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Report: Md. ranks No. 4 in NIH grant awards for '07

Report: Md. ranks No. 4 in NIH grant awards for '07

Universities and research centers in Maryland pulled in $1.56 billion in federal grants from the National Institutes of Health in 2007, according to a new study.  The study, published June 18 by Families USA, a national nonprofit health care advocacy group, showed Maryland ranked fourth in the nation in fiscal year 2007 for total NIH awards. California, Massachusetts and New York were the only states ahead of Maryland. Pennsylvania rounded out the top five.

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All Abroad! Overseas Study Required

All Abroad! Overseas Study Required

Goucher College's picturesque campus, on 290 leafy acres just north of Baltimore, plays well in college-admissions materials. Officials at this private liberal-arts institution, however, hope students will also be attracted by the opportunity to get away.

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Baltimore International College Wins Gold in Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Baltimore International College Wins in Culinary Knowledge Bowl

This past April, Chefs Faith Kling and Fred Parmenter coached five Baltimore International College students in their first Baron H. Galand Knowledge Bowl competition.  The prestigious event was held at the American Culinary Federation's Northeast Regional Conference in Cincinnati.

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Seurkamp Named Chair of Maryland Independent College and University Association

Seurkamp Named Chair of Maryland Independent College and University Association

The Board of Trustees of the Maryland Independent College and University Association has elected Mary Pat Seurkamp, President of College of Notre Dame of Maryland, as Chair of the Board effective July 1, 2008. Elected by unanimous vote of the MICUA Board of Trustees—which includes the presidents of 18 private colleges and universities in Maryland—Dr. Seurkamp will lead the organization in implementing its strategic objectives. 

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Villa Julie Board Chooses Stevenson University as New Name

Villa Julie Board Chooses Stevenson University as New Name

The Board of Trustees of Villa Julie College has voted to change the name of the institution to Stevenson University. The decision follows the approval of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) last month for university status for Villa Julie. One of the main components of the new University will be the Villa Julie College of Arts and Sciences, which will occupy the institution's original campus on Greenspring Valley Road in Stevenson.  

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Washington County Public Schools: Educator of the Year

Washington County Public Schools: Educator of the Year

The 2008 Educator of the Year Awards Banquet took place April 23, 2008 at Fountainhead Country Club in Hagerstown, MD. This event honored educators in both public and private schools. Forty WCPS teachers and six Washington County private school teachers were nominated for the prestigious honor.

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Music educator named county Teacher of the Year

Music educator named county Teacher of the Year

Seven Marriotts Ridge High School juniors gathered around a baby grand piano in the chorus room at their Marriottsville school, all facing their director at the keyboard, Terry Eberhardt. Eberhardt smiled as he deftly played strains from "Imagine" by John Lennon. 

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Childers is Teacher of the Year

Childers is Teacher of the Year

In Sue Childers’ class, the children know what a rhombus is. They also understand bar graphs and can tell you about the poison dart frogs in the Amazon rainforest.  One of Childers’ students, 8-year-old Seth Bosse, did an exercise which asked him to describe his kite.  ‘‘My kite has a set of four golden streamers plus shining blue bows,” Bosse wrote. ‘‘It is very large, so large that it takes about 12 people to hold it. The rest of it looks like a rainbow twinkling in the sky.”

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Hope in the Unseen

Hope in the Unseen

Every once in a while as a journalist you see a scene that grips you and will not let go, a scene that is at once so uplifting and so cruel it’s difficult to even convey in words. I saw such a scene last weekend at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore. It was actually a lottery, but no ordinary lottery. The winners didn’t win cash, but a ticket to a better life. The losers left with their hopes and lottery tickets crumpled.

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Department of Defense scholarships awarded

Department of Defense scholarships awarded

They say in weather that when it rains, it pours, and success is raining down on Capitol College in the form of U.S. Department of Defense Scholarships awarded to four exceptional students studying engineering and information assurance.  Capitol, a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, has been issued a grant for three new scholarships under the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship program.

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Workforce Shortage Grants available through MHEC

Workforce Shortage Grants available through MHEC

Students entering college who want to make a difference in various areas of public service are eligible for financial aid from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The agency is currently accepting applications for the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG).

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College credit crunch eases

College credit crunch eases

Finding the money for college during this widening credit crunch just got easier, thanks to emergency legislation signed by the president last week.  The new law raises the amounts that undergraduates can borrow under the federal student loan program. It also loosens the rules so parents who are behind on mortgage payments can still qualify for federal parent loans. And it gives them more time to repay parent loans.

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Honored educator credits farm upbringing: Billingslea named Teacher of the Year in Baltimore Co.

Honored educator credits farm upbringing: Billingslea named Teacher of the Year in Baltimore Co.

John Billingslea, the Franklin High School psychology teacher named yesterday as Baltimore County's Teacher of the Year, said that growing up on the family farm in northern Harford County taught him much about the value of hard work and the endurance he would need to sustain a career in education.

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McFayden named as Teacher of the Year

McFayden named as Teacher of the Year

Melissa "Missy" McFayden, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Ridgely Elementary School, was named Caroline County Public Schools Teacher of the Year on May 2, much to her surprise.  "I can't believe it!" McFayden said, minutes after the announcement was made in front of staff, students and parents gathered for Field Day. "I don't think I've wiped the smile off my face." McFayden is finishing her seventh year at the school. She was nominated for the first time last year.

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Stephen Decatur teacher awarded county's top title

Stephen Decatur teacher awarded county's top title

At its annual banquet Friday, the Board of Education recognized Stephen Decatur Middle School teacher Amy Gallagher as the 2008 Worcester County Teacher of the Year.  Gallagher, an eighth-grade social studies teacher, was honored by Board of Education President Garry Mumford in front of 350 people at a banquet in the Clarion Hotel's Crystal Ballroom.

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Beavan Selected as St. Mary’s Teacher of the Year

Beavan Selected as St. Mary’s Teacher of the Year

Bonnie Beavan, a mathematics teacher at Spring Ridge Middle School, has been named the St. Mary's County Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2008.  "While her efforts are exceptional, Ms. Beavan's results with students are phenomenal," wrote Ms. Kathy Norton, assistant principal of Spring Ridge Middle School, in her letter of recommendation. 

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Tobery Named Teacher of the Year

Tobery Named Teacher of the Year

Oakdale Middle School art teacher Kathy Tobery is the Frederick County Public Schools 2008 Teacher of the Year.  The 11-year teaching veteran received the good news last week when the FCPS “Prize Patrol,” led by Dr. Linda Burgee, FCPS superintendent, visited Ms. Tobery during her planning time.

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Lessons from the heart: Stephens of Winfield is Teacher of the Year

Lessons from the heart: Stephens of Winfield is Teacher of the Year

As a fifth-grader in western Pennsylvania, Cathy Stephens was once cast as Betsy Ross in the school play.  She recalled being an "unlikely choice," but her teacher, Nancy Morrison, saw something special in her and gave her the confidence to take the part and change her outlook on life.

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Recognition offers opportunity, county’s teacher of the year says

Recognition offers opportunity, county’s teacher of the year says

An educator at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, who believes veteran educators can play a key role in teacher retention and that to achieve on standardized tests students must be consistently challenged to think, has been named Baltimore County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

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Villa Julie Becomes First Maryland Private Institution to Offer RN to BS Program Completely Online

Villa Julie Becomes First Maryland Private Institution to Offer RN to BS Program Completely Online

In its continuing effort to combat the nursing shortage in Maryland and across the country, Villa Julie College has unveiled plans to also offer its RN to BS nursing degree option completey online.  This new option will allow working nurses to earn an accredited bachelor's degree at their own pace without disrupting their personal and professional lives. 

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MHEC to Provide Grants to Improve Teacher Quality

MHEC to Provide Grants to Improve Teach Quality

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is accepting proposals from institutions of higher education interested in providing teacher training as part of the federal government's "No Child Left Behind".  The purpose of the grants is to provide professional development to teachers and principals in core academic subject areas.

 

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Northwood teacher named city's best

Northwood teacher named city's best

Kristin Covaleskie hid her face behind her long brown hair as her principal, the Baltimore schools CEO and an entourage of administrators, fellow teachers, and media streamed into her classroom yesterday and interrupted her lesson.

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