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Education Notes

September 01, 1996

College's Class of 2000 is called largest in 10 years

The Class of 2000 at Western Maryland College is the school's largest class of new full-time students in 10 years, said college President Robert H. Chambers.

Currently, 389 freshmen and 54 transfer students are to start classes Tuesday, along with returning undergraduates. The 443 XTC new students represent an increase of 17 percent over last year's entering class of 379 new students, including 322 freshmen of the Class of 1999.

Martha O'Connell, director of admissions, noted that national test scores and overall grade point averages of new students are the same as in previous years.

The enrollment figures do not include the college's first incoming class of students from its Budapest, Hungary, campus who will finish their degrees here in Westminster. The 20 students, who spent the last two years at WMC-Budapest, the only American undergraduate college in Hungary, arrived earlier this week.

The new students represent 23 states, up from 14 in 1995, and the proportion of students from Maryland is 68 percent, up 2 percent, O'Connell said. Ten new foreign students are enrolled, compared with four in 1995, and minorities represent 8.6 percent of the class, up from 6.5 percent last year.

The new students moved in Thursday for orientation activities, which included a day trip to Gettysburg, Pa. On Thursday afternoon, Chambers greeted the class as they joined in a campus tradition, each taking a turn ringing the old main bell in the college's main campus square.

Returning students are expected back today.

Pappalardo is elected to Neumann College board

Faye Pappalardo, executive vice president of Carroll Community College, has been elected to serve as a member of the board of trustees of Neumann College in Aston, Pa.

As a board member, she will help make decisions for the college and its future.

Neumann College, established in 1965 as Our Lady of Angels College, changed its name in 1980 to honor St. John Neumann, who was instrumental in the founding of the Sisters of St. Francis.

Endowment fund honors work of faculty member

Family, friends and colleagues of L. Stanley Bowlsbey Jr. this summer started an endowment fund at Western Maryland College in his name to recognize his accomplishments at the college.

The L.S. Bowlsbey Jr. Endowment is only the second fund created specifically to benefit the graduate program at Western Maryland. The fund will support the program in school administration.

Bowlsbey served as director of the Graduate Studies Program from 1970 to 1988, while he was chairman of the education department. He also was dean of planning and research in 1988-1989.

He started at Western Maryland as a student, earning a bachelor's degree in 1952 and a master's in 1959. He joined the faculty in 1969.

An award from the endowment should be made this year, said Ken Pool, dean of graduate affairs.

Pub Date: 9/01/96


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