HCC mentoring program gets award


December 09, 2007

The National Council of Instructional Administrators has awarded Howard Community College's Step UP program its 2007 Exemplary Initiative Award for student retention and success.

Step UP, a mentorship program established in 2005, offers coaching, support, encouragement and listening. The program serves about 100 students each semester.

Information: Sue Frankel, 410-772-4826.

HCC cookbook goes on sale for $15

A cookbook featuring favorite recipes from students, staff and faculty at Howard Community College is on sale at the HCC Bookstore in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall.

Now You're Cooking, HCC! contains more than 200 recipes from around the world. The book costs $15; proceeds will benefit the HCC Educational Foundation's scholarship fund for international education.

Information: Barbara Livieratos, 410-772-4707.

Grant-writing workshop planned

The Association of Community Services, The Columbia Foundation and The Horizon Foundation will present the second session of their grant-writing workshop, "The Budget Page of Your Grant," from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Loyola College Graduate Center, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia.

The cost for the session is $40. Registration is required. Information: 410-715-9545 or visit www.acshoco.org.

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 Friday, 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: www.loc.gov/letters.

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 2008-2009 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 various artistic disciplines.

The applications will be judged on artistic merit, knowledge of an artistic discipline, commitment to a career in the arts and a track record of success in an academic setting.

Applications are available from the arts council (410-313- 2787) or at www.hocoarts.org. Applicants, who must be legal residents of Howard County, will be notified about the panel's decisions in March.

Board of Education to sponsor forum

The Howard County Board of Education will meet 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 forum during which the public can address the board on topics that have no formal hearing process.

Advance registration is requested.

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 2008-2009 school calendar.

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

Registration will be held during business hours, up to the close of business on the last working day before 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. Two weeks' advance notice is preferred.

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