Education Notes


March 05, 2006

1st black graduate of academy to talk

Howard Community College and the Howard County Center for African American Culture will present a talk by retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Wesley A. Brown, who will speak about his experiences as the first African-American graduate at the Naval Academy. He was in the Class of 1949.

The talk is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Kittleman Room of the Instructional Lab Building (ILB 100), 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Robert J. Schneller Jr., author of Breaking the Color Barrier: The US Naval Academy's First Black Midshipmen and the Struggle for Racial Equality, will be on hand to sign books.

HCC is sponsoring cruise in Ukraine

Howard Community College is sponsoring a cruise in July on the Dnieper River in Ukraine from Kiev to the Black Sea.

The trip will begin with a British Airways flight to Kiev from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. In Ukraine, a river cruiser will serve as a floating hotel, which is to dock at Kiev, Yalta, Odessa and small villages along the way. The trip includes tours to cultural and historic sites and on-board entertainment.

The cost is $3,550, including round-trip airfare. Students can enroll in independent study to receive academic credit. Vladimir Marinich, professor of history at the college, will be one of the tour's leaders.

A passenger count must be confirmed this month.

Information: Vladimir Marinich or Barbara Livieratos, 410-531-1386.

Board meeting to include hearing

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session, and an evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will start with a public forum during which people can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

The board will hold a public hearing on revised Policy 9521, "Wellness Through Nutrition and Physical Activity," during the evening session. The policy can be seen at

Those who want to testify at the hearing should limit their presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the hearing.

Information or to sign up: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046.

Legislators offer scholarships

Dels. Gail H. Bates and Warren E. Miller, District 9A Republicans, are accepting applications for their 2006- 2007 legislative scholarship programs.

Scholarships are available for part-time and full-time students enrolled in graduate or undergraduate studies. Applicants must attend an in-state school and live in legislative District 9A.

Winners are chosen based on achievement, community service, leadership skills and financial need.

Information: 410-841-3556 (Bates) or 410-841-3582 (Miller).

Children's Services to hold workshop

The Howard County Office of Children's Services will offer a workshop for parents and child care and early-childhood professionals, "Ages and Stages of Development: Birth to Age 5," from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 380, Ellicott City. The cost is $10.

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