Senior Capstone Exhibition 2018 at the Kohl Gallery

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Cityscape by Austin Maddux

The Kohl Gallery is pleased to announce the Senior Capstone Exhibition 2018, which features the work of graduating seniors in the Department of Art and Art History and opens with a reception on April 19.

“The Breadth Between” features the Senior Capstone Projects of seven seniors, whose art presents topics ranging from gender politics to cityscapes, and from visualizing inner emotions to investigating the absurd.

Seniors Morgan Bench, Annie Grosscup, Julie Lazer, Austin Maddux, Andrew Poe, Anna Watts, and Qinxuan Zhang, will be on hand from 4-6 p.m. on April 19 to welcome guests to the Kohl Gallery and to talk about their work. The public is welcome.

Breadth is often considered a range or area of knowledge or ability held by a person, but it may also be varied qualities spread between different individuals. This is certainly true for the diversity of gestures and objects made in this exhibition.The title for this exhibition was left unfinished as a gesture of inclusion toward viewers who are considered active participants, extending new meanings and interpretations of what each person has presented.

For more information, please contact Renee van der Stelt, interim director, Kohl Gallery, at rvanderstelt2@washcoll.edu.

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.

MOMA Curator Darby English to Present a Lecture April 18

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Darby English, professor of art history at the University of Chicago and adjunct curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, will present a lecture entitled “Differing, Drawn,” on the “Skin Set” drawings of contemporary African-American artist William Pope.L on April 18.

The lecture in Norman James Theatre, Smith Hall, begins at 4:30 p.m., is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception. “Differing, Drawn,” is sponsored by the Department of Art + Art History, together with the Starr Center, Black Studies Department, the Office of the Provost, and the William James Forum.

English, one of the most important scholars of African-American art working today,will speak on Pope.L, who is highly regarded as a performance artist, especially for his public interventionist pieces which explore racial dynamics in contemporary culture. Pope.L’s “Skin Set” drawings examine the absurdities of racialized language in American society with biting humor and barely concealed skepticism.

English is the Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of 1971: A Year in the Life of Color (University of Chicago Press, 2016), and How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness (MIT Press, 2007), which has become a touchstone for discussions of African-American contemporary art. He is also the co-editor of Art History and Emergency (Yale UP, 2016) and Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress(MIT Press, 2002 and Rizzoli, 2007). His new book, To Describe a Life: Essays at the Intersection of Art and Race Terror will be published by Yale University Press in 2018.

As a consulting curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, English assists in that museum’s efforts to strengthen its holdings in African-American Art. A gifted and popular lecturer, English in 2010 received the University of Chicago’s Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the nation’s oldest such prize.

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 Partners with Wake Forest University

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Adding another strategic collaboration to its growing list of post-graduate opportunities for students, Washington College is partnering with Wake Forest University’s School of Business for students who want to pursue a master’s degree in management. The agreement will streamline the application process for WC students and will provide scholarships based on their undergraduate efforts.

“This is a terrific opportunity for Washington College students who are not business management majors but are looking at a career in management,” says Patrice DiQuinzio, Provost and Dean. “Wake Forest is seeking students with a strong liberal arts background for this program, so it’s a natural fit for us.”

The Economist in 2017 ranked Wake Forest’s program fourth in the country, with 99 percent of its graduates landing jobs within six months of graduation. The ten-month program offers students a fast-paced introduction to business concepts related to finance, marketing, operations, business analytics, accounting, economics, organization behavior, ethics, career management, and information technology. The program also stresses teamwork skills with two “action learning projects.”

Business management majors are not eligible for this program, but WC students with a minor in business management may apply. Under the agreement, Wake Forest will waive the application fee and essay, and WC students with a GPA of 3.3 to 3.99 can receive a $5,000 scholarship, 3.4 to 3.599, $10,000, and those with GPAs of 3.6 or higher can receive $15,000. Wake Forest may also boost the scholarships based on a student’s demonstrated leadership ability, internships, extra-curricular activities, and other examples of potential academic and professional success.

“We are thrilled to work with our colleagues at Washington College, and to welcome their talented and purpose-driven students to our program,” says John White, Executive Director of Enrollment Management at the School of Business. “The Master’s in Management experience values the kind of leadership, courage, and social engagement Washington College students embody.”

The partnership was developed by Charlie Kehm, Chair and Professor of Physics, who worked closely John Montana, Senior Associate Director, MA Enrollment Management at Wake Forest. It joins other post-graduate partnerships between Washington College and other institutions. In January, the College announced a strategic partnership with Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for WC graduates who want to pursue master’s programs offered through GU’s Biomedical Graduate Education. A partnership with the College of William & Mary’s School of Business enables WC students to earn a master of arts in accounting with the potential for a $10,000 scholarship, while a partnership with Loyola University offers fast-track admission after the undergraduate junior year to its Emerging Leaders MBA and masters in accounting programs.

Last fall, the College announced a new dual-degree program for environmental science and studies students at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Other dual-degree or 3:2 programs include including one in engineering with Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and programs in nursing and pharmacy with the University of Maryland School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy.

For more information about Wake Forest University’s School of Business Management program, see http://business.wfu.edu/masters-in-management/.

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 is Maryland’s First Bee Campus USA

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Washington College has become the first higher-education institution in Maryland and the 35th in the nation to be designated an affiliate of Bee Campus USA, a program designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators.

“Imperiled pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of ninety percent of the world’s wild plant and tree species. Washington College is a stellar example of the influence educational institutions can have on their students and the broader community,” said Bee Campus USA Director Phyllis Stiles upon announcing WC’s affiliation. “Their talented faculty, staff, and students offer an invaluable resource for Eastern Shore residents in seeking ways to manage ornamental landscapes in more wildlife-friendly ways.”

Students celebrate the first honey harvest at the campus garden from the campus apiary’s bees.

“By studying and supporting pollinators, students are working to realign our culture with natural forces and enhance life on this planet,” said campus garden adviser Shane Brill ’03 M’11, who three years ago helped students install an apiary in the campus garden. “They can trace the path of a bee’s flight back to the energy of the sun and, in the course of that journey, reimagine our place in the world.”

Through a Beekeeping 101 course hosted each spring by the Department of Environmental Science and Studies, students examine bee anatomy, nutrition and colony behavior, and how to establish a hive. They become empowered in the role of “bee ambassadors” for the public, and they volunteer their apicultural skills in the community with the Upper Eastern Shore Beekeeping Association.

In the campus garden, students are hands-on learning not only the mechanics of beekeeping, but also the interconnected relationships between the campus bees and the plants and flowers that sustain them–and which they also sustain—in and near the garden. Last fall, for the first time, students harvested their own honey, collecting about two gallons. And, they’ve participated in pollinator workshops with local community members to further educate people about the vital roles that pollinators play in agriculture, permaculture, and plant and human health.

Beyond maintaining the campus apiary, students involved in the campus garden program implement conservation landscapes that ensure thriving populations of pollinators in a local, resilient food system. They share their research on the college website with a growing inventory of useful plants they cultivate on campus.

In its designation as a Bee Campus, Washington College has committed to minimizing hazards to pollinators by using no neonicotinoid pesticides, and almost no glyphosate herbicide or other potentially dangerous synthetic pesticides. According to Stiles, each certified campus must reapply each year and report on accomplishments from the previous year.

For more information about Washington College’s campus garden and for videos about beekeeping and honey harvest, visit https://www.washcoll.edu/about/campus/campus-garden/.

About Bee Campus USA and Bee City USA

The Bee Campus USA designation recognizes educational campuses that commit to a set of practices that support pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, among thousands of other species. For more information about the application process for becoming a Bee Campus USA affiliate, visit http://www.beecityusa.org/application-campus.html.

Bee City USA® urges local governments, individuals, organizations, corporations, and communities to promote and establish pollinator–friendly landscapes that are free of pesticides.  Since its inception in Asheville, North Carolina in 2012, many cities have been certified across the nation and many others are in the process of preparing applications. For more information about the application process for becoming a Bee City USA community, visit http://www.beecityusa.org/application-city.html.

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.

WC CES Announces Rural Energy Project with Presentation April 17

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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.