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By CHARLES STARLIPER | April 28, 2011
One year ago, we lost one of the great men of our community and region. Dr. Atlee C. Kepler died April 28, 2010. At a time when much is debated about the place of national support and standards for education, as there should be, it is worth remembering and honoring the personal path of Kepler that led to a new level of education in our midst. He was not a lone ranger. Other leaders and educators were part of the story. Moreover, Kepler worked during a time in our history when the junior college was a new educational phenomenon, a great idea whose time had come and was flourishing.
By ROXANN MILLER | | March 31, 2011
Three months before she takes the helm as Wilson College’s 19th president, Barbara K. Mistick spoke Thursday to a packed auditorium at the college’s new science center. She will assume Wilson’s presidency on July 1, succeeding Lorna Duphiney Edmundson, who will retire June 30 after 10 years of leadership. Mistick will leave her current position as president of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, a position she’s held since 2005. “My heart has really been in higher education.
February 21, 2011
As you read this column, it is Feb. 22, which is George Washington’s birthday. Monday was Presidents Day, which is the observance of the birthdays of Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Both men were intimately involved in agriculture and education. Most people know Washington’s connection to agriculture if for no other reason than for Mount Vernon, his plantation on the banks of the Potomac in Northern Virginia. If you visit there, you will see that he was a man ahead of his time.
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | | December 10, 2010
High-five — A slapping of the upraised, open hand of another person, as in congratulation or celebration. Or, for the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, a five-year accomplishment characterized by a partnership with five Maryland universities, more than 500 college graduates and $500,000 in scholarship money. USM-H hosted a “Cheers for 5 Years” reception Friday at its downtown Hagerstown campus to celebrate its anniversary. The evening wasn’t exactly hands slapped high in the air, but the buffet spread, the proclamations and mock-knighting ceremony by the queen were the college’s way of congratulating those in Hagerstown who helped make higher education accessible to area students while also asking their support for the future.
By TRISH RUDDER | September 29, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Three Eastern Panhandle Women of Distinction were honored Wednesday by the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. Rebecca Linton of Berkeley County, Sheila M. Hamilton of Jefferson County and Betty Lou Harmison of Morgan County were chosen by the Council for their leadership and contribution to the community and as role models for girls. More than 250 people attended the luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. o Harmison is Morgan County's honoree.
By DAVE McMILLION | September 23, 2010
Giving students the skills they need to tap into large numbers of jobs at Fort Detrick. Answering a call from employers who say stronger work ethics are needed from people. Helping unemployed people learn new skills. Those were among possible initiatives examined Thursday afternoon at Hagerstown Community College as a newly formed commission to explore local higher education needs started its work. The 30-member Commission on the Future of HCC is being asked to examine the challenges and opportunities that the local community college is expected to face in the next five years.
By HEATHER LOWERY | August 1, 2010
o Online degrees gaining acceptance o Majority of '09 Washington County grads planned more education Education experts agree that high school graduates who further their education have a brighter employment future than those who don't. But a traditional college is not the only option. Trade schools and other institutions provide a range of training and experience that can help students advance in the careers of their choice, educators say. For instance, in Washington County: o Washington County Technical High School offers 19 programs to incoming high school juniors.
By HEATHER LOWERY | July 31, 2010
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- More than half of Washington County Public Schools' 2009 graduates said they planned to further their education through traditional channels, a move that higher education officials say will pay off in the long run. According to the 2009 Maryland Report Card on the state Department of Education's website at , 31.4 percent of the county's 2009 graduates said they planned to attend a four-year college, 19.4 planned to attend a two-year college and 1.7 planned to attend a specialized training school.
May 4, 2010
Dr. Atlee Kepler certainly left his mark on our little corner of the world. Perhaps more than anyone else, Kepler, who died April 28 at the age of 88, was one of a handful of local leaders responsible for the early development and later success of Hagerstown Junior College, now Hagerstown Community College. He was the chief officer of the college, initially as dean and then as president, from January 1953 to the summer of 1986. Long on vision and determination, Kepler's life's passion was HJC. For more than 30 years, he worked to establish and build a dynamic two-year college in Washington County.
By ALLAN POWELL | April 30, 2010
There was at one time a television series, "City Confidential," which reported highly publicized crimes in various U.S. cities. One such segment happened in Lynchburg, Va., and told the sordid tale of two young people who murdered their parents to collect insurance money. The case was made interesting by the fact that Lynchburg is the headquarters of the late leader of the Moral Majority, the Rev. Jerry Falwell. In the background throughout were short clips of a much more famous city just 60 miles away: Charlottesville, Va., the home of Thomas Jefferson.
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