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Education Beat

News from Anne Arundel County schools and colleges

July 24, 2005

AACC names new director of Hospitality Institute

Mary Ellen Mason has been selected by Anne Arundel Community College to direct its Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute.

Mason, who has been the interim director since August, joined AACC as a part-time instructor in 1990 while owning and operating a catering company.

As the new hospitality institute director, Mason will adapt and develop programs to meet industry and labor market needs. She will also implement measures to strengthen the curriculum.

As interim director, Mason has managed the institute's daily operations, marketing strategies, outreach activities and adjunct faculty. Before that position, she had been the assistant director since 2001.

Mason is a board member on the Governor's Task Force for Hospitality and Tourism and was president of the Maryland Restaurant Culinary Apprentice Committee until 2003. She earned a bachelor's degree in business from Strayer University.

Ratcliffe entrepreneurial scholarship applications for AACC classes due Aug. 12

Applications for the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Entrepreneurial Scholarships are due Aug. 12. The scholarship can be used for credit or noncredit classes at Anne Arundel Community College. Full-time and part-time students are eligible.

An applicant must be an AACC student, own or be interested in owning a business and submit an application along with two business or academic references.

To apply, download an application from AACC's Entrepreneurial Studies Institute Web site at or call 410-777-2161.

Two Anne Arundel County teachers vie for Disney Teacher of the Year

Three Maryland teachers, including two who teach in Anne Arundel County, were scheduled to be in California this weekend to vie for the Disney Teacher of the Year title.

George Radcliffe, a science teacher from Centreville Middle School in Queen Anne's County, Colleen Rowe, a physical education teacher from Broadneck Elementary School in Arnold, and Jennifer Santoro, a math teacher from Marley Middle School, are among 45 teachers selected across the country to participate in Disney's annual national Teacher Awards Gala.

The teachers will be featured in a Disneyland parade, attend VIP events and receptions and share teaching strategies with their colleagues. More than 50,000 teachers were nominated to attend. During the gala, four teachers will be named Outstanding Teachers and one will be named the 2005 Disney Teacher of the Year.

Each of the 45 teachers will receive $10,000, plus an extra $5,000 for their schools. The four Outstanding Teachers and the Teacher of the Year will receive an additional $15,000 each. The event is sponsored by Disney Worldwide Outreach.

`Creative Expressions' art exhibit to be shown at bookstore starting Aug. 2

The "Creative Expressions" art exhibit featuring the work of students and instructors from Anne Arundel Community College's noncredit studio art courses will open at 9 a.m. Aug. 2.

The art courses are offered year-round by AACC's Lifelong Learning division, and the exhibit will be shown from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Aug. 31.

The exhibit will be held at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Annapolis Harbour Center, 2516 Solomons Island Road.

Hospitality and tourism institute to hold formal open house Aug. 4

The Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute will hold a formal open house Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The institute is at 7348 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie. Free. 410-777-2398 or toll-free 866-456-4228.

AACC's phone number changing to 410-777-2222 on Aug. 1

Starting Aug. 1, Anne Arundel Community College's general information phone number will change to 410-777-2222. The number will make its debut at the same time as the college's switch to a new automated answering system that carries a more detailed menu of information options for callers.

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