Wye River Upper School Admissions Open House April 18


Wye River Upper School is hosting an Admissions Open House on Wednesday, April 18 from 6 pm – 8 pm. The event is being held on the School’s campus at 316 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, MD. Students and staff will be presenting and sharing information on the Wye River Experience. Wye River serves students from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Kent. Bus service is available to and from Stevensville, Easton, and Cambridge.

Wye River Upper School is a college preparatory high school offering an engaging, supportive and challenging curriculum for students with learning challenges like ADHD or dyslexia. For more information, please contact:

Katie Theeke, Director of Admissions and Communications

Tel: 410-758-2922, katietheeke@wyeriverupperschool.org


…because not all great minds think alike.

WC CES Announces Rural Energy Project with Presentation April 17


Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society (CES) will announce a new project aimed to ensure that energy in rural areas is clean, resilient, and democratic. Grant Samms, an environmental sociologist who studies issues of rural energy resilience and conservation at CES, will give a presentation on the Rural Energy Projecton April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Litrenta Lecture Hall, Toll Science Center. The public is welcome to attend.

“We envision rural communities that are powered through renewable and local methods, can continue to thrive despite the consequences of a changing climate, and have a voice over the energy development that happens nearby,” says Samms, coordinator of the Rural Energy Project. “Through the application of research and lessons learned from all over the world, the Rural Energy Project can help communities in Maryland transition to a new energy future.”

Through stories and case studies, Samms will explore the factors that underpin how we feel about clean energy development close to home. He will touch on questions such as how do people view clean energy development? Why do some people enjoy seeing wind and solar, and others say it just doesn’t “fit” with the community?

Grant Samms

The Rural Energy Project is dedicated to helping smaller, rural communities take advantage of a new, clean-energy world.

“While most attention is given to larger cities like New York and Boston, over a third of all Americans live in rural areas. We need everyone working together to avert climate change and create a sustainable society,” Samms says.“The Rural Energy Project helps rural communities thrive through this transition.”

The project intends to accomplish this in three ways. First, by helping rural governments analyze how much energy their municipal operations use, the project can help them find tools and resources to lower their energy costs and cut carbon emissions. Second, CES is working with an alliance of energy nonprofits to develop a new method of identifying communities that are especially vulnerable to electricity blackouts and disruptions. With this method, rural governments can work to install emergency microgrids to ensure critical infrastructure like medical and emergency response services can still operate in extreme disasters,like that recently seen in Puerto Rico.

And third, the project will use the tools of social science to research how to best approach clean energy development. When energy developers try to make changes in a community they don’t fully understand, they often encounter resistance that wastes time and resources for everyone. The Rural Energy Project’s research will help developers take a better approach toward development that gives stakeholders in communities more say over local development.

To learn more about the Center for Environment & Society or for more information on this and other events please visit www.washcoll.edu/centers/ces.

George Washington Leadership Series Discussion to Feature Tom Polen


Washington College’s spring George Washington Leadership Series will feature Tom Polen, president of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, on Monday, April 16, 2018. Polen will be speaking with College President Kurt Landgraf about the future of medical technology and the leadership skills required to run a global healthcare company.

The moderated discussion begins at 5 p.m. in Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall. It is free and open to the public.

BD is headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey and has an annual revenue of ~$16 billion with 65,000 associates worldwide. As president, Polen oversees BD’s three business segments—Medical; Life Sciences; and Interventional—comprising all 10 global business units. He also has responsibility for Research and Development, Innovation and the Americas Region commercial organization. He serves as a member of the BD Management Committee and is a senior faculty member of the Center for BD Leadership.

Since 2009, Polen has held multiple positions with increasing leadership and responsibility at BD, including president of BD Preanalytical Systems and BD Diagnostics Systems, and he served as group president responsible for the BD Medical Surgical Systems and BD Pharmaceutical Systems business units. In October 2014, he was named segment president, BD Medical, where he led the $12 billion acquisition of CareFusion in 2015, the company’s expansion into informatics and digital health solutions, and the $24 billion acquisition of C.R. Bard in 2017.

Polen’s career includes five years at Baxter Healthcare, where he last served as general manager of Baxter’s Global Pharmaceutical Injectables business. While at Baxter, he was named among Chicago’s top 40 leaders under 40.

A fellow at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Polen holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

About the Series

Washington College in 2012 created the George Washington Leadership Series to honor the vision and values of founding patron George Washington, especially his belief in a better future achieved through education, respect for scholarship, and the ideals of leadership, character, and service to others. Under its auspices, leaders from a variety of professions and walks of life are invited to campus to interact with students and faculty and to deliver a public address. Previous speakers include: Raghavan Seetharaman, group CEO of Doha Bank; Richard D. Wood III ’91, director of government relations and sustainability for Wawa, Inc., and Howard B. Stoeckel, vice chairman of the board; Rebecca W. Rimel, president and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts; Lance Weaver, former vice chairman and chief administrative officer of MBNA; Ellen J. Kullman, chair of the board and CEO of DuPont; Paul Reed Smith, founder and owner of PRS Guitars; Bert W. Rein, founding partner of Wiley Rein LLP; H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. ’85, former CEO of Danaher Corporation; and David Williams, chairman and CEO of Merkle, Inc.

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 washcoll.edu.

Washington College to Host Community Unity Day on April 14


Washington College, in cooperation with Chestertown’s Diversity Dialogue Group, is hosting the town’s first Community Unity Day on April 14, a family friendly block party that will happen on Campus Avenue from noon to 4 p.m.

The event will include a variety of food vendors, a sports corner, multiple musical performances, and a kids’ area that will feature a moon bounce, face painting, the making of a community mural, and much more. Community information booths and activities will be supplied by various campus offices, local businesses, and organizations, all in an effort to showcase what Chestertown and Washington College together have to offer.

“Everyone is engaged and excited because everyone is working very hard to make it happen,” says Elena Deanda, associate professor of Spanish and one of the event organizers.

The effort behind the event stems from a shared will between Washington College and its neighbors to “break the bread,” reach out, and improve our mutual understanding. As a collaborative effort, many local organizations and campus offices have enthusiastically joined in order to promote wellness, civics, sustainable living, information about teen drug abuse, animal adoptions, the thriving artistic and cultural life in Chestertown, information about our historic legacy, and about academic opportunities for Kent County residents as well as opportunities for WC students such as internships, job openings, and volunteer work.

On stage there will be the Dell Foxx Company Band, the Freddy Granillo Band, Washington College’s Musician Union, Chestertown Ukulele Club, and DJ TCRON. Food will include a fish fry by Bethel Church, Cajun food by Crazy Rick’s, BBQ southern food from Papa Smurf, Mexican fare with Los Jarochos, hot dogs to benefit the Kent County High School Band Committee, as well as homemade baked goods from neighbors and free cookies courtesy of Washington College.

Washington College groups represented will include WAC Caring for Kids, the German club, the Latin American Student Association, and the Student Environmental Alliance as well as Admissions, Human Resources, the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the GIS Lab, and Miller Library.

Community groups represented will include the Chestertown Farmers Market, the Garfield Theater, the Kent County Arts Council, the Kent County Humane Society, the Kent County Family Center, the Kent County Library, the Kent County School District Parents, the Kent County Department of Social Services, the Kent County Behavioral Health Office, Sultana Education Foundation, Sumner Hall, the Diversity Dialogue Group, the Democratic Club of Kent County, and Indivisible.

For more information, contact Elena Deanda at edeanda2@washcoll.edu and Lolli Sherry at sherrywine@wildblue.net.

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 washcoll.edu.

Writer Amber Dermont Will Present at Lit House April 10 and 11


Novelist and short story writer Amber Dermont, this year’s recipient of the Mary Wood Fellowship, will be hosting two events at the Literary House in April. Her craft talk on humor in fiction will be held on Tuesday, April 10 at 4:30 p.m., and she will read from her own work on Wednesday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. Both events, which are part of the spring Literary House series, are free and open to the public.

Dermont is the author of the novel The Starboard Sea (St. Martin’s Press, 2012), and the short story collection Damage Control (St. Martin’s, 2013). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Dermont received her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. Her short fiction has appeared in TriQuarterly, Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and in the anthologies Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Worst Years of Your Life, and Home of the Brave. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, InPrint, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, she is currently an associate professor of English and creative writing at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is at work on another novel called The Laughing Girl.

The Mary Wood Fellowship, a nationwide competition, is awarded biennially by the Rose O’Neill Literary House to an emerging female writer in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction who has published at least one book. Eastern Shore author Mary Wood, whose support makes the fellowship possible and for whom it is named, was a ’68 graduate of the College and a former member of its Board of Visitors & Governors. The Fellowship enables WC creative writing students to work with and learn from successful women writers. The Mary Wood Fellow spends approximately three days on campus when she gives a reading and a craft talk. The Fellow also holds individual conferences on campus with select undergraduate creative writers. Previous Mary Wood Fellows include Nicky Beer, Shara Lessley, Laura van den Berg, Irina Reyn, and Hannah Tinti.

For more information on these and other events, view our annual Literary Events Calendar brochure here: www.washcoll.edu/live/files/7406-2017-2018. For more information on the Literary House, visit www.lithouse.washcoll.edu.

WC-ALL Learn at Lunch April 20


The final WC-ALL Learn at Lunch of the spring semester will be on Friday, April 20 at noon in Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall on the Washington College Campus. The topic is “Lifting the Curtain Over the Occupation in the Holy Land” presented by Dr. Robert and Ms. Mike Abel, a Jewish-American ophthalmologist and a Palestinian-American healthcare worker, respectively. Resolving the goals of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples continues to be a mounting struggle in the world today and the Abels have witnessed the turmoil first-hand as they have studied and worked in the lands from Gaza to Israel, and the West Bank to Syria. They have heard multiple narratives, often not shared with the American public due to filtered media, and will discuss many facets of the current crisis and why we as Americans, Jews, Muslims, and Christians should be concerned. The issue has divided the American people who have largely  accepted the situation as “too complicated”. As a Jewish-Palestinian couple, the Abels will share their unique perspectives and describe their experiences.

The Abels participated in a diplomatic mission to 5 Middle Eastern countries, Gaza, and the West Bank in 2009. In 2013, Dr. Abel volunteered in Palestine on a medical mission with the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund performing and teaching cataract surgery. He is a former clinical professor of Thomas Jefferson University, the author of nine books, and serves on several corporate advisory boards. Ms. Abel spent 3 months in 2011 on an independent work-study program in Palestine and Israel. Currently she is on the board of Delaware Churches for Middle East Peace. She is the co-founder of Delawareans for Palestinian Human Rights and has recently returned from co-leading an ecumenical leadership conference in Palestine and Israel. The Abels were both recipients of the 2014 Peacemakers Among Us Award from Pacem in Terris and are international lecturers. They reside in Wilmington, Delaware.

Reservations for the Learn at Lunch are $20 for members and $25 for others, and are due by Friday, April 13. Please send a check to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD. 21620 with name, phone number, and email for those attending. As is customary, shuttle service will run from the North Student Parking Lot on the campus with access from Rt. 291. The last shuttle leaves at 11:55. Please call the WC-ALL office with questions at 410-778-7221 or contact wc_all@washcoll.edu.

Events Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


The assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968, shocked the nation. The 50th anniversary of his tragic death will be marked by a series of community events honoring the life and legacy of this great American. The series is presented by Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, Department of Music, and Black Student Union in partnership with Sumner Hall, Chester Valley Ministers’ Association, Bethel AME Church, Kent County Arts Council, and RiverArts. All events, including living history performances, films, concerts, and dinners are free and open to the public.

The opening event on Tuesday, April 3, features the internationally renowned Ysaye Barnwell, who will lead a community-sing incorporating the music of the civil rights movement, spirituals, gospel, and other tunes in four-part harmony, teaching the parts to singers and non-singers alike. Barnwell is a composer, arranger, author, actress, and former member of the African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock.

On Wednesday, April 4, 50 years to the day after King’s assassination, Washington College students, volunteering for a day of service at Sumner Hall, will host an MLK-inspired “History Harvest” with students listening to and recording the community’s memories of King. In keeping with his vision for the beloved community, the public is invited to share their personal stories and recollections, photographs, letters, or clippings related to King’s life and legacy. Recordings will be archived at Washington College and made accessible to the community.

The series will conclude with an event hosted at Bethel AME Church on Friday, April 6. Actor Bill Grimmette will provide a dramatic portrait of King, delivering excerpts from some of his better-known writings and speeches. The evening will also feature prayer, dance, repast, and music performed by the Bethel AME Church Choir and the Millington/Pondtown Mass Choir.

“The five-day memorial will provide multiple opportunities for the community to come together to reflect upon the impact Dr. King has had on our lives,” says Starr Center Deputy Director Patrick Nugent. “It’s an important moment for us to consider the directions Dr. King would point us toward today.”

A full schedule of commemorative events follows:

Tue., April 3, 5:30 PM: Community Sing with Ysaye M. Barnwell, Hynson Lounge, Washington College (free and open to the public).

Wed., April 4, 2 – 5 PM: MLK History Harvest: share and record your memories and of MLK’s life, death, and legacy. Sumner Hall, 206 S. Queen Street, Chestertown (free and open to the public).

Wed., April 4, 5 – 7 PM: Community Dinner with music and remembrances. Sumner Hall (free and open to the public).

Thurs., April 5, 7:00 PM: Screening of Vik Muniz’s film Wasteland presented by the Chestertown Environmental Committee. Sumner Hall (free and open to the public).

Fri., April 6, 5 – 6:30 PM: Screening of The Butler’s Home: A Glimpse into Eugene Allen’s Life, a film by Melissa Sue Lopez ’19 (2017, 26 minutes). Litrenta Lecture Hall, Toll Science Center, Washington College (free and open to the public).

Fri., April 6, 7:00 PM: “Remembering Martin:” A Dramatic Portrait of MLK by actor Bill Grimmette, accompanied with music, dance, and prayer. Bethel AME Church, 237 North College Avenue, Chestertown (free and open to the public).

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 washcoll.edu.

Kent School Students Celebrate Secondary School Acceptances


Members of Kent School’s Class of 2018 recently received news of their secondary school acceptances. The students were all able to share good news with family, friends and teachers. Tricia Cammerzell, Assistant Head of School for Advancement said, “We are thrilled to share that every member of the Class of 2018 was accepted to their first choice of secondary schools.”

The secondary school process at Kent School is thorough and supportive. Students are introduced to a variety of secondary school or high school options including independent, boarding and day, religiously affiliated and non-denominational and public schools. The process kicks off in earnest when students are in the seventh grade. The School hosts a secondary school fair and invites several regional schools to meet with students and families from Kent School and throughout our community. While getting to know their school options, students are encouraged and supported to perform to the best of their abilities, academically, artistically, athletically and as stellar school citizens.

Members of Kent School’s Class of 2018 Celebrating Secondary School Selections

In the fall semester of their eighth grade year, students are encouraged to visit schools of interest. Following these school visits students begin their applications which include answers to essay questions, providing letters of recommendation and on-campus interviews. In March, the students are informed of the admission status. This year, Kent School students received acceptances to the following schools:

The Gunston School
Kent County High School STEM Academy
Mercersburg Academy
Northfield Mount Hermon
Severn School
St. Andrew’s School
Westtown School

Cammerzell continued, “The secondary school process at Kent School shines a spotlight on the importance of our mission, how we live it and the effectiveness of our Preschool through Grade 8 program. It is especially gratifying when we hear admission officers’ remarks like these about our students: ‘excellent candidates’ ‘leader’ ‘one of the best interviews of my career.’ Our students are not only prepared for the rigors and challenges of their chosen secondary school, they are excited by the opportunities that await them as they envision themselves as the young adults they will become. We will stay in touch with these students and applaud their successes and support their new endeavours.”

For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org, or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children 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.

WC Seniors’ Directing Theses, With Performances From March 30 Through April


The Washington College Department of Theatre & Dance is pleased to present the Spring 2018 Senior Capstone Experience production schedule. All performances take place at 7:30 p.m., in Tawes Theatre of the Gibson Center for the Arts.

Reservations, while not required, are requested and can be made through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/washington-college-department-of-theatre-and-dance-8344600158

Admission is free, but a $1 donation to the Kent County Food Bank is requested.

Stop Kiss by Diana Son
A Senior Directing Thesis from Mark Christie
March 30-31
Honorary Producers: Kate Pynn Van Name ’91 and Joe Van Name ’90

Callie is a New York City traffic reporter who has spent her entire life avoiding confrontation and limiting change. Sara is a courageous teacher who chose to quit her job teaching at a Quaker school to take a more intense teaching job in a dangerous area in the Bronx. When these two women eventually meet, they share a kiss that changes their lives. Moving through time, Stop Kiss examines the growth and evolution of a relationship and how it impacts those around them.

Shakuntala by Kalidasa
A Senior Directing Thesis from Sofia Sidhu
April 6-7, Tawes Theatre
Honorary Producer: John Beck ’05 and Carol Landis ’06

Kalidasa’s Shakuntala is an ancient Indian myth about found, lost and found love. When two lovers, King Dushyanta and Shakuntala, are torn away from each other after a series of encounters with bad luck, they have no choice but to follow the separate paths fate has laid before them in hopes that they find each other again.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz.
A Senior Directing Thesis from Megan Iacona.
April 20-21, Tawes Theatre
Honorary Producers: Mike Golze ’09 and Molly O’Connell ’10

Mace is a professional wrestler. He’s a really good professional wrestler. He’s not the champion though – that’s the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of the champ, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. Only problem is, the boss has a very specific plan for the duo: put them onscreen as terrorists. Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a serious-minded comedy about wrestling, geopolitics, and raisin bread.

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
A Senior Performance Thesis from Nate Krimmel
Directed by Brian Klose ’17
April 27-28, Tawes Theatre

The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the 19th century. Merrick, young and horribly deformed, has earned a living as a freak attraction in traveling sideshows. After being abruptly abandoned in Belgium, Merrick finds his way to London where he is admitted for observation to Whitechapel, a prestigious London hospital. Dr. Frederick Treves, a young, brilliant doctor, attempts to educate and socialize Merrick into London society. However, as Merrick grows older, his condition worsens, forcing him and others to understand that our most deeply held dreams, abilities, and beliefs are found internally.

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 washcoll.edu.