St. John's College plans open house, tours of Mellon...

Education Notes

August 25, 2002

St. John's College plans open house, tours of Mellon Hall

St. John's College will hold an open house and tours of Mellon Hall from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 21. The event marks the completion of a $12.9 million renovation project.

The Annapolis Historic Preservation Committee has called Mellon Hall the most significant example of modern architecture in Annapolis.

The renovation is the first major work done on the building since it opened in 1958. Additions to the original building include a solarium-style cafe that overlooks a central courtyard and a wing that holds faculty offices, a pottery studio, a darkroom and the Hodson Trust Conference Room.

Also of interest is the building's innovative cooling system. Air circulates through giant ice-cube-like trays located in the basement and is sent throughout the building. Because the system uses power at night rather than at peak demand times, it is considered environmentally friendly.

Information: 410-626-2881.

Health Department creates online guide

The Anne Arundel County Health Department will offer an online guide for parents this fall.

Parents with questions about whether their child is too sick to attend classes and other health issues can find answers on the department's Web site at

The department's Clinic and School Health Division has put together a list of frequently asked questions and answers for parents. The site also contains information on immunizations, sun safety and tobacco prevention.

Information: 410-222-4508.

Center schedules mediation training

Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center is offering a two-session course, "Basic 40-Hour Mediation Training," open to anyone interested in learning mediation and conflict-resolution skills.

All training will be held at Anne Arundel Community College. The cost for both sessions is $600, which includes materials.

The sessions are conducted over two weekends and a Thursday and Monday evening. In this experimental and interactive training, participants will be expected to act as the mediator and as the participant in simulated mediation scenarios.

The first session will be held Oct. 3, 5, 6, and 7. Hours are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The dates for the second session will be announced.

Because of the highly interactive nature of the training, it is requested that those who enroll be certain they can attend all sessions. Certificates will be awarded only to those who have completed the entire 40 hours of each training session.

Information: 410-266-9033.

AACC students' works featured in exhibit

Eleven students from Anne Arundel Community College's lifelong learning program are featured in the Palette, Paint and Brush oil-painting exhibit, which will be on view through the end of the month at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Annapolis.

The students range from one teen-ager to retired seniors who have been enrolled throughout the year in the community college's continuing education course "Oil Painting," taught by Wanda Paxton.

Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow through Saturday.

Information: 410-777-2325.

St. John's College slates seminars and workshops

St. John's College Continuing Education and Fine Arts Programs offer a variety of seminars, preceptorials and workshops on the Annapolis campus from Sept. 6 through Nov. 16.

No classes will be held Oct. 11 through Oct. 14. All programs are open to the public. Classes are scheduled on weekday evenings and weekend mornings.

Offerings include:

A community seminar on the Book of Job, led by St. John's faculty member William Braithwaite and College of Notre Dame Professor Stephen Vicchio.

Two community preceptorials led by St. John's faculty members. They are "Henry Adams: The History of the United States during the Administration of Thomas Jefferson," led by Walter Sterling, and "Two Jazz-Age Novels," led by Jeff Franklin.

Fall pottery classes in a new studio next to Mellon Hall. The pottery studio features 13 wheels and two kilns, and areas for glazing and slab-building.

The following fine arts workshops also will be offered:

"Creative Writing: Fiction/Creative Nonfiction," led by Laura Oliver.

"Creative Writing: Personal Essay and Memoir," led by Vicki Meade.

"Fundamentals of Singing," led by Helen Stephenson.

"Techniques of the Old Masters: Medieval Illumination and Egg Tempera Painting," led by Jean Brinton Jaecks.

"Fundamentals of Painting," led by Jean Brinton Jaecks.

"Fundamentals of Watercolor," led by Jean Brinton Jaecks.

"Life Drawing," led by Charlotte Berry.

"Basic Drawing," led by Charlotte Berry.

"Figure Sculpture," led by D.H. Banker.

"Pottery I," led by John Jensen.

"Pottery I and II," led by John Jensen.

"Pottery III," led by John Jensen.

Tuition for each seminar, preceptorial or workshop is $135, plus materials and models' fees when applicable. The registration deadline for the fall term is Thursday.

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