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  • WGW Community Youth Cup Supports Early Childhood Connections Conference at Garrett College

    McHenry, MD – From left to right are: Melanie Cooper, Judy Center Training Coordinator at Garrett County Community Action and Early Childhood Connections Conference Planning Committee Member; Brian Boal, Co-Founder of the WGW Community Youth Cup, and Darlene Schmidt, Quality Assurance Specialist for Maryland EXCELS and Early Childhood Connections Conference Planning Committee Member. The WGW Community Youth Cup is a corporate sponsor for the upcoming conference in April.

    The WGW Community Youth Cup has the primary mission of raising money for the ongoing support of Landon's Library, Andrew S. Woods Memorial Scholarships and Samantha Funding the Arts. The further mission of the charities benefitting from the tournament is to promote the Christian values that are a part of the families of Landon, Andrew and Samantha.

    Landon's Library provides books each month to every child born in Garrett County from date of birth until their first day of kindergarten - the first county-wide effort of its kind in the State of MD. To date over 90,000 books have been distributed to enrich the lives of children and their families along with Kindermusik and monthly play-dates. The Andrew S. Woods Memorial Scholarship will be awarded each year to an outstanding academic and athletic male and female student graduating from Southern Garrett High School and attending a four-year school. The Samantha Funding the Arts program will utilize funds to help support and promote the arts throughout the school system of Garrett County, such as providing art supplies and field trips. 

    Early Childhood Connections is an annual professional development conference, designed to provide local child care providers and early childhood educators with current, specialized training. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Garrett College. While aimed at local and regional educators, this conference is open to anyone who touches the life of a child – including preschool and Head Start instructors, daycare providers, and Board of Education staff. Participants also have the opportunity to choose from various workshops to attend throughout the day. This collaborative effort is planned and executed by Garrett College, Garrett County Community Action Committee Child & Family, Maryland EXCELS, Maryland State Department of Education, APPLES for Children, and Garrett County Early Childhood Professional Association.

    For more information on the Early Childhood Connections conference, or for additional information on sponsorships available, contact Connie Meyers at 301-387-3084 or connie.meyers@garrettcollege.edu.

    Posted 2/15/17

  • Randy French to Speak at Adventure Sports Colloquium on February 21

    McHenry, MD – Randy French, who recently returned from a trip to Antarctica with National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions, is scheduled to give a presentation as part of the Adventure Sports Colloquium Series on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at the McHenry campus of Garrett College. The colloquium series is part of a course for students enrolled in the Adventure Sports program. The general public is invited and welcome to attend the presentation. His presentation, Antarctic Exploration, will feature stories, pictures and videos from French’s trip to the Great White continent. Not only will he talk about penguins, ice, seals and whales, he will explain how this adventure fits into over 40 years of adventures on many continents and many places near and far.

    French currently resides in upstate New York and is a science professor at Geneseo Central School. He has taken students from Geneseo Central School to Nicaragua, Yellowstone National Park, and more to help them understand about the magic that exists in the world. He also started an outdoor adventure company 34 years ago that he still operates trips for, such as: trekking in Nepal, skiing in South America, and kayaking in Croatia. He will explain how his life of adventures has evolved from a young man’s dream with his twin brother to pack rafting above the arctic circle with his son last summer. It is his hope that by sharing where he has been and the places he has traveled to from his experiences will inspire others to create their own adventures and follow their dreams.

    For more information on the February 21 colloquium presentation that is open to the general public, persons may contact the Garrett College Adventure Sports office at 301-387-3330 or www.adventuresportsi.org.

    Posted 2/15/17

  • Garrett students take part in Community College Student Advocacy Day

    McHenry, MD – Seven Garrett College students joined community college students from around the state on February 8 while participating in Community College Student Advocacy Day in Annapolis. The annual event, sponsored by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, saw more than 400 students from the 16 Maryland community colleges in a standing-room-only demonstration of their support for the community college mission. The twin purposes of the day, according to event organizers, are to expose students to the legislative process and to advocate for the fiscal needs of their colleges.

    “I appreciated these students making the commitment to represent the college at this event,” said Garrett College President Dr. Richard Midcap, who was also part of the college’s delegation. “I think it was a valuable experience for them, and it helps community colleges when our students advocate directly for their needs with their legislators.”

    The students heard from a bevy of state legislators, including Senate President Mike Miller (D-27th). “All of our community colleges are doing their job. We have to find a way to help them do their job,” said Miller, referring to state funding for community colleges. 

    Student speaker Gloria George – who suffered a stroke at the age of 5 and deals with learning disabilities – spoke of her experiences at Frederick Community College (FCC). “I’ve experienced engaging classes and small class sizes like you would find at a prestigious private university – except at a fraction of the cost,” said George, who is attending FCC thanks in part to her mother’s veteran’s benefits.

    Davonntae Washington, a member of Garrett’s student delegation from Washington, DC, echoed George’s comments. “I like the small class sizes and the individual attention,” Washington said of the benefits of attending Garrett College. “I’ve saved a lot of money and I think it’s been more effective than going to a four-year university.”
    The students also met with both legislators who represent Garrett County – Senator George Edwards (R-1) and Delegate Wendell Beitzel (R-1A) – and attended a senate session where legislators debated an amendment to a bill that would ban guns from institutions of higher education.

    “I absolutely loved it,” said Garrett student Sierra Hawley of observing the debate and ensuing vote. “I just like seeing the whole process,” added Hawley of Oakland, who attended Southern Garrett High School. “Seeing it [a debate and senate vote] is different than just learning about it in school.” 

    Garrett student Jamal Taylor, a resident of Washington, DC, said he felt fortunate to be part of what was described as the largest number of students to ever attend the annual event. “I think for them to say it’s the biggest turnout ever is impressive,” said Taylor.  “It makes me feel good to have been a part of it.”

    Josh Jenkins, Angela Lowry, and sisters Ashton and Jaclyn Chapman, all residents of Oakland, rounded out Garrett’s student delegation, with Student Life staff member Angie Cooper also in attendance.

    Dr. Midcap praised Senator Edwards and Delegate Beitzel for making the time to talk with the Garrett students. “With the General Assembly in session, this is an extraordinarily busy time for our legislators,” said Dr. Midcap.  “The fact that both Senator Edwards and Delegate Beitzel met with our students was very much appreciated.”

    Posted 2/15/17

  • If College is Your Goal, Attend the Financial Aid FAFSA Completion Night at Garrett College

    McHenry, MD – Regardless of where one may be looking to attend college, the time is now to be filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The upcoming Financial Aid FAFSA Completion Night is open to all students and parents with the goal of providing assistance in filling out the FAFSA accurately. Garrett College is hosting the free event on Tuesday, February 21 from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in Room 306 of the Information Technology building on the main McHenry campus.  

    The Financial Aid FAFSA Completion Night at Garrett College is designed to assist people in filling out the FAFSA, and is open to all, regardless of which college one plans to attend. The FAFSA is the basic tool used to qualify students for federal and state scholarships as well as by most private colleges, universities, and other technical training programs.

    For the state of Maryland, March 1 is the deadline to file and submit the FAFSA. Garrett College will kick off the event starting with a general information session. Cissy VanSickle, Director of Financial Aid at Garrett College, will provide information to students and parents on the FAFSA process and the importance of filling out the FAFSA before the March 1 deadline.

    “This is an opportunity to get help with the Financial Aid process no matter where the student plans to attend college,” says Cissy VanSickle. “We want to ensure that all students meet their state and institutional deadline requirements.”

    Individual assistance will be available as those present will actually be able to fill out and complete their FAFSA applications online. Financial Aid representatives, Pamela Warnick, Kathy Fauber, Andrew Harvey, and VanSickle, will be on hand to answer any questions and help those fill out the FAFSA electronically. Students and families will have access to the computer lab and receive personal, one-on-one assistance to alleviate any confusion when it comes to filling out the forms.

    Persons are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for a list of forms and financial records to bring to the event to expedite the process of filling out the FAFSA. For additional information on what to bring or questions about the event, contact the Financial Aid Office at 301-387-3080.

    Posted 2/15/17

  • Massage Services to be offered at Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex

    McHenry, MD – The Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) at Garrett College in McHenry is pleased to announce the addition of massage services to both members and guests. In addition to offering a variety of health and fitness services and products, massage services will be available beginning in March 2016, with availability on Fridays with additional weekend hours to be added as needed.   

    Joining the CARC team is Certified Massage Therapist, Santanna Harman, a resident of Accident, Md., and a 2013 graduate of Northern High School. She studied massage therapy at Keystone Technical Institute in Harrisburg, Pa., where she earned her holistic health and fitness degree. She is trained in Swedish and deep tissue massage as well as hot and cold stone massage.

    For more information on massage services at the CARC, or to schedule a massage appointment in advance, contact the front desk at 301-387-3786.

    Posted 2/13/17

  • Smoke N Mirrors Announces Open House

    Oakland, MD, February 3, 2017 - Smoke N Mirrors Photography is pleased to announce the celebration of its new Studio and Gallery in Downtown Oakland. The Garrett County Chamber will kick off the Open House weekend with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:30 pm on Friday, February 17 and a Public Reception will follow immediately thereafter.

    On Saturday, February 18 the Open House continues at 10:00 am as Garrett County native Matt Jordon of Jordan’s Blues joins the celebration with three musical sets at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm helping set up an early start to Mardi Gras with his mix of Blues performed with piano. The Open House concludes on Sunday with doors open at 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

    Smoke n Mirrors Photography owner Dave Bruffy shared a few thoughts about this newest location and joining the Oakland arts community, “I was attracted to the Town of Oakland for its cultural amenities and its sense of history and investment in arts and entertainment. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of tourists on the streets in the middle of the week as I researched the local market last summer. A lot of the people I saw and met had traveled to Oakland, visiting the shops and museums looking for things to do. Oakland is a healthy market environment for my business and I hope to help further develop the emerging arts district synergy of downtown Oakland. I am excited about the future of Oakland and happy to be a part of the community.”

    Smoke N Mirrors Photography provides a full range of photo services for businesses, families, individual and eclectic portraiture and also offers a variety of gallery prints to help you satisfy that illusive interior design want. Winter hours are Noon until 6:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.SmokenPhoto.com.

    Posted 2/13/17

  • CurlyRed Appoints New Vice President and Principal Developer

    Ten-year-old design and marketing firm expands to meet growing digital demand

    Mtn. Lake Park, MD - CurlyRed (curlyred.com) announced today that Mark Ludwig has joined the CurlyRed team. Mark Ludwig comes with a wealth of experience within the marketing industry, having spent the last fours years at Warschawski, a full-service PR and marketing firm in Baltimore. There, Mark served as the Director of Design Development, managing the creative team at Warschawski and creating beautiful, fully-custom, responsive websites, email newsletters, branding, annual reports and more.

    Mark joins CurlyRed as Vice President and Principal Developer, where he will be instrumental in furthering CurlyRed's vision in creating "good design for everyone." Mark will be responsible for the planning, development, execution and implementation for CurlyRed's internal website as well as all client websites. Mark will plan, organize and lead CurlyRed's developers to meet the firm's standards and strategic goals and ensure design and functionality consistency across all sites it creates. Mark comments, “I'm thrilled to be working with CurlyRed, and M. Kendall Ludwig again. CurlyRed consistently produces excellent work and truly displays caring and thoughtfulness to all of its clients. I fully believe in the mission of 'good design for everyone' and I hope that I will continue delivering amazing results, with integrity, to our clients.” 

    M. Kendall Ludwig, President and Principal Designer said “I've referred to Mark as a 'web guru' for years, and I couldn't be more pleased that CurlyRed will now have the full benefit of his expertise. Mark is creative, driven, and adored by clients and colleagues alike—thanks to his problem-solving, sense of fairness, and articulate manner. I look forward to see how CurlyRed will continue to grow with Mark acting as second-in-command.” 

    About CurlyRed: Since 2007, CurlyRed has provided fresh, captivating and timeless design, branding, print and web solutions for numerous companies and nonprofits across the country. CurlyRed is a virtual team of local talent including: designers, developers, writers, photographers, illustrators, videographers, public relations and social media experts. In 2011, CurlyRed was officially certified as a MBE/WBE business by the State of Maryland. In August of 2016, CurlyRed relocated from Baltimore to Mtn. Lake Park, and looks forward to working with more businesses and nonprofits in Western Maryland.

    Posted 2/13/17

  • GC Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

    McHenry, MD – The Garrett College Foundation recently welcomed six new members to the Board of Directors: Dr. Robert Smith, appointed June 2016; Julia Hoffman and Pam Nelson, appointed September 2016, and Barbara Baker, Mary Callis and Dolores Youse, all appointed December 2016. In their capacity as board members they will serve to further the foundation’s mission to provide financial support for the educational needs of Garrett College and its students.

    Dr. Robert W. Smith, a former resident of Northern Va., who has relocated to Oakland, is an independent geographic consultant, advising on all aspects of ocean policies including planning and developing strategies for exploring and exploiting offshore resources. He provides geographic and technical expertise for maritime boundary negotiations and arbitration, sovereignty disputes, and for the development of offshore energy resources. Previously, he was employed as a geographer for the U.S. Department of State for 31 years before retirement, in which he was the U.S. government expert on maritime boundary and jurisdictional issues. In this role, he coordinated the U.S. effort to develop technically accurate and precise boundaries and outer limits for the territorial sea, exclusive economic zone, and the continental shelf. 

    Dr. Smith is the co-author of three books on excessive maritime claims, the author of a book on the exclusive economic zone, and was the co-editor for three volumes of the American Society of International Law’s International Maritime Boundaries series. He has extensive teaching experience having taught at Georgetown University, the Rhodes Academy, and on Semester at Sea voyages. Additionally, he has been a lecturer and educator on cruise ships providing insight on current events such as the Arctic Ocean, South China Sea and piracy. 

    Julia Hoffmann has been a full-time resident of Garrett County since 2010 but has owned a home in the county since 2002. She served on the Oakland Golf Course board of directors for three years and as president and vice president of the Oakland Women’s Golf Association. She has over 38 years of combined teaching experience at both the high school and college level. Most recently, she instructed animation, art appreciation and graphic design courses at Garrett College as an adjunct professor from 2010 until May 2016. Previously, she has taught art education and supervised student teachers at George Mason University; animation and computer graphics at Virginia Commonwealth University; and drawing and design at the University of Maryland. She currently works for the International Serum Industry Association part-time as the assistant to the CEO and event planner. 

    Hoffmann began her education with a computer graphics certificate from the Corcoran School of Art, followed with an international baccalaureate general certificate of secondary education in art and design from Cambridge, England. She then earned her bachelor of science degree in education from Bowling Green State University and a master of science degree in education from Miami University. A few of her notable professional achievements include: nominated as Virginia Art Teacher of the Year, wrote first animation curriculum for the State of Virginia Department of Education, published 3D animation images in Real World Bryce and published articles in School Arts and Arts and Activities magazines. Her original artwork is on display and available for sale at the Gallery Shop located in the Deep Creek Lake area in McHenry. 

    Pam Nelson and her husband John reside in Garrett County. She is the mother of two children, Lauren and Michael, and just recently welcomed her first grandchild to the family.
    Born in Lutherville, Md., she graduated from Frostburg State University bachelor of arts degree in geography and political science. She began work at Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. in Oakland as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) as Program Supervisor. Her first promotion came when she advanced to the position of Assistant Planner/Grant Writer. In 1983, she became Director of Operations. In 1995 she went on to serve as the Vice President of Family Economic Security, the position she held until her retirement from Community Action on August 31, 2016. She worked for a total of 38 years at Community Action.

    Nelson has served in a variety of roles on a myriad of committees and boards in Garrett County, including the Garrett County Advisory Committee and the Dove Center Board of Directors. She was one of the original members of the Garrett County Commission for Women and the Garrett County Health Planning Council. From 1994-1995, she served as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. 
    For the past 26 years, Barbara Baker has served the students of Garrett County Public Schools. A lifelong resident of Garrett County, she began her career as a German instructor at Southern Middle School in 1990.  Since that time, she has continued in a variety of roles including elementary school teacher, principal, director and her current position as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. As of July 1, 2016, she was named Interim Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools. During her tenure, she has been responsible for overseeing classroom instruction, building management, instructional leadership, school improvement, strategic planning, grant writing and management, and serving as a chairperson for many committees and teams. Beyond her involvement at the local level, she has participated in regional and state level (MSDE) educational planning and implementation and is familiar with state initiatives and related legislation.
    Baker is a product of Garrett County Public Schools and a graduate of Northern Garrett High School. She continued her education at Ohio University where she obtained a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a minor in German. Additionally, she has earned a master’s degree in school guidance and counseling and certification in administration and supervision. She has been accepted as a candidate in the Frostburg State University Doctoral program where she has begun work toward a doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in P-12 Leadership.
    Community service is a vital component of her life. She is an active member of the Oakland Rotary Club, in which she served as the organization’s president in 2015. She has also supported numerous local service organizations include Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Garrett Mentors, House of Hope, and Garrett County United Way. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honor society of women educators whose mission is to promote professional and personal growth and excellence in education. Baker and her daughter, Nicole, enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, attending national sporting events, and supporting county activities such as sports, arts, sciences, and robotics.

    Mary Callis is a life-long resident of Garrett County, and has served as the Executive Director of the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) since November 2010. She manages each and every aspect of the performance season including the performing artists and performing organizations, the recruitment of new donors and fundraising efforts, and new area partnerships to increase organizational outreach into the community. She serves as the liaison between GLAF committees and other organizations, such as the Garrett County Public Schools, to enhance the performing arts programming in the school system. Her prior work experience includes working as a senior talent acquisition specialist for TeleTech Corporation in Morgantown, W.Va., and First United Bank and Trust in Oakland, where she held the position of recruitment officer.

    An alumnus of Garrett College, Callis received her associate degree in general studies. She is currently pursuing her bachelor of science degree in human resource management from the University of Maryland University College. She lives in Oakland and has three children: a son Aaron, who graduated from Garrett College in the natural resources and wildlife technology program; a daughter Anna, currently attending Frostburg State University; and a daughter, Liz, who lives in Portland, Ore. with her husband Ian.

    Dolores Youse, a resident of Oakland, recently retired from Garrett College as the Assistant Professor of English, a position she has held since September 2012. She instructed many English, writing, communication, literature, and reading courses at Garrett College. From 2010-2012, she was an adjunct professor as well as an interim full-time instructor. In addition to her teaching experience at Garrett College, she has instructed at the following universities and institutions: Stevenson University in Baltimore; Harford Community College; Baltimore County Public Schools in Baltimore; and Allegany County Public Schools in Allegany County.

    Youse received her associate in arts degree in general studies from Essex Community College and her Bachelor of Science degree in English literature with a certification in secondary education from Frostburg State College. She continued her education at Frostburg State University to receive her master of education (interdisciplinary) degree. Most recently, she completed her second semester in the master of fine arts creative nonfiction degree program at Goucher College.

    Her many professional accomplishments and excellence in professional development include the following: coordination of the Mountain Maryland Writers’ Institute workshops held this past summer, panelist for the writing conference at Community College of Baltimore County in May 2015, coordinator for Writing Across Curriculum Professional Development at Garrett College in April 2015, past member of the Developmental Education Association of Maryland, presenter at the 2013 Maryland Association of Community Colleges Conference, and a member of the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival committees for the Chautauqua Festival 2013-2015. 

    The Garrett College Foundation was established in 1982 as an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation to receive and administer funds to further the educational mission of Garrett College. The Foundation pursues individual and organizational gifts and grants in support of scholarships, student and faculty development, special programs, and capital projects. More information about the Garrett College Foundation is available online at www.garrettcollegefoundation.org or by calling the foundation office at 301-387-3100.

    Posted 2/7/17

  • Garrett Designates Honor Students for Fall 2016

    McHenry, MD – The following full-time students of Garrett College have been named to the Dean's List for the Fall Semester 2016 according to Sarah L. D. Garrett, J.D. Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. Academic requirements for this recognition are the attainment of a grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 to 4.00 with a minimum of twelve credit hours attempted.

    Dean's List students include: Dallas W. Brenneman, Delaney G. Friend, Courtney T. Maust, and Morgan N. Maust, Accident; Kara L. Kyle, Barton; Katherine A. Soltysiak, Bel Air; Collin L. Bucher, Clear Spring; Kelsey D. Birmingham, Columbia; Hunter L. Friend, Jane S. Porter, and Lydia M. Sisler, Friendsville; Rachel F. Brobst, Frostburg; Jeffrey E. Beal, David T. Bittinger, Scott Brenneman, Amanda M. Broadwater, Ashley J. Elliott, Matthew E. Knauff, Bobbi L. Lapp, Hunter W. Mallow, Carly A. McCormick, Kelsie E. Moquin, and Mikaila M. Tice, Grantsville; David M. Wood, Hancock; Beth A. Ashby and Alexis K. Sharpless, Kitzmiller; Jordyn L. Folk, Lonaconing; Katherine F. Carpenter, Haley S. Guillot, Kevin A. Miller, and Allison R. Riesco, McHenry; Josiah G. Freese, Mount Airy; Galee A. Hetrick, Cassondra L. Hoffman, and Jocelyn R. Reckart, Mountain Lake Park; Brandon L. Broadwater, Jacob A. Cannon, Kaitlynn N. Clapper, Madison P. Cooper, Cora J. Cullers, Brianna L. Evans, Alicia N. Harpole, Cory E. Hershman, Angela R. Lowry, Elaine R. Marple, Greyson A. Messenger, Alicia M. Michaels, Garrett E. Owens, Nicholas A. Perry, Kaya L. Rinker, Nathan W. Schrock, Michelle L. Ellinger Sicard, Amy Y. Skidmore, Austin N. Smith, Emily R. Tichnell, Rachel G. Warnick, and Kirsten R. Welch, Oakland; Donesha T. Lungren, Silver Spring; Justin D. Ball, Tyler G. Bowers, John A. Colosi, Kelsey M. Eichorn, Sarah E. Hutton, Cristey D. Kordyban, Shay Lynn R. Tasker, Ashley R. Walters, and Anthony K. Yoder, Swanton; Andrew J. Miller, Meyersdale, Pa; Jestin C. Cosner, Fisher, W.Va.; and Abdul J. Musa, Nigeria.

    Full-time students named to the Honors List must achieve a GPA of 3.00 to 3.49 with 12 credit hours attempted. The following students are recognized for this accomplishment:   
    Bethany A. Beeghly, Accident; Terry D. Brown Jr., Jonathan D. Hudson, Gerald Matthews Jr., Lamar T. Prilliman, and Earl N. Woodard II, Baltimore; Abby N. Collins, Bittinger; Lyndsay D. Moreland, Bloomington; Sean J. Gutterman, Ellicott City; Kayli Dunithan, and Herschel H. Allen IV, Friendsville; Kylie E. Frantz, Sandy L. Handwerk, Brian J. Mast, and Emily G. Meyers, Grantsville; Brady J. Flowers, Hancock; Natasha D. Friend, and Lydia A. Palmer, Kitzmiller; Francesca L. Gullion, Lonaconing; Robert T. Mulligan, Mauganville; Ryan J. Gallucci, Frederick R. Gifford, Lorianne M. Kestner, Kyle D. Rouse, and Alec N. Smoot, McHenry; Brooke R. Butt, Justin L. Bittinger, Samantha J. Botterbusch, Jack D. Corbin, Ryan E. Cosner, Megan Custer, David B. Edelen, Brage A. Friend, Pamela G. Frantz, Brent A. Gebhart, Kyle L. Klotz, Erika M. Lynch, Cambria N. Martinez, Michaela I. McCrobie, Hunter D. Nazelrod, Austin A. Reckart, Kelsi D. Reed, Casey D. Slagle, Laura E. Smith, Remington G. Sweitzer, and Keeton Taylor, Oakland; Leah K. Jacobson, Street; Grace E. Hoffman, Swanton; Marinea R. Heindel, Tall Timbers; Catherine E. Jenkins, Westminster; Jayquan Williams, Washington, DC; Tyler B. Ray, Pomparo Beach, Fla.; Hannah I. Henderson, Adairsville, Ga.; Kenneth Barr, North Canton, Ohio; Kevin W. McDermott, Davis, W.Va.; Timothy J. Woodyard, Procious, W.Va.; Malik A. Tunc, France; Liutauras Repsys, Lithuania; and Osezua U. Osunbor, Nigeria.

    Part-time students who complete a semester’s work of six or more hours in college-level courses and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher are named to the Merit List. These students include: Nicholas S. Fogle, and Mikolas J. Ruggiero, Accident; Misty J. Vansickle, Friendsville; Megan L. Margroff, Grantsville; Leonard S. Ford Jr., Kitzmiller; Glenette D. Bianchi, Mildred E. Kitzmiller, Autumn S. Miller, and Adam T. Schoch, Oakland; Hannah S. O’Brien, and Susan E. Rexroad, Swanton; and Christy D. Trembly, Terra Alta, W.Va.

    Part-time students who complete a semester’s work of six or more hours in college-level courses and earn a semester GPA of 3.00 to 3.49 are named to the Recognition List. The following students are cited for this accomplishment: Sean Jorgenson, Bel Air; Alexander G. VanSickle, Bloomington; Dana S. Brown, Cumberland; Daniel B. MacFarland Jr., Easton; Christa D. Hager, Friendsville; Karla J. McKenzie, Grantsville; Angela R. Guthrie, Kitzmiller; Robin M. Wilt, McHenry; Susan L. Eastman, Amy L. Roy, William G. Ruymann Jr., and Stephanie M. Sliger, Oakland; De’Shae J. Lee, Altoona, Pa.; and Kent A. Cadle, Mineral, Va.

    Posted 2/1/17

  • 2017 Garrett County Job Fair – Employer Registration Now Open

    McHenry, MD – Garrett College has issued an invitation to area business owners or managers to participate in the upcoming 2017 Garrett County Job Fair slated for Thursday, April 27, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) Gymnasium. 

    Ashley Ruby, Garrett College Academic Success Advisor, is chairing the job fair planning committee once again this year. “Each year, the Garrett County Job Fair is a highly anticipated event, both for employers and job seekers. Our aim on the planning committee is to make this event as successful as possible for both groups of individuals! This is the twenty-sixth year the Job Fair will be held in its current format and location at Garrett College. The Job Fair will once again be held during the month of April (instead of March as in years prior) per employer requests due to cyclical and seasonal hiring needs. We feel this best suits the needs of all individuals served by this regional employment event.”  

    The fair is open to any employer who is expecting to hire people within the next few months - full time, part-time, summer, entry-level or experienced employment opportunities all welcome. Employers wanting to take part in the Job Fair are encouraged to register now. Participating employers will be offered display space, including a table, chairs, and a sign with the company name. Refreshments will be provided to employers throughout the event. 

    Registration is available electronically at www.garrettcollege.edu/jobfair. A paper registration form is also available online. Businesses are encouraged to register by April 4 in order to be included in pre Job Fair publicity, although registration will be accepted as long as space is available. Also, access to electrical outlets will be available on a first come, first served basis. 

    “Employer participation always exceeds our expectations and we expect to fill our space to capacity!” said Ruby.

    The Job Fair, as always, will be open to all members of the community including college and high school students and experienced workers seeking a job or career change. The Job Fair will be promoted through newspaper articles, radio announcements, fliers, and listing with the Maryland Workforce Exchange and on the Garrett College website. 

    “Job seekers will be encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and to prepare to make the most effective impression possible on the employers with whom they speak,” said Ruby. 

    The Job Fair is being offered by a partnership of Garrett College, the Allegany County One-Stop Job Center (serving both Garrett and Allegany counties), the Western Maryland Consortium, and 104.5 KHJ / 92.3 The Train / 1050 am WMSG. 

    Employers may register online at www.garrettcollege.edu/jobfair. For additional information, please contact Ruby at 301-387-3733 or ashley.ruby@garrettcollege.edu.

    Posted 2/1/17

  • February Classes Announced for Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL)

    McHenry, MD – The Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL) group, operating under Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development, has released the second half of the winter class schedule. GILL learning experiences are developed by the organization’s members based on group consensus. The topic sessions are coordinated by volunteers who select presenters for each topic identified.

    A Valentine’s Day Movie Date will be held on February 14 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Southern Outreach Center in the Oakland Community Center. For those who haven’t seen The Notebook, here’s your chance to seen one of the greatest love stories in recent time. If you have seen it, come watch it again with your Valentine and with your GILL friends. 

    On February 15, members will partake in ‘The Accident Experience’ directed by group leader Barb McClosky. The town of Accident has much to offer and participants will visit three of its best establishments: Firefly Farms, Flowery Vale Senior Center and Annie’s Kitchen. The group will participate in a tour and tasting at Firefly Farms, experience what the Flowery Vale Senior Center has to offer Garrett County, such as exercise and fitness classes, and finally, members will make a stop at Annie’s Kitchen and enjoy lunch. Members are to meet at Firefly Farms on Main Street in Accident.

    An ‘Author Roundtable’ is scheduled for February 21 featuring Greg Jenkins, Garrett College Professor of English, whom recently published his fourth book, ‘A Face in the Sky’. The session will be held from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. in Room 511 on the McHenry campus of Garrett College. Members will enjoy lunch with Jenkins as we discuss his new book along with the writing and editing process. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share (soup will be provided) and any questions you have. A copy of Jenkins’ book is available for purchase at the Garrett College bookstore or through Amazon. 
    Who would’ve thought that doomsday could be so much fun? Through the characters in Greg Jenkins’s new novel, ‘A Face in the Sky’, may not always enjoy what happens, readers certainly will. An apocalyptic tale with literary flair, ‘A Face in the Sky’ delivers a leavening dose of dark, irreverent humor. Among the characters are a befuddled business professor, a retired (and roguish) major league baseball player, an adult film actress, and a playwright who aspires to being a terrorist. In unique ways, each of them must confront what may be the end of the world. 

    Another topic of, ‘Soup and TED’ will be held on February 22 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at the Southern Outreach Center (former Oakland Armory) in Oakland. TED talks provide a platform to individuals on a diversity of topics. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum – from science to business and global issues – in more than 100 languages. The goal is to spark conversation, connection, and community. The talks are presented without bias and without a commercial, political, or religious agenda. Bring a dish to share (soup will be provided), enjoy lunch, a TED talk, and a discussion of the presentation ‘My year of saying yes to everything’ by Shonda Rhimes. Nadine and Gordon Jakubowski will be discussion leaders for this TED talk.

    If you are not a GILL member and wish to join in order to register for a session, please contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. All sessions are free for GILL members, but members must register in advance. More information on the Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning is also available by contacting Sue Fowler at susan.fowler@garrettcollege.edu or www.garrettcollege.edu/GILL.

    Posted 2/7/17

  • Leadership Garrett County at Mid-Point of Inaugural Year

    McHenry, MD – The inaugural class of Leadership Garrett County held their fourth of seven all-day monthly sessions on January 18. Like other session days, the 41 members of the class participated in a full day of themed learning and experiences. The session on the 18th centered around healthcare and social services issues, organizations and leaders, with an opening session on group decision making processes, strategies and best practices.

    After the presentation on group decision making, the group boarded a bus that took them to Oakland Town Hall where they heard a presentation by Appalachian Crossroads Executive Director Scott Hollingsworth and Stacy Wilson, Director of Day Programs and fellow member of the inaugural leadership class. The presentation was followed by interactive tours of two of Appalachian Crossroads facilities, where the group heard about and toured various program delivery areas.

    According to Wilson, “Great leaders are constantly learning and looking for fresh perspectives. Being a part of the inaugural leadership group allows me to step outside of our four walls, in which I lead, and challenge myself to listen and learn from local leaders. Learning about the economic infrastructure and opportunities in the area has offered much insight and been an educational opportunity. It was a unique experience to speak to the class from a leadership perspective and educate the group on the future of Appalachian Crossroads. Scott Hollingsworth and I were happy to provide information on our mission and the importance of non-profit organizations in the community.”

    After the presentation and tour the group boarded the bus to hear a rousing presentation on Garrett Regional Medical Center from President and CEO Mark Boucot. The presentation not only elucidated the history and programs of the hospital, but also included strategic and tactical insight into the leadership approach Boucot uses to ensure innovation, effective performance and patient satisfaction. Those present gained significant and important insight into the “mind of a CEO,” as well as the leadership approaches utilized to drive organizational innovation and success.

    Afterwards the group boarded the bus for a heart rending and thought-provoking presentation on Garrett County Community Action Committee by President Duane Yoder and Vice President Gregan Crawford. The presentation brought to life to the leadership group the social and other challenges of an often overlooked part of our community. In addition to learning about the many programs offered through Garrett County Community Action, the group also learned about some of the key issues and opportunities facing Garrett County citizens and the community as a whole.

    After the visit, Yoder expressed his support for Leadership Garrett County. “Leadership programs offer a great way for key persons in the community to gain a fuller understanding of their community and perhaps most important, to build networks essential to building a better Garrett County. The formation of Leadership Garrett County will better enable and prepare future leaders of Garrett County to understand and address challenges and barriers of our County and region. I very much appreciate the effort that is being put into organizing and running this inaugural class and for the time that individual participants are investing in the program.”   

    The day concluded with a visit to the Garrett County Health Department, where Garrett County Health Officer Rodney Glotfelty explained the large number of programs offered by the Health Department and also explained the role of the Department as a true “catalyst” and the “the glue” that links many of the other health and social programs in the county. Shelley Argabrite and John Corbin followed with an energetic presentation and demonstration of an innovative new community web-based planning, knowledge and discussion portal currently in early roll-out at the Department of Health. The site, located at www.garrettplan.org, is a must-see tool that all citizens should consider signing up for, especially since membership is free.

    The important work of the Garrett County Health Department, and in-fact all of the organizations visited that day, was perhaps best stated by Rodney Glotfelty, “as those present learned, the health of our community is not dependent on any one agency or entity, but is a product of the collective collaboration of all of us. I know that the future leadership that will be provided by those in this group will help our efforts in making Garrett County a healthier place to live, work and play.”

    Posted 1/24/17

  • GC Students Donate Blankets for Dove Center in Honor of MLK Day

    McHenry, MD – Garrett College students took part in a community service project, “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” this past Monday, January 16, 2017 to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of service. Coordinated by the Student Life department, Garrett College students, along with faculty and staff, worked on assembling a total of 20 ‘no-sew’ baby blankets to donate to the Garrett County Dove Center. The Dove Center provides safety, advocacy, and counseling to individuals whose lives have been shattered by domestic violence and/or sexual assault, and strives to expand public awareness of those issues.

    The Garrett College community was eager to help with the project. “Martin Luther King, Jr. himself stated, ‘Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.’ This quote was the inspiration behind our event. Planned to honor Dr. King’s legacy, this event positively connected individuals who might never have met,” stated Jessica Cooper, Residence Life Manager at Garrett College. “As a department, Student Life is always mindful of what kinds of activities and service projects we can coordinate with our students. One of our goals is to find a way for them to connect with the Garrett County community - this event did just that, while also teaching our volunteers a new skill. No one had ever made a no-sew blanket before that day. The wonderful ladies at the Dove Center were so gracious when they received our donation, and our students felt really good about their hard work. 
    As a group, we are excited to collaborate with the Dove Center on future service projects with our students. I look forward to seeing what we can do together in the future.”

    More than ten volunteers assisted the students to create the no-sew baby blankets for the Dove Center. A special thank you to all who assisted with the service project: Kayla Gibson, Myles Tinsley, Earl Woodard, and Sade Sellars, Garrett College students and Peer Leaders; Dr. Richard Midcap, President, Dr. Sarah Garrett, Vice President of Instruction & Student Services, Jessica Cooper, Residence Life Manager, Mike Nedrow, Mathematics Instructor, Maney Gale, CARC Programming and Group Events Coordinator, and Gena Ferguson, MDCCC AmeriCorp VISTA Member.

    The Peer Leaders, and their advisor, Jessica Cooper, delivered the blankets to the Dove Center on Friday, January 20, 2017. Peer Leaders are part of the workforce of the Residence Life office, in the Student Life department at the College. Among their responsibilities, peer leaders are required to host programs designed to get students involved. When planning their program, they must fall into one of the following categories: community building, academic, diversity, community service, or safety/wellness. Peer leaders are responsible for providing assistance to the residents and provide information about college resources and programs, and also aid his or her residents in their adjustment to college life. 


    Posted 1/24/17