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The new 145,000-square-foot, $60 million Bioscience Education Center project is proceeding on schedule; estimated completion and occupancy is August 2014. The facility will support the science programs and complement a business incubator on the campus operated by Montgomery County.
This aerial photo, taken in July, shows Science East building construction progress. Features include: new roof, new solar panels (black squares), brick façade. Windows will line the back side of the building. Estimated completion and occupancy of the building is January 2014. Also at Rockville, the future renovation of Science West, a $32 million construction, will improve the existing 69,500 square feet and add 27,500 square feet in new construction.
The College honored Professor Emerita Catherine F. Scott, 95, last spring by renaming The Commons building at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus the Catherine F. Scott Commons. Scott taught at the College for 30 years. She has continued to support students through a $1 million scholarship endowment.
Students at Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring can bike to campus from Red Line Metro stations or bus stops via the newly expanded Capital Bikeshare program. A new agreement between Alta Bicycle Share and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) gives MC pedal pushers access to 30 bike stations and 250 bicycles in the down-county area. Bikes are checked out and borrowed between stops. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Authority, Montgomery County, and the City of Rockville; additional support comes from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Montgomery Works, and local chambers of commerce and higher-education institutions.
New Welcome Centers opened this fall to help prospective, new, and continuing students with registration, e-mail, and the MyMC portal, plus general College information. With the exception of Takoma Park/Silver Spring (coming soon!), drop-ins will find specially trained staff and student-use computers at the centers on each campus and at the Mannakee Central Services Building.
2013 Maryland Professor of the Year
For the fifth year in a row—and the seventh time in nine years—a Montgomery College professor has been named Maryland Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). This year, the honor goes to Greg Wahl, English professor at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Wahl’s teaching was the subject of a March 2013 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about developmental writing programs.
Alex Cole ’13 interviewed WWII US Army veteran Demetri “Dee” Paris, 97, for a campus-produced television program, entitled “MCTV’s Access to History: World War II Army Tank Platoon Leader.” Shot in high-definition video by MCTV staff, the project won three Telly Awards (2013) and two 2013 Communicator Awards of Distinction in the documentary and history/biography categories. The 70-minute program canvasses Paris’s military training and mission, including his experiences at the Battle of the Bulge and capture of the bridge at Remagen.
With more than 1,300 students enrolled in its engineering programs, MC boasts the largest community college transfer engineering program in the nation.
Interior design students showed their professional chops by designing the employee cafeteria at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore (Inner Harbor), unveiled in June. Six student teams from an advanced commercial design class competed against each other to create the new look for the 800-square-foot space. Hyatt employees selected the winning design, “citrus.” Laura Hessler ’13 says the team chose the colors, lighting, and seating, arranged in a new circulation pattern, to create a refreshing atmosphere for “Hyatt staffers who work hard all day meeting the needs of so many others.” Nathalie Rytting, director of human resources, says, “We got a beautiful design and the students got a chance to work with a real-life client. Our employees love this new space.”
What’s in a Name?
Flora M. Singer ’75 (1930–2009), Holocaust survivor, teacher, and community leader, was honored by Montgomery County Public Schools in May with the naming of a new school. The Flora M. Singer Elementary School, Silver Spring, Md., bears the name of the former dressmaker and bagel shop owner who spoke six languages. Singer, who came to the United States in 1946 from Belgium, moved to Montgomery County with her family in 1966 to open a bagel store (Bagel Master, Wheaton, Md.). As a working mother in the 1970s, she attended MC, then pursued a teaching career in the county’s public schools. She became a prolific speaker, writer, Holocaust scholar, and Yiddish scholar. She worked as a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum volunteer, among her many civic activities. Singer was featured in Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors, a special exhibit produced by the College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute in 2004.
English in the E.R.—STAT!
Holy Cross Hospital asked MC to create an American English speaking and listening course, customized for its non-native employees. In the inaugural class this fall, Professor Lauralyn McWilliams is instructing 11 hospital employees whose first language is not English, in the new course, English Speaking and Listening Skills for Healthcare Workers. Through academic instruction, role play, and simulation, students will develop cultural awareness and etiquette, become more familiar with American English grammar rules, and improve pronunciation, stress, rhythm, and intonation. Students will also learn to understand and use medical jargon and idiomatic expressions.
Speaking Our Language
MC students hail from 170 different nations. Based on enrollment records, these are the most-spoken languages for 2012–2013, in alphabetical order: Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Urdu, Vietnamese.
[Source: Montgomery College Office of Institutional Research]
“Montgomery College has a unique opportunity to assist in developing and expanding the skills of [India’s] workforce,” says MC President DeRionne Pollard. Pollard participated in the All India Council for Education’s Higher Education Dialog 2013 in June. The gathering of higher-ed experts advanced plans to implement the community college system in India, where 230 million grade-schoolers and 20 million college-aged students already strain resources. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s goal is to prepare 500 million new workers by 2022.
State’s Attorney John McCarthy
Adjunct Professor McCarthy spoke to paralegal students about the successful prosecution of Brittany Norwood for the murder of Lululemon co-worker Jayna Murray at its one-year anniversary.