Education Notes

Wednesday session to discuss saving money for college

Carroll County public schools will hold a presentation on the College Savings Plans of Maryland at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the Board of Education offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.


The state, through the College Savings Plans of Maryland, offers two plans that allow families to help their children get a college education while receiving a tax reduction.

The Maryland Prepaid College Trust lets families lock in one to five years of future college tuition at today's prices, backed by a legislative guarantee. The Maryland College Investment Plan offers 10 investment options and is managed and distributed by T. Rowe Price.


The meeting is open to parents, grandparents and interested community members.

Information: 410-751-3125.

Special education is topic of 'Focus on Carroll' show

The Carroll County Special Education Citizen's Advisory Council will be highlighted on Tuesday's edition of Focus on Carroll on Adelphia Channel 3.

The program will air at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Nicole Ryan is the host. The program includes Harry Fogle, assistant superintendent of school management; Mona Freedman, a parent from the council; and Sharon Glass, co-chairwoman of the council.

The program focuses on the beginnings of the council, its goals and the issues facing special education as it attempts to deliver an appropriate public education to the school system's 3,700 students with disabilities.

Information: Harry Fogle, 410-751-3137.


Basic noncredit language classes offered at colleges

Carroll Community College is offering classes for those interested in learning a foreign language for conversational purposes.

Available noncredit courses are: basic Spanish, basic German I and basic Italian Part I, as well as an online Spanish course.

Basic Spanish will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays starting this week to March 10 at the Gateway School.

Students may go online to and click on noncredit students, then online courses to learn Speed Spanish. Speed Spanish teaches six easy recipes to use to glue Spanish words together into sentences.

Basic German I is offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays starting this week to March 24, also at the Gateway School.


Basic Italian Part I is set for 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays Feb. 7 to April 17 at the Community College of Baltimore County's Owings Mills campus.

Information: 410-386-8100.

World religion course at CCC taught by Zepp

Carroll Community College will offer "The Resurgence of Fundamentalism in World Religions," a noncredit course taught by Ira G. Zepp, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays starting this week to Feb. 26.

Zepp, professor emeritus of religious studies at McDaniel College, is active in nonviolence, human relations and the arts. He also is a noted author, columnist, lecturer and preacher in the United Methodist Church.

His published works include the book, A Muslim Primer: Beginners Guide to Islam.


After examining the revival of tradition in Hinduism and Buddhism, students will look at Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Zepp will lead discussions on the role of fundamentalism as a natural reaction to religion, society and social morality.

Speakers and films will be included in the course.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Carroll announces students serving as legislative pages

The Maryland General Assembly annually invites high school students throughout the state to serve as pages on the floor of the House of Delegates and Senate.

Lora Ann Bingaman of South Carroll High School, Brian Johnson and Michael Rutishauser of Francis Scott Key High School, and Kristen Haegerich of Carroll Christian School will represent Carroll County during the 2004 session. Justin Coates, from South Carroll High School, is the alternate.


The program allows interested high school seniors to work as legislative pages for two nonconsecutive weeks during the legislature. It is designed to interest youths in state government as well as increase participation in government and foster leadership.

Pages maintain the bill books of individual delegates and senators, run errands, distribute literature and provide general assistance to the legislators.

McDaniel College wins silver award for writing

McDaniel College has received a silver award for periodical staff writing from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for articles in The Hill magazine.

More than 40 entries were received in the Periodical Staff Writing category from CASE's District II, which includes the Mid-Atlantic United States and Ontario, Canada. Awards will be presented at the CASE District II conference in Philadelphia next month.

District II winners were: Dickinson College, gold; McDaniel College, silver; and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, bronze.


Kim Asch is managing editor of The Hill, which is published three times a year by the college's Office of Communications and Marketing.

Asch wrote four of the five articles submitted for the award: a quick study of philosophy professor Larry Wu, "A New Kind of Old-fashioned Medicine," "Artist in Residence" and "Was Iraq a Just War?" Peggy Fosdick, director of communications, wrote "Meet McDaniel."