Gala to celebrate college president


December 02, 2007

Howard Community College will complete its inaugural activities for the installation of the college's new president, Kathleen Hetherington, with a President's Gala from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall.

Hetherington was installed Nov. 5; she officially assumed the position June 1, succeeding Mary Ellen Duncan.

The black-tie affair will feature hors d'oeuvres, a buffet dinner, dancing and a premiere viewing of the exhibition Rodin: In His Own Words, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

The touring show, which opens Saturday, will be installed in the college's Peter & Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center.

The exhibition features 30 bronze sculptures paired with quotes from Rodin that illuminate the art and the artist.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the college's McCuan Family Scholars Endowment, which helps single parents and displaced homemakers succeed in college and the workplace. The McCuan family will match each dollar raised at the gala, up to $200,000.

Tickets to the gala are $125, or $200 for a couple. Information: 410-772-4450 or www.howardcc. edu/specialevents.

Contest invites letters to authors

The Maryland Center for the Book, a program of the Maryland Humanities Council, is promoting the 2008 Letters About Literature contest, a national program for children and young adults who are invited to write a letter to an author whose work changed their lives.

More than 55,000 students participated in last year's contest. Teachers are invited to incorporate the program into their curricula by downloading a free copy of a teacher's guide. Entries, which must be postmarked by Dec. 14, are judged according to age group: grades four to six (Level 1); grades seven and eight (Level 2); and grades nine to 12 (Level 3). Winners at the state and national levels receive cash awards. Information:

Art scholarships offered for college

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking applicants for its 2008 arts scholarships.

The council will award at least $10,000 in scholarship money to students entering college in the 2008-09 academic year. The scholarships must be used to enroll in an accredited college program for a degree in the arts. Awards will be at least $1,000 and can be used for tuition and fees.

Applications, which must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Jan. 11, will be reviewed by the arts council's scholarship panel, whose members are professionals working in a variety of artistic disciplines.

Applications are available from the arts council (410-313- 2787) or at

Board of Education to sponsor forum

The Howard County Board of Education will meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 13 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 the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process.

During the evening session, the board will hold public hearings on Policy 7020, nepotism; Policy 9100, educational programs for pregnant students; Policy 1010, discrimination; and Policy 1020, sexual harassment.

The board will also hold a public hearing on the proposed 2008-09 school calendar.

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

To sign up to speak at a hearing or at the public forum, call 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter, contact Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046.

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