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News from Harford County schools and colleges

April 24, 2005

Entrepreneur Ralph to speak at HCC commencement

Harford Community College will hold its 47th commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. May 21 in a tent on the library lawn.

The traditional cap and gown ceremony will honor associate's degree and certificate graduates from August 2004, December 2004 and May 2005. Roger Ralph will deliver the commencement address.

From 1980 to 2000, Ralph was the president - and with his wife, Elaine, owner - of the Bel Air Athletic Club. Before entering the health club industry, Ralph held positions with the Columbia Association as vice president of human services for the new town; Job Corps; Booz, Allen, Hamilton; and the Small Business Administration, where he helped develop a national minority franchising program.

After selling the Bel Air Athletic Club, he was a business adviser to Bill Ripken and Cal Ripken Jr. at Ripken Baseball. He and a partner are building a multipurpose athletic and wellness club in Wilmington, Del. within a state park.

Ralph holds a bachelor's degree in history from Middlebury College and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University. He was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.

Ralph resides in Stevensville with his wife, Elaine. They have three grown children.

For more information on HCC's commencement, call the college at 410-836-4140.

Trinity school essay winners announced

Recently, third-, fourth- and fifth-grade pupils at Trinity Lutheran School participated in an essay contest with the American Legion, Auxiliary Unit 139.

The pupils were asked to write a letter to a person in the armed forces. On Tuesday, Members of the auxiliary presented these winners with a monetary prize and a certificate of appreciation:

Unit Winners:

Group I

1st place - Matthew Morgan

2nd place - Lauren Fabiszak

3rd place - Cara Reilly

Group II

1st place - Sarah Andreychek

2nd place - Grace Kin

3rd place - Nicole Shipley

Emotional intelligence will be focus of seminar

Harford Community College is holding a two-day session, "Working With Emotional Intelligence," centering on the research conducted by psychologist Daniel Goleman. The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Edgewood Hall on the HCC campus.

Local consultant Norma Tilton will lead the seminar on Goleman's work showing that people who are emotionally intelligent tend to have more successful lives because they master five basic emotional competencies: self-awareness, managing emotions, self-motivation, empathy and social skills. The course is recommended for managers and support staff, as well as parents and partners.

For more information, call HCC's Continuing Education and Training Division at 410-836-4376 or 410-879-8920, ext. 376.

Harford woman named to Notre Dame positions

Havre de Grace resident Katherine Joyner, a student at College of Notre Dame of Maryland, has been elected to two leadership positions at the college for the 2005-2006 academic year, the college announced last week.

Joyner will serve on the Committee for Student Development. Among the activities of this committee are proposing and reviewing student development policy, functioning as a student advocacy group and serving as an advisory body to the vice president for student development.

Joyner was also elected to the Student Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.

College/career advising session scheduled at CCC

ELKTON - Cecil Community College will hold a College Information and Career Advising Session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 10 at Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave.

This free workshop is open to the public. Advisers from the college's credit and noncredit programs will be on hand to talk to prospective students about training programs, workplace readiness classes, lifelong learning resources and financial aid.

A session is also scheduled for the same time and place June 14.

Information: 410-287-6060, ext. 641 or

Community Emergency Response Training offered

ELKTON - The Cecil County Department of Emergency Services, in partnership with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, is offering the Community Emergency Response Training course free to all residents of Cecil County.

The course prepares people to help save lives and property in the 72 hours after a large disaster. Topics include writing an emergency plan for your household, operating a fire extinguisher, treating basic injuries, using CPR and understanding the threat of terrorism and the psychology of disaster.

Each of the two scheduled classes, beginning May 2 and June 6, consists of seven sessions from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Cecil Community College's Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave. Classes are limited to 16 students. To register, or for more information, call 410-392-3366.


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