Education Notes


November 02, 2008

Teacher development day to shut schools tomorrow

Harford County public schools will be closed tomorrow for teacher staff development.

Elementary schools will hold a parent conference day tomorrow.

Schools and offices will be closed Tuesday for the general election.

Information: 410-588-5203.

HCC alumni breakfast

Harford Community College welcomes all alumni to the HCC Alumni and Friends Association free continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Chesapeake Center, Dining Room West.

The association is an organization of graduates, former students and friends who are interested in maintaining a relationship with the college. Privileges of free membership include use of the HCC library system, job placement services, involvement in on-campus activities and invitations to events.

Information: 410-836-4449.

College's winter session

Harford Community College's winter session will be held Jan. 5 to 27 and offers 3 or 4 credits per class.

Day, evening and online courses will be offered during the three-week session.

Course offerings will be available on the Web. Students may register for a maximum of four credits.

Registration for winter and spring 2009 classes begins Tuesday.


Connecting local, global

Cecil College will present free lectures on "Connecting the Local to the Global," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Milburn Stone Theatre on the North East campus.

The discussions present intellectuals with unique backgrounds and perspectives on the human connections between distant communities by focusing on locally and globally relevant issues: environmental communication, religious conflict, global health and popular culture. Afterward, speakers will address the audience in a discussion.

On Tuesday, Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat will address "Common Ground, Peaceful Spirits: Transcending Conflict in Christianity, Judaism and Islam." Arafat will focus on the similarities between these dominant religions, the positive interaction of moderate religious communities in the United States, and the myths and realities of media representation.

Information: 410-287-1000.

Magnet Program sessions

Harford County schools will hold open houses on the Magnet Program for eighth-graders and their parents.

Programs are: Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School, Global Studies/International Baccalaureate Programme at Edgewood High School, and the 19 career programs at Harford Technical High School in Bel Air.

Other open houses will be held Wednesday at Harford Technical High School, and Nov. 11 on the Global Studies/International Baccalaureate Programme at Edgewood High.

Times for the open houses will be posted on the HCPS Web site, Attendance at the open house is not required for application or admission to any magnet program. The application deadline is Dec. 5.

Information: 410-588-5203.

HCC's 'green' effort noted

Harford Community College has been named for the second year in a row as one of 50 institutions nationwide that is making a significant contribution to the environment by the KIWI 2008 Green College Report.

The college was cited for its degrees in environmental science and technology, its Study Abroad Program offering ecology-focused courses, its "green" roofs, rainwater collection system and bioretention ponds and rain gardens.

Other environmental projects at Harford include a wind turbine, landscaping and grounds maintenance practices, and solar hot water heating systems.

Cecil's Pannill honored

The Gazette of Politics and Business has selected Cecil College President W. Stephen Pannill as one of Maryland's "25 CEOs You Need to Know."

Pannill was picked from a group of 130 leaders nominated by economic development offices around the state. He was recently named Executive of the Year by the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce.

The article noted Cecil's enrollment growth since Pannill became Cecil's fourth president July 1, 2000. As president, he also is secretary and treasurer of the board of trustees and on the board of the Cecil College Foundation. He is on the advisory board for the Cecil Leadership Institute and an adviser to the Bainbridge Development Corporation. Pannill was recently elected chair of the Maryland Community College Presidents Group after serving as its vice chair.

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