Education Notes

Education Notes

September 29, 2002

Parents, students invited to meeting about the PSAT

Annapolis High School is holding a PSAT Information Night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for parents and students throughout the district.

School counselors will explain the test and discuss reasons for taking it.

High school students in grades nine through 11 are scheduled to take the PSAT on Oct. 15. The fee for taking the test will be paid by the Anne Arundel County public school system.

Information sessions on PSAT results are scheduled Jan. 7 at Annapolis High School and Jan. 23 at Meade High School.

Tuesday's meeting will be held in the auditorium of Annapolis High, 2700 Riva Road.

Panel to lead symposium on physician assistants

Physicians and physician assistants from Anne Arundel County will gather at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Anne Arundel Community College, Florestano Building, Room 101, to hear how physician assistants integrate into office or clinical practice.

In "Strategies for Utilizing a Physician Assistant in Your Practice," a free two-hour symposium, a panel of local physicians will present information about physician assistants and financial issues.

The AACC physician assistant program and the Physician Assistants of Anne Arundel County are co-sponsors.

Information: 410-777-7392.

County parent educators discuss training initiatives

Anne Arundel County Parent Educators will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Family Resource Center, Portable B, at Oakwood Elementary School in Glen Burnie.

Alice Harris, resource developer of the Anne Arundel County Local Management Board, will highlight the most recent parent training initiatives.

Parent educators and family service providers from Anne Arundel County agencies and organizations are invited to attend.

Information: 410-222-6429.

St. John's homecoming centers on scholarly events

St. John's College will celebrate homecoming weekend starting Friday, but seminars - not football - will be the focal point.

The centerpiece of the weekend is a two-hour discussion on a great work of philosophy, art, literature, science or theology.

Alumni have a choice of 14 seminars on such topics as Plato's Phaedo, Dostoevsky's Demons and Descartes' Meditations.

On Saturday, John Sarkissian, Robert Williamson and Al Toft will be made honorary alumni of the Class of 2002. Sarkissian and Williamson are emeritus faculty members, and Toft, who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, makes lab instruments for the college.

Two alumni, both from the Class of 1967, will receive the Alumni Association Award of Merit. They are Candace Brightman, lighting designer for the Grateful Dead, and Howard Zeiderman, faculty member and founder of Touchstones, the center devoted to a method of reading and discussion used in organizations such as schools and prisons.

The weekend is expected to bring more than 400 alumni and their friends and family to Annapolis. More than 40 events are planned, including a keynote lecture by Eva Brann, tutor and former dean; a story hour of Great Children's Books of the Western World; a tour of the college's art gallery; an autograph party for alumni authors; a banquet; and a champagne brunch with the presidents of the Annapolis and Sante Fe campuses.

Information: 410-626-2539.

Mitchell Gallery docents lead free tours each week

The Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College now offers free tours on Thursday afternoons through its new docent program.

Tours of the exhibit The Sweet Uses of Adversity: Images of the Biblical Job examine images that include a 13th-century Byzantine Psalter to paintings by the 20th-century social realist Ben Shahn. The exhibit runs through Nov. 2. The college is at 60 College Ave. in Annapolis.

The docent program is being coordinated by National Gallery of Art docent Mary Hurd and includes Mary Kay Biern, Joan Vinson, Nancy Rea, Marietta Schreiber and Lorraine Carren, who is also a docent at the Hirshhorn Museum.

Docents will interpret exhibits for visitors of all ages. The free, 30-minute, docent-led tours will be conducted every Thursday for the duration of each exhibit, on the half-hour from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The tours are free and open to the public.

The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, established in 1989, is the only secure, climate-controlled fine arts galley in Anne Arundel County, and it is dedicated to bringing museum-quality exhibitions to the community.

Deadline approaches for young artist awards

Young artists are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded by the National Foundation of Advancement in the Arts.

High school seniors, or those who are 17 or 18 years old, can compete in the areas of art, photography, film, music, theater and writing. Winners will be invited to participate in ARTS Week in Miami in January.

As many as 50 ARTS Week participants will be nominated for the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.

The application deadline is Tuesday. The deadline to submit materials is Nov. 1. Applications are available online at or by calling 800-970-ARTS.

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