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Sheila Bair’s One Weird Trick to Make Her College Less White

When former Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. chair Sheila Bair took over Washington College last year, she immediately started making changes. One of her goals was to find innovative ways to reduce her students’ debt burden. But she also tackled a related and not insignificant problem: the overwhelming whiteness of her campus.

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Loyola, coalition of Baltimore-area colleges win $750K grant from Department of Justice to strengthen sexual violence response and prevention

Loyola University Maryland and nine other Baltimore-area colleges and universities together have won a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to generate new strategies to prevent, respond to, investigate, and hold offenders accountable for sexual assault and dating violence, and strengthen trauma-informed, victim services on campus and in the community.

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Under Armour SVP of global communications, entertainment, and events to speak at Loyola

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management welcomes Diane Pelkey, senior vice president of global communications, entertainment, and events at Under Armour, for the annual DeFrancis Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall.

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A conversation with Sunil Kumar, Johns Hopkins University's 15th provost

Talk to Sunil Kumar for any length of time and you quickly notice two things: He has a big and easy laugh, and he's a thoughtful listener.

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MICA Alumna: The jewelry and sculptures about racism and sexism that earned Joyce J. Scott a MacArthur “genius” award

A beaded necklace is an unlikely place to find a narrative about race, history, and slavery, says Lowery Sims, curator emerita at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York. But that surprise factor is part of the allure of Joyce J. Scott’s art. “Technically it’s breathtaking, it’s intimate, it’s intricate—but it’s also a very powerful statement about the world and some of the issues we face as human beings,” Sims says.

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McDaniel professor leads national Reacting to the Past Consortium

It’s one thing to read about Socrates, Julius Caesar and Van Gogh, but imagine taking part in the Greek philosopher’s infamous trial for treason, standing among angry senators in the Forum of ancient Rome or defending your radical new art style in late 19th-century Parisian salons. That’s just what Reacting to the Past is — students researching and re-enacting moments in time.

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Inmates get a ‘second chance’ at federal grants for higher ed under experimental program (Goucher College)

In a pilot project announced this summer, the Department of Education will partner with dozens of colleges (including Goucher College) to provide higher education to prisoners who can't afford to pay; eligible inmates will be able to apply for federal grants under the experimental trial. Hari Sreenivasan explores what both advocates and critics are saying.

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MICA moves forward with Dolphin Street demolition and new building

Maryland Institute College of Art is in the process of demolishing a three-story building at 100 Dolphin Street to make way for a new center for technology-driven artists and designers.

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Loyola faculty win $280K grant from National Science Foundation to supercharge research computing power available on campus

Four Loyola University Maryland faculty members have been awarded a $280,120 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster that will exponentially expand research opportunities for faculty and students across disciplines.

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Johns Hopkins super-grant draws homebuyers to revitalization zone

Dozens of homes went under contract Saturday in a zone of rehabs and grassy lots north of Johns Hopkins Hospital, as homebuyers were lured to the once-and-future neighborhood by the promise of thousands of dollars in incentives.

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Q & A: McDaniel grad travels to rain forest, creates award-winning film

Recent McDaniel College graduate Luke Fisher, of Westminster, has always been interested in film and the environment. Last January, he had the opportunity, alongside about a dozen other students, to take a trip to the Peruvian rain forest as part of the college's The Forest Online course on entrepreneurial storytelling.

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Goucher College announces partnership with Under Armour

Goucher College unveiled a new Gopher logo and announced a new partnership with Under Armour Wednesday.

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Stevenson debuts new academic center named after outgoing president

Stevenson University officially opened its new 200,000-square-foot academic center at its Owings Mills North campus on Tuesday, naming it after outgoing President Kevin Manning. The renovations and construction for the center began two years ago after Stevenson acquired the 28-acre former Shire Pharmaceuticals site in Owings Mills in late 2011. 

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McDaniel College ranks among the top 30 liberal arts colleges by Washington Monthly

McDaniel College is among the top 30 liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to Washington Monthly, and at the top of Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” list for the fourth consecutive year.

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Loyola's School of Education receives $500K gift for new undergraduate scholarships

Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education has received a $500,000 gift from Elaine and Anthony Grillo to establish a scholarship fund that each year will benefit two undergraduate education students who demonstrate financial need.

The Grillos, of New Hope, Pa., are strong advocates for Jesuit education and believe deeply in the value it brings to preparing students, particularly when those students are pursuing a career as educators themselves.

“It’s clear the School of Education is committed to providing its students with the best teacher preparation possible,” said Elaine Grillo. “Through outstanding curricular and experiential learning in the Jesuit tradition, Loyola education students become innovative teaching professionals who look beyond textbooks and traditional lesson plans to understand how each child learns and what classroom environment will make them successful.”

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Hopkins to open multidisciplinary center focused on Zika

Johns Hopkins Medicine plans to open what officials said will be the world's first multidisciplinary Zika center, allowing infected patients to get care and researchers to investigate the virus in one place.

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Washington College welcomes 451 new students

Washington College welcomed 417 freshmen to campus to begin classes Monday, Aug. 29, including 34 transfer students.

From 31 states and nine countries, the students making up the freshmen of the class of 2020 reflect one of the most diverse and academically strong classes ever enrolled at Washington College.

“The secret about Washington College is getting out,” said Cindy Childs, interim vice president of enrollment management. “We are no longer a best-kept secret, rather, a top choice among college applicants nationwide.”

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New students feel 'sense of community' at McDaniel move-in day

People wearing yellow shirts with "MOVE IN CREW" printed across the back buzzed around campus Wednesday, hauling boxes, bags and bedspreads.

Incoming freshmen, with a mix of excitement and nerves clear across their faces, helped direct the flow of items. Students picked up their keys, and a seemingly never-ending line of cars littered the campus.

It was another move-in day at McDaniel College.

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Cameo: Ron Daniels

You came to Hopkins in 2009 and now your contract has been extended through 2024. That’s a long time!

The board invited me to extend my term at Johns Hopkins, and I jumped at the opportunity. My wife and I love Hopkins and Baltimore, and couldn’t be happier knowing that we will be able to spend the next eight years being part of this amazing place, including, of course, strengthening Johns Hopkins’ relationship with Baltimore.

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Interim Mount St. Mary's president stresses relationships, collaboration in change

Just as the rising sun was illuminating Mount St. Mary’s University’s campus, still quiet from the waning summer vacation, the school’s new leader, Brig. Gen. Timothy Trainor, was sweating on an elliptical machine.

It was shortly after 6:15 a.m. Monday — Trainor’s first day of two years as the Mount’s interim president. It’s a job he intends to keep permanently.

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Maryland, Too, Has Viable Alternative to ‘Free’ College

Letter to the Editor from Washington College President, Sheila Bair.

TTo the Editor:

I read with interest and enthusiasm SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s recent commentary, “Free College? The U.S. Should Look at State Models That Are Already Working” (The Chronicle, August 16). Finding realistic, timely answers to the problems of student-loan debt and college affordability is going to take much more than throwing “free” around as a viable solution, and Chancellor Zimpher’s examples of SUNY’s proactive models are an excellent start.

 

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New Internship Program Comes to Kent County

Washington College and Kent County have teamed up to create “Innovation Internships” for college students. The program offers interns the opportunity to expand their professional experience while giving businesses owners the chance to engage and develop the future workforce. With 1,500 undergraduates each year, there is an entire group of future workers available to these businesses that can gain fresh perspectives from interns.

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On the job with (JHU's) summer interns

Like most teenagers, Kayla Washington and Jevaugh Anderson have watched a lot of videos on YouTube and recorded their own quick clips using their smartphones. But they had never handled a professional video camera, written a script, or conducted an interview until they spent the summer at Johns Hopkins.

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Giving Back, One Cyber Scholarship at a Time

When students studying cybersecurity return to Capitol Technology University in Maryland this fall, cash scholarships donated by a former adjunct professor will aid at least two of them.

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2016 Carroll Biz Challenge finalist: Two McDaniel students hope to brew up a win for kombucha make their mark in Biz Challenge

When McDaniel students Tyler Van Dyke and Jeb Shingler make their pitch at the Carroll Biz Challenge later this month, it will mark the second time the pair has competed in such a challenge in four months.

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Johns Hopkins tests EpiWatch app on Apple Watch to track seizures

Doctors at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have begun testing an app on the Apple Watch to help people with epilepsy monitor seizures.

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Carroll Community College partners with universities (including Stevenson Univeristy) for nursing program

A partnership between three Maryland universities and Carroll County's community college are making it easier for nurses to keep up with industry standards. Carroll Community College signed a memorandum of understanding this summer with Towson, Stevenson and Frostburg universities that will allow students working toward an associate degree in nursing to accelerate their studies to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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Loyola names 2016 Business Leader of the Year

Loyola University Maryland has chosen Johns Hopkins Health System President Ronald Peterson as the 2016 Business Leader of the Year for his lifelong dedication to the growth and innovation of Hopkins. Loyola will honor Peterson at its annual Business Leader of the Year dinner on Nov. 7 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore.

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A one-year report from Hood College's president

On July 1, I celebrated my first anniversary as Hood College’s 11th president. One of the many rewards of this position has been the warm welcome I have received from the Frederick community. I am deeply grateful for the hospitality and support that have been shown to me and Hood over the past year.

During this time, I have come to recognize and appreciate the long history of positive and mutually beneficial relations between the college and the community.

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Damming Student Debt: One Liberal-Arts College’s Approach

Sheila C. Bair is familiar with the hardships that debt can bring. For five years, including during the subprime-mortgage crisis, she served as chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. A year ago she became president of Washington College, a 234-year-old private nonprofit institution in Maryland, and she has turned more of her attention to student-loan debt. How can students, especially those from poorer families, get a good liberal-arts education and not pay too high a price for it? She shares her strategies here.

 

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