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Fine-arts panel seeks members

The Baltimore Sun

The Fine Arts Advisory Council is seeking parents and community arts advocates to serve on the council, helping to ensure that high-quality, equitable and consistent fine-arts programs are provided for students in Howard County public schools.

The council will hold a membership and information meeting for parents and community members from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Monteabaro Recital Hall, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information: Katie Reitmeyer, 410-313-6885.

HCC is accepting class registration

Howard Community College is accepting student registration for its spring 2008 credit session.

The spring credit semester begins Jan. 26 for weekend classes and Jan. 28 for weekday classes.

Phone and Web site registration are available for newly admitted and previously enrolled credit students using their college identification and password. In-person registration is available at the college during normal business hours.

For telephone registration: 410-772-4310; TDD, 410-772-4606. For online registration: www., and register through HCC Express.

For a copy of the spring schedule of credit classes: 410-772- 4856.

College is scheduling orientation classes

Howard Community College will offer new-student orientation sessions from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 24.

First-time HCC students are encouraged and expected to attend; parents are welcome to attend a parent session that will be held during their child's orientation program.

The sessions include refreshments, information packets and planned activities, including interactive workshops, campus tours and prizes.

Information: 410-772-4896. Reservations: 410-772-4430 or sign up online at www.howard

Online registration for noncredit classes

Online registration for Howard Community College's winter noncredit courses is continuing.

New business courses include "Federal Employment: Create a Dynamic Federal Resume," "Performance Appraisals," "Why Employees Fail to Meet Performance Standards" and "Landlord 101."

New lifestyle and leisure courses include "Upholstery 101," "The Road to Retirement: Planning Your Personal Journey," "Protecting Yourself from Street Criminals" and "Emotional Intelligence: Your Greatest Resource."

New courses also are being offered in information technology, adult basic education and the college's "Kids On Campus" program.

Information: 410-772-4823, or and click on "Continuing Education."

HCC cookbook is on sale for $15

A cookbook featuring favorite recipes from students, staff members and faculty at Howard Community College is on sale at the HCC Bookstore in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall.

Now You're Cooking, HCC! contains more than 200 recipes from around the world. The book costs $15; proceeds will benefit the HCC Educational Foundation's scholarship fund for international education.

Information: Barbara Livieratos, 410-772-4707.

School board to meet Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which begins at 7:30, will start with a forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topics that have no formal hearing process.

During the evening session, the board will hold public hearings on Policy 1010, Discrimination; Policy 1020, Sexual Harassment; Policy 7010, Confidentiality of Personnel Records; Policy 7070, Promotion for Certificated Personnel to Administrative and Supervisory Positions; and Policy 8030, Graduation Requirements.

The board also will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2008-2009 school calendar.

Those who want to testify at a hearing are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing.

Registration will be held until the last working day before the hearings.

To sign up to speak: 410- 313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter, contact Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. (Two weeks' notice is preferred.)

Information: 410-313-6682.

Textbooks on display through Jan. 14

Textbooks and textbook-related materials recommended for the first time for use in county public schools will be on display in the lobby of the Department of Education through Jan. 14.

Viewing times are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Forms will be available to express approval or request re-evaluation of the any of the proposed materials.

Art scholarships offered for college

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking applicants for its 2008 arts scholarships.

The council will award at least $10,000 in scholarship money to students entering college in the 2008-2009 academic year. The scholarships must be used to enroll in an accredited college program for a degree in the arts. Awards will be at least $1,000 and can be used for tuition and fees.

Applications, which must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Friday, will be reviewed by the arts council's scholarship panel, whose members are professionals working in various artistic disciplines.

Applications will be judged on artistic merit, knowledge of an artistic discipline, commitment to a career in the arts and a record of success in an academic setting.

Applications are available from the arts council (410- 313-2787) or at www.hoco Applicants, who must be legal residents of Howard County, will be notified about the panel's decisions in March.

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