Pulse briefs

September 25, 2007

HCC hosts college fair

Washington County College Fair will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown.

More than 120 colleges are expected to be represented.

Shepherd University hosts 60 schools to college fair

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University and First in Your Family will host a college prep conference from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Shepherd University's Student Center.

Shepherd will host a college fair for students from Jefferson and Berkeley counties from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Butcher Center.

The college prep conference will feature seminars on planning for college, choosing the right college, SAT and ACT testing tips, and financial aid programs for college.


The college fair will have academic programs and campus information available from 60 colleges and universities from more than six states.

The conference and college fair are free and open to the public. Seating is limited for the college prep conference, so interested families should register on the Web at or by calling 304-876-5212 or 800-344-5231. For information about the college fair, go to

Essay contest deadline nears

Students in grades nine through 12, private or home-schooled, are invited to enter the Big Read essay contest in Washington County.

The focus of the essays should pertain to this quotation from Atticus, a character in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird": "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

Writers should express their interpretation of the quote, examining context and themes that contribute to their conclusions.

Essays should be 450 to 550 words in length, and be submitted in Word format, double spaced. Include a cover page with student's name, school, teacher's name, and student and teacher contact information.

Send submissions by e-mail no later than Friday, Oct. 5, to Only one essay per student will be accepted. Essays become the property of the Community Foundation of Washington County, and may be used in promotion or support of Big Read initiatives.

Winners will be notified on or about Monday, Oct. 15. The first-place winner will receive $200 cash, the second-place winner will receive $100, the third-place winner will receive $50. Essays will be available for reading by the public at the Big Read finale in October.

Shepherd music school hosts student visitation day

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Department of Music will host a visitation day on Monday, Oct. 8, for high school juniors and seniors considering a degree in music.

Students will be paired with Shepherd University music majors to experience a typical day at college. Interested parents are also welcome to attend.

Shepherd offers degrees in music education, music performance, and composition with concentrations including musical theater, jazz studies, and pedagogy.

During visitation day, students can attend classes and rehearsals, visit with Shepherd music faculty, eat in the dining hall, take a guided campus tour, schedule a private lesson or enjoy student performances.

For more information or if you are interested in attending, contact Esperanza Alzona at 304-876-5711.

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