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.


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

Harford Community College Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

At the Harford Community College Board of Trustees meeting on June 12, 2018, the following information was shared:

The Board re-elected Richard D. Norling as Chair and Reverend Cordell E. Hunter, Sr. as Vice Chair.

Alumni Efia Ofosu-Ntiamoah shared insights on how HCC prepared her to pursue her bachelor’s degree at University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Dianna G. Phillips, Harford Community College President, presented her with a medallion for her selection to the 2018 All-Maryland Academic Team.

Currently an accounting major at University of Maryland, College Park, Efia has a fully paid summer internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Efia said that HCC gave her a solid foundation to succeed at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. “The difference between HCC and the University of Maryland is the ease of access to instructors and ease of access to vital resources.”

The only child of two well-educated parents, Efia is originally from Ghana, West Africa. Her mother, Faustina Ofosu-Ntiamoah, sacrificed her job to move to the United States when Efia was 16 years old. Efia graduated from St. Louis Senior High School there in May 2016, and three months later she enrolled at Harford Community College as a freshman in both a new school and a new country. Her father, who remains in Ghana, chose HCC for Efia after doing considerable research on American colleges.

At Harford, she was a business administration major enrolled in the Honors Program. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, the National Society for Leadership & Success, Math Club, and My College Success Network. Efia was also employed as a peer tutor in the Learning Center at HCC.

The Board approved the following tenure contracts:

  • Thomas Guinivan, assistant professor of chemistry, effective August 15, 2018
  • Tamara Biegas, assistant professor of geography, effective August 15, 2018
  • Miriam Huddleston, assistant professor of business, effective August 15, 2018

The Board also approved the following:

  • The FY 19 operating budget in the amount of $50,424,220. Included in this budget are:
    • a 3% raise for all full- and part-time employees
    • funding for a new strategic plan that will take the College vision for the future to the next level
    • $100,000 to fund new academic initiatives across all disciplines, including developmental learning, honors, and service learning, as well as improvements to scheduling, catalogs, and curriculum
    • An additional $100,000 to support post-season travel of our student athletes
  • The FY 19 capital budget of $7,337,244 and the FY 19 – FY 24 capital improvement plan. This budget includes:
    • Technology investment of $813,925 which is intended to meet the continuing needs of the College’s technology backbone along with the on-going refresh of hardware. The investment will support the network and communications infrastructure throughout campus as well as enable remote access.
    • Building additions and renovations of $6,220,600 to enable the College to upgrade classroom space and facilities. These projects are geared to meet growth demands and facility modernization and incorporate many energy and building efficiencies.
    • Campus infrastructure improvements of $302,719, including parking lot and sidewalk repairs necessary to improve capacity and the flow of traffic. In addition, major maintenance of septic fields and potable water system upgrades are necessary.
  • The establishment of a trust through participation in the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) Pooled OPEB Trust Fund.
    • The College provides healthcare insurance benefits to retirees and their dependents who elect the coverage and pay the premiums. For a closed group of six, the College pays a fixed subsidy for the healthcare benefits. These retirement benefits fall under the College’s OPEB Plan.
    • The Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued a statement that requires all state and local governments, effective beginning FY18, to change the accounting and disclosure of their OPEB Plans. As such, an actuarial valuation was performed on the College’s plan and a funding calculation was determined. Although advanced funding is not required, there are annual cost savings and budget efficiencies gained in doing so.
    • At its meeting on May 8, 2018, the Board of Trustees of Harford Community College approved fully funding the actuarial liability for the OPEB Plan, estimated at this time to be approximately $652,000, into a Trust by June 30, 2018. The funds will come from the College’s General Operating Fund Balance.
    • At its June 12th meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a trust through participation in the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) Pooled OPEB Trust Fund.

The Board also approved:

  • Approval for Engle Printing and Publishing to print the noncredit schedules of classes at a cost of $91,374.88.
  • A contract for Leepfrog Technology for $109,920 for the purchase of curriculum and catalog software that will automate, synchronize, and streamline the catalog and curriculum management process.
  • The BOT adopted the following addition to the Board Policies. The parameters of the National Guard tuition waivers are unchanged from recent practice:

It is the policy of Harford Community College to waive 50% of tuition for credit courses and noncredit vocational-technical/certification courses taken by members of the National Guard who have at least 24 months remaining to serve in the National Guard. It is the policy of Harford Community College to waive 100% of tuition for credit courses and noncredit vocational-technical/certification courses taken by spouses and dependents of members of the Maryland National Guard while the member is called to active duty for a period of at least six continuous months.

"Closer" Exhibition to Open in Harford Community College's Chesapeake Gallery this Summer

A new exhibit entitled “Closer” by artist Melanie Johnson will be on display in the Chesapeake Gallery in the Student Center from June 8 to September 13. A new exhibit entitled “Closer” by artist Melanie Johnson will be on display in the Chesapeake Gallery in the Student Center from June 8 to September 13.

Artist Melanie Johnson stated, "I make large scale figurative drawings and paintings using imagery derived from observation and composite sources. Narrative is employed loosely in my work and I draw primarily on the familiar as a catalyst for making. The imagery gives form to a dissonant accrual of lived experience, family histories and anecdotes, appropriated iconography and the acting out of roles both obligatory and imagined. Surface, palimpsest and indexical histories of making are meaningful in my process. I want the physical work to encapsulate imagery representative of a lived moment as well as the history of its own manifestation. The work should conjure a habitat that has one foot in reality and the other in a state that evokes the slipperiness of memory, longing or a disquieting curiosity."

Johnson received her MFA in Painting from Indiana University. She is Associate Professor of Art & Design and co-coordinator of the Foundations Program at the University of Central Missouri. She lives in Kansas City.

There will be a closing reception on Thursday, September 13, form 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The Chesapeake Gallery is open Monday to Thursday, 8:30 AM to 7 PM, and Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

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.

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