WC Announces New Partnership with Johns Hopkins University’s MSN

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Washington College students who want to pursue a degree in nursing have a new option thanks to a strategic partnership with Johns Hopkins University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Entry into Nursing Program. With an emphasis on emerging areas of need and health care leadership, the program offers students an accelerated path to a wide array of patient-care careers.

“This Johns Hopkins program is designed for students who have majored in a non-nursing discipline as an undergraduate and decide to pursue nursing after they complete their undergraduate degree,” says Patrice DiQuinzio, Dean and Provost of the College. “Given that this program focuses on leadership and is inclusive of the humanities and public health, it’s a wonderful fit for Washington College and our students.”

The five-semester Entry Into Nursing Program“prepares students to be top patient-care nurses who have unlimited choices after graduation by emphasizing leadership, global impact, quality and safety, evidence-based practice, and inter-professional education,” says Cathy Wilson, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Director of Admissions. Students “will learn from a framework that integrates the humanities, public health, and physical and organizational sciences into nursing practice.” Students graduate with a master of science in nursing and are prepared to take the nursing licensing exam to become an RN, or to continue studies toward an advanced degree.

The new partnership complements Washington College’s current nursing program, which offers a dual-degree option with the University of Maryland School of Nursing, through which students spend three years at WC, then two years at UMD, earning a bachelor’s degree from WC and a BS in nursing from UMD in five years. Students may also complete a traditional four-year bachelor’s degree in a major of their choice while completing their pre-nursing prerequisite courses.

For the Johns Hopkins MSN Entry Into Nursing program, WC students don’t need to major in biology or psychology as they do in the dual-degree bachelor’s program with UMD, but they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and have completed several specific courses with a B or better to be considered for admission. Johns Hopkins will provide the College with an advisor to meet with interested WC students to help them during the admissions process, and scholarships and financial aid are available.

“Not everybody knows they want to get into nursing until later in their undergraduate career,” says Jodi Olson, Director of Pre-Health Professions Programs, who helped shepherd the new partnership. “This program gives those students an excellent post-graduate option.”

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 39 states and territories and 25 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 to Offer Saturday School Sneak Peek Sessions for Children

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Kent School is inviting children and their parents to attend a series of fun, Saturday sessions designed to engage and stimulate the curious minds of children ages 9 and under. The workshops will be held on February 2, February 9 and February 23. All session begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 10:30 a.m. except for Gym Time which will end at 11:00 a.m. There is no charge and the public is welcome. For activities designed for children ages five and under parents should plan to stay on campus while their children participate. Parents are welcomed, but not required, to stay for the ScienceWORKS program for children ages 6 to 9.

On February 2, Director of Athletics and Physical Education teacher, Erin Kent will lead children 5 and under in “Gym Time Tumble and Climb”, a session that will get kids moving through age-appropriate obstacle courses and exercise activities. “Sometimes it is hard for any of us to stay active in the cold winter months. We will guide the children through fun activities that will keep them moving from start to finish.” said Kent. This session will be held in the M. V. “Mike” Williams Gymnasium.

Also on February 2, Lower School Science Teacher, Donna Simmons will lead a ScienceWORKS session for children ages 6 to 9. In ScienceWORKS children will cycle through a series of stations to solve problems, explore material properties and get a better understanding of science in our everyday lives all while having fun and perhaps getting a little messy. This session will be held in our Lower School Science Lab.

Ms. Simmons will also lead a session on February 9 for the youngest scientists. Science Buddies is designed for children ages 3 to 5 and will be held in the Little School at Kent School. Preschool age children will be filled with a sense of wonder with some hands-on science exploration in a fun, engaging setting

On February 23, Kent School Librarian, Julia Gross and Music Teacher, Matthew Wirtz ‘99 will join forces in a Stories and Songs session for children 5 and under. Girls and boys can look forward to some interactive storytelling and music making as well as fun activities using stories and songs. This session will take place in the Kent School Library.

All Saturday Sneak Peek sessions are planned with several breaks so the participants can move around, explore the School facilities and other campus features. Children should be dressed for outdoor play as well as indoor activities. Tricia Cammerzell, Assistant Head of School for Advancement said, “We are so proud of our school and the work we do here, we want others to get a glimpse of our unparalleled environment for learning. These Saturday Sneak Peek sessions are a great way to showcase our teachers’ passion for what they do and our gorgeous, riverside campus.” Cammerzell will be on hand to offer tours of the school to anyone interested.

For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org, email tcammerzell@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.

Kent School Students Compete in School Level National Geography Bee

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Last January 11, Kent School students in grades four through eight competed in the 2019 school-level National Geographic Geography Bee. Lennox Franks, a sixth grade, student won the school-level competition and a chance to compete in the Maryland State Bee.This is the first time Lennox has made it to the finals of the school-level Bee. Fifth grade student, Lia Schutwas the runner-up this year. After several rounds in the school Bee, Lennox and Lia emerged as the finalists and the two battled through several tie-breaker rounds with questions about South America, Central America and Asia.

Two students qualified in preliminary rounds completed in fourth through eighth grade earlier this month.  Finalists were: Peri Overton and Tyler Dunlap (4th grade) Alternate, Oliver Morris competed in place of Peri since she was not able to attend, Harrison Laveryand Lia Schut (5th grade), Lennox Franks and Gavin Larrimore (6th grade), Allie Butler and Eddie Gillespie (7th grade), and Kolby Brice and Aiden Lafferty (8th grade.)

Winner and Runner up: Lennox Franks and Lia Schut

Patrick Pearce, Middle School History and Geography teacher at Kent School coordinated the Bee this year. “I am grateful to my colleagues and special guests for helping to coordinate and judge the 2019 Geo Bee. I am proud of all of the students who competed last Friday. In her next step of the competition, Lennox will take a written test to see if she qualifies to move on to the Maryland State level.”

According to the National Geographic Bee web page, “Each year, thousands of schools in the U.S. participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.  The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in the classrooms and spark student interest in the subject and increase public awareness about geography.”Pearce continued, “The National Geographic Bee fits seamlessly with Kent School’s commitment to history and global studies. Our students learn about the world and different habitats in Kindergarten. Global Studies continues in third grade and is woven through the middle school history curriculum in grades five through eight as the students explore American History and our connection with countries around the globe.”

For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org, email tcammerzell@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.

Wye River Upper School Open House on January 27

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Wye River Upper School is hosting an Admissions Open House on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 1 pm – 3 pm on the School’s campus located at 316 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, MD. The evening will include the opportunity to speak to students and staff about the unique Wye River experience, along with the chance to tour the building. Wye River Upper School is a college prep high school offering an engaging, supportive and challenging curriculum for students with a variety of learning challenges including, but not limited to ADHD, dyslexia and anxiety. Students who attend Wye River come from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Kent. Transportation for students is available to and from Stevensville, Easton, and Chestertown.

For more information, please contact Katie Theeke, Director of Admissions and Communications at 410-758-2922 or email katietheeke@wyeriverupperschool.org
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WC Earns $1 Million State Grant to Expand its GIS Program

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Washington College has won a $1 million grant from the Department of Commerce’s Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF) to establish an endowed directorship for the College’s GIS Program, broadening student avenues for study and professional experience in the growing geographic information systems field, as well as expanding economic development opportunities and encouraging investment in business development and pilot projects.

Matched by a $1 million grant from The Hodson Trust, this grant marks the third time in three years the College has earned funding through MEIF, a program designed to spur basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields. Washington College is the only undergraduate private liberal arts college to receive an award three years in a row, joining Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland at College Park and at Baltimore.

“I’m thrilled and proud that for the third year running, Washington College has earned the support of the Maryland Department of Commerce for this terrific grant. Our outstanding GIS program is among our strongest for offering students real-world experience within the liberal arts framework, and this will only enhance that to create more opportunities,” said College President Kurt Landgraf. “I especially want to thank The Hodson Trust for providing the necessary match to make this possible. Once again, the Trust’s support and confidence have made a critical difference in the education that we provide to students.”

Since 2003, the College’s GIS Lab, overseen by the Center for Environment & Society (CES), has been training student interns in GIS technologies and analyses while executing funded projects across the country, preparing a new generation of GIS specialists who manage projects and work with clients in a professional setting.

The new grant will enable the College to grow the GIS program and extend it more widely throughout the liberal arts curriculum, as well as broaden collaborations with faculty research and teaching, says CES Director John Seidel, who helped inaugurate the GIS program. It will also allow the College to consider an academic program in geospatial technologies in conjunction with the GIS Lab.

“This will expand our ability to engage in interdisciplinary research in our fields of study, as well as provide community level and business support in incorporating geospatial analysis and technology to solve problems,” Seidel says.

The endowed position will enable the program to move beyond its dependence on funded projects, giving it greater flexibility to work with non-profits and encouraging investment in business development opportunities and pilot projects. “We are very excited about the strong economic development potential that the expansion of our GIS program will bring to Maryland,” Seidel says, “as well as the hands-on, collaborative experiences that it will provide for Washington College students and faculty.”

The other grant winners were Maryland Institute College of Art, Towson University, and UMD College Park. In 2017, the state awarded Washington College $944,000, matched by $1 million from private donors, to create an endowed chair for the College’s new Eastern Shore Food Lab. And, in 2016, the state granted $1 million to match private funds to create an endowed position in the Center for Environment & Society (CES) aimed at creating entrepreneurial opportunities for students in the sciences.

Learn more about GIS at WC here: https://www.washcoll.edu/centers/ces/gis/

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 39 states and territories and 25 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.

Radcliffe Creek School Launches Sylvia and Julien Baxter Legacy Society

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Radcliffe Creek School is pleased to announce the launch of the Sylvia and Julien Baxter Legacy Society to recognize donors who have generously included Radcliffe Creek in their estate plans.

The Baxter Legacy Society is designed to encourage donors to consider ways they can help ensure the school will have the resources necessary to sustain it far into the future. Members can include alumni, parents and grandparents, faculty members, past and current, and those wishing to honor the school’s original investors through the Founders’ Fund. By providing gifts through their wills or various charitable gift agreements, members gain the satisfaction of directing their gifts to five important areas: general endowment to ensure the school’s sustainability; financial aid; faculty support; capital improvements, and academic and athletic programming.

The Baxter Legacy Society recognizes the Florida couple who have supported scholarships at the school since its inception and have now added a significant bequest for the Sylvia and Julien Baxter Scholarship at Radcliffe in their estate plans.

“We have watched the remarkable growth of Radcliffe Creek School since its founding 23 years ago under Molly Brogan Judge’s leadership. The school transforms the lives of these extraordinary students who attend, and we are pleased to have made provisions in our estate plan to sustain the scholarships we have supported on an annual basis for many years,” said Sylvia Baxter.

“Financial aid is a critical component of the Radcliffe Creek School annual budget. Without adequate resources devoted to scholarships, students who could otherwise benefit from all that the school offers would be unable to attend,” she continued. “My husband, Dooley, and I are pleased that we are able to help future generations this way.”

Meg Bamford, Head of School, remarked, “We are so grateful to the Baxters for helping us to launch this instrumental legacy fund. The notion that generous supporters of our school continue to give by recognizing us in their estate is so moving. It is clear that the additional gifts to the Baxter Legacy Society will have a huge and lasting impact on our school’s ability to continue to change the trajectory of many students’ lives.”

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school with the mission of empowering children in a dynamic
environment that celebrates unique learning. For more information about the Legacy Society, Radcliffe Creek or Little Creek, the school’s preschool, which includes programs for children from infancy through pre-kindergarten, please call 410-778-8150 or visit www.radcliffecreekschool.org.

WC-ALL January Learn at Lunch with Sherwin Markman

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WC-ALL’s first Learn at Lunch of the Spring 2019 semester will feature Sherwin Markman on Wednesday, January 23. Back by popular demand, and always an engaging speaker, Markman’s topic will be “The Resiliency of Our American Democracy”. The buffet luncheon will begin at noon in Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall on the Washington College Campus. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Sherwin Markman believes that there is a tendency nowadays to view America through a dark and cloudy lens, thinking that what we are currently experiencing is uniquely destructive. His message is that we should never lose our perspective, and remember that our nation has undergone, and survived, worse times. Markman will illuminate some of those events that have occurred during his 90-year lifetime of observation and participation in our democracy, demonstrating that we as a nation and people have always been resilient, and will continue to be so.

Born and raised in Iowa, Markman graduated from the University of Iowa and Yale University Law School. He went to Washington, DC, as an Assistant to President Lyndon Johnson and stayed on as a senior trial lawyer at a major DC law firm, representing such diverse clients as Howard Hughes and Cornell University. He has so far published 3 books. Markman and his wife Peggy lived on a sailboat for seven years, crossing the North Atlantic by themselves. They now make their home on five and a half acres between Rock Hall and Tolchester.

Reservations for the Learn at Lunch are due by Thursday, January 17. The cost is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for all others. Shuttle service will run from the North Student Parking Lot, which can be accessed from Rt. 291, with the last shuttle departing for the event at 11:55. Please send a check made out to WC-ALL to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620 with name, phone, and email of those attending. Contact the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221 for more information.

WC-ALL Spring Courses 2019

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Come in from the cold and join a WC-ALL class this winter as the Spring 2019 semester gets underway. Classes begin on January 27 with two 6-week sessions running from January 27-March 8 and March 17-April 26. WC-ALL is open to adults of any age who are looking for intellectual stimulation without the requirements of academic credit. For one all-inclusive membership fee, participants can sign up for as many courses as they want. With 31 classes to choose from this coming semester, everyone is sure to find something to stretch the mind, ward off cabin fever, and inspire learning for the joy of it!

Several new courses are being offered in both sessions. A few highlights of the first session include Prisoners of Geography taught by Warren Beaven. Based on Tim Marshall’s book of the same name, participants will explore the principles of geo-politics around the world – past, present, and future. Mythbusting GMOs will be taught by agronomist Joe Maloney, who will guide his students in separating  fact from fiction about GMOs and other new technologies in agriculture and help them become well-informed consumers as they make decisions in the marketplace. Bob Moores will bring to the classroom his 45-year hobby of studying the construction of the Egyptian Pyramids. The architectural achievements of the builders and how those deeds may have been accomplished will be explored. Bob’s photos and line drawings will be used in Building the Pyramids. In Moral Issues from “The Stone”, Colleen Sundstrom will moderate discussions based on readings from “The Stone”, a New York Times philosophy series addressing modern philosophical issues in an accessible manner.

During the second session, nature and environmental enthusiasts will find several courses of interest. In Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge: Yesterday and Today, Simon Kenyon and guest speakers will introduce the class to Eastern Neck’s history, birdlife, its place in the National Wildlife Refuge system, and its environmental and wildlife management plans. Let’s Get to Know Some of Maryland’s Native Trees will be taught by Agnes Kedmenecz and include a few half-hour walks to practice tree identification. Global Warming is Speeding Up with Ben Orrick will analyze the latest findings on this timely subject.Those looking for courses in the arts will find Examining “Hamilton: An American Musical” by Maria Wood, Art in Series by Beverly Smith, and Enjoying the Poetry of John Keats by Jim Campbell worth looking into.

For a complete listing and description of all courses offered, please visit http://www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/what-were-studying.php/. You can hear the instructors describe their courses at Spring 2019 Showcase on January 15 at 4:00 in Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the Washington College Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Registration for both sessions of spring semester is now open and runs through January 18. Registration takes place on-line, by mail, or in person at Showcase. Please call the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221 for more information.

Kent School and Gunston Host Dr. Lisa Damour

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On Wednesday, December 12, Dr. Lisa Damour addressed scores of guests at the Garfield Center for the Arts. Hosted by Kent School in Chestertown and The Gunston School in Centreville, Dr. Damour led her audience through seven stages of transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood referencing her 2018 book entitled Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Damour addressed Kent School faculty and Middle School students. In her session with faculty Dr. Damour provided excellent information and tactics for handling conflict. She said, among middle School students “conflict is a given. Our job is to help them handle conflict in a healthy way.” In her session with students she explained that the healthy way to handle conflict is ‘pillaring’ which allows a child to stand up for him or herself while being respectful of others.

Following her session at Kent School, Dr. Damour traveled to The Gunston School for sessions with their faculty and students. In her address to high school students, Dr. Damour explained the role of stress in human development.Dr. Damour explained the positive aspects of stress—how it helps us grow and become stronger, as well as the benefits of developing stress management techniques.

Heads of School John Lewis and Nancy Mugele pictured with Dr. Lisa Damour (center).

Finally, on Wednesday evening, Dr. Damour greeted members of the greater community at the Garfield Center for The Arts where she expanded on the themes of conflict, stress and the need for adolescents to know and feel anxiety. She explained that anxiety is our natural defense that alerts us of danger or difficult situations. Teenagers should use that feeling of anxiety to guide them in decision making. Dr. Damour generously answered questions from the audience and then stayed to sign copies of her 2016 book.

In his introduction of Dr. Damour, John Lewis, Head of The Gunston School, humorously expressed his general doubts regarding popular books on adolescence, but described Dr. Damour’s book Untangled as magnetic, accurate and endlessly helpful in understanding the transitions teenagers undergo.

Nancy Mugele, Head of School at Kent School said Dr. Damour writes the monthly “Adolescence” column for The New York Times, serves as a regular contributor to CBS News, maintains a private psychotherapy practice, consults and speaks internationally and serves as the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls.

Dr. Damour’s lecture is made possible by the KudnerLeyon Memorial Fund at Kent School, The Gunston School and the Garfield Center for the Arts. While admission is free, pre-registration is encouraged by calling 410-778-4100 ext. 100 or emailing rsvp@kentschool.org.

Kent School serves children from Preschool through Grade Eight on its scenic campus on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown. For more information call 410-778-4100 ext. 110 or visit www.kentschool.org. The Gunston School, located on the Corsica River in Centreville, is a coeducational day school serving students in grades 9 through 12.