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Art teacher named Baltimore City Schools' Teacher of the Year

Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School teacher Athanasia Kyriakakos was named Baltimore City Public Schools’ 2016 teacher of the year.

City Schools CEO Gregory Thornton surprised her with the award Monday morning during a visit to her class.

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Mount St. Mary's University offers new, exclusive International Security and Intelligence program

International Security and Intelligence (ISI) is a program offered at Mounth St. Mary's University in association with the Cambridge Security initiative (CSi). This 3-week, highly comnpetitive summer course runs from July 18-Aug 5, 2016.

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McDaniel in the News: Washington Post names alumna Teacher of the Year

Shalonda Holt, a 2012 graduate of McDaniel’s Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree program, has been named the Washington Post’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. Holt, a Centennial High School teacher, was also recently named the Howard County Public School System’s Teacher of the Year.

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MICA grads use training to start 3D printing company

Harrison Tyler studied sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, but the entrepreneur was on campus Saturday to teach others how to build their own 3D printers.

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Hopkins, BGE announce major job initiative with 25 Baltimore companies

When the Johns Hopkins University board met last November to talk about an initiative aimed at improving the city's economic prospects by hiring more local and minority-owned firms and more local and minority workers, one trustee asked why more prominent Baltimore companies and institutions weren't doing the same.

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Hood College's Independent Higher Education Day Video

Hood College students joined students from the 12 other MICUA member institutions for a day in Annapolis to lobby and thank their state delegates and senators for their support of higher education.

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Loyola Maryland's Cara Egan founded Junior H2Ounds to teach drowning prevention and open opportunities

To get to the Loyola Maryland Fitness and Aquatic Center from Tunbridge Public Charter School or Govans Elementary School, head down York Road toward Woodbourne Avenue. Pass the ACE Cash Express, then turn right. At the end of the street that becomes Homeland Avenue, you'll see the center, straight ahead.

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UMBC, Goucher recognized in federal report for advancing low-income students

Goucher College and The University of Maryland, Baltimore County were recognized for their efforts to support more low-income students in a report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education. The report, "Fulfilling the Promise, Serving the Need: Advancing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students," highlights schools with higher percentages of low-income students, and schools where those students succeed in completing their degrees. 

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Johns Hopkins series to examine reasons for unrest

The images of violence during the unrest in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray almost a year ago will be etched in the minds of many of those in Baltimore for years to come. In April, Johns Hopkins University tackles the underlying issues of that unrest in a series called "Redlining Baltimore."

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McDaniel offers liberal arts, business mash-up

McDaniel College wants to take students to a place not often associated with liberal arts schools: the business world. This spring, the college is hosting its first “McDaniel Innovation Challenge” competition, in which students submit their ideas – for businesses, products or creative ways to address social problems – to a panel of experts.

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State-funded endowments help Maryland colleges build science niches

Best known for training writers in the footsteps of Sophie Kerr, Washington College now aims to broaden its reputation, using its location by the Chester River to build standing in marine science and research.

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MICA grant to further entrepreneurship among artists

Students at the Maryland Institute College of Art will get the chance to turn their craft into a business after the Baltimore art school was awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant from the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation on Monday. That money will be used to launch Up/Start MICA, a collegewide entrepreneurship program that will work with MICA students and recent graduates.

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Preparing future nurses

Nursing education is changing as rapidly as the health care profession itself. Patients in hospitals are sicker with more complex medical conditions, and in the community, the patient population is multicultural. Four area programs have adapted to ensure a steady supply of nurses trained for today’s – and tomorrow’s – health care environment. 

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Wes Moore named Loyola's 2016 Commencement speaker

Bestselling author, Army veteran, and social entrepreneur Wes Moore will deliver the commencement address at Loyola University Maryland’s 164th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The Work and The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates are New York Times bestsellers. Moore has also authored Discovering Wes Moore, and co-authored the young adult novel, This Way Home, with Shawn Goodman.

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Announcing the Guaranteed Access Partnership Program (GAPP)

Too many low-income Marylanders do not reach their full potential, because they fail to enroll at a college that best meets their academic aspirations. Today, Maryland’s independent colleges and universities took a bold step to make college a reality for low-income Marylanders. The Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) launched an innovative public/private partnership, known as the Guaranteed Access Partnership Program (GAPP), to reduce college costs and moderate student debt for Maryland high school graduates who lack the financial resources to afford an independent institution.

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GAPP Frequently Asked Questions

In 2016, Maryland’s independent colleges and universities and the State of Maryland launched the Guaranteed Access Partnership Program (GAPP), a public-private partnership to help close the college affordability gap by supporting capable Maryland high school graduates with financial challenges.  GAPP provides a matching grant award for eligible Guaranteed Access (GA) grant recipients at participating institutions, up to the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees.    

Click HERE to download the Guaranteed Access Partnership Program (GAPP) Frequently Asked Questions.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Historic Partnership to Increase College Affordability for Low-Income Marylanders

Too many low-income Marylanders do not reach their full potential, because they fail to enroll at a college that best meets their academic aspirations.  Maryland’s independent colleges and universities and the State of Maryland are creating this public-private partnership to address this pressing problem by closing the affordability gap for capable and financially challenged high school graduates.  

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McDaniel students prepare for life beyond college with winter term internships

McDaniel College junior Mollie Fischer walked from student to student in a fifth-grade classroom at Randallstown Elementary School in Baltimore County, providing support to students, who were given an assignment on the American Revolution requiring them to role-play as delegates in the Second Continental Congress.

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Maryland Commerce Supports Research Professorships at Morgan State University, Washington College

The Maryland Department of Commerce, Morgan State University and Washington College have endowed $4 million in two new research professorships. The endowments were made through the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative (MEI), a program created in 2014 to spur basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields at the state’s colleges and universities.

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Partnership aims to revitalize Central West Baltimore

A coalition of city officials, two universities and community activists launched a civic partnership Monday to revitalize the part of Baltimore that was at the center of April's riots. 

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2015's Medical Milestones and Scientific Advances in Baltimore

Two local scientists discovered information about a protein that may one day lead to a cure or treatment for a rare neurological disease.

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Capitalizing on Baltimore's creative strength

When I moved to Baltimore 18 months ago to serve as president of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), I came with a conviction that the city's vigorous arts scene and creative endeavors could play an essential role in building a brighter future for Baltimore.

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Hopkins launches urban youth film-making effort

In a bid to address Baltimore's chronic ills through the arts, Johns Hopkins University announced Monday it is starting a youth film-making program so urban teens and young adults can portray their community while gaining skills and experience that could land them jobs.

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Hopkins announces $25M plan to boost faculty diversity

As students at universities nationwide protest racism and a lack of minority representation on their campuses, the Johns Hopkins University is launching a $25 million effort to increase the diversity of its faculty. The initiative will establish new procedures for faculty recruitment so a more diverse pool of applicants is considered and will provide money to support visiting faculty members, according to the university.

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McDaniel's Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity bonds with Boys and Girls Club

Excitedly cheering after they scored, Kayla Richmond, 8, and Madison Summers, 7, played a spirited game of foosball with McDaniel College senior Andre Carneiro at the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster Tuesday afternoon. 

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What colleges do for local economies: A direct measure based on consumption

Most economists and policymakers know that people who complete a college degree tend to earn more than people who have not attended college. Yet they often overlook the fact that these benefits extend beyond individual workers. The college earnings advantage also leads to greater economic activity, fueling prosperity at the regional and national levels. 

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Nursing student finds calling in global service

Seeing how surgery and good nutrition can change the lives of people without access to medical care helped Vanessa Perez of Frederick carve her career path. For the past two summers, she served with Mission to Heal, a nonprofit agency that cares for underserved people around the world while training local practitioners. A sophomore at Stevenson University in Baltimore County, Perez went to Liberia the summer before her freshman year, and this past summer, she was in Mongolia.

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MICA planning $8.1 million expansion in Bolton Hill

Seeking to accommodate a growing student body and new programs, the Maryland Institute College of Art is planning to construct an $8.1 million classroom building in place of a smaller property it owns at 100-116 Dolphin Street, part of the Bolton Hill National Register Historic District.

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Hopkins opens new engineering lab in city elementary school

Gary Hawkins III stood with a group that was admiring the ball-carrying robot he'd built in about one month. The Baltimore seventh-grader was glad they appreciated his work, but he wasn't satisfied. With a $5 million,10-year investment from the Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, Barclay became the city's first pre-kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school to offer engineering and computer sciences.

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