Tuesday, December 12, 2000

College Programming Team Vies With The Best in Regional Collegiate Computing Competition

On Nov. 11, 2000, Washington College's first computer programming team competed in the 25th International Collegiate Programming Contest sponsored by the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) and IBM. Vying with 137 teams from the Mid-Atlantic region, Washington College finished 38th, tying with several schools, including Duke University, University of North Carolina, and University of Delaware.
More than two thousand teams worldwide participated in thirty regional competitions of the ACM's International Collegiate Programming Contest. During the five-hour competition, teams had to design various programs, such as a word processing grammar check and an airplane collision detection system. The contest provides college students with an opportunity to demonstrate and sharpen problem-solving and computing skills in a competitive, time-sensitive environment.
Washington College was represented by seniors Chris Klimas, an English major and computer science minor from Randallstown, Md.; Colleen Hick, a double major in mathematics and computer science from Levittown, Pa.; and Chris Lawrence, a computer science major and president of the Washington College Computer Club from of Narberth, Pa. The team's faculty advisor, Austin Lobo, assistant professor in mathematics and computer science says, "Though this is the first year Washington College has offered a computer science major, our students have emerged as motivated, knowledgeable, and our best and brightest are able to compete with peers from the top schools in the field."

Saturday, December 9, 2000

Susan Stobbart Shapiro Named Alumni President

Susan Stobbart Shapiro '91 has been elected President of the Washington College Alumni Council. Ms. Shapiro is an attorney with the firm Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan, P.A., in Annapolis, Md.
Ms. Shapiro was a double major in English and business management at Washington College. After completing her bachelor's degree, she attended the Villanova University School of Law where she received her J.D. in 1994. Ms. Shapiro's practice has been devoted primarily to civil litigation, including emphases on employment law, family law and corporate law. She is active in many trade associations, including the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce and the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, where she serves on the Board. She joined Washington College's Alumni Council in 1995 as co-president of the Annapolis chapter.
"As president of the Washington College Alumni Council, I hope to increase alumni involvement in the life of the College and to promote support of the strategic plan set in place by President Toll and the Board of Visitors and Governors," said Ms. Shapiro. "To that end, the Council recently revised its goals and strategies for the next five years. The council hopes to build on the success of the annual Alumni Birthday Toast to George Washington and the very successful 'Life After Liberal Arts' seminars, in addition to creating new traditions for the college and its alums."

Author Ray Bradbury to Speak at 2001 Commencement

Author Ray Bradbury will address Washington College's Class of 2001 at the 219th Commencement on May 20, 2001. The College will present Bradbury with an Honorary Doctor of Letters.
The best-selling author of over 500 published works including short stories, novels, plays, film and television scripts, and verse, Bradbury is best known for his works The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451. In his work, Bradbury confronts themes such as racism, censorship, nuclear proliferation, and technology's effect on human values through the medium of fantasy and science fiction. Critics credit Bradbury for having a greater moral and humanistic range than the label science fiction implies, saying his use of science fiction is mere stage setting for a deeper understanding of the enduring reality of human nature.
Born in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1920, Bradbury began writing in his youth and published his first story at age 20. He entered the professional writing life through the numerous science fiction and fantasy pulp magazines of the period and by 1947 had published his first collection of short stories, Dark Carnival. Bradbury's numerous awards include the O. Henry Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Bradbury lives in Los Angeles, California.
"We are honored that Mr. Bradbury accepted our invitation to speak," said Dr. John Toll, president of Washington College. "His long record of literary achievement will be an inspiration to our students."
For more information on the life and work of Ray Bradbury, visit:http://www.brookingsbook.com/bradbury/index.htm

Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Amick Selected For Who's Who Among America's Teachers

Chestertown, MD, November 28, 2000 — H. Louise Amick, assistant professor of mathematics at Washington College, has been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2000. Teachers honored in the publication represent the top five percent of the nation's educators.
Teachers included in Who's Who are nominated by former students. Only high school and college students who have been cited for academic excellence themselves in Who's Who Among American High School Students and The National Dean's List are invited to make nominations. Each student was asked to choose one teacher "from your entire academic experience who made a difference in your life by helping to shape your values, inspiring interest in a particular subject and/or challenging you to strive for excellence."
A graduate of both Washington College and the University of Delaware, Professor Amick has taught at Washington College since 1990. She lives in Newark, DE, with her husband, State Senator Steve Amick, and their son, Paul.

Saturday, November 18, 2000

President Toll Honored As Distinguished Marylander

Chestertown, MD, November 17, 2000 — Dr. John S. Toll, President of Washington College, has been honored as the Distinguished Marylander of the Year by the University of Maryland Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. The award is presented each fall to a prominent Marylander who has contributed significantly to the improvement and success of education in the state.
"Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and largest collegiate honor society in the country representing all academic areas," said James Newton, president of the University of Maryland Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. "The nomination of John Toll for our annual award was unanimously endorsed by our executive board. He truly represents a life of tireless commitment to enhancing higher education."
"This award is both unexpected and humbling," said Dr. Toll. "I am deeply grateful to Phi Kappa Phi for this great honor."
Each year Phi Kappa Phi inducts seniors and select juniors from the top ten percent of their class. In honor of Dr. Toll, two University Service Award scholarships will be given in his name. Dr. Toll will present the scholarships during a ceremony on December 3, 2000 at the Baltimore County campus of the University of Maryland.

Tuesday, November 14, 2000

Former Denver Bronco to Speak at Washington College

Anti-Drug Message Emphasizes Spirit of Individualism and Self Respect

Chestertown, MD, November 13, 2000 — Steve Fitzhugh, former NFL defensive back for the Denver Broncos and current Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Washington, DC, will use comedy and rap to spread his drug-free message on Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Tawes Theatre at Washington College.
While playing for the Denver Broncos, Fitzhugh began talking to youth about drug and alcohol prevention. He uses rap and humor to connect with his young audiences, and they listen because he is speaking from personal experience. In 1995, he watched his mother, a smoker of 40 years, suffer and die from inoperable brain tumors. In 1997, he endured the death of his older brother from alcohol and cocaine abuse.
Fitzhugh recognizes that it can be challenging to maintain a Christian ethic in today's world, but parents can use today's sports and media celebrities as examples of people making good or bad decisions. "Although our kids don't admit it," he says, "they have an awful lot of common sense and wisdom. They just fail to use it." In his motivational talks, Fitzhugh encourages youth to sacrifice peer approval, if necessary, to achieve self-respect.
This talk is free and open to the public. Following the presentation, there will be a pizza and soda reception for two dollars, payable at the door. For further information, contact Dave Knowles at 410-778-7789.

Friday, November 10, 2000

Concert Series Hosts Award-Winning Lyric Soprano

Chestertown, MD, November 9, 2000 — The Washington College Concert Series will host lyric soprano Laura Danehower Whyte on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 8:00 p.m. in the College's Tawes Theatre. Ms. Whyte was recently honored as the 1999 first place winner of the Amici Vocal Award.
Ms. Whyte has distinguished herself for the ability to bring a warm and distinctive elegance and purity to wide range of repertoire, from the soubrette and lyric roles to oratorio and lieder. Her recent singing roles include Mimi in La Bohéme, the title role of Magda in La Rodine, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. In addition to her 1999 Amici Vocal Award, Ms. Whyte is the 1999 first-place winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the District of Connecticut and a finalist in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's American Artists' Auditions. For her Washington College performance, she will be accompanied on piano by Douglas Dickson of the Yale School of Music.
The Washington College Concert Series is now in its 49th season. Single admission tickets are available only at the box office during performances and are $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth 18 years of age and under. Season tickets cost $40.00 per person and can be purchased at the box office on performance nights or by mail from the Washington College Concert Series, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620-1197. For further information, call 410-778-7839.

Regional EPA Administrator to Speak on Nutrient Control

Event Inaugurates College's New Center for the Study of the Environment and Society

Chestertown, MD, November 9, 2000 — Bradley Campbell, Regional Administrator of the EPA, will speak on "The Bay and the Politics of Regulation" on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Washington College's Casey Academic Center. Then event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Campbell will discuss the issue of voluntary versus mandatory nutrient reduction and the impact of the dynamics of regional politics in preserving the Chesapeake Bay's ecosystem.
A graduate of Amherst College and the University of Chicago Law School, Campbell gained extensive experience in criminal and civil litigation focused on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Appointed Regional Administrator for the EPA Mid-Atlantic Region by President Clinton, Campbell is responsible for environmental concerns in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Previously, Campbell served on the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which was the principle advisor to the President and Vice President on environmental issues. In his five-year tenure with CEQ, Campbell managed a wide range of efforts to protect the environment and helped to develop the Brownfield Initiative, Safe Drinking Water Act and Food Quality Act. Under the Clinton administration, he has worked on national initiatives for reinventing environmental regulations and enhancing the protection of wetlands.
This event inaugurates Washington College's new Center for the Environment and Society. The Center's mission is to broaden the understanding of environmental concerns by approaching them as complex social, political and scientific issues. Its multi-disciplinary approach addresses the need to integrate education, technology, policy and sense of place in finding real-world solutions to environmental problems. The Center is committed to providing a neutral academic forum in accomplishing these goals. Public outreach is a major component of its mission.
The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and the Chester River Association are co-sponsoring the event. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Conservancy is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving farmland and other natural areas on Maryland's Eastern Shore by helping landowners to discover, evaluate and implement a variety of preservation options. The Chester River Association is an advocate for the health of the Chester River and the living resources it supports. As a watershed organization, it strives to promote stewardship of the Chester River — its forests, marshes, creeks and streams—as well as an understanding of the river's place in the economic and cultural life of our communities.

College Announces Spring 2001 Graduate Courses

Chestertown, MD, November 9, 2000 — Students are invited to register for Spring 2001 graduate courses at Washington College. The College offers Master's of Arts degrees in English, history and psychology. Graduate study is also available for teachers seeking to meet requirements for advanced professional certification. Classes begin January 22, 2001 and end May 3, 2001.
The following courses will be offered during the spring semester: ENG-509-10 Faulkner and Literary Modernism (Tues., 7-9:30 p.m.)
ENG-597-10 Special Topic: English Romantic Literature (Mon., 7-9:30 p.m.)
HIS-598-10 Special Topic: Civil Rights and Peace (Tues., 7-9:30 p.m.)
HIS-599-10 Special Topic: Era of the French Revolution (Wed., 7-9:30 p.m.)
PSY-500-10 Statistics in Psychology and Education (Thurs., 7-9:30 p.m.)
PSY-510-10 Adolescence, Maturity and Old Age (Mon., 4-6:30 p.m.)
PSY-520-10 Psychopharmacology (Tues., 7-9:30 p.m.)
PSY-598-10 Special Topic: Group Counseling (Tues., 7-9:30 p.m.)
PSY-610-10 Masters Thesis Project (TBA)
Students must pre-register prior to January 5, 2001 to guarantee texts. Pre-registration forms will be accepted at the Registrar's Office, either in person or by mail. Tuition is $770 per course plus a non-refundable course registration fee of $40 per course. For further information or to register, contact the Registrar's Office, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620, or phone 410-778-7299.

Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Astronomer to Discuss Why Nothing "Is Real"

Chestertown, MD, October 24, 2000 — The Washington College Department of Physics presents "Patterns in the Void: Why Nothing Really Matters," a talk by Dr. Sten Odenwald, astronomer and chief scientist for Raytheon STX. Sponsored by the Shapley Endowment Fund of the American Astronomical Society, the presentation will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 2 in the Casey Academic Center Forum at Washington College. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
For thousands of years, humans have been perplexed by the nature and meaning of the void. Most of us think of space as empty space or "nothingness," but during the last 100 years physicists and astronomers have begun to recognize that space is not "empty" in the common sense of the word, and it is far from being nothing. This presentation will challenge many of the most basic concepts of space, and why the dark spaces between the stars may hold the key to the destiny of our universe. This wide-ranging lecture will survey what astronomers and physicists now know about the void and how relativity, string theory, cosmology, and quantum mechanics all point toward a bizarre, and in many ways disturbing, picture of what space really is.
Dr. Odenwald holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University and specializes in infrared astronomy. He is involved in education and outreach to broaden the public's understanding of the science of astronomy. In addition to technical papers, he has published articles in such popular publications as Sky and Telescope and The Washington Post. In 1999, he received the NASA Goddard Award of Excellence for Public Outreach.

Saturday, October 21, 2000

Tom Crouse Named Chair of Visiting Committee

Chestertown, MD, October 20, 2000 — Dr. John Toll, President of Washington College, has announced the appointment of Thomas Crouse, Jr. as Chair of the Visiting Committee of Alumni.
Raised in Denton, MD, Crouse graduated from Washington College in 1959 and later earned an MBA from Columbia University. Crouse serves as Chairman of CIG International, Ltd., an investment firm he founded in 1984. He and his wife, Kay Enokido, reside in Washington, D.C. Crouse joined the College's Visiting Committee in 1995.
"As a graduate of Washington College and a successful entrepreneur, Tom will be able to contribute valuable insights as we define future goals for institutional advancement," said Toll. "His role will be to lead the Visiting Committee's active participation during our semi-annual meetings."
The Washington College Visiting Committee is comprised of Washington College graduates who act as a sounding board for the administration. Convening in the fall and spring for Friday and Saturday sessions, Visiting Committee members raise strategic issues, advise the president and senior staff, review programs, and suggest ways to advance the College to new levels of quality and distinction.
Washington College is a private liberal arts and sciences college located in historic Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, it was the first college chartered in the new nation.

Thursday, October 19, 2000

Ted Peck Named Chair of Advisory Council

Chestertown, MD, October 18, 2000 — Dr. John Toll, President of Washington College, has announced the appointment of Charles Edward "Ted" Peck as Chair of the President's Advisory Council.
A resident of St. Michael's, MD, Peck is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and is the retired Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of The Ryland Group, Inc., one of the nation's leading builders of residential homes. He joined the President's Advisory Council in 1996.
"Ted has served in an advisory role for several colleges and universities, including MIT, Harvard and the University System of Maryland," said Toll. "His leadership will be invaluable as we refine the goals of Washington College."
The President's Advisory Council was created in 1996 to help the President to focus efforts and to identify new opportunities for institutional advancement. Membership is drawn from corporate leaders who are encouraged to contribute their experience and perspectives during two meetings each year.

Tuesday, October 17, 2000

C-SPAN Executive to Speak at WC

Chestertown, MD, October 16, 2000 — Bruce D. Collins, corporate vice president and chief legal officer for C-SPAN, will speak at Washington College on Thursday, Oct. 26. Titled "Succeeding as a Dot.Org Man in a Dot.Com Society: The Value of Idealism and a Liberal Education," his talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Casey Academic Center Forum.
Since joining C-SPAN in 1981 as an on-air host and moderator of the network's interview and viewer call-in programs, Collins consistently has held leadership positions both within and outside of the network. He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the U. S. Congress Radio and Television Gallery, among other professional organizations, and is creator and author of "At the Non-Profit Bar," a monthly column focusing on issues of special interest to attorneys for non-profit groups.
Collins lectures frequently as part of C-SPAN's professional seminars, which bring college-level faculty to Washington, D.C., for training in integrating public affairs television into a broad range of courses. He also serves as a trustee to the C-SPAN Education Foundation, which grants fellowships to professors and makes equipment grants to schools to advance public affairs education. He holds degrees from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and George Washington University's National Law Center.
Collins's talk is sponsored by the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs. It is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, October 10, 2000

NASDAQ President to Speak on Financial Matters

Chestertown, MD, October 9, 2000 — Alfred R. Berkeley III, president of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., will discuss NASDAQ's role in today's investing environment when he speaks at Washington College on Tuesday, October 17. Titled "The Future of Financial Markets," his talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Casey Academic Center Forum.
Prior to assuming command of NASDAQ in 1996, Berkeley was a managing director and senior banker in the corporate finance division of Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc., where his primary expertise involved large computer software and electronic commerce companies. He joined Brown & Sons in 1972 as a research analyst and became a general partner in 1983. In the 1970s, Berkeley was one of the first securities analysts in the nation to recognize the importance of the emerging software industry. His research in that field won him a coveted Institutional Investor All-American award.
Berkeley served as Alex. Brown's head of information services from 1985 to 1987 and worked from 1987 to 1989 in the firm's merger and acquisition division, where he helped to develop the company's technology practice. From 1989 to 1991, he took a leave of absence from Alex. Brown and joined Safeguard Scientifics. There, he served on the executive committee and as chairman of a number of the firm's subsidiaries, including Rabbit Software and Micro Decision Ware.
Berkeley's talk is sponsored by the J. C. Jones Seminar in American Business. It is free and open to the public.
Students interested in these or other programs at Washington College should contact the Admissions Office, 1-800-422-1782, or visit the college Web site at www.washcoll.edu.

Thursday, October 5, 2000

George Spilich Appointed To New John Toll Chair at Washington College

Psychology Professor Is Noted for Encouraging Undergraduate Research

Chestertown, MD, October 4, 2000 — The Board of Visitors and Governors of Washington College recently raised $2 million to endow a new chair in honor of College President John Toll, one of the most highly regarded educators in the nation. This fall, the Board named as the inaugural chairholder a senior faculty member who over the past decade has transformed the psychology department into a top academic performer.
"Of all the faculty members who do not already hold endowed professorships or chairs, George Spilich, professor and chair of the department of psychology, is outstanding in his teaching, research and service to the College," noted College President John S. Toll. "Everyone knows he is a gifted teacher, but not all colleagues realize that he has done some very important research. He is a marvelous leader who maintains very high standards for both his students and his faculty. In addition to these qualities, his selfless efforts to help students and to promote Washington College made him the logical choice for the John Toll Chair."
The Board devised the John Toll Chair to go to an outstanding faculty member in any discipline who, according to the Board resolution, "represents in exemplary fashion the College's goals of superb teaching and advising, fine research and excellent service, and who displays a strongly positive attitude and a deep commitment to Washington College and its students."
George Spilich is a champion of undergraduate research who, several years ago, worked with his colleagues to revamp the department's curriculum to emphasize engaged learning. He and his department members endeavor to get students involved in research as early as their freshman year, and continue to guide them through their academic studies and to train them to use the most sophisticated research techniques, laboratory equipment and instructional technology available.
As a direct result, Washington College, among its liberal arts and sciences peers, graduates a disproportionately higher number of students who go on to earn the Ph.D. and M.D. degrees, and national test scores in psychology have skyrocketed. In May 2000, the College's graduating psychology majors scored at the 91st percentile on the Educational Testing Services' national outcomes exam in psychology, and at the 98% percentile in behavioral neuroscience, a concentration that was established in 1992. This graduating class of 33 was awarded three-quarters of a million dollars in graduate scholarships and stipends. The program in psychology and behavioral neuroscience has been identified as a national leader in faculty-student research, averaging about 40 student co-authors per year at peer-reviewed professional conferences. Faculty also publish with student co-authors in peer-reviewed professional journals.
Spilich's own research investigates how performance of skilled tasks such as driving and reading are affected by nicotine or alcohol. He also explores how fatigue compounds the effects of those drugs in contributing to accidents on the road and in the workplace. Other investigations with colleagues at universities here in the U.S. and abroad deal with neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease; sex differences in cognitive processes; and visuospatial memory.
Spilich has published extensively in the area of human memory and performance, with a focus on pharmacological treatment of dementia and the effects of nicotine upon skilled performance. In addition to several articles underway with student co-authors and colleagues, Spilich is working on a book project, Tobacco, Nicotine and Cognitive Performance, and a CD-based multimedia text, Cognitive Neuroscience for Everyone!
Spilich joined the Washington College faculty in 1979, and has served as department chair since 1983. Under the Fulbright Research Scholars program, he was a visiting research associate professor of neurology and nuclear medicine at the University of Zagreb Hospitals in Croatia, in 1988-89. He served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Psychological Association from 1995-1998, and presently is serving his second three-year term as Councilor to the Psychology Division of the Council for Undergraduate Research.
In addition to his scholarly work, he has written several successful grants for new scientific instrumentation, most recently finding funds to upgrade research laboratory facilities to support undergraduate research in cognitive neuroscience, psychopharmacology, developmental and social processes, and sensation and perception, among others.
He has served on several academic committees, including the Premedical Committee, the Graduate Council, Academic Affairs, Academic Computing, and the Information Technology Steering Committee. He won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1990.Spilich earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a master's degree in experimental psychology from the University of Texas-El Paso and his Ph.D. in cognitive and developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Despite his significant achievements, Spilich believes that his recent appointment to the endowed chair carries not the recognition of his value as a teacher and mentor, but the expectation for continued accomplishments.
"An endowed chair named for John Toll comes with the responsibility to work with faculty, students and alumni to elevate the national reputation of Washington College. I'll have to do something really big in the next year or two."
The Toll Chair is the third of five endowed chairs to be created during the $72 million Campaign for Washington's College.

Saturday, September 9, 2000

Whitman String Quartet opens 49th Concert Series Season

Chestertown, MD, September 8, 2000 — Washington College will kick off the 2000-2001 Concert Series season on Monday, September 25, with a performance by the Whitman String Quartet on Monday, September 25, at 8 p.m. in Gibson Performing Arts Center, Tawes Theatre. The group's appearance will mark the opening of the 49th Concert Series season.
Since its 1995 Lincoln Center debut, the Whitman String Quartet has played to critical acclaim throughout the United States and Japan and is the winner of the 1998 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The quartet has been featured on Japan's NHK television network and the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes," and is heard regularly on National Public Radio. The New York Times has praised the quartet's performance as " . . . remarkably transparent, with each line carefully focused and perfectly balanced against the others," and The Miami Herald lauded the group's playing "with such freedom yet hair-raising collective control . . . It has the seeds of true greatness."
Washington College will also welcome lyric soprano Laura Danehower Whyte on November 14 as the Concert Series season continues. Spring 2001 performers will include folk dance ensemble Mandala, The Amsterdam Guitar Trio, and pianist Rachel Franklin. Admission to all performances is $12 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and under. For more information or for season tickets, call 410-778-7839.

Talk to Address State of the Bay

Chestertown, MD, September 8, 2000 — Can the Chesapeake Bay be rescued from the ravages of pollution, over-harvesting and development? John Page Williams will discuss the state of the Bay's health and provisions for its future when he presents "Is the Bay Savable? What Needs to be Done" on Tuesday, September 19 at Washington College.
Senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Williams will address the Chesapeake 2000 Bay Agreement—a contract designed to nurture and sustain the Bay, protect it as a habitat, restore and conserve watersheds, wetlands and forests, and improve water quality—and what it means for the Bay's future. He is author of two books, Exploring the Chesapeake in Small Boats and Chesapeake Almanac. In addition to a bi-weekly newspaper column, he has also written columns on fishing and natural history.
Williams's talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in Litrentra Lecture Hall, Dunning Hall. Sponsored by the McLain Program in Environmental Studies, it is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 8, 2000

Civil Rights activist to speak

Chestertown, MD, September 8, 2000 — Charged with dissonance, violence and a passionate struggle for equality, the Civil Rights Movement both changed and created history. Activist, educator and award-winning film producer Judy Richardson will discuss the Movement's history, its lessons, its current relevance, and its future when she speaks on "The Civil Rights Movement: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" at Washington College on Tuesday, September 26.

A staff member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the early 1960s, Richardson worked on SNCC projects in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, including the "Freedom Summer" of 1964 when volunteers traveled throughout the South to help register African American voters. In 1965, she joined current NAACP Chairman Julian Bond's successful campaign for the Georgia House of Representatives. During the 1970s, Richardson directed a study of racism in African American children's books for Howard University; conducted a national study of political prisoners in the United States; and directed a Washington, D.C., scholarship agency for African American students. She also organized a residential freedom school that brought together young people from civil rights struggles in both the North and the South in order to discuss common concerns and strategies.
Richardson is co-producer of the acclaimed television series "Eyes on the Prize," a photojournalistic history of the Civil Rights Movement, and of "Malcolm X: Make It Plain," an in-depth film portrait of the Civil Rights leader. She speaks nationally on the Civil Rights Movement and the making of "Eyes on the Prize," speaking with young people about the values of the Movement and their relevance to current issues. Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., national director of the Million Man March, has called her "not only an authentic voice of the past, but a vibrant voice of the future."
Richardson's talk, sponsored by the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Norman James Theatre. It is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, August 16, 2000

Benjamin Carson, Rita Colwell, and Lois Duffey to be honored at Washington College

Chestertown, MD, August 16, 2000 — Surgeon Benjamin S. Carson Sr., National Science Foundation Director Rita R. Colwell, and Eastern Shore civic leader Lois S. Duffey will be honored at Washington College's Fall Convocation at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 7.
Benjamin S. Carson Sr. is professor and director of pediatric neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore. Dr. Carson, one of the preeminent pediatric neurosurgeons in the world, gained international renown in 1987 when he led the medical team that successfully separated conjoined twins who shared a major cerebral blood system. In 1997, he led the first completely successful separation of twins joined at the top of the head. He has refined the techniques for hemispherectomy, a radical brain surgery to stop intractable seizures, and he is known for his work in craniofacial reconstructive surgery, achondroplasia (human dwarfism), and pediatric neuro-oncology (brain tumors). As an African American who overcame the obstacles of an inner-city upbringing and difficulties in school to become one of the most celebrated physicians in the world, Dr. Carson also is an inspirational role model. He is president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. His three books—Gifted Hands, Think Big, and The Big Picture—provide inspiration and insight for leading a successful life.
Rita R. Colwell is director of the National Science Foundation, an independent agency of the federal government that provides support for research and education in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Before becoming director of the NSF in 1998, Dr. Colwell was president of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, a position she had held since 1991. She was appointed professor of microbiology at the University of Maryland in 1972. While at UM, Dr. Colwell also served as Director of the Sea Grant College and as Vice President for Academic Affairs for the University of Maryland System. A member of the National Science Board from 1984 to 1990, she has held several advisory positions in government, with private foundations, and in the international community. She was chairman of the board of governors of the American Academy of Microbiology for ten years. She has authored or co-authored 16 books and more than 500 scientific publications, and produced the award-winning film, Invisible Seas.
Lois Salmon Duffey is a highly regarded American horsewoman whose philanthropic interests are focused on the needs of children and youth. Since moving to Maryland's Eastern Shore in 1946, Mrs. Duffey has been keenly interested in preserving and sharing the advantages of country living, and promoting educational opportunities here. Decades ago she and her husband, Harry, founded a summer camp at their Corsica River farm for disadvantaged boys from Baltimore City, and since 1947 were influential supporters of The Gunston School in Centreville, MD. Today, Mrs. Duffey continues to support Gunston and other private educational institutions and organizations helping children and young people, particularly those on the Eastern Shore. Since 1965, when she and her husband created the Harry J. Duffey Jr. Scholarship, she has been a generous benefactor of Washington College.

Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Washington College Dedicates Louis L. Goldstein Hall

Chestertown, MD, August 15, 2000 — Washington College will celebrate the dedication of Goldstein Hall, its newest academic building, at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 27.
The $4 million facility honors the memory of Louis L. Goldstein, Maryland's legendary comptroller and the nation's longest serving elected official.
Goldstein Hall is the only academic building in the state of Maryland to bear the name of this revered public servant. Among the honored guests who plan to attend the ceremony are Goldstein's children, Louisa, Phillip and Margaret, as well as such state and local officials as William Donald Schaefer, Comptroller; Richard Dixon, Treasurer; Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, President of the Senate; Casper Taylor, Speaker of the House; Paul S. Sarbanes, U.S. Senator; Steny H. Hoyer, U.S. Congressman; Wheeler R. Baker, Maryland Delegate; and Margo Bailey, Mayor of Chestertown.
Louis L. Goldstein graduated from Washington College in 1935 and remained a dedicated alumnus all his life. He joined the Washington College Board of Visitors and Governors in 1957 and served the College throughout his tenure as State Comptroller. Goldstein was chairman of the board for 18 years until his death in 1998. He spoke often of his connection to the College, saying, "As someone who loves history, I take particular pride in Washington College. Our history, so closely linked to the creation of a new nation, is what distinguishes us from other selective liberal arts colleges in the country." Robert G. Smith, vice president for Development, said, "We at Washington College respected him as a distinguished alumnus, proud parent, and great leader."
The College has set a goal of raising $2 million in private funds for the support of Goldstein Hall. To date, gifts and other commitments total $1.1 million. Gifts and pledges of any size will be accepted by the College through the end of December 2000 to be fulfilled over three years. Donors of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a commemorative plaque in the building. Rooms in the building will be named in honor of those giving $15,000 or more. Leading the Friends of Louis L. Goldstein Committee in soliciting support for the project are Comptroller Schaefer, former Chestertown Mayor Elmer E. Horsey and former Maryland Deputy Comptroller Robert L. Swann.
The construction of Goldstein Hall has been financed by the state of Maryland, which provided half the cost, and The Campaign for Washington's College.
Announced just two years ago, the $72-million-dollar Campaign now totals $61.1 million. Louis Goldstein made the first contribution to the campaign, a gift of $1 million. The Campaign goals are to build and maintain facilities such as Goldstein Hall and to support academic distinction through scholarships, professorships, research centers, equipment and academic support.
This fall Washington College, a liberal arts school located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, will enroll its largest entering class ever. Once again, National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society members represent 51% of the freshman class.
Goldstein Hall has been built to meet the academic needs of the growing student population. It will house 3 classrooms, 5 seminar rooms, 2 teaching laboratories, a 75-seat lecture hall, 24 faculty offices, and consolidated office space for the Writing Center, Math Workshop and Study Skills Office.
Goldstein Hall was designed by architects Steve Parker and Rick Morrison of Grimm & Parker Associates of Calverton, Md. Harper & Sons, Inc., general contractors based in Easton, oversaw the construction of the building.

Friday, August 11, 2000

New Director Takes Message of Chesapeake Bay to World

Chestertown, MD, August 11, 2000 —When Wayne H. Bell, Ph.D., was named director of the Center for the Environment and Society at Washington College in July, he called for the Center to become "a catalyst between the education programs at the College and the community, including the local Chesapeake Bay region, and the world beyond."
Making good on that pledge, Harvard-educated Bell will be a keynote speaker at the International Seminar on Chesapeake 2000, held in Kobe, Japan, August 21 to 24. Chesapeake 2000 is the name of the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement signed this past June by the Chesapeake Executive Council. The Council, which includes the governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia and the mayor of Washington, D.C., has committed itself to continued restoration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Specific goals include improved water quality and restoration and maintenance of balanced ecosystems. If the water quality standards are met as outlined in the agreement, the Bay will be removed from the federal list of impaired waters by 2010.
The seminar is being hosted by the Scientific and Policy Committee of the International Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS) Center. EMECS works internationally to bring together scholars, governments officials, industry representatives, and private organizations to resolve problems of bodies of water nearly surrounded by land. The Chesapeake Bay is one of nine major enclosed coastal seas recognized by EMECS. It is the largest and the most biologically diverse estuary in North America.
Dr. Bell will speak to approximately 120 government officials, researchers and private citizens about the Chesapeake 2000 agreement and his scientific point of view. Dr. Bell received both an A.M. in biology and a Ph.D. in marine microbiology from Harvard University. He comes to Washington College from the University of Maryland system where he most recently served as the vice president for external relations and the assistant to the director of special projects at the Center for Environmental Science. "Wayne Bell's public education experience and teacher outreach programs, combined with his extensive knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay, are perfectly suited to the mission of the new Center," said John S. Toll, president of Washington College.
Community outreach is a primary goal of both Chesapeake 2000 and the Washington College Center for the Environment and Society. The Center's mission is "to explore the critical relationship between society and environment...taking the Chesapeake Bay watershed region as [the] primary focus." It will be housed in the historic Chestertown Custom House, currently under restoration. The Custom House is located on the Chester River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.
Support for the Center has come from Ted and Jennifer Stanley, Tom and Barbara Gale, L. Clifford Schroeder and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. The effort is part of the Campaign for Washington's College, now at $61 million. The Center for the Environment and Society is one of three new centers enhancing the Washington College academic program through rigorous, innovative courses and internships, issue analysis, collaborative work with leading scholars, and national community outreach. The other new centers are the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Center for Writing and the Creative Process.

Wednesday, August 9, 2000

Washington College Announces New Majors

Chestertown, MD, August 9, 2000 — Washington College is pleased to announce the addition of two new major programs of study, anthropology and computer science. Beginning in the fall of 2000, students will be able to choose from these or any of the other 23 majors the College offers.
Washington College will be the only institution of higher learning on the Eastern Shore to offer a major in anthropology and only one of four to do so in the state of Maryland. The major has been established primarily due to student demand. During the past four years, enrollment in anthropology courses has been consistently high. In the past three semesters, course offerings have doubled, yet class size has continued to increase. Seven students have taken the initiative to design independent majors in anthropology by petitioning the Dean of the College. Future majors will complete ten four-credit courses in anthropology, one study abroad experience and a major research paper. The anthropology major directly supports the mission of the College, "to stimulate men and women to think deeply, imaginatively, and creatively about past and present civilizations."
The new major in computer science also promotes the College's mission by providing an additional area of intellectual inquiry in a rapidly growing and evolving field. The current demand for college graduates in computer science and related technical fields far exceeds the supply. "By graduating students in this critical field, many of whom will settle in the Baltimore-Washington area, Washington College is contributing to the economic development of the state of Maryland and to the needs of employers and the work force," said Joachim Scholz, Dean of the College. Students majoring in computer science will be required to complete eleven four-credit courses and either a substantial programming project or an investigation into a topic in theoretical computer science.
In addition to computer science and anthropology, the College has also recently implemented a program leading to certification in elementary education.
Students interested in these or other programs at Washington College should contact the Admissions Office, 1-800-422-1782, or visit the college Web site at www.washcoll.edu.

Friday, July 21, 2000

History Course Tackles Vietnam War

Chestertown, MD, July 21, 2000 — In the space of 30 years, Vietnam went from being a word Americans barely knew to one that excites passionate feelings in several generations. Equally important, the Vietnam War remains a trauma from which American military and political strategists have yet to recover. The tumultuous conflict and the diplomatic and political climate preceding and following it will be among the topics examined in "The Vietnam War: A Turning Point in the 'American Century'," a history graduate course offered at Washington College this fall.
Visiting professor Ann Connell, Ph.D., who teaches the course, comes to Washington College from George Washington University where she has taught in the Honors Program on the subjects of the Vietnam War, the Peace Movement and the civil rights struggle in the United States. Connell, a graduate of the University of Maryland, holds a masters degree in American military history and a Ph.D. in American diplomatic history.
Like many Americans, Connell is passionate about the subject, having come to study the period before, during and after the Vietnam War with much personal experience behind her. In 1968, she and her husband adopted a Vietnamese orphan. The next year, Connell's 19-year old brother Joe, a Marine, was killed fighting a North Vietnamese regiment in Quang Nam Province near Danang. In 1999 the family visited the orphanage where the couple's daughter spent her first 10 months of life. They went on to find the site of Connell's brother's death. There, with help from a former Viet Cong soldier and local villagers, they placed a shrine honoring Joe's sacrifice and all the war dead.
"The war was a great tragedy for so many families on both sides," said Connell. She believes it is important to understand how American idealism, leadership and power could have led to what in retrospect seems to have been a predictable unraveling of United States policy in Indochina. "To begin a study of the Vietnam War in 1965 with the commitment of U.S. ground forces is like tuning into a show when it's half over," Connell said. "This course will examine not only the war in Vietnam from 1965 to 1975, but also the circumstances and decisions that led to that costly commitment in the contexts of the Cold War, the nationalist fervor in the Third World, the emergence of social activism in America and, the diplomatic and political exigencies which shaped the second half of the 'American Century'."
The class will be held Thursdays, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 7. For more information, call 1-800-422-1782.

Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Washington College Professor on Marc Steiner Show Friday

Richard Striner, associate professor of history at Washington College, will appear on the Marc Steiner Show on WJHU, 88.1 FM, at 1 p.m., Friday, June 23.
He will be discussing his new book, The Civic Deal, and responding to calls from the audience.
In The Civic Deal, Striner presents a philosophy for reinvigorating government stewardship in American public life. He advocates a melding of conservative and liberal ideas and values to create effective and far-reaching public policies.
James MacGregor Burns, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox," says, "I greatly admire The Civic Deal because of the way it has brought together grand intellectual and political traditions in American history and applied them effectively to problems today."

Friday, June 9, 2000

Washington College President Toll Hailed As Tops In Maryland Education

Chestertown, MD, June 9—The Maryland Association of Higher Education will present Washington College President John S. Toll with its first ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s annual symposium today at Towson University.
"Dr. Toll's career as both a distinguished faculty scholar and campus and system administrator, in both the public and private sectors of Maryland higher education, truly exemplifies what the MAHE Lifetime Achievement Award is meant to recognize," says MAHE president Craig Clagett. "Along with his stellar academic accomplishments, Dr. Toll is known for his genuine interest in helping others, whether students, staff, or colleagues. He has set the standard for service to Maryland higher education."
Founded in 1946, MAHE is now in its 54th year serving the interests of all sectors and all professions of higher education in Maryland. Through its conferences, Web site, and publications, MAHE promotes communication and cooperation among all those interested in furthering higher learning in Maryland.
Toll’s accomplishments during his more than 46 years in higher education, 33 in the state of Maryland, led to this first-ever honor. A Yale graduate with a Ph.D. from Princeton in physics, Toll began his career in Maryland education in 1953, when he joined the University of Maryland faculty after helping to establish the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He served for thirteen years as chair of UM’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, leaving to assume the presidency of SUNY Stony Brook. For his work there, Toll was listed among "100 Who Shaped the Century" by Newsday, the principal newspaper of Long Island, New York.
Toll came back to Maryland from Stony Brook in 1978, invited by the University of Maryland to become president of the five-campus system. At the request of then-Governor William Donald Schaefer, Toll headed the merger of Maryland’s two public multi-campus university systems in 1988. This led to the founding of the University of Maryland System, with Toll named Chancellor. He remains Chancellor Emeritus.
In 1994 Toll returned to the physics department at the University of Maryland, working with graduate students and faculty on research and lecturing at freshman honors seminars. He became Acting President of Washington College on January 1, 1995, and accepted the invitation of the Board to continue as president that year.
The private liberal arts and sciences college has flourished under his leadership, with no aspect of institutional life untouched by his enthusiasm.
His impact was readily apparent to the accrediting agency that visited in 1994 and returned for a follow-up visit in 1999. The Periodic Review Report of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools reported "phenomenal progress" and an "incredible turnaround which . . . far exceeds the expectations of even the most optimistic member of the 1994 Review Team."
Toll’s first initiative at the College was to develop and launch the Washington Scholars Program, a $10,000 per year scholarship program for members of the National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society. As a result of this initiative, honor society members entering the College make up more than 50 percent of the total freshman class, an increase from less than 25 percent in 1995. The number of entering freshmen also has increased 20 percent from 236 in 1994 to 282 in 1999. The Class of 2000 is the first graduating class of Washington Scholars.
During his first five years in office, Toll has overseen the addition of majors in environmental studies, anthropology and computer science, a dual degree program in pharmacy, and a K-8 teacher certification program to complement secondary education training. The College also has established itself as a leader in international education and currently offers 38 study abroad programs around the world. Two varsity sports—co-ed and women’s sailing and women’s soccer—have also been added.
As student enrollment as grown, so has the size of the faculty—a 28 percent increase of full-time faculty from 65 in 1994 to 83 in 1999.
An inveterate fund-raiser for education, President Toll has spearheaded The Campaign for Washington’s College. Initiated in 1997 with a goal of $72 million, the campaign has yielded $60 million in funds raised after one year of the public phase. The Campaign is raising money to support academic programs, including developing centers for the study of creative writing, environmental studies, and the American experience; student scholarships; faculty salaries; improved facilities; and endowment.
"John Toll’s leadership has been critical to the early success of this Campaign," notes Jay Griswold of Baltimore, vice chair of the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors and chairman of the Campaign. "He is greatly admired and respected in academic circles and political arenas alike."

Thursday, June 1, 2000

Washington College Honors President With Creation Of John Toll Chair

Chestertown, MD, June 1 — In recognition of the accomplishments of Washington College President John S. Toll, the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors has established the John Toll Chair at Washington College.
The creation of the chair was announced at the Chevy Chase Club in Washington, D.C. Keynote speaker at the event was Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
The professorship has been endowed through a gift of $2 million—$1 million raised from board members over a period of only six weeks to be matched with $1 million from the Hodson Challenge. Jay Griswold, chairman of the Campaign for Washington’s College, said, "The members of the board had already contributed $18 million to our Campaign for Washington’s College. This commitment on top of that is indicative of the board’s gratitude for President Toll’s leadership.
"Dr. Toll’s untiring work on behalf of the College has been key to the success of our Campaign. His first five years have been characterized by one success after another." The
Campaign has raised $60 million in the first 20 months of a 5-year effort to raise $72 million for academic programs, faculty, scholarships, and campus enhancements.
The John Toll Chair will be awarded to an outstanding faculty member in any discipline at Washington College who exemplifies the College’s goals of superb teaching and advising, fine research and excellent service. The recipient must also display a strongly positive attitude and a deep commitment to Washington College and its students. The professor will be chosen by the president and approved by the board.
Among Toll’s accomplishments are the following:
  • The College’s endowment has risen from $27 million to $109 million.
  • Enrollment has increased more than 20 percent, from 1006 to 1225.
  • The number of National Honor Society students making up the student body has more than doubled to 550.
  • Four major building projects have been completed. The most recent, Louis Goldstein Hall, will open this fall.
Toll came to Washington College a distinguished figure in education. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in physics with highest honors from Yale University in 1944 and serving in the Navy during World War II, Toll completed his Ph.D. in physics at Princeton, where he helped to establish Project Matterhorn, now known as the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. In 1953 he joined the University of Maryland faculty and served for thirteen years as chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, considered one of the best in the country.
In 1965 Toll became the first president at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His work there earned him election to Newsday’s "100 Who Shaped the Century."
On June 9, Toll will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Association for Higher Education, the first the organization has given. In July, he will be one of only eight educational leaders to receive the Council for the Support of Education Chief Executive Leadership Award.

Thursday, May 25, 2000

Washington College Awarded Clare Boothe Luce Professorship

Chestertown, MD, May 24—Washington College has been granted a Clare Boothe Luce Professorship in Chemistry by The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. of New York. Leslie A. Sherman, an analytical and environmental chemist, will be the first Clare Boothe Luce Professor in the College's history. The CBL Professorship was granted by the Clare Boothe Luce Program Selection Committee and funded through The Henry Luce Foundation.
The Luce grant is designed specifically to enhance the academic careers of women in science, engineering and mathematics. Active in journalism, the theatre and governmental service, the late Clare Boothe Luce created the program to advance her keen interest in helping women achieve their potential. Under the terms of her will, Mrs. Luce established a legacy that benefits women with talent and ambition in areas where they are still largely underrepresented—science and engineering.
"Since women were first admitted to Washington College in 1891, they have challenged cultural attitudes toward women in education, in sports and in professions. We are proud of our record in encouraging women to pursue the baccalaureate as well as careers in the sciences," John S. Toll, President of Washington College said. "The endorsement of our efforts from this prestigious source will enable us to make even greater strides in advancing the causes championed by Clare Boothe Luce." Washington College is a private liberal arts and sciences college located in historic Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, it was the first college created in the new nation.
Sherman, a graduate of Carleton College, holds a M.S.C.E. degree in water chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Department of Civil Engineering, and a Ph.D. in soil chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to her teaching and research positions, she has been a program analyst with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a marine science policy fellow for NOAA's National Sea Grant Program. She served with the Peace Corps for two years as a science teacher in Cameroon, West Africa. Most recently, she taught environmental studies, water resources and environmental chemistry.
Sherman will add a strong science component to the College's recently established interdisciplinary major in environmental studies, Frank Creegan, chairman of the Chemistry Department said. In direct response to expressions of interest by students, Sherman will also offer upper level courses in analytical chemistry emphasizing limnology, the scientific study of bodies of freshwater, and marine science. In addition to courses in chemistry, Sherman will develop a freshman seminar focused on women in science.
The Luce grant of $403,548 will support the expenses of the professorship for five years. The College will also provide funding for two student research assistants each summer, as well as one teaching assistant and one student assistant during the academic year.

Monday, May 22, 2000

Washington College Awards Nation's Largest Undergraduate Prize

Chestertown, MD — Most college seniors will look back on their graduation ceremony as a day of pomp and circumstance culminating in a handshake and a diploma. For Christine Lincoln, a 34-year old single mother and English major at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, the ceremony brought other rewards: top honors, a dream fulfilled and a check for $54,266. Lincoln's creative writing portfolio, which she describes as an exploration of "what it means to be African-American," earned her the largest undergraduate literary award in the country — the Sophie Kerr Prize.
The awarding of the Sophie Kerr Prize, given annually to the graduating senior who demonstrates the greatest "ability and promise for future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor," has in recent decades been a highlight of the commencement ceremony at the 218-year-old liberal arts college. The Prize, worth $54,266 this year, is among the largest literary awards in the world. Washington College has awarded more than three quarters of a million in prize money since it was first given in 1968, most often to writers of poetry and fiction. Scholarly and journalistic works, though less often selected, are given equal consideration.
Lincoln's winning submission was a collection of mostly short fiction entitled "Sap Rising."
"Christine is a superior storyteller as well as a perceptive critical writer" said Professor Richard Gillin, chair of the English Department and of the Sophie Kerr committee which selected Lincoln's text from a pool of 23 submissions. "She integrates scene and mood, uses haunting rhythms, dramatic tensions, and gathers these elements and fuses them to make the ordinary world come alive with insight."
Robert Mooney, Director of the O'Neill Literary House who served as Lincoln's thesis advisor described Lincoln as "a true storyteller, a natural, one mindful of the past that has made the present who carries it forward to keep it alive and, in the process, enriches the lives around her." He adds "The profound courage that undergirds Christine's characters mirrors her own."
An admirer of such diverse writers as William Faulkner, Somerset Maugham and Toni Morrison, Lincoln says it was her grandmother who taught her "the magic of words" and inspired her to become a storyteller. Lincoln remembers hearing story after story on the porch of an old farmhouse in Lutherville, Maryland, the community where Lincoln grew up and which she fictionlizes as "Grandville," in many of her stories. Lincoln says her stories enact the tension between personal desire and the struggle to belong to a community, a conflict she finds at the heart of the African American experience where the African conciousness of "we" meets the American obsession with "I."
Lincoln's exploration of cultural issues took her twice to South Africa during her undergraduate years. She received grants from the Washington College Society of Junior Fellows to spend time in that country studying problems of domestic violence. Closer to home she worked with other student leaders to found the Center for the Study of Black Culture on the Washington College campus. All this while raising Takii, her six-year-old son in an apartment near campus.
Lincoln was working as a radiology technician in Baltimore when her son was born seriously ill. "I gave up everything — my house, my car — to pay his medical bills for the two years." Faced with the prospect of starting over she decided to pursue her dream of the writing life. A newspaper article about the Sophie Kerr prize drew her to Washington College, the only school to which she applied as a transfer student from Baltimore City Community College. "I read about their community of writers and knew that was the place for me," Lincoln said.
Lincoln plans to pursue a Ph.d. in African Literature at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Sophie Kerr Prize is the namesake of an Eastern Shore woman who made her fortune in New York, writing light women's fiction during the 1930s and 1940s. In accordance with the terms of her will, one-half of the annual income from her bequest to the College is awarded each year to the graduating senior demonstrating the best potential for literary achievement. The other half funds scholarships, supports student publications and the purchase of books, and brings an array of visiting writers, editors and publishers to campus to read, visit classes, and discuss student work. Her gift has provided the nucleus for an abundance of literary activity on the bucolic Eastern Shore campus.
Washington College is a small liberal arts college on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Founded in 1782, it is Maryland's oldest chartered college, and the tenth oldest in the nation.

Friday, April 21, 2000

Green Party Candidate Ralph Nader Speaks at WC April 30

Chestertown, April 20—Ralph Nader will speak at Washington College on Sunday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. Ranked third in polls on presidential candidates, Nader will talk about how government, corporations, and free trade will affect the global environment in the 21st century. His appearance in the Casey Academic Center Forum on campus is free and open to the public.
Nader is a noted lecturer whose simple message of being an active citizen touches a chord in his audiences. Years after they graduate, college students tell him how his lecture evening changed their lives.
Honored by "Time" magazine as one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century, Nader has devoted his life to giving ordinary people the tools to defend themselves against corporate negligence and government indifference. After publication of his 1965 book "Unsafe at Any Speed," about potentially fatal mechanical defects in some cars, and the Senate hearings that resulted from it, Nader was catapulted into the public sphere. Seat belts and air bags in automobiles resulted from Nader's expose.
Nader was instrumental in the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA; the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA; and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He helped draft and pass the Safe Water Drinking Act, the Meat and Poultry Inspection rules, and the Freedom of Information Act. Nader has formed numerous citizen groups, including the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, Pension Rights Center, the Coalition for University in the Public Interest, and the student public interest research groups that operate in more than 20 states. He is now also working with alumni classes, including his own at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, to redirect their efforts from parties and reunions to volunteerism and community projects.
This William James Forum lecture is also sponsored by the Louis Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, The Society of Junior Fellows and the Campus Events and Visitors Committee.

Thursday, April 20, 2000

Washington College Names Widmer Head of C. V. Starr Center

Annapolis, April 19—Governor Parris N. Glendening joined Washington College president John S. Toll today to announce the appointment of Edward "Ted" Ladd Widmer as director of the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, MD
A Harvard-educated historian, Widmer comes to the College from the White House, where he was Special Assistant to the President and director for speechwriting at the National Security Council. Widmer holds a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization; an A.M. in history; and an A.B., magna cum laude, all from Harvard University. He was an instructor in history and literature at Harvard and also taught at the Rhode Island School of Design.
About the Center, Widmer says, "The C. V. Starr Center will devote itself to the study of one of the most remarkable metamorphoses in history: how in the brief span of two centuries, a loose agglomeration of colonies at the periphery of the British empire evolved into the greatest power ever known."
Widmer envisions an active role in public life for the Center, saying, "Through a wide variety of public programs, the Center will encourage the broad study of the American experience and the countless ways we give daily new meaning to what Washington called 'the great experiment.' In keeping with the special history and character of Washington College, the Center will pay close attention to the nation's founding moment."
In addition to directing the C. V. Starr Center, Widmer will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in history as an associate professor at Washington College.
Widmer's published works reflect his broad knowledge of American cultural, intellectual, and political history. His book Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City (Oxford University Press: 1998) is a study of politics and culture in the Jacksonian period. Widmer examines the career of John O'Sullivan, author of "Manifest Destiny," and the influence of his magazine, the Democratic Review. He was a contributing editor for the magazine George and has written for The American Heritage History of the United States, The Whitman Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of New England Culture, The Encyclopedia Africana, Harvard Magazine, and Rhode Island History. He is also a consultant for a variety of other magazines and journals. His second book, on the troubled early history of African-American music, has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press.
The new director received the Dena Epstein Award for Excellence in Music History in 1998, a Charles Warren Center Fellowship in American History in 1997, a W. E. B. Du Bois Fellowship in Afro-American Studies in 1996, the Stephen Botein Prize for Teaching Excellence in 1994, a John Carter Brown Library Fellowship in 1994, and the Mark DeWolfe Howe Fellowship in the Study of Civil Liberties in 1991. From 1985 to 1993, Widmer held the Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities.
The headquarters of the C. V. Starr Center will be in the Custom House, a Colonial period building located on the Chester River in Chestertown, MD The Custom House was given to the College by the late Wilbur Ross Hubbard, a long-time member of Washington College's Board of Visitors and Governors. The building is being restored with assistance from grants from the Maryland Historic Trust and the C. V. Starr Foundation.