Mary John Miller Speaks at Washington College on April 5


Mary John Miller, a former Under Secretary for Domestic Finance for the U.S. Treasury, on April 5 will give a talk at Washington College on “Toward an Equitable and Ethical Financial System.” Sponsored by the George Washington Leadership Series and the Holstein Program in Ethics, the free, public event starts at 4 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall. A reception will follow.

The U.S. Treasury’s Under Secretary for Domestic Finance from March 2012 to September 2014, Miller was responsible for Treasury debt management, fiscal operations, recovery from the financial crisis, and implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation. From February 2010 to March 2012, she served as Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets, where she was responsible for conducting Treasury auctions and monitoring all financial markets for the Treasury Secretary.

On her retirement from the Treasury she received the Alexander Hamilton Award for Distinguished Service.

Before her public service, Miller spent 26 years in the investment management industry with the T. Rowe Price Group in Baltimore, Maryland. She was the director of the Fixed Income Division from 2004 through 2009, and she also served on the firm’s management committee, asset allocation committee, and as a trustee of the T. Rowe Price Foundation.

Miller, who lives in Baltimore, earned a B.A. from Cornell University and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at

Maryland Humanities Announces Next Stop of Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition


Maryland Humanities is pleased to announce that its statewide tour of The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, will move to its second stop in Chestertown on March 31. Sumner Hall (G.A.R. Post #25) will host the exhibition and along with its principal partner, Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, will feature companion exhibits and programming across the county highlighting Kent County’s work history.

The grand opening on March 31 will feature a reception and preview party honoring exhibition producers, organizers, sponsors, partners, elected officials, and community volunteers, as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The preview party will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Sultana Education Foundation, located just two blocks away from Sumner Hall. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the front steps of Sumner Hall. After the ceremony, participants will be invited to preview the exhibition in small groups.      

The companion exhibition at Sumner Hall, The Black Labor Experience in Kent County, will feature four displays:  (1) theStory of the Founders of Sumner Hall and the 471 African Americans who served with the Union forces during the Civil War;  (2) an exploration of the contribution of Free and Enslaved Labor in Kent County – from the Revolutionary War-era through the end of the 19th Century; (3) Tools of the Trades:  a display of traditional farm, fishing, household, and office “tools” used in Kent County; and (4) contemporary stories – Oral Work Histories  of Community Members.  There will also be a Kids Corner with hands-on activities for young children. 

The C. V. Starr Center is also offering three special events:  (1) a keynote lecture by Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed:  On (Not) Getting By in America; (2) Choppin’ at the Shop  – an original multimedia work of music, the art of conversation, and photography as it relates to African Americans who work or have worked in Kent County; and (3) A Walk Through Working Chestertown.  In addition, more than fifteen other venues across the county are hosting exhibits, lectures, and programs celebrating workers in the community. 

Nina Johnson, executive director of Sumner Hall, said:  “Hosting this exhibition has given us a unique opportunity to explore the rich history of the way we have worked in our communities across Kent County.   The Museum on Main Street project has allowed our community to come together in creative ways to identify individual stories and to document them. It has been a rewarding experience to see how our collaboration with Washington College, the Kent County Public Schools, the Historical Society of Kent County, the Sultana Educational Foundation, the Museums of Kent, the Kent County Public Library, and other local organizations and businesses has resulted in an exciting menu of educational and cultural programs across the county. While we are proud of all these offerings, our companion exhibition that showcases the contributions of Kent County African American workers from the 1650s to the present is especially important. The Way We Worked initiative has truly been a ‘win-win’ experience for everyone!”

“We’re delighted to bring The Way We Worked to five small communities across the state and celebrate Maryland’s diverse and engaging work history, from the paper and steel mills of the 19th Century to the technology boom of today. We hope you’ll join us in exploring the rich local history unearthed through each community’s companion exhibit and programming,” said Phoebe Stein, executive director of Maryland Humanities.

The Way We Worked will be on view at Sumner Hall March 31–May 20, 2017. Sumner Hall is located at 206 South Queen Street in Chestertown, Maryland. Learn more at

The 22nd Spring Career & Job Expo April 11


Save the Date for the 22nd Spring Career & Job Expo on April 11, 2017, 2 – 5 p.m., at Chesapeake College, HPAC.

It has been 22 years since we began coordinating the largest job match opportunity for job seekers and employers in the Upper Shore region!  We are again celebrating the best prospect for facilitating this event for meeting one another with our upcoming, five-county 22nd Annual Spring Career & Job Expo!  This free event represents the best place to meet the most employers in one single afternoon in our five-county area – employers who are interested in what you can do!  Competition will be fierce again this year as more and more job seekers flood the employment market.  You will need to articulate your skills, knowledge, talents, experience and abilities with your best effort for this local area network of employers who are all in recruitment and hiring mode!

This is your homework assignment:  prepare yourself to meet with employers by practicing with one of our local American Job Center staff to update your resume, practice your introduction and research the businesses in our area.  Dress for success and bring several copies of your resume with you.  Keep an eye out for the list of employers who are coming so you can look them up and understand their product and the jobs for which they recruit – everyone has a website!  Have you applied on-line recently for any jobs?  The local American Job Center can help you!  Do you have a short script ready to talk about your skills and experience?  Practice!  What about job applications?  How about that handshake?  Eye contact?  You’re going to shine!

Practice makes perfect – come to the American Job Center and let us assist you.  Follow us on facebook to get the most current job listings in our area.

Looking for work is a hard job…let us help!

Sponsored by Chesapeake College, the Upper Shore WIOA & American Job Center Network, including Adult Ed, DORS, DWDAL & DSS Organizations

Shakespeare Scholar Phyllis Rackin Visits the Literary House April 4


Phyllis Rackin, the author of numerous books discussing Shakespeare and literary theory through a feminist scope, and a mentor to countless scholars including some of Washington College’s own, will speak at the Rose O’Neill Literary House on April 4. A professor emeritus of English at the University of Pennsylvania, Rackin will close out this academic year’s Sophie Kerr Lecture Series. The event starts at 4:30 and is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.

Rackin, a past president of the Shakespeare Association of America, mentored Kate Moncrief, professor of English and chair of Washington College’s Department of English, as well as assistant professor Courtney Rydel. She’s the author of numerous articles on Shakespeare and literary theory, and of four books: Shakespeare’s Tragedies (World Dramatists, 1978), Stages of History: Shakespeare’s English Chronicles (Cornell, 1990), Shakespeare and Women (Oxford, 2005), and, with Jean E. Howard, Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare’s English Histories (Routledge, 1997). She co-edited another book, The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays, with Evelyn Gajowski (Routledge, 2014).

A recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Rackin’s landmark accomplishments have been honored with the Phyllis Rackin Graduate Fellowship for Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities and the annual Phyllis Rackin Lecture hosted by the Penn Medieval/Renaissance Seminar.

For more information on this and other English Department and Sophie Kerr events, visit the website at For more information on the Literary House, visit

Kent School Announces Partnership with YMCA of Chesapeake


Kent School in Chestertown is pleased to announce a newly forged relationship with the YMCA of Chesapeake. The partnership with the Queen Anne’s branch of the YMCA will bring robust summer programs to the Kent School campus beginning in June. Camps will be available for children from ages two to fifteen. Kent School is located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown. Camp sessions will be held in Kent School classrooms, athletic facilities and playing fields at 6788 Wilkins Lane in Chestertown.

Camp offerings are varied and target a wide range of children’s interests. Little Learners, for children ages 2 to 3 ½ runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon two days per week. Little Learners offers young children their first taste of independence with fun, games, arts and crafts and engaging age-appropriate opportunities. All Little Learners must be potty trained prior to camp attendance. Little Steps camp session will enchant children ages 3 ½ to 5 years of age. With themes like Bug Talks and Critter Walks and Seuss on the Loose or Mad Scientist, preschool age children will be having fun while learning about the world around them. A series of Specialty Camps is being offered for children ages 5 to 12. Imagine your school aged-child developing art skills in Adventures in Cartooning or Ceramics. Specialty campers can also choose from Kids in the Kitchen, Water Palooza, Rockets and Racing and much more.

The Y has also designed a series of sports camps with the aspiring athlete in mind. Children from ages 5 to 15 can hone their skills in golf, soccer, lacrosse, cheerleading and more. This age group can also join sessions in Water Sports camps including sailing, kayaking or sculling. For the adventurous spirit, the YMCA is offering Adventure Camps for children ages 8 to 12. Adventure Campers will enjoy field trips to theme parks, ropes courses, water parks, beaches or white water rivers. Finally, for students who are interested in furthering their academic pursuits, YMCA Gunston is offering the Summer Honors Academy. Students will have the opportunity to take Honors Geometry, SAT Prep, Sustainability Engineering and other academic enrichment courses.

Tricia Cammerzell, Assistant Head of School for Advancement and contact for summer programs said, “This is a wonderful partnership between Kent School and the YMCA. We are happy to facilitate such great programming. The camp sessions are fun, educational and affordable. I believe we are helping to provide much needed options for parents and guardians in our area.” Cammerzell continued, “We are eager to see our campus alive and joyful with children present all summer.”

For more information on YMCA Camp Kent School visit and download a full camp guide or

Kent County Announces 2017-2018 Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration



To register for Pre-K or Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year, your child must meet the following criteria:

• Be four (4) years old by September 1, 2017 for Pre-Kindergarten
• Be five (5) years old by September 1, 2017 for Kindergarten
• Be a resident of Kent County
• Meet current required immunizations

Schools will be holding registration during the times indicated below. Interpreters will be available from 9-11 at each school. Please contact the school’s main office to schedule an appointment.

May 17th – Galena Elementary School – 410-810-2510
May 18th – Rock Hall Elementary School – 410-810-2622
May 23rd – Garnet Elementary School – 410-778-6890

Entering your “911” address in the search function at the top corner of the link below will identify your child’s home school.

Consolidation Plan Boundary map –

Kent School Students Receive Awards and Recognition in Writing


Several Middle School students from Kent School have recently been recognized for excellence in writing. Seventh Grade students Tessa Schut, Jake Cerino and Cameron Lord earned first place, second place and third place, respectively for their Americanism Essays sponsored by the Elks Lodge. The essays were submitted in December and the winning essays in Division II for Seventh and Eighth Grade students in Chestertown were selected by a panel of judges. The Chestertown Elks Lodge 2474 provided certificates and awards to these students based on the essays they wrote on the theme “Why Is it Important to Vote.”

Jake Cerino, Tessa Schut, and Cami Lord Americanism Essay Contest winners

In the Americanism essays, Tessa wrote of the privilege of voting from the perspectives of everyday Americans in 1870 and 1920 when constitutional amendments were adopted which opened the door to voting for millions of Americans. She concluded her essay in the present and spoke of her future and the importance of her future votes. Jake wrote about our voting process and the opportunity to choose a good leader through the Primary Election and then the General Election. Cami extended her voting theme from politics to everyday life. She wrote “Voting has decided everything from the President of the United States to the topic of a group project. Without voting, nothing would be decided!”

Sixth Grade student Ella MacGlashan and Eighth Grade student Audrey Betley received prizes for their Character Counts! Essays. Ella’s essay detailed why several of the Character Counts! pillars impact her life growing up on a farm. She won second place among all sixth grade students in Kent County. Audrey Betley used a folk tale to describe the importance of trustworthiness. Her creative expression earned a first place among all eighth grade students in Kent County. Ella and Audrey will be recognized for the excellence in writing at an awards ceremony at Washington College on April 12.

Audrey Betley (1st place 8th Grade) and Ella MacGlashan (2nd Place 6th Grade) Character Counts!

Sixth Grade students participated in a writing project through the World Artists Experiences which was open to all Maryland students in Grades 3 through 12. Students submitted poems or prose on the topic of “Building a More Peaceful World Through Kindness and Compassion.” The work of three Kent School students, Isabelle Requena, Julia McClary and Kolby Brice were selected to be included in an anthology. Isabelle wrote a poem, entitled “Trade Kindness for Kindness” about giving up a beloved new toy but being rewarded with a kind act. Her poem concluded with “When you are kind, it is not hard to do, Sometimes kindness comes back to you.” Julia wrote a poem called “The Car” and the importance of helping someone in need when it would be easier to simply pass by. She wrote “My dad was driving home that day. Looking forward to dinner. But then he saw a car stuck in the mud. If you are able to help someone, you should”. Kolby wrote a poem about helping an elderly woman in the grocery store. She was grateful for his help and offered him money but Kolby wrote: “The smile on her face and her gratitude, Was all the thanks we needed.”

Isabelle Requena, Kolby Brice and Julia McClary Poems to be published

The students, their teacher, Michelle Cerino and Kent School’s Head of School are invited to a reception at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC in early May. Each student will be recognized and receive a copy of the published anthology.

Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said “Our students’ academic achievements always make me proud, but this series of awards recognizing our students for their excellent writing skills from organizations outside of our School is an especially proud moment. These students put much thought into each one of their topics.” Mugele continued, “The writing process involves describing personal reflections which help others see a new perspective. Creative and persuasive writing each take confidence, creativity and a supportive learning community to foster uniqueness. I am grateful to our teachers who provide the tools for our students to be so successful.”

Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School visit or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

Mid-Shore Education: Chesapeake College’s Clay Railey


Given Clay Railey’s resume, including a doctorate in English from Vanderbilt, a long teaching career at Chesapeake College, and more recently, being provost of Bucks County Community College, it was not a total surprise that he was appointed vice president of academic affairs of the Wye Mills community college in 2016.

But perhaps missing in that background was another experience that could be seen as a real asset for the job of stewarding the college’s educational goals. And that was the not too trivial fact that Dr. Railey had been a Jesuit priest for twenty years before his move into public education. And while the order’s renowned reputation for scholarship and intellectualism may have little day to day impact on Chesapeake College, there can be very little doubt the Railey remains true to the Jesuit mission of “cura personalis,” which is Latin for “care for the whole person.”

From students moving forward with workforce career training to those on a traditional liberal arts academic track, Clay Railey is redesigning Chesapeake College’s approach with that “whole person” in mind.

In our first Spy interview with Clay, he talks about some of those redesign plans and programs that significantly expand Chesapeake College’s special mission of training the Mid-Shore adults for 21st Century jobs and opportunities.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about Chesapeake College please go here


St. Anne’s Episcopal School Faculty Offers 4 Weeks of Summer Camp


St. Anne’s Episcopal School is pleased to announce a 2017 summer program with four themed weeks of day camp as well as specialized clinics that will be led by St. Anne’s faculty.  Four weeks of Day Camp will operate from 8:30am to 3:30pm for children ages 5-13 during the weeks of June 12, June 19, June 26th, and July 10th at a rate of $250 per week.  Additionally St. Anne’s will offer summer SAT and SSAT preparation (for middle school and high school students) as well as sports clinics for girls, and Irish Dance; scheduling, pricing and ages vary.  Interested families may visit  to learn more.

“We are thrilled to offer such enriching summer opportunities for the greater community,” said St. Anne’s Episcopal School Summer Camp Director Meghan Ferster, “Morning and afternoon sessions are led by our wonderful St. Anne’s faculty.  Every week offers new adventures on St. Anne’s beautiful 125-acre campus. Our youngest campers will enjoy themed weeks and activities while older children have choices to fit their interests.  There is truly something for everyone!” 

At St. Anne’s Episcopal School, we seek to open the hearts and minds of each student — through academic excellence, spiritual development, and a small, family-oriented and diverse community. St. Anne’s is a co-ed independent day school for children in Preschool (age 3) through grade 8. Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002, our academic program prepares students for honors course work in the finest area high schools through its commitment to intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth and character development.