Education Notes

Education Notes

October 12, 2003

Domestic Violence Awareness Night at AACC in Arnold

The 12th annual Domestic Violence Awareness Night will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Pascal Center for Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College's Arnold campus.

Patricia Ireland, chief executive officer of the YWCA of the USA and former president of the National Organization for Women, will give the keynote address.

The program features Lorraine Chase, supervisor of the victim/witness program of the U.S. attorney's office in Washington, two domestic violence survivors and performances by the local YWCA's Star Academy Chorus and Star Academy Step Team.

Sponsors for the evening include the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County and AACC. Information: 410-777- 7390.

Credit certificate program for computer specialists

Anne Arundel Community College offers a 24-week, credit certificate program to become a computer-support specialist.

AACC's packaged program is offered in three consecutive, eight-week sessions. The first session meets Tuesday to Dec. 12 and includes four courses: "Student Success," "Introduction to Computers," "Personal Computer Word Processing Applications" and "Internet Fundamentals."

The second eight-week session is from Jan. 5 to Feb. 20 and covers "Business Communications," "Personal Computer Spreadsheet Applications" and "Microcomputer Operating Systems."

The third session is Feb. 23 to April 16. Courses cover "Personal Computer Database Management Systems," "Data Communications 1" and "Theory and Troubleshooting Micro Computers 1."

The 27 credits lead to a certificate in computer information systems with a personal computer technician option. Information: 410-777-2925.

Gala proceeds to benefit college scholarship program

The Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc.'s Gala 2003 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 on the Arnold campus.

Festivities begin with cocktails, followed by dinner catered by Ken's Creative Kitchen and dancing to the music of Bittersweet.

The gala's hosts are Kathryn J. Dahl, foundation president and partner in the Annapolis firm of Linowes and Blocher, and AACC president Martha A. Smith.

Proceeds of the $185- per-person event will go toward the foundation's scholarship programs. The foundation's mission is to secure and steward private funds to enhance the college's educational initiatives.

The event is black-tie optional. Information: 410-77-2306.

Library branches to close Oct. 24 for staff meeting

All branches of the Anne Arundel County Public Library and library headquarters will be closed Oct. 24 for an all-staff meeting.

This annual gathering enables all library employees from the 15 branches and library headquarters to meet as a group for staff development and training.

While all branches will be closed, patrons can still access their accounts, renew items, search the library catalog and reserve materials over the Internet at

Renewals can also be completed and requests and overdue books can be checked by calling the automated borrower information line at 410-222-4444 or 301-970-2131.

Pasadena pupil wins 2nd place in essay contest

Megan Lantz of Pasadena was among the three winners of a statewide writing contest of middle-schoolers focusing on the themes of peace and social justice.

The contest was sponsored by the Peace Action Chapters in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund and the Benjamin Peace Foundation.

Lantz won second prize and $200.

North Beach student to participate in law forum

Tiffany Harrell of North Beach has been selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law from Oct. 21 to Oct. 26 in Washington.

Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in law and justice, Harrell will join more than 350 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the forum.

The curriculum for NYLF/LAW is based on actual events, which allows its participants to learn from the examples set by lawyers and court officials.

AACC athletics program honored for sportsmanship

The Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference has awarded the athletics program at Anne Arundel Community College its 2002-'03 Jack Cistriano Sportsmanship Award.

Brian Farrell, conference president, said the decision was based on "a compilation of positive responses from conference coaches regarding AACC teams."

The award is named for Jack Cistriano, who spent 32 years as men's director for the national conference's Region XX athletics.

The conference presents the award each fall to the institution that demonstrates the best sportsmanship during the previous academic year. Each athletic director casts one vote that represents a poll of his or her coaches.

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