Fall 2015 - Community College of Baltimore County



Fall 2015 - Community College of Baltimore County
For alumni and friends of the Community College of Baltimore County
Fall 2015
CCBC President
Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis
Vice President for
Institutional Advancement
Kenneth Westary
Bonnie Y. Stecker
Art Director
Jodi Neal
Graphic Designer
Lauren Myers ’03
Artemas Photography, Cathy Birkelien,
Nate Brigham, Tori Burns, Hope Davis,
Mary De Luca, Janice Evans ’88, Brian Farrell,
Rocco Geppi, Jacquelyn Lucy, Deloris MabinsAdenekan, Regina A. Smith, Ann-Marie
Thornton, Clark Vandergrift, Terry Walter
CCBC Alumni Association, Inc.
7200 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, MD 21222
CCBC Alumni Association
Penny Jester-Sorrick ’83 - President
Erica Waskey ’08 - Vice President
Theresa Cancila ‘10 - Treasurer
Tess Bailey ‘12 - Historian
Past Presidents
Janell Coffman ‘93
Danna A. Williams ’87
Rhonda Malkowski ’88
Lewis Kubiet
Roy Moreland ’63
Syed Ali ’12
Chanté Callaway ’02
Gustavo Minaya ’02
Brian Peller ’91
Kathleen Sladics ’11
Rodger Wardlaw ’11 and ’13
Joanne Westerman ’95
CCBC Alumni Relations Office
Ann-Marie Thornton, CFRE
Janice Evans ’88
Deloris Mabins-Adenekan, CFRE
CCBC Board of Trustees
The Honorable Barbara Kerr Howe, Chair
Stephen J. Nolan, Esquire, Vice Chair
Sheldon K. Caplis
Walter S. Clary
Michael P. Ertel Sr.
Dorothy E. Foos
H. Scott Gehring, Ed.D.
Linda C. Goldberg
James G. Gresham, Ed.D.
Warren C. Hayman, Ed.D.
Wayne McDowell
Brian V. McFarland, Esq.
Gloria K. McJilton
Gloria E. Nelson
The Community College of Baltimore County is
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Philadelphia, PA 19104. Telephone: (267) 284-5000.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is
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U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher
Education Accreditation.
page 10 Magnificent
Mathematics and Science Hall is new
centerpiece at CCBC Catonsville
Photos by Sabina Moran/SKM Photography
page 6 3 Athletics recap
New Beginnings
NCJAA lacrosse, student-athlete recognition
Campaign will support every
aspect of CCBC
4 A bright idea
page 14 2015 CCBC
Super Gala
Event revealed our inner heroes and
raised record-breaking $237K
5 2015 CCBC
CCBC completion rate continues
to climb
8 Foundation and
partnership news
Program grants, donor appreciation, Distinguished Alumnus Award
13 Events calendar
Landmark New Beginnings campaign
to raise $42 million for CCBC
See what’s happening at CCBC
16 Class notes
Catch up with your former classmates
18 College news
Solar energy project makes a big
impact on CCBC campuses
On campus and in the community
CCBC Essex hosts NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse
Final Four, finishes as national runner-up
by Brian Farrell
In what’s been called one of the most
exciting tournaments in recent years, CCBC
Essex hosted the NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse
Final Four on May 9-10, 2015. The campus
received rave reviews for its talented men’s
lacrosse team, first-class facilities and
outstanding tournament staff.
The CCBC Essex Knights defeated
previously unbeaten Nassau Community
College (13-1, Garden City, N.Y.) in a
thrilling national semi-final contest by
a score of 17-16. The Knights fell in the
national championship game to Onondaga
Community College (18-0, Syracuse, N.Y.),
which won its seventh straight championship.
En route to winning a remarkable 24th
league title, CCBC Essex Men’s Lacrosse
(15-3) continued its dominance in the
Maryland JUCO Conference. The Knights
also captured their eighth consecutive and
25th overall NJCAA Region XX Men’s
Lacrosse Championship. Six studentathletes earned NJCAA All-American
Honors: Tommy Brown (Towson, Md.
– Boy’s Latin – 1st team defense), Cole
Rainier (Pasadena, Md. – The Calverton
School – 1st team attack), Will Manganiello
(Media, Pa. – Penncrest H.S. – 1st team
midfield) and Max Edelmann (Middletown,
Md. - Middletown H.S. – 2nd team
goalkeeper), Sid Ewell (Carlisle, Pa. –
Carlisle H.S. – 2nd team defense), and Nick
Mazza (Davidsonville, Md. – The Calverton
School – 2nd team attack).
student-athletes earned community
college academic awards for demonstrating
excellence in the classroom. Five CCBC
student-athletes earned NJCAA Academic
Student-Athlete Awards (formerly known
as NJCAA Academic All-Americans), the
highest academic honor in NJCAA Athletics.
Edelmann, Ewell, Manganiello and Rainier
were also selected to the NJCAA Final Four
All-Tournament Team.
Student-athletes honored
For the 2014-15 academic year, CCBC
student-athletes combined to earn 75
athletic awards at the conference, regional,
and national level. More importantly, 55
Fall 2015
A bright idea for CCBC campuses
Construction of 5.1-megawatt solar project now complete
CCBC and Constellation, a subsidiary
of Exelon Corporation and a leading
competitive retail energy supplier, recently
completed construction of a 5.1-megawatt
(DC) solar generation project at the college.
The solar power system comprises
approximately 16,500 photovoltaic panels
located on carports across CCBC’s three
main campuses, covering more than 1,400
parking spaces. Constellation also installed
10 duplex electric vehicle charging stations
as part of the project.
The system is expected to generate enough
electricity to meet approximately 27 percent
of the college’s electricity needs.
“This project supports our mission of
promoting sustainable initiatives on campus
and educating and engaging students in
environmentally sound practices,” said CCBC
President Sandra L. Kurtinitis. “An important
added benefit is the ability to better manage
our energy costs.”
Constellation made an $18 million
investment in CCBC’s new solar power
system, which it owns and operates. CCBC
will purchase the electricity generated by
the solar panels under a 20-year power
purchase agreement.
“We are pleased to help CCBC achieve its
sustainability objectives through solar power,”
said Gary Fromer, senior vice president of
Distributed Energy for Constellation. “This
zero-emissions system will allow the college
to demonstrate the viability of clean energy
resources and provide charging stations for
plug-in electric vehicles to students, faculty
and our local community.”
Constellation Energy supports STEM Scholars program
$50,000 grant opens doors to STEM education for more women and minorities
Through a $50,000 grant, Constellation
Energy will provide scholarships to CCBC
students pursuing associate degrees and
certificates in programs that require
STEM (science, technology, engineering,
mathematics) knowledge. These programs
include math, computer science, HVAC,
environmental science and engineering.
The Constellation STEM Scholars program
will seek to increase the number of lowincome, academically talented students
– particularly women and minorities. In
addition to scholarships, the program will
provide mentoring and other social activities,
lectures, and study groups to help maximize
student success.
“Minorities now account for almost 40
percent of K-12 students in the United
States, yet they earn only 27 percent of
associate degrees from community colleges,”
said CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis.
“Constellation’s contribution will allow us
to provide traditionally under-served and
low-income students who want to pursue
STEM-related fields with both financial and
academic support.”
“The need for quality programs to encourage
students to pursue careers in STEM fields
has been well documented, particularly in the
energy industry as we work toward a greener
energy future,” said Joseph Nigro, CEO of
Constellation. “Constellation is dedicated
to creating educational opportunities in
our community. We are pleased that our
contribution will enable CCBC to provide
scholarships, guidance, and hands-on learning
experiences to fulfill the need for capable and
educated job candidates.”
CCBC’s completion
rate continues to climb
by Hope Davis
Spirits soared right along with the 90-degree
temperatures as family and friends celebrated
the achievements of members of the Class of
2015. CCBC graduated 3,317 students, with
more than 1,000 graduates attending the
May 31 Commencement ceremonies held
at CCBC Essex.
This year’s recipient of the President’s
Distinguished Graduate Award, Sagar
Chapagain, presented the commencement
address. A first-generation college student
originally from Nepal, Chapagain left his
fellow graduates with three important points
he felt could lead to success: Believe in
yourself, follow your passion, and exhaust
your talent.
Chapagain entered Cornell University this
fall on a full scholarship. He also received a
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, awarding him
$40,000 each year for four years, a boon that
will take him into graduate study.
As part of the program, students had
the opportunity to shadow engineers and
solar installers during the construction
of Constellation’s recently completed 5.1
megawatt solar project at CCBC to gain
a greater understanding of available STEM
career opportunities and valuable on-the-job
The record-breaking number of students
participating in the ceremony still paled in
comparison to the actual number of CCBC
graduates. The 3,317 CCBC degree recipients
represent a three percent increase over
the size of last year’s graduating class.
Among those graduates were six Baltimore
County high school students who earned
their associate degrees and high school
diplomas simultaneously through an Early
Access program: Diploma 2 Degree. D2D
students begin taking college classes during
their sophomore year of high school in
order to complete on
time. These 2015
graduates are the
second group of BCPS
students to complete
this rigorous program.
Last year, 18 students
completed the D2D
Sagar Chapagain
program and went on
to the four-year universities of their choice.
D2D alum Kathy Nguyen now attends
George Washington University and found
her experience with the program valuable.
“The D2D program was extremely beneficial,”
said Nguyen. “Not only am I saving a lot of
money by taking fewer classes, but I am also
well prepared for my major. While most
students had difficulty adjusting to the more
rigorous demands of college, and the greater
responsibility it put on them, I was already
used to the college class experience.”
In addition to the D2D program, CCBC
continues to expand opportunities for high
school students to experience college and
earn credits through its Early Access
programs. This fall, the Diploma to
Credential program will be the newest
addition to such programming. Through the
D2C program, students will be able to earn
certificates or certifications while still in high
school. This is just one more way to connect
students with CCBC early to help them
reach their completion goals.
Get a
on college
CCBC is a great place to start your higher
education journey – even if you’re still in high
school. You’ll save money and time, be prepared
for college academics and college life, and earn
credits toward your CCBC associate degree or
transfer to another college of your choice.
Here’s how:
•College 4 Free: Eligible BCPS juniors and seniors can take up to four classes tuition-free.
Parallel Enrollment Program (PEP): High school sophomores, juniors and seniors attend CCBC at half the cost of the regular residency tuition rate.
• Career Pathways: BCPS high school students can earn up to 23 free college credits.
Gifted and Talented: Students in 8th
or 9th grade enrolled in a recognized GT
program may be considered for admission
to CCBC.
Diploma 2 Degree (D2D): Eligible BCPS high school sophomores can take college courses that will allow them to graduate
with both a high school diploma and an associate degree in General Studies.
•Diploma 2 Credential (D2C): BCPS high school sophomores, juniors and
seniors can take college courses that can
lead to a certificate and certifications.
Talk to your high school counselor about
eligibility requirements and advice on what path
is right for you. Visit www.ccbcmd.edu/earlycollege-access for more information.
Fall 2015
Landmark campaign to raise
$42 million for CCBC
By Ann-Marie Thornton
Five years ago – quietly and without fanfare
– CCBC embarked on New Beginnings: The
Campaign for CCBC, an unprecedented $42
million comprehensive capital campaign to
enhance students’ educational experiences and
strengthen the long-term success of the college.
With the support of hundreds of volunteers
and community leaders, this “silent phase”
of CCBC’s most ambitious and successful
fundraising effort in the college’s history
raised more than $36 million – 86 percent of
the campaign goal. More than 6,000 faculty,
staff, alumni, volunteers and friends of the
college have demonstrated their generous
support of the campaign.
“New Beginnings has impacted and
supported every aspect of the college,” said
CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis, who
announced the public phase of the campaign
at the college’s Super Gala: Reveal Your
Inner Hero in April 2015. “By supporting
scholarships, program development, facilities
and equipment enhancement, our donors
continue to help the college expand its
resources and make education attainable
for many.”
Funding from the campaign has enabled
CCBC to:
• Award more than $4.7 million in
scholarship support for students to begin
or continue their education at CCBC.
• Deliver
professional development
training in STEM technology to more
than 1,500 middle and high school
• Help 1,600 ex-offenders and at-risk
youth enter the workforce.
• Create new courses in English, Math and
Reading to accelerate learning, doubling
the pass rates in gateway courses.
Since New Beginnings commenced in 2010, a
number of fundraising and educational events
– including the Jack Manley Roast, the Sheela
Murthy Global Education Lecture Series,
Holiday Lights, A Ghostly Affair, President’s
Club receptions, Loverde Family Dances and
many others – have helped increase campaign
awareness and support.
“New Beginnings is about securing resources
to enrich the lives of our students and
community,” said Ken Westary, CCBC vice
president of Institutional Advancement, “but
Now in its final two years, campaign priority
areas continue to focus on:
• Increasing student scholarships.
• Funding new and continuing programs.
• S
upporting workforce development
• I ncreasing annual giving participation
from CCBC alumni and friends.
• S
upporting faculty and staff
• Bolstering student completion.
36 million
(JULY 2010–JUNE 2014)
NEW BEGINNINGS has already experienced
widespread generosity from throughout the
college community and beyond.
Volunteer spotlight: Beverly Vinzant
CCBC offers special thanks to Beverly Vinzant,
Sheela Murthy, Raymond Bahr, Sara Jane
Quinn, Wayne Resnick, Laurie Davis ’67, Lewis
Kubiet, Dennis Seymour ’70, Brian Farrell ’85
and countless others who have been instrumental
in the success of the campaign.
Longtime CCBC supporter and alumna
Beverly K. Vinzant believes in the value of
her CCBC education.
A 1970s graduate of then-Catonsville
Community College, Vinzant has been an
active supporter of CCBC for more than
10 years. In addition to her work with New
Beginnings: the Campaign for CCBC,
she has acted as chairwoman of the Hilton
Center Campaign. Vinzant also works to
empower women through education and
community engagement as a member of the
Women in Philanthropy Committee, and is a
member of the CCBC Retiree Committee.
Watch this engaging video to see what
New Beginnings are happening at CCBC:
To learn more about how NEW BEGINNINGS: THE CAMPAIGN FOR CCBC is transforming lives and enriching student
development, visit www.ccbcmd.edu/newbeginnings or contact Ann-Marie Thornton, CFRE, director of Development and
Alumni Relations, at 443-840-3118 or [email protected]
Beverly Vinzant
• Helping unemployed, underemployed and
displaced workers
return to the workforce.
• Enhancing the STEM pipeline.
• Strengthening the health
care workforce.
• Meeting the demand for Maryland’s high-growth industries.
it also is strengthening relationships between
CCBC and those whose lives have been
touched by the college in some way. With
students, alumni, employees, retirees, former
colleagues and board members taking part,
New Beginnings has helped CCBC foster
an environment of giving.”
• Building bridges to high school.
In her role as a volunteer and a member of
the CCBC Foundation Catonsville Board,
• Providing innovative tools
for student success.
• Connecting the community
to the arts.
• Providing greater college
access through scholarships
and special initiatives.
• Offering unique statewide programs.
• Building community partnerships.
Vinzant has helped raise more than $1
million in support of the New Beginnings
Campaign, specifically through the
National Endowment for the Humanities
Challenge Grant.
Vinzant’s passion stems from her belief that
education is the key to success, and that
providing students with the opportunity
to focus on their educational endeavors is
paramount. This dedication motivated Vinzant
to invest in an endowed scholarship named
in honor of her late husband, M. Graham
A philanthropist, mentor and community
leader, Beverly Vinzant continues increase
her impact by funding a naming opportunity
in the Hilton Center and is currently
working with CCBC to raise funds to
support student development success.
Fall 2015
CCBC employees set giving record
For eight out of the past eight years, CCBC faculty and staff have gone well
above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to supporting the college’s
annual Employee Giving Campaign. This year’s campaign goal, set at an
ambitious $120,000, and was soundly exceeded.
Nearly 400 employees stepped up to the challenge and gave a total of $127,174
in support of CCBC scholarships and programs. Their ongoing generosity netted
the campaign a $5,000 match grant from One Main Financial, a wonderful
incentive facilitated by CCBC Board of Trustees member Sheldon Caplis.
CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis hosted a college-wide reception to thank
employees for their staunch support of the annual fundraising effort.
Dr. Kurtinitis (fourth from left) recognized the contributions of this
year’s outstanding campaign donors (from left): Michael Carey, Fred
Schanken, Ilene Smith, Jean Ashby (most generous contributor), Donna
Mandl, Bradley Thompson and Dennis Seymour. Not pictured are Linda
Gronberg-Quinn and Patricia (PJ) Jackson.
“As we celebrate these successes, my impression is always the same,” said
Kurtinitis. “Although the economy is improving, life still holds financial
challenges for all of us. Nonetheless, the evident willingness of so many to
share is a hallmark of an institution that cares – which CCBC certainly is.”
With support of a new $141,369 grant
from the Maryland Higher Education
Commission’s Nurse Support Program II
(NSP II), the CCBC School of Health
Professions plans to create and pilot test
initiatives for creating Interprofessional
Learning Teams. This marks the fifth
MHEC NSP II grant CCBC has received.
The MHEC grant, “Advancing Nursing
and Allied Health Education through
Interprofessional Learning Teams,” will
fund a one-year project to develop an
implementation strategy for health care
educators. An estimated 100 students, 25
faculty and 10 senior citizens are expected
to participate.
Interprofessional Education (IPE) is based
on the concept that health professionals
with varied education and training working
together on patient care will, in the words
of the World Health Organization, “increase
effective collaboration and improve health
Seymour was a student at then-Catonsville
Community College from 1963 to 1970, a
time he refers to as “the seven-year plan.”
And he considers that time very well spent.
While IPE is increasingly seen in large
health care settings and is taught in many
graduate and professional schools, it is not
currently part of Nursing and Allied Health
Professions curricula offered by two-year
pre-licensure educational programs.
Mary Kay DeMarco, CCBC Essex Nursing
program director, and Judith Blum, director
of the Occupational Therapy Assistant
program, will serve as co-principal
investigators. To learn more about the
program, contact Mary Kay Demarco
at [email protected] or Judith
Blum at [email protected]
National Endowment for the
Arts provides funding for
Global Arts work
The National Endowment for the Arts recently
awarded CCBC a $10,000 grant for the
Global Education project. The funded project
will give all of CCBC’s cultural entities a
tremendous opportunity to bring more arts
to more people in a globally combined
series of events. Through its grant-making
to thousands of nonprofits each year, NEA
promotes opportunities for people in
communities across America to experience
the arts and exercise their creativity.
Dennis Seymour
honored as CCBC’s 2015
Distinguished Alumnus
Congratulations to Dr. Dennis Seymour on
being honored as this year’s recipient of the
CCBC Alumni Association’s Distinguished
Alumnus award.
CCBC receives grants that support health
education programs, cultural events
School of Health Professions
gains support for Learning
Teams initiative
Beverly Vinzant (right), the college’s 2014 Distinguished
Alumna, congratulates Dr. Seymour on his honor.
“CCBC saved me from a very uncertain
future,” he said. “I did not have the academic
background or the financial means to go
anywhere else.”
The Wong People Chinese Lion Dancers performed at CCBC
Dundalk as part of a past World Arts Festival event.
To ensure students become global citizens
and are prepared academically and
professionally, representatives of CCBC’s
Creative Writing Forum, Visual Arts Lecture
Series and Galleries, and the Performing Arts
– including the World Arts Festival – are
combining their efforts to present separate,
but related opportunities for individuals to
experience the arts locally.
This multidisciplinary approach will provide
Baltimore area residents with high-quality
experiences in the literary, visual and
performing arts through a close-up process.
All events will be free and open to the public.
See page 13 of this edition of EMERGE for a
list of upcoming World Arts Festival events.
Seymour holds a master’s degree in
Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins
University and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice
from Southwest University.
Currently a professor and the dean of
CCBC’s School of Business, Criminal Justice
and Law, Seymour began his CCBC career
38 years ago as an adjunct faculty, teaching
criminal investigation, criminal law and
constitutional law.
Prior to his tenure at CCBC, Seymour
worked for 16 years as a trooper, instructor
and organized crime investigator for the
Maryland State Police. He serves on
numerous advisory boards at CCBC and
in the community, including Baltimore
County Public Schools Homeland Security
committee, the Native American Studies
Advisory Board, and the Maryland
Commission for Indian Affairs Advisory
Board, among others. His favorite pastimes
are spending time with his family and boating.
At CCBC’s annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon, generous contributors like (from left) Sal Haley, Janet Haley and Richard
Windsor have the opportunity to meet students who have benefited from their scholarship and program support.
Donor support recognized as the heart
of student success
Scholarship recipients express gratitude while connecting with donors
Winston Churchill’s quote, “We make a
living by what we get and make a life by
what we give,” reflects the sentiment shared
during the 2015 CCBC Donor Appreciation
Luncheon. Among the 250 attendees, 60
scholarship donors were able to meet and
hear from students who benefitted from
their generosity.
Janet Haley, a CCBC alumna, former
employee and donor, provided remarks
during the luncheon. Haley shared how she,
her husband, Sal, and her brother, Richard
Windsor, decided to start an endowed
scholarship – the Haley/Windsor Family
Alumni Scholarship.
Having come from a family where money
was scarce, Haley said she knew the
importance of scholarship funds that could
mean the difference between a student
completing an education or dropping out
of school.
“Starting a scholarship had been on my mind
for 10 years,” said Haley. “As soon as I told
my husband and brother, who are also
alumni, they were immediately on board.”
Haley said her family has strong ties with
CCBC, with at least five family members
completing studies at the CCBC Essex
campus. She wanted to find a way to pay it
forward by starting a scholarship that could
help students with unexpected emergencies.
“When students experience a bump in the
road, just a little bit of financial help can
make a real difference. It can give you the
‘umph’ you need to say ‘Yes, I really can
make it!’”
Haley’s brother, Richard, went from getting
his degree at CCBC to doing post-doctoral
studies at Johns Hopkins University. While
attending the donor luncheon, he was moved
by the comments he heard from the students.
“The stories I heard at the luncheon
reinforced my feelings about why we needed
to start this scholarship,” said Windsor. “I’m
just so happy that we could do it together as
a family.”
In 2014, the CCBC Foundation awarded
more than $614,084 in scholarships, thanks
to the generosity of donors.
Fall 2015
The two-story atrium-style lobby
sets the tone for what faculty,
staff, students and visitors will
experience throughout the
Mathematics and Science Hall.
The space provides an abundance
of natural light and a welcoming
space for students to work
independently or in groups. On
the other side of the glass wall
is an area for outdoor seating.
CCBC’s planetarium is the star of
the new state-of-the-art MASH.
It offers a theatre with five-tiered
seating for 72 guests, allowing the
projection of supersized images
on its domed ceiling. Associate
Professor Dave Ludwikoski
(pictured) presents monthly
planetarium shows on topics about
the solar system. Popular shows
include The Sky – A Camper’s
Canopy and the animated
children’s favorite, Space Bunny.
In the new Organic Chemistry Lab,
Rebecca Celik, assistant professor of
Chemistry (left) and Erica DiCara,
Physical Science coordinator on the
Catonsville campus (right) work
with CCBC student Taiba Jamil as
she conducts a flame test on
different types of metals. CCBC
Chemistry faculty regularly hold
“drop-in” sessions for students
seeking help with lecture
information or lab materials.
Magnificent MASH
Mathematics and Science Hall is CCBC Catonsville centerpiece
by Jacquie Lucy
More than two years in the making, the
gleaming new Mathematics and Science
Hall opened its doors on the CCBC
Catonsville campus this fall. The $39.7 million
facility, at nearly 100,000 square feet,
incorporates the space that formerly housed
the campus library and its adjoining parking lot.
This new facility, coupled with major
renovations of the Mathematics and Science
building on the Essex campus, allows CCBC
faculty to have the space and equipment to
meet the needs of an evolving curriculum
that includes Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry,
School and community groups may schedule
planetarium visits by calling 443-840-4560.
Environmental Science, Geospatial
Applications, Physics and much more.
The building also contains 12 laboratories,
44 offices and an enlarged planetarium.
“The building was purposely designed with
spaces and amenities that encourage student
social interaction and team collaboration,” said
Jean Ashby, dean of the CCBC School of
Mathematics and Science. “It features an
atrium-style lobby, six large general classrooms
– three with tiered seating – and a Math Center
where students can complete assignments and
get assistance on coursework from
developmental math through calculus.”
“This will be the most energy efficient building
on any of CCBC’s campuses,” said Sam
Beeghley, CCBC project manager for the
Mathematics and Science Hall. Featuring a
vegetative roof, the building will qualify for
LEED Silver certification, a mark of
achievement in environmentally responsible
building design, construction and maintenance.
And no small feat: the project was completed
on schedule and on budget.
The MASH features three multitiered lecture halls like this one.
Each hall seats 50 students and
provides table-top outlets for
computer or phone charging.
The instructor has access to two
projectors with two separate
screens (only one is in use in this
photo), and is able to project images
from the computer or a document
camera, providing close examination
of objects in a larger setting.
Fall 2015
College community loses longtime
colleague and friend, Dean Carol Eustis
The CCBC college community lost a valued
and esteemed colleague, teacher and friend
with the May 9, 2015 passing of Carol D.
Eustis, dean of the School of Health
Professions. A 1967 graduate of the
University of North Carolina, Greensboro,
she earned a Master of Education degree in
1973 from Towson State College, now
Towson University.
Eustis began her 46-year career at CCBC in
1969 as an assistant professor of Health and
Physical Education at then-Essex
Community College. She was promoted
to department chair and subsequently
division chair.
In 1999, Eustis became the academic dean
of Allied Health and Human Performance,
and in 2003 the dean of Instruction of the
School of Health Professions. Under her
aegis, the School has been listed for many
years in the Baltimore Business Journal’s
“Book of Lists” as the largest provider of
Eustis was also a trailblazer in community
college women’s athletics at the local, state,
regional and national levels. In her earlier
years, she served as the director of Athletics
at what is now the college’s CCBC Essex
campus. She served as the National Junior
College Athletics Association (NJCAA)
Region XX women’s director from 1985 to
1999 and was inducted into the NJCAA
Region XX Hall of Fame.
A 14-time coach of the year, she coached
CCBC Essex teams in field hockey and
basketball to national NJCAA championships.
Dean Eustis was also inducted into CCBC’s
Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011 for her many
years of service to CCBC’s Athletics
program. In a May 2015 ceremony, Eustis
was posthumously honored with the rank
of CCBC Emeritus Professor.
The Health Careers and Technology Building
under renovation at CCBC Essex will be
renamed the Carol Diane Eustis Center for
Health Professions upon its completion.
Preventive care services for individuals
in the community at a reduced cost
August – December: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8–11:30 a.m. and 1–4:30 p.m.
January – May: Monday – Friday
8–11:30 a.m. and 1–4:30 p.m.
Appointments required.
Contact Patrice Gernhardt at 443-840-3495.
The Gallery at CCBC Dundalk:
Continuing through Dec. 4
College Community Center, CCBC Dundalk
Presented in partnership with The New
Day Campaign, a 2015 initiative using art
to challenge stigma and discrimination
associated with mental illness and addiction.
[email protected]
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
undergraduate Health Care Education in
the state and is ranked 11th in the nation
by Community College Week in the number
of Nursing and Allied Health associate
degrees awarded.
Not only was she an amazing administrator,
Eustis was a visionary fundraiser. She staffed
her school with grant professionals who
helped secure the funds that state-of-the-art
health care education requires. She garnered
the college’s first $1 million grant from
MedStar, which supplemented salaries to
attract top health care faculty.
Community Book Connection:
Jennifer Clement, author of
Discover CCBC!
Discover CCBC! features academic and career
programs, how to become a CCBC student, where
to find resources to pay for college and much more.
If you are a high school senior, parent, college
transfer student or adult returning to college,
this session is perfect for you. An Early College
Access information session features the Parallel
Enrollment (PEP) and College 4 Free programs.
High school students and parents can learn about
the benefits of earning college credits and saving
money while still in high school.
Thursday Tours
Invest an hour and envision yourself as a CCBC
college student as you tour the campus with a
current student and learn why CCBC is your best
college choice.
Nov. 3, 11:10 a.m., CCBC Essex
(Keynote lecture)
Nov. 4, 10:10 a.m., CCBC Catonsville
(Panel: The Ayotzinapa Student Crisis)
Nov. 5, 11:10 a.m., CCBC Dundalk
(Keynote lecture)
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
3rd Annual Boots to Suits Symposium
Nov. 3, 2 p.m., John E. Ravekes Theatre,
CCBC Dundalk
Guest speaker: Brigadier General Linda L. Singh,
29th adjutant general of Maryland National
Guard. FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
CCBC Catonsville Academic Theatre:
Nov. 5, 11:15 a.m.; Nov. 6-7, 8 p.m.; Nov. 8, 3 p.m.;
Nov. 9, 10 a.m., CCBC Catonsville
CCBC Box Office 443-840-ARTS (2787)
Music Forum Series:
Nov. 6, 12:20 p.m., CCBC Essex
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
For either of these programs, visit www.ccbcmd.
edu/infosessions/index.html for a complete
list of events, dates, times and locations. Register
online or call 443-840-1377.
Dundalk Community Theatre:
Associate to Bachelor’s
in Nursing (ATB)
CCBC Foundation:
Dundalk Bull Roast and Shrimp Feast
Nov. 6-7, 8 p.m., Nov. 1 and 8, 3 p.m.,
CCBC Dundalk
CCBC Box Office 443-840-ARTS (2787)
All ATB information sessions are held
5 –6:30 p.m.
Nov. 7, 7-11 p.m., U.A.W Hall
Tickets - $40
Proceeds support the Marie Lloyd/Ed Lamon
Scholarship 443-840-3675
CCBC Catonsville:
Jan. 11 and April 11, 2016, SSRV 004
CCBC Alumni Association:
CCBC Essex:
Jan. 12, 2016, ADMIN 331; April 12, 2016, SSRV 103
No pre-registration needed.
For more information contact:
Gwyn Degner (Catonsville) 443-840-4352 or
Gwen Jones (Essex) 443-480-2100.
Nov. 19, 6–8 p.m., CCBC Essex
CCBC, Baltimore Co. Chamber,
Baltimore Co. Workforce
Development: JOB FAIR
Nov. 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., CCBC Dundalk
Career Services 443-840-4060
Music Forum Series:
Holiday Concert:
Nov. 13, 12:20 p.m., CCBC Essex
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., CCBC Essex
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
CCBC and New Day Campaign:
Children’s Playhouse of Maryland:
Nov. 13, 1-5 p.m., John E. Ravekes Theatre,
College Community Center, CCBC Dundalk
Presented in partnership with The New
Day Campaign, a 2015 initiative using art to
challenge stigma and discrimination associated
with mental illness and addiction.
[email protected]
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 1 p.m.; Dec. 6 and 20,
4:30 p.m.; Dec. 12, 7 p.m., CCBC Essex
All seats $10
CCBC Box Office 443-840-ARTS (2787)
CCBC Casual Concerts:
Dec. 7, 11:15 a.m., CCBC Catonsville
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
Holiday Concert: JAZZ PLUS
CCBC Dance Company:
Dec. 7, 12:20 p.m., CCBC Essex
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
Nov. 19, 11:15 a.m.; Nov. 20-21, 8 p.m.,
CCBC Catonsville
CCBC Box Office 443-840-ARTS (2787)
Holiday Concert:
This year, the World Arts Festival is generously
supported by a grant from the National
Endowment for the Arts.
Nov. 18, 11:15 a.m., CCBC Catonsville
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
Nov. 18, 2 p.m., CCBC Catonsville
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
Nov. 19, 11:15 a.m., CCBC Dundalk
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
Nov. 20, 12:20 p.m., CCBC Essex
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
CCBC Essex Academic Theatre: THE ZOO
Dec. 2, 1:25 p.m.; Dec. 3, 11:10 a.m. and 7 p.m.;
Dec. 4-5, 8 p.m.: Dec. 7, 10:10 a.m. and Dec. 8,
12:45 p.m., CCBC Essex
CCBC Box Office 443-840-ARTS (2787)
Music Forum Series:
Dec. 4, 12:20 p.m., CCBC Essex
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Martin’s East
Tickets - $50
Tickets and information 443-840-1859
Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., CCBC Essex
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
CCBC Casual Concerts:
Dec. 9, 11:15 a.m., CCBC Catonsville
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
Music Forum Series:
CCBC Travel Studies
Join CCBC Travel Studies on one-day or
multi-day domestic and international trips.
Here’s what’s coming up:
Dec. 4
Dec. 5
Dec. 6-8
Dec. 15
St. Alban’s House Tours, D.C.
New York City day trip
Christmas in Cape May, N.J.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular, New York
For information or reservations, call the
Campus Box Office at 443-840-2787.
Coming in 2016
May 17–20
March 4-13
June 7-19
Cleveland Rocks!
Splendid Sicily, Italy
Alaska Discovery
Land and Cruise
Iceland: Reykjavik to
the Glaciers
The Best of Eastern Canada
For pricing and full itinerary please contact
Terry Walter at 443-840-1717 or [email protected]
ccbcmd.edu or visit www.ccbcmd.edu/travel.
Dec. 11, 12:20 p.m., CCBC Essex
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
Dundalk Community Theatre:
Special Holiday Show - not part of subscription
Dec. 11-12, 8 p.m.; Dec. 13, 3 p.m., CCBC Dundalk
CCBC Box Office 443-840-ARTS (2787)
Holiday Concert:
Dec. 17, 8 p.m., CCBC Essex
FREE. No tickets or reservations needed.
Dundalk Community Theatre:
Feb. 26-27, Mar. 4-5, 8 p.m., Feb. 28,
Mar. 6, 3 p.m., CCBC Dundalk
CCBC Box Office 443-840-ARTS (2787)
APRIL 2016
April 16, 7 p.m., Martin’s West
Michele Connelly 443-840-3270
or [email protected]
CCBC, Baltimore Co. Chamber,
Baltimore Co. Workforce
Development: JOB FAIR
April 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., CCBC Catonsville
Career Services 443-840-4060
Dundalk Community Theatre:
April 29-30, 8 p.m., CCBC Dundalk
CCBC Box Office 443-840-ARTS (2787)
MAY 2016
MARCH 2016
Dundalk Community Theatre:
CCBC, Baltimore Co. Chamber,
Baltimore Co. Workforce
Development: JOB FAIR
May 1 and 8, 3 p.m., May 6-7, 8 p.m.,
CCBC Dundalk
CCBC Box Office 443-840-ARTS (2787)
March 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., CCBC Essex
Career Services 443-840-4060
JUNE 2016
June 4, (time TBA), CCBC Essex
Fall 2015
This year’s Super Gala reveals
more than just inner heroes
Quite the cast of characters donned the stage and graced the ballroom at
Martin’s West during the CCBC Foundation Super Gala: Reveal Your
Inner Hero. Batman, Super Girl, Wonder Woman, Hulk and even the
Green Hornet and Kato were on hand to take the event beyond the ordinary.
CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis channeled Greek goddess Athena as
she officially announced the launch of the public phase of New Beginnings:
The Campaign for CCBC, a $42 million public/private campaign which
began in 2010 and is scheduled to conclude at the end of FY 2017.
Throughout the night, super-generous and fun-loving guests wheeled and
dealed at the casinos for prizes and bid on silent auction items. A recordbreaking $237,000 was raised at this year’s event, $7,000 more than last year.
All proceeds from the Gala support the New Beginnings campaign.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
7–11:30 p.m.
Martins West, Woodlawn, MD
Proceeds benefit CCBC students,
programs and general needs.
Spring 2015
Class Notes
Are you getting married? Starting a family? Got a new job or promotion? Looking for an old
classmate? Let us know what’s going on in your life. It’s simple—just contact the CCBC
Alumni Office at [email protected] or 443.840.3163. You can also visit our website
at www.ccbcmd.edu/support-ccbc/alumni-and-friends.aspx for more information.
Jack E. Hurley ‘76
Irene T. Morin (Dumais) ’71
(General Studies) worked for Western Electric/
Bell Atlantic in the Quality Assurance department
for the majority of his 31-year career. After
retirement from the Bell System in 1998, he
worked for them as a consultant for 13 more years
in the DSL (Digital Subscriber Loop) Engineering
department until his final retirement in 2013.
Dave and his wife, Mary Ann, both love gardening,
traveling to distant places and RVing. The Trubeys
live in Rosedale, Md.
(Liberal Arts) retired as Army
Chief Warrant Officer and later
retired from the North Carolina
Community College System where
he worked as Industry Training Coordinator.
Jack and Myrt Hurley have been married for
41 years and are the parents of Matthew and
Steve, who both work in law enforcement, and
proud grandparents of three. Jack holds a Master
Certification in scuba diving. The Hurleys live in
Fayetteville, N.C.
Kenneth T. O’Neill ’73
(Computer Science) received his BS at University
of Maryland, He spent many years in research and
development for global companies including RCA,
GTE, Motorola and Ericsson. In 2002, he semiretired, founded Electronic Equipment Exchange
Inc., and is currently serving as the CEO of EEE Inc.
Ken is the father of three children and lives with
his bride of 32 years, Nadine, in Hillsborough, N.C.
Stephen Brady ’74
(Electronics Technology) began
working at then-Westinghouse
after graduation and has continued
at Northrop Grumman as an
engineer. Steve and his wife, Maria ‘04, have
been married for 36 years and have four children
ages 17-31. The Bradys used the experience and
knowledge gained at CCBC to earn master’s
degrees in their fields of expertise. The Bradys
live in Essex, Md.
Irene Cowan-Rosen ‘74
is a national park ranger at Fire Island National
Seashore. She is the mother of one child,
Samantha, who works at the Riverhead Marine
Turtle Rescue Center. Irene is still very active in
the community and is the volunteer coordinator
for the park, but she plans to retire after the park
service centennial celebration. Irene lives
in Oceanside, N.J.
Dr. John B. Mroz ’74
(Information Management Technology) is Chief
Technical Officer at MicroConvergent, a Cloudbased Managed Service Company where he has
worked since its formation in 2007. He is the
father of three children and says he has a “love/
hate relationship” with golf, enjoys boating,
reading and “Pickle Ball.” Dr. Mroz lives with his
wife, Kathleen, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Penney Simmons ’00
Todd A. Selby ’90
(Management) works for Interstate Power
Systems. Todd lives in Park City, Mont.
Marie G. Gellert ’93
(General Studies) retired in 2010 after working for
the federal government/FBI for 22 years. She has
two nieces who are currently students at CCBC.
Marie lives close to CCBC Dundalk where she
participates in water aerobics. She also is an avid
reader of mystery novels and likes to garden.
Anthony B. Mungin ‘93
Joseph Bateman ’83
(Business) has been sales manager at Lord
Baltimore Uniform for 29 years. Joe and his
wife have two children. He credits CCBC (Essex)
public speaking classes and then-dean of Students
Don Slowinski for starting him on his career
journey. Joe enjoys spending time with family,
woodworking, furniture making, home
improvement projects, and golf. The Batemans
reside in Phoenix, Md.
James Potter ’86
has worked as a Community Planner for the
Dept. of Housing and Urban Development for
nine years. In 2014 he earned his third graduate
degree, a master’s in Business Administration.
He was selected as a President’s Management
Council Fellow in March 2015 and is currently
the Interagency Coordinator for the Bakken
Federal Executives Group for the Bureau of Land
Management. James and his wife, Sharon ‘05
(Nursing), live in Baltimore, Md.
Jesse A. Bailey ’87
(General Studies) worked at
Bethlehem Steel Corp. in the
shipyard for 20 years after serving
in the Air Force, then he worked
for another 20 years at the Social Security
Administration before retiring in 2013. Jesse loves
spending time with his three grandsons (ages
3, 8 and 13) who keep him busy enjoying his
retirement. He lives in New Freedom, Pa.
Kimberley A. Carhart ’87
(Business) is the operations director at University
of Maryland Baltimore. She is the mother of three
children and is married to Kevin. The Carharts
lives in Westminster, Md.
Patrick Lager ’03
(Education) is the principal of Warwick High
School in Newport News, Va. Anthony lives in
Williamsburg, Va.
Edith Burns ’94
(Retail Floristry) retired from the Johns Hopkins
Baltimore Medical Center in 2015. Edith enjoys
music, gardening and community service. She
and her spouse, David, live in Chase, Md.
Michael J. Guerra ‘94
(General Studies) is employed at the Emergency
Health Services Federation in New Cumberland,
Pa. where he works as a state inspector for
medical emergency vehicles such as ambulances,
rescue vehicles and helicopters. Michael holds
several national certifications in Fire, EMS and
Hazmat. He’s been married since 1983 to his wife,
Kimberley, and has a daughter, Lisa, who recently
received her Doctor of Audiology from Towson
Brett Phennicle ’94
(General Studies) worked as
Motorola senior communications
specialist from 2000 to 2015, and
recently changed positions to work
for pdvWIRELESS as the market area manager for
Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia. Brett lives
in South Central Pennsylvania with his wife, five
children and two dogs.
Martha E. Hite ‘96
(General Studies) worked for the state of
Maryland for more than 32 years then retired. Two
years ago she began working as a secretary to the
administrator for the Office of Engineering and
Construction for Baltimore County Public Schools.
Martha lives in Bel Air, Md. with husband, Mark,
a Siamese cat named Tasha, and a Chihuahua
named Holly.
(Liberal Arts) is a Certified
Administrative Professional
(CAP) with 29 years of advanced
administrative experience. For
more than 14 years she has worked at W. R.
Grace & Co.’s corporate headquarters. Penney
is also a published author and owner of her
own online administrative consulting business,
Professional Office Plus LLC, which she founded
in 2011. In her spare time, she enjoys spoiling
her rescued dog, Lucy, traveling, crocheting, and
making her own jewelry.
Raquel Chullin Baker ’01
(Business Management) is associate manager
of Compliance for Under Armour. She is the
mother of a daughter and married to Rick. The
Bakers, including the family golden retriever, live
in Parkville, Md.
April D. Doherty ’03
(Paralegal Studies) works as a
paralegal at the State’s Attorney’s
Office of Baltimore County and is
also the lead investigator in the
Animal Abuse Unit. April has been instrumental
in creation of the Unit and assists with the
“Show Your Soft Side” campaign. She is active in
promoting awareness of the link between crimes
against animals and crimes against people. Her
hobbies include competitive heavy lifting and
being a personal trainer and kettlebell instructor.
is a loan officer/branch manager at Whitaker
Bank. He married to Kimberly and is the father of
two sons (Ezekiel and Isaiah) and one daughter
(Alysse). Patrick is also a minister who preaches
in central Kentucky.
Diane Cassell ’06
(General Studies) works for Baltimore County
Public Library, Rosedale branch. Even though Diane
has a learning disability she has continued her
education and is working toward her master’s in
Library Science. She enjoys sewing, writing, reading
and drawing. Diane lives in Nottingham, Md.
Sheri D. Mazurkevich ’08 and ’12
is an office manager for Four State Insulation Inc.
Sheri lives in Rosedale, Md.
Alumni Association
elects new officers
Welcome and congratulations to
the new slate of officers for the
CCBC Alumni Association:
Penny Jester-Sorrick ’83 - President
Erica Waskey ’08 - Vice President
Theresa Cancila ‘10 - Treasurer
Tess Bailey ‘12 - Historian
Lamont K. Cook ’08
(Business Administration, Human
Resources) is senior manager
of Operations, Business Process
Management for Connections,
Education, and the Personnel Clerical for BJ’s
Wholesale Club (Columbia, Md.). Lamont lives
in Randallstown, Md. In his free time, he enjoys
spending time with family, friends, and actively
participating in BSSC sports league.
It’s always a good time
at the annual Alumni
Fun Fest
CCBC Alumni again welcomed spring with
style by gathering on campus for the first
picnic of the season. Held each year on the
first Saturday in May, the CCBC Alumni Fun
Fest celebrates CCBC’s newest graduates and
gives alumni of all ages the chance to
reconnect with classmates, former teachers and
old friends. This year’s event, held May 1 at
CCBC Essex, was attended by more than 300
alumni and their families and friends.
Plans are already in the works for next year’s
celebration, set for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7
at CCBC Essex. Come ready to enjoy
traditional picnic fare, along with annual
favorites like volleyball, dancing, face painting
and lots more.
The Fun Fest is just one of the many benefits of your free CCBC Alumni Association
membership. Not a member yet? You can fix that in a jiffy by sending an email to [email protected]
ccbcmd.edu or calling 1.877.ALUMNUS (1.877.258.6687).
Get your FREE
lifetime alumni
CCBC is pleased to announce that
membership into the CCBC Alumni
Association is now FREE. All CCBC
graduates (degree or certificate
holders) and individuals who attained
30 credits or more while attending one
of the college’s three main campuses
(Catonsville, Dundalk, Essex) are eligible
to receive a lifetime membership into
the association.
For membership information, visit
www.ccbcmd.edu and search “alumni.”
Fall 2015
Kurtinitis named to AACC
Board of Directors
Sandra L. Kurtinitis,
CCBC president,
has been elected to
the 32-member
national Board of
American Association
of Community
Colleges for 2015-2016.
“I have been a member
of AACC since my early days as an English
professor at Prince George’s Community
College. Now in my 48th year of service
as a community college professional, I am
proud to have been chosen to lend my
voice to celebrate and to guide the important
work that we do in our community college
sector,” noted Kurtinitis.
Founded in 1920, AACC is the leading
proponent and the national “voice for
community colleges” representing nearly
1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting
institutions. Community colleges are the
largest and fastest-growing sector of U.S.
higher education, enrolling close to half
(45 percent) of all U.S. undergraduates.
CCBC and Coppin
State University ink
articulation agreement
Students who transfer from CCBC to
Coppin State University can now transfer
up to 70 credit hours to fulfill their
baccalaureate completion requirements in
Health Informatics and the Information
Technology/Health Information
Management programs. This agreement
allows for the waiving of the CSU
application fee.
Students who have earned the Associate
of Applied Science degree in Health
Information and Information Technology
will also be eligible for financial assistance
from CSU to complete their bachelor’s
degrees. For more information, contact
Susan Moylan, director of the IT Training
program, at [email protected]
CCBC Labor Studies sponsors
Maryland History Day prizes
CCBC’s Labor Studies
program was the
proud sponsor of two
prizes awarded to area
students at the recent
Maryland History Day
Arundel High School
(Gambrills, Md.) students Alexandra Galuska,
Susannah Greenslit and Katherine Hatzfeld
won the senior division prize in the Labor
History category for their website on “Rosie
the Riveter.” NaKhyla Ligonde, a student at
Benjamin Stoddert Middle School (Marlow
Heights, Md.), took the junior division
prize in Labor History for her paper titled
“Women’s Work: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair
Pay Act: Leadership and Legacy and the
Fight for Equal Pay.”
Maryland History Day is sponsored by the
Maryland Humanities Council.
Associate to Bachelor’s (ATB)
in Nursing Degree Option
expands to four universities
Applicants seeking admission to the
associate degree program in Nursing now
have the option of dual enrollment leading
to the bachelor’s degree in Nursing from one
of four Maryland universities: Frostburg,
Notre Dame of Maryland, Stevenson and
Towson. Students applying to CCBC’s
Nursing program must also apply to the
ATB partner university of their choice. The
four universities offer students different
options for completing the bachelor’s degree:
online only, classroom only, or a hybrid of
both. The ATB in Nursing option allows
associate degree students to complete their
bachelor’s degrees in less time – and pay less
tuition – when compared to a traditional
RN-BSN program. For more information,
visit www.ccbcmd.edu.
There’s a class for that!
Digital Media Production (credit), Design,
Fabrication and Advanced Manufacturing
(credit), Casino Dealer and Hospitality
(Continuing Education), Mobile APPS
Developers certificate option (credit), and
Associate to Bachelor’s (ATB) in Nursing
option (credit) are just a few of the many
new or revamped courses, programs and
options offered at CCBC. Learn more about
these and others at www.ccbcmd.edu.
Original CCBC docudrama,
‘The Consumables,’ performed at Artscape
Coca-Cola Foundation/Keep
America Beautiful grant funds
CCBC recycling project
Students from CCBC Essex Academic Theater put on an encore
performance of “The Consumables” in July 2015 at the Theatre
Project as part of Baltimore’s Artscape, billed as “America’s
largest free arts festival.”
Next time you visit a CCBC campus, check
out the new permanent recycling bins! These
new blue bins are expected to make CCBC
recycling easier and more convenient.
According to Keep America Beautiful
spokesperson Brenda Pulley, “Research has
shown that convenience is a key factor in
getting people to recycle.”
The play, based on interviews of Baltimore residents that were
conducted by the students, was crafted into its final form by
Julie Lewis, associate professor of Theatre (director), Melinda
Blomquist, assistant professor of Dance (choreographer), and
local pianist and composer Anthony Bianco (music director).
Since its premiere at CCBC Essex in March 2014, the cast has
performed “The Consumables” at the Kennedy Center American
College Theatre Festival Fringe in Cleveland, Ohio (where it
won “Best Ensemble”) and again in Baltimore at Gallery 788.
CCBC was one of only 89 organizations
and the only one in Maryland receiving
this year’s grant.
McLaughlin honored for
distinguished service
Jack McLaughlin, dean
of Instruction for the
School of Applied
and Information
Technology, received
the 2015 Distinguished
Service Award –
Postsecondary presented
by the Maryland Department of Education
Maryland Division of Career and College
Readiness. The award was presented at the
organization’s 2015 Career and Technology
Education Awards of Excellence ceremony
held in May.
“For the past 23 years, Jack has been actively
involved in improving CTE programs at
the community college level, and helping
to shape CTE across the state,” noted the
MSDE program for the evening.
MHEC approves Mobile
Applications Developers
Certificate option
CCBC has gained approval from the
Maryland Higher Education Commission
to offer a stand-alone Mobile Applications
Developers Certificate. The new 16-credit
certificate program comprises four,
four-credit courses: Introduction to
Mobile Applications, iOS Application
Development, Android Application
Development and Introduction to Secure
Mobile Application Development.
CCBC Assistant Professor Darlene
Cross developed this APP option and has
expanded interest in the program through an
annual regional competition of high school
students and community college students.
Community colleges are attractive choice for high school graduates
Editor’s note: We’re pleased to share with you
this Baltimore Sun commentary on the wisdom
of choosing a community college as the place to
begin – or continue – your academic journey or
career training. As tens of thousands of CCBC
alumni can attest, it’s a smart start, whatever
your educational or professional goal.
In some respects, high school seniors
graduating this year have it lucky. That’s not to
say the economy is booming, student debt load
is dropping and everyone gets a pet unicorn.
It does mean, however, that post-high-school
education options are growing and offering
alternatives as never before to the standard
four-years-at-college paradigm.
And the most important of these alternatives
is community college. More and more, Howard
Community College, the Community
College of Baltimore County, Prince
George’s Community College and other such
institutions in Maryland are no longer the
backup plan or the “13th grade.” They are
a smart alternative, and not just because the
tuition and other costs are roughly half of
those at a four-year college.
The stigma of community college as an
educational default position is rapidly
dissipating as distinguished educators turn
up in classrooms. Why would they do that?
For one thing, the love of teaching. Classroom
size at a community college is usually smaller,
affording more interaction with students.
Also, professors have little or no pressure on
them to publish or do research as an adjunct
to teaching.
Furthermore, students enrolled in community
colleges often find themselves among more
serious and older students who have a greater
stake in their education than some teenagers
in four-year schools for whom scholarly
pursuit is just one choice on the college
lifestyle menu.
entrepreneurial possibilities in 3-D printing?
Community college has you covered. And
there are more such options all the time.
In short, community college offers more bang
for the buck. People are coming to realize that
it’s not a shortcut or a knockoff, but a sensible
route to a valuable skill set or a four-year
diploma. Maybe it deserves prominence on
a resume. A potential employer might say,
“That’s a smart kid.”
Armed with an associate degree from a
community college, students often find they
have a ticket to ride. Maryland guarantees
admission to state colleges, including the
flagship University of Maryland College Park,
for those who have successfully completed
a two-year community college program. It
hardly matters where you started if you end up
with a Terp or Tiger or Retriever diploma.
For those who have little interest in academic
life, community colleges offer vocational
and technical training. Interested in the
Publication date: June 10, 2015. Republished with
permission from The Baltimore Sun. All rights reserved.
Fall 2015
CCBC. The incredible value of education.
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