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Engage Mountain Maryland Hosts Inaugural Meeting & Frack-Free Maryland Celebration June 25
Engage Mountain Maryland (EMM) will be hosting its Inaugural Meeting and Frack-Free Maryland Celebration on Sunday, June 25 at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in downtown Oakland from 11:30AM till 2:30PM. The event will present a look back over the nonprofit’s accomplishments and share future plans for the organization. There will be opportunity for guests to meet EMM board members and Maryland representatives, and learn how they can be more involved in the organization or their community.
“Although we were entrenched in the fracking issue, our organization has focused on education and engaging the community in matters that have local and state consequences,” says Mark Stutzman, EMM President. “I’m happy to say Mountain Maryland is no longer a sleepy rural part of the state. People are ready and willing to face and solve the challenges of our unique condition.”
A star lineup of legislators who worked to pass the fracking ban include Senators Bobby Zirkin and Roger Manno, Delegates, David Frasier-Hidalgo and Shane Robinson, and Mountain Lake Park Mayor Britten “Leo” Martin, who helped pass the first local municipality fracking ban in Maryland. Each representative will have an opportunity to address attendees followed by a "meet & greet". Additional guests who worked with Engage Mountain Maryland will share a few words about their contributions.
“In a true bipartisan effort, legislators and Governor Hogan worked together to protect Maryland from the potential effects of fracking,” shared Eric Robison, EMM Legislative Chair. “We built some great friendships in Annapolis that have supported our educational efforts around legislative issues and we look forward to welcoming some of those legislators to Garrett County. I’m also looking forward to sharing EMM’s latest economic development initiative that is moving quickly."
Along with distinguished guest speakers, there will be live music by the Terah Crawford Band, a special appearance by Emma the 45 foot dragon, food, beverages, corn hole, and a bouncy house for the kids. The Mountain Fresh Pavilion enjoys a lovely backdrop of the B&O Train Station, the Little Yough, and historic downtown Oakland. There is ample free level parking, plenty of seating, a grassy park, and on-site public restrooms. The event will be family-friendly and is free and open to the public. There will be brand new EMM t-shirt sales, a silent auction and cash or credit card donations will be accepted. Each guest will receive a complimentary commemorative program and buttons while supplies last.
“It’s bound to be a fun day where we can personally thank everyone in the community and down-state who played a vital role in passing an historic piece of state legislation,” shared Dawn Beitzel, EMM event coordinator. “There is still plenty to be done in Mountain Maryland, but this is a wonderful victory worth celebrating.”
EMM would like to thank it’s “Orange Grove" sponsors, Garrett County Orthopaedics, Blue Moon Rising, Hartcorn Studios, and Keith Schrum & Cynthia Murphy. For more information and a full list of event sponsors or to make a contribution, visit EngageMMD.org. Questions can be sent to EngageMountainMaryland@gmail.com.
First United Welcomes Gordon M. Cooley, Market President for Frederick County
Carissa L. Rodeheaver, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer at First United, along with Robin E. Murray, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking announce the addition of Gordon M. Cooley, former Commissioner of Financial Regulation for the state of Maryland, as Frederick County Market President, overseeing the bank’s strategic sales and growth initiatives in Frederick County, Maryland.
“We welcome Gordon to the management team at First United. We have a vision for growth and expansion in the Frederick community and Gordon’s broad banking background, knowledge of the community and leadership qualities fit perfectly with that vision,” according to Rodeheaver.
Mr. Cooley brings 30 years of banking and financial services experience to the company. Most recently, Mr. Cooley was Commissioner of Financial Regulation, supervising banks, credit unions and trust companies throughout Maryland as well as over 16,000 other lenders, brokers, originators and financial service providers.
"Gordon Cooley has been a valuable member of the team at the Department of Labor, and he will be greatly missed. As Commissioner, Gordon was the lead adviser to me on all issues related to Financial Regulations in the state. His knowledge of the issues, leadership within the Division, and strong working relationship with all stakeholders, made it clear that the consumers in Maryland were being well served. I wish him the greatest success in his new adventure,” said Kelly M Schulz, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations.
Prior to his time in state government, Cooley held the position of Regional President at PNC Bank, as well as positions with PNC predecessors in Maryland, Farmers & Mechanics National Bank and F&M Bancorp, where he served as general counsel and in various capacities as a member of the executive management team, and Mercantile Bankshares Corporation, where Mr. Cooley served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.
“We are thrilled to have Gordon join our team. His wealth of knowledge and expertise will provide tremendous value for our associates, customers and the Frederick community,” said Murray. “Gordon understands First United’s focus on executing a unique customer experience, as well as our commitment and vision to this key market.”
Mr. Cooley is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law and Randolph-Macon College with a bachelor of arts in Political Science. He is a current member and past president of the Frederick County Bar Association.
Continuing his professional development in financial services, Cooley is an honor graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking as well as securing the Lillian Moffatt award as top honors graduate of the Maryland Bankers School. He has also shared his expertise by being a lecturer for many different establishments ranging from Commercial Lending at the District of Columbia Bar Association to Real Estate Law at Frederick Community College.
Aligning with the First United mission of supporting local communities, Cooley has been investing in his local community his entire career. Gordon has served on many local boards which includes the following: Board of Education for Frederick County, Board of Trustees of Hood College, Board of Trustees and former Chair of the Community Foundation of Frederick County, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Frostburg State University Foundation, Board of Directors of the Maryland Humanities Council, Board of Directors of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and past President of the Weinberg Center for the Arts, Board of Directors for the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Chair of the Interfaith Housing Alliance and Board of Directors for the Greater Hagerstown Committee.
Cooley also cares deeply about providing help to those that need it the most. As an attorney, he has been recognized as “1 of 100 Champions of Justice” by Maryland Legal Aid Bureau and became the first recipient of the Frederick County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Service Award. He has made such a positive impact in this area that this award is now presented as the Gordon M. Cooley Pro Bono Service Award. During their 20th anniversary celebration the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland recognized Gordon as a Frederick County Pro Bono Honoree.
First United Corporation operates one full-service commercial bank, First United Bank & Trust. The Bank has a network of community offices in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties in Maryland, as well as Mineral, Berkeley and Monongalia Counties in West Virginia. As of 03/31/17, the Corporation posted assets of $1.3 billion. First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.
Garrett College celebrates 45th commencement
McHenry, MD – Madison Cooper had a challenging task.“My professors told me to inspire you,” said Cooper, the student speaker at Garrett College’s 45th commencement exercises on May 20th. Cooper, however, said she wondered “how do I inspire a group of individuals who have their own inspiring stories?”
Cooper, who will be attending West Virginia University in the fall and was named GC’s Outstanding Transfer Student, had a point. A biochemistry major who hopes to work in a research lab, Cooper wasn’t the only inspiring story in the Class of 2017.
Kelsey Birmingham, who won the 2017 Leadership and Excellence Award, received a full, two-year transfer scholarship to Bucknell University as part of Bucknell’s Community College Scholar program. Kirsten Welch, who matched Cooper’s perfect 4.0 grade-point average, shared the award for highest graduating GPA.
Josiah Freese was named Outstanding Career Advancement Student while the Inspiration and Excellence Award went to a non-traditional student, Cindy Lowdermilk, who earned her associate’s degree while working a full-time position at Garrett College. The college also recognized the effort required to successfully combine full-time studies with intercollegiate athletics, naming Abdul Jafar Musa and Allison Riesco Male and Female Scholar Athletes, respectively.
The entire 122-member Class of 2017 was pretty inspiring, according to Garrett College President Richard Midcap.
“You’re an impressive group,” Dr. Midcap told the graduates. “You had an average GPA of 3.16 with 28 Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society members and 44 students graduating with honors. I congratulate you on your achievements, which I know each of you will build upon in the years to come.”
Drawing on her science background, Cooper urged her classmates to turn their “potential energy” into “kinetic energy” by actively engaging their talent and work ethic to meet their life goals.
The graduates also received good advice from Garrett County Commissioners Chair Paul Edwards, who served as commencement speaker. Edwards, who delivered an engaging speech without notes, quoted everyone from the Founding Fathers to Winston Churchill, but may have best captured the spirit of community college graduates with a quote from fictitious boxer Rocky Balboa.
“It isn’t about how hard you hit,” Edwards quoted the fighter known for his tenacity. “It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”
While most of the ceremony focused on the graduates, the college’s Board of Trustees also honored an individual who has served both the college and the community in a variety of roles over the years. Al Coviello – a former assistant superintendent of schools in Garrett County, former member of the Garrett College Board of Trustees, and acting president of Garrett College from July 2016 to January 2017 – received the Board Award for Outstanding Contributions to Garrett College.
Coviello, who was scheduled to go off the Board of Trustees in June 2016, was drafted by his fellow trustees to serve as acting president after President Richard MacLennan accepted the presidency of Northern Idaho College. Coviello was widely credited with bolstering employee morale and paving the way for a smooth transition as the college searched for a permanent president last fall.
“Al has continued to serve the college even in retirement,” said Dr. Midcap. “He has very graciously helped me in my transition with advice and encouragement.”
Board chair Vianne Bell made the presentation to Coviello on behalf of her colleagues.
Mountain Maryland Tech Network Hosting Small Business Assistance Forum on June 16
McHenry, MD – The Mountain Maryland Tech Network (MMTN), a new regional organization formed to support and engage technology professionals and entrepreneurs in Western Maryland, has announced plans to hold a small business funding event on June 16. Formally titled “Funding from Angels, The Feds and More: A Small Business Assistance Forum,” the event runs from 9 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. at the Bridge of Life Conference Center in Hagerstown, includes a networking breakfast and lunch, costs $25 per attendee and is perfect for any current or prospective entrepreneur seeking to fund and grow a successful technology business in Western Maryland.
With a rotating schedule of events throughout the Western Maryland area, MMTN hopes to engage and support those in the technology sector and further drive collaboration, business formation, community and enterprise success and job creation. The June 16 event will provide attendees an up-close opportunity to learn more about how to support and fund small business ventures through presentations, panel discussions and networking.
Speakers and panelists include specialists from the Federal Lab Consortium, Federal, state and regional funding organizations, and angel investors active in the tech industry. Event partners include: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States Department of Agriculture, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Security Agency, Mid Atlantic Angels, Mountain Maryland Angel Investment Group, Kapor Capital, Department of Commerce, Department of Housing and Community Development, Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS), National Community Investment Fund, Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Small Business Administration. Event sponsors include: Federal Lab Consortium, Miles & Stockbridge, Bridge of Life Conference Center, and Tri County Council for Western Maryland.
Sponsors for this event include: Federal Lab Consortium, Miles & Stockbridge, Bridge of Life Conference Center, and Tri County Council for Western Maryland. Janice Riley, Director of the Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College, the local host for the event, stated, “The program will provide attendees with a systematic palette of funding and growth options available to the region’s tech community. The program will cover some perhaps little known, yet powerful, programs and practices available to organizations to build technical offer-sets and fund growth.”
“The MMTN is all about developing our regional tech ecosystem through collaboration, knowledge and action and the program we have will certainly advance our efforts and those of individuals seeking to learn more about funding opportunities and the numerous programs available to advance tech growth,” stated Mike Tumbarello, Director of the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
Founded as a result of a collaborative effort between four institutions of higher learning in Western Maryland (Garrett College’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation/Garrett Information Enterprise Center - GIEC, Frostburg State University, Allegany College of Maryland’s Western Maryland IT Center of Excellence and Hagerstown Community College’s Technical Innovation Center) the MMTN provides practical, actionable connections and information to potential, new or existing technology business owners, managers and technologists. To register go to Event Brite or the MMTN Facebook page. For more information about the event, contact Janice Riley at the Technical Innovation Center. Janice can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-500-2479.
Garrett College Mountaintop Truck Driving Institute Receives Scholarship Award, Maryland’s Governor supports the trucking industry
McHenry, MD – Maryland Motor Truck Association recently honored Governor Larry Hogan as its 2017 Person of the Year. Recipients are selected for their outstanding commitment to and support for the trucking and transportation industries. The trucking industry employs over 112,000 Marylanders – one out of every 19 workers in the state, and 93% of all Maryland communities depend exclusively on trucks to get their goods. Additionally, trucks move 88% of manufactured freight in and out of Maryland - over 140 million tons each year. In fact, every day in Maryland, trucks are responsible for moving 404,000 tons of essential goods such as clothing, medicine, food and fuel.
Proceeds from the banquet event support the Maryland Motor Truck Association Walter & Harriet Thompson Scholarship fund, which provides financial support to students enrolled in truck driving and diesel mechanic programs at MMTA member community colleges. This year’s students are enrolled at the Mountaintop Truck Driving Institute at Garrett College.
Hogan stated, “We are experiencing tremendous job growth, business growth, and an exciting economic resurgence in our state, and the men and women of the Maryland Motor Truck Association have played a key role in that success,” said Governor Hogan. “With our administration, the trucking industry will continue to have a friend in the governor’s office, and a tireless advocate who will be fighting on your behalf each and every day.”
For information on the Mountaintop Truck Driving Institute located in Grantsville, persons may contact the institute at 301-895-4700 or Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.
Pictured at the Person of the Year Banquet are, (left to right): Cherie Krug, Executive Director of the Garrett College Foundation; Governor Larry Hogan; Terry Beachy and Jack Gauntz, Garrett College Mountaintop Truck Driving Institute.
Grantsville Lions Club to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Grantsville Days with the biggest event ever
Planning is nearly completed for the 40th Annual Grantsville Days. Always the last full weekend in June, the 23 -25th , the event is very well attended because of its unique format. What everyone likes is the food prepared by local, non-profit groups. From the beginning Grantsville Days was organized as a means for local groups to come together to raise funds for their organization. Adding to the success is the huge parade, 2 nights of fireworks and entertainment all 3 days of the event. And there is no admission fee to attend. Many people return to Grantsville that weekend to renew acquaintances or to visit relatives that they have not seen in a long time. Coordinated by the Grantsville Lions Club, they have been told that families mark their calendars each year to return for Grantsville Days.
The schedule this year includes the usual Friday night Grantsville Fire Department parade at 6.45 PM; food and various other booths are open at the Grantsville Park after the parade and each day starting at 11:00 AM; entertainment on the stage every day; garden tractor and children’s games, fireworks on both Friday and Saturday nights; Lions kettle corn all 3 days and Lions BBQ chicken on Saturday and Sunday. An interdenominational church service is held Sunday morning at 11 AM being coordinated by Grace Community Church this year. This is family weekend and no alcoholic beverages are being served.
This year’s music entertainment schedule will bring Jimmy B to perform Friday night after the parade. On Saturday, the entertainment features the return of the Vandells at 12:30, and for the first time ever direct from Broadway, Beatlemania Again, the musical history of the Beatles is at 7:30 PM. This show that was up for best musical brings the biggest outside event to Grantsville Days. Sunday will bring the Fabulous Hubcaps back for their annual event in Western Maryland, beginning at 2PM.
Also, this year we will have the lawn tractor pulls beginning Saturday at 9 AM., with registration at 8AM and for the first time ever Championship Pro Wrestling makes it way to Grantsville at 4PM on the basketball courts featuring WWE Superstar the Patriot, plus much, much, more. All events are FREE.
New this year will be crafts and arts vendors at the Tennis Courts, and a classic car show on Sunday beginning at noon. Dash plaques will be awarded ,
A meeting was held after last year’s Grantsville Days with the tractor and truck pulling coordinators and Lions Club members. It was determined by all that the two pulling contests have gotten too big to be held at the Grantsville Park. Alternatives were discussed but the final decision by the group was to cancel the tractor and truck pulls this year for Grantsville Days.
Grantsville Days is fully funded by donations from regional businesses. Sponsors of each event are listed in the Grantsville Days Brochure that is available at many of the sponsor businesses.
Parade and booth applications are now being accepted and are available upon request by e-mail: email@example.com or by phone: 301-895-5387. Questions about the event can be sent to the same e-mail address. Also like us at our new Facebook page at Grantsville Lions Club.
The Grantsville Lions Club is the coordinator of Grantsville Days and 100% of the proceeds from the event are returned to the community in the form of eyeglasses, scholarships, and donations to other groups helping those in need. For information about joining the Lions Club, the world’s largest service organization, contact Grantsville Lions Club secretary, Gerry Beachy at the above address or by phone.
Birmingham to Study Psychology at Bucknell
Kelsey Birmingham has recently been awarded the prestigious and extremely competitive Two-Year Transfer Scholarship to Bucknell University following her graduation from Garrett College on May 20, where she will earn an Associate in Arts for Arts and Sciences – Psychology Concentration. The scholarship covers tuition for two years of full-time enrolment at Bucknell University, a private liberal arts institution in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
As part of the transfer scholarship requirements, Kelsey participated in the rigorous Summer Scholars Program in 2016. During that six-week academic program at Bucknell University, Kelsey excelled in two writing-intensive college courses, The Biology of Stress and The Psychology of Attraction and Close Relationships. She maintained above average grades in her two courses, all while residing on-campus and participating in social cohort activities every week. Kelsey will continue her studies in psychology at Bucknell University this fall in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree.
“I had no doubts that Kelsey would shine while at Bucknell. She made an enormously positive impression on the faculty and staff during her summer experience, and I am extremely delighted that she is being afforded the opportunity to continue there this fall,” said Ashley Ruby, Coordinator of Advising and Academic Support at Garrett College. “Kelsey is one of Garrett College’s brightest and most ambitious students. She leads in the classroom and is incredibly active on-campus as well; succeeding in her multiple roles of student, SGA president, peer tutor, community volunteer, and work study.”
The Bucknell Community College Scholars program is designed for high-achieving, low- to moderate income community college students who aim to earn their associate’s degree and wish to take their education further. “Garrett College is proud to be one of five community college partners of this program,” Ruby stated.
After meeting the academic and financial criteria, potential scholars must apply and attend the summer program immediately prior to community college graduation. Students then return to the community college to complete the associate degree, and are eligible to apply for the Two-Year Transfer Scholarship to Bucknell University.
For more information about the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program in addition to other transfer opportunities available at Garrett College, contact Ruby at Garrett College at 301-387-3733 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Send-Off Reception Held for Bucknell Summer Scholars
McHenry, MD – A Summer-Send Off Reception was held to celebrate the two students selected to participate in the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program (BCCSP) on Thursday, May 4, 2017 on the McHenry campus of Garrett College. The Garrett College students offered a spot in Bucknell’s summer session as part of the BCCSP program include Ashley Elliott of Grantsville and Liutauras Repsys of Lithuania. Ms. Elliott is studying psychology within the social and behavioral sciences while Mr. Repsys, an international student, is in pursuit of the mathematics and sciences for foundational work in pre-medicine.
Pictured from left to right are: Robert Smith, Bucknell University alumni and Garrett College Foundation Board member; Susie Crawford, Chair of the Garrett College Foundation Board; Liutauras Repsys; Ashley Ruby, Coordinator of Advising and Academic Support; Dr. Sarah Garrett, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services; Dr. Richard Midcap, President. Ms. Ashley Elliott was unable to attend the reception.
In addition to the scholars, in attendance at the reception were faculty and staff of Garrett College, college administrators, Foundation and Board members, Bucknell alumni, and many other members of the college community. Students were presented with a Bucknell themed gift item from the Advising & Academic Success Center of Garrett College as well as GC pins from Ashley Ruby, coordinator of the BCCS program at GC. “I take on my role of coordinator of this enterprise with great pride, a wealth of heart and compassion, and I truly do believe in the life-changing influence the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program has to offer. I look forward to celebrating the many achievements of these young scholars, both today and into the foreseeable future,” stated Ruby during the reception.
The two celebrated scholars will attend Bucknell for six weeks beginning this June and enroll in two courses – such as Biology of Stress, Psychology of Attraction and Close Relationships, and Statistical Literacy for the 21st Century. During this time, the scholars will live on campus and experience a glimpse of what life as a Bucknellian would be. Following that, they will return to GC this fall, bringing their Bucknell credits along, and complete their final year of community college, culminating with commencement next spring. Just prior to graduation, the scholars will have the option to apply for the BCCSP transfer scholarship, which would provide full tuition coverage while the students pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at Bucknell, as well as continued mentoring. No other students, outside the BCCS program, are eligible to apply for this generous scholarship.
The primary purpose of the program is to provide access to a higher (private) education to students that, under normal circumstances, may never be able to achieve. It is more than just a transfer scholarship. The program is designed for high-achieving, low- to moderate income community college students who aim to earn their associate degree and wish to take their education further. Garrett College is one of only five community college partners in the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program.
The students that apply for and are selected to participate in this opportunity are among Garrett College’s top 5%. “Some of Garrett College’s best and brightest have traveled this path – international students, a state senate candidate, engineers, a dentist, a veterinarian, environmental advocates, business gurus, sustainability advocates, and many others,” commented Ruby.
Recruitment efforts for the Bucknell University Summer 2018 Community College Scholars Program Cohort will soon launch, beginning with summer registration of new entering students to the College this fall. In addition to providing information on the College website, resources are readily available around campus. “A program like this can only exist with the support, advocacy, and informative nature of an enthusiastic student support team – our faculty and staff.” Ruby said.
Guidelines for entry into the Bucknell University Summer 2018 Community College Scholars Program are as follows: potential students must achieve a 3.5 cumulative GPA in the first semester and beyond (mid-term grades can be a good indicator of this), have a low to moderate family income, complete at least 12 college level credits by the end of fall semester, be primarily enrolled in college level coursework, and declare an associate of arts degree program of study.
Ruby will be holding informational sessions regarding the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program at the Garrett College McHenry campus in November. Interested students will have the opportunity to visit the Bucknell University campus in February 2018. After meeting the academic and financial criteria, potential scholars must apply and attend the summer program immediately prior to community college graduation. Students then return to the community college to complete the associate degree, and are eligible to apply for the Two-Year Transfer Scholarship to Bucknell University.
For more information about the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program in addition to other transfer opportunities available at Garrett College, contact Ruby at Garrett College at 301-387-3733 or email@example.com.
Lakers Hold Annual Athletic Banquet
McHenry, MD – The Garrett College Lakers held their annual athletic banquet at The Greene Turtle, in McHenry, MD. Mr. Paul Mullan, “The Voice of the Lakers” was the MC of the event, while Dr. Richard Midcap, President of Garrett College was the guest speaker. Dr. Qing Yuan, Dean of Academic Affairs, recognized student –athletes who achieved GPA’s of 3.0 of higher for the Fall 2016 semester. Awards for Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the Year will be given out at Garrett College’s Commencement Ceremony on May 20, 2017.
Most Outstanding Player: Hannah Henderson
Coach’s Award: Brianna Evans
Most Outstanding Player: Chaunte McDowell
Coach’s Award: Mia – Alexis Lloyd
Most Outstanding Player: Malik Tunc
Coach’s Award: Terry Brown
Most Outstanding Players: Skylar Ferguson, Madison Rush
Coach’s Award: Mia – Alexis Lloyd
Most Outstanding Player: Doug Pollock
Coach’s Award: Tyler Ray
Most Outstanding Player: Bryce Friend
Athletic Department Awards
Loyal Fan Award: Kathy Fauber
David K. Martin Laker Award: Wyatt McBee, Men’s Basketball
Female Athlete of the Year: Hannah Henderson, Volleyball / Women’s Basketball / Softball
Male Athletes of the Year: Jafar Musa, Men’s Basketball & Doug Pollock, Baseball
GC Students and Facilities Staff ‘Plant Together’ for Earth Day
McHenry, MD – Garrett College students, along with the Facilities staff, partnered together on Friday, April 21, 2017 and planted flowers for the College’s upcoming commencement ceremony. Students that participated were eligible to receive civic engagement hours for volunteering in the community. Students that volunteered represented many organizations across campus, including: Student Government Association, Peer Leadership, and the Garrett College Women’s Unity Group. On Saturday, April 22, Earth Day activities continued as student volunteers joined Halian & Associates Landscapes and Mosser Meadow for a road cleanup project on Mosser Road and Bumble Bee Road.
Pictured is Randy Murphy with Jamal James Taylor, as they work together on preparing one of the planters to display on campus. Brandon DeWitt, Tim Wotring, and Fred Holtschneider, members of the Garrett College facilities staff, also assisted with the planning and preparation of the Earth Day activities with the students at the College.
Group photo, in the front row, from left to right, are: Ebony Boyd (Peer Leader/ SGA sophomore representative), Angie Cooper (Garrett College Student Activities Manager), Ellese Haskins, Jaesmyne Wells, Alexis Brackett, (Garrett College Women’s Unity Group), Isaiah Gutrick (kneeling). Back row: Jamal James Taylor (Garrett College Women Unity Group), Randy Murphy (Garrett College Facilities), Mikayla Randolph-Ottey (Garrett College Women’s Unity Group), Michael Nedrow (Adjunct Professor, Garrett College), Jermonie Brayant.