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Hot Topics - July 20, 2018

  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions has been awarded a Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium Equipment & Materials Award in the amount of $201,134 to purchase equipment including an advanced birthing simulator, a SimJunior manikin, and an advanced neonatal simulator to enhance the education of nursing students, faculty and staff.
  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions received a three-year $850,631 grant for the “Harford Community College-Towson University Collaborative” program from MHEC on behalf of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. The commission established the Nurse Support Program grant to address the issues of recruiting and retaining nurses in Maryland hospitals. The award will help HCC increase its capacity to accommodate more students in its nursing program and dually enroll students who will continue at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland for a BSN. Two new faculty members will be hired to assist with the additional classes and support for retention and maintaining graduation rates of students.
  • Another grant of $57,214 was awarded through MHEC for continuation of a one-year collaborative program, One Step Away, under the Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness division, to increase completion rates by providing associate and bachelor's degree-granting Maryland institutions with funds to identify, contact, re-enroll, and graduate near-completer students.
  • HCC’s Foundation hosted the 25th anniversary Summer Swing Golf Tournament on July 9 at Maryland Golf & Country Clubs. This year, nearly $40,000 was raised, bringing the 25-year fundraising total to over $850,000. Tournament proceeds have supported programs and scholarships for HCC students, the General Scholarship Fund and the Grants for Innovation initiative. During the 19th Hole Dinner Reception, Kerry Hochstein and Patricia Brown were honored posthumously as co-recipients of the 2018 Ace Award in recognition of their dedication and service to the event. Event sponsors included Presenting Sponsor Kollman & Saucier, P.A., as well as corporate sponsors Academy Bus, HCC’s Executive Leadership Team, Dixie Construction, Boyle Buick GMC, Auto Solutions Products, Oak Contracting, M&T Bank, and The Kelly Group.
  • A promotion ceremony honoring Lieutenant Colonel Eric J. Feustel to Colonel, Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Reserve was held at APG on June 29. Colonel Feustel, who has been adjunct faculty at the College for the past 13 years, teaches Legal Environment of Business and Business Law. AnnMarie S. Profili, J.D of HCC’s Paralegal Studies Program and several HCC students attended the ceremony.
  • HCC student Giavanna Tserkis was sworn in on July 10 as this year's Student Commissioner for the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Gia, who was nominated last semester by faculty and members of the Executive Leadership Team at the College, will serve a one-year term. MHEC is responsible for the planning, supervision and coordination of Maryland's post-secondary education system. The Commission consists of twelve members appointed by the Governor with Senate approval, one of whom is a student.
  • Four HCC students will start a year-long internship with four companies in the financial services industry this October. Key Title, Inc.; The Kelly Group; Harford Mutual and Freedom Federal Credit Union partnered to offer a unique, paid opportunity to students at or near graduation. Students will complete a three-month internship with each of the companies, rotating through all four until they have experienced the unique opportunities all the companies offer. Students will gain marketable experience in their fields while learning about the financial services industry.
  • Instructional Design Technologist Melissa Harris and Sherry Massoni, Resident Faculty & Assistant Director for CETL (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning), recently completed the 2018 Maryland Online Leadership Institute. A consortium of Maryland colleges and universities focused on promoting and supporting online learning, the institute addressed three significant challenges for online programs: building participants' leadership skills; managing change through enlightened planning and implementation; and creating transformative communities, from team building to global networking. For more information, click here.
  • Associate Professor of Art History Jeff Ball completed the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Workshop last week. The two projects he worked on there are posted on a website that includes all the participants' work. It will expand in the future as more work is added post-workshop by participants and other interested parties. Jeff's work is the foundation of some larger ideas he has for a large online exhibition on textiles in the Mediterranean. This page shows his two projects, but he encourages those interested to click on the “All Projects” tab to see the many other examples of the work the 24 attendees completed this past month.

SAVE THE DATE:

  • Convocation – August 17, 11 a.m., APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College

HCC Calendar of Events through August 17

  • “Closer” Exhibition
    Through September 13, Harford Community College, Student Center, Chesapeake Gallery
    This exhibit features large scale figurative drawings and paintings using imagery derived from observation and composite sources by artist Melanie Johnson. The Chesapeake Gallery is open Monday to Thursday, 8:30 AM to 7 PM, and Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Harford Community College Closed
    July 4 (Wednesday)
  • Chautauqua Living History Performance: Eleanor Roosevelt
    July 9 (Monday), 7 PM, Harford Community College, Chesapeake Theater
    History comes alive with Maryland Humanities’ Chautauqua living history performance series each July. The family-friendly performance, which is free and open to the public, will feature a portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt by Susan Marie Frontczak, a living history presenter. As the First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Roosevelt played an important role in advocating for social justice. To set the stage for the dramatization, HCC instructor of music Benny Russell will hold a pre-show performance of “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.”
  • 25th Annual Summer Swing Golf Tournament
    July 9 (Monday), Maryland Golf & Country Clubs
    Harford County’s premier golfing event includes 18 holes of golf on one of the county's best courses, lunch, awards banquet featuring surf and turf, and prizes to the top players and teams. All players will receive an embroidered Under Armour polo shirt. Proceeds benefit Harford Community College Foundation, Inc. Sponsorship and registration info: http://www.harford.edu/summerswing
  • Harford Dance Theatre in Kinetic Canvas: Vincent Van Gogh
    August 3 (Friday), 8 PM
    August 4 (Saturday), 6 PM
    Harford Community College, Chesapeake Theater
    The Kinetic Canvas series returns with an original dance theater production inspired by Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. This innovative performance takes the audience on a journey through the eyes of Van Gogh, with a heightened view of the natural world, exploring radiating light and powerful expressionism. An hour before each performance, audience members are invited to an informative discussion on Van Gogh and Post-Impressionism presented by Jeff Ball, Associate Professor of Visual, Performing and Applied Arts at HCC. LIVEatHarfordCC.com or 443-412-2211
  • Harford Community College Board of Trustees Meeting
    August 14 (Tuesday), 6 PM, Harford Community College, Edgewood Hall, Room 132
    The Board of Trustees of Harford Community College will meet in open session. Please note: Those wishing to circulate written materials to the Board for use during their comment session shall submit such materials to the President’s Office at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. To request disability-related reasonable accommodations, call 443-412-2402 voice, 443-412-2199 TTY, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least three business days prior to the meeting. Info: 443-412-2230
  • Harford Community College Early Closing
    August 17 (Friday), Harford Community College
    Harford Community College closes to the public at 11:30 AM for its annual Convocation.

Hot Topics - June 29, 2018

  • Drs. Phillips, Thomas and Jackson and seven other employees attended the Achieving the Dream Kickoff Institute in Cleveland, Ohio June 19-21. The institute was designed to prepare 2018 cohort college teams to begin or intensify the process of transformative institutional improvement. Attendees were introduced to the Institutional Capacity Framework and Assessment Tool and learned how it creates the foundation for change necessary for building and strengthening a student-focused culture.
  • The College is partnering with Harford County’s Office of Community and Economic Development and local businesses to jointly fund a feasibility study for a proposed Applied Technology Center to be located in the southern Rt. 40 corridor to serve residents and employers. The study is expected to be completed at the end of September.
  • County Executive Barry Glassman announced that 28 local nonprofits will receive $1.5+ million in FY19 to plan and implement tourism-related activities including historical, cultural, heritage, agricultural, and eco-tourism operations. The APGFCU Arena was awarded $35,000 for FY19 activities that will include assistance with artist fees for a fall country concert and implementation of successful marketing strategies.
  • While HCC’s Foundation offers more than 150 donor-funded scholarships to our current students, a group of generous donors are committed to ensuring our recent graduates have the necessary resources to continue their education at a four-year institution. This spring, HCCF awarded $15,400 in transfer scholarships.
  • Leanna Gefrich, Coordinator for Youth Programs at the College, was presented with a Champion for Children Award from the Harford County Department of Community Services Local Management Board. The award honors those who have made a major contribution in Harford County to help improve the lives of children and young adults through the age of 21.
  • Harford Leadership Academy, a community leadership development program co-sponsored by the College and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, promotes the development of existing and emerging leaders in the community. This year's graduating class of 39 included HCC employees JeanMarie Lewis, Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, Pamela Stell, and Tony Wohlers, who received their certificates at the annual HLA graduation ceremony on June 7.
  • Effective July 1, the Arena and HCC’s Events Management departments are reorganizing into one department led by Stacy Rutherford. This new department will report to Brenda Morrison in the External Relations and Communications Division.
  • Karen Rege, Director for eLearning and Instructional Resources, was contacted by a friend, the head of McDaniel College’s music department, after an instructor for a World Drumming class became unable to complete the semester. Karen’s husband, Pape Demba Samb, a Senegalese drummer, was willing to help out. Rege and Samb brainstormed an innovative double-flipped course structure that helped the class finish the disrupted semester and began offering the full class in the double-flipped format the following fall. Learn more here.
  • In the spirit of collaboration, HCC's Safe Zone Committee teamed up with our colleagues at Cecil College to hold the LGBTQ+ Conference on Community and Inclusivity on June 22. This year’s conference featured in-depth panel discussions, advocate/ally workshops, and hands-on creative sessions on what a truly inclusive and compassionate future could look like for all students.
  • The Learning Center is piloting a makerspace “stress-free” area, where students are free to create, tinker, invent, and design. The Learning Center's Makerspace is stocked with low-tech items to support de-stress activities for students and staff. Activities will rotate throughout the year.
  • A new sculpture was installed in the Chesapeake Center’s courtyard. A symbol of leadership, the sculpture was designed by Adam Scott Cook and funded by Winds of Leadership, the nonprofit, philanthropic arm for Harford Leadership Academy. The design was inspired by the first project funded by Winds of Leadership, replacing the sails on the Skipjack Martha Lewis.
  • In June, a new rental client utilized the Arena for an inaugural 3D printing festival called the East Coast Rep Rap Festival. Attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors hailed from Canada, China, Germany, Iceland, Lichtenstein, the United Kingdom, and 24 of the United States. Only about 175 of the more than 720 attendees came from Maryland. The event was a great success, and the coordinators are looking to return to the Arena in 2019.
  • The Fighting Owls' baseball team had a player drafted in the MLB draft for the third consecutive year as ace pitcher Zach Guth was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 26th round. While Guth was the only current Fighting Owl to be drafted, a former Harford star player also saw his name called as Tre Todd of Harford’s 2017 baseball team was taken by the L.A. Dodgers in the 21st round after a highly successful year at Liberty University. Guth becomes the 10th player in Harford program history to be drafted by MLB.
  • During the spring 2018 semester, 91 Fighting Owls made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, a record for a spring semester at Harford, with 19 of those earning 4.0 GPAs. In addition, 11 student athletes made the AD Honor Roll for all four semesters of their Harford career. To earn a spot on the Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.0 GPA while taking at least 12 credits.

SAVE THE DATE:

  • Summer Swing Golf Tournament: July 9, 10 AM, Maryland Golf and Country Clubs

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