Education Notes

Education Notes

April 11, 2004

Open house set for courses offered at Arundel Mills

The College of Notre Dame of Maryland will hold an open house for its Weekend College and graduate studies programs at 6 p.m. April 22 at Arundel Mills mall, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover.

Weekend College, a part-time bachelor's degree program for working men and women, has offered academic studies for 29 years. Undergraduate courses available at Arundel Mills include early childhood education, elementary education and special education.

The graduate studies program offers a master of arts degree in teaching and accelerated certification for teaching at Arundel Mills.

Information: 410-532-5500.

AACC selects lawyer as new diversity manager

Anne Arundel Community College recently appointed lawyer Kelly A. Koermer, a faculty member at its Institute for Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Public Service, its new diversity and compliance manager.

Koermer, of New Freedom, Pa., has been an associate professor since 1998 at the college, where she coordinates AACC's for-credit programs in paralegal studies, law and jurisprudence, and cybercrime. She will continue to hold those responsibilities.

In her new role, Koermer will work with the college's human resources department. She will serve as the college's primary contact for all faculty and staff concerns regarding federal laws on affirmative action, civil rights disabilities and equal employment opportunities.

She will also respond to discrimination or harassment issues and concerns raised by faculty, staff or students.

Koermer received a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies with high honors from Villa Julie College in Stevenson. She earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

She also is a part-time professor at Wesley College in Dover, Del., and the University of Maryland University College. She has written a textbook, Guide to Criminal Law for Maryland, published by Wadsworth Group in 2001.

Annapolis High wins county math competition

Annapolis High School won first place in the 33rd annual county high school mathematics competition, although Archbishop Spalding High School's math squad came close to toppling the team from its first-place perch.

The final competition and awards event drew 111 students to Anne Arundel Community College. Throughout the school year, 196 students from 13 public and private high schools participated.

Paul Hearding of South River High School scored 22 out of 30 points for the top year-end individual honors. He was also named most improved individual. Second-place overall was Nate Avers of Severn School, who placed sixth last year. Third place was a tie between Matthew McGonagle of Arundel High and Anna Johnson of Annapolis High. Johnson also took third place overall last year. Matt Gaulin of Severn School, Jeremy Henry of Annapolis High and Dan Lim of Severna Park High tied for fourth place.

They each received the Donald Wertz Memorial Award of a certificate and a book of their choosing based on a mathematical topic. Wertz was a former Arundel High mathematics teacher who supported math competitions.

The year-end rankings are Annapolis, 33.0; Archbishop Spalding, 30.67; Arundel, 27.33; Severna Park, 26.33; Chesapeake and South River, each 24.0; Northeast, 23.33; Severn School, 23.0; Broadneck, 22.33; Glen Burnie, 22.0; Old Mill, 19.67; North County, 18.0; and Meade, 15.33.

The high school math competitions will resume at AACC in the fall.

Information: 410-777-2574.

Kauffman recognized as professor emeritus

The Anne Arundel Community College board of trustees has recognized Robert E. Kauffman of Arnold as professor emeritus for his significant accomplishments and contributions to the college and community.

Kauffman was a performing arts professor and department chairman who served for 30 years.

He arrived at AACC in 1972 with a master of arts degree in English from Middlebury College in Vermont. He earned a master's degree in dramatic arts in 1975 from the University of Maryland.

AACC professor wins four national awards

Anne Arundel Community College associate professor Ernest A. Berger Jr. has won four national television awards for spot commercials and a short comedy film.

Berger, who teaches communication arts technology, won the four honors in the 25th annual Telly Awards competition, which recognizes outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and film and video productions. This year's contest drew more than 10,000 entries.

His short comedy Snack-o-Rama won awards in two categories, entertainment and animation. The short movie appeared on television in August.

Berger won the other two awards for two commercials. In "Broken Sleigh," Santa Claus' sleigh falls apart so he buys a Chevrolet pickup truck to deliver toys. In "Oops," two inept billboard workers put a sign on top of a cliff, step back to admire their work and remember too late that they are thousands of feet above the ground. They fall, but land without injury in the back of a pickup truck at Rogers Chevrolet, showing that "You can rely on Rogers."

Berger has produced commercials for almost 25 years. His company, Ernest Berger and Associates, is an Arnold-based video and animation company. He won his first Telly Award in 1998 for an animated spot, "Pandemonium on the Pond."

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