Education Notes


July 02, 2006

Lindale teacher wins fellowship

Laura Kvech, an eighth-grade science and history teacher at Lindale Middle School, has been awarded an Earthwatch Fellowship. She will spend more than a week assisting professional scientists in the study of seals in Southwest England.

The fellowship was presented by Lyondell Chemical Co., which named 10 fellows from the United States, two from France and two from the Netherlands. The expeditions that the fellows will participate in are organized by Earthwatch Institute, a nonprofit environmental organization that promotes the conservation of natural resources.

Lyondell will pay for Kvech to travel to Southwest England for eight days this summer to work as part of a team documenting the behaviors and migratory patterns of the gray seals near Torbay, England. Data collected by Kvech and the rest of the research team will be used to develop a local conservation program for the seals.

Kvech earned a bachelor's degree in history from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in teaching from Salisbury University. She is certified to teach social sciences and earth sciences for grades 7 to 12. She is co-adviser for the National Junior Honor Society and a former AmeriCorps volunteer through the Student Conservation Association at Yorktown Battlefield in Virginia.

Community college nursing program

The Anne Arundel Community College Board of Trustees has approved a new certificate program in Practical Nursing. The proposed program will go before the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland Board of Nursing for review and approval.

The college hopes to launch the 40-credit program in January 2007, offering courses on evenings and weekends. Most students can complete the proposed program, including its prerequisite courses, in one calendar year.

Licensed practical nurses offer basic care for sick, injured or convalescing patients under the guidance of physicians and registered nurses. After completing the program, students can take the National Council Licensure Examination. They also may apply to the college's LPN-to-RN Upward Mobility program.

The proposed program would admit 20 to 24 students each academic year.

Information: 410-777-7318, www.aacc .edu or

AACC foundation elects officers

The board of the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc. recently elected F. Carter Heim, CPA of Annapolis, principal of HeimLantz Business & Tax Services Inc. in Annapolis, as president for the new fiscal year.

Other elected officers are: vice president, Jan W. Clark of Pasadena, president of County National Bank in Glen Burnie; secretary, Alan J. Hyatt of Crownsville, a partner at the firm Hyatt, Peters and Weber in Annapolis; and treasurer, Dominic J. Souza of Edgewater, an attorney with the firm McNamee, Hosea, Jernigan, Kim and Greenan and Walker, PA, in Annapolis.

Newly elected directors who will serve three-year terms are: Chip Bullen of Annapolis, an operations manager for Belle Grove Corporation in Brooklyn Park; Karl Gumtow of Annapolis, senior vice president for RABA Technologies in Columbia; Mitchell Krebs, senior vice president for business development at BankAnnapolis in Annapolis; Sue Lindsay of Annapolis, president of Lindsay Enterprises in Severna Park; and Sharrie Wade, CPA, president of Clark and Anderson, PA, in Glen Burnie and employed by the education firm Anne Arundel Academies Inc. in Annapolis.

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