five years in software engineering and one year in systems analysis at Westinghouse Corp.

The former Anne Arundel Community College student graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland at Baltimore with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

She earned a master's degree in computer science with honors at the Whiting School of Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and is pursuing her doctorate in information systems operations analysis at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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