Hot Topics - March 2, 2018

  • Harford Community 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Harford’s 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. Our men finished in first place in the MDJUCO Conference with a 13-1 mark and swept three games in the tournament, clinching the title with a win over Cecil. The women were a perfect 10-0 in regular season league play and their three-game sweep in the tournament ended with a win over Baltimore City in the championship game.
  • 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.


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