Area Golfers Hit the Links for Chesapeake’s Student-Athletes


Opportunities are available for golfers and tournament sponsorships for Chesapeake College’s Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Resort in Cambridge.

Each year the tournament raises money for the General Athletic Scholarships Fund. More than 61 student-athletes are currently receiving Chesapeake College scholarships. This financial assistance allows students to pursue higher education as they continue to excel in the sports that they love.

“It means so much to have a scholarship. It’s helped me tremendously. This scholarship has given me a great opportunity to change my life and play soccer,” said men’s soccer team co-captain Cody Mesias, a freshman midfielder.

Chesapeake’s Skipjacks earn accolades for both their athletic and academic accomplishments. In the 2017-2018 academic year, 13 Skipjacks were on the Maryland JUCO All-Academic Team as student-athletes with a 3.8 Grade Point Average.  In May, 23 student-athletes graduated from Chesapeake, and 31 transferred to four-year institutions.

The tournament brings together supporters from across the five-county service area. Businesses, organizations and individuals are signing on as event sponsors.

“We are thrilled that so many community organizations and individuals have stepped up to sponsor this year’s tournament and show their support for our student-athletes,” said President Cliff Coppersmith. “We look forward to having our event at the Hyatt, where the director of golf, Abby Messick, is a Chesapeake College alumna.”

Hays Companies of Maryland is the Tournament Sponsor, while Barnes & Noble and Sodexo are Skipjack Sponsors.

Hole sponsors include: TriGas & Oil Inc./ Comfort Plus Services; Shore United Bank; Dixon Valve; Jim Vermilye, CFP, The SRVP Group – Baird; PKS & Company; and Bruce & Blenda Armistead.

This year’s tee sponsors include: Integrace Bayleigh Chase; Chesapeake Investment Planning; Miles and Stockbridge; Key One, Inc.; Jim Vermilye, CFP, The SRVP Group – Baird; The Whalen Company; TGM Group, LLC.; and Stuart & Gail Bounds.

The cost for entry is $175 per golfer or $600 per foursome. The price includes continental breakfast, lunch during play, and a post-round reception.

For more information or to register, please visit

About Chesapeake College

Founded in 1965 as Maryland’s first regional community college, Chesapeake serves five Eastern Shore counties – Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. With more than 130,000 alumnae, Chesapeake has 2,300 students and almost 10,000 people enrolled in continuing education programs.

Kent School Students to Participate in Global Character Day


Kent School students, teachers and administrators will participate in Global Character Day on Wednesday, September 26. Global Character Day brings together over 180,000 groups around the world with tools to encourage the development and use of traits of good character. Michelle Duke, Kent School’s Assistant Head of School for Academics, said, “Our participation in Global Character Day coordinates nicely with our participation in Harvard University’s Making Caring Common initiative and our partnership with Changing Perspectives. These partnerships help make character education and the teaching of of empathy strategies more intentional at Kent School.” Duke continued, “We know we cannot teach good character traits in one day and that it is not good enough to ask students to exhibit good character for just one day, so we will use the materials associated with Global Character Day in classes and advisory groups throughout the academic year. We also know that through mind, brain and education science good character can be taught.”

From the Character Day website, “We are all works in progress. On September 26, 2018, millions of people around the globe will gather for the fifth annual Character Day — a global initiative where school districts, organizations, families, and congregations of all sizes screen films on the science of character development from different perspectives. Students and teachers will dive into discussion materials catered to different ages around the importance of developing character strengths (resilience, grit, empathy, courage, kindness). All materials are backed by evidence-based research and latest breakthroughs in everything from mindfulness to neuroscience. Character Day is one day. The resources are available year-round.”

Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School added, “We are committed to teaching empathy, acceptance and awareness of others at Kent School. These resources and relationships help us fulfill our mission of guiding students to realizing the full potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. We believe that discussions around empathy strategies will be meaningful for all students and we can help them navigate their rapidly changing world.”

Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, is an independent school celebrating 50 years of serving boys and girls in PK – Grade 8 from throughout the mid-shore and parts of Delaware. Kent School’s mission is to guide its students in reaching their potential for academic, artistic, athletic and moral excellence. The School’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information visit or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110

Andrew Lawler to Discuss His Book “The Secret Token” Oct. 4


The ultimate fate of the more than 100 men, women, and children who landed on Roanoke Island in 1587, with the intent to establish a European settlement in the New World, has been one of the greatest mysteries in American history. Within a few years, the settlers vanished, leaving behind a single clue: a secret token etched into a tree.

In his new book, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke, author Andrew Lawler sets out to probe our national need to know. His narrative of America’s oldest unsolved mystery and the people racing to unearth its answer exposes sobering truths about race, gender, and immigration, and ultimately, why historical myths matter.

Lawler will present a book talk and signing on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Litrenta Lecture Hall, Toll Science Center, at Washington College. Sponsored by the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the program is free and open to the public.

Colorful characters, past and present, populate Lawler’s account, from English knight Sir Walter Raleigh and the Croatoan Indian, Manteo, to archeologist Ivor Noel Hume and Fred Willard, a “maverick Lost Colony seeker.” Digging deep into the archival and archeological evidence, Lawler has written what Publisher’s Weekly hails as “part detective novel, part historical reckoning. . . leading to a thoughtful and timely discourse about race and identity.”

Lawler, the Starr Center’s 2016 – 2017 Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown fellow, is the author of the highly acclaimed Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?. He is a contributing writer for Science, a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Slate.His book The Secret Token was written in part while in residence in Washington College’s 18th-century Patrick Henry House on Queen Street in Chestertown.

The Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellowship

The Starr Center administers the fellowship in partnership with the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious institutions for the study of early America. Founded with a $1 million endowment from The Hodson Trust, the fellowship supports work on significant projects related to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. Now in its fifth year, it welcomes submissions not only from traditional historians, but also from filmmakers, novelists, and creative and performing artists.

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

Mya Lixian Gosling to Speak at Washington College Oct. 3


We all know that Shakespeare is wildly clever, but is he so fun that he’s worthy of stick figure comic art? That’s what webcomic artist and author Mya Lixian Gosling, the creator of Good Tickle Brain, thinks, and she’s hoping other people will think so, too.

Gosling will speak about her art, writing, and the silly side of Shakespeare on Wednesday, October 3, in Hynson Lounge, located in Hodson Hall. The event, which is part of the annual Sophie Kerr Lecture Series, will start at 4:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Good Tickle Brain, the world’s foremost (and possibly only) Shakespeare stick figure webcomic, has been posted twice-weekly online at since 2013. Gosling has degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Michigan and formerly worked as a Southeast Asian language cataloger at the University of Michigan Graduate Library.

For more information on this and other English Department and Sophie Kerr events, visit the website at, or view our annual Literary Events Calendar brochure here:

Paul Ortiz to Speak at Washington College Oct. 2


Paul Ortiz, an expert in the fields of African American history and Latino studies, will visit Washington College on Oct. 2, discussing his book An African American and Latinx History of the United States.

Sponsored by Black Studies Program, Latin American Students Association, and the William James Forum Fund, the event at 5 p.m. in Litrenta Hall of the Toll Science Center is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

An associate professor of history in the University of Florida, Ortiz is also the director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. He specializes in African American history, Latino Studies, the African Diaspora, Social Movement Theory, U.S. History, U.S. South, labor, and documentary studies.

His book Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 received the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Book Prize from the Florida Historical Society and the Florida Institute of Technology. He also co-edited and conducted oral history interviews for the award-winning “Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Jim Crow South.”

Ortiz is currently writing a book on settler colonialism, which will be part of Beacon Press’s new ReVisioning American History series.

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

Kent School Adds Fall Fest to Osprey Triathlon


Each year Kent School hosts the Osprey Triathlon, a race featuring a seven-mile bike ride, a two-mile kayak and a three-mile run. The 2018 race will be held on Saturday, September 29 on and around the Kent School campus. This year immediately following the race, Kent School will host a Family Fall Fest with games, live music, activities and food. The Fall Fest is open to the public and families are encouraged to attend whether or not they are competing in the triathlon. Admission is free and most activities cost just $1.00. Kent School is located at 6788 Wilkins Lane in Chestertown.

The Osprey Triathlon is in its sixth year and draws racers from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Racers may compete as individuals or as two- or three-person relay teams. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of age groups. The course will cover mixed surfaces including pavement, gravel paths and some grassy areas. The race will start and finish on the Kent School campus. The Osprey Triathlon is open to racers aged 9 and over. Racers between the ages of 9 and 12 must be part of a relay team with at least one team member over 16 years of age. For those racers without a kayak, a limited number will be available for rent. Advance registration is required to reserve a kayak. Race registration may be found online by visiting www.kentschool.orgpage/giving/osprey-triathlon. The race begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will be held rain or shine

The Fall Fest is a new addition to the events of the day. Games and activities will include a petting zoo, a dunking booth, ladder golf, fish ping pong and much more. Musician, Terrick Denny will be performing live music. With food trucks and other refreshments on site, Kent School’s Fall Fest will have something for everyone. The Fall Fest will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and will be held rain or shine.

Jen Matthews ’01, Director of Development and Alumni Relations and coordinator for these events said, “The Osprey Triathlon has grown over the years with the number registrations closing in on our 200 racer capacity. This year, with the addition of the Fall Fest, we expect our campus to be brimming with people, energy and activity.”  Matthews continued, “A lot of volunteer work goes into planning and preparing for these events. I would like to thank members of our PTF (Parents, Teachers and Friends) for their support as well as our sponsors, especially our lead sponsors Baird Wealth Management, Gunther McClary Real Estate, RealTerm, David A. Bramble, Inc., FAM&M and Peoples Bank.

For more information on the Osprey Triathlon and Fall fest, contact Jen Matthews ’01 at or call 410-778-4100 Ext. 350. Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown serves boys and girls from Preschool through Grade 8. Visit for more information.

Kent School is located at 6788 Wilkins Lane in historic Chestertown. For more information call 410-778-4100 ext. 110 or visit Kent School serves children from Preschool through Grade Eight on its scenic campus on the bank of the Chester River.

Kent School to Kick Off 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration


The 2018 – 2019 academic year marks the 50th Anniversary of Kent School and we are taking this opportunity to celebrate 50 years of excellence, reflect on the present, look ahead to the 
future, and honor the legacy of 
our School. In this joyous moment in our history, we salute former Heads, Trustees and faculty/staff members for their contributions to our School and for 
laying the foundation for our continued success. We are deeply grateful for our current Trustees and the entire Employee Group for their steadfast commitment to our School. Over the past five
 decades, we have educated a thousand outstanding alumni and students. We believe that our graduates and current students are the empathetic leaders that our world greatly needs.

All members of the Kent School community, including parents, alumni, parents of alumni and former employees as well as members of our greater Mid-Shore community are invited to attend Kent School’s Fiftieth Anniversary Convocation on Friday, September 28 at 2:30 p.m as Kent School officially launches a year of Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations.

The convocation will include remarks from Nancy Mugele, Head of School, Chris McClary ‘91, President of the Board of Trustees, Merritt Conner ‘19, Student Government President and visiting leaders. Students in a variety of grades will also participate. “I am honored and humbled to lead Kent School into its next 50 years,” said Nancy Mugele, Head of School. “I know that Joan Merriken, Founding Headmistress of Kent School would be so proud of the school she so loved and I look forward to celebrating our successes in the year to come.”

Kent School accepted its first students in 1968 with the first class graduating in 1969. The School received accreditation from the Maryland State Department of Education and was approved as a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. By the fall of 1969, an eighth grade class had been added and a fourth classroom addition to the main structure completed to accommodate an enrollment increase of forty-five students. Throughout the 1970’s Kent School’s enrollment continued to increase, new programs were added to the curriculum, and additional faculty employed. In 1974 the Board of Trustees approved the construction of a gymnasium/classroom building. In 1986 the Little School opened for three and four-year-olds. In 2011 a new Library was built and two additional classrooms were added to the Middle School. The School is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools. Kent School was named a Green School in 2017 by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.

Kent School’s mission is to guide its students in reaching their potential for academic, artistic, athletic and moral excellence. The School’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School’s Fiftieth Anniversary Convocation visit or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

WC-ALL Call for Spring 2019 Course Proposals


During the first week of September, fall semester at Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning got underway with close to 400 members enrolled in 25 filled-to-capacity classes. And, although it’s early in the fall, WC-ALL is already planning the spring 2019 semester. The curriculum committee, headed by Ed Minch, currently seeks course proposals from WC-ALL members as well as members of the greater community. Spring semester will run two sessions, from January 27-March 8 and March 17-April 26. Classes generally meet once a week on campus (or in a nearby location for larger classes), in late afternoon for 60-75 minutes, for 4 to 6 times during a session. Class structures range from lectures to moderated discussions to off-campus excursions.

WC-ALL instructors are volunteers who take pleasure in sharing their knowledge and insights with others. Some are retired or current professors and teachers while others have had interesting or unusual careers and life experiences outside the academic world. Lifelong hobbies and avocations also make great backgrounds for developing courses that will appeal to WC-ALL members who are committed to experiencing the joys of lifelong learning. There are endless possibilities and the curriculum committee looks forward to hearing new course ideas from the community. Ed Minch is happy to answer questions and discuss ideas. He can be contacted at or 410-778-0990.

Proposals for WC-ALL’s spring semester courses should be received by the curriculum committee no later than Monday, October 15. They may be submitted on-line at or sent by email to or regular mail to WC-ALL at 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620. For more information or to receive a hard copy of the course proposal form, please contact WC-ALL administrator, Sue Calloway, at 410-778-7221 during business hours (M,T, Th, 9 to 12).

A Panel Discussion of Latin America Experts on September 24


Four experts in Latin America politics and cultural issues will be featured in Washington College’s Goldstein Program in Public Affairs event on Sept. 24,a panel discussion that will examine the issue of immigration in the era of President Donald Trump.The experts will discuss how the framing of immigration as a security issue—a major policy shift from prior administrations of both political parties—and the accompanying rhetoric have had a profound impact on immigration from Latin American countries and Latinx communities within the United States.

The distinguished panelists include Gregory Weeks, Ana Patricia Rodríguez, Adriana Beltrán, and Adam Isacson. The talk at 7 p.m. in Hynson Lounge at Hodson Hall is free and open to the public.

Gregory Weeks is associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte. He has published several books and dozens of articles on Latin American politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, and Latino immigration. He is editor of the academic journal The Latin Americanist and writes regularly on his blog Two Weeks Notice: A Latin American Politics Blog.

Ana Patricia Rodríguez is associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and U.S. Latina/o Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has published widely on Central American transnational cultural production. She is the author of Dividing the Isthmus: Central American Transnational Histories, Literatures, and Cultures (University of Texas Press, 2009). Presently, she serves as the president of the Latina/o Studies Association (LSA) and is completing a book manuscript on trauma and (post)memory in the Central American diaspora.

Top: Gregory Weeks, Ana Patricia Rodríguez. Bottom: Adriana Beltrán, Adam Isacson

Adriana Beltrán is the director of WOLA’s Citizen Security Program, where she promotes policies that address the root causes of violence and improve the effectiveness and accountability of police and judicial systems. She is the co-author of the pivotal study “Hidden Powers,” documenting the rise and impact of clandestine criminal organizations in Guatemala. Beltrán was a long-time advocate for the establishment of a UN-sponsored commission to investigate and prosecute organized criminal networks, which culminated in the creation of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). Last year, with partners based in the region, Beltrán launched the Central America Monitor to ensure that international assistance is strategically targeted and to evaluate progress in the region to reduce violence, strengthen the rule of law, and tackle corruption through a series of indicators.

Adam Isacson is the director of WOLA’s Defense Oversight program, which monitors U.S. cooperation with Latin America’s security forces, as well as other security trends. Isacson accompanies WOLA’s Colombia program on peace and security issues, which has a central focus for his Isacson’s Defense Oversight work. Since 2011, Isacson has also focused on border security. He has visited the U.S.-Mexico border about 20 times, and has also completed field research along nearly the entire border between Mexico and Guatemala. A prolific writer and coder,Isacson has produced over 250 publications, articles, book chapters, and policy memos over the course of his career. He has created several websites, from blogs to standalone web apps. He hosts WOLA’s podcast, Latin America Today.

The Louis L. Goldstein Program in Public Affairs was established in 1990 to encourage students to enter public service by introducing them to exemplary leaders in and out of government. It has hosted journalists, political activists, foreign policy analysts, diplomats, military commanders and government officials of national and international stature. It also sponsors lectures, symposia, and visiting fellows, as well as student participation in models and conferences and other projects that bring students and faculty together with leaders experienced in developing public policy. Its current curator is Christine Wade, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, a highly sought expert on Latin American politics,  and author and editor of several books on Latin America, including Captured Peace: Elites and Peacebuilding in El Salvador.

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