Radcliffe Creek School Announces Brittanie Collier as Director of Finance


Radcliffe Creek School is pleased to announce the hiring of Brittanie Collier, who will serve as Director of Finance, effective March 18, 2019.

Collier, from Trappe, Maryland, received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Strayer University.

Since January 2015, Collier has served as the Unit Director of Accounting Operations for the Maryland State Judiciary in Annapolis, where she administered the daily operational accounting functions of the budget and finance components of the Judiciary Department. Her previous experience includes serving as the Comptroller and Sales and Catering Director for Prospect Bay Country Club.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brittanie to the Radcliffe family,” said Radcliffe’s Head of School, Meg Bamford. “We look forward to utilizing her skills in strategic planning, her budgeting expertise, and her interpersonal skills to advance the mission of Radcliffe Creek School.”

“I’m excited to work with Radcliffe Creek School and help grow its financial future,” Collier said. “I am looking forward to working with the faculty, staff, and families in this wonderful new adventure.”

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school with the mission of empowering children in a dynamic environment that celebrates unique learning. At the heart of The Radcliffe Way is the notion of personalized learning in a caring community that sets high expectations, but provides support for all students to excel. For more information about 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.

Kent School to Celebrate Fiftieth Anniversary


Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, is an independent school serving boys and girls in Preschool through Grade Eight. Kent School is celebrating fifty years of excellence in education in an unparalleled learning environment.

“We have spent this academic year celebrating Kent School’s fiftieth anniversary. We chose this special weekend-long event to attract as many people from the school community and beyond to campus,” Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said. Mugele continued, “These events not only celebrate Kent School’s past accomplishments, but our fiftieth anniversary is a time to celebrate all the future possibilities for Kent School. We are looking back but we are also looking forward. The future is indeed bright at Kent School.”

The 50th Anniversary weekend celebration begins with a golf tournament on Friday, April 5. The tournament will be held at Chester River Yacht and Country Club. The shotgun start begins at 9:00 a.m. The fee for individual golfers is $130 and the fee for a foursome is $500. Both include 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch. All are welcomed to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

The celebration weekend continues with a gala on Saturday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. which will be held at Brittland Estate. The black tie optional event will include a limited live auction, cocktails, dinner and dancing with live music from the band NightLife. Tickets for the Fiftieth Anniversary Gala are $150. Registration is open for both the golf tournament and the gala through the Kent School website at https://www.kentschool.org/giving/50th-anniversary-weekend. Auction items include trips, catered cruises and a very special South African Safari experience.

Jen Matthews ‘01, Director of Development and Alumni Relations is planning both events. “We chose a Ginkgo leaf to be our symbol for the Fiftieth Anniversary. A gingko tree stands tall on the Kent School playground and was there long before the school began. That tree is one of the most recognizable icons on our campus. Generations of students can remember climbing, swinging and playing beneath the giant tree. Gingko also represents memory and we find it a fitting theme as we celebrate and remember the first fifty years of Kent School.” Matthews continued, “Thanks to strong volunteer and sponsor support, I am looking forward to both events. We are having fun diving into the archives to include past publications and photos. I know all of our guests will enjoy reminiscing with former classmates, parents and teachers at both of the celebrations.”

Kent 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. For more information on Kent School’s Fiftieth Anniversary celebration visit www.kentschool.org or call Jen Matthews ‘01 at 410-778-4100 ext. 350.

WC-ALL Spring Trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art


WC-ALL has planned an exciting spring trip to the world-class Philadelphia Museum of Art on Tuesday, April 9. Founded during the nation’s first centennial in 1876 as a museum of decorative arts, the PMA’s current building, in the form of three linked Greek temples, opened in 1928. It is well known for its impressive holdings in Renaissance, American, Impressionist, and Modern art.

Participants on the trip will have an hour-long guided introductory Highlights Tour of the Museum and will also have access to the nearby Rodin Museum, the Perelman Building, and the Sculpture Garden. The Rodin Museum houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Rodin’s work outside of Paris, and the Perelman Building features galleries dedicated to modern and contemporary design, prints, drawings, photographs, costumes, and textiles. Lunch is on your own to allow participants maximum flexibility in determining how they wish to spend time after the guided tour. Food is available in the Museum’s cafeteria, its restaurant, Stir, or at one of the eateries located along nearby Fairmount Avenue.

The trip is open to WC-ALL members as well as non-members for $70, which includes bus transportation, driver tip, admission cost for the guided tour and access to the Rodin Museum and Perelman Building. A restroom-equipped bus will depart from Redner’s parking lot at 8:00 a.m. (7:45 boarding), and depart from Philadelphia at 3:00 p.m. The bus, museum, garden, and annexes are all ADA-compliant and wheelchair accessible.

To reserve a place on the trip, please send a check to WC-ALL at 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD. 21620 by Tuesday, March 26. Include name, phone, and email for those planning to attend. Please contact WC-ALL at 410-778-7221 with any questions.

WC’s Goodfellow Memorial Lecture Presents “In the Kingdom of Devils” March 21


Washington College welcomes Katherine Grandjean, associate professor of history at Wellesley College, for the 2018-2019 Guy F. Goodfellow Memorial Lecture, “In the Kingdom of Devils: The Harpe Murders and the Legacies of the American Revolution.”

Sponsored by the Department of History, the March 21 talk begins at 5 p.m. in Hynson Lounge and is free and open to the public.

Grandjean, who holds a B.A. in history from Yale University and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, researches early English colonization and the encounter with Native peoples, as well as the origins of American violence. In this talk, she discusses how on paper, the American Revolution ended in 1783, but for some, it continued. She investigates the violent legacies of the revolution, especially in the southern borderlands of the early republic. Following the lives of two brothers from North Carolina, who experienced some of the worst violence of the war as boys and, later in life, became killers, Grandjean will explore how the United States’s founding moment left behind so many violent, alienated men.

Grandjean’s work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the American Historical Association, and the Charles Warren Center for American History, and has appeared in such journals as the William and Mary QuarterlyAmerican Quarterly, and Early American Studies. A recent essay, “New World Tempests: Environment, Scarcity, and the Coming of the Pequot War,” won the American Society for Environmental History’s 2012 Alice Hamilton Prize for Best Article and the William and Mary Quarterly’s 2014 Douglass Adair Memorial Award.

She recently published her first bookAmerican Passage: The Communications Frontier in Early New England

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.

Women’s League Announces Raffle for Fine Dining on Eastern Shore


The Women’s League of Washington College is selling raffle tickets at the Chestertown Farmers Market through April 6.  The winner of the raffle will receive a bundle of three $100 gift certificates, one of each to Osprey Point Inn, The Narrows, and the Kitty Knight House.  Tickets are $10 each or three for $20.  The drawing will be held at the Women’s League Spring Scholarship Luncheon on April 9.

Women’s League President Bobby Sutton and Scholarship Luncheon Co-Chair Ginette Corney braved the elements to sell tickets for last year’s raffle.

Since its founding in 1951, the Women’s League of Washington College has contributed more than $390,000 to the College.  Its mission is to “foster closer relationships between the college and the community and to sponsor scholarships and other projects to benefit the college.”  The organization is open to all interested women; it is not necessary to be a graduate of the college to participate.

For further information please visit www.FaceBook.com/WLofWC.

Washington College Honors Mayor Chris Cerino and Rev. Bobby Brown


Washington College honored two Chestertown luminaries—Mayor Chris Cerino and the Rev. Robert “Bobby” Brown—at its annual George Washington’s Birthday Convocation, conferring on both the President’s Medal.

College President Kurt Landgraf presented the awards, which recognize the accomplishments of an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of Washington College or the regional community.

Landgraf lauded Cerino for his service to the community through both his time as mayor and as Director of Education for the Sultana Education Foundation. Specifically, he cited Cerino’s “wit, grit, and nimble thinking and action to shepherd what is unquestionably the town’s most ambitious and at times contentious capital project, the construction of the new Chestertown Marina. Poised to open this spring, the new marina will preserve the town’s maritime heritage and promote tourism by creating an iconic gateway to Kent County. It will be a major economic driver for Chestertown, and thanks to the collaborative efforts led by Mr. Mayor to develop this new front porch to our community in tandem with Washington College’s waterfront campus, it has helped cement the historic connection between the town and the College.”

Mayor Chris Cerino (left photo) and Rev. Robert “Bobby” Brown (right photo), together with College President Kurt Landgraf.

Landgraf praised Brown as a bridge-builder, collaborator, and galvanizer, quoting Washington College French Professor Katherine Maynard, who has worked with Brown on the “Your Vote, Your Voice” initiative, saying “He is a community leader who builds bridges across the dividing lines that sometimes run through Kent County.” Brown, now in his tenth year as pastor of the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Chestertown, also worked with College faculty and staff to create last year’s inaugural Community Unity Day.

“His is a spiritual force that inspires the very best in all of us, always reminding us of what we are capable of,” Landgraf said. “In his actions, he shows us every day what it means to be an engaged citizen in our community and our world.”

You can watch the entire Convocation at https://www.washcoll.edu/offices/digital-media-services/live/. The President’s Medal portion runs from 1:18 to 1:25 in the video.

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.

Senior Reporter for Vox to Speak at Washington College March 7


Jane Coaston, a senior politics reporter for Vox and a journalist and writer based in Washington, D.C., will give a talk on contemporary American politics and culture on Thursday, March 7. Sponsored by Washington College’s Richard Holstein Program in Ethics, which promotes ethics education in the classroom, across campus, and in the community,the event begins with a reception at 4:15 p.m. at Hynson Lounge, followed by the talk starting at 5 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.

Coaston has written for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, ESPN, and The Ringer. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended the University of Michigan before moving to St. Louis to work for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She covered the 2016 election for MTV News by examining the Republican party and the American right wing in depth. She has also written about college football for Every Day Should Be Saturday and covered the NFL for SBNation. You can follow her on Twitter @cjane87.

Coaston’s visit includes a discussion with journalism students at Kent County High School, led by teacher Sarah McCown.

For more information, contact Michael Harvey, curator of the Richard Holstein Program in Ethics, mharvey2@washcoll.edu, 410-778-7889.

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.

WC-ALL Bill Leary Learn at Lunch March 20


Have you ever wondered how and when the government classifies and declassifies national security information? Chestertown resident Bill Leary, the former Senior Director of Records and Access Management at the National Security Council, will discuss this and other aspects of the government security classification program at WC-ALL’s next Learn at Lunch presentation entitled “Keeping Secrets at the White House.” The event will take place on Wednesday, March 20, beginning with a catered buffet lunch at 12 noon in Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall on the Washington College campus. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Bill Leary received his BA, MA, and ABD from the University of Virginia and taught American history at the College of William and Mary, the University of South Alabama, and the University of Virginia where he also taught the University’s first course in African American history. He then worked for 20 years at the National Archives, primarily in the Still Picture Branch. From 1992 until his retirement, he worked at the National Security Council as Special Advisor to the National Security Advisor and then as Senior Director of Records and Access Management. After Leary’s retirement, President Obama appointed him to the Public Interest Declassification Board. Since moving to Chestertown in 2012, he has served on the Boards of the Historical Society of Kent County and Sumner Hall.

In his presentation, Leary will discuss his work on major interagency declassification projects such as the Chile Declassification Project and the review of records related to 9/11. He will also share anecdotes from his 20 years at the White House where he worked for Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barak Obama.

The cost of the Learn at Lunch with Bill Leary is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for others. Reservations and payment are due by Thursday, March 14. Please send a check payable to WC-ALL to them at 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620 and include name, phone, and email of those planning to attend. Questions can be directed to the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.

From Assessment to Advocacy Workshop on March 1


Shore Psychology, Wye River Upper School, and Weinfeld Education Group present From Assessment to Advocacy: Understanding and Using Assessment Information to Advocate Effectively for the Needs of Neurodiverse Youth. The workshop will take place Friday, March 1 from 9:00 am – 12:15 pm at Chesapeake College. Presenters, Dr. Laurie Reider Lewis and Mr. Rich Weinfeld, will share their expertise on assessment and special education advocacy to empower area professionals as well as families in support of neurodiverse youth.

Dr. Lewis explains “The process of determining when, why, and how best to proceed with formal evaluation on a youth’s behalf can be complex. This workshop will bring clarity to the testing and special education process by providing concrete information about the elements of “good” assessment as well as how to use assessment findings to powerfully advocate for the needs of youth. Attendees will also gain a deeper understanding of issues around neurodiversity and the differences among youth which are critical to effectual assessment and advocacy work.”

Laurie Reider Lewis, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and member of the Maryland Psychological Association who is currently in private practice on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Mr. Richard Weinfeld directs the Weinfeld Education Group, LLC, a group of over 25 educational consultants, serving clients in Maryland (including the Eastern Shore), Washington DC, and Virginia. He also provides direct special education consultation services to families of students with special needs.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Maryland Psychological Association, & The Maryland Psychological Association Foundation. It is appropriate for individuals at all level of experience. 3 CE Credits are available to psychologists and other eligible professionals. The event will take place in the Cadby Theater at Chesapeake College, 1000 College Cir, Wye Mills, MD. For ticket sales and for additional information visit https://assessment-to-advocacy.eventbrite.com.

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