Hot Topics - May 3, 2018

  • The Harford Community College Foundation recently reached a significant milestone: $10 million in net assets. The Foundation averages $420,000 in scholarship awards each year to deserving students at HCC, as well as student emergency assistance funds and support for purchasing textbooks, equipment and technology needs.
  • On April 28, BECAT faculty member Frank Mayer successfully led a team of five cybersecurity students through a sophisticated defensive operations scenario training exercise at the newly-opened Baltimore Cyber Range (BCR). The exercise was made possible through a DLLR EARN grant for community college students in which HCC was the first to participate. In addition to the valuable training, students will receive support from the Range in connecting them with employment opportunities with BCR partners.
  • Dr. Tim Chizmar and Dr. Paul Chizmar have named the Ambulance Simulator Lab in Darlington Hall through HCC’s Foundation. The gift will fund scholarships for students enrolled in HCC’s Paramedic program. Dr. Tim Chizmar is the Medical Director for the College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs and Dr. Paul Chizmar, his father, is an instructor for the Paramedic program.
  • Five Harford Community College employees, David Antol, Heidi Neff, Supawan King, Jacklyn Madden, and Pamela Runge, are recipients of the 2018 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. NISOD has supported the pursuit of excellence in teaching and leadership at hundreds of member colleges for nearly 40 years. They will receive their medallions at the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas at Austin later this month.
  • The University System of Maryland's William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation announced Jessica Adams, HCC Assistant Professor for Mathematics, was awarded a $1,500 mini-grant for development of open educational resources (OER) for her statistics course. With OER, faculty develop learning materials that can save students money by replacing traditional textbooks.
  • STEM faculty member Dr. Carol Mueller was selected as a recipient of the prestigious John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for her leadership and commitment to excellence in advancing the teaching and learning mission of the College. She was nominated for her work related to the transitional math curriculum and her leadership within the College and statewide.
  • Owl Magazine won three national Apple Awards in categories that included four-year colleges. HCC was the only community college recognized in any of these categories. The students placed first for Best TV Newscast and Best Magazine Spread and second for Best Print Ad. The annual competition was sponsored by the College Media Association.
  • Benny Russell, local composer and adjunct music instructor at the College, presented his original composition “Man of Peace” in the Chesapeake Theater last month in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The performance is supported, in part, by an innovation grant from the HCC Foundation.
  • Twelve Graphic Design students worked with local middle and high school students in the YEA! Young Entrepreneur’s Academy on their start-up business projects by creating graphic identities for their projects through design.
  • Students in the Graphic Design program are creating an identity, design standards, and marketing package for the Alfred B. Hilton 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The group will be fundraising for a memorial to be built in the county to create awareness of Harford County’s only native born Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Hilton, a Sergeant in the 4th Regiment United States Army Colored Infantry, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous service during the Civil War.
  • Three HCC teams participated in the 10th Annual Student Mathematics Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament hosted by Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA last month. The twelve Harford students demonstrated their excellent math skills working in teams to solve challenging problems. Dr. Supawan King (Math Club Advisor) and faculty Evan Bucklin, Chris Jones, and Sanny Vernon accompanied the students to the event.
  • WHFC was named favorite local radio station for the second straight year in Harford County Living's "Community Choice Awards." Receiving 62.2% of the vote, WHFC outdistanced second place WXCY by nearly 37%!
  • The College’s Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, Rho Beta Chapter has been named a 2018 REACH chapter. This award is given to chapters that excel in the area of membership development. PTK is the national honor society for two-year colleges.
  • Harford County Executive Barry Glassman presented a citation to honor the College’s winning men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Fighting Owls won both the regular season and conference tournament championships in both men’s and women’s basketball, a clean sweep for the first time in league history.

Save the Dates!

  • On Friday, May 18, the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus will perform at the APGFCU Arena. This free community concert, presented by Harford Community College and WXCY 103.7, will feature marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic songs, and instrumental and vocal solos. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Although admission is free, tickets are required; click here for ticket information.
  • The College's Sixtieth Annual Commencement is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 6 p.m., at the APG Federal Credit Union Arena. The College will close at 3 p.m. on that day to prepare for the event.

Hot Topics - March 7, 2018

  • The College has joined Achieving the Dream (ATD), a network of more than 220 colleges in 39 states dedicated to improving student success. As an institution within the network, Harford will work with ATD coaches to build institutional capacity, connect with peers to foster learning and share information, and implement cutting edge reforms.
  • Dr. Dianna G. Phillips will present testimony in Annapolis on March 7 before the Ways and Means Committee in support of House Bill 951, the Higher Education Degree and Job Certification Without Debt Act of 2018. She will focus on two key components: the Maryland Community College Promise Program and scholarships for near completers.
  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and HCC recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will ensure students’ seamless transition from our A.S. in Nursing (ADN) program to UMSON’s B.S. in Nursing (BSN) program. The agreement allows students to apply and be admitted to UMSON’s BSN program while in HCC’s ADN program. Students will receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at HCC and will be granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree, saving them time and money in completing their BSN degree.
  • On February 18, the HCC Foundation and Wine World Beer & Spirits hosted the Winter Wine Expo in the APGFCU Arena, raising nearly $20,000 for the Alumni & Friends Scholarship Association. This year, 80 guests attended a new addition to the event, a VIP Wine Pairing Reception prior to the Expo, which was extremely well received. Over 450 guests attended the Expo, which featured 70 wine vendors, six of the county’s best restaurants, and live music courtesy of The Benny Russell Trio.
  • Professor of Mathematics Chris Jones will be presented an inaugural AACC Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Member Award from the American Association of Community Colleges at their annual convention in Dallas, Texas from April 28 to May 1. Criteria for the award include demonstrating passion for and support to students, inside and outside of the classroom; participating on college committees; and going above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful.
  • Dr. Andrew Kellett, Associate Professor of History, will read from and discuss his new book, The British Blues Network: Adoption, Emulation, and Creativity. Dr. Kellett will speak on April 11 at 2 PM in Edgewood Hall, Room 132.
  • Visceral Takeover, a solo exhibition featuring recent paintings by Heidi Neff, Associate Professor of Art + Design, will be on display from March 1 to 25 in the Amos Eno Gallery, 56 Bogart Street in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Laura Schenk, Theresa Libershal, and Sonia Galvan’s abstract, “Incorporating Professional Development Activities into Nursing Curriculum to Promote Professional Socialization of Nursing Students” has been selected for a podium presentation at the University of Maryland School of Nursing Institute for Educators Spring Conference on “Teaching in Nursing: What’s Now, What’s New, What’s Next?” to be held March 26.
  • Additionally, Laura Schenk has been selected to be a full scholarship recipient of the 2018 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIW). For information about the scholarship, click here.
  • In celebration of African American History Month, Soar2Success was honored on February 15 to sponsor the Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian, a true soldier for racial and social justice, at an afternoon and evening session attended by students and members of the community. The event was supported by several community groups in conjunction with HCC’s Library and Cultural Diversity Committee.
  • For the second consecutive year, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) National Honor Society, Rho Beta Chapter at HCC has achieved the prestigious Five-Star Level. PTK is the International Honor Society of two-year colleges. Chapters are awarded stars ranging from 1 to 5 based on their accomplishments during the year. The five levels of engagement progress from local campus involvement to regional involvement to international involvement. In order to achieve the prestigious Five-Star status, chapters must complete all the requirements of each of the five star levels.
  • HCC student Gia Tserkis recently testified in Annapolis in support of College Promise programs for eligible state residents to attend Maryland community colleges tuition-free. The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee hearings on the two College Promise bills (SB 317 and SB 261) were attended by many supporters, including community college students, parents, and presidents, and other higher education representatives.
  • HCC students Savannah Blythe and Anna Corselius will present at the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council in March. Their topic, "Procaffinating or Daily Grind," is based on research conducted on the effects of coffee on the young adult. It includes their own statistical research conducted at HCC in an effort to either support or refute existing research.
  • Interior renovations will take place in Maryland Hall and major carpet replacement will take place in the Student Center during spring break. Design and engineering work for Fallston Hall continues and is expected to be completed this September.


  • On March 2, our women’s basketball team won 76-61 over Baltimore City CC to claim the Region 20 Division I Championship for the fifth consecutive year. They move on to the NJCAA District C Championship game to face ASA on March 9 in Brooklyn, NY. On Friday, March 9, a live video stream from that game can be seen online here at 6 p.m. That game’s winner will earn a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament in Lubbock, TX. Our men’s season ended in a loss to Baltimore City CC in the Region 20 tournament semifinals.
  • Spring sports are underway as the men’s lacrosse, baseball and softball teams have already competed.

Save the Date:

  • Illuminate, March 10, 7-11 PM, APGFCU Arena; 60th Anniversary Cocktail Party and Brand Unveiling. Proceeds benefit the Harford Community College Foundation.

United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus in Concert

From our Nation's Capital, the United States Army proudly presents the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus. The performance will take place on Friday, May 18, at 7:30 PM in the APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College.

Come hear the musical ambassadors of the Army in a free concert performing a wide-ranging program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections, and instrumental and vocal solos.

Admission is free; however, tickets are required. They are available at, the HCC Ticket Office in the Chesapeake Center, or 443-412-2211. All venues are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Patrons requiring special seating arrangements may purchase accessible seating online at or by calling the HCC Ticket Office at 443-412-2211.

HCC Calendar of Events through May 3

Hair Audition Announcement

April 5 (Thursday), 7-9 PM
April 7 (Saturday), 11 AM-2 PM
Harford Community College, Chesapeake Center
Phoenix Festival Theater will hold auditions for Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. All roles are open to those ages 21 or older. Those auditioning should bring sheet music and be prepared to sing 16-32 measures; an accompanist will be provided. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 443-412-2217

Free Entrepreneurship Workshops

Through April 10 (Tuesdays), 6 to 8 PM, Harford County Office of Economic Development, 2021D Pulaski Highway, Havre de Grace 21078
The MD Small Business Development Center, Northern Region, is partnering with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women to support economic empowerment of black women and girls in our community. The MDSBDCNR will provide follow-up no-cost business consulting to attendees of the NCBW course held at The GroundFloor in March and April of this year. Harford Community College is the program host. For more information, call 240-257-2882 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

April 7 (Saturday), 11 AM and 3 PM, Amoss Center, Bel Air
The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS Kids TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. Now, your favorite characters are hopping on board a trolley and coming back to HCC with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day! or 443-412-2211

Memories of Anne, A New Opera

April 7 & 8 (Saturday, Sunday), 7:30 PM, Harford Community College, Joppa Hall, Recital Hall #1
The classic novel Anne of Green Gables is presented faithfully in this work by local musician Peter Tutalo, and Harford Community College is honored to present its first performance with a full cast. Anne Shirley’s journey from unwanted foster care to beloved member of the Cuthbert family is a touching new opera that will charm audiences of all ages. or 443-412-2211

CHANGE – Sunday Afternoon Concert

April 8 (Sunday), 3 PM, Harford Community College, Joppa Hall, Recital Hall #1
Yisak Lee, guitarist, in concert. or 443-412-2211

Live from Nashville: Country Legends

April 8 (Sunday), 3 PM, Amoss Center, Bel Air
Back by popular demand, Live from Nashville brings their newest show, Country Legends, to the Amoss stage. This incredible production direct from Music City features singers and dancers, and a bona fide band of Nashville musicians, dazzling staging and costumes – all designed to celebrate a century of celebrities and treasured songs from the era of Patsy Cline and Hank Williams to modern country with Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood. or 443-412-2211

Used Book Sale

April 9 to 16, Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Harford Community College Library
In conjunction with National Library Week, HCC is holding a used book sale. Proceeds support the HCC Library Textbook Scholarship.

Harford Community College Board of Trustees Meeting

April 10 (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

Book Reading and Discussion with Dr. Andrew Kellett

April 11 (Wednesday), 2 PM, Harford Community College, Edgewood Hall, Room 132
Dr. Andrew Kellett, Associate Professor of History at Harford Community College, will read from and discuss his new book, The British Blues Network: Adoption, Emulation, and Creativity. The event is free; however, seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Call at 443-412-2316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Convenient, free parking is located in Lots E and F.

Lecture: Media Ethics and Medical Journalism

April 12 (Thursday), 12:30-1:30 p.m., Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College
As a story develops, journalists sift information of varying reliability, balancing the public’s growing need to know with their own responsibility not to misrepresent the truth. Where news of health, policy, and medicine are concerned, this balancing act is even more crucial. For more than 30 years, starting with the AIDs epidemic in the 1980’s, Dr. Marlene Cimons has been performing this balancing act. Dr. Cimons, an Adjunct Lecturer, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, spent many years as a Washington reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering health policy. Reservations are strongly recommended. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 443-412-2539.

Man of Peace: Concert of Remembrance

April 14 (Saturday), 7 PM, Harford Community College, Chesapeake Theater
Benny Russell, local composer and adjunct music instructor, will present his original composition in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The performance features the Nova Ensemble (9-piece chamber group), the New Covenant UCC Ensemble featuring Leslie Casey-Blake on vocals, the City Temple of Baltimore Choir conducted by Dr. Kenneth Dean and lyric soprano Schkena-Juleen Coates. Terry Trouyet of WHFC-FM will be the Master of Ceremonies. or 443-412-2211

Movie Presentation: The World We Want

April 17 (Tuesday), 6:30 PM, Harford Community College, Edgewood Hall, Room 132
The World We Want is an independent documentary film focusing on the inspiring stories of young people from around the world participating in the international civic education program, Project Citizen. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Harford County and HCC's Department of Political Science.

Living History: Ready to Serve

April 19 (Thursday), Harford Community College, Student Center, Room 243
Ellouise Schoettler’s Ready to Serve is the second in a trio of shows about World War I. It follows a group of professional nurses who graduated from Johns Hopkins and went abroad with the U.S. Army to serve in France from 1917 to 1919. Her stories of the hardships they faced are based on their real letters; she was able to comb through both the Hopkins Archives and the Library of Congress to piece together their everyday life serving in the field. Reservations are strongly recommended. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 443-412-2539.

A Night of Stand-Up!

April 20 and 21 (Friday and Saturday), 9 PM, Harford Community College, Joppa Hall, Black Box Theater
The event, which features Harford Community College students doing original stand-up comedy, is presented by the HCC Actors Guild and the HCC Improv Club. or 443-412-2211

Book Discussion: Pale Horse, Pale Rider

April 25 (Thursday), 11 AM to 12:30 PM, Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College
This book discussion will be led by Scott West, Assistant Professor of English at Harford Community College. Miranda lives by herself in a rooming house in the state capital and makes a living writing theatre reviews, spending her free time with a soldier from her rooming house. It would be lovely, if not for pushy Liberty Bond salesmen, the soldier’s looming deployment to France, and all those flu ambulances and funeral processions disturbing their idyll. Join us for a discussion of Katherine Anne Porter’s short novel Pale Horse, Pale Rider. Reservations are strongly recommended. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 443-412-2539.

2018 Annual Juried Student Art + Design

April 26-May 20, Harford Community College, Student Center, Chesapeake Gallery
Monday to Thursday, 8:30 AM to 7 PM and Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Come see a wonderful display of current student artwork being created in the classrooms of HCC.

An Evening of Jazz

April 27 (Friday), 8 PM, Harford Community College, Joppa Hall, Recital Hall #1
Harford Community College presents An Evening of Jazz featuring Dena DeRose. or 443-412-2211

2018 Annual Juried Student Art + Design Exhibition

Exhibition: April 26-May 20, Harford Community College, Student Center, Chesapeake Gallery
April 30 (Monday), 5:30-7:30 PM, Reception with Juror’s Talk
Each year, students in Harford Community College’s Art + Design program are encouraged to submit their work to the Annual Exhibition held in the Chesapeake Gallery on campus in the Student Center, the only gallery between Wilmington and Baltimore exclusively showing contemporary art and design work. The juror selected for this year's Annual Juried Student Art + Design Exhibition is Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Art Museum. Exhibition hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 AM-7 PM; Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM 

Lender’s Lounge

May 3 (Thursday), 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Towson University in Northeastern Maryland, Lower Level Atrium
The MD Small Business Development Center, Northern Region (MDSBDCNR) is partnering with the Small Business Administration and Harford County’s Office of Community and Economic Development for a Lender’s Lounge event. More than 30 lenders from the lending community including the Department of Commerce, DHCH, USDA, and SBA are expected. The morning session will be a professional development program for the lending community and the second session will be “speed dating” with local lenders and business owners. Each attendee will have 90 seconds to pitch their funding needs to our lenders. SBDC will be working with the small business community to prepare them for their pitch. Harford Community College is the program host. Registration is required:

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