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Program to improve teacher diversity will offer full college scholarships

Howard County schools officials announced a new effort this week to improve workforce diversity, forging a partnership with McDaniel College that will provide full scholarships to low-income students who commit to three years of employment in the Maryland school system after graduation.

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Shared grant gives Frederick County colleges new science tools

In an unusual partnership, three higher education institutions in Frederick County secured a federal grant to enhance their science offerings. Frederick Community College, Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University jointly received a $330,975 grant from the National Science Foundation.

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What’s really causing the student debt crisis, according to Sheila Bair

Bair said she’d also like to see schools with high default rates forced into some kind of risk-sharing arrangement. One version of this proposal appears in a bill proposed by a pair of bipartisan lawmakers earlier this year.

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Laurel university project offers simple solution for satellite communication – a smartphone

The text message appeared on Aaron Bush's smart watch right on time — 31/2 minutes after a rudimentary device he and classmates had engineered lifted off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

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A black pioneer honors his white mentor

When Victor McTeer left McDaniel College in 1969 — it was called Western Maryland College back then — he was not only glad to be done with the place, but bitter about his experience there. He was one of the first black students to attend the school, and only 16 years old in his freshman year. 

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Goucher and Washington Colleges Partner to Launch a Candidate Training Program for Female Undergraduate Students

On November 5 and 6, the first Training Ms. President: College Women’s Candidate Training Program will be hosted on the campus of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

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President Barack Obama to Speak at MSMU During the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

President Barack Obama will attend and speak at the 34th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on October 4 at Mount St. Mary’s University’s Knott Athletic Recreation Convocation Complex. The U.S. Fire Service, along with the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF), located in Emmitsburg, MD, will honor the lives of 84 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2014, and three firefighters who died in previous years.

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Populist, Not Progressive – Presidential Opinion

On the presidential campaign trail, we’re seeing one so-called progressive candidate after another call for the federal government to enact major new spending programs to hold down tuition at public universities. Here’s the thing -- the results would be regressive: the prime beneficiaries of these proposals will be wealthier students who currently do not receive means-tested federal dollars.

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Loyola psychology students create Charm City Initiative to help children process Baltimore unrest

After watching the Baltimore unrest in April, Merrill Reiter, a clinical psychology master’s student at Loyola University Maryland, struggled to process what was happening around her. What’s more, she wasn’t sure how to get involved to help others, to repair the city that she called home.

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Goucher College Selects Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot as the 2015-16 Hughes Center Politician-in-Residence

Goucher College is pleased to announce Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot will serve as the 2015-16 Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center politician-in-residence. 

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Johns Hopkins students are organizing a health-focused hackathon

Preparations are underway for a new hackathon focused on health and technology. The first edition of MedHacks will be held Oct. 2-4 at the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on the JHU Homewood Campus. 

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Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts Joins MSMU Expert Panel Examining Unrest in Baltimore

Mount St. Mary’s University will examine and discuss recent racial unrest in the city of Baltimore and in America by hosting an upcoming panel discussion titled: “Justice in America Today? Challenges and Opportunities for Action” held on September 2, 2015.

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College students go high-tech to learn about Native Americans on Shore

Often, when one thinks of an archaeological survey, the image is of teams of people with shovels and sifters carefully digging into the ground to see what they can find.

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McDaniel College recognized for providing value to nonwealthy students

McDaniel College was recognized for the third consecutive year as the top liberal arts college of the six in Maryland in Washington Monthly magazine's "Best Bang for the Buck" rankings, which assess the value colleges provide to nonwealthy students, according to a McDaniel media advisory.

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Hopkins freshmen get to know their new city

He'd heard the negative stereotypes about Baltimore — about its crime rate, about its disparities in wealth, about its spike in violence this year — so when Dominic Yared of Lexington, Mass., thought about moving to the city to start his freshman year at the Johns Hopkins University this fall, he wasn't sure what to expect. 

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New presidents at Hood, Mount St. Mary's prepare for school year

The new presidents of Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University are gearing up for a new school year and students’ first day of classes Monday. “I love greeting them and seeing the level of excitement — and some anxiety of course,” Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine, 48, said in an email.

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Johns Hopkins prepares women for STEM careers

Careers in science, technology, math and science — now known simply as STEM — have been male-dominated for years. That’s left many a woman, and the girls that follow them, wondering where they stand in this seemingly “boys-only” market. 

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Casey Named Chair of Maryland Independent College and University Association

The Board of Trustees of the Maryland Independent College and University Association elected Roger Casey, President of McDaniel College, as Chair of the Board effective July 1, 2015. Elected by unanimous vote of the MICUA Board of Trustees—which includes the presidents of 15 private colleges and universities in Maryland—Dr. Casey will lead the organization in implementing its strategic objectives.

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That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket

In less than two years Slack Technologies has become one of the most glistening of tech’s ten-digit “unicorn” startups, boasting 1.1 million users and a private market valuation of $2.8 billion. If you’ve used Slack’s team-based messaging software, you know that one of its catchiest innovations is Slackbot, a helpful little avatar that pops up periodically to provide tips so jaunty that it seems human.

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Pell grants could be restored for prisoners

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Goucher College's Prison Education Partnership at the Maryland Correctional Institution on Friday to announce an effort to restore Pell grants for prisoners.

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Not business as usual at Loyola’s Sellinger School

After half a decade of decreasing MBA applications amid a financial crisis, graduate business schools across the country have steadied the ship in recent years, with the number of applications remaining relatively stable since 2012. But to move beyond mere stability and build that number back up, business schools must adapt their curricula to the needs of the communities they serve, said Kathleen Getz, the new dean of Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management.

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As Clothes Get Clean; Students Do Homework in Long Branch

When clothes get clean, students learn math, English, and other subjects at the Rainbow Coin Laundromat in Long Branch. On July 22, Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot presented a proclamation and the “Comptroller’s Medallion” to Nok Kim, owner of Rainbow Coin Laundry, and Washington Adventist University business students for their efforts in helping students in the Long Branch area.

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Johns Hopkins, UMD to open data research center

The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland plan to open one of the country's largest computing centers this month. The Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center will open with $30 million in state funding, officials said.

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College forms partnership with Horizons program

Washington College is now an official host site for the middle school component of Horizons of Kent & Queen Anne’s, the nonprofit that provides low-income children from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade with a summer program of academic and cultural enrichment. 

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What's New

What's New

Washington College marketing campaign with Buzzfeed wins international awards
The college relations and marketing team at Washington College has won two Awards of Distinction in the 24th annual Communicator Awards for its collaborative campaign with BuzzFeed to increase awareness among college-bound teens.

FCC, Mount St. Mary's and Hood College Sign Cybersecurity Agreement
In an effort to support the growing need for trained professionals in the cybersecurity field, both regionally and nationally, Frederick Community College, Mount St. Mary’s University and Hood College will collaborate to provide a single, unified degree pathway into this field.

Liberal arts prepare students for a changing world
Every spring, I shake 1,200 hands as our students take their final steps as Loyola University Maryland students. By the time they graduate, most of them know what immediately awaits them in the next chapter of their lives.

Sciences faculty win $565,000 NSF grant to develop scholarship program for low-income students

An interdisciplinary group of sciences faculty at Loyola University Maryland has been awarded a $565,495 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a scholarship and mentoring program to recruit and graduate academically talented low-income students pursuing a degree in computer science, physics, mathematics, or statistics.

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President excited to get to work

Washington College's incoming president posted a video online this week in which she speaks about how excited she is to start her new job and how impressed she is with the institution and everyone associated with it.

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Hopkins professor’s R&D buoys startup

Sharon Gerecht, an engineering professor at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, has spent years researching tissue repair and regeneration. Repairing tissue and skin usually requires live cells — a treatment that can be costly — but Gerecht’s work has focused on how to make that happen with synthetic materials.

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Hopkins, other employers to hire more youth for summer program

This summer, 300 young people from Baltimore City will have paid internships with the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine — 100 more than last summer. To help meet increased demand from city officials, Hopkins is expanding its participation in the city’s YouthWorks summer jobs program, which offers five weeks of paid work to young people aged 14 to 21.

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After the riots, Baltimore’s best shot at redemption may be its arts community

On the April day when Freddie Gray died from injuries he suffered in police custody and a week before rioters took to the streets in protest, Karen Brooks Hopkins, president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, gave a PowerPoint presentation to a small group of Baltimoreans about the future of their city.

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