Hot Topics - June 29, 2018
- Drs. Phillips, Thomas and Jackson and seven other employees attended the Achieving the Dream Kickoff Institute in Cleveland, Ohio June 19-21. The institute was designed to prepare 2018 cohort college teams to begin or intensify the process of transformative institutional improvement. Attendees were introduced to the Institutional Capacity Framework and Assessment Tool and learned how it creates the foundation for change necessary for building and strengthening a student-focused culture.
- The College is partnering with Harford County’s Office of Community and Economic Development and local businesses to jointly fund a feasibility study for a proposed Applied Technology Center to be located in the southern Rt. 40 corridor to serve residents and employers. The study is expected to be completed at the end of September.
- County Executive Barry Glassman announced that 28 local nonprofits will receive $1.5+ million in FY19 to plan and implement tourism-related activities including historical, cultural, heritage, agricultural, and eco-tourism operations. The APGFCU Arena was awarded $35,000 for FY19 activities that will include assistance with artist fees for a fall country concert and implementation of successful marketing strategies.
- While HCC’s Foundation offers more than 150 donor-funded scholarships to our current students, a group of generous donors are committed to ensuring our recent graduates have the necessary resources to continue their education at a four-year institution. This spring, HCCF awarded $15,400 in transfer scholarships.
- Leanna Gefrich, Coordinator for Youth Programs at the College, was presented with a Champion for Children Award from the Harford County Department of Community Services Local Management Board. The award honors those who have made a major contribution in Harford County to help improve the lives of children and young adults through the age of 21.
- Harford Leadership Academy, a community leadership development program co-sponsored by the College and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, promotes the development of existing and emerging leaders in the community. This year's graduating class of 39 included HCC employees JeanMarie Lewis, Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, Pamela Stell, and Tony Wohlers, who received their certificates at the annual HLA graduation ceremony on June 7.
- Effective July 1, the Arena and HCC’s Events Management departments are reorganizing into one department led by Stacy Rutherford. This new department will report to Brenda Morrison in the External Relations and Communications Division.
- Karen Rege, Director for eLearning and Instructional Resources, was contacted by a friend, the head of McDaniel College’s music department, after an instructor for a World Drumming class became unable to complete the semester. Karen’s husband, Pape Demba Samb, a Senegalese drummer, was willing to help out. Rege and Samb brainstormed an innovative double-flipped course structure that helped the class finish the disrupted semester and began offering the full class in the double-flipped format the following fall. Learn more here.
- In the spirit of collaboration, HCC's Safe Zone Committee teamed up with our colleagues at Cecil College to hold the LGBTQ+ Conference on Community and Inclusivity on June 22. This year’s conference featured in-depth panel discussions, advocate/ally workshops, and hands-on creative sessions on what a truly inclusive and compassionate future could look like for all students.
- The Learning Center is piloting a makerspace “stress-free” area, where students are free to create, tinker, invent, and design. The Learning Center's Makerspace is stocked with low-tech items to support de-stress activities for students and staff. Activities will rotate throughout the year.
- A new sculpture was installed in the Chesapeake Center’s courtyard. A symbol of leadership, the sculpture was designed by Adam Scott Cook and funded by Winds of Leadership, the nonprofit, philanthropic arm for Harford Leadership Academy. The design was inspired by the first project funded by Winds of Leadership, replacing the sails on the Skipjack Martha Lewis.
- In June, a new rental client utilized the Arena for an inaugural 3D printing festival called the East Coast Rep Rap Festival. Attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors hailed from Canada, China, Germany, Iceland, Lichtenstein, the United Kingdom, and 24 of the United States. Only about 175 of the more than 720 attendees came from Maryland. The event was a great success, and the coordinators are looking to return to the Arena in 2019.
- The Fighting Owls' baseball team had a player drafted in the MLB draft for the third consecutive year as ace pitcher Zach Guth was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 26th round. While Guth was the only current Fighting Owl to be drafted, a former Harford star player also saw his name called as Tre Todd of Harford’s 2017 baseball team was taken by the L.A. Dodgers in the 21st round after a highly successful year at Liberty University. Guth becomes the 10th player in Harford program history to be drafted by MLB.
- During the spring 2018 semester, 91 Fighting Owls made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, a record for a spring semester at Harford, with 19 of those earning 4.0 GPAs. In addition, 11 student athletes made the AD Honor Roll for all four semesters of their Harford career. To earn a spot on the Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.0 GPA while taking at least 12 credits.
SAVE THE DATE:
- Summer Swing Golf Tournament: July 9, 10 AM, Maryland Golf and Country Clubs