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  • FSU’s Jennifer Browne to Present: ‘Without Asking How We Want to be Seen: Women and the Terror of Photography’ for Joan Crawford Lecture Series

    McHenry, MD – Ms. Jennifer Browne, Director of the Frostburg State University Center for the Literary Arts and a lecturer for the Department of English, will present ‘Without Asking How We Want to be Seen: Women and the Terror of Photography’ as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series presentations on Tuesday, March 27, 2017 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Room 511 on the Garrett College McHenry Campus.

    She began teaching college-level composition and literature courses in 1997 at Garrett College, which fostered her interest in advocacy for underprepared and educationally-disadvantaged students, an interest that was enhanced while she served as Director of the Upward Bound Program, a federally-funded educational-opportunity program for low-income and first-generation high school students, at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Upon joining the faculty of Frostburg State University in 2008, she returned to teaching, focusing on the needs of developing writers, who frequently describe her as “passionate,” “knowledgeable,” and “boring.”

    In addition to issues of educational access, Browne is interested in gender, ecology, and popular culture, which she investigates in her own writing. She has published poetry in The Peninsula Review, Maryland Poetry Review, American Writing: A Magazine, Backbone Mountain Review, and The Potomac, among others.

    Created in memory and honor of Joan Crawford, who dedicated her life to serving Garrett College and the community, the Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge each year and are open to the public. For more information persons may contact Jack Dubose, Professor of English, at Garrett College, at 301-387-3008 or jack.dubose@garrettcollege.edu.

    Posted 3/21/2017

  • CARC Announces Countdown to Summer Fitness and Weight Loss Challenge

    McHenry, MD – The Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) is excited to announce the Countdown to Summer Fitness and Weight Loss Challenge. The challenge will begin Tuesday, March 28 and continue through Tuesday, June 20. Through group fitness classes, weekly coaching, and at home plans, instructor Susie Mark is ready to motivate, teach, and inspire positive change. The challenge will include a total of 36 group fitness classes, scheduled three per week on Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m., Thursdays at 5:15 p.m., and Sundays at 1:15 p.m.  

    The classes will include 20/20/20, 20/20/20 Step, Kickboxing, and Interval Training.  Before and after weigh-ins and measurements will also be included with the challenge so participants can track their progress, as well as compete for prizes to be awarded to the participants with the highest percentage of weight loss, most inches lost, and most improved fitness.  

    20/20/20 is a fast paced workout split into 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength training, and 20 minutes of core/stretching, guaranteed to make you sweat.  Participants will take part in resistance training, body-weight training, cardio, plyometrics ("jump training"), ab work, and more. 20/20/20 Step is designed to tone up legs and backsides by having participants move up, over and around an elevated platform (the “step”) in this version of the popular 20/20/20 class. The upper body and core won’t be missed in this class either as Susie incorporates additional moves to ensure a dynamic, full body workout. Kickboxing will get participant’s heart rates up with a series of punching and kicking techniques, along with body sculpting, resistance training, abdominal exercises and more. Lastly Interval Training will mix things up a little – participants will take part in intervals of cardio exercise (low or high impact) and strength training using a variety of equipment. Interval Training will conclude with some abdominal work and a relaxing stretch.  

    Susie Mark is a Northern High School graduate and holds a degree from Frostburg State University, where she focused on Community Health and Wellness. She has been teaching group fitness classes for 17 years in fitness clubs, college campuses, corporate settings, and dance studios. She has taught classes for all ages and fitness levels, and believes fitness should be fun as well as effective and loves to see people set individual goals and succeed in reaching them.

    For more information or to register, persons may contact the CARC front desk at 301-387-3786 or visit www.gccarc.com.

    Posted 3/21/2017

  • First United Bank & Trust Promotes Jason B. Rush

    Oakland, MD - Carissa L. Rodeheaver, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of First United Bank & Trust, announces the promotion of Jason B. Rush, to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  

    Carissa L. Rodeheaver commented, “I’m pleased to announce that Jason Rush has been named Chief Operating Officer at First United Bank & Trust.  This new role better reflects the responsibilities that Jason holds and the areas that he oversees.  As COO, Jason will coordinate the efforts of our deposit and loan operations departments, facilities, human resources, information technology, business intelligence, learning and development, risk management, compliance and audit functions.  He has been a key member of executive management and this promotion recognizes the important contributions he has made to improving the performance of the bank.”

    Jason has been working toward this strategic position for the past 24 years.  He joined First United in 1993 as an assistant compliance officer and has been promoted several times, serving most recently as Senior Vice President, Director of Operations and Chief Risk Officer.   Jason has also been building relationships and sharing his vast experience within the national banking industry by serving on the American Bankers Association Government Relations Committee, as well as a former chair of the Financial Information Services (FIS) User Planning Committee.  

    “I have been very fortunate in my career to be able to surround myself with the right people.   First United has always encouraged and fostered a team atmosphere which has served me and the community well.  I’d also like to thank the many mentors I have had through the years, especially Bill Grant and Carissa Rodeheaver.  Their encouragement has helped me achieve many of my personal and career goals.”, commented Rush.       

    Jason is a graduate of Frostburg State University with a bachelor of science degree in political science, a graduate of Maryland Banking School, Maryland Banking Graduate School, and American Bankers Association National Compliance School.  He also serves on several internal committees including the Cyber Security Team, Investment Committee, Senior Management Loan Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and the Compliance and Risk Committees.   Jason is also a graduating member of the 2011 class of Leadership Maryland.   
    He has been investing in his local community his entire career.  Jason is serving on the Board of Trustees for Garrett College.  He is also currently serving as the president of the board of directors for the Garrett County Agriculture Fair.  He had previously served as Fair treasurer for the last 16 years.  Jason cares deeply for this organization and sees the Garrett County Ag Fair as the “non-profit for all other non-profits”.  Not only does it provide a place for other community non-profits to promote their mission but it also highlights and educates the community about agriculture.  His investment to local agriculture continues when Jason spends down time at his family farm enjoying the outdoors.  

    Youth sports have always been a large part of the Rush family both in participation and coaching.  He has coached many of his children’s teams through the years and currently serves as the president of Northern Garrett Tri-County Basketball.    

    He resides in McHenry with his wife Angie and their two children, Morgan and Jake.  

    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.  First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.  As of 12/31/2016, the Corporation posted assets of $1.3 billion.

    Posted 3/21/2017

  • Smoke N Mirrors Announces March 25 Musical Performance

    Oakland, MD, March 5, 2017 - Smoke N Mirrors Photography is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Orenda Duo, music by Jenny and Nathan Wilson in the 3rd Street Gallery on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Jenny and Nathan are a husband and wife jazz duo who perform original music and jazz standards on piano, voice and bass. You can find out more about them at www.jennyandnathan.com

    In addition to their musical performance, there will be an exhibition of Jenny's artwork on display in the Gallery. There will a Reception with light refreshments beginning at 6:00 pm followed by a concert style performance at 7:00 pm. There will be a 30 minute intermission at 8:00 pm followed by a final 30-minute set at 8:30 pm.

    For more information or to RSVP for this event, go to “Smokenphoto” on Facebook or call (304) 277-7700. 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 3/17/17

  • Club Holds Dinner for International Students

    McHenry, MD – The Civic Club of Oakland recently held a dinner for Garrett College International Students at the college's Community Aquatic and Recreation Center. The dinner was coordinated by Ginny Grove, International Outreach chair for club. Jean Tumbarello, club president, gave opening remarks of welcome and a brief history about why the Civic Club of Oakland got started back in 1911. Over 25 people attended the dinner, including the international students and new GC president, Dr. Richard Midcap. Served on tables decorated in a valentine theme, the dinner consisted of meat and vegetarian lasagna, along with vegetable fried rice, bread, rolls, salads, sodas, water and a dessert table featuring cakes, pies, brownies, and cookies. The food was homemade and donated by the club and college members in attendance. This is the club's second outreach event for the GC International Students. Leftover food was given to the students in individual plastic containers, also donated by club members. 

    Pictured from left, front row, are Gena Ferguson, MDCCC AmeriCorp VISTA Member at Garrett College; student Jordan Knox; Jean Tumbarello, Ginny Grove, and Dr. Midcap. In the second row are students Malik Tunc (France), Jafar Musa (Nigeria), Leo Reglat (France), Liu Repsys (Lithuania), and Yassine Berady (Morocco). Also present, but not in the photo, was student Shane Chikerema (Zimbabwe). was also present, but not in the picture. Other pictures of this event can be seen on Civic Club of Oakland's Facebook page.

    Posted 3/17/17

  • Black History Month Monologues

    McHenry, MD – On Monday, February 27, 2017, Garrett College students partnered with Student Government Association and Peer Leaders to present "Still I Rise", Black History Monologues. This event was coordinated by Dr. Terry Kasecamp, Professor of Psychology, and Angie Cooper, Student Activities Manager. Students recited poetry, famous speeches, and sang well known freedom songs as part of the program.  

    Students selected and prepared readings from the following: Langston Hughes, Wilton Mkwayi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Kelsey Birmingham, Toni Morrison, Eric Thomas, Michael Jackson, and Maya Angelou. 

    Photo Cutlines: Sade Walker: Pictured is Sade Walker reading from Toni Morrison.

    Group Photo: Garrett College students partnered with Student Government Association and Peer Leaders to present the Black History Monologues at the McHenry campus of the college. Kneeling, left to right are: Emory Seace, Taira Jones, Ira Anderson, Earl Woodard II, Jordon Knox. Second row: Miyah Myers, Jaesmyne Well, Kayla Gibson,  Sad'e Sellars, Angie Cooper, Kelsey Birmingham, Angela Lowry, Kayla Harris-Dandridge, Dr. Terry Kasecamp. Back row: Andrew Green, Myles Tinsely, Terrell Anderson.

    Posted 3/14/2017

  • Third Annual Power of Possibilities Spring Entrepreneurial Summit Scheduled for April 28

    McHenry, MD – The Power of Possibilities Spring Entrepreneurial Summit will be held at Garrett College on Friday, April 28, 2017. The theme for this year’s Spring Summit is “Creating and Growing Local Opportunities” and the program is focused on helping those in attendance optimize their personal and business opportunities for success as well as those for our community.  The event is part of the Power of Possibilities initiative that launched in 2014 and that has engaged over 1,200 entrepreneurs, want-to-be entrepreneurs, business owners/managers and those in the region that support and enable small business formation and growth. 

    The Spring Summit will include workshops on a number of topics, including: effective web-site development and management, launching technology products, using low-cost marketing strategies to grow an enterprise. In addition to the workshops, attendees will hear keynote speakers share their experience and expertise on building businesses and building vibrant communities.

    While a learning, sharing and networking event for all those in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Garrett County and the region, the event is also a celebration of entrepreneurship and new entrepreneurs, and is anchored by the third annual Power of Possibilities Business Competition awards luncheon. Open to all attendees, the awards luncheon is the culmination of the third annual regional business plan competition where top business plan entries are announced and awarded cash, the Daniel E. Offutt III Innovation Medal and other valuable prizes.

    For more information and to register, persons may visit www.4ruralsuccess.com or contact Mike Tumbarello at 301-387-3167 or mike.tumbarello@garrettcdollege.edu. Early-bird registration ends on April 7, 2017.

    Posted 3/14/2017

  • Easter Egg Dyes from Natural Plants to be offered at GC’s Northern Outreach Center

    McHenry, MD – Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development is offering a one-session course, Easter Egg Dyes from Natural Plants, on Monday, March 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the College’s Northern Outreach Center location in Grantsville.

    Celebrate Easter naturally this year with eggs dyed bright pink, yellow, purple, blue, and orange using only natural plants. Come see how common grocery items can be used to create safe and natural egg dyes. Learn how to make leaf imprints on the eggs using spring wildflowers. We will also learn about the traditional wax-resist method used to create folk designs in Eastern Europe. 

    The course is being taught by Sunshine Brosi, PhD. Brosi is an Associate Professor of Ethnobotany and Forest Ecology at Frostburg State University and coordinates the only undergraduate program in Ethnobotany in the US. Sunshine has a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Tennessee, a MS in Forestry from the University of Kentucky, and a BA in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She teaches a variety of classes on ethnobotany around the United States and gives talks around the world on her ethnobotanical research.

    For additional information contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

    Posted 3/14/2017

  • Save the Date: Garrett College Foundation Seventh Annual Spring Scholarship Benefit

    McHenry, MD – Planning and preparations are well underway for the Garrett College Foundation’s upcoming spring scholarship event. The benefit will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in The Lodge at Wisp Resort located in McHenry, Md. Although a fundraiser, the event is an opportunity to celebrate Garrett College students, their accomplishments, and the commitment and generosity of our donors and friends.  

    The evening’s theme, Starry Nights, will be French-inspired and will begin with a cocktail reception during which guests will enjoy classical French music played by Dr. Sean Beachy and his wife, Debbie, both residents of Garrett County. Wisp Chef, Jimmy Walker, will treat attendees to an assortment of unique French foods. A live auction benefiting student scholarships will follow dinner. Additionally, a few select works of the late Aza Stanton, a well-known artist of Garret County, Md, will be auctioned. The evening will come to a dramatic close with a breathtaking cirque du soleil-inspired aerial performance by Iron City Aerials of Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Tickets for the event are $100 per person which includes a $50 charitable, tax-deductible gift. Corporate sponsorships are also available. For more information about corporate sponsorships or to request tickets, interested parties may contact the Garrett College Foundation Office at 301-387-3131. 

    Photo:  Sean Beachy

    Posted 3/7/2017

  • NASFAA Members Discuss Pell Grants and More During Capitol Hill Visits

    McHenry, MD – National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) members met last month with representatives from Capitol Hill to discuss the Pell Grant program, origination fees, and ways to appropriately simplify the financial aid system. Andrew Harvey, Assistant Director of Financial Aid for Technical Services at Garrett College, was among one of many representatives from both community colleges and four-year institutions and universities who participated in the visits.

    “Garrett College is proud to be a part of an organization and a committee which can get the attention of Congress on these important topics,” stated Cissy VanSickle, Director of Financial Aid at Garrett College.

    Among the issues discussed related to the Pell Grant, NASFAA members urged congressional staff to maintain the mandatory inflation-adjustment to the maximum award, which is scheduled to expire after award year 2017-18 leaving the maximum Pell award at $5,920 in perpetuity absent congressional action.

    “We’re talking about the neediest of the needy students” who are impacted by changes to the Pell Grant, “Harvey stated.

    Members also discussed the need to do away with or at least reduce origination fees, which they described as de facto taxes on students and borrowers. The fees are “not transparent and in the age of transparency, this is an important issue,” explained Aristea Williams of University of Maryland University College (MD). “It’s a hidden tax that is hard for us to explain, and hard for students to understand.”

    Deregulation and simplification were also discussed, including simplifying the FAFSA and reducing the administrative burden placed on financial aid administrators. The goal of deregulation and simplification should be to reduce the number of burdensome and unnecessary regulations that the financial aid office is responsible for, which would allow administrators to spend more time counseling students and families.

    FAFSA simplification was also discussed, and the members urged staffers to work on codifying prior-prior year (PPY) and to coordinate with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to improve its Data-Retrieval Tool (DRT). Improving the DRT would, in particular, assist with verification issues like the need for a non-filer letter for those who do not file taxes. And while there have been some proposals to reduce the FAFSA to as few as two questions, the members cautioned against such a drastic reduction as it could create a greater burden on students through verification.

    “We support simplification, but oppose over-simplifying the FAFSA,” Harvey said.
    Other topics discussed were the possible return of Year-Round Pell, changes to state authorization regulations, and the future of the Perkins Loan program.

    The Garrett College Financial Aid Office would like to remind parents and students that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may still be filed for the coming academic year. For those who have any questions, persons are encouraged to contact the Garrett College Financial Aid Office at 301-387-3080.


    From left to right are: Melinda Middleton, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Aristea Williams, University of Maryland University College (MD); Andrew Harvey, Garrett College.

    Posted 3/7/2017

  • Culture of Health Prize for Garrett County

    Oakland, MD - Garrett County was chosen as a finalist for the prestigious Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. RWJF states,"The Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health. Recognizing the impact of communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well."  

    The Garrett County Health Department is proud to announce this tremendous accomplishment for Garrett County, out of 200+ applicants nationwide, we have joined ten other communities as finalists.  The next step is to host the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation judges as we compete to win the $25,000 prize and begin a national journey of recognition that will open numerous opportunities for Garrett County.  Read more from RWJF here Culture of Health Prize

    I'd like to personally thank all of you who've taken the time to join GarrettPlan.org.  It is with innovation such as this that we will forge ahead as a rural community.  If you would like to onboard your entire organization and learn more about the benefits for your business contact me to set up a brief presentation and receive a customized marketing kit.  How will your business utilize this great accomplishment?

    Author Submission: Shelley Argabrite, M.A., Strategic Health Planner

    Posted 3/7/2017

  • Garrett College Board Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Contributor

    McHenry, MD – The Board of Trustees of Garrett College announced that it is inviting nominations for the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Garrett College. This award is typically given at Garrett’s commencement ceremony in the spring. Any member of the community may submit a nomination, and all nominations are encouraged.

    The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals or organizations that have significantly and positively influenced Garrett College’s mission and goals. To recommend a candidate for nomination, please contact Ms. Marcia Knepp, Executive Assistant to the President, at 301-387-3056 or at marcia.knepp@garrettcollege.edu for a nomination form and materials. In order to be considered for this award, all nominations must be submitted no later than Monday, March 20, 2017.

    Posted 3/1/2017

  • Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund Receives Check from Tucker Community Foundation’s Run for It Event

    McHenry, MD – Members of ‘Kalie’s Crew’ at Garrett College were presented with a check in the amount of $4,866.75 from the Tucker Community Foundation’s Run for It event in support of the Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund at Garrett College. Employees of the College established the Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund to honor the memory of Kalie Hostutler Ashby, a native of Oakland, and Garrett College alumnus and staff member.

    More than 60 family members and friends joined together as Kalie’s Crew last September on the streets of Davis, W.Va. to participate in the annual event. Kalie’s lasting impact on her community is evident in the participation we received,” stated Kim DeGiovanni, KHAAAF Chair. “It was wonderful to have so many of Kalie’s family, friends and colleagues gathered, along with numerous Southern Garrett High School (SGHS) athletes and coaches, working together to build Kalie’s legacy. Because of their fundraising efforts, we are approaching our endowment goal and are just steps away from putting Kalie’s fund into action.”

    According to the Tucker Community Foundation, there were 1,290 registered racers with 1,025 participants making it across the finish line. Sixty-three teams collectively took home more than $235,000 in proceeds. Kalie’s Crew took home numerous awards, including the largest team award, the Garrett County Commission Award, and many individual awards by age group.

    For more information on making a gift to the Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund, contact the Garrett College Foundation at 301-387-3131. All gifts made through the Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

    Members of Kalie’s Crew representing Garrett College from left to right are: Kearstin Hinebaugh, Executive Associate, Garrett College Foundation; Kim DeGiovanni, Director of Records & Registration; Cherie Krug, Executive Director of the Garrett College Foundation; Melissa Wass, Coordinator of Admissions.

    Posted 3/1/2017

  • First United Bank & Trust Recognized as Corporate Sponsor for Fourth Annual Early Childhood Connections Conference at Garrett College

    McHenry, MD – Sarena Rodeheaver (far right), Community Office Manager, of First United Bank & Trust, presents Connie Meyers, Director of Professional Development & Contract Training at Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development, with a check in support of the Early Childhood Connections conference. 

    This is the second year that First United Bank & Trust has been a corporate sponsor for the annual conference. The mission of First United Bank & Trust is to enrich the lives of customers, coworkers and stakeholders through an unparalleled commitment to the client experience and passionate involvement in the community. For more than a century, My Bank First United has served the financial needs of personal and business customers throughout Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

    Now in its fourth year, the 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. 

    “First United Bank & Trust has been such a wonderful supporter of Garrett College’s initiatives – their corporate support of our Early Childhood Connections Conference allows us to scholarship child care providers to attend quality professional development and training,” stated Meyers.

    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 upcoming Early Childhood Connections conference, including registration, persons may contact Meyers at 301-387-3084 or connie.meyers@garrettcollege.edu.

    Posted 3/1/2017

  • GC’s Peter Skylstad to Present “The Naturalist’s Odyssey: Walking with Darwin” 

    McHenry, MD – Garrett College professor, Peter Skylstad, will present “The Naturalist’s Odyssey: Walking with Darwin” as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series presentations on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at from 12 noon until 1 p.m. in Room 511 of the Garrett College McHenry campus.

    Skylstad is the Professor of Biology and Assistant Director of the Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology Program at Garrett College. For the past 10 years, he has taught classes abroad on neotropical ecology in Nicaragua and Costa Rica and has studied nature in southern China and the Peruvian Amazon. He is also a published author and avid photographer of the rare and sometimes strange creatures that live in some of the most remote regions on Earth. He will speak of his travels and experiences during his presentation.

    Created in memory and honor of Joan Crawford, who dedicated her life to serving Garrett College and the community, the Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge each year and are open to the public. For more information persons may contact Jack Dubose, Professor of English, at Garrett College, at 301-387-3008 or jack.dubose@garrettcollege.edu. 

    Posted 2/21/17

  • 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

  • Leadership Garrett County Focuses on Heritage and Tourism

    By: Kelly Rock, Member of Inaugural Class of Leadership Garrett County

    McHenry, MD – The inaugural Leadership Garrett County class met on February 15 at the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) building on the Garrett College campus. The day’s sessions were dedicated to heritage and tourism topics relative to the county. Mike Tumbarello, Director of Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Leadership Garrett County, welcomed all in attendance for breakfast and networking, then introduced the first of the day’s speakers. Jodi McClintock, representing the Small Business Development Center in the GIEC, facilitated an interactive discussion on leadership. She introduced the class to the 3 C’s of life: choices, chances, and changes and emphasized that clear communication on behalf of leaders is “vital to making things happen”. She reviewed the differences between incidental and fundamental changes and processed barriers to both. The class members engaged with McClintock in identifying traits and characteristics of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ leaders, which is helpful in identifying both strengths and ‘learning edges’ of emerging leaders in a process of self-reflection. She also offered nuggets of wisdom that her mentors have shared with her during her career, which have helped her to grow into a mature, knowledgeable, experienced leader in her own right. One of her favorite quotes is: “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn”.  

    Following the presentation, the class was transported by bus to downtown Oakland where Michelle Ross was waiting at the B&O Museum. Representing the Greater Oakland Business Association, Ross gave an informative overview of the many different and distinct designations that Oakland has been awarded over the years including Main Street, Heritage, Historical, among others. She explained the value of such designations and how they have contributed to ongoing efforts to re-vitalize the town and surrounding areas. As many class members are transplants to the area, she was able to provide historical context the progress that Oakland has made to date, including both battles and successes. She was able to provide extensive background on the process of re-branding the town a number of years ago, and how it has proven an effective promotional tool to increase tourism in Oakland. She voiced enthusiasm regarding ongoing efforts and top priorities as the city moves forward to becoming a destination in and of itself. Ross emphasized the need for strong leadership and teamwork in order to tackle any large project and encouraged members to personally get involved with economic development organizations. She invited the class to tour the B&O Museum, followed by the Transportation Museum – a true Garrett County treasure. Only about half of the class had ever visited the museums previously and were impressed with the quality and quantity of historical artifacts that are preserved and open to the public.

    After lunch, the class enjoyed a presentation on owning, operating and leading a tourism business in the county by Mike Dreisbach and Jan Russel, representing Savage River Lodge and Little Crossings, LLC. This team revealed the trajectory of their professional and personal lives, including the struggles, setbacks, and barriers to making their dreams a reality. As established leaders, they were committed to their shared mission, vision and philosophy. It was clear to all present that they are committed to their shared values including sustainability, a commitment to preserving natural resources, and using local resources whenever possible. Evident, too, is their commitment to Garrett County by the breadth and width of giving back to the community on many different levels. The take-home message from these two outstanding citizens is to stay true to your mission and vision and to be persistent in the face of opposition.

    Ashlee Boyd, fellow Leadership Garrett County inaugural class member, offered a presentation on behalf of Garrett County Trails. As Executive Director of the organization, she proudly discussed the ‘state of the union’ of all trails in the county to date – 30 of them!  She also talked more in depth about the progress on the Eastern Continental Divide Loop Trail, a 150 mile, multi-surface, multi-user trail project that is nearing actualization. She has been on the job for only the last five months and is excited about opportunities to share information about Garrett County Trails with small and large groups and organizations throughout the county. She also encouraged class members to consider leadership opportunities through volunteering at Garrett Trails sponsored events including Taste of Garrett Trails, Garrett County Gran Fondo, and Race up the Face.
    Next, Jen Durben, representing the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, shared a presentation on heritage tourism within the county. She explained that Garrett County was one of 13 heritage areas across the state and how it met criteria for that designation in five separate areas. She encouraged class members to consider getting involved in future opportunities to sit on the Board, in addition to serving on different workgroups. She concluded with discussing the mini-grant application process for organizations interested in participating in highlighting the county regarding heritage tourism. Sarah Duck provided the second half of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presentation, by reviewing data and statistics on tourism in the county and how vital that industry is, economically and financially, to county residents. Tourism is the 10th largest industry in Garrett County and generates $347 million dollars in direct and indirect income for businesses and residents.  She invited anyone interested to participate in the Chamber’s marketing roundtable, held every other month.

    The class ended on a high note, as Bill Meagher from Lakeside Creamery presented his personal philosophy on leadership. He graciously provided ice cream and popcorn from Lakeside Creamery and the Popcorn Factory for the entire class. He shared his story about how he came to own a number of businesses in the county. He invited the class to dialogue with him, and with one another, regarding county-specific considerations to owning and operating a business, as well as characteristics and qualities of successful leaders. He generously shared resources that are aimed at motivating others and mentoring employees. Meagher explained his process of employee evaluation – using peer feedback, as well as a guided self-evaluation and how that tool has been largely effective for improving performance and increasing employee satisfaction within the company. He also called emerging leaders to be good examples and role models, to treat everyone with respect, and never stoop to personal attacks when you disagree with someone else’s views or ideas. As a leader, he revealed that he constantly questions himself and is always striving to improve – no matter what!  

    The inaugural year of Leadership Garrett County will continue through April’s session, with recruitment for the second class, scheduled to run from October 2017 through April 2018, to begin this July. Alumni will have a part in future class events and activities. For information about Leadership Garrett County, persons may contact Mike Tumbarello at 301-387-3167 or mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu.

    Posted 3/14/2017