Philosophy telecourse will go national in spring


January 14, 1998|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"FOR THE Love of Wisdom," a philosophy telecourse taught by Howard Community College philosophy Professor Helen B. Mitchell, will be available nationally this spring.

Cable Eight, the Howard Community College station that produced the course, is completing details on a distribution agreement with the Public Broadcasting System Adult Learning Satellite Service.

The telecourse, introduced locally last fall, is based on Mitchell's textbook, "Roots of Wisdom," and an accompanying reader, "Roots of World Wisdom."

The three-credit telecourse includes 25 half-hour lessons. It integrates the work of Western philosophers with the thinking of women and of Asian and African philosophers.

Cheryl Magill, Cable Eight's studio manager for six years, produced and directed the telecourse. The project, which took 18 months to complete, is the college's first attempt to produce a telecourse for national distribution.

"It's quite a coup," said Magill. "This is a very hot-to-trot telecourse. It has all the bells and whistles."

Magill has been promoting the telecourse at national conferences. She said colleges around the country have expressed interest.

One reason, she said, is "a push in academia to be multicultural."

Another reason, Magill said, is that the current philosophy telecourse is 26 years old, and consists entirely of lectures.

Woven through the new telecourse are excerpts from "The Writing Life," a Cable Eight series produced by the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society.

A number of local sites were used for shooting, including the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum and Patapsco State Park.

Magill says she has gotten positive feedback from viewers who are not taking the course for credit.

"It has a lot of entertainment value," she said.

Colleges will be able to obtain the telecourse through the Public Broadcasting System. Some will then show it on their own cable stations, said Magill.

Other colleges will broadcast it on their local PBS stations, or rent tapes to students.

Mitchell has been named the community college's Outstanding Faculty Member for the academic year.

Goodbyes for principal

Members of the community will have an opportunity to say farewell to Deborah Drown at a reception at 7 o'clock tonight in the media center of Running Brook Elementary School.

Drown is leaving her job as Running Brook's principal on Friday to take the helm of the new Gorman Crossing Elementary School in Laurel.

Last Friday, students held an assembly in Drown's honor. She was invited to sit on a specially decorated "throne," while representatives of each class presented her with gifts.

After the ceremony, the students enjoyed refreshments in their classrooms.

Count Emily in, too

The recent list from Wilde Lake High School of students who were inducted into the National Honor Society was one name short.

Junior Emily Bowers also became an Honor Society member at a ceremony Dec. 22.

Students aid needy

Members of the high school class at Cedar Lane School in Columbia collected coats and other clothing for the needy during November and December.

The students sorted and bagged the items, which filled about 25 large trash bags.

The clothing was delivered to Manna House in Baltimore just before the winter break.

Students who participated in the project included Aaron Bassett, John Jordan, Marques Johnson, R. J. Redic, Tiffany Merson, Blair Parham, Perrin Lassins and Melanie Thomas.

Coordinating the project were Kathy Sullivan, the classroom teacher, and Miriam Dorsey, an instructional assistant in the Career Skills Lab.

Also helping were instructional assistants Marcia Rose, Robert Jackson and Jennifer Ward.

Young authors named

Ten students at Running Brook Elementary have been named winners for their school in the State of Maryland International Reading Association's Young Authors Contest.

Their entries were sent to the county level of the contest.

Winners in the poetry category were second-graders Sophia Canavan and Byron Hayes, third-graders Rose Fan and Becky Rothwell, fourth-grader Laura Kehe and fifth-graders Jessie Rohwer and Natasha Gilmer.

Third-grader Shamara Collins and fifth-graders Colin Riley and Jasmine Thomas were rated tops in the short story category.

Judging the entries were kindergarten teacher Jen Cornelius, instructional assistant Kathy Gaither, preschool teacher Linda Irvine, and Title I teachers Laurie Lee and Amy Tieperman.

Reading specialist Mary Beth Hasson coordinated the contest. About 60 students participated.

Town meeting scheduled

"Our Children Our Challenge" will be the topic for the next in a series of town meetings sponsored by the Wilde Lake Revitalization Steering Committee.

The meeting is scheduled at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Slayton House.

Panelists include Roger Plunkett, principal of Wilde Lake High School, and Wilde Lake resident Eva Skrenta, a trained leader in the Adler-Dreikurs Parenting Program.

The Adler-Dreikurs approach is based on the work of psychiatrists Rudolf Dreikurs and Alfred Adler.

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