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.