Education Notes

Education Notes

October 03, 2004

McDaniel club to feature speakers on Israeli conflict

The McDaniel Peace Club will sponsor Marianne Albina, Hidaya Said Najmi and Gila Svirsky in a lecture on "Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Decker Auditorium.

Sponsored by Partners for Peace, the women are on a U.S. speaking tour to promote discussion about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the United States' role in it.

The women will share their experiences with the conflict and hopes for peace. They have witnessed in the past four years deterioration in communities because of Israeli-Palestinian fighting and have made a commitment to address American audiences about their hopes and what they think must be done to improve the situation.

Albina, a Christian Palestinian, is an expert on Palestinian youth and has presented seminars throughout Europe.

Najmi, a Muslim Palestinian, is an architect with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, rebuilding the portion of the Jenin refugee camp demolished in the spring 2002 Israel Defense Forces invasion.

Svirsky, a Jewish Israeli, has written extensively about political issues in the Middle East, and in 2002 addressed the U.N. Security Council about the role of women in negotiations for peace. She was the recipient of two international peace prizes and was recently honored by the New Israel Fund for her contribution to strengthening Israeli democracy.

Information: 410-857-2465.

`First Steps' to discuss diploma options for adults

People age 16 and older who want to learn about high school diploma options and other programs, and have their math and reading skills evaluated, can attend a free "First Steps" orientation.

Introductory programs will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 25 at the Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

Advisers will be available to discuss learning needs and educational goals.

"First Steps" is part of Student Support Services and Carroll Adult Learning Connection.

Information: 410-751-3680, ext. 228.

Literacy Council to hold Stampin' Up! bingo Oct. 15

The Literacy Council of Carroll County will hold a Stampin' Up! bingo at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Westminster Veterans of Foreign Wars Post at 519 Poole Road.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for food sales. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Prizes include Stampin' Up! rubber stamps and accessories. Door prizes, raffles and games will be held.

Proceeds go to programs that help adults improve their reading, spelling, math and other basic skills.

Information: 410-848-6387.

Northwest schools group to hold public breakfast

The Northwest Region School Administrators will hold a community breakfast for local businesses and organizations at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the New Windsor Conference Center.

The purpose of the breakfast is to help the community learn about area schools and ways to assist them in meeting their goals.

Schools in the region include Francis Scott Key High; New Windsor and Northwest middle; and Elmer Wolfe, Runnymede and Taneytown elementary.

Reservations are requested by Tuesday by calling Elmer Wolfe Elementary School at 410-751-3307.

Foundation scholarships total more than $43,000

The Community Foundation of Carroll County has awarded more than $43,000 in scholarships to Carroll County students this year.

The foundation manages scholarships for civic clubs, schools, 4-H, private memorials and others.

Forty-seven scholarships ranging from $250 to more than $7,500 were given to students.

College hires Blair for community relations job

The Carroll Community College board of trustees has approved the appointment of Sylvia Blair as coordinator of community relations/Web editor.

Blair, who replaced longtime public information director Diana Scott, will be the primary liaison with media, faculty and students, and will provide editorial content direction for the college Web site.

She also will be a contributing writer for college publications, including the Today newsletter. In addition, Blair will coordinate the college's Speaker's Bureau, which offers college faculty and staff as speakers to community groups.

Before joining the college, Blair was a writer and public relations associate at the Epilepsy Foundation in Landover.

She is a graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore. Blair lives in Ellicott City.

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