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Colleges planning commencements this monthWith pomp, picnic...


Colleges planning commencements this month

With pomp, picnic and spectacle, institutions of higher learning in the county will be holding commencement ceremonies this month - beginning next weekend at St. John's College.

Tutor (faculty member) emeritus Elliot Zuckerman - known around Annapolis as a poet, scholar, musician and artist - will deliver the commencement address at 10:30 a.m. May13 for the college's 209th graduating class.

Bachelor of arts degrees will be awarded to 95 students, and master of arts degrees to 25 others - all in liberal arts.

The ceremony will take place on the front lawn. In the event of rain, commencement exercises will be held in the school's Francis Scott Key Auditorium, with admission by ticket only and limited to immediate families of graduates.

Anne Arundel Community College's 39th commencement ceremony is scheduled at 7 p.m. May 30, at Siegert Field on the Arnold campus. Associate's degrees or certificates will be awarded to nearly 1,000 students.

Filmmakers William A. Whiteford and Susan Hannah Hadary, both of Annapolis, will deliver the keynote address at the invitation-only program. Whiteford, an AACC alumnus, and Hadary won an Oscar last year and a Peabody award this spring for their documentary film, "King Gimp," on the life of physically challenged artist Dan Keplinger.

The biggest area graduation event is at the Naval Academy, where Commissioning Week is scheduled May 21-25.

A series of parades and concerts will be held, and the most publicly visible events - the arrival and rehearsal of the Navy's Blue Angels precision flight team and its performance in the skies over Annapolis - are scheduled at 2 p.m. May 23, weather permitting.

Another highlight, the Color Parade, will be held at 11 a.m. May 24 at Worden Field and is open to the public. It will feature the 4,000-member student body marching in 30 companies - and the presentation of flags, or colors, to the company that through excellence in a year of competition has won the right to carry them until next May.

Commencement for the nearly 1,000 graduates will take place at 10 a.m. May 25 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, with President Bush as speaker.

In the event of inclement weather, the graduation ceremony will be moved to the Alumni Hall auditorium.

11 students earn credit as legislative interns

Eleven Anne Arundel Community College students were legislative interns this semester, during the 2001 session of the Maryland General Assembly.

The students earned three college credits through the course, Legislative Internship, taught by former House of Delegates member Frank B. Pesci Sr., a part-time political science instructor and coordinator of the college's internship program. The students and their assignments:

Svetlana Nutwell of Annapolis, with state Sen. Leonard H. Teitelbaum, a Montgomery Democrat; Jacqueline Rappoport of Annapolis, with Maryland Society of Pediatricians; Arnold residents Anthony Gentzel, with lobbyist Jack Neil, and Darnell Lynn, with the law and lobbying firm of Alexander and Cleaver; and Baltimore residents Amy Jones, with state Sen. Andrew P. Harris, a Baltimore County Republican, and Tracy Manby, with County Executive Janet S. Owens.

Also, Nicole Boritz of Cape St. Claire, with Del. James F. Ports Jr., a Baltimore County Republican; Eastport residents Eric Tant, with the House of Delegates' Republican Caucus, and David Williams, with the Maryland State Teachers Association; Jessica Russell of Glen Burnie, with Del. Barbara Frush, a Prince George's Democrat; and Anne Reckard of Millersville, with Maryland Association of Community Colleges.

Pesci has received the 2001 AACC Student Association Teaching Excellence Award for part-time faculty. He was a member of the Prince George's delegation from 1971 to 1987.

Information on course requirements to join the 2002 internship program: 410-541-2759.


Orchestra: An Anne Arundel Community College Orchestra concert will be held at 3 p.m. today at Pascal Center for the Performing Arts on the Arnold campus. Admission is $5, $4 for senior citizens and children ages 12 and under, and $3 for AACC students and staff members. Information: 410- 541-2756.

For Parents: "Active Kids are Learning Kids" is being presented from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension in Suite 210 of the county government building, 7320 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. The fee is $10, and registration is required. Information: 410-222- 6756.

Civil War talk: Chesapeake Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. May 10 in Cade Center Room 207 at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold. Edward Bonekemper, author of "How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War," will speak.

School benefit: Harbour School of Annapolis will hold its 11th "Galaxy of Stars" auction benefit, with dinner and music, at 6 p.m. Saturday at Loews Annapolis Hotel. Tickets are $50, and proceeds will be used for capital improvement projects and the building of a new branch in Owings Mills. Harbour School enrolls children who are learning-disabled, autistic or have difficulty in a traditional classroom environment. Information: 410-974-4248.

For grandparents: A free program, "Encouraging Grandchildren," will be presented at 10 a.m. May 15 at Tyler Heights Elementary School, 200 Janwal St., Annapolis. Della Glenn, parent liaison for the Family Involvement Center, will lead a discussion about loving, influencing and encouraging grandchildren. Information: 410-222-1630.

Gifted, talented: Planning for the next school year will be the focus of a meeting of the Gifted & Talented Association, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 16 in Florestano Building Room 101 on the Anne Arundel Community College campus in Arnold. The session is the last until September for the community volunteer group, which provides information programs for families and is an advocate for the educational needs of children deemed gifted and talented. Information: 410-956-3577.

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