Education Notes

McDaniel College becomes a member of AACC consortium

McDaniel College in Westminster became the third four-year higher education institution to join the Anne Arundel Community College University Consortium, which is based at the new Arundel Mills campus that opens tomorrow.


A private liberal arts institution, McDaniel changed its name from Western Maryland College last year. It offers bachelor's and master's degree programs.

The college initially will offer two programs of study through the consortium, which was created this spring to bring together two-year public and private colleges and universities with AACC. Degrees offered by the consortium partners link with AACC associate degree and certificate programs; classes are held at the Arnold campus, AACC at Arundel Mills and Glen Burnie Town Center.


The consortium is offering McDaniel College's Administrator I certification program, and (pending Maryland Higher Education Commission approval) the Better Education for the Students of Tomorrow (BEST) program, a master's program that offers state teacher certification.

Two members named to AACC board of trustees

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has named former Baltimore City Community College President James D. Tschechtelin and Anne Arundel Community College human services major Gita Ladd members of the college's board of trustees.

Tschechtelin brings a wealth of educational experience, much of it with community colleges. He began work at the Maryland State Board for the Community Colleges in 1975 as director of planning and research. He became director of instructional programs in 1980 and was the executive director from 1983 to 1990.

In 1990, he took the job of interim president of the New Community College of Baltimore, which was created by the state to replace the Community College of Baltimore. The legislature renamed the institution Baltimore City Community College in 1992, and Tschechtelin was appointed president. He served for 10 years, during which time credit enrollment increased by 32 percent, state aid increased by 82 percent and foundation assets grew more than tenfold.

Ladd is a cellist, most recently with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and also with ensembles such as the Baltimore Opera Company, Atlantic String Quartet and Cincinnati Symphony. In her first year at AACC, Ladd served as Student Association liaison, a reporter for the Campus Crier, and interned as a group addictions facilitator through a service-learning project.

College to offer classes in gerontology this fall

Anne Arundel Community College will offer credit courses in gerontology this fall.


As the U.S. population ages, gerontology is expected to be one of the fastest-growing career areas, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. AACC offers a 21-credit gerontology certificate with options in general studies and human services and a nine-credit letter of recognition.

The general studies option is geared to anyone who works with older adults. The human services option is suited to those with a specific interest in social work or counseling.

Fall credit classes begin Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and Oct. 20. A free orientation on human services programs is scheduled for noon Aug. 14. Reservations are required. 410-777-7310.

College recognizes its ESL graduates

Anne Arundel Community College recognized English as a Second Language program graduates from 23 countries in a recent ceremony.

Andrew L. Meyer, vice president for learning, and Laura E. Weidner, director of integrated reading and ESL programs, honored faculty and staff and recognized students for their contributions. Graduate Guelsah Aylin Ergin of Annapolis gave the keynote address.


Graduates include:

Annapolis: Syed Mohammed Farrukh Aziz, Guelsah Aylin Ergin, Darunee Meesiri, Hoang Nguyen, Natalia Pachokova, Gustavo Padilla, Ivaylo Yolov.

Arnold: Maria Ardaya, Criselda Guerrero, Jana Jirsova, Ruzena Jirsova, Tomomi Miyamae, Sanda Viq Zidic

Curtis Bay: Marisol Hurley

Deale: Luz Myriam Romero

Gambrills: Nicolas Burgos, Serpil Rivas


Glen Burnie: Nahed Ghally, Alba Rivera, Gul Yasmeeen

Hanover: Sami Yagoub

Harwood: Maria Afonso

Millersville: Solyman Mostafa

Pasadena: Jaete Hillman, Silvia Minarro Martinez

The ESL program, for nonnative speakers of English, offers beginning, intermediate and advanced courses in conversation, reading, writing and grammar. Students eligible to take advanced courses can enroll at the college with the same restrictions as students with developmental status.


AACC offers ESL classes year-round. Information: 410- 777-2901.

Ceramics museum seeks teachers for program

Former Anne Arundel County teachers and others interested in art are encouraged to participate in a Museum of Ceramic Art program that exposes middle-schoolers to ceramics.

The program is seeking someone to work about 15 hours per week to help museum staff. Those applying should have transportation, some training in art - preferably ceramic art - teaching and computers.

The program teaches ceramic arts to more than 6,000 children in 32 schools in Baltimore and Baltimore County. Last school year, the students completed an all-ceramic mural tracing the history of Canton's waterfront. They also produced a mural for a pavilion in the Inner Harbor. The Museum of Ceramic Art also would like to expand its program into other Maryland counties.

Duties in this paid position include visiting schools as needed, working with art teachers and helping with lesson plans, seeking public places for exhibiting student art, and helping to coordinate events and develop ideas for student work.


Applicants should submit a resume. Information: 410-764- 1042.

Donors needed to buy school items for needy kids

The Department of Social Services and the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County are seeking donors to purchase backpacks and specific school supplies for needy elementary-age children.

Also being accepted are monetary donations that will be used to purchase gift certificates for children not matched with a donor. Information: 410- 269-4466 or 410-269-4462.

Art exhibit to show work of lifelong learners

Artwork from 19 students in Anne Arundel Community College's lifelong learning courses are featured in An Artists' Gathering, an exhibit on view through Aug. 29 at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Annapolis.


A reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the store in the Annapolis Harbor Center, 2516 Solomon's Island Road. A Lifelong Learning representative will be on hand to greet guests and provide information about fall courses.

This year's exhibit includes oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints created by adult participants in noncredit, continuing education art programs during the past academic year. Visitors can view the exhibit from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Fall class offerings at AACC at Arundel Mills range from basic drawing, making wood sculptures and pottery to printmaking, cartoon storytelling, watercolor and oil paintings. Classes also are offered at other locations around the county, including the Arnold campus, Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park and area high schools. Information: 410- 777-2325.