Education briefs

May 20, 2011

Community service award

Anne Arundel Community College was named for a fifth consecutive year to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for its support of volunteering, service and civic engagement. AACC is one of two Maryland community colleges to receive the honor.

Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service and civic engagement. Selection factors include percentage of student participation in service activities, scope and innovation of service projects, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. Last year, AACC students, faculty and staff devoted 12,282 hours to projects or organizations in the community.

Professors emeritus

The Anne Arundel Community College Board of Trustees has awarded professor emeritus status to Martha A. Linksz of Arnold and Richard H. Seabrook of Annapolis. They were judged outstanding candidates in teaching effectiveness, professional development, department service and college/community service. Linksz retired as a full professor in June 2010 after 34 years at the business and public administration department. She was awarded tenure in 1981 and the rank of full professor in 1989.

Seabrook retired in June 2010 as a full professor after 28 years as a member of the computer technologies department. He was awarded tenure in 1987 and the rank of full professor in 2004. He began teaching as an instructor in 1982 based on 20 years of prior experience in the computing industry and four years as an avionics maintenance officer in the Air Force.

PR appointment

Anne Arundel Community College has appointed Dan Baum as executive director of its public relations and marketing department. Baum has more than 20 years' experience in marketing and public relations and most recently served as vice president of Crosby Marketing Communications. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

Engineering scholarships

Anne Arundel Community College has been awarded a $598,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help support the college's Engineering Scholars Program. The grant will provide scholarships of up to $4,000 annually to financially needy, academically talented students to help them graduate from the school's engineering programs, transfer to a four-year institution and enter the workforce. Information: 410-777-2222.

Internship participation

Anne Arundel Community College invites employers to participate in its internship program. Students from a broad range of disciplines want real-world experience and mentoring from leaders in business, industry, government and nonprofit agencies and organizations. For information on how the internships work or to offer an internship opportunity, contact the college's internship office at or

Nursing scholarships at AACC

Through 2014, three Anne Arundel Community College nursing students will receive $3,000 scholarships through a program set up by Johns Hopkins HealthCare. The scholarships will benefit county residents enrolled in the college's registered nursing associate's degree program who demonstrate financial need as established by the AACC financial aid office. Information: 410-777-2515 or

Archbishop Spalding names new principal

Lewis Van Wambeke will succeed Kathleen Mahar as principal of Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn. Van Wambeke has extensive experience as a science educator, department chairman, basketball coach and mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. He has been a part of the school since 2005, when he served as assistant principal of student affairs and later moved to assistant principal of academic affairs. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from St. Mary's College and a master's degree in leadership in teaching from the College of Notre Dame. The transition will take place July 1.

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