Education Notes

Education Notes

January 25, 2004

Board of Education session to cover learning communities

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold a business meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices at 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

A work session will be held at 5 p.m. on small learning communities. Participants will receive a working knowledge of the terminology associated with small learning communities; have a clearer picture of the purpose, economics, staff perception and school level operation of the initiative; and develop steps for the program's future.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at

Meetings will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia Cable TV, and repeated at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and the following Thursday, and 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

McDaniel's `Campus Mom' wins recognition for work

Barbara Horneff, associate dean of the first-year program at McDaniel College, has been recognized for her work with first-year students.

Horneff was chosen as one of 12 semifinalists in the annual campaign to recognize Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates, held by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and the Houghton Mifflin Co.

Horneff will be listed on an honor roll during the 23rd annual conference on the First Year Experience in Addison, Texas, Feb. 20-24.

Since Horneff was named associate dean of the first-year program in June 1994, the college has implemented a first-year seminar program in which new students take classes with a professor who serves as their academic adviser and an upperclassman peer mentor who helps them make the transition to college life.

Nicknamed "Campus Mom," Horneff has been inviting students to dine in her home for years. In 2000, she published Dinner Winners and Real Meals, a cookbook that blends stories about her students with recipes.

Horneff and her husband, Donald Horneff, adjunct lecturer of music at the college, live in Westminster.

Construction begins on academic building

McDaniel College has begun construction on a multipurpose academic building that will house the college's graduate and professional studies, education and psychology programs, as well as student academic services.

Scheduled to be completed in spring of next year, the $9 million project will be funded partly through a $3 million matching capital improvement grant from the state.

The three-story, 44,800-square-foot building will be between Hoover Library and Albert Norman Ward Hall. The project architect is Marshal Crafts & Associates. The construction manager is Henry H. Lewis Contractors LLC.

The building will feature: an American Sign Language and English lab to prepare deaf education teacher candidates; classrooms for 12 graduate programs and a new graduate certificate program in gerontology; an academic skills center; a reading clinic for elementary school pupils with reading deficiencies; specialized classrooms for educational methods courses; a professional development school; an outreach site for content development and leadership training in mathematics; and a computer lab.

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