Maryland Farm Bureau offering 5 scholarships

The Maryland Farm Bureau is offering five $2,000 scholarships to college students in 2019. High school seniors starting college in the fall of 2019 and full-time college students are eligible as long as they are or a parent is a membebr of the Farm Bureau. Three of the scholarships will be offered to agricultural curriculum majors and two scholarships will be offered to non-agricultural or agricultural curriculum majors, according to a news release. (Carr. Co. Times)

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November 12 // Maryland's Loh went against attorney general's advice in taking responsibility for McNair mistakes

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh’s decision to take “legal and moral responsibility” for mistakes made in treating 19-year-old football player Jordan McNair went against advice from the attorney general’s office, according to a source with knowledge of the proceedings. Instead, Loh stood before a sea of cameras and microphones during an Aug. 14 press conference and apologized, saying the university took ownership for mistakes athletic training staff made on the day McNair suffered the heatstroke that would ultimately kill him. (Balt. Sun)

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Religious leaders, community gather to discuss racism in Anne Arundel schools

Reacting to the continuing racial incidents in county schools, a coalition of ministers called on the community to stand up to the hatred Friday night. The United Black Clergy of Anne Arundel County called a meeting Friday evening to examine the culture of racism in Pasadena and across the county, and to listen to the community in order to unite against the forces of evil and ignorance. (Capital)

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Pasadena politicians respond to racism in Anne Arundel County schools

Nooses and written threats. Swastikas and Confederate flags. Chesapeake High School has seen racist acts targeting African-Americans. These incidents recently spread to Chesapeake Bay Middle School. While Anne Arundel County Public Schools has taken steps to address the issue, black and Jewish students in the area remain the targets of racism and anti-Semitism. This includes a message written on a sheet of paper students use to sign in and out of counseling sessions that said, “Kill all blacks,” and a swastika drawn on a toilet seat in a boys’ bathroom. The midterm elections introduced a new crop of politicians to state and local offices, and some of them will be tasked with finding solutions. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel Community College to name Martha Smith president emeritus

Martha A. Smith, president of Anne Arundel Community College from 1994 to 2012, will be awarded the status of president emeritus Tuesday by the college board of trustees. During her 18 years at the college, Smith was credited with the expansion of AACC into the western part of the county; the growth of cybersecurity, science, technology, engineering and math programs; and the completion rate initiative known as Student Success 2020. (Capital)

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Carroll County schools appoint mental health coordinator as part of Maryland Safe to Learn Act

The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education approved the appointment of a mental health coordinator, a position that came out of the Maryland Safe to Learn Act, and will be funded through grants from the state in its first year. The school board unanimously approved the appointment of Amy Jagoda, a current 12-month school psychologist in CCPS, to the position. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Collaboration between FSU, Johns Hopkins aimed at improving technology

A collaborative research project between Frostburg State University and Johns Hopkins University is aimed at improving organic semiconductor vapor sensor technology. Vapor sensors are critical for modern life, monitoring industrial processes, ensuring air quality, detecting security threats and even aiding in medical diagnostics. The OSC vapor sensor offers great promise for a cheaper, more versatile product. Wudyalew Wondmagegn, associate professor of electrical engineering at FSU, and Howard Katz, professor of materials science and engineering at Johns Hopkins, are supported by a three-year, $438,463 grant from the National Science Foundation, approximately $160,000 of which will fund research at FSU. (Times-News)

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Hood College to build new residence hall

Hood College announced plans Friday to construct a new residence hall, to be opened in the fall of 2020. According to a press release, the new hall is being built to accommodate the college's growth.  The new residence hall will hold 200 beds and replace the Marx Center, which currently houses the Honors Program and will be demolished, behind Memorial Hall and adjacent to Coffman Chapel. The Honors Program will continue to be housed in the new residence hall. (News-Post)

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