Education Notes


June 15, 2008

Schools spokesman is set to retire Aug. 1

Don Morrison, the longtime spokesman for Harford County Public Schools, will retire Aug. 1, after 25 years with the system.

Morrison, 63, who has been the public information officer for 15 years, called it a "dream job" and said he had the pleasure of working with some of the most dedicated, selfless people. After he retires, he said he plans to spend more time with his family and his 9-month-old granddaughter, Ella.

Morrison also taught at Aberdeen High School for 10 years and worked at T he Aegis. He said there was no word on who his successor will be.

Notre Dame offers info sessions

College of Notre Dame of Maryland will hold an information session for Accelerated College, Weekend College and graduate studies at the Higher Education & Conference Center at HEAT from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 24.

Accelerated College offers three programs of study: nursing (RN to BSN), business and elementary education.

Weekend College, a part-time program for working adults, allows students to complete undergraduate degrees in career-oriented majors on the weekend, but not every weekend.

Graduate studies programs include master's degrees in management (project management, human resource management, marketing management), education (teaching, leadership in teaching and ACT) and contemporary communication.

Information and reservations: 410-532-5500 or visit www

Science teacher gets presidential honor

Linn Griffiths, an environmental science and biology teacher at C. Milton Wright High School, spent a week in Washington this spring as Maryland's Presidential Science Teacher.

As part of the award, she received a $10,000 educational grant to use at her discretion over the next three years.

The teachers who earned a spot in the program met NASA astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, members of Congress and the Bush administration, and discussed and shared their expertise and views with their colleagues.

Besides being an 18-year teacher in Harford County Public Schools, Griffiths also is an adjunct instructor for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire for environmental graduate students and is a State Learning Fellow, providing in-service science activities for teachers.

HCC student to study music in Chicago

Andrew Erickson, a Harford Community College student, has been awarded a four-year scholarship for the vocal performance course at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

He has studied piano with Joe Satava and violin with Brian Folus. He has a 4.0 grade point average at HCC.

4 local grads from Delaware college

Delaware Valley College has announced that four Harford County students graduated with degrees this spring.

Graduates and their degrees are:

*Katherine Janiece Wehr of Abingdon: animal biotechnology and conservation with a major in zoo science.

*Sara Allum Wallett of Bel Air: animal biotechnology and conservation with a major in animal behavior training and enrichment.

*Stephen Tyler Dombroskie of Bel Air: animal biotechnology and conservation with a major in zoo science.

*Corrie Leigh Small of Joppa: dairy science.

Cecil professor attends program

Kevin Wisniewski, an assistant professor of English at Cecil College, was selected to attend a summer study program supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He attended "Revolution to Republic: Philadelphia's Place in Early America" June 9-14 in Philadelphia, where he visited several historical sites. The Society for the Historians of the Early Republic hosted the study.

Participants each received a $500 stipend to cover their expenses during the program.

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