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News from Anne Arundel County schools and colleges

July 10, 2005

New book offers kids' adventures around Annapolis

The Annapolis Department of Transportation and the Chesapeake Children's Museum have published the third edition of a local children's activity book in time for summer vacation.

Titled My Annapolis Adventure: Long Ago Is Closer Than You Think, this installment is a follow-up to the popular My Annapolis Adventure: Passport to Discovery books published in 2003 and 2004.

The books went on sale last week at the Maritime Museum's Summer Lunchtime Concert series held at the Annapolis City Dock. The $4 price includes free museum admission, a parking pass, class discounts and Annapolis Transit bus rides.

The books are designed for children between second and fifth grade, to spur interest and knowledge in southern Anne Arundel County history, culture and the environment. It includes illustrations of the William Paca House and Gardens, Historic London Towne and Gardens, Edgewater's Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the Chesapeake Children's Museum and the Captain Salem Avery House.

The book includes historic photographs, graphics and hand-drawn illustrations by noted local artists and history writer Ginger Doyel. A color map helps readers locate sites and describes how to use Annapolis Transit to get to some featured attractions.

In addition to being sold at the Children's Museum, the books will be available at the Annapolis Department of Transportation, Historic Annapolis Foundation sites, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the Captain Salem Avery House and other locations. Information: 410-990-1993 or 410-263-7964.

Scholarship forms due Friday

The Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship is taking applications through Friday. The scholarship will award $362,400 in the 2005-2006 academic year.

The Conroy Memorial Scholarship, administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, is available to children or spouses of public safety employees or select members of the armed forces whose death or 100 percent disability was directly caused in the line of duty.

The award also extends to the spouses and children of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Veterans who have a disability of 25 percent or greater and have exhausted or are no longer eligible for federal veterans' educational benefits are eligible for the scholarship, as are prisoners of war.

To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant's parent or spouse must have been a Maryland resident at the time of death or disability, and the applicant must enroll for at least six credits each semester in a degree-seeking graduate or undergraduate program at a college or university, or a private career school in Maryland. Information: 410-260- 4565 or 800-974-1024.

St. John's announces staff appointments

St. John's College of Annapolis has made the following staff appointments:

Ruth Anderson Coggeshall of Annapolis has been appointed director of major gifts. Before joining St. John's, Coggeshall was chief development officer for the National Gallery of Art in Washington. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of San Diego and a master of education degree from the University of Hawaii.

Shahrzad Arasteh is the new director of career services. She has a master's degree in clinical psychology, with master's and post-master's internships in neuropsychological assessment, and has completed extensive master's-level coursework in counseling and rehabilitation. She has more than six years of experience in the career development field in a variety of private and public settings. Arasteh will provide career counseling services to the students and alumni of St. John's College.

Frances Kushner of Annapolis has been named staff accountant. Some of her duties will include financial accounting, payroll processing, and grant management. Kushner graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a bachelor's in business and management. She is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. Kushner resides in Annapolis with her husband and two sons.

Patricia Dempsey of Annapolis has joined the college as assistant director of communications. She will handle the college's media relations, contribute to college publications and periodicals, and promote college events.

Stephanie Takacs, a 1989 graduate of St. John's, is the director of annual giving. Takacs received her master's in educational psychology from Fordham University and has published five children's books through Children's Press.


Career coach:

The YWCA offers individualized career coaching for women. The fee begins at $40 on a sliding scale. 410-626-7800, Ext. 207.

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