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BY LAURA BELL | Pulse correspondent | January 17, 2011
Like many college freshmen, my first semester is over and I am getting ready to start my second semester. One of the things I learned during those first months is that there might be a few things that you just don't think about when you start out after high school graduation. After you've decided where you want to attend college, they will give you dozens of pamphlets about the many organizations, opportunities, places and rules associated with the university. The things they don't always tell you might seem obvious,  but they are things you might just want to remember as you prepare for your first semester in college.
by JANET HEIM | May 5, 2005 Students from the Black Achievers program at the Hagerstown and Camp Curtin (Harrisburg, Pa.) YMCAs teamed up for a college tour at the end of March. The tour was organized by Joe Summers of the Camp Curtin Y, who invited Hagerstown Black Achievers to come, too. Colleges were chosen to show an array of options - small and large schools; public, private and Christian schools. The 41-member group, including 12 students and two chaperones from Hagerstown, traveled by charter bus to Wright State University and the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio; the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University in Cincinnati; Wilberforce University and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio; West Virginia State University in Institute, W.Va.
by Lyn Widmyer | February 17, 2003
With two children in high school, I read all the newspaper articles and advice columns on college admissions with great interest. The articles are never reassuring. They always focus on "big name" schools and the fact that thousands and thousands of kids apply to these highly selective institutions, but only a handful get in. Kids with perfect Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores who have invented new techniques to help the lame walk and who have spent summers replanting the Amazon rain forest are rejected.
August 29, 2011
Lindsay Conrad, formerly of Waynesboro, Pa., recently donated 10 inches of her hair to the Locks of Love program. She decided after four years of growing her hair out, it was finally time to donate it to Locks of Love. For her, the only place to do this was at Snips Hair Studio in her hometown, where she has been getting her hair cut since she was 8 years old. When asked if she will miss her long hair, Conrad said, “Yes, it took me all of college to grow it, and I loved my long hair, but it will grow back and now a child will be blessed.” Locks of Love accepts hair donations and provides wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness.
September 12, 2005
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University has been named a 2006 Best Southeastern College by the Princeton Review. Each college chosen this year had to meet the standards of the Princeton Review for academic excellence within its region. The listing features an overview of Shepherd including topics such as admissions, financial aid, student body, academics, campus life and programs offered, as well as selected student comments. The Best Southeastern College honor is designed to raise awareness of academically excellent but lesser-known schools with students looking to study within a specific geographic area.
by ROSE RENNEKAMP | November 6, 2006
Any school counselor has experience with the Super Student. This is the student that has it all - perfect grades, extracurricular activities and an impressive number of community service hours. They might be the captain of the football team, president of the student council or class valedictorian. Their future seems locked up - acceptance to their college of choice accompanied by a hefty scholarship package. Counselors will tell you nothing is guaranteed. College admission offices want strong students, but they don't expect every applicant to have a 4.0 grade-point average and a perfect 36 on the ACT. Academics definitely are important, but colleges also want students who have heart, enthusiasm and a desire to succeed, meaning even the Super Student might not make the final cut. One way students can demonstrate their passion is through extracurricular activities.
by JANET HEIM | June 19, 2007
Editor's note - There are a lot of people you see around town that you recognize, but don't know anything about. People like... Julie Bayer Age - 21. Hometown - Hagerstown. Where would you see Bayer? - The Salisbury University senior returns to Hagerstown for brief visits when she can get a break from her studies in clinical lab science and job in the medical lab at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del., about 20 miles from Salisbury, Md. Bayer started at Salisbury as a nursing student, knowing she wanted to do something in the medical field.
by JEFF SEMLER | October 24, 2006
As many of you know, Maryland Cooperative Extension is part of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Maryland. This year - 2006 - marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the university. While my space does not permit a complete history of the Maryland Agricultural College, known today as the University of Maryland, I will attempt to hit the highlights. On March 6, 1856, the Maryland General Assembly chartered a new institution of higher education, the Maryland Agricultural College which was the first agricultural research college in America.
by ROSE RENNEKAMP | August 18, 2003
As parents, we become accustomed to being involved in our children's education. We read to them when they are very young. We help them with their homework and attend their school events as they get older. By the time they're ready to apply for college, many parents tend to step in and take charge of the application process. The transition from high school to college is one of the important transitions in life, and that's why parents need to take a "hands-off" approach to a student's college application.
November 11, 1996
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer Melissa Nelson wants to go to college, but she does not know where. On Monday, she and about 1,800 high school students got the chance to meet with representatives from 162 colleges at South Hagerstown High School's Choice '96 to talk about that decision. "Some of these colleges I didn't know existed," said Nelson, 17, a senior at Williamsport High School, as she walked with her mother past the tables set up by the colleges. Her mother, Cindy Shank, said the first question she asks college recruiters is when is the application due for acceptance and financial aid. "They have tons of information here," she said.
September 10, 2013
The Wilson College dance program will offer free ballet classes this semester. The classes, which are offered from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Mondays in September and October, are open to anyone who is interested. Nancy Walker and Beth Skroban are returning as guest teachers/artists. The class schedule includes: Nancy Walker: Sept. 16, 23 and 30 and Oct. 7 and 21     Beth Skroban: Oct. 28, and Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25 For more information, call Paula Kellinger at 717-264-4141, ext. 3274, or via email at
By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent | September 9, 2013
The Hagerstown Community College volleyball team only had one loss in conference action during the 2012 season and that came on the road to the Howard Community College Dragons, who went undefeated in the conference. The Hawks got their revenge Monday night by sweeping the Dragons 25-9, 25-14, 25-19 in a Maryland JuCo Conference match at the HCC athletic complex. Sophomore setter Summer Neff had 30 assists for HCC (4-2, 1-0). “We thought that Howard would be our biggest competition this year.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | August 30, 2013
From holding classes in a building at Hagerstown High School, to moving to the grounds of South Hagerstown High School, and finally settling at its Robinwood Drive location in 1966, Hagerstown Community College has come a long way since 1946. HCC officials ruminated on the school's evolution Tuesday when a book detailing the school's history was unveiled in the Kepler Center. The 339-page book, titled “The Community's College: The Remarkable Journey of Hagerstown Community College 1946-2012,” was written by Diane Weaver, a former HCC professor, coordinator and adviser.
Lisa Prejean | August 29, 2013
The past two weeks I have been feeling like a not-so-good mom. While I have been at work, my son has been packing for college, shopping for dorm room items, ordering books online, taking himself to doctor and haircut appointments, paying college bills and just generally working nonstop. He's acting like a responsible adult. Even though this is the goal I have been working for all these years, I'm still feeling like I'm not where I'm supposed to be and not doing what I'm supposed to do. I'm a mother, after all. I've been at it for 18 years, and I don't want to stop.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | August 28, 2013
When Francis K. Achampong took over as Penn State Mont Alto's new chancellor on Aug. 1, he viewed it as something of a multifaceted homecoming. “I came back home in more ways than one. I am back on the campus where I started my Penn State career, and I'm back home with my family and my friends,” Achampong said Wednesday. Achampong worked at Penn State Mont Alto as its chief academic officer from 2002 until 2010, when he transferred to the Penn State Fayette campus in western Pennsylvania to serve as its interim chancellor.
By DAVE McMILLION | | August 22, 2013
Landing a good job may still be elusive for some in today's economy, but workers on average can make $5,000 more a year in the skilled trades than college graduates, officials said Thursday night during a graduation ceremony for the Barr Construction Institute in Hagerstown. The institute, operated by the Cumberland Valley chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors Inc., offers training in the electrical, heating, air-conditioning, plumbing and carpentry fields at a location on North Locust Street.
August 18, 2013
Antietam Bible College, Biblical Seminary and Graduate School is offering a tuition-free online course in apologetics for the fall semester. The introductory offering is tuition-free, plus a $30 registration fee and textbook cost. The course is about defending the Christian faith. To register, call 301-797-0988 or send an email to
August 17, 2013
Three of the greatest complaints about American education are the costs, that we are trailing other countries in science and math, and in our ability to get our kids into more intense fields of study at an earlier age. One solution to all three problems is to blur the lines between high school and college, something Washington County Public Schools and Hagerstown Community College are already doing in what's known as the ESSENCE program. ESSENSE allows high school students to pick up college classes here and there, giving them a head start on higher education at a discount to what college credits would normally cost.
August 13, 2013
A new Wilson College art show, Alumnae/i Art Exhibition, will open Aug. 26, in the Hankey Center, where it will continue through Dec. 6. The college will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the Hankey Center to mark the opening of exhibition. The exhibit will feature drawings, paintings, prints, ceramics, photographs and mixed-media artwork with a wide array of subject matter and content. The Hankey Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
August 11, 2013
Antietam Bible College, Biblical Seminary and Graduate School is offering a tuition-free online course in apologetics for the fall semester. The introductory offering is tuition free, plus a $30 registration fee and textbook cost. The course is about defending the Christian faith. To register, call 301-797-0988 or send an email to .
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