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Matt Klos Painter Extraordinaire A Season in Rochefort-en-Terre

Mark Powell CEO, Sidus Group

Member, Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc. Board of Directors

Why do you love Anne Arundel Community College? AACC is about opportunity. The diversity of educational resources serves the many needs of our community.

Why do you get involved at AACC? AACC provides tremendous support for our workforce. Our company has hired many people who have been the beneficiaries of this great education resource.

Why do you support AACC and the AACC Foundation? AACC is changing lives and is an affordable and powerful resource for everyone. We all benefit from the success of our community’s college and its well-prepared students.

Why does your industry benefit from AACC? The IT industry is a dynamic environment that has a constant demand for qualified people. AACC is an educational institution that has the nimbleness to rapidly adjust to the changing training needs of technology users.

What advice would you give to young people wanting to get into your industry? Gain knowledge in an academic environment, but seek any opportunity to augment this learning by working in an operational environment. Internships are a tremendous benefit and AACC has an outstanding program to provide students with many such opportunities. To find out how you can support the AACC Foundation, contact 410-777-2515 or e-mail For information about foundation activities and ways to give, visit w w

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AACC President: Martha A. Smith, Ph.D.

3 AACC artist making his mark

AACC Board of Trustees James H. Johnson Jr., Ph.D., chair Victoria K. Fretwell, vice chair Kimberly McCoy Burns, Esq. The Rev. Dr. Diane Dixon-Proctor Arthur D. Ebersberger Walter J. Hall Jerome W. Klasmeier Morgan O'Brien, student member

at home and abroad

Mark Klos, chair of the AACC Department of Visual Arts and Humanities, describes his experience as resident artist in France last summer.

AACC Foundation Inc. 2010-2011 President: Alan J. Hyatt, Esq. First Vice President: Jay I. Winer Second Vice President: Sharrie K. Wade, C.P.A. Treasurer: J. Mitchell Krebs Secretary: Karen L. Cook, Esq. Executive Director: Stacey Sickels Heckel, CFRE AACC President: Martha A. Smith, Ph.D.

6 Fall credit enrollment soars


The fall term yielded a bumper crop of new and returning students.

8 AACC dives into restoration ecology

Anne Arundel Community College will help train workers in environmental technology.

Editor: Laurie A. Farrell

10 An edge over the competition

Designer: Charles West Contributors to this issue: Sharon M. Corbett Susan M. Donaldson Susan S.C. Gross Debbie McDaniel-Shaughney Leslie Salvail

Coach Jeff Friday credits AACC with helping him to win his coaching position with the Cincinnati Bengals.

12 More success in the making


Student Success 2020 teams up with Achieving the Dream to meet goals.

Photography: Heather Ailstock Stephen Ailstock Jim Burger Sharon M. Corbett Matt Klos Debbie McDaniel-Shaughney Keith Weller Charles West Courtesy Cincinnati Bengals

13 AACC goes to the summit

White House convenes first-ever summit on community colleges.

16 Student leaders

Cover photos Matt Klos

Morgan O'Brien and Samantha Solovieff lead the way in student success.


Community of Alumni & Friends is available as a pdf file from the AACC website at

21 AACC Foundation Annual Report to Donors

The Community of Alumni & Friends magazine is published twice a year by Anne Arundel Community College. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Postmaster and others, please send change of address information to: AACC, PRM Team, 101 College Parkway, Arnold, Md. 21012-1895.

This year our contributions for college programs surpassed – for the first time – our scholarship awards.

In the interest of encouraging broad and open discussion of issues relating to education, Community of Alumni & Friends magazine may contain statements of opinion on such issues. These statements are those of the author, or interviewee, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AACC or its officers.


Volume 8. No. 1. Winter 2011 © Anne Arundel Community College Notice of Nondiscrimination: AACC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, ADA Title 504 compliant institution. Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request most accommodations. Requests for sign language interpreters, alternative format books or assistive technology require 30-day notice. For information on AACC’s compliance and complaints concerning discrimination or harassment, contact Karen L. Cook, Esq., federal compliance officer, at 410-777-7370 or Maryland Relay 711.


From the President 2

Faculty/Staff Notes 34

Sports Update 36

Calendar of Events 40 AACC COMMUNITY | WINTER | 2011


FROM the PRESIDENT Student success is our mission


Martha A. Smith, Ph.D. President, Anne Arundel Community College

ore than 18 months have passed since President Obama challenged our nation’s colleges to help more students attain degrees, certificates and workforce credentials. Anne Arundel Community College was among the first colleges in the Country to answer that challenge. In December of 2009, AACC launched Student Success 2020 – a bold initiative committing the College to doubling the number of degrees, certificates, and workforce credentials awarded by the year 2020. Fundamental to Student Success 2020 is our commitment to maintaining the high quality and rigorous academic standards for which AACC is recognized locally and nationally. Students will be helped to identify meaningful educational goals. There will be a focus on defining and promoting students’ responsibilities for completion. Programs to track, monitor, and support individual student progress will be enhanced, and new innovative approaches to support student success are being developed and employed. Faculty and staff are examining current practices to identify points of vulnerability in students’ journeys to success. There is an atmosphere of excitement and expectation, of innovation and creativity, and a renewed focus on helping more students be more successful. Last year AACC was selected to join Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national initiative aimed at helping more community college students succeed. The ATD network includes more than 130 institutions in 24 states and the District of Columbia and reaches more than one million students. The goals of ATD are

identical to those of our own Student Success 2020 initiative and will provide a framework for measuring our progress. On January 12, 2011, the College held its first annual “Student Success 2020 Summit” to provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to identify and discuss ways to help students succeed. The Summit provided a powerful opportunity to engage the entire college community in identifying strategies to help students successfully complete their courses and make consistent progress in achieving their educational goals. In fact, there is nothing new about our commitment to student success. With Students First as our motto, student success has always been at the heart of AACC’s mission. Our vision as a premier learning community whose students and graduates are among the best-prepared citizens and workers of the world is also built on the foundation of student success. Whether it is preparing a student to transfer to a four-year college or university, to enter the workforce, or to enhance their career through further training, we want all of our students to succeed. I would like to invite you, as stakeholders in our community’s college, to participate in this conversation on Student Success 2020. Please send your ideas to my office at www.presidentsline@aacc. edu and stay tuned for more exciting developments on Student Success 2020!

With Students First as our motto, student success has always been at the heart of AACC’s mission. 2


By Debbie McDaniel-Shaughney

AACC artist making his mark at home and abroad


hen artist Matt Klos en-

thusiastically discusses the challenges and rewards of painting with oils or watercolors outdoors, he taps into his vast supply of personal examples from a prestigious 2010 artist-in-residency program completed in France last summer. He talks of sand, wind, a crumbling chateau, inspiration and perseverance.

My plein-air (outdoor) painting immersion sharpened me to a point where I can more quickly and easily identify and assist my students as they struggle in making their own paintings.



Take for example, his idea to paint watercolors on the historic beaches of Normandy. Klos’ creative process was interrupted by a tricky combination of wind and blowing sand. And yet, his finished artworks (see demonstrate to his AACC painting students that where there’s a will, there’s a way. “My plein-air (outdoor) painting immersion sharpened me to a point where I can more quickly and easily identify and assist my students as they struggle in making their own paintings,” said Klos, an assistant professor who was promoted in the fall to chair the Department of Visual Arts and Humanities. He oversees 11 full-time faculty members and more than 60 part-time faculty members, handles administrative duties involving class scheduling and budgets while also teaching. “I would often complete three paintings a day,” Klos said. “Due to the volume of work I was creating, I felt more com-



fortable taking risks that, in the studio back home, I might have avoided.” Klos was one of four artists selected through international competition for a summer artist-in-residency program in the village of Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany, France. The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) sponsors two sessions of the five-week program, asking selected artists only to pay for airfare and supplies.

an inspiration and I’m having a wonderful time with my ‘Painting 2’ and ‘Painting 3’ students. We had a landscape segment so I worked in the trip and said, ‘See, I’m not one of those art professors who just teach. I’m making works, too.’ ” Klos created 55 artworks while in France in July and early August. He painted from dawn to dusk and into the

Less troublesome natural elements than wind and sand were a family of bats that routinely joined Klos during his 3 a.m. painting marathons in France. Bats just come with the territory when painting at night in a country that lacks window screens, said Klos. “The most important thing I take from this trip and back to my students in the classroom is the inspiration and excitement for painting,” Klos said. “Extensive knowledge without enthusiasm doesn’t educate effectively. This trip was

Klos critiques work created by Young Chong, a student in his fall “Painting 2” class.

Omaha Beach, Sunset, 18” x 24” watercolor “I had to paint very quickly in the fading light and sand was blowing across my picture and swirling into the paint as I laid it down. As I look at the painting now it has the qualities of a picturesque sunset and yet there is an ominous quality there as well.”

wee hours of the night in his bat-filled studio as well as along the beaches of Normandy and on the private grounds of a crumbling, historic chateau. During his stay, Klos met Isabel Klots, age 93, who established the artist residency program in Rochefort-en-Terre in 1989 in memory of her father-in-law Alfred Klots and her husband Trafford Klots, who were both artists. MICA ( began to administer the program in 1995. The residency experience so benefited Klos as an artist that he hopes to establish a regional or national visiting artist program at AACC. While the initiative depends on obtaining funding from donors, it would bring in professionals for a day, a week or even longer to work with students to broaden their experience, knowledge and understanding of art. Klos’ group in France got to meet with professional artists several times. The knowledge exchange between the visiting artists and his group proved invaluable. “My experience in Rochefort-en-Terre was so creatively potent because all of the artists involved were deeply committed to their crafts and were working in close

Last Roses for Isabel, 17” x 24” oil on panel: Klos spent weeks capturing the essence of this 110-year-old chateau on canvas during his artist-in-residency. “The truth that hard work and perseverance are key components in making good work was reaffirmed on my trip to the Klots Chateau,” he said.

proximity,” Klos said. “Successes in my peers’ work inspired a greater effort to achieve successes in my own, which was a true synergistic experience.” Exhibiting some of the artworks created during his residency abroad is a consideration, Klos said. One measure of artists’ success – having their works

Bridges at Dinon, 12” x 12” oil on museum board, is among works Klos exhibited in "Souvenirs De France," a show at the Oxford Gallery in Rochester, N.Y. Jan. 15-Feb. 19.

selected for exhibitions – was among the criteria that led to Klos’ selection for the residency. His success on the national and international scene continued this year. He won the New York City Prince Street Gallery’s 40th Anniversary Guest Solo Show Competition in the summer, vying with new and established artists for the honor. Klos barely made it back to the United States for the opening of his Aug. 3-21 solo exhibit and had to rely on family and friends to transport his artworks to the show. Internationally, Klos in 2009 exhibited a 19”x30” oil on panel artwork, “Treasure Chest,” in Seoul, Korea. He also won an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2008 and a $10,000 Best in Show prize at the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2007. The previous year, his work won Best in Show at the Cambridge Art Association’s National Prize Show. The father of two boys, ages 3 and 1, and husband of Kat Klos, an AACC part-

time faculty member in graphic design, Klos juggles his schedule to find time to enjoy life with his family and his art. Many evenings, weekends and holidays he’ll carve out time to paint in his Sparrows Point (Baltimore) basement studio. “It was tough being away from my family for five weeks,” Klos said, “but the experience was awesome. It’s hard to verbally quantify an experience that has been so deeply affecting. I would love to go back one day with Kat. This trip really was an inspiration.” s

To help a deserving AACC student in the Art department or to support the arts program, contact the AACC Foundation Inc. at 410-777-2515 or AACC COMMUNITY | WINTER | 2011


Fall credit enrollment The fall term yielded a bumper crop of new and returning students for the fifth consecutive year along with a bounty of new challenges for AACC.


n Aug. 23, the first day of classes, 16,490 credit students were enrolled compared to 15,711 on opening day in fall 2009. Yet, even though classes were under way, students continued to line up at registration counters or enroll online. Four weeks into the term, the result was a new record fall headcount of 17,665 credit students compared to 16,741 in fall 2009. Between fall 2005 and 2010, headcount has skyrocketed 21 percent. “AACC is a busy, busy place,” said John Grabowski, Ph.D., assistant dean for enrollment services. During the first week of classes, he routinely stands near the parking lots with other AACC staffers to hand out campus maps and give lost students directions to their classes. “From financial aid to dining services to the bookstore, from registration to the faculty to the classes, the reality is we are getting close to capacity,” Grabowski said. “The picnic tables are filled and the informal seating areas in buildings are filled. The (mass transit) bus is filled when it pulls up. And, for students, the day runs a little longer. Students are staying and taking that 2 p.m. class.”

Unduplicated credit headcount hit a new record of 24,750, an 8 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

In addition to Arnold campus traffic during peak morning class hours, among the challenges from this 5.5 percent fall enrollment spike are how to accommodate community demand for introductory-level courses. There are a limited number of science labs and lab classes filled early during registration. Nearly a third of fall credit students enrolled in at least one distance learning (online or hybrid) class, resulting in new records for the eighth consecutive year in the number of distance learning students and their share of the student body. One department’s successful, innovative idea to accommodate students was to offer a midnight-3 a.m. “Introduction to Psychology” (PSY 111) class. The session taught by instructor Paul Vinette attracted 10 students and won the attention of national media including National Public Radio. “This strong credit enrollment growth comes on the heels of the largest increase in AACC history,” said Vincent Maruggi, then assistant director of Planning, Research and Institutional Assessment. He noted that multiple all-time highs were achieved in areas including total headcount, adults, ethnically diverse students, students in distance education, new students and students continuing from the spring/summer term. “To student services, this unprecedented enrollment growth offers exciting opportunities,” said Ivan L. Harrell II, Ph.D., dean of student services. “The student services team has been working hard to develop and implement many actions aimed at meeting the needs of our growing student population. For instance, we are planning a series of professional development activities during the spring 2011 term to look at what we are doing now to serve students and how we can provide even better service to our growing student population.” Harrell presented the official fall enrollment report based on PRIA’s fall data at the November Board of Trustees meeting. The largest percentage increase by age group




By Debbie McDaniel-Shaughney

occurred for ages 30-39 (10.8 percent compared to fall 2009) and 50-59 (9 percent). Over the last five years, numbers of students in the 25-29 age group grew 45.4 percent to 2,245 students this fall. The percentage of parttime students rose slightly by roughly 1,000 students to 11,839, or 67 percent of the fall student body. Diversity, which is a voluntary self-reported item, reflects a 37.8 percent increase in numbers of Hispanic students (649) compared to last fall and a 14 percent increase in black or African American students (2,857). A group of 169 students selected more than one category of race. With more students on campus and at off-campus sites during the day and evening, college facilities are getting more use. “Overall, dining services’ business is up about 10 percent this fall,” said Wanda Grace, dining services manager. Her facility offers the full-service dining hall, kiosks at the Careers Center Building and Center for Applied Learning and Technology and vending services on and off campus.

“We are actually getting a later crowd,” she said. “We have a steady stream of customers after 2 o’clock. It’s so different. The dining hall used to be empty in the afternoons. But we’re seeing more and more students coming in not just to eat but also to use the dining hall to study or play games. Now, it’s a hub of activity.” The fall enrollment hike follows a record fiscal year 2010 enrollment. Unduplicated credit headcount hit a new record of 24,750, an 8 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. The most popular term was the January two-week term, which experienced a 29.7 percent hike when a record 1,095 students enrolled. From fiscal year 2005-2010, winter term enrollment has jumped 50.2 percent as more students opt to earn up to three credits in two weeks through the highly accelerated classes. s

A Sea of Cars • Students who arrived on campus late for morning classes faced a solid sea of vehicles in the paved parking lots on the Arnold campus. Few spaces stayed empty for long.The fall enrollment jump placed unprecedented demands on AACC facilities as well as roads and highways leading to the Arnold campus.



AACC students routinely collect seed-bearing stems of underwater plants, which are taken to one of the college Arnold campus science labs. There, students engage in hands-on learning by processing and performing experiments on the seeds and seedlings.


f you are passionate about the beautiful waters of the Chesapeake and how you can

help revitalize the bay and everything in and around it, AACC’s new programs on restoration ecology and the environment may be for you! Anne Arundel Community College will help train workers in environmental technology as part of a $5.8 million Maryland Energy Sector Partnership Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Under the auspices of the Maryland Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, the Chesapeake Area Consortium for Higher Education (CACHE) Institute for Environmental Careers will offer training in ecosystem restoration and environmental monitoring and assessment. The partnership of four workforce boards, four community colleges and private sector and government leaders in the counties around the Chesapeake will train 230 students with community college credit-bearing courses leading to certifications in environmental technology. Led by the Anne Arundel Workforce Investment Board and AACC, the project seeks to increase the capacity of workers to take advantage of the growing environmental technology careers that are projected to grow around the state’s natural asset of the Chesapeake Bay. In Anne Arundel County, nearly $1.2 million will enable AACC to work with partners Chesapeake College, the College of Southern Maryland and WorWic Community College to develop and provide training leading to positions and careers for workers to reverse the damage done to the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and tidal and non-tidal wetlands. “This is a three-year grant. Among the four schools, we can train 230 people. That’s the grant funding. After that, we hope the programs will continue on their own,” said Susan Gallagher, project director. Additional support from the private sector would help AACC train more people and help sustain the program. “The CACHE model is perfect for this because we are the four colleges that surround the bay,” she said. “As regulations require us to do more to save the bay and the planet, we can really get these programs up and running. I think in the future there will be even more interest in them as restoration becomes more important.” For the spring 2011 term, AACC will offer two letters of recognition and two certificate programs titled Ecosystem Restoration and Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. Ecosystems Restoration training will allow students entry in fields creating, restoring and enhancing the diverse types of ecosystems found throughout Maryland. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment will give students the skills needed to provide assistance and evaluate the condition and environmental status of the diverse types of Maryland ecosystems for the purpose of environmental assessment or compliance. “This is an emerging area,” said M. Stephen Ailstock, Ph.D., director, environmental center, department chair and professor of biology. “Restoration ecology is the repair of damaged ecosystems through human intervention. The Environmental Center has been doing restoration for about 25 years. We’ve provided engaged learning opportunities for many students. This grant allows us to improve and expand.” Ailstock said some important examples of the need for restoration lie in the recent oil spill in the gulf, which impacted thousands of acres of wetlands.



AACC dives into restoration ecology

By Sue Donaldson

To make a gift to help sustain this program, contact the foundation at 410-777-2515 or visit “Those wetlands, because of their critical ecological roles, need to be re-created as quickly as possible because they’re the buffer that helps protect New Orleans from hurricanes. “When you look at things in the Chesapeake, we have a number of existing requirements for restoration, but we also have to be prepared for potentially catastrophic events,” he said. The range of occupations for those obtaining this training includes environmental education, water conservation technician, wetlands technician, gray water systems treatment manager, groundwater remediation systems technician, forestry technician, urban agriculture technician and many more. Claire L. Smith, dean, school of health professions, wellness and physical education, said the initiative came out of a regular CACHE meeting. The initial three CACHE colleges, AACC, Southern Maryland and Chesapeake College, were searching for ways to implement new programs that would share the colleges’ resources. “We looked at the environmental piece, specifically restoration ecology. That morphed into an interdisciplinary project involving multiple environmental areas and we wrote this grant. We included a fourth college – Wor-Wic Community College – received the funds and, via the consortium, we’ll offer training that will supply a workforce dedicated to environmental concerns surrounding the Chesapeake Bay.” Kathleen Bolton, AACC’s director of sponsored programs, brought the grant to the attention of the consortium, Smith said. “It’s a collaborative effort we hope has a positive impact on our environment and provides jobs for people to carry into the future. The colleges involved really do surround the bay, so it’s very exciting and we’re very hopeful that this is going to support other organizations and help restore the bay and provide new jobs,” she said. Gallagher coordinates the activities among the four colleges and the workforce investment areas. “People will have to apply through the college, and also through a One-Stop Career Center, to be determined eligible for the funding,” she said. For information on the program, letters of recognition or certificates, contact Gallagher at 410-777-2124 or s



An edge over the competition

Courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bengals coach credits AACC therapeutic massage with helping him win position by Susan S.C. Gross

The therapeutic massage techniques he learned at AACC are a big factor, not only in getting him the job with the Bengals, but, more importantly, in helping the athletes run faster, endure longer and become stronger.


nyone checking the sidelines of the Cincinnati Bengals profes-

sional football team last fall could see Jeff Friday, the Bengals’ Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and a graduate of Anne Arundel Community College’s Therapeutic Massage certificate program, working with the athletes. In his position, he helps the players perform better and recuperate faster from the stresses placed on their bodies from each week’s games. The therapeutic massage techniques he learned at AACC are a big factor, not only in getting him the job with the Bengals, but, more importantly, in helping the athletes run faster, endure longer and become stronger.

While studying at AACC, he also opened his own fitness and training business, ProShape, that worked with youth and amateur athletes to help improve their overall speed, health, agility, power and endurance. In 2009, he oversaw the strength and conditioning training procedures for the entire United Football League, and then, in 2010, the opportunity came up to interview for the Bengals’ job. “I have no doubt that my massage therapy made a difference in getting me this job,” Friday said. With so many qualified people chasing the same few NFL jobs, the added training separated him from the competition.

“If you correctly manipulate the muscle, you can immediately achieve an increase in flexibility and strength by releasing some of the structures,” he said. Friday discovered the power of therapeutic massage in a previous job as strength coach for the Baltimore Ravens. He often brought in experts to learn other tips and techniques and one of those was a person who was able to do muscle manipulation. Friday was so impressed that he created a proposal for his own professional development to learn massage therapy. However, before it could be activated, Ravens head coach Brian Billick was released along with his staff, which included Friday. He used the time to attend AACC’s therapeutic massage program in 2008. Because he already had a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in exercise science, Friday was able to finish the certificate in three classes. He then was eligible to take a national massage therapy certification and also completed an additional certification in Active Release Techniques, a patented state-of-the-art technique to help athletes recover more quickly.

“It’s the missing piece. Recovery and recuperation from games and practices can really help the athleticism of a player,” Friday said. “It can really make an impact on someone to make them recover faster and feel better – psychologically as well as physically.” While his family had lived in Ellicott City for 11 years and it was hard to leave the Baltimore area, Friday said this move also puts him closer to his family in Wisconsin and puts him back in the NFL, which he has always enjoyed. He considers his position as a “servant leader,” serving athletes by helping them reach their potential.

around physical fitness and sports while he was an undergraduate at University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. While still an undergrad, he worked with his college’s track team on strengthening exercises. Before he graduated he sent out requests to every college in the country with a Division 1 athletic program and even some Division 2 programs. His goal was to become a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach while pursuing his master’s degree in exercise science. Illinois State University had the perfect mix, a solid academic program and a mentor in its strength and conditioning coach. After graduation, he spent four years as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Northwestern University. While at an “away” game, he met the strength coach of the Minnesota Vikings and offered to help out at one of their training camps. He was hired as the Vikings’ assistant strength and conditioning coach in 1996 and stayed until Vikings offensive coach Brian Billick was named head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and asked Friday to come with him as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. With the three years at the Vikings, nine years at the Ravens, and a year with the United Football League, Friday has been involved with professional football for 13 years. In his 14th year of working with professional athletes, he remains excited and passionate about his work. While a key in each stage of his career has been to be content with where he is, to strive to be excellent at whatever he does, and to do the best that he can, he said initiative is needed to look for openings and opportunities that might make a good fit. “Once you have that passion, then you want to be passionate also about your opportunities,” he said. s

“I consider it (massage therapy) another tool in my toolbox,” he said. “I’m never staying still. I’m always striving to get better.” Another asset he has is initiative. Friday knew he wanted to build a career

Jeff Friday, the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Cincinnati Bengals National Football League team, watches players’ performances during a practice session as part of providing players with individual strength and conditioning plans.

To help a deserving AACC student achieve a certificate in the Therapeutic Massage program, contact the AACC Foundation Inc. at 410-777-2515 or AACC COMMUNITY | WINTER | 2011


AACC sees three strategic issues crucial to meeting the Student Success 2020 goals – enhancing access for all populations, optimizing student success for all students and maximizing internal and external resources.

More success in the making

By Susan S.C. Gross

Student Success 2020 teams up with Achieving the Dream to meet goals


nne Arundel Community College has

long stressed its service to the community as following five basic tenets – accessibility, affordability, quality, accountability and responsiveness to the community. The college can point to many successes achieved by its students and graduates as well as to its multiple programs that help students work to their potential. But AACC wants more for its students. Specifically, the college wants more students to meet their educational goals. In December 2009, AACC formalized this concept by launching Student Success 2020, pledging to double the number of degrees, certificates and workforce credentials earned by the year 2020. To help meet that goal, AACC has created work groups with specific tasks, set benchmarks and has committed to measuring its progress every three years, beginning in 2011. AACC sees three strategic issues crucial to meeting the Student Success 2020 goals – enhancing access for all populations, optimizing student success for all students and maximizing internal and external resources. As the college began reviewing key parts to Student Success 2020, they began to see parallels between this initiative and Achieving the Dream, a national program dedicated to making the student success



agenda a priority at community colleges and with state and national policymakers and stakeholders. "We were struck by the similarities between Achieving the Dream and Student Success 2020, and we decided to join forces,” said AACC President Martha A. Smith, Ph.D. According to Smith, the Achieving the Dream program has selected more than 100 community colleges in pursuing increased student success. The national program has been in place for about five years and already has established a framework that will help AACC set and meet milestones. “With Students First as our motto, AACC has always been focused on student success. This initiative frames our commitment as a response to President Obama’s call to action for all our country’s colleges and universities to increase the number of degrees, certificates and workforce credentials,” Smith said. Smith continues to emphasize that everyone at the college – faculty, staff, students, administrators – has a stake in meeting this challenge. Anyone with ideas on how AACC can help its students be more successful is encouraged to e-mail s

Anne Arundel Community College’s Student Success 2020 initiative had so many parallels to the national Achieving the Dream program that the college was selected by Achieving the Dream to help AACC set and meet its milestones. To increase access, AACC is concentrating on three areas: q Expand and sustain academic, professional and workforce development opportunities, offering a range of ways to take courses and locations conducive to student success; q Work strategically with middle and high schools to maximize the number of students coming to AACC; q Increase access for underserved populations. To optimize student success for all students, the college plans to: q Develop processes to identify, track and support student progress toward educational goals. q Engage all faculty, staff and department heads in a review of current operations to identify barriers to student success and develop and implement intervention activities to help more students be more successful; q Create and nurture an environment where everyone is committed to and sees his/her role in helping all students become successful. To maximize resources, the college will work to: q Secure alternate sources of revenue for college’s operating and capital needs; q Secure federal, state, foundation and private funds to support Student Success initiatives; q Maximize existing resources to effectively achieve Student Success 2020.

The AACC Foundation Inc. has pledged to increase its resources for scholarships, emergency funds and student services. We encourage those who wish to support Student Success 2020 through private contributions to student services or scholarships to contact the foundation at 410-777-2515 or foundation@

White Hou se co nv e nes first - e ver s u mmit on co mmu n it y colleg es

AACC goes to the summit


wo of Anne Arundel Community College’s own – education professor Jennifer G. Lara and student Catherine D. Cornish - were among the roughly 150 individuals invited to participate in the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges. Dr. Jill Biden, a longtime community college professor and wife of Vice President Joe Biden, hosted the historic event, which took place Oct. 5. Selected by the White House, both Lara and Cornish, a veteran and single mother with a 4.0 grade-point average and a plan to work in the health professions, had the opportunity to provide input on key issues in breakout sessions held throughout the day. They also were able to meet with administration officials charged with making positive changes for community college students. Here are their reflections about the day. AACC COMMUNITY | WINTER | 2011


AACC Goes to the Summit Sharing a veteran student's viewpoint

By Catherine D. Cornish


t has been a great honor to

speak on behalf of Anne Arundel Community College student veterans and all the wonderful people working hard to make our experience a successful one. It was a great honor to be in the White House, especially with so many accomplished people concerned with our education at community colleges. I met many of them, including Drs. Jill Biden, Susan Cantor, Helen Benjamin (chancellor of Contra Costa Community College), Constance Carroll (chancellor of San Diego Community College) and Charlene Dukes (president of Prince Georges Community College). I also met Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deborah Mullen, who is an Anne Arundel Community College graduate. I think Dr. Biden remembered me from her visit to AACC. When I first met her, I gave her a military salute. And when I saw her this second time, I gave her another salute. She laughed and said, “It is good to see you again.” Then, I gave



her a big hug. While it was wonderful to see President Barack Obama speak so passionately about his commitment to our education, it was Dr. Biden's words that really impacted me. She expressed her admiration for struggling single mothers trying to care for their children, while also seeking an education to make a better life for us and our families. I am one of those struggling single parents seeking a better life for my family through an education at AACC, and it was a wonderful encouragement to hear so many great people show support for our struggles. I met a few other students, and we agreed to reach out and exchange pictures. I also would like to stay in touch with Dr. Carroll. Her school pioneers the Heroes to Healthcare program, offering training and a Mental Health Worker Certificate to veterans willing to work with student veterans making the transition from military to college life. This program seems very rewarding and is much needed. Attending this summit actually reinforced my ideas and experiences at community colleges. They are integral for anyone needing an education, guidance and resources for a better life. Years ago when I was married, I enrolled my husband in Montgomery College. He was working as a janitor and wanted to learn about computers. At the time we lived in Takoma Park, Md., and the local community college was very affordable, helpful and provided all the help that he needed. Within two years he graduated with an associate’s degree in Computer Networking Systems and was

able to quit his janitorial job. Since then, he has been working as a network engineer making three-to-four times the money he used to make. I recommend community colleges to everyone seeking an education and a better life. As a military veteran, I was placed in the breakout session, “The Importance of Community Colleges to Veterans.” There were five students, two of whom were military spouses. Discussion highlighted these main strategies for helping military veterans and their families transition into the college environment:

Vet Success Since 2009, this program has been providing on-campus benefits assistance and adjustment counseling to help veterans obtain education and training to enter the civilian workforce. At Vet Success centers, Veterans Administration liaisons help ensure veterans receive VA benefits and also provide vocational testing, and career and academic counseling.

Veteran Resource Center

Located on some community college campuses, these centers provide transitional resources and information related to veterans and their families entering community college. AACC opened its Military and Veteran Resource Center last spring and uses student veteran ambassadors as guides and mentors to guide and mentor military veterans and their families with transitional needs. Our resource center actually seems to be at the forefront of what is being offered at most community colleges. In fact, the majority of community colleges do not have

a Veteran Resource Center or a student veteran ambassador program.

Heroes to Healthcare

This program provides mental health training to active-duty personnel transitioning out of the military who are interested in working with other veterans who also are making the transition from the military into the community college environment. A Mental Health Worker Certificate, with an emphasis in Mental Health or Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), is awarded upon completion. “Best Practices” for assisting veterans in the college environment was heavily emphasized.

Military Academic Skills Program This program begins one to two months before the soldier separates from the military. It includes four-week transition academic classes, informs the soon-to-be veterans of upcoming academic requirements, assesses their skill level and attempts to remediate their deficiencies before they transition into college. Instructors work closely with local community colleges for academic advising, financial aid information and GI Bill processing.

Assistance for Homeless Veterans This program provides connections for veterans and their families with social services, unemployment services, job counseling, resume writing and mental health treatments as strategies for keeping veterans from becoming homeless. s

Catherine D. Cornish, a military veteran, is a student at Anne Arundel Community College who is studying the health professions.

Discovering the challenges are similar seum of history and the times. Walking down the White House corridors, I saw military personnel dressed in their formal uniforms greeting people. It really hit me I was there when a young woman in uniform said, “Good afternoon, Ladies. Welcome to the White House.”

By Jennifer G. Lara


he White House Summit on Community Colleges il-

lustrated the similarity of the challenges facing all community colleges, as well as emphasized the collective desire of both the administration and community colleges themselves to help students succeed. The day at the White House started at 11 a.m. Just like going through security at the airport, each person’s photo ID is checked once, and then a second time by another agent. At least I was able to keep my shoes on! The White House décor is grand and historic. I felt as if I were walking into a living mu-

The room for the opening session was just the right size for the number of attendees with tons of media personnel from TV, newspapers, etc. The media’s lights were so bright, it was almost hot. Because only about 150 people attended, when President Barack Obama and the others spoke, I could make eye contact with them. Both Dr. Jill Biden and Melinda Gates were engaging speakers. I had met Dr. Biden when she visited AACC and she smiled at me from the podium. When we saw each other later, she gave me a giant hug, versus just shaking hands as she did with most people, and she told me two things: how happy she was to see me smiling in the audience during the opening session; and how much she enjoyed my blog post. (She even said I was a great writer.) The breakout sessions were limited to 25 people. Dr. Martha Kanter, the undersecretary at the Department of Education, moderated my breakout, “Pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree,” with an aide from President Obama’s office. I was one of two faculty members; the other one

was a woman from Wisconsin. The session also included many college presidents, the president of Cornell, the U.S. Poet Laureate, who attended community college in the ‘60s and some representatives from nonprofits and research centers. We focused on the challenges for students to obtain a B.A./B.S. degree and the solutions. All my ideas were shared by others. Evidently, many community colleges share similar challenges and solutions. We finally decided we are more alike than we are dissimilar and that three areas need addressing: Smooth articulation agreements between community colleges and four-year institutions Clearer pathways for students lined with student support and resources A way to share what works to support students on their road to a B.A./B.S. degree Just as at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), multiple creative and innovative solutions were posed to the challenges facing community colleges. AACC is above the curve with regard to fresh ideas and solutions. Most of the conversations at the summit boiled down to what students need to be successful. Student success is dependent on many factors – having a connection with a faculty or staff member is at the top of the list. The biggest ideas include: Fine-tuning articulation agreements and processes so the pathways to degrees and certificates are clearer

to students and can be obtained more efficiently Meeting the new needs of the 21st century student Learning to identify and employ the best highimpact practices. Other areas needing support and attention include: Helping students secure financial support (Pell grants, scholarships, financial aid, etc.) Meeting the unique needs of military, veterans and their families The summit also posed this thought: If community colleges were just now invented in 2010: What would they look like? How would they be organized? How would students’ needs be met? With the attention around the summit, now is the time to move forward with fresh ideas to solve old challenges. Several new grants and prizes were announced. The day ended with a reception at the Blair House, a building even more historic than the White House! Apparently, the only way to visit the Blair House is to attend a function, such as the reception, or be a guest of the President as tours are not given. Vice President Biden also attended toward the end and spoke briefly. He then spoke to most people individually.

Jennifer G. Lara is an Anne Arundel Community College Professor of Education.






Listening and helping

By Susan S.C. Gross

discuss the hotel’s employees who had difficulty finding reliable transportation to work. This resulted in her recruitment for the CMRT board. “Transportation issues indirectly affect me because they affect the people I work for and the people I work with,” she said. “This board would help me become better-rounded.”

Clearly no stranger to hard work, O’Brien actually thrives on balancing a busy schedule and classes. “I’ve made AACC one of my biggest hobbies over the past three years I’ve been here. Sometimes, that meant working 60 hours between jobs, on top of my classes and homework.”

Taking responsibility for helping a group succeed is also a role she likes to play. At 13, she began regularly participating in her church’s monthly fellowship dinners helping to feed approximately 160 people at each dinner.

She began babysitting at age 12, had her first job at 14 as a part-time secretary for Rohanna Dance Productions where she was responsible for signing in the students and cleaning up after the classes. True to her industrious nature, she also took on creating attendance forms and recruitment fliers and organizing the procedures.

“I like being a leader. I like people knowing they can come to me,” she said.


organ O’Brien, this year's student representative on the Anne Arundel Community College Board of Trustees may only be 19 years old, but she’s worked very hard to get where she’s at. She’s already a member of one board, the D.C. chapter of the NEWH (The Network of Executive Women in Hospitality) and has a potential opportunity to serve on the board of the Central Maryland Regional Transit (CMRT). O’Brien, a double major in Hospitality Business Management and Baking and Pastry, was a 2010 scholarship recipient for the NEWH and wanted to stay involved with the organization. She was invited to attend an NEWH board meeting, which opened up community service opportunities. Participating in a Beauty Day for the Homeless, as well as providing dessert, led to an invitation to join the board as their student representative. “This is a network of people from across the hospitality industry, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for me,” she said. , The association with the CMRT Board grew out of an internship at the BWI Hilton that she completed as part of her hospitality business course. There, she was able to work with a focus group to

That’s one of the reasons she applied for the position on the AACC Board of Trustees, the college’s governing body. She wants students to know that they can come to her and she’ll listen. For nearly three years, O’Brien has worked part-time at the AACC Bookstore, an experience she felt would help her as a board member. “I want to make a difference,” she said. “If I have something to say, then there may be 10, 40, maybe 1,000 students or employees who have the same idea. I can help them communicate their thoughts.” Part of this desire to be an agent for change may stem from her family life. Her parents are both retired from the U.S. Air Force and worked to provide structure and a foundation for their children. As the oldest of four girls, O’Brien tries hard to set examples for her younger sisters. All are homeschooled, with each child following a curriculum that works best for their active family. Setting deadlines and learning how to plan for long-term assignments were good training for college and the work environment, she said. Also a two-time Leukemia survivor, she credits that experience, as hard as it was, with fueling her sense of determination and helping her relate to others on a personal level. She enjoys making others smile because sometimes, she says, “it’s the best medicine.”

In her spare time, she discovered a love of baking and spent all available spending money on kitchen tools, even becoming a hostess for Pampered Chef® three times before age 16. “The entire attic is filled with Pampered Chef® items,” she laughed. Deciding that hospitality might be her calling, at 17 she took a job at the Sheraton Annapolis as a front desk agent. It opened her eyes to everything it takes to run a hotel operation. While she loves baking and pastry and always wants to have those skills, she thinks hospitality business – guest relations in particular – might be more her forté. When she graduates from AACC this May, she hopes to transfer to Johnson and Wales in Providence, R.I.. “It’s been my dream for years now,” she said. As for her ultimate goal, she’s not entirely sure. She would like to work for Hilton or Starwood Hotels and Resorts in the corporate offices. She’s also open to starting her own hospitality management company where she could set the standards, hire her own employees and work with clients to staff hotel properties. On the other hand, she also would jump at the chance to co-own a restaurant. “I’m trying to be a trailblazer,” she said. s




Samantha Solovieff, this year’s Student Association president, right, was one of the students selected to meet Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a longtime advocate of and professor at community colleges, when Dr. Biden visited AACC’s Arnold campus in the fall.



Involving our students W

hether students are into Japanese anime, playing pool, cracking cyber codes or studying underwater bay grasses, Samantha Solovieff, this year's Student Association president, wants to reach out to students and get them more involved in Anne Arundel Community College’s campus life. “I want to get the SA name out there and get the clubs to co-mingle so that we can work together on projects,” the Annapolis resident said. “I want to let all clubs feel they are a part of the campus and not just groups by themselves.” She’s hoping to let the students decide which projects to pursue, but she feels the college could make a bigger impact if they joined together on specific projects. Solovieff, 20, had a little experience juggling more than one project at a time last year when she led AACC’s Campus Activities Board. She had taken over that leadership the year before when the former director had to step down. To help build her leadership skills, she completed the leadership training offered by Kimberly Herrera, assistant director of Student Life at AACC. “I never really considered myself a leader. I like to help and I’m good at helping, but Chris (Student Life Director Christine Storck) and Kimberly really worked with me to show me how I could use my skills to be a leader.” Solovieff concedes that balancing her priorities is a work in progress. She bought a planner for the first time this fall, and she is learning time management and how to prioritize her schoolwork, her

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job at a consignment shop, her involvement in her church and her AACC leadership responsibilities.

“There are a lot of people here, but it’s still a very close-knit family atmosphere,” she said.

It helps, too, that she has an academic goal to be a teacher. She credits her mother and sister for her career choice. Her mother, Kelley, taught at Antioch Christian School, where Solovieff attended. Her sister, Katie, started at AACC and then transferred to Salisbury University and is now a teacher.

After graduating in May, Solovieff hopes to transfer to University of Maryland at College Park. “I’m excited for that next step, but I’m going to miss the closeness here,” she said. s

Solovieff wants to be an elementary school teacher because she likes the idea that she can teach every subject and not have to pick one specialty. She feels as if she is on the right track because her education classes are her favorites. And while all her instructors are helpful, she’s found an example of the type of teacher she wants to be in Jaclyn Finkel, Ph.D., assistant professor of education. “Dr. Finkel makes me excited to learn. She teaches exactly like I want to teach,” she said. Ultimately, she may combine her love of teaching with some sort of church ministry. She went on her first plane ride, a mission trip to Greece, last summer and hopes to go on an African mission next year. She helps run a campus ministry at AACC and enjoys the outreach and interaction. Coming from a small high school, Solovieff said she felt AACC was the perfect transition to a four-year college because she needed to get used to lectures and bigger classes and yet she wanted a place small enough that she could know her professors and that they would know her.

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AACC Foundation Annual Report to Donors



The Anne Arundel Community College Foundation, Inc. is a

The AACC Foundation, Inc. solicits, receives and admin-

501(c) 3 corporation whose mission is to secure and steward

isters private gifts, bequests and donations to benefit

private funds sought to enhance the educational endeavors

students and to enhance the quality of teaching and learn-

of Anne Arundel Community College. The Foundation

ing at the college. Donations to the Foundation support

supports AACC to maintain its standing as a premier learning

scholarships, programs and activities not funded through

community, whose students and graduates are among the

traditional sources.

best-prepared citizens and workers of the world. AACC COMMUNITY | WINTER | 2011


AACC Foundation Annual Report to the Donors

Dear AACC Foundation Friend, the AACC Foundation provides support to students and College programs in good times and in bad. This past fiscal year was a challenging one for the foundation considering the nation’s economy – yet phi-

lanthropy still flowed and played an important role for the College. The foundation received a clean audit – your investment in the AACC Foundation is secure and we appreciate that trust.

Giving USA reported that overall giving in the United States was down over 3% and giving to education dropped 12%. Yet, the foundation saw strong giving from every constituency. We are grateful for that broad base of support we receive. (See chart FY 2010 Sources of Support). Despite decreases in our endowment since 2008 (See chart AACC – Foundation Total Assets), the foundation board elected to keep scholarship giving strong. Guided by a concept of “intergenerational equity,” the board awarded 4% of the endowment toward scholarships knowing that in future years with stronger returns we can reinvest in the endowment. This past year our contributions for college programs surpassed – for the first time – our scholarship awards. This achieves one of the stated goals of our foundation – increasing our support for programs benefitting all students as well as keeping scholarship giving strong. (See chart Contributions to the College). The foundation is pleased to respond to students and to the college. Nearly all parts of the College are touched by philanthropy. A few highlights follow:

 Hotel, Culinary Arts & Tourism (HCAT) – New support for student scholarships and equipment.  Allied Heath – Numerous scholarships for nursing students and those in allied health programs.  Student Success 2020 – new scholarship contributions and specific gifts to assist students in completing their education.  Arts – Generous donors supported both scholarships and productions.  Continuing Education – Scholarships for students pursuing noncredit and continuing education certificates.  Parenting Center – Grant for Hispanic parent education.  Sarbanes Center/Environmental Center – Grant for installing five rain gardens on campus .  Entrepreneurial Studies – Scholarships and contributions for the Hatchery.

These are just a few examples of the impact of the foundation. Please read our annual report to learn more about the scholarships and programs provided by generous donors and their contributions. We also invite you to visit our website: and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. The AACC Foundation was established to provide support to AACC and its students. That mission is alive and well today, thanks to your generosity.

Alan J. Hyatt, Esq. President, AACC Foundation Board



Stacey Sickels Heckel, CFRE Executive Director, AACC Foundation

Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. If we have misspelled or misrepresented any information, please contact the Foundation Office at 410-777-2515.

Ways to Invest in AACC

To give an online gift, go to When you invest in AACC with gifts of cash, appreciated securities, real property or and click on through an estate gift, you are ensuring continuity of educational excellence at Anne Arundel Community College. We encourage you to consider a gift to the AACC Foundation “Support AACC” - which exists solely to provide financial resources to the college and its priorities. ANNUAL GIFTS Annual gifts are the cornerstone of the AACC Foundation fundraising effort. They provide needed funds for special programs and projects that support Anne Arundel Community College.

TAX-FREE GIVING THROUGH INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS (IRA) In order to help charities further their good work, Congress changed the rules for charitable gifts made from individual retirement accounts (IRAs). If you are over age 70½, the Federal government now permits you to rollover amounts from your Ira to charity without claiming any increased income or paying any additional tax. These tax free rollover gifts could be $1,000, $10,000 or any amount up to $100,000 in one year. The IRA rollover gift is a simple and easy way to provide for AACC, while not increasing your taxable income. Simply contact your IRA custodian and request that an amount be transferred to the AACC Foundation, Inc. (Information provided by Crescendo, Inc.)

GIFTS TO SUPPORT STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS One of our greatest needs is for student scholarships. While tuition remains reasonable, the combined cost of educational and living

expenses means that many students require financial aid. The Foundation’s privately funded scholarship program provides that aid for hundreds of students each year.

LEADERSHIP GIFTS TO SUPPORT AACC FACULTY AND PROGRAMS AACC offers many opportunities to partner with and support its faculty and to invest in new or existing programs to enhance student learning. We work with you to ensure your leadership level gift reaches the faculty or study area of your interest, and maximizes its impact on student success.

MEMORIAL & TRIBUTE GIFTS These gifts are provided in loving memory of a friend or family member or given on a special occasion. They are a special way to pay tribute to those who are dear to you. Please be sure to give us the names and contact information of friends and loved ones as we will send a special card recognizing your generosity.

PLANNED GIFTS We hope you will remember AACC in your gift planning process. There are many ways to make a lasting commitment to the college and its students. Planned gifts can provide tremendous benefit to the college while

Donor list represents gifts given July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010.

helping you to save taxes, increase your income and pass your estate onto your heirs.

CORPORATE PARTNERS PROGRAM AACC now offers extraordinary business investment opportunities, which provide access to students in your field of interest and brand visibility among our students, donors and Anne Arundel County residents.

New funds established in 2009-2010 to benefit AACC students and programs W. Ray Huff, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Jerry D. Nicklow, Jr. Student Athlete Scholarship Irene Ahlers Memorial Scholarship

For more information about the Foundation and its activities, as well as opportunities for investment in AACC and its students, please contact the Foundation office at 410-7772515 or

New Annapolitans Scholarship Fund Professor Steve Renz Computer Technology Scholarship Fund Dean John Palmer Memorial Scholarship Patuxent Institution Education Fund

Visit our website: where you may also make a donation online.

MLK Memorial Maintenance – Facilities Fund

When making a gift by check, please make it payable to: AACC Foundation Inc. And mail it to: AACC Foundation 101 College Parkway, ICOX House Arnold, Maryland, 21012-1895

Mary and Timothy Shoemaker Scholarship

Johns Hopkins Health Care Annual Nursing Scholarship

The PLP Scholarship Annapolis Opportunity Scholarship The Tracy Tabor Scholarship Fund Rebecca A. Randall Memorial Scholarship



AACC Foundation Annual Report to the Donors

We are grateful to the following donors who made generous gifts to the Foundation between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Their contributions helped the Foundation to provide an outstanding level of support to the college and its students. Visionary Society ($100,000.00 + ) The Estate of Mrs. Esther H. Carpenter IKO Foundation Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation, Inc. Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation

Leadership Circle ($50,000.00 + ) Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation William E. Seale Family Foundation

Honorary Circle ($25,000.00 + ) The Estate of Irene Ahlers The Annie E. Casey Foundation Civic Ventures Liberty Technologies Unlimited, Inc. Ms. Elizabeth Simons W. Ray Huff & Associates Who Will Care? Fund for Nurse Education

Summa Cum Laude ($15,000.00 + ) Clauson Family Foundation

Magna Cum Laude ($10,000.00 + ) Annapolis Triathlon Club, Inc. Arundel Federal Savings Bank Bank of America Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County

Cum Laude ($5,000.00 + ) Anne Arundel County Association of Realtors BB&T Belle Grove Corporation Cherbec Advancement Foundation Education Testing Service Dr. Richard E. Fisher Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Hall HERO’s Lacrosse Inc. International Food Service Executives Association Maryland Management Company, Inc. The Merrill Family Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Nicklow



Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronic Systems Peer Learning Partnership United Way of Central Maryland Mr. and Mrs. Richard Weber Mr. and Mrs. Jay I. Winer

Scholars ($2,500.00 + ) The Xerox Foundation Anne Arundel Medical Center Baltimore Building Congress & Exchange Foundation Baulch Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John W. Cantrell Chaney Enterprises Clark & Anderson, P.A. Comcast Cable Mr. Mark Dollins Mr. and Mrs. Arthur D. Ebersberger Eyre Bus Service, Inc Mr. and Mrs. Gene E. Floyd Fort Meade Alliance Hall Investments, Inc. HeimLantz, Professional Corporation Howard Bank Hyatt & Weber, P.A. Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC Mrs. Frances W. Kushner Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Lindsay, Sr. M&T Charitable Foundation Parole Rotary Club Foundation Reliable Churchill, LLLP Republic National Distributing Co. Foundation Rotary Club of Annapolis RxNT Mr. Goldwin I. Smith and Ms. Nancy Schiffer Severn Savings Bank Mr. and Mrs. John Shoemaker Sidus Group, LLC Dr. Martha A. Smith Sturbridge Development Co. United Parcel Service University of Maryland University College Verizon

Bridgebuilders ($1,000.00 + ) Advance Business Systems Alpha Delta Kappa of Maryland (Kappa Chapter)

Anonymous Anonymous Arts Council of Anne Arundel County Baltimore Community Foundation Baltimore Washington Medical Center Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Beardmore Beidle Insurance Agency Inc. Ms. Mary Jo Bondy Broadneck Elks Lodge No. 2608 BWI Business Partnership Canteen Vending Chesapeake Telephone Systems, Inc. CommerceFirst Bank Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Cook Dr. Henry L. and Dr. Susanne D. Dragun Entrepreneurial Studies Institute Dr. Richard L. Faircloth Friends Foundation Guild for Life Mr. and Mrs. Alan J. Hyatt Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hyatt Dr. and Mrs. James H. Johnson, Jr. Professor Thomas J. Karwoski Mr. and Mrs. J. Mitchell Krebs John J. Leidy Foundation, Inc. LG-TEK M&T Bank Maryland Law Enforcement Officers, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McAlexander Mr. and Mrs. Doman O. McArthur Dr. Andrew L. Meyer Midasco LLC Mr. and Mrs. William Nalley New Annapolitan Club, Inc. William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation PNC Bank Rathmann Family Foundation Professor Steven F. Renz Mr. and Mrs. Larry Schuth DFC Jason C. Schwenz Foundation Severn Town Club Mr. and Mrs. John Shoemaker Professor Joseph L. Snyder Souza, LLC State of Maryland Treasurer’s Office

Professor Cynthia K. Steinhoff and Mr. David Steinhoff Professor and Mrs. Michael A. Sullivan Dr. Daniel F. Symancyk Towson University Foundation, Inc. TRAYPML Dr. and Mrs. James D. Tschechtelin United States Marine Corps Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wade, Sr. Walmart Foundation Whole Foods Market Mr. Thomas Wilbur Mr. and Mrs. John P. Wilckens YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

Benfactor’s Society ($500.00 + ) AACC School of Arts and Sciences AACC Student Association Absolute Fire Protection American Society of Association Executives Annapolis Kappa Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Annapolis Striders, Inc. Anonymous ARINC Incorporated Dr. and Mrs. Louis L. Aymard Bank Annapolis Mr. Timothy Barnum and Mrs. Darlene Enix-Barnum Ms. Kathleen M. Beauman Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Branan Mr. and Mrs. Bradley S. Callahan Canine Fitness Center Professor Roy D. Carson Mr. and Mrs. Richard Casey-Whiteman Mr. and Mrs. Maurice L. Chaput College Women’s Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel Convergence Technology Consulting Datatel Mr. Edwin T. Duke Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Feehley, Jr. Forrester Construction Company

Mr. Lloyd Greenfield Dr. Faith A. HarlandWhite and Mr. Todd Harland-White Ms. Stacey S. Heckel, CFRE Ms. Vera O. Herath Holt Paper & Chemical Co. Dr. Elizabeth A. Kessel Ms. Marianne K. Kolodny Ladies of the Elks of Severna Park, Inc. Professor and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Layne Lee Hartman & Sons, Inc. Mr. Joseph G. Lyle Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Madison Main Ingredient Maryland Environmental Service Ms. Mary Ellen Mason Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. McGinn McGuire Woods LLP Professor and Mrs. Barrett L. McKown MD Association for Adult Community Continuing Education The Thomas L. Milan and Mary A. Milan Fund Mr. Louis L. Miraglia Mr. David Moreland Ms. Alicia M. Morse Nacon Consulting, LLC Professor Joann M. Oliver and Mr. James D. Oliver Mrs. Dorothy Palmer Mr. Edgar H. Parker Mr. and Mrs. J. Jeremy Parks Dr. and Mrs. Mark S. Radowich Mr. and Mrs. John Randall Mr. and Mrs. Jim Renner Mrs. Leslie H. Salvail Mr. Jim Sandwisch The Honorable William Donald Schaefer Ms. Linda S. Schulte Dr. Lila R. Schwartz SERVPRO of Annapolis Smartlink, LLC Dean Claire L. Smith and Mr. Robert L. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Martin Snider Ms. Sherry L. Spause Dr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Steele TD Bank The Tech Group Inc.

Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. If we have misspelled or misrepresented any information, please contact the Foundation Office at 410-777-2515.

Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O. Tilghman, Jr. Mr. Scott A. Whittington

Pioneers ($250.00 + ) Adam’s The Place for Ribs Anonymous Professor Elizabeth H. Appel and Mr. Thomas Appel Mrs. Betty Ballas Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David M. Bayless Mr. and Mrs. George W. Beal Black Chamber of Commerce of Anne Arundel County Ms. Kathleen E. Bolton Ms. Nancy F. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burash Ms. Lois E. Burton Mr. Louis Chabot and Mrs. Shauna A. Chabot Ms. Deborah V. Collins Ms. Anne K. Davis Ms. Betsy W. Dawson The Honorable and Mrs. James E. DeGrange Ms. Karen Denice Professor Paul Derdul Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dial Ms. Kathleen J. Durham Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey P. Fitzgerald Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Florestano Mr. and Mrs. Barry P. Gossett Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Gross Ms. Eugenia C. Hamilton Ms. Sharon K. Horstman J.G. Gary & Associates Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Kangas Professor and Mrs. Robert E. Kauffman Mr. Andrew P. Little Ms. Lisa M. Litts Mr. Darwin P. Lowry and Ms. Valerie A. Lapcinski Dr. Elizabeth Mathias and Mr. Ed Mathias Dr. Dennis McCornac Mr. and Mrs. Tim McGrath Ms. Pamela J. McNally Mr. and Mrs. Doyle E. Murray Mr. and Mrs. John S. Nolton Mr. and Mrs. Kevin W. Parris Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Place Professional Moving Services Ms. Erna S. Ray RFI Foundation, Inc. Dr. Sue A. Ricciardi Dr. Rosalind T. Rivera

Rudolph’s Office & Computer Supply Ms. Madeline M. Shea Ms. Brandi R. Shepard Ms. Ida A. Shiflett Professor and Mrs. Jack P. Shilkret Mr. Arthur L. Smookler Mr. and Mrs. Evan F. Thomas, Jr. Dr. Lynn J. Tracey and Mr. Edward F. Tracey The Honorable Cathleen M. Vitale and Mr. Mark Muckelbauer Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore J. Vitale, Jr. Ms. Angela Watts Professor David A. Wiley Winner’s Circle Raffle Committee Dr. and Mrs. John L. Wisthoff Mr. David Zoolakis Susan Zuhowski, Esquire

Century Club ($100.00 + ) Professor Judy L. Adams and Mr. J.E. Adams Ms. Kathryn B. Adams Dr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Ailstock Mr. C. Alex Alexander Anonymous Dr. and Mrs. Fadel H. Arafat Mr. and Mrs. Keith M. Arneson Mr. Raymond A. Ascione Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals Mr. and Mrs. George D. Ayers Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Ball Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Bauer Ms. Rosalie G. Beckman Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Behm Dr. Bruce L. Bird Black-Eyed Susan Chapter IAAP Mr. Timothy Blanchfield Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Buck Ms. Rena S. Burkowsky Ms. Barbara M. Cabot Mrs. Ardath Cade Mr. and Mrs. John C. Dove, Jr. Cantina Mamma Lucia Mr. Michael Carter Ms. Karen L. Caughey Mr. and Mrs. Steuart Chaney Mr. and Mrs. Jan W. Clark Ms. Joan A. Clark Dr. and Mrs. Enser W. Cole, III Ms. Frankie J. Cooke Ms. Judith A. Coughlin Mr. and Mrs. Leo E. Cousineau Professor and Mrs. Martin H. Cronlund

Donor list represents gifts given July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010.

Mr. Paul P. Czyzia, Jr. Ms. Michele Delalla Delta Kappa Gamma Mr. and Mrs. E. Stephen Derby Dr. Ragwinder Dhindsa and Mr. Harinder S. Dhindsa Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Dow Ms. Anne W. Dziuban Dr. Thomas W. Edison Ms. Lynne Edwards and Ms. Janet A. Tucker Mr. M. Ian Evans Professor Shad B. Ewart Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Ewenson Mr. Robert G. Facente Flying Dog Brewery, LLLP Professor A. Lawrie Gardner and Mr. Keith D. Gardner Ms. Carrie Geldart Mr. Robert G. Gibbons Dr. and Mrs. Michael S. Glasgow Ms. Margaret Goodhand Ms. Sue Goodman Mr. John Gower Mr. and Mrs. R. Scott Gregory Professor Patricia S. Hanzook Mr. Jeffrey R. Harding Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Heath Mr. and Mrs. F. Carter Heim Mrs. Ursula V. Hein Mr. Christian A. Hendricks Ms. D. Gayle Hensley Ms. Karen A. Hill Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hirshman Mr. J. D. Becker and Ms. Margaret L. Horner Ms. Nina R. Houghton Mr. and Mrs. David E. Illig The Honorable Richard E. Israel Mr. James T. Jackson, Jr. Ms. Janie M. Janz Mr. John A. Jarnagin JBA Chevrolet Mitsubishi Mrs. Uyen D. Joebchen Mr. and Mrs. David N. Kaplan Katcef Brothers, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Kidwell Dr. Jeffrey J. Kline Mr. Matthew P. Klos Ms. Kathleen K. Koegel Ms. Charlette Koehler Dr. Jill E. Kolody and Mr. Paul W. Kolody Mr. Kip A. Kunsman Ms. Becki Kurdle Dr. and Mrs. E. Joseph Lamp Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Lesar

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Leslie Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Lighthizer Ms. Herminia Littleton Mr. Jacob Logan Mr. William R. Loveridge Professor Richard A. Malmgren Dr. M. Linda Martinak Maryland Society of Radiologic Technologists Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Mathison Mr. and Mrs. James C. McFalls Mr. and Mrs. Tim McGrath Mrs. Kelly L. Michielli Dr. and Mrs. Grady W. Miller, III Mr. and Mrs. Dana D. Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. A. Newth Morris Mr. Andrew Moser Mr. Nick Motto Ms. Carolyn Mulhern Mr. and Mrs. Lee C. Murphy Ms. Gwenn S. Murray Dr. Daniel Nataf O’Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A. Mr. and Mrs. John H. Orbell Professor Alex O. Pagan-Ortiz Mr. Jerome J. Parks Mr. and Mrs. Emilio Partida Ms. Felicia L. Patterson Mr. Peter M. Perhonis and Mrs. Faye C. Polillo Ms. Mary E. Peters Mr. Robert Pfeffer Mr. and Mrs. David A. Plymyer Ms. Kathleen A. Puckett Ms. Deborah M. Reeder Relms Landscaping, Inc Mr. and Mrs. Jim Renner Dr. Harry C. Rhodes Mr. and Mrs. Bert Rice Mrs. Lindon F. Rice Mr. Michael J. Roberge Mr. Gregory Robinson and Professor Verna B. Robinson Ms. Gloria Romey Professor Michael D. Ryan Ms. Keri J. Sank Mr. Wesley W. Saunders Mr. Paul Schatzberg Mr. and Mrs. John A. Scheleur Mrs. Martha Schoenfeld Professor and Mrs. Richard H. Seabrook Mr. Eric M. Seleznow Ms. Kelly K. Sell Mr. and Mrs. Carter Shepherd Jean E. Shirk

Board of Directors 2009-2010 Alan J. Hyatt, Esq., President Jay I. Winer, First Vice President Sharrie K. Wade, C.P.A., Second Vice President J. Mitchell Krebs, Treasurer Karen L. Cook, Esq., Secretary William A. Badger Jr. H. Stafford Bullen III John W. Cantrell Rev. Dr. Diane R. Dixon-Proctor, Board of Trustees Arthur D. Ebersberger, Board of Trustees Angela Ewell-Madison Morgan O’Brien, Board of Trustees Jenny C. Francis Jason L. Groves, Esq. Leslie L. Hunt Henry N. Libby, Esq. Cindy O’Neill Andrew McAlexander J. Jeremy Parks Mark Powell Robert G. Pozgar Daljit S. Sawhney, M.D. Samantha Solovieff, Student Member Dominic J. Souza, Esq. John N. Strange, Esq. Lawrence W. Ulvila Jr. Jeannine Wayson Susan Zuhowski, Esq. Stacey Sickels Heckel, CFRE Executive Director, AACC Foundation Inc. Martha A. Smith, Ph.D. President, AACC Harold V. Nutt Director Emeritus

Audited financial statements of the AACC Foundation, Inc. are available upon request by contacting: Anne Arundel Community College Foundation, Inc. 101 College Parkway ICOX House Arnold, Maryland 21012 -1895 Phone: 410-777-2515 Fax: 410-777-2870 E-mail: Web: AACC COMMUNITY | WINTER | 2011


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Deputy Director Cleveland E. Smith Ms. Susan Sohn SpinSheet Publishing Mr. Richard Strasser Ms. Dimitra Tangires Ms. Rachelle E. Tannenbaum Mr. and Mrs. Floyd I. Thiel Mr. and Mrs. Ronald H. Thomas Ms. Louann Tracy Ms. Bracha Ungar Professor Carol B. Veil Ms. Suu Vo Mr. Duane L. Waggoner Professor Rayner C. Wharton, Sr. Mr. John Wheeler Mr. and Mrs. John L. Wibbe Mr. Carl Wick Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilder Professor Aressa V. Williams Mr. Donald Wilson Ms. Mary C. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Adam P. Heinauer Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Zablotny

Contributors ($0.00 + ) Academy Ford Sales Mr. Seong-Am Ahn Mrs. Heather J. Ailstock Dr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Ailstock Ms. Ana E. Almuete-Abigania Dr. Kathy L. Andersen-Smith Ms. K. L. Anderson Annapolis Area Christian School Anonymous

A-Stat Medical Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Avallone Mr. Kevin A. Baikauskas Mr. and Mrs. Bruce R. Baldwin Tahir Bashir Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Bauer Mr. and Mrs. Randall L. Baumbach Mr. and Mrs. Donald Becker Mr. and Mrs. Eugene D. Becker Ms. Mary E. Bell Mr. and Mrs. Mark S. Bennett Ms. Cynthia L. Bennoit Professor Lyndele B. Bernard Dr. Patsy B. Blackshear Body & Mind Synergy Ms. Marybeth Bolster Mrs. Susanne F. Boone Ms. Jennifer L. Bopp Ms. Katherine Borland Ms. Chantal M. Boyer Ms. Patricia A. Brady, P.T. Ms. Darlene M. Brake Ms. Ellen A. Branham Ms. Lori W. Brawerman Dr. June K. Bronfenbrenner Mr. Neil F. Brown Mr. Tony L. E. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Robert Posten Mr. and Mrs. John Burash Mr. Ronald E. Burdge Mr. Robert E. Burke Mr. Evan R. Burns Professor Douglas B. Byerly Ms. Susan L. Caldwell Ms. Donna Canedo Mr. Lois G. Caplan Ms. Naomi Carlson Ms. Carlene M. Cassidy

Ms. Lena Chan Ms. Betty Chenowith Chili’s Too Grill and Bar Ms. Jeanne A. Christenson Ms. Katlin Chubb Miss Sara E. Clauss Mr. and Mrs. Mark Clesh Mrs. Joann J. Clouse Ms. Sylvia R. Coates Ms. Claire S. Cole, MA, RN, C Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Combs Mr. and Mrs. William F. Cone Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Connell Ms. Gabriele H. Connelly Mr. David W. Cooke Ms. Sharon M. Corbett Mr. Stephen D. Correll Ms. Diane E. Corwell-Young Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Cory Dr. Harold J. Counihan Mr. Timothy M. Cronin Ms. Erin M. Darcy Ms. Eileen Davids Dr. Charles S. Davis Ms. Linda E. Daye Ms. Marcella De Pont Mr. and Mrs. F. Ward DeGrange Mr. Donald R. DeHaney Ms. Carolyn A. Delanoy Ms. Sandra R. DeMarino Mr. Walter F. Dempsey Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Di Pasquale, III Ms. Tammy R. Diaz Ms. Brandi Dickman Mr. Douglas Diehm Mr. Jamie R. Dilbeck Mrs. Katharine D. Dilullo Ms. Kathleen Dister

Mr. Bruce Thompson and Mrs. Marisin I. Dixon Dr. Tammy L. Domanski Professor Joan B. Doolittle Ms. Diana Doswell Mr. and Mrs. Nathan P. Drye Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Duden, III Ms. Sarah E. Dulany Ease, Joy and Alchemy LLC Dr. Zatiti Ema Mr. Christopher A. Engel Ms. Patricia J. Ernst Ms. Tracy E. Estep Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Feldman Ms. Donna J. Ferger Mr. Jesse B. Ferguson Mr. Arturo B. Ferrer Ms. Hannah M. Finney Ms. Donna Flynn Ms. Kim P. Forry Mr. Dennis Francis Mr. Wesley I. Frank Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Fretwell Mr. Timothy Galpin Ms. Mary Kay Ganning Ms. Laura E. Garza The Honorable Terry R. Gilleland Ms. Miriam T. Glister Ms. Cheryl L. Glor Mr. and Mrs. William R. Godwin Ms. Edna Goehring Ms. Sarah F. Goldman Ms. Thelma Goldman Mr. Jeffrey J. Gonzalez Dr. Milford Gottlob Ms. Frances C. Grady Ms. Melinda A. Grady Mrs. Kathleen A. Gray Mr. and Mrs. Dana L. Green

Mrs. Anna Greenberg Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Greenberg Mr. and Mrs. Anton Grobani Ms. Doris Gross Dr. Harvey Gross Ms. Nancy T. Grzesik Ms. Joni Guhne Mr. and Mrs. George Gumas Ms. Linda S. Hall Ms. Lisa B. Hall Ms. Krista Hamel Mr. Thomas Hampton Mr. Justin R. Hankerson Ms. Barbara Hardesty Dr. William Harrison Mrs. Connie D. Hawkins Mr. and Mrs. John Hayes Mr. James R. Hays Mr. William R. Leahy and Ms. Kathy E. Hays Ms. Joanne Heath Mr. and Mrs. Sam Heddings Professor Cheryl R. Heemstra and Mr. David Heemstra Mr. Christopher Heffernan Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hendry Natasha Herbert Herrington on the Bay Mr. Frank Hetrick Dr. Maurice B. Hickey Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Higginbotham Mr. Thomas N. Hogan Mr. Joel P. Holman Ms. Robin E. Hommel Mr. and Mrs. John K. Hopkins Professor Sherry M. Hopkins Mr. and Mrs. Howard Horton Ms. Margaret M. Howard Ms. Buffie Hoy

Nicklows Establish Two Scholarships Jerry and Nancy Nicklow presented AACC’s Foundation this summer with two checks totaling $17,500 to support two endowed student scholarship funds the Pasadena couple established at AACC in 2009. At the foundation’s annual “Thank You Reception” in August, the Nicklows presented $15,000 to support the W. Ray Huff Jr. Memorial Scholarship in memory of Nancy Nicklow’s father, the late Ray Huff. First-time AACC students who are county residents seeking a business degree, have a 3.0 or higher and can demonstrate financial need are encouraged to apply. The Nicklows also presented $2,500 as their annual contribution to benefit the Jerry D. Nicklow Jr. Student Athlete Scholarship at AACC. Applicants must be full-time student-athletes with a 3.0 or higher and seeking a degree, county residents and demonstrate financial need. Nicklow, who attended classes at AACC more than 10 years ago, has never forgotten his struggle to afford college. With the support of grants and loans, the former student-athlete was able to pay for classes for his three terms at AACC before transferring to Salisbury University to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also played first base for AACC’s baseball team in 1991 and 1992, winning seasons that took the Pioneers to the playoffs both years. A drive to help others achieve their college dreams inspired the Pasadena couple to establish the two scholarships. “I had to fight to get the money to pay for college,” Nicklow said, “and now I’m in the position to help others not to have to struggle so hard to afford college.” Last year, the couple donated $2,500 and their company $7,500 to establish the scholarships. Nancy Nicklow is president of W. Ray Huff & Associates Inc. in Pasadena and Jerry Nicklow is operations manager and treasurer. The late W. Ray Huff Jr., who served two terms from 1986-1994 in the House of Delegates representing District 31, owned and operated the company for 47 years and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He died in 2007 at age 72. Contributions to these scholarships and others are welcome. For information, contact the AACC Foundation Inc. at 410-777-2515 or



Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. If we have misspelled or misrepresented any information, please contact the Foundation Office at 410-777-2515.

Dr. Beth R. Hufnagel Mr. Donald L. Hundertmark, Jr. Mr. John E. Hunt Interpreter Service for the Deaf, Inc. Dr. Sridharan S. Iyengar Mr. Richard L. Jackson Ms. Terita Jackson Mrs. Lisa E. Jacobs Mrs. Nancy Jenkins Mr. James R. Jennings Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Johnson Mr. Edward Katrinic Mr. Ronald R. Kaylor Ms. Helen F. Kelley Mrs. Elaine C. Kessinger Professor Christopher T. Kilian Ms. Patty King Ms. Shirley H. King Mr. J. E. Kirkpatrick Ms. Janet M. Klenkel Mr. John Kline, III Ms. Susan E. Kolb Ms. Jean M. Kosloski Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Krispin, Jr. Ms. Sally S. Krohn Ms. Nancy J. Kutz Mr. Thomas B. Lain Ms. Stacy R. Lancaster-Schweitzer Mr. Francis P. Lanzer Mr. Matthew T. Munsey and Mrs. Loretta L. Lawson Reverend Joel D. Lehman, M.Ed Ms. Melissa M. Lehman Ms. Judith Leopold Mr. and Mrs. Jerry W. Lescher Mr. Theodore Lewis Professor and Mrs. Peter E. Liimatta Mr. and Mrs. Terrence C. Lind Ms. Nancy S. Lindell Sheila Locastro Mr. John Long, CPA Mrs. Dorothy M. Lowe Mr. Kenneth E. Lyons and Mrs. Sharon E. Serio Ms. Tressie L. MacLaren Mr. and Mrs. Louis Marconi Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Marcovsky Ms. Tanya E. Mariano Mr. Vincent Maruggi Ms. Michelle Marx Professor Mark R. Matthews Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Matthews Ms. Antonia Mattia Ms. Beth A. Mays Mr. Edward McCafferty Mr. Edward F. McCaffrey Ms. Gail R. McCandless Ms. Denise McCord Mr. John P. McKenna Mr. and Mrs. Timothy A. McLean Mr. and Mrs. Dennis McNew

Ms. Mary Lou McQuaide Professor Joseph M. McQuighan Ms. Dorothy A. Medley Mr. William Meenahan Ms. Sherri A. Meredith Ms. Paula H. Meyer Ms. Rita Michaels Ms. Frances L. Middleton Ms. Barbara J. Miles Ms. Angela R. Miller Mr. Quentin Mills Ms. Alice Mobley Mrs. Nancie Ann Moebius Ms. Evelyn M. Mogren Ms. Sharon L. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Moorman Mr. and Mrs. Willard R. Mumford Ms. Winnie Mutunga Ms. Irene Mykityshyn Ms. Diann M. Naylor Ms. Stacey O. Nicholls Mr. Joseph H. Novotny Ms. Susan F. Nurin Dr. and Mrs. Hilary T. O’Herlihy Ms. Eileen M. Oickle Reverend Frances J. Oliver and Reverend Curtis Oliver Dr. and Mrs. Robert Omata Ms. Nancy S. Opalensky Dr. and Mrs. Donald P. Orso Ms. Melody M. Otero The Honorable Janet S. Owens and Mr. David Sheehan Mr. Niranjan C. Pandya Mr. and Mrs. William Papian Party Plus Ms. Mary J. Paterson Ms. Carolyn D. Patton Ms. Bonnie J. Pavlak, M.Ed Mr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Petenbrink Ms. Betty D. Pethel Mrs. Bertha Plawin Mrs. Lillian Podgorsky Ms. Pamela N. Polgreen Ms. Rochelle K. Pollero Ms. Donna Porricelli Ms. Cora W. Porter Ms. Deborah A. Poturalski Mr. and Mrs. Jesse E. Pratt Mr. Morris Pritzker Mr. James Privitera Professional Interpreter Exchange Mr. and Mrs. Randy J. Purkey Ms. Mary Raimond Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell B. Rainess Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Rhoads Ms. Victoria F. Richards Mr. Clarence Ricks Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Risher Professor Eveline B. Robbins and Mr. Stanley W. Robbins Ms. Joan B. Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Robinson Ms. Mary Carol Rossing

Donor list represents gifts given July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010.

The Honorable Mary M. Rosso Dean Jeanmarie V. Runyon Ms. Peggy G. Sange Ms. Irina E. Sas Ms. Christine S. Scanlon Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Schram Mr. David H. Schwartz and Mrs. Mary T. Lane Ms. Sharon L. Scibek Mr. Dennis L. Seggerty Ms. Gina M. Serio Reverend and Mrs. James J. Shand Mr. Robert Sheehan Mr. and Mrs. Ronald W. Shenton Mr. Neil G. Sherman Dr. Lois M. Shofer Ms. Dawn Showalter Mr. Bruce H. Sider Mr. Mike Sklenar Mr. David J. Slafkosky Ms. Shannon G. Small Mr. and Mrs. Mark B. Smee Mr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Smith Mr. Larry Smith Ms. Rose L. Smith Mr. Robert H. Speer Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. St. Martin

Ms. Joann A. Stanfill Mr. Logan E. Starr, Sr. Mr. Nicholas D. Stellhorn Mr. Peter J. Stephan, Jr. Professor Alice P. Stephens Mr. Cornelius S. Stephens Ms. Carol Stern Ms. Patricia A. Stratton Student Services Division Staff Ms. Francis A. Sullivan Ms. Mary Elizabeth Surgenor Mr. Guy L. Swanson T & M Contracting Dr. Joseph Taler Mr. Blaise Tano Mr. Christopher P. Tate Ms. Pamela Tauber Mr. and Mrs. James W. Taylor Ms. Lorraine Taylor Mr. Anthony L. Teano Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Teel Dr. David L. Tengwall Mr. Bryan L. Terry Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Thomas, III Ms. Emma B. Thompson Ms. Rebecca J. Tolley Mr. and Mrs. Boyd G. Tomkies Ms. Betty Tran Mr. and Mrs. Kurt L. Tribble

Mrs. Jill J. Vander Hook Verizon Foundation Ms. Jessica L. Vogel Ms. Melissa A. Vogel Mr. Gerard Vricella Dr. Jerina V. Wainwright Ms. Nancy Wallace Mr. Tiernan Wallace Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Ward Ms. Catherine Waterman Ms. Andrea P. Watkins Mr. and Mrs. Dan Weidner Ms. Michele K. Weiss Ms. Diane Wellons Ms. Kylie M. Westlund Ms. Sara Wetz Mr. Donzleigh R. White Dowie Ms. Elizabeth M. White Mr. John W. White III Ms. Jamie M. White Mr. Michael Whittles Ms. Kathy L. Williams Mr. Michael Wilsman Mr. H. M. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Wimbrow Ms. Irene Winters Mr. Christopher Winton Mr. James D. Witty Ms. Izabela Wojcicka

Tracy Tabor Scholarship Fund In 2009, Tanya Mariano established a scholarship to honor and memorialize her sister, Tracy Tabor Finstad, who came to AACC while struggling with several disabilities to further her educational dreams. Mariano, an AACC employee, was touched by the great care she saw the faculty and staff give her sister, who died last summer. In an effort to say "thank you" and help other students, Mariano created the Tracy Tabor Scholarship Fund. County residents who have a demonstrated learning disability, reside in Anne Arundel County, have a 2.0 or higher as well as financial need are encouraged to apply for this annual $1,000 scholarship. For information, contact the AACC Foundation Inc. at 410-777-2515 or

Irene W. Ahlers Scholarship Irene W. Ahlers’ legacy as a lifelong educator continues to live on at AACC. Created with a generous $23,026 bequest following the former Annapolis resident’s death last summer, the Irene W. Ahlers Scholarship fund is now at above $27,000. Ahlers taught physical education for many years at Annapolis Junior High School and was later a guidance counselor at both the Annapolis junior and senior high schools before retiring from the Anne Arundel County Public School system in 1976. The scholarship is flexible in its award criteria. Ahlers, who had shared with her nieces how important her education and teaching career had been to her, made the bequest because she believed AACC is a valuable community asset. According to Ahlers’ niece, Cindy Loeffler of California, this scholarship helps fulfill her aunt’s desire to help young people in need further their education. “Throughout her career she focused on encouraging her students to reach their potential. She saw community colleges as the solution for students who had that potential but may have lacked direction, motivation or financial means to attend a four-year college,” Loeffler said. For more information, contact the Foundation at 410-777-2515 or foundation@aacc. edu or visit AACC COMMUNITY | WINTER | 2011


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Women of Saint James Parish Mr. John C. Wood Ms. Jeanne P. Wright Ms. Elizabeth A. Wyler

To be included in next year’s recognition list, please contact the foundation at 410-777-2515 or foundation@aacc. edu. Please send your tax-deductible donation to: The AACC Foundation Inc. 101 College Parkway, ICOX House Arnold, MD 21012-1895

We gratefully acknowledge the following donors who made thoughtful gifts in honor or memory of others. In memory of Ms. Irene Ahlers Ms. Elizabeth Simons In memory of Carolyn Bailey Dr. Lynn J. Tracey and Mr. Edward F. Tracey In memory of Mike Ballas Mrs. Betty Ballas In memory of Mr. Robert Barrett (Gary) The Fish Family Mr. and Mrs. Steuart Chaney Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Cory Ms. Diana Doswell Mr. and Mrs. Dana L. Green Herrington on the Bay Mrs. Nancy Jenkins The Honorable Janet S. Owens Mr. David Sheehan Carter and Eloise Shepherd Mr. Mike Sklenar Mr. Andy Sklenar Ms. Lorraine Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Floyd I. Thiel Gary and Wendy Ward

Women of Saint James Parish In memory of Mr. Nathan Birman Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Johnson In memory of Paul J. Burash Mr. and Mrs. John Burash In memory of Henry D. Burroughs Mr. Mark Dollins Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Lesar In honor of Kristin J. Cardona Dr. and Mrs. Louis L. Aymard In memory of Ms. Esther H. Carpenter The Estate of Mrs. Esther H. Carpenter In memory of Mr. Charles D. Close Mr. and Mrs. George Gumas In honor of Mrs. Patricia Conte Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dial In memory of Mrs. Ellen S. Davis Dr. Charles S. Davis In memory of Mr. Robert P. DeStefano Sturbridge Development Co. In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dial 40th Anniversary Mrs. Martha Schoenfeld In memory of James Dollar Dr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Ailstock In memory of Mr. Michael Dreisiger Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dial In memory of Mr. Dixie Duvall Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dial In memory of Ms. Beatrice Edwards

Ms. Lynne Edwards and Ms. Janet A. Tucker In memory of Mrs. Carol L. Fisher Mr. and Mrs. Louis Marconi In memory of Ms. Marjorie Flack Mr. Timothy Barnum Mrs. Darlene Enix-Barnum In honor of Mr. Gene E. Floyd Dr. and Mrs. Grady W. Miller, III In memory of Justin Gaglione Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Kidwell In memory of David Hearne Ms. Anne W. Dziuban In honor of Alan J. Hyatt, Esquire Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Feldman In memory of Professor Maureen O’Grady Hynes Dr. and Mrs. Louis L. Aymard In memory of Mrs. Dorothy Kraus Ms. Lori W. Brawerman Ms. Betsy W. Dawson Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Feldman Ms. Sarah F. Goldman Dr. Milford Gottlob Mrs. Anna Greenberg Mr. and Mrs. Anton Grobani Mr. and Mrs. David N. Kaplan Ms. Sally S. Krohn Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Marcovsky Ms. Michelle Marx Mrs. Lillian Podgorsky Mr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Smith In memory of Mrs. Dorothy Kraus Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Teel In memory of Jay Kunkle Ms. Deborah M. Reeder Dr. Lynn J. Tracey Mr. Edward F. Tracey In memory of Mr. Stanley Lebar Dr. Lila R. Schwartz

AACC Peer Learning Partnership Establishes Scholarship AACC’s Peer Learning Partnership (PLP) donated $6,000

this spring to establish the PLP Scholarship to benefit part-time students seeking a degree or certificate. Each fall, AACC will award two $1,000 scholarships to anyone age 40 or older who is enrolled in career training. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and register for six or more credits per term or enroll in a noncredit continuing education program devoted to occupation skills, technology or continuing professional education. Established in 2004 as a self-directed learning community, the PLP has about 200 members and is open to those who enjoy being teachers and learners in an academic setting free of the stress of tests. Community contributions are welcome to this scholarship fund, which is managed by the AACC Foundation Inc. Contact the foundation at 410-777-2515 or , or visit for more information. 28


In honor of Deloris M. Lebert Mr. and Mrs. John W. Cantrell In memory of Dorothy Meyer Dean Claire L. Smith Mr. Robert L. Smith In memory of Mr. Ervin A. Meyer Ms. Erna S. Ray Dean Claire L. Smith Mr. Robert L. Smith In memory of Mrs. Elizabeth L. Morris Ms. Linda S. Schulte In memory of Patricia Mounsay Ms. Barbara M. Cabot In memory of Dr. Abdul Nayeem Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Krispin, Jr. In memory of Dean John D. Palmer

Dr. Harry C. Rhodes Professor Cynthia K. Steinhoff Mr. David Steinhoff In memory of Mr. Leonard Plavin Anonymous In honor of Jean E. Shirk Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Rhoads In memory of Mr. Timothy M. Shoemaker Ms. Karen L. Caughey Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Di Pasquale, III Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Feehley, Jr. Dr. Maurice B. Hickey, Ph.D. Mr. and Mrs. John K. Hopkins Ms. Charlette Koehler Ms. Linda S. Schulte Mr. and Mrs. John Shoemaker Student Services Division Staff In memory of Mr. Benjamin Shumaker Ms. Karen L. Caughey In memory of Ms. Lilly Sider Mr. Bruce H. Sider In memory of Ms. Deborah Smith Bardelli Severn Town Club In memory of Charlotte A. Smith Ms. Naomi Carlson Mr. and Mrs. Larry Schuth In honor of Dr. Martha A. Smith Anne Arundel County Association of Realtors Anne Arundel Medical Center Baltimore Community Foundation Baltimore Washington Medical Center BB&T Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Beardmore Beidle Insurance Agency Inc. BWI Business Partnership Mr. and Mrs. John W. Cantrell Mr. Maurice L. Chaput Clark & Anderson, P.A. Comcast Cable CommerceFirst Bank Mr. and Mrs. Arthur D. Ebersberger Mr. and Mrs. Gene E. Floyd Fort Meade Alliance Hall Investments, Inc. HeimLantz, Professional Corporation HERO’s Lacrosse Inc. Hyatt & Weber, P.A. Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation Dr. and Mrs. James H. Johnson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Lindsay, Sr. M&T Bank M&T Charitable Foundation Maryland Management Company, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. McGinn, III Mr. and Mrs. Doyle E. Murray Mr. and Mrs. William Nalley

Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronic Systems Northrop Grumman Foundation PNC Bank Severn Savings Bank Dr. Lois M. Shofer, Ph.D. Professor Cynthia K. Steinhoff Mr. David Steinhoff Sturbridge Development Co. Dr. Daniel F. Symancyk Towson University Foundation, Inc. University of Maryland University College Mr. and Mrs. Jay I. Winer YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County In memory of Mr. Michael Smith Mr. Goldwin I. Smith Ms. Nancy Schiffer In honor of Dr. Daniel F. Symancyk Ms. Alicia M. Morse In honor of Ms. Cheryl H. Townshend Annapolis Area Christian School In memory of David Ungar Ms. Bracha Ungar In memory of Virginia A. Watts Dr. Elizabeth A. Kessel In memory of Mrs. Cheryl Williams Mr. Morris Pritzker

To make a donation in loving memory or in honor of a loved one, please contact the foundation at 410-777-2515 or Please send your tax-deductible donation to: The AACC Foundation 101 College Parkway, ICOX House Arnold, MD 21012-1895

We are grateful to the following organizations for providing matching gifts to our donors' generous contributions. AXA Foundation IBM Corporation Northrop Grumman Foundation Pepsico Foundation Toyota Matching Gifts Verizon Foundation

Thanks to our generous gift-in-kind donors whose contributions enhanced the many foundation events and activities which serve to support the college in important ways. Annapolis Athletic Club Annapolis Seafood Market Annapolis Shirt Company

Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. If we have misspelled or misrepresented any information, please contact the Foundation Office at 410-777-2515.

Mr. Gary Augustine Buck Distributing Company Buddy’s Crabs and Ribs Canine Fitness Center Capital-Gazette Communications Inc. Casa Nova Chesapeake Adventures Fishing Charter Chesapeake Laser and Skin Care Center Christo’s Discount Liquors Ms. Kerry Dobry Mrs. Diane E. Evans Fager’s Island Federal House Bar & Grille Mr. Brendan Feehan Fields of Heather Fishpaws Marketplace G&G Outfitters, Inc. Harley Davidson of Annapolis HCAT Program Mr. David Gadsby Mr. Robert E. Hendry The Hilton Garden Inn- Kent Island Homestead Gardens Kent Island Crab Co. Mr. David S. Lavine Lee Hartman & Sons, Inc. Loews Annapolis Ms. Lesley Luciani Mills Fine Wine & Spirits The Pepsi Bottling Group Sagitta Marketing LLC Severna Park Golf Center Ms. Jayne Shatz Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis State Farm Insurance Ms. Wilmina Sydnor TD Bank Towne Park, Ltd. Ms. Nina Wendt The Westin Annapolis Mr. Jack White Woodfire Restuarant Zachary’s Jewelers Susan Zuhowski, Esquire

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AACC Foundation scholarships are made possible through contributions from our generous scholarship sponsors. A.M. Briggs Company’s Charles W.Harris and Hendrikus Wisker Memorial Scholarship AA County Professional Fire Captains & Lts Assoc Scholarship AACC Dance Company

AACC Foundation General Scholarship AACC Foundation Presidential Scholarship AAMC Health Care Partnership Annual Scholarship AAMC Health Care Partnership Endowed Scholarship Abdul Nayeem M.D. Memorial Scholarship Alice Y. Wechsler Memorial Scholarship Allied Health/PA Alpha Delta Kappa-Kappa Chapter Scholarship American Institute of Wine & Food Scholarship American Military Spouse Education Scholarship American Studies Scholarship Andrew Albert Hall Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund Andrew Eser Memorial Scholarship Andrew Hall Memorial Scholarship Andrew Krause, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Andy Thompson Memorial Scholarship Ann Smith Scholarship Anna and John Dragun Memorial Scholarship Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Annapolis Opportunity Scholarship Annapolis Rotary Club Scholarship Annapolis Triathlon Club Endowed Scholarship Annapolis Triathlon Scholarship Anne Arundel County Association of Realtors’ Scholarship Anne Arundel Medical Center Endowed Scholarship Anthony V. Pappas, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Audenzia Alduino Scholarship August (Gus) and Marjorie Berlitz Endowed Scholarship Baltimore Washington Medical Center Endowment Bank of America Scholarship Betty J. Hallmark Scholarship Beverly H. Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship BFI Environmental Scholarship Broadneck Elks/Mark George Memorial Scholarship C.A. “Bud” Beardmore Lacrosse Scholarship Cade Legislative Scholarship Cade Music Scholarship

Donor list represents gifts given July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010.

Caleb Linder Memorial Scholarship Carol L. Fisher Scholarship Fund Carole B. Baker Endowed Scholarship for Displaced Homemakers Carpenter-Husman Scholarship Ceramics Fund Champion Realty Scholarship Charlotte A. Smith Memorial Scholarship Charlotte Duncan Physical Education Endowed Scholarship Charlotte M. Dunham Memorial Music Scholarship Chartwell Foundation Scholarship Cheryl Rae Resch Memorial Scholarship City of Annapolis Lodge #1 FOP Scholarship College Women’s Club of Annapolis and AA County Scholarship

Communication Arts Technology Continuing Education Job Training Scholarship Cpl. Thomas P. Connelly III Memorial Scholarship CSLI Scholarship Daniel C. and Edith B. Olson Endowed Scholarship David & Joanne Hilton Scholarship David S. Jenkins Endowed Scholarship Dean John Palmer Memorial Scholarship Delta Kappa Gamma - Rho Chapter Scholarship Diane “Mom” Phelps Memorial Scholarship Donation for the Arts Donna Morrison Annual Memorial Scholarship Dr. Bertram and Dorothy Kraus Memorial Scholarship Dr. Donald C. Roane, M.D. Scholarship Dr. Donald C. Roane, M.D. Scholarship Endowment

Dr. Matthew J. McDonald Memorial Scholarship Fund Dr. Thomas E. Florestano Scholarship (Annual Award) Drama Club/Severna Park Community Theater Scholarship Edith G. & F. Ward DeGrange, Sr. Scholarship Edward E. Herring Memorial Scholarship Edward Lowman Memorial Endowed Scholarship Edward M. Webster/Bank of Glen Burnie Memorial Scholarship Edwin J. Lasner Paralegal Scholarship Englehardt-Jandy-Livingstone (EJL) Scholarship Entrepreneurial Studies Institute Ernest & Lena Florestano Scholarship Ervin A. and Dorothy E. Meyer Memorial Endowed Scholarship Esther H. Carpenter Nursing Scholarship

Philip E. Ratcliffe • 1933-2009 It was Phil Ratcliffe’s desire to help would-be or struggling entrepreneurs

sidestep mistakes he and others had made that led to his generous pledge in 2003 to fund $1 million in scholarships for AACC’s student entrepreneurs over the next decade. The former Hanover businessman’s generosity was also the catalyst for AACC to launch the Entrepreneurial Studies Institute (ESI) and revamp “The things you need to watch out for are things you its curriculum to better train current and future can learn in advance,” Ratcliffe, who died last year, small-business owners. He and his wife Carole had said. established the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship to give student entrepreneurs the opportunity to achieve their dreams. While the endowed scholarship fund has directly impacted more than 100 student recipients, their giving continues to have a far greater impact. Ratcliffe was not only generous with his financial resources, but was also with his time. He was well-regarded as an incredible mentor and adviser, and the AACC students who had the opportunity to meet with him continue to put his words into action as they grow their new ventures. Today, ESI ( offers credit and noncredit instruction leading to credentials such as an associate degree, certificate, a noncredit training program and internships. AACC has 11 courses specifically in entrepreneurial studies. In addition to a Business Knowledge Resource Center, the institute’s renovated facilities in the Careers Center include a student business incubator known as The Hatchery. The Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship will continue in perpetuity and will always be a part of Phil Ratcliffe’s amazing legacy. To learn more and apply for this scholarship, contact the foundation at 410-777-2515 or or visit



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Fairfield Community Foundation Annual Nursing Scholarship Fund for Innovation GED/Literacy Scholarship General Endowment - PDIP Funds George Revitz Memorial Scholarship Gil Bellistri Memorial Lacrosse Scholarship Guild For Life Scholarship Gwen V. Atwell Memorial Scholarship HCAT Program Health Professions Scholarship Henry & Ethel Barton Nursing Scholarship Henry D. Burroughs Memorial Scholarship Hilda Cohen Memorial Scholarship Howard W. Wheeler, Sr. Memorial Scholarship IFSEA Endowed Scholarship IKO Foundation Memorial Scholarship IKO Foundation Wellness Fund Irene Ahlers Memorial Scholarship James L. Dollar Humanities Scholarship Jason C. Schwenz Annual Scholarship Jason C. Schwenz Memorial Scholarship Jason Charles Schwenz Memorial Endowed Scholarship Jeff Young Therapeutic Massage Scholarship Jerry D. Nicklow, Jr. Student Athlete Scholarship Jimmie M. Porter Endowed Scholarship John J. Leidy Foundation Scholarship John Neidringhaus Memorial Scholarship Johns Hopkins Health Care Annual Nursing Scholarship Judge William McWilliams Memorial Scholarship Kathy and Jerry Wood Memorial Annual Scholarship Katy Friel Sanders Memorial Scholarship Kevin Haller Memorial Lacrosse Scholarship Knights of Columbus Holy Trinity Council #3413 Scholarship Knights of Pythias Friendship Lodge #8 and Keith B. Kitts Memorial Endowed Scholarship Kristin Aymard Scholarship Kyle McKinley Pollero Scholarship


Ladies of the Elks of Severna Park Scholarship LAMDA Scholarship Larkin Family Nursing Scholarship Lawrence F. Marcous/George G. Councill Memorial Scholarship Lawrence W. Hearath Memorial Linda M. Reeves Memorial Scholarship Lisa Lynn Troyer Memorial Scholarship Magothy River Association Scholarship Magothy River Association/E. Gordon Riley Scholarship Majorie Flack Award Mandrin Construction Company Scholarship Marian Blanche Moss Memorial Scholarship Marian Blanche Moss Memorial Scholarship Marley Station Business Scholarship Martha A. Smith Scholarship Martha P. Devaney Scholarship Mary and Timothy Shoemaker Scholarship Mary Loeb Memorial Scholarship Mary Virginia Meredith Scholarship Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Scholarship Maureen O’Grady Hynes Memorial Scholarship Metrical Poetry Award Michael & Marguerite Miraglia Baseball Scholarship Michael & Marguerite Miraglia International Scholarship Michael E. Busch Annual Scholarship National Council for Jewish Women - Annapolis Section Scholarship. New Annapolitans Scholarship Fund Northrop Grumman Scholarship Nursing Department Parole Rotary Foundation Endowed Scholarship Paul J. Burash Memorial Scholarship Paula Truluck-Brown Scholarship Peggy Peach Memorial Scholarship Philip & Carole Ratcliffe Foundation Endowed Scholarship Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Scholarship Prof. Steve Renz Computer Technology Scholarship Fund Prudential-Bache Inc. Scholarship

Pythian Sister Friendship Temple #6/Junior Danser Nursing Rathman Family Foundation Teacher Educations Raven Roost No. 23 Rebecca A. Randall Memorial Scholarship Rebecca A. Randall Memorial Scholarship Reserved - American Academy of Chef’s Reserved - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Annual Scholarship Reserved - Mary Kay Bondy Memorial Fund Reserved - Women’s Studies Endowment Reserved for Michael Smith Memorial Fund (Nancy Schiffer) Reserved- John F. Kressler, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Restaurant Assn of Maryland Education Fund Robert E. & Theresa O. Minte Memorial Scholarship Robert E. and Lila R. Schwartz Endowment Scholarship Robert P. and Ruth S. Ludlum Memorial Scholarship Rocci S. Mastroberti Memorial Scholarship Rose A. Colucciello History Department Sandra Urick Memorial Endowment Scholarship for the Arts School of Arts and Sciences School of Business Computing & Technical Studies School of Continuing & Professional Studies School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education Science Scholarship Severn Town Club’s Doris P. Troutman Memorial Scholarship Sgt Jason David Mileo Hall, USMC Memorial Scholarship Sgt Jason David Mileo Hall, USMC Memorial Scholarship Sgt. Ronald M. Randazzo Endowed Memorial Scholarship Sharon’s Way Benevolent Fund Shirley Ann Dukes Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Stephen Aaron Luck Endowed Memorial Scholarship Student Achievement and Success Program (SASP) Scholarship Student Services Tate Automotive Group Scholarship

Teresa Denice McCarty Scholarship The Belle Grove Corporation Endowed Scholarship The Dr. Thomas E. Florestano Scholarship The Italian Culinary Internship Scholarship The Joseph Green Memorial Scholarship The Lynne Wood Memorial Scholarship The PLP Scholarship The Tracy Tabor Scholarship Fund Theater Arts Scholarship Thomas P. Carpenter Memorial Scholarship Travel Advantage Network Tribute Scholarship Verizon Scholarship W. Ray Huff, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Walter Sexton Scholarship Warren B. Duckett Jr. Scholarship Whole Food Market Scholarship Wilbanks Family Dance Scholarship William A. Blankenship American Legion Post 278 Scholarship William and Doris Neall Endowed Scholarship William Donald Schaefer Scholarship William E. Seale Family Foundation Annual Scholarship (Reser William Edward Dey Memorial Endowed Scholarship Winner’s Circle Scholarship YWCA Women of Color

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New Foundation Board for FY 2011

Front row, left to right: Samantha Solovieff; Susan Zuhowski, Esq.; Jenny C. Francis; The Rev. Dr. Diane R. Dixon-Proctor; Morgan O’Brien; Stacey Sickels Heckel, executive director; Alan J. Hyatt, president; Martha A. Smith, Ph.D., AACC president; Angela Ewell-Madison; Karen L. Cook, Esq., secretary; and Sharrie K. Wade, second vice president. Back row, left to right: Robert G. Pozgar; H. Stafford (Chip) Bullen III; Mark Powell; Daljit Sawhney, M.D.; Arthur D. Ebersberger; J. Mitchell Krebs, treasurer; Henry N. Libby, Esq.; John W. Cantrell; Jay I. Winer, first vice president; Andrew McAlexander; Lawrence W. Ulvila Jr.; and J. Jeremy Parks.

Foundation Receives Two Scholarship Contributions

AACC Campus Activities Board (CAB) representatives presented the AACC Foundation Inc. board with a check for $332.90 on Dec. 8, 2010. Front row, left to right: Stacey Sickels Heckel, CFRE, executive director, foundation; Alan Hyatt, Esq., foundation president; Martha Smith, Ph.D., AACC president; Samantha Solovieff, student foundation board member; and Jessica Clark, CAB chair.

Donor list represents gifts given July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010.

Arundel Federal Savings Bank presented the AACC Foundation Inc. board with a check for $14,000 on Dec. 8, 2010, from the proceeds of its 2010 Annual Golf Tournament. Front row, left to right: Stacey Sickels Heckel, CFRE, foundation executive director; Steve Berry, AACC instructional specialist, entrepreneurial studies; Deborah Collins, Ph.D., AACC professor and business management department chair; Alan Hyatt, Esq., foundation president; George Behr, president, Arundel Federal Savings Bank; Lisa Hart, Pasadena branch manager, Arundel Federal Savings Bank; Martha Smith, Ph.D., AACC president; Angela Ewell-Madison, foundation board member; and Karen Cook, Esq., foundation secretary.



AACC Foundation Annual Report to the Donors




Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. If we have misspelled or misrepresented any information, please contact the Foundation Office at 410-777-2515.

Snapshots of the Year in Review Donor list represents gifts given July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010.



Faculty and Staff Notes tAACC President Martha A. Smith, Ph.D., was selected by The Maryland Daily Record as one of its 2010 Influential Marylanders in the category of Education. Influential Marylanders are individuals who impact Maryland’s business community and bring services and success to the region. Dr. Smith was honored with other awardees at a banquet.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. Johnson is the first African-American to serve as chair of the committee. Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and former dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He previously served the university as chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Interim Associate Vice President for Research.


Retired Communication Arts Technology Associate Professor Ernie Berger (1971 to 2006) recently won two Gold Pixie Awards for his animated shorts, “Attitude” and “The Amazing Mr. Unicycle.” Berger recently relocated to Sarasota, Fla., where he established a new animation and video production studio with 1976 AACC graduate Ann Robinson-Berger.


t Laura Weidner, dean, Center for Workforce Solutions, co-authored an article with Terry O’Banion, president emeritus and senior league fellow, League for Innovation in the Community College, titled “The Nature of Innovation in the Community College.” The article appeared in Leadership Abstracts.

t Board of Trustees chair James H. Johnson Jr., Ph.D., has been appointed as chair of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), an independent committee that advises the agency on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues, by



Nicole Williams, associate professor of human services, was featured in the “Awards and Honors” section of The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education newsletter. Williams received the Black Student Union’s Zeitgeist Award during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast.


Sally Hornor, Ph.D., professor of biology, helped prepare a toolkit to be used by the World Bank to bring aspects of community science, such as volunteer water quality monitoring and oyster restoration techniques, to several nations in western Africa, initially Nigeria and Senegal. The project was a collaboration between the World Bank and the Magothy River Association, for which Hornor serves as an officer and a scientific adviser. The World Bank plans to expand that toolkit to include bacterial monitoring efforts as well as chemical water quality monitoring for western African nations. The World Bank has agreed to provide some funding to AACC’s Environmental Center to develop techniques here that can be utilized in Africa.


Bruce L. George, Ph.D., associate professor of computer technologies, was selected by the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Future Exploration (FX) directorate to be a foundational member of the DC3 Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance (DACCA). The DACCA's objective is to increase the readiness of people with degrees within the criminal justice, information technology, information assurance and information management areas who are interested in entering digital forensic career fields. DC3 is the government leader in cyber forensics.


t Public Safety’s Lt. Darrell Wallace successfully completed The Penn State Police Executive Development (POLEX ) program. This 10-day program addressed the effective and responsible management and leadership needed in law enforcement agencies. Penn State has provided this program nationally for several years. POLEX prepares law enforcement supervisors and managers to effectively assume greater leadership and management responsibility in their agencies. This intensive course emphasized the development of skills and abilities in leadership, problem solving, motivation, risk management, policy development, policy implementation and ethically driven leadership. Through the presentation of materials, inclass discussion and directed exercises, POLEX encourages participants to think innovatively about solutions to contemporary law enforcement issues.

Patrice Lyons, assistant director, articulation and transfer, was honored by University of Maryland, University College with the Gold Star Alliance award for making a significant contribution toward transfer students in Maryland. Lyons was a strong influence in encouraging UMUC to change its transfer credit policy toward community college credits. Her concern was that the original policy was not conducive of associate degree attainment since most associate degrees are more than 60 credits. At the time, UMUC accepted only 60 credits from a community college. In 2005 at an earlier Community College Appreciation Luncheon, Lyons brought up her concern and called a follow-up meeting with UMUC after the luncheon to discuss this issue in more detail. Shortly afterward, UMUC changed its transfer credit policies to accommodate associate degree attainment and UMUC now accepts up to 70 credits from a community college.

This will enable the college to move forward with the new CEH course that Educational Policies and Curriculum has approved for fall.


t Paul R. Derdul, professor of computer technologies and coordinator of information systems security and network management, has earned industry certification to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Biology Professor Javanika H. Mody was awarded the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society’s (HAPS) President’s Medal. The award is traditionally given during the annual HAPS conference, which coincides with the end of a president’s term. Mody served as the HAPS marketing manager, has been a longtime active member of the associa-

Veterans' Day at AACC More than 90 names of active-duty and reserve military members and veterans who are affiliated with Anne Arundel Community College were read at the college’s annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony. AACC President Martha A. Smith, Ph.D., thanked those who served and talked about the many ways that our service members and veterans contribute to the college and the community. She also mentioned the college’s efforts to reach out to military service members, veterans and their families, such as the college’s Military and Veteran Resource Center and Student Veteran Ambassadors. The college was recognized for its efforts by being selected in 2010 as a Military Advanced Education Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities Honoree and being named a military-friendly institution in 2009 and 2010 by G.I. Jobs magazine. The college community gathered for the annual ceremony at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, as is AACC’s long-time tradition, in the amphitheater between the Cade Center for Fine Arts and the Center of Applied Learning and Technology.

tion and repeat presenter of very popular workshops. One member of the association is chosen yearly to be recognized for service above and beyond the call of duty.

tLisa Starkey, coordinator of institutional professional development and adjunct faculty development, recently took a three-part exam to earn her Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³). This certification displays a global industry standard that accurately validates skills and pro-

ductivity, and demonstrates a basic level of computer and Internet literacy.


Sandra King, associate professor, communications, received a 2010 Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty award from the Instructional Technology Council, an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges. As the coordinator of the Academy of Excellence, King pairs new online instructors with mentor instructors who are experienced in teaching online. s

Loving Lifelong Learning at 100


hile ceramics and quilting are Myrtle Berglund’s hands-down favorite AACC classes, the Arnold Senior Center regularly enjoys mental challenges. In fact, she mastered an AACC Maryland history class plus three others last fall – “Enhancing Mind Functions,” “The Art of Pottery” and a physical education class – all before reaching her milestone 100th birthday on Nov. 23. Family and friends packed the center’s dining room for a birthday celebration marked by gifts of pink roses, balloons, cake, gifts, a jazz ensemble performance and presentations of citations from local, state and federal officials including First Lady Michelle Obama. Berglund attributes her longevity to staying active mentally, physically and spiritually. She still writes half a dozen letters each day, creates a quilt each week and attends Bible studies. “This is the climax of a wonderful walk with the Lord for 100 years,” Berglund said. “The Lord has been so good to me and given me this long life and I’ve made so many friends and they’re so precious to me.” AACC COMMUNITY | WINTER | 2011

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SPORTS update

Fall Women’s Soccer, Cross Country Teams Excel

By Sharon Corbett

Sophomore Samantha Adams, an NJCAA honorable mention All-American for outstanding defense, takes control of the ball to defend the goal against midfielder/forward Lindsay Smith of the College of Southern Maryland. Also shown in this Sept. 7 game photo are freshman goalie Cori Kolody and (No. 9) AACC freshman midfielder Jacqueline Lledo.


he 2010 Pioneer women’s soccer and cross country teams played

so well this fall that both teams won trips to their respective national championship.

Soccer The women’s soccer team tied for seventh place at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 1 National Soccer Championship. At the tournament played Nov. 18-21 in Kansas, the team finished 13-7-2. This was a great season for the team, which gave AACC its second appearance at the national championship in the past three years. The route to the tournament is



difficult at the competitive Division I level. To earn the right to become one of the elite eight to travel to Kansas, the Pioneers had to win the NJCAA Region 20 championship and a District H playoff against the NJCAA Region 10 champions, who represent the best of North Carolina and South Carolina teams. In the Region 20 tournament, the Pioneers (No. 2 seed) had to overcome two regular season losses to topseeded Harford Community College. HCC had entered the tournament with a 15-1 record and fifth-place rank in the NJCAA national polls for most of the season.

Although AACC was unranked all season and scored few goals, Coach Jim Griffiths believed in his players’ abilities. Only weeks before the tournament, the team’s offense came alive! The Pioneers scored seven goals to win against Cecil College and five goals to defeat CCBC-Essex. Asked what had inspired his team, Griffiths said, “Something finally just clicked with them. The light bulb came on and ever since, they have played very hard.'' In tournament play, the Pioneers beat HCC’s Fighting Owls by advancing on penalty kicks, 5-3, in a tie game Oct.

30 at HCC. In a tie game, after two overtime periods when a winner must be declared to advance, a match is decided with a shootout of penalty kicks. Individual players take turns trying to kick a goal against the opposing team’s goalkeeper at point-blank range. This is the third consecutive year the region final has come down to penalty kicks between HCC and AACC. The Pioneers advanced in 2008 and Harford in 2009. Kudos to Pioneer sophomores Samantha Adams (Southern High), Jenny Ashurst (Elizabeth Seton High), Jaclyn Nucci (South River High) and Jessica Ruyter

Cross Country The women’s cross country team captured the NJCAA Division 3 runner-up plaque at the Region 20 Championship hosted by the Pioneers Oct. 30. For the third consecutive year, the team participated in the NJCAA Division 3 National Championship, which took place at Suffolk County Community College in New York Nov. 13. The Pioneers finished 15th this year, 11th in 2009 and 12th in 2008. The women’s soccer team tied for 7th place at the NJCAA national championship Nov. 18-21, 2010. En route to the nationals, the Pioneers won the Region 20 Championship and the District H playoff game.

(Northern High). They all were named to the Region 20 All-Tournament Team for their top performances. The team next captured the District H title by defeating North Carolina’s Cape Fear Community College, 2-0. The Pioneers entered the national tournament seeded eighth in a match against Tyler Junior College of Texas, which was both undefeated and the top-seeded defending champion. The Pioneers made a good attempt but lost 2-1. In the second match, the Pioneers took on fifth-seeded Laramie County Community College of

Wyoming. With two minutes remaining to play, Laramie scored and downed the Pioneers 3-2. The Pioneer’s Ashurst earned a spot on the national all-tournament team for her outstanding defensive play. In other season honors, sophomores Ashurst and Adams were named to the NJCAA first team All-Region and at the state level made All-Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MD JUCO) with Adams on the first team and Ashurst on the second team. Also making the All-MD JUCO second team were sophomore defender Nucci and freshmen midfielders Libby Hicks (Meade High) and Jackie Lledo (Chesapeake High). Hicks put eight balls in the net and Lledo was the team’s top scorer with 11 goals and eight assists. This was Coach Griffiths’ third trip in to the nationals in 10 seasons as AACC’s soccer coach. He is assisted by Bibi Anderson Dandy and Mike Smith. Dandy is a former Pioneer forward and 2005 NJCAA second team AllAmerican.

Samantha Adams, one of several top performers.

AACC’s top individual finishers for 2010 were Erica McMahon (Elizabeth Seton High) and Karlee Zwusko (South River High). The duo

and recruiting support from Coach Jim Griffiths. Griffiths had resurrected the women’s cross country program in 2007 but stepped back this year due to his responsibilities as the Pioneers’ head coach for women’s soccer in the fall and women’s lacrosse in the spring. Griffiths credits her for the team’s success this season and praised her skills in running the day-to-day operations. Jones is a Severna Park graduate and resident and was the Pioneers' top runner at the 2009 nationals, finishing 36th overall (22:58). As a lacrosse midfielder, she was named first-team All-Conference MD

Members of the cross country team are all smiles after receiving the runner-up plaque at the NJCAA Region 20 Division 3 Championship Race hosted by AACC on Oct. 30, 2010.

ran and finished virtually together in both the region and national 5K races. Zwusko placed ninth in the region (24:23) and 57th at the nationals (24:45) and McMahon finished 10th in the region (24:24) and 58th at nationals (24:49). Coaching the team was Amanda Jones, a former AACC standout in lacrosse (2009 and 2010) and cross country (2009) who had administrative

JUCO for two seasons. In addition, she excelled academically and was named a 2010 NJCAA Academic All-American. This honor requires a 3.6 to 3.79 grade point average (GPA) for a minimum of 45 credit hours. She earned an Associate of Arts degree and was accepted into the AACC nursing program in fall 2010.



SPORTS update Academic Awards Congratulations to our teams and coaches for a great year of academic success! Pioneer student-athletes produced four NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year and five NJCAA Academic All-Americans in 2009-2010.

in the spring. The lacrosse team was the only team in the nation to earn this award. Jim Griffiths coaches all of the teams except for basketball, which is coached by John Wardell. This is the second consecutive year that Griffiths’ teams have earned this honor!

At the state level, 12 student-athletes won Maryland Junior College Athletic Association Academic AllConference Team honors. That distinction requires a minimum 3.6 GPA for 18 credits for first-year student-athletes and 42 credits for second-year student-athletes. At the regional level, four student-athletes earned spots on the NJCAA All-Region Academic Team for second-year players with a minimum 3.6 GPA.

An NJCAA Academic All-American must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours with a 3.6 to 3.79 GPA, and 3.80 or above is designated distinguished. Achieving excellence were Amanda Jones (cross country and lacrosse), Heather White (basketball), with distinguished honors going to Heidi Rogers (volleyball), William Wardell (baseball) and Danielle Webber (basketball).

Those student-athletes significantly contributed to four women’s teams achieving the title of NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. Soccer (3.21 GPA) and cross country (3.17) were named in the fall, and basketball (3.09) and lacrosse (3.22)

Heather White of Edgewater, who played forward for the basketball team in her sophomore year, won the Ashley Estill team award for her good sportsmanship and work ethic. She earned an

In other honors:

Sophomore midfielder Gianni Maruggi, an NJCAA second team All American, All-Region and All-JUCO player, kicks the ball past opponent Christian Espinoza of Delaware Technical and Community College. Maruggi scored 11 goals and achieved three assists for the season. AACC teammates also shown are (No. 5) Tyler Fernandez, (No. 4) Matthew Dupreay, (No. 13) Tanner Martz and (No. 19) Kevin Rama. AACC finished the season as the NJCAA Region 20 Tournament runner-up.



into the premedical program at The College of New Jersey. He plans to become a surgeon. Wardell will play baseball for his college this spring.

Gianni Maruggi, one of several top performers.

Associate of Science degree in Health Fitness and Exercise Studies and transferred to Towson University to continue her studies in exercise science. Heidi Rogers of Nevada played multiple positions in her two years on the volleyball team, including setter and outside hitter. As a sophomore, she played the defensive libero position and earned all-region, all-conference and all region/district tournament team awards for her efforts. Rogers earned a nursing transfer Associate of Science degree. Her husband’s Air Force career took them to Colorado, where their first child was born in July. Rogers is continuing her nursing studies at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. William Wardell of Annapolis pitched for the baseball team for two years and won the athletic department’s Dr. John S. Laycock Award for academic and athletic achievements. Wardell earned an Associate of Arts degree in transfer studies and was accepted

Danielle Webber of Arnold, who played a power forward in basketball for two years, was named to the All-Region tournament team both years. She won the athletic department’s William W. Evans Award for Female Scholar-Athlete for her academic and athletic achievements, and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Webber earned a full academic scholarship to Towson University, where she is majoring in psychology, and plans to pursue a master’s degree and get her license to practice as a family marriage counselor. s

Kudos to all of these studentathletes for their outstanding achievements!

Go 'Neers!

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Siegert Field Renovation Leads to Rededication

AACC supporters, coaches and studentathletes applauded and cheered for Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch, who was honored at an Oct. 28 rededication of Louis L. Siegert Field for his leadership in helping secure $1 million in state funding for the field renovation project. As part of the rededication ceremony, student-athletes presented Busch with a Pioneers T-shirt and a soccer ball signed by AACC players. At the conclusion of the dedication, he threw out the game ball to AACC student-athletes to mark the start of the 2010 National Junior College Athletic Association Division 3 Region 20 and District F Men’s Soccer Tournament. The field received an artificial turf system to improve safety for studentathletes, allow increased use of the 240-by-360 foot field and bring it up to NJCAA standards. As part of the project, the field’s quarter-mile running/ walking track was paved and new fencing and safety netting installed. “Every team that comes here, without exception, comments on what

Celebrating the rededication are (from left) longtime AACC coaches Bruce Springer, currently coordinator of athletics; Ken Wolf, assistant professor of health and physical education; Alan Pastrana, associate professor of health and physical education; with Pastrana’s grandson Chase (center) and House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch.

Cutting the ribbon to rededicate the field are (from left) Board of Trustees members Walter Hall and the Rev. Diane DixonProctor, President Martha Smith, House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch and Board of Trustees members Art Ebersberger and Jerome Klasmeier.

a great facility this is,” said Bruce Springer, coordinator of athletics. “This field has given us the opportunity to host regional and national events.”

“I think this is the best athletic department of any community college in the country,” he said, adding that the college needs a field house for its teams.

“There’s no better community college in the country,” Busch said. A teacher, coordinator and administrator for youth athletics as well as tireless advocate for AACC, Busch has won top honors as a champion for children, youth and college athletics. He noted that many of the county’s 12 high schools already had artificial turf fields when AACC’s project came up for funding.

“We’re going to do more improvements here,” he vowed. “We’re going to make this a first class institution for its athletic facilities.” His support for AACC will not waiver, Busch said, as he stood in front of the crowd proudly wearing the T-shirt he’d donned over his business suit shirt moments after receiving it at the ceremony. “I will always be a Pioneer.” s

“We’ve turfed every field in the county except two,” he said. “This became a passionate issue for me. I wanted to be sure those kids, when they graduate and come here, have the same athletic facilities or better than they have at the high schools.” Busch praised coach Al Pastrana, who he described as “my childhood hero,” coaches Bruce Springer and Ken Wolf, who he termed “ageless wonders,” Bud Beardmore and others in AACC athletics for their work with studentathletes, decade after decade.

Joining House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch are Board of Trustees member The Rev. Diane Dixon-Proctor (left) and President Martha Smith.




EVENTS featuring the AACC Symphony Orchestra

Pascal Center for Performing Arts 410-777-2457 or

Friday, May 6 Saturday, May 7

choreography by company members and director Lynda Fitzgerald, coordinator of performing arts – dance

PASCAL CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS $15 general admission $10 senior citizens, groups, students and AACC employees $7 with valid AACC student ID

Information and tickets 410-777-2457 arts



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8 p.m. 8 p.m.

Family event sponsored by the AACC Astronomy Club • Club meeting 7:30 p.m. open to


the public followed one hour after sunset by stargazing.

MARCH 5, APRIL 2, MAY 7 – 7:30-10 p.m. Astronomy Lab in rear of lots A and B beside Resource Management Building 410-777-1820

Bring your own telescope and binoculars or use one of the eight AACC telescopes to


March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9 – 7-9 p.m. Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 219 410-777-2428 •

June 30 7:30 p.m.

Chesapeake Civil War Roundtable

view planets, stars and moon, weather permitting.


CALENDAR AACC College 4-A Day program

Healthy Rhythms

(CFD 311)

Relax, restore and rejuvenate March 12 – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Introduces yoga and meditation. Join a drumming circle and take home juicing recipes.


Big Love

p.m. Friday Exhibit, “The Art of Women,” part of the AACC celebration of March as Women’s History Month; Pascal Center for Performing Arts Gallery; 410-777-2218;

 March 5 – 8-11 p.m. “Battle of the Bands” featuring bands

whose members include AACC students and alumni, sponsored by the AACC Student Association Campus Activities Board, competing are Dry Season, Point Blank, Rudder North, Val Nebbia Band, Vista Saints and Whence Cometh Evil; Pascal Center for Performing Arts; $10 general admission, $5 with valid AACC student ID; 410-777-2218;

 March 5 – 8 p.m. Music recital, "A Few of My Favorite

Things" featuring Marc Boensel, D.M.A., AACC part-time music faculty member, in his first solo recital in 15 years performing works for oboe, saxophone and voice by composers such as Hindemith, Schumann, Mahler and Saint-Saenz on oboe, sponsored by the AACC Cultural Events Committee; Humanities Building Room 112; 410-533-8058;

 March 5 – 8 a.m.-noon “Law School for the Public,” local

attorneys and judges introduce and discuss civil, criminal and family law issues such as tenant and landlord responsibilities, wills, small claims, divorce and custody issues, co-sponsored by the Anne Arundel Bar Association, AACC Legal Studies Institute and AACC Foundation Inc.; Careers Center Building Room 200; free but registration required (CEC 530); 410-777-7323;

 March 8-April 4 –

9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays plus 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Art exhibit “Pick’d,” exhibit curated by Andrea Pollan, curator’s office, Washington, D.C.; gallery talk Noon Wednesday, March 9; reception 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9; Cade Center for Fine Arts gallery; 410-777-7028 or;

 March 9 – 7:30-9:15 a.m. AACC Java Spot Training Series,

“Ciena Carrier Ethernet Certification: The Next Generation of Communication Technology,” get an overview of Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet Certification program with a focus on technology, not specific equipment, from subject matter experts in a session hosted by the AACC Center for Workforce Solutions; location TBA; free but RSVP to or 410-777-2732

 March 9 – 6-8:30 p.m. College Fair 2011, talk with college rep-

resentatives about college life at their school, tuition, programs of study and more; pick up college brochures and catalogs; Jenkins Gymnasium; 410-777-1999


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 March 1-19 – 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4:30

 March 10 – 6-7:30 p.m. Event, Hotel, Culinary Arts and

Tourism Information Session, learn about programs and upcoming classes; Humanities Building Room 214; 410-777-2398 or 1-866-456-HCAT (4228);

 March 14 – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Health Professions and Nursing

Career Fair; Center for Applied Learning and Technology Room 100; free to job seekers, employer registration $300; 410-777-2770/2512 or;

by award-winning playwright Charles Mee Pascal Center for Performing Arts • 410-777-2457 Unless otherwise noted, these events are free and take place on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance or e-mail to request special accommodations.

16 – 7 p.m. Poet, “Bluz,” co-sponsored by Amaranth and the Student Association Campus Activities Board; Student Union dining hall; 410-777-2043; or

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101 College Parkway • Arnold, MD 21012-1895


IN THIS ISSUE: AACC Artist Making His Mark

at Home and Abroad Fall Credit Enrollment Soars Restoration Ecology at AACC White House Summit on Community Colleges Foundation Annual Report

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Community Magazine Spring 2011  

Alumni magazine of Anne Arundel Community College

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