Hot Topics - June 7, 2018

  • Dr. Dianna G. Phillips and Board president Rich Norling were in Annapolis last month with fellow community college representatives for Governor Hogan’s signing of the landmark Near Completers and Maryland Community College Promise Scholarships bill (HB 16), which allocates $15 million per year in need-based tuition aid for eligible community college students.
  • The Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association Aberdeen Chapter presented an $8,000 check to HCC’s Foundation to fund a new Cyber Defense Scholarship for students enrolled in the Cyber Defense Certificate program.
  • The Library’s annual Used Book Sale, held during National Library Week, raised $1,200 to support the Harford Community College Library Textbook Scholarship.
  • HCC and WXCY 103.7 hosted the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus last month in a free concert at the APGFCU Arena that featured marches, popular music, and patriotic songs. Dr. Phillips welcomed Harford County Executive Barry Glassman and APG Senior Commander Major General Randy Taylor along with other dignitaries and about 1,350 attendees.
  • On May 24, the College held its 60th Annual Commencement ceremony in the APGFCU Arena. Nearly 350 graduates crossed the stage. The Class of 2018 includes August and December 2017 graduates and May 2018 candidates for graduation. A total of 1,042 degrees or certificates were awarded for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • David and Diane Dixon received HCC’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards at Commencement, honoring their outstanding professional success, commitment to the community, and service to the College.
  • This spring, HCC held a pinning celebration for 45 nursing students, 37 nursing students were inducted into Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society Gamma Upsilon Chapter, and 16 Harford nursing students completed the Associate to Bachelor’s (ATB) program at Towson.
  • Program completion ceremonies were held for 10 medical assisting students, 8 CNA students, 11 dental assistant students, and 17 paramedic students.
  • The four-year Harford County Electrical Contractors Apprenticeship program graduated 58 new journeyperson electricians at HCC and 23 completers of the four-year Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Apprenticeship program are now eligible to apply for their HVACR journeyperson licenses from the State of Maryland.
  • Nursing student Erin Rodriguez, president of HCC’s Student Nursing Association, was installed as president of the 2018-19 Maryland Association of Nursing Students at its 38th Annual Convention. Erin, who will begin her last semester at HCC this fall, is dual-enrolled at Towson in the Associate to Bachelor’s (ATB) program.
  • Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Jeff Ball has been accepted to one of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs. The four-week program, which starts in mid-June, is being held in Minnesota at St. John’s University.
  • A team from the College participated in SARC's "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" event, raising $1,046.75 for SARC. Team members included Jamie Karmel (team captain), Deb Cruise, Glenn Rogers, Suzanne Gallihue, Brenda Morrison, Quinn Morrison, Elizabeth Mosser, Emily Mosser, and students Hailee Domich, Jenn Hathazi, Justin Higgins, Isabella Ianiello, Oksanna Shulgach, and Giavanna Tserkis.
  • HCC’s University Level Destination ImagiNation (DI) team brought home 3rd place last month in this year’s Global Tournament. The “Fighting Owls” represented Harford among the 17,000+ students, parents and volunteers attending the event at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. More than 1,400 student teams from 38 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, and 19 countries competed in the 2018 Global Finals Tournament.
  • Dr. Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, Rod Bourn, Elizabeth Mosser and Kelly Koermer, JD, represented the College in the 11th annual Golf 4STEM Tournament this week hosted by the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council. The event helped raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties where a portion of the funds are directed to STEM initiatives in the clubs.
  • Our Fighting Owls are wrapping up another successful year, with eight of the 13 highly successful varsity sports teams having competed in national tournaments in the 2017-18 season.

Save the Date

  • Summer Swing Golf Tournament
    July 9, 10 AM, Maryland Golf and Country Clubs

Hot Topics - May 14, 2018

  • The Harford Community College Foundation recently reached a significant milestone: $10 million in net assets. The Foundation averages $420,000 in scholarship awards each year to deserving students at HCC, as well as student emergency assistance funds and support for purchasing textbooks, equipment and technology needs.
  • On April 28, adjunct faculty member Frank Mayer successfully led a team of five cybersecurity students through a sophisticated defensive operations scenario training exercise at the newly-opened Baltimore Cyber Range (BCR). The exercise was made possible through a DLLR EARN grant for community college students in which HCC was the first to participate. In addition to the valuable training, students will receive support from the Range in connecting them with employment opportunities with BCR partners.
  • Dr. Tim Chizmar and Dr. Paul Chizmar have named the Ambulance Simulator Lab in Darlington Hall through HCC’s Foundation. The gift will fund scholarships for students enrolled in HCC’s Paramedic program. Dr. Tim Chizmar is the Medical Director for the College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs and Dr. Paul Chizmar, his father, is an instructor for the Paramedic program.
  • Five Harford Community College employees, David Antol, Heidi Neff, Supawan King, Jacklyn Madden, and Pamela Runge, are recipients of the 2018 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. NISOD has supported the pursuit of excellence in teaching and leadership at hundreds of member colleges for nearly 40 years.
  • The University System of Maryland's William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation announced Jessica Adams, HCC Assistant Professor for Mathematics, was awarded a $1,500 mini-grant for development of open educational resources (OER) for her statistics course. With OER, faculty develop learning materials that can save students money by replacing traditional textbooks.
  • STEM faculty member Dr. Carol Mueller was selected as a recipient of the prestigious John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for her leadership and commitment to excellence in advancing the teaching and learning mission of the College. She was nominated for her work related to the transitional math curriculum and her leadership within the College and statewide.
  • Owl Magazine won three national Apple Awards in categories that included four-year colleges. HCC was the only community college recognized in any of these categories. The students placed first for Best TV Newscast and Best Magazine Spread and second for Best Print Ad. The annual competition was sponsored by the College Media Association.
  • Benny Russell, local composer and adjunct music instructor at the College, presented his original composition “Man of Peace” in the Chesapeake Theater last month in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The performance is supported, in part, by an innovation grant from the HCC Foundation.
  • Twelve Graphic Design students worked with local middle and high school students in the YEA! Young Entrepreneur’s Academy on their start-up business projects by creating graphic identities for their projects through design.
  • Students in the Graphic Design program are creating an identity, design standards, and marketing package for the Alfred B. Hilton 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The group will be fundraising for a memorial to be built in the county to create awareness of Harford County’s only native born Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Hilton, a Sergeant in the 4th Regiment United States Army Colored Infantry, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous service during the Civil War.
  • Three HCC teams participated in the 10th Annual Student Mathematics Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament hosted by Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA last month. The twelve Harford students demonstrated their excellent math skills working in teams to solve challenging problems. Dr. Supawan King (Math Club Advisor) and faculty Evan Bucklin, Chris Jones, and Sanny Vernon accompanied the students to the event.
  • WHFC was named favorite local radio station for the second straight year in Harford County Living's "Community Choice Awards." Receiving 62.2% of the vote, WHFC outdistanced second place WXCY by nearly 37%!
  • The College’s Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, Rho Beta Chapter has been named a 2018 REACH chapter. This award is given to chapters that excel in the area of membership development. PTK is the national honor society for two-year colleges.
  • Harford County Executive Barry Glassman presented a citation to honor the College’s winning men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Fighting Owls won both the regular season and conference tournament championships in both men’s and women’s basketball, a clean sweep for the first time in league history.

Save the Dates!

  • On Friday, May 18, the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus will perform at the APGFCU Arena. This free community concert, presented by Harford Community College and WXCY 103.7, will feature marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic songs, and instrumental and vocal solos. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Although admission is free, tickets are required; click here for ticket information.
  • The Nurses Pinning Ceremony for the May class of nursing graduates will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Amoss Center.
  • The College's Sixtieth Annual Commencement is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 6 p.m., at the APG Federal Credit Union Arena. The College will close at 3 p.m. on that day to prepare for the event.

Hot Topics - May 3, 2018

  • The Harford Community College Foundation recently reached a significant milestone: $10 million in net assets. The Foundation averages $420,000 in scholarship awards each year to deserving students at HCC, as well as student emergency assistance funds and support for purchasing textbooks, equipment and technology needs.
  • On April 28, BECAT faculty member Frank Mayer successfully led a team of five cybersecurity students through a sophisticated defensive operations scenario training exercise at the newly-opened Baltimore Cyber Range (BCR). The exercise was made possible through a DLLR EARN grant for community college students in which HCC was the first to participate. In addition to the valuable training, students will receive support from the Range in connecting them with employment opportunities with BCR partners.
  • Dr. Tim Chizmar and Dr. Paul Chizmar have named the Ambulance Simulator Lab in Darlington Hall through HCC’s Foundation. The gift will fund scholarships for students enrolled in HCC’s Paramedic program. Dr. Tim Chizmar is the Medical Director for the College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs and Dr. Paul Chizmar, his father, is an instructor for the Paramedic program.
  • Five Harford Community College employees, David Antol, Heidi Neff, Supawan King, Jacklyn Madden, and Pamela Runge, are recipients of the 2018 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. NISOD has supported the pursuit of excellence in teaching and leadership at hundreds of member colleges for nearly 40 years. They will receive their medallions at the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas at Austin later this month.
  • The University System of Maryland's William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation announced Jessica Adams, HCC Assistant Professor for Mathematics, was awarded a $1,500 mini-grant for development of open educational resources (OER) for her statistics course. With OER, faculty develop learning materials that can save students money by replacing traditional textbooks.
  • STEM faculty member Dr. Carol Mueller was selected as a recipient of the prestigious John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for her leadership and commitment to excellence in advancing the teaching and learning mission of the College. She was nominated for her work related to the transitional math curriculum and her leadership within the College and statewide.
  • Owl Magazine won three national Apple Awards in categories that included four-year colleges. HCC was the only community college recognized in any of these categories. The students placed first for Best TV Newscast and Best Magazine Spread and second for Best Print Ad. The annual competition was sponsored by the College Media Association.
  • Benny Russell, local composer and adjunct music instructor at the College, presented his original composition “Man of Peace” in the Chesapeake Theater last month in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The performance is supported, in part, by an innovation grant from the HCC Foundation.
  • Twelve Graphic Design students worked with local middle and high school students in the YEA! Young Entrepreneur’s Academy on their start-up business projects by creating graphic identities for their projects through design.
  • Students in the Graphic Design program are creating an identity, design standards, and marketing package for the Alfred B. Hilton 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The group will be fundraising for a memorial to be built in the county to create awareness of Harford County’s only native born Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Hilton, a Sergeant in the 4th Regiment United States Army Colored Infantry, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous service during the Civil War.
  • Three HCC teams participated in the 10th Annual Student Mathematics Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament hosted by Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA last month. The twelve Harford students demonstrated their excellent math skills working in teams to solve challenging problems. Dr. Supawan King (Math Club Advisor) and faculty Evan Bucklin, Chris Jones, and Sanny Vernon accompanied the students to the event.
  • WHFC was named favorite local radio station for the second straight year in Harford County Living's "Community Choice Awards." Receiving 62.2% of the vote, WHFC outdistanced second place WXCY by nearly 37%!
  • The College’s Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, Rho Beta Chapter has been named a 2018 REACH chapter. This award is given to chapters that excel in the area of membership development. PTK is the national honor society for two-year colleges.
  • Harford County Executive Barry Glassman presented a citation to honor the College’s winning men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Fighting Owls won both the regular season and conference tournament championships in both men’s and women’s basketball, a clean sweep for the first time in league history.

Save the Dates!

  • On Friday, May 18, the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus will perform at the APGFCU Arena. This free community concert, presented by Harford Community College and WXCY 103.7, will feature marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic songs, and instrumental and vocal solos. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Although admission is free, tickets are required; click here for ticket information.
  • The College's Sixtieth Annual Commencement is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 6 p.m., at the APG Federal Credit Union Arena. The College will close at 3 p.m. on that day to prepare for the event.

Hot Topics - March 7, 2018

  • The College has joined Achieving the Dream (ATD), a network of more than 220 colleges in 39 states dedicated to improving student success. As an institution within the network, Harford will work with ATD coaches to build institutional capacity, connect with peers to foster learning and share information, and implement cutting edge reforms.
  • Dr. Dianna G. Phillips will present testimony in Annapolis on March 7 before the Ways and Means Committee in support of House Bill 951, the Higher Education Degree and Job Certification Without Debt Act of 2018. She will focus on two key components: the Maryland Community College Promise Program and scholarships for near completers.
  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and HCC recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will ensure students’ seamless transition from our A.S. in Nursing (ADN) program to UMSON’s B.S. in Nursing (BSN) program. The agreement allows students to apply and be admitted to UMSON’s BSN program while in HCC’s ADN program. Students will receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at HCC and will be granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree, saving them time and money in completing their BSN degree.
  • On February 18, the HCC Foundation and Wine World Beer & Spirits hosted the Winter Wine Expo in the APGFCU Arena, raising nearly $20,000 for the Alumni & Friends Scholarship Association. This year, 80 guests attended a new addition to the event, a VIP Wine Pairing Reception prior to the Expo, which was extremely well received. Over 450 guests attended the Expo, which featured 70 wine vendors, six of the county’s best restaurants, and live music courtesy of The Benny Russell Trio.
  • Professor of Mathematics Chris Jones will be presented an inaugural AACC Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Member Award from the American Association of Community Colleges at their annual convention in Dallas, Texas from April 28 to May 1. Criteria for the award include demonstrating passion for and support to students, inside and outside of the classroom; participating on college committees; and going above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful.
  • Dr. Andrew Kellett, Associate Professor of History, will read from and discuss his new book, The British Blues Network: Adoption, Emulation, and Creativity. Dr. Kellett will speak on April 11 at 2 PM in Edgewood Hall, Room 132.
  • Visceral Takeover, a solo exhibition featuring recent paintings by Heidi Neff, Associate Professor of Art + Design, will be on display from March 1 to 25 in the Amos Eno Gallery, 56 Bogart Street in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Laura Schenk, Theresa Libershal, and Sonia Galvan’s abstract, “Incorporating Professional Development Activities into Nursing Curriculum to Promote Professional Socialization of Nursing Students” has been selected for a podium presentation at the University of Maryland School of Nursing Institute for Educators Spring Conference on “Teaching in Nursing: What’s Now, What’s New, What’s Next?” to be held March 26.
  • Additionally, Laura Schenk has been selected to be a full scholarship recipient of the 2018 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIW). For information about the scholarship, click here.
  • In celebration of African American History Month, Soar2Success was honored on February 15 to sponsor the Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian, a true soldier for racial and social justice, at an afternoon and evening session attended by students and members of the community. The event was supported by several community groups in conjunction with HCC’s Library and Cultural Diversity Committee.
  • For the second consecutive year, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) National Honor Society, Rho Beta Chapter at HCC has achieved the prestigious Five-Star Level. PTK is the International Honor Society of two-year colleges. Chapters are awarded stars ranging from 1 to 5 based on their accomplishments during the year. The five levels of engagement progress from local campus involvement to regional involvement to international involvement. In order to achieve the prestigious Five-Star status, chapters must complete all the requirements of each of the five star levels.
  • HCC student Gia Tserkis recently testified in Annapolis in support of College Promise programs for eligible state residents to attend Maryland community colleges tuition-free. The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee hearings on the two College Promise bills (SB 317 and SB 261) were attended by many supporters, including community college students, parents, and presidents, and other higher education representatives.
  • HCC students Savannah Blythe and Anna Corselius will present at the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council in March. Their topic, "Procaffinating or Daily Grind," is based on research conducted on the effects of coffee on the young adult. It includes their own statistical research conducted at HCC in an effort to either support or refute existing research.
  • Interior renovations will take place in Maryland Hall and major carpet replacement will take place in the Student Center during spring break. Design and engineering work for Fallston Hall continues and is expected to be completed this September.

Athletics:

  • On March 2, our women’s basketball team won 76-61 over Baltimore City CC to claim the Region 20 Division I Championship for the fifth consecutive year. They move on to the NJCAA District C Championship game to face ASA on March 9 in Brooklyn, NY. On Friday, March 9, a live video stream from that game can be seen online here at 6 p.m. That game’s winner will earn a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament in Lubbock, TX. Our men’s season ended in a loss to Baltimore City CC in the Region 20 tournament semifinals.
  • Spring sports are underway as the men’s lacrosse, baseball and softball teams have already competed.

Save the Date:

  • Illuminate, March 10, 7-11 PM, APGFCU Arena; 60th Anniversary Cocktail Party and Brand Unveiling. Proceeds benefit the Harford Community College Foundation.

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