Education Notes

Education Notes

January 26, 2003

Library of Congress fellowship awarded to AACC professor

Gregory J. Segreti, professor and chairman of American studies/humanities/philosophy at Anne Arundel Community College, is one of 20 scholars who have been awarded a fellowship for a $120,000 research institute at the Library of Congress.

Segreti, an Annapolis resident, will take part in a 16-month study, "Cities and Public Spaces in Comparative Cultural Contexts." He will focus on public spaces in Annapolis.

The National Endowment for the Humanities funds the programs sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association and the Office of Scholarly Programs at the library. Fellows undertake guided interdisciplinary research at the library on individually proposed topics.

An AACC faculty member since 1975, Segreti is a history graduate of Catholic University of America. He earned a master's degree in American studies at the University of Maryland and a master's degree in art history at the Johns Hopkins University.

Educator, author to speak at St. Anne's on Tuesday

St. Anne's Day School will present psychologist JoAnn Deak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, as part of its speakers series.

Deak, who is also an educator and author, will speak on "Gender Research: What You Should Know as a Parent of a Girl or a Boy." The lecture will be held in the multipurpose room of the school, 3112 Arundel on the Bay Road, Annapolis.

Admission is free. Information: 410-263-8650.

Host families sought for exchange program

World Heritage, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Spain, France, Germany, Thailand, Britain, Japan, Mexico, or Brazil through World Heritage International Student Exchange Program. Students are awaiting word on their host families for the 2003-2004 academic year.

A few students from Germany need homes for the fall semester this year. Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teen-ager living thousands of miles from home. Students are well-screened and are selected based on academic performance, English proficiency, and personal interviews. Couples, single parents and families with and without children in the home are encouraged to apply.

Exchange students arrive from their home country before school begins for fall 2003. Each student is fully insured, brings his/her personal spending money and expects to bear their share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. At the same time, the student will be teaching their adopted host family about their culture and language.

Families may select the student of their choice from student applications, photos and biographical essays. Once paired, students and families are encouraged to begin corresponding before the student's arrival. Information: 800-888-9040.

VFW Post 2462 announces winners of contests

Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 2462 has announced the winners of its Voice of Democracy Contest. The winners are Zachary Brandt, first place; Brittany Stutzman, second place; and Zachary Groff, third place. Winners will receive gifts of $100, $75 and $50 respectively.

Winners of the Post's Patriot's Pen contest are Christina King, first place, $100; Jackie Johnson, second place, $75; and Charlotte Govbel, third place, $50.

Arundel High PTSO to hold town meeting Tuesday

Arundel High School's PTSO will hold a town meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday with several school board members and state legislators. There also will be a portrait-hanging in honor of former Arundel High Principal William Myers. Three other past principals are expected to attend. The meeting will be held in the media center of the school, 1001 Annapolis Road, Gambrills. Information: PTSO President Tom Frank, 410-987-1305.

Parent program set Wednesdays until April 2

The Family Tree of Anne Arundel County will offer a 12-week Parenting Program which will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through April 2, at the North County Recreation Center, 196 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park.

Parents will receive a certificate during a ceremony after completing the program. Topics will include habits of healthy families, parents' self-esteem and needs, stress and anger management, positive ways to discipline, importance of home safety, and succeeding in school.

The center will not offer child care during the sessions, so parents will need to make arrangements for their children. Information: 410-431-5340.

Area McDonald's taking scholarship applications

The McDonald's restaurants of Greater Baltimore are accepting applications for the Ray Kroc Youth Achievement Scholarship Award.

Local McDonald's restaurants will award $1,500 scholarships and the distinguished Ray Kroc Medallion to 20 high school seniors for a total of $30,000.

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