EDUCATION NOTES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

CCC student granted Waldon scholarship

The Iota Alpha Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity has presented Cecil Community College's Farai Mashongamhende with the Donald J. Waldon Memorial Scholarship.

Mashongamhende, a native of Harare, Zimbabwe, will have his tuition, books and lab fees for year covered by the award. The scholarship goes to an African-American male who lives in Cecil or Harford County or is a student at CCC or Harford Community College. Candidates must have a grade point average of 2.5, provide references and sit for an interview.

HCC completes program to promote service learning

Harford Community College recently completed the first year of a service-learning program funded by a Learn and Serve America Higher Education Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The goal of the grant is to increase the number of students participating in service-learning - a form of field experience in which students apply academic knowledge in service activities designed to meet community needs.

Projects, both in and outside of the classroom, involved designing an advertising campaign; developing teaching plans and educational materials related to health and the environment; tutoring math students; creating educational programming for the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge; and generating ethograms of dolphin behavior for beached dolphins in Key Largo, Fla.

The service-learning year ended at a local food pantry project in Harford County with Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United.

Ivory-billed woodpecker to be focus at John Carroll

Phillip Hoose, author of The Race to Save The Lord God Bird, will speak at the John Carroll School in Bel Air at 9 a.m. Sept. 12.

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird tells the story of the ivory-billed woodpecker and chronicles the efforts of biologists on the bird's behalf. News has recently come from Arkansas of the first confirmed sighting of the bird in more than 60 years.

In addition to Mr. Hoose's presentation, students will hear from experts on land preservation, water quality and wildlife management. The school day will be devoted to the book, Mr. Hoose and discussion of environmental issues.

This event is a result of the annual schoolwide summer reading program where one book is chosen for the entire school community to read.

HCC board of trustees schedules Sept. 13 meeting

The board of trustees of Harford Community College will meet in open session at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Chesapeake Center Board Room.

Anyone who wishes to address the board during the public comment portion of the meeting must complete a request form -which will be available before the meeting - and return it to the director of marketing and public relations before the meeting begins. A three-minute time limit will be imposed unless the presiding officer allows more time. Comments must pertain to college concerns.

Information: 410-836-4199.

Calendar

Library gala:

Tickets are now on sale for the Harford Treasures Library Gala, to be held Nov. 5 at the Abingdon branch of the Harford County Public Library. Evening in the Stacks will include local authors reading and signing their works, artisans demonstrating their work and music by harpist Elizabeth Ciavolino and the Defractions jazz band. Food and a live and silent auction are also planned. Tickets ($50) are available online at www.HCPLonline.info. 410-273-5600 or 410-638-4736.

Volunteers sought:

Partners in Reading, a program of Harford County Department of Community Services' Volunteer Connection & RSVP, is seeking volunteers. The program, initiated in two elementary schools in 2000, helps improve reading skills. A volunteer receives an orientation and training, and usually serves an hour each week at a participating school close to home. 410-638-4444 or visit www.harfordcountymd. gov/volunteer.

Enrollment open:

Enrollment is open at Trinity Lutheran School in Joppa for children entering nursery school through eighth grade. Information or to schedule a tour: 410-679-4000, ext. 185.

Fall classes:

Cecil Community College is accepting registration for fall classes, which begin Wednesday. Class schedules have been mailed to residents. Schedules also can be picked up at Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave., or at the North East campus, 1 Seahawk Drive. Cecil Community College offers 43 associate degrees and 39 certificate programs. 410-287-1000.

Registration:

Walk-in registration for fall credit courses at Harford Community College is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays; and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 10. Classes begin Sept. 6. Students also can register by mail or fax through Saturday. Forms and information are included in the Schedule of Fall 2005 Credit Classes, available at the Welcome Center in the Student Center or at www.harford.edu. Online registration continues through Sept. 5. 410-836-4222 or 410-879-8920, ext. 222. Registration is also accepted at the college's Aberdeen Proving Ground center. 410-272- 2338.

Astronomy:

Members of the Astronomical Society will meet for a free astronomy open house at dusk Sept. 10 and Oct. 11 in the Harford Technical High School parking lot. The public is invited to view the moon, Mars and other objects. Telescopes and binoculars will be provided. www.harfordastro.org.

Career advice:

Cecil Community College will hold a college information and career advising session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at Elkton Station. The free workshop is open to the public. Advisers from the college's credit and noncredit programs will be on hand to talk about training programs, workplace-readiness classes, lifelong learning and financial aid. Sessions are also scheduled for Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6 at the same time and place. 410-287-6060, ext. 641.

Advising:

Students at Harford Community College can call Advising, Career and Disability Services (410-836-4301) to make an appointment for a one-stop session or meet with an academic adviser. Those who have never attended the college or attended before spring 2003 should complete an application for enrollment before registering.

Opening late:

North Harford High School, which is being modernized and expanded, will open for students on Sept. 6 - five school days later than tomorrow's opening for the Harford County public school system's other schools. The three-year, $52.7 million construction project is proceeding on schedule, and is expected to be completed before the 2007-2008 school year. Students will not have to make up the five days they will miss.

Home-schooling workshops:

Monthly workshops are available at the Harford County Public Library in Bel Air to help parents who are home-schooling their children. "The Beginning Years," a workshop for parents with children in prekindergarten to first grade, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Discussion will focus on curriculum, multistudent settings, and how to get organized. "Unit Studies," a program in which experienced mothers share their use of unit studies and lap books to teach subjects across the curriculum, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13. The series concludes with a workshop titled "Is There Really a Problem?" in which a panel of parents and professionals will answer questions and help ease anxieties. Register in the children's department of the library. 410-638-3151.

Careers in health:

Cecil Community College will offer free information sessions about training options for careers in the allied health field. The college offers full- and part-time training programs for medical assistants, medical coders and billers, hospital unit clerks, certified nursing assistant and phlebotomists. Sessions will be held at Elkton Station, Room 327, 107 Railroad Ave., on Oct. 5 and Dec. 7, and at the college's North East campus Sept. 14, Nov. 2 and Jan. 11. 410-287-6060, ext. 641.

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