Friday, August 30, 2002

Washington College Welcomes New Faculty For The 2002-2003 Academic Year

Chestertown, MD, August 30, 2002 — As Washington College welcomes 390 incoming freshmen and transfer students, the College is joined by 18 new faculty members for the 2002-2003 academic year, including seven new faculty appointments for tenure-track professorships in economics and environmental studies, mathematics, foreign languages, political science and international studies, biology, and business management.
To tenure-track positions, the College welcomes the following professors this year: Robert Dawson (Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), instructor in economics and environmental studies; Michael McLendon (Ph.D., University of Iowa), assistant professor of mathematics; Lisa Noetzel (Ph D., The Pennsylvania State University), assistant professor of Spanish; Andrew Oros (Ph. D., Columbia University), assistant professor of political science and international studies; Scott Rawls (Ph.D., East Carolina University School of Medicine), assistant professor of biology; Karen Senecal (C.P.A., MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington), assistant professor of accounting; and Susan Vowels (MBA, University of Delaware), assistant professor of business management.
In the physics department, Dr. Karl Kehm (Ph.D., Washington University) has been appointed to a three-year position as assistant professor of earth and planetary science.
Our visiting professors for the 2002-2003 academic year are Sheila Barry, visiting assistant professor of psychology; Kathleen Guidroz, visiting assistant professor of sociology; Lynn Mahaffy, visiting assistant professor of biology; Jennifer O'Neill, visiting assistant professor of art; and Michael Ruscio, visiting assistant professor of psychology.
The College also welcomes the following lecturers: Susan Dorsey, education; Carolyn Becker, Spanish; Christopher Chlumsky and Michael Strauss, music; Renee Zhiyin Dong, Chinese; René Hayden, history; Barbara Romaine, Arabic; and Polly Kuulei Sommerfeld, drama.
The C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience is joined this year by its first visiting fellow, Adam Goodheart. Dr. Michelle Johnson also has joined the College as Field Experience Coordinator for Elementary Education.
"Adding to our faculty resources and maintaining teaching excellence are fundamental goals at Washington College," said Dr. Joachim Scholz, provost and dean of the College. "We continue to attract highly-motivated students, and bringing new faculty and new courses on-line—such as a foreign language course in Arabic and physics' courses in earth and planetary science—helps to expand our students' curricular choices."

Wednesday, August 28, 2002

College To Host Living Shorelines Forum September 13

Keeping Our "Edge" to Preserve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

Chestertown, MD, August 28, 2002 — The Washington College Center for the Environment and Society, the Upper Eastern Shore Tributary Team and the Chester River Association will host a LIVING SHORELINES FORUM on Friday, September 13, 2002, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 100 Goldstein Hall on the College's campus. The public is invited to this forum to learn about and discuss various efforts to combat shoreline erosion while maintaining the critical habitat that is necessary for many Bay species.
The beauty of the Chesapeake Bay is tied directly to its bountiful tributaries whose edges and shorelines team with life. As more and more people seek out these distinctive areas to live and to work, there is a risk that the landscape that defines the unique environment of the Bay might be lost as homeowners and businesses opt for shoreline measures for recreation, business and farming that actually threaten and destroy habitat and, with it, the very quality of life that we seek by living on the Chesapeake Bay.
What happens to the environment when we lose "the edge" and what measures can be taken to prevent shoreline erosion? What is the State of Maryland doing to help counties deal with this issue? These questions are critical, both environmentally and economically, and will be addressed at this public forum. Guest speakers will include John Flood, a shoreline design consultant who has witnessed the loss of Anne Arundel County's shorelines to hardened approaches; Kevin Kelly, owner of Environmental Systems Analysis, Inc., in Annapolis, who uses alternative, bio-engineering methods to protect eroding shorelines; and Cornelia Pasche Wikar, a Coastal Hazards Planner with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, who is leading a statewide project to identify the shorelines most susceptible to erosion and the appropriate measures to protect them. Public questions and participation are greatly encouraged.
To learn more about educational events sponsored by the Washington College Center for the Environment and Society, visit the center online at or call 410-810-7151.

Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Washington College Concert Series Announces Schedule For 51st Season

Chestertown, MD, August 21, 2002 — The Washington College Concert Series, now in its 51st season, has announced its schedule of performances for 2002-2003. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. in the Tawes Theatre, Daniel Z. Gibson Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Washington College. Visit for a campus map and directions.
This coming season will feature performances by:
  • Scott Beard, Piano, Wednesday, October 9, 2002
  • Borealis Wind Quintet, Tuesday, December 3, 2002
  • Jennifer Koh, Violin, Friday, January 17, 2003
  • Lyric Brass Quintet, Monday, March 3, 2003
  • Chris Brubeck's Triple Play, Thursday, May 1, 2003
For ticket information and a 2002-2003 season brochure, call 410-778-7839 or 800-422-1782, ext. 7839. Season tickets are available for $50.00 per person, and individual tax-deductible patron sponsorships begin at $75.00. Single tickets at the door are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth and students.
Season tickets can be purchased by check or money order through the mail from the Washington College Concert Series, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620-1197.

Monday, August 19, 2002

"A Sense Of Wonder" Brings The Life Of Rachel Carson To Stage At Washington College September 14

Chestertown, MD, August 19, 2002 — On Saturday, September 14, 2002, acclaimed Broadway, film and television actress Kaiulani Lee will bring the life of environmentalist, biologist and writer Rachel Carson to stage at Washington College in a one-woman show titled "A Sense of Wonder." Cosponsored by the Friends of Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Inc., and the College's Center for Environment and Society, this performance will start at 7 p.m. in the College's Tawes Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, admission at the door.
September 2002 marks both the 40th anniversary of the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Kent County and of the publication of Carson's landmark work of conservation, Silent Spring.
A marine biologist and zoologist by training, Carson has been called the "patron saint of the environmental movement," and the 1962 publication of Silent Spring brought to public consciousness the dangers of chemical pesticides in the ecosystem while providing impetus to the modern environmental movement. She is considered one of the great poets and writers of the natural world, conveying its sense of beauty and mystery in her best-selling books. Biographer Linda Lear described Carson's writing as "at once scientifically accurate and clear, but with a poetic insight and imagination, one that confidently captured the wonder of nature's eternal cycles, rhythms and relationships."
Forty years after the publication of Silent Spring, Carson's conservation legacy is still strong, inspiring new generations with "a sense of wonder" at nature's beauty and balance, and invoking national stewardship of America's environment.
"Rachel Carson's ideas influenced the lives of many in the service of science and the environment, including mine," says Dr. Wayne Bell, director of Washington College's Center for Environment and Society, the cosponsor of "A Sense of Wonder." Bell, who grew up in Carson's Silver Spring, MD, neighborhood in the 1950s and recalls Carson's taking time to stargaze with him—her 10-year-old neighbor and paperboy—through a telescope in her backyard, will introduce the September 14th performance.
"A Sense of Wonder" was written by actress Kaiulani Lee, who has been touring the United States for over ten years, bringing to audiences the person and perspectives of Carson. Her play has been the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment. She has performed it at over one hundred universities, dozens of high schools, the Smithsonian Institute, the Albert Schweitzer Conference, the United Nations, the Sierra Club's Centennial in San Francisco, and at the Department of the Interior's 150th anniversary celebration. Lee has appeared in many on- and off-Broadway plays, and her television and film credits include The Waltons, Law and Order, The World According to Garp and the critically acclaimed PBS film A Midwife's Tale.
The September 14 performance will be preceded by a points-of-light remembrance to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, with a moment of silence and an audience display of individual lights in tribute to those whose lives were lost. Attendees are encouraged to bring a penlight to participate.
A "Roses for Rachel" ceremony will be held immediately after the play in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Silent Spring's publication. A reception will be offered during the intermission, and the Friends of Eastern Neck will have copies of Carson's books available for sale.
Eastern Neck NWR also will host an outdoor biodiversity event, called "The Big B," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 14 at its 2,000-acre-plus Chesapeake Bay island refuge. Carson's famous quotation, "I shall remember the MonarchsY," will be the theme of the day, as Monarch Watch representatives give presentations on Monarch butterfly migration and metamorphosis, and help the public tag migratory Monarchs. In honor of the 40th anniversary of Silent Spring and the refuge's 1962 establishment, miles of access roads normally closed to the public will be open for biking or hiking during the day. Chester River Kayak Adventures will offer exploration of the island's waterways—no equipment or experience is necessary—for a modest fee. "The Big B" event will include guided butterfly walks by the North American Butterfly Association, children's crafts and games, and a "white butterfly" yard sale with proceeds benefiting Monarch Watch.
For further information on the Friends of Eastern Neck and Eastern Neck's 40th anniversary events, or for tickets to "A Sense of Wonder," call Meg Walkup at Eastern Neck NWR, 410-639-7056, toll-free 877-47SWANS, or visit Eastern Neck on the web at
To learn more about educational events sponsored by the Washington College Center for the Environment and Society, visit the center online at or call 410-810-7151.

Into The Streets: 390 New Washington College Students To Participate In Day Of Service On Mid-Shore

Chestertown, MD, August 19, 2002 — On Saturday, August 24, 2002, Washington College will sponsor its fourth annual "Into the Streets" program. During this day of service, 390 students new to the Washington College community will perform volunteer work throughout the Mid-Shore. The day will begin with an on-campus gathering of all of the students before they head off in 20 groups of 15-30 student volunteers, each led by a peer mentor.
"'Into the Streets' is a great way in which to introduce our new students to the Eastern Shore community, and we hope that it will also help to give them a sense of responsibility for the needs of communities in which they will eventually reside," said Vicky Sawyer, Associate Director of Career Development and Overseer of Service Learning at Washington College.
Students will participate in a variety of human services, community and environmental projects at locations on the Mid-Shore. Sites include but are not limited to Adkins Arboretum at Tuckahoe State Park, Camp Fairlee Manor, Eastern Neck Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Kent Association for Riding Therapy, Kent Center, Millington Wildlife Center, Community Food Pantry, and Chesapeake Fields Institute.
The "Into the Streets" Day of Service was started by 2002 graduate Washington College Gia Grier as a student after she attended the 1999 Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) Conference. With new ideas inspired by COOL, she worked with Sawyer to develop and increase service learning programs on and off campus for Washington College students. "Into the Streets" was created specifically to provide incoming freshman and transfer students a day to experience the variety of social and service organizations on the Shore that welcome student volunteers.
"Into the Streets provides our incoming students their first foray into their new community," said Sawyer. "It is a way to find kindred spirits and friends and encourage student initiative and community involvement. Through formal programs such as this, we have seen student participation in service learning increase on our campus over the past several years."
For more information on "Into the Streets," or if you represent a community organization seeking student volunteers, contact Vicky Sawyer at 410-778-7892.

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Washington College Celebrates Helen Gibson's 90th Birthday

Free Public Concert in Her Honor to be Held August 27

Chestertown, MD, August 15, 2002 — Washington College will hold a free public concert Tuesday, August 27, 2002 in honor of Helen Gibson, former First Lady of Washington College, who will be celebrating her 90th birthday.
World-renowned pianist Stefan Scaggiari will perform in the Tawes Theatre, Gibson Performing Arts Center, at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend the concert and the reception to follow. As the wife of the late College president Daniel Z. Gibson, Helen Gibson first arrived in Chestertown in 1950. As the First Lady of the College from 1950 to 1970, Gibson was instrumental in bringing a greater appreciation and support for the arts to Chestertown and to the College. A talented pianist in her own right, she co-founded the Washington College Concert Series, now in its 51st season. In that same year, Gibson founded the Women's League of Washington College, still going strong with fund-raising efforts in support of scholarships for students and materials for the College's Miller Library. Recently, she helped to provide the impetus for the creation of the campus' arboretum. Mrs. Gibson enlisted the help of College friend Winslow Long, a member of the College's 1782 Society, and biology professor Rosemary Ford in the creation of the arboretum, dedicated in 1998. "Helen's energy and vision have given much life to the arts and helped to shape the creative culture that distinguishes our campus and Chestertown today," said Dr. John Toll, president of the College. "We are proud to honor Helen and her contributions to Washington College on the very special day of her 90th birthday, and hope that all her friends and acquaintances in Chestertown will come to celebrate it with us."

Thursday, August 8, 2002

A Message From President Toll: Dr. William C. Schmoldt '69

August 8, 2002
Dear Colleagues,
Dr. William C. Schmoldt, a former assistant professor of mathematics and director of the computing center at Washington College (September 1972 through December 1979), passed away this past Sunday from injuries suffered in a diving accident. Dr. Schmoldt, a licensed sea captain, was diving at the Andrea Doria wreck off Nantucket Island when the accident occurred.
Dr. Schmoldt, of Brielle, New Jersey, was a computer science teacher at The Ranney School in Tinton Falls, N.J., at the time of his death. Prior to that, he developed computer software for AT&T/Lucent Technologies.
Dr. Schmoldt was a graduate of Washington College (Class of 1969), earned a masters degree from the University of Missouri, a doctorate in computer science from the University of Maryland, and a MBA from Monmouth University.
He is survived by a sister, Janet Brzinski, and a brother, Eric.
Services will be held Thursday, August 8 at 12:30 PM at the August F. Schmidt Memorial Funeral Home, 139 Westfield Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ, (732) 352-2268.
John Toll

Wednesday, August 7, 2002

A Message From President Toll: Isaac Dean

August 7, 2002
I am saddened to inform the Washington College community that Isaac Dean, known to all of us as Ike, passed away Wednesday night at the age of 88.
Ike began his career at Washington College over 57 years ago with the College's maintenance department. After 30 years, he retired in 1976, but in his own words he loved Washington College so much that he rejoined the College as a part-time parking enforcement officer in 1978. Ike worked in that position until this past April when health problems forced him to retire again. Although a parking ticket on one's windshield was never welcome, the signs of Ike Dean always was.
Many have said, if you ever wanted to know the history of anything on our campus, Ike was the man to ask. He worked during the administrations of seven presidents. He truly enjoyed his work at Washington College, as much as his colleagues enjoyed working with him.
Ike is survived by his daughters, Pat and Jean, both of Chestertown, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Our thoughts go out to his family at this time.
John Toll

Monday, August 5, 2002

College Announces Fall 2002 Graduate Courses In English, History, Psychology And Education

Chestertown, MD, August 5, 2002 — Students, educators and mental health workers are invited to register for Fall 2002 graduate courses at Washington College. The College offers Master of Arts degrees in English, history and psychology. Graduate study is also available for K-12 teachers seeking to meet requirements for advanced professional certification.
Classes begin September 3 and end December 12, 2002. Students must pre-register by August 20, 2002 to guarantee texts. Tuition is $730 per course plus a non-refundable course registration fee of $40. Pre-registration forms will be accepted at the Registrar's Office in person, by mail, by phone at 410-778-7299, or by fax at 410-810-7159.
For complete information on Washington College's graduate course offerings, including detailed course descriptions and registration forms, visit online, or contact the Registrar's Office, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620, phone 410-778-7299.
Washington College also hosts graduate courses for K-12 teachers through the Regional Training Center. Tuition is $675 for each three-credit course, plus a $50 deposit. For course or registration information, contact the Regional Training Center at 1-800-433-4740 or online