Local Leader Gives $1.7 Million for Kent County Scholarships

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The late T. Allan Stradley, a county native and successful local businessman who attended Washington College in 1928, has established a scholarship fund for Kent County students with a $1.7 million bequest.

Kent County students can apply for a new scholarship to help pay the cost of tuition at Washington College, thanks to a generous gift of $1.7 million from the late T. Allan Stradley, a former WC student, county native, and successful local businessman. The gift is a bequest from the estate of Stradley, who died in 2000.

The funds will establish an endowment at the college in Stradley’s name for Kent County student scholarships, to be awarded annually on the basis of academic promise and financial need. The first scholarship will be awarded this fall for the 2017-18 academic year.

“As a lifelong member of this rural community who served it in so many significant ways, T. Allan Stradley understood well the economic challenges that face many young people and their families,” said college trustee Ann Horner ’80, who serves as co-chair of the Forge A Legacy comprehensive campaign. “By providing a scholarship for Kent County students to achieve a well-rounded, liberal arts–based education at Washington College, he is ensuring that these students will have the opportunity they deserve to pursue their passions and realize their full potential.”

Stradley attended Washington College for two years before transferring in 1930. He remained a strong supporter of the college, contributing to the Washington Fund and Hodson Hall improvements, and volunteering on the committee of the college’s 1984 Community Campaign. He was a member of the 1782 Society, the college’s leadership giving circle, from as early as 1993. He also was a fan of the lacrosse team, often traveling with his wife, Andretta, to away games.

Stradley served on the advisory committee to the Agriculture Department of the University of Maryland. He was a former president of the Maryland State Farm Bureau for two years, and served as president of the Kent County Farm Bureau for eight years. He was a former member of the advisory board of the Chestertown branch of Signet Bank and former chair of economic development for Kent County. He served for 20 years on the board of Kent and Queen Anne’s Hospital, Chestertown, and as board chair for two years.

College officials recognize Stradley as someone who cared deeply about keeping a college education affordable for future students. “Mr. Stradley clearly had a vision for the impact of a Washington College education on the futures of Kent County students, and we are deeply grateful for his generosity,” Horner says. “These local students—their achievements and realized dreams—will be his legacy and would surely make him proud.”

Kent County Public Library Exhibit on Anniversary of ADA

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Kent County Public Library front entrance – Chestertown Branch

In celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) has been hosting a traveling disAbility History Tour throughout Maryland.  The tour wraps up with a final exhibit at Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown Branch August 22-26.

Advocacy: A History of People Speaking Up for Themselves is on loan from the Museum of disAbility History, which is dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance, and independence of people with disabilities. The Advocacy display traces the advocacy movement from early educational facilities to the development of organizations established for and by individuals with disabilities. In addition to the loaned panels, the MDOD will add a fifth display designed by the Maryland Association of Centers for Independent Living outlining disability history in Maryland.

On Wednesday, August 23, the public is invited to a reception and resource fair at Kent County Public Library where they can view the exhibit, learn about local organizations that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and enjoy light snacks, including cookies provided by Kent House Kitchen.  The reception begins at 5:30 pm and will be followed by a special film showing at 6:45 pm.

For more information about the event, visit the Kent County Library website or call 410-778-3636.

For more information about the exhibit or to view images of the panels, ASL translation, audio files, text only, text image descriptions, and large print versions of the displays, visit the Maryland Department of Disabilities website ADA 27 event page.

Washington College President & Faculty Condemn Violence and Hate in Charlottesville

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Casey Academic Center at Washington College, Chestertown, MD.

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Washington College President Kurt Landgraf and the College’s Faculty Council today condemned the violence and hate that led to three deaths last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, reaffirming the College’s foundational commitment to supporting an education and campus community premised on thoughtful dialogue and moral courage.

“For centuries, race and intolerance have been complicated elements in defining who we are as a nation. Now, the world has witnessed the events in Charlottesville, and it’s time for all of us to speak out, loud and clear: ‘This is not who we are,’” Landgraf said.

“I am disgusted by the violence and hate that we have seen and continue to endure. There is no place for this in our country. No matter your political views, all of us could agree that these actions threaten the foundational values of this great country and who we are as a people. Our history demonstrates there is power behind nonviolence, progress in rational dialogue, and mutual understanding in compassion.

President Kurt M. Landgraf of Washington College with students.

“Washington College will not tolerate this movement of anger and hate—on campus or in the community. As the first college in a new nation, we have an important role to play in educating our students that their future role as thoughtful citizens and leaders of this country requires courage and a moral compass. We can begin by making clear that today, silence is not an option when faced with intolerance, racism, hate, and violence.”

The Faculty Council, chaired by Clayton Black, associate professor of history, said: “In light of the incidents at the University of Virginia on August 10-12, 2017, we, the faculty of Washington College, reaffirm our adherence to the values of integrity, determination, curiosity, civility, leadership, and moral courage expressed in our Mission Statement. We condemn all efforts to masquerade bigotry and prejudice as merely expressions of ‘free speech’ and commit ourselves and our institution to acting as a force for securing and furthering the equality of all peoples, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, religion, physical ability, or class.

“As scholars, we accept that the free and open exchange of ideas from multiple perspectives is the surest means of achieving truthful propositions.  Tolerance of alternative views is a precondition for such an exchange, and Washington College will always be a place where ideas are challenged and debated.  We affirm the equality of all peoples; but we reject the equality of all ideas or ideologies as simply different-but-equal ‘points of view’ when they promote discrimination, exclusivity, or intolerance. Obscurantism and appeals to prejudice are not welcome at Washington College.”

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 the Washington College website.

Aztecs to Zentangle ™ – WC-ALL Covers it All in 26 Courses

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Here they are!  The Washington College -Academy of Lifelong Learning Fall 2017 Courses.  The registration deadline is Tuesday, August 22.  There are two sessions.  Session 1 runs from Sept 5 to October 13.  Session 2 starts on October 22 and runs through December 8.

Session 1 (September 5 – October 13*)

  • “Hidden Treasures” Movies, Part I – Nancy Hartman (Sunday)
  • Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse”: A Close Reading – Jim Block (Monday)
  • Spies, Codebreakers & Deception Artists – Mike Roberts (Monday)
  • Counter Parts – Jane Hukill/Dick Hawkins (Tuesday)
  • Aztecs & Incas: Their Cultures & the Spanish ConquestJ. Sherbondy/G. Shivers (Tuesday)
  • They Also Ran: 19th Century Presidential Losers – Conway Gregory (Wednesday)
  • When Poetry & Music Meet – Jay & Sierra Stearns (Wednesday)
  • Current Topics in BusinessWashington College Dept. of Business Mgmt Faculty (Wednesday)
  • Darwin & Darwinism – John Ames/Don Munson (Thursday)
  • iPhone Photography-A Gentle Introduction – Dick Lance (Thursday)
  • Bond and Beyond – John Wieczoreck (Thursday)
  • The Magic of the Opera XIV – AIDA – Judie Oberholtzer (Friday)
  • Gun Control & the Second Amendment – James Astrachan (Friday)

Session 2 (October 22 – December 8*)

  • “Hidden Treasures” Movies, Part II – Nancy Hartman (Sunday)
  • Zentangle ™ Drawing – Charlotte Hawes (Monday)
  • Middle East Outlook: 2017 & Beyond – “Great” Again?! – Pat Patterson (Monday)
  • Stories of Knightly Combat & Courtly Love – Jim Campbell (Tuesday)
  • Talking About Islam – Sue Kenyon (Tuesday)
  • Why We Do What We DO – Ralph Surette (Tuesday)
  • Ancient Middle East & Egypt Through Their Art – Beverly Hall Smith (Wednesday)
  • Notable & Notorious American Men – Lucia Rather (Wednesday)
  • Learn to Edit Your Photos to Create Your Own “Masterpiece” – Steve Kane (Wednesday)
  • Windows 10-A Gentle Introduction – Dick Lance (Thursday)
  • Climate Change: A Primer on an Unfolding Disaster – Ben Orrick (Thursday)
  • The Music of James Bond – John Wieczoreck (Thursday)
  • The Supreme Court: Top Hits of the 2016 Term – John Christie (Friday)

The full catalog and registration information are available on the WC-ALL website.or call 410-778-7221.

Showcase is Thursday, August 17 at 4:00 pm at the Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the Washington College Campus. Learn about each course and meet instructors.  Refreshments will be served; all are welcome. Registration by web or mail-in begins on August 1 and closes on August 22, and may also be done at Showcase.

*No classes held Labor Day weekend or the week of Thanksgiving.

WC-All Registration Deadline Tuesday, August 22

College’s Innovative Food Lab to Occupy Blue Heron Space

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In an effort to integrate Washington College’s innovative new Eastern Shore Food Lab directly with the local Chestertown community, the college announced on August 15 that the Food Lab will be based downtown in the building that presently houses the Blue Heron Café.

Larry Culp, chair of the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors, purchased the building from Blue Heron owner Paul Hanley, who has operated the popular eatery since 1997. The Blue Heron Café will continue to serve customers through October, after which the space will undergo renovation in preparation for the opening next year of the Eastern Shore Food Lab at Washington College (ESFL).

“Washington College is committed to providing our undergraduates with an education they can’t get anywhere else. The Eastern Shore Food Lab embodies this goal, a cutting-edge, multidisciplinary centerpiece of broader programming that will change the way we think about food, from access to diet and health,” College President Kurt Landgraf said. “Community involvement is key to the lab’s mission, and basing it in this terrific property in the heart of downtown Chestertown will spark that. We are deeply grateful for Larry Culp’s foresight in understanding the key nature of this relationship, and his continued extraordinary commitment to Washington College.”

Anthropology Professor Bill Schindler, shown here teaching students about foraging for foods from trees and plants  on campus,is director of the ESFL

“One of the Food Lab’s fundamental missions is to engage the community as we address this region’s food resources, traditions, and history, with an eye toward how we can make positive changes in the future,” said Bill Schindler, the inaugural director of the lab, chair of the college’s Department of Anthropology, and an international expert in the intersection of primitive foodways, technologies, and contemporary innovations in food systems. “Not only will it enable our students and local residents work together, I fully expect the ESFL to draw experts from all over the world to Chestertown to participate in this hub of innovation as we create food system solutions that are environmentally and culturally sustainable.”

Hanley, who announced the upcoming transition to his staff over the weekend, said it was a bittersweet decision to sell the Blue Heron, although “I’m looking forward to watching the exciting new changes that are ahead for the café.”

The ESFL will be an interdisciplinary research, teaching, and production laboratory dedicated to studying and experimenting with sustainable food systems, using the Eastern Shore food-shed as its primary context. By researching the resources unique to the region based on weather, climate, soil chemistry, and microbial biology—and fusing ancient and historic foodways with modern technologies—faculty, students, community members, and collaborative researchers will re-envision our food system, from how we define food to how we grow it and prepare it.

The ESFL received a huge boost early this year when the Maryland Department of Commerce, as part of its Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative, granted $944,000 to match gifts of $1 million from donors to create an endowed chair in sustainable food systems for the lab.

Schindler, the inaugural chair, is spending the coming academic year on sabbatical as a visiting professor at the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin (UCD), working on a project called “Food Evolutions” in partnership with UCD and Odaios Foods. He is conducting research and training with experts from around the world to deepen his understanding of strategies to transform ingredients such as wild foraged plants, ancient grains, and offal into nutrient-dense foods. Through this research, Schindler will position the Eastern Shore Food Lab at Washington College as an international center that works to transform food systems and improve diet, health, and human and environmental relationships.

In addition to the downtown base, students will work out of Cromwell Hall, the new academic building dedicated to the departments of Environmental Science and Studies and Anthropology. The lab will also utilize the thousands of acres at Chino Farms to create a one-of-a-kind wild food laboratory—an outdoor classroom and laboratory dedicated to experimenting with and pushing the limits of wild food resources, from wild plants, insects, and animals to microflora.

For more information about the Eastern Shore Food Lab at Washington College, visit www.washcoll.edu/ESFL .

 

 

 

 

WC-All Showcase Starts 4:00 pm, Thursday August 17

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Jim Block wears cap and Sandwich Board at First Friday to let people know about WC-All’s fall schedule. while George Shivers studies the course selection.

WC-ALL Invites Community to Fall Showcase

Fall semester courses and upcoming special events for Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning will be showcased at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17 at the Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the college campus. The program is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

Showcase is an opportunity for WC-ALL current and potential members to learn about fall semester classes from the instructors themselves as each presents a brief overview of his or her course. At a reception afterward, there will be an opportunity to meet instructors personally, ask questions, discuss classes in more depth, and enjoy refreshments and conversation with fellow learners.

Twenty-six courses will be offered over two six-week sessions, running September 5 – October 13 and October 22 – December 8, with no classes Labor Day weekend or the week of Thanksgiving. Courses range from history to music, the environment to photography, foreign policy, literature, movies, and more. Click here for the fall catalog and registration information

or call 410-778-7221. Registration and course selection began on August 1 and will close on August 22, and may also be done at Showcase.

Founded in 1992 and now in its 25th year, WC-ALL was created for adults who seek intellectual stimulation without requirements for educational credit. There are neither age nor academic restrictions to membership. Each semester approximately 400 members register for as many classes as they wish for one inclusive fee.

Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees Seeks New Members

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The Board of Trustees of the Kent County Public Library is seeking potential nominees to replace two trustees whose terms will be ending on December 31, 2017.

By Maryland Law, the Board of Trustees consists of seven members appointed by the county governing body (the Kent County Commissioners) from nominees submitted by the Board of Trustees. Members are chosen on the basis of character, ability, and a demonstrated interest in library matters. Members of the board must be representative of the area the library serves and residents of Kent County. Trustees are appointed for an initial term of five years.

Interest forms are now being accepted by the Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees from citizens who wish to serve as a member of the board. The form is available on the library’s website or at any Kent County Public Library location.

Completed forms can be sent to kcpltrusteesearch@kent.lib.md.us or mailed to:

Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees, 408 High St., Chestertown, MD 21620

Interest forms must be submitted by September 15, 2017.  All submissions will be considered by the Trustees.

Kent County Public Library front entrance – Chestertown Branch

Special KCPS Board of Education Meeting Aug. 17

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Notice: The Kent County Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee is holding a special meeting for the purpose of discussing long term facilities planning.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 4:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at the H.H. Garnet Elementary School, 320 Calvert Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Board of Education members are Trish McGee (President), A. Bryan Williams (Vice President), Jeff Reed, Dr. Wendy Costa, and Joseph Goetz.

Washington College Academy of Life-Long Learning Invites Community to Fall Showcase

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Fall semester courses and upcoming special events for Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning will be showcased at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17 at the Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the college campus. The program is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

Showcase is an opportunity for WC-ALL current and potential members to learn about fall semester classes from the instructors themselves as each presents a brief overview of his or her course. At a reception afterwards, there will be an opportunity to meet instructors personally, ask questions, discuss classes in more depth, and enjoy refreshments and conversation with fellow learners.

Twenty-six courses will be offered over two six-week sessions, running September 5 – October 13 and October 22 – December 8, with no classes Labor Day weekend or the week of Thanksgiving. Courses range from history to music, the environment to photography, foreign policy, literature, movies, and more. Click here for fall catalog and registration information or call 410-778-7221. Registration and course selection begins on August 1 and closes on August 22, and may also be done at Showcase.

Founded in 1992 and now in its 25th year, WC-ALL was created for adults who seek intellectual stimulation without requirements for educational credit. There are neither age nor academic restrictions to membership. Each semester approximately 400 members register for as many classes as they wish for one inclusive fee.