Sunday, December 23, 2001

A Message from President Toll: Professor of Physical Education Penny Fall Killed in Automobile Accident

Chestertown, MD, December 23, 2001 — With great sadness, I write to tell you that Penny Fall, professor of physical education, senior women's administrator for athletics, and former volleyball coach at Washington College, passed away yesterday afternoon in a car accident on Route 291. Few details are available at this time, but it appears that Penny was killed instantly in a head-on collision. The driver of the other vehicle was flown to shock trauma. His condition is not known.
Penny has been a beloved member of the Washington College family for more than thirty years. She has provided guidance and encouragement to generations of students, especially to women athletes during a time when their accomplishments were often overlooked. She was a fiercely loyal supporter of Washington College who viewed our community as her family. Penny is survived by a sister, a niece, and a nephew. She truly will be missed.
Professor Siemen has been in especially close contact with Penny's family. He reports that those who desire to send a card or a note to Penny's family should address it to her sister:
Ms. Holly Malarney
50 Boatswains Way, Unit 205
Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150
Ms. Malarney said that she would save any cards and notes to share with Penny's neice and nephew when they can all assemble.
We will hold Penny's memory in our hearts and take inspiration from the faith, determination, and spirit of community that she exemplified for us all.
John Toll

Monday, December 17, 2001

College Honors Staff, Faculty for Years of Service

Chestertown, MD, December 17, 2001 — In the spirit of an annual end-of-year tradition, the following Washington College staff and faculty members have been recognized this December for their years of service to the College.
Honored for 10 years of service are: Michael Kerchner, Department of Psychology; Carol Wilson, Department of History; Carol Thornton, Health Service; Joseph Holt; Office of the President; and Howard Scholtz, Dining Service.
Honored for 15 years of service are: Cynthia Grimaldi, Miller Library; Kevin Brien, Department of Philosophy; Rosemary Ford, Department of Biology; Jeanette Sherbondy, Department of Sociology and Anthropology; L. Josephine Blades, Development Office; and Edward Neal Metzbower, Buildings and Grounds.
Honored for 25 years of service are: Robert Anderson, Department of Philosophy; Donald Munson, Department of Biology; Betty Ann Scott, Dining Service; and Patsy Will, Development Office.
Honored for 30 years of service are: Colin Dickson, Department of Foreign Languages; and Rita Phillips, Buildings and Grounds.
Honored for 35 years of service are: Diane Larrimore, Office of Student Affairs; Timothy Maloney, Department of Drama; and Joanne Clothier, Buildings and Grounds.
"We are very proud of these employees," said Dr. John S. Toll, president of the College. "Their dedication, talents and service inspire others and help us to carry on a tradition of excellence in education."

Thursday, December 13, 2001

Hodson Trust Awards $2.5 Million to Washington College

Baltimore, MD, December 13, 2001 — Washington College yesterday was awarded $2.4 million from The Hodson Trust, a charity established by the family of Colonel Clarence Hodson, founder of the Beneficial Corporation financial services firm. The award will be targeted toward scholarships, student internships, faculty chairs, endowments, research and large construction projects.
"Washington College has flourished as a result of The Hodson Trust's steadfast support of Maryland's private, independent colleges," said John S. Toll, President of Washington College. "We are grateful for the Trust's special commitment to higher education in the state."
Since 1920, The Hodson Trust has given over $110 million to fund academic merit scholarships as well as research grants, technology improvements, building construction, library expansion, athletic programs, faculty salaries and endowment funds at Johns Hopkins University, and Hood, St. John's and Washington colleges.
The Trust also has supported the efforts of the Campaign for Washington's College—the College's five-year, $72 million capital fundraising campaign launched in September 1999—by designing a challenge program that matches gifts to endowments of $100,000 or more, doubling the value of the contributions. Since 1999, nearly $9 million has now been raised in response to the Hodson Challenge, and Hodson Trust Chairman Finn M.W. Caspersen has approved an extension of the Challenge from $10 million to a total $15 million, an important catalyst to donors who welcome the opportunity to double their dollars while providing for the long-term financial health of the College.
"The Trust has leveraged our success in recruiting good students and in attracting and retaining gifted professors," added Toll. "We thank Finn Caspersen for his enthusiasm to extend the benefits of this challenge program."
For information on The Hodson Trust, visit

Monday, December 10, 2001

Ted Turner, Richard Holbrooke to be Honored at College's Washington's Birthday Convocation

Chestertown, MD, December 10, 2001 — Media giant Ted Turner and former United Nations Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke will be honored at Washington College's Washington's Birthday Convocation on Saturday, February 16, 2002. The Convocation will be held at 2 p.m. in the College's Tawes Theatre. A reception will follow in the Gallery of the Casey Academic Center.
Ever unconventional, controversial and forward-looking, R. E. "Ted" Turner is many things to many people—yachtsman, television tycoon, newsman, freethinker and multi-billionaire philanthropist. As a supporter of a number of humanitarian causes, Mr. Turner founded the United Nations Foundation with a $1 billion grant and the Goodwill Games, an international, world-class, quadrennial, multi-sport competition. Mr. Turner is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, industry awards and civic honors, including being named Time magazine's 1991 Man of the Year and Broadcasting & Cable's Man of the Century in 1999.
Mr. Turner spent nearly 30 years building Turner Broadcasting System into one of the nation's largest media conglomerates, CNN-- the world's first live, in-depth, round-the-clock news television network. The company merged with Time Warner in 1996. Mr. Turner now serves as Vice Chairman and Senior Adviser of AOL Time Warner.
In his latest effort to promote world peace and international cooperation, Mr. Turner founded the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in January 2001, pledging at least $250 million over five years--among the largest sums any private individual has ever invested in these security issues. He co-chairs the foundation with former Senator Sam Nunn.
An astute businessman, Mr. Turner began his career as an account executive for Turner Advertising Company, later to become the Turner Broadcasting System. He bought his first television station in 1970 and later purchased major league baseball's Atlanta Braves. Mr. Turner pioneered the "superstation" concept, transmitting a station's signal to cable systems nationwide via satellite. He founded the cable channels TNT, Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), a 24-hour commercial-free network, and he expanded Turner Broadcasting's news division with the creation of CNNRadio, CNN Airport Network and a 24-hour sports network.
Richard C. Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is a veteran diplomat now heading up a new task force on terrorism created by the Council on Foreign Relations. The former U.S. ambassador to Germany and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs was the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accord that ended the war in Bosnia. In recognition of his efforts, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He later served as President Clinton's special envoy to the Balkans during the crisis in Kosovo.
Ambassador Holbrooke began his career as a Foreign Service Officer immediately after graduating from Brown University in 1962. He was sent to Vietnam and in the following six years served in several posts--first in the Mekong Delta as a provincial representative for the Agency for International Development (AID), and then as staff assistant to Ambassadors Maxwell Taylor and Henry Cabot Lodge. In 1966 he was reassigned to the White House on President Johnson's staff, and later served on the American Delegation to the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam.
Ambassador Holbrooke was Peace Corps Director in Morocco for two years, and in 1972 became managing editor of the quarterly journal Foreign Policy. Under President Carter's administration he was Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. During his tenure in the East Asia Bureau, the United States established full diplomatic relations with China. He was chairman of Refugees International from 1996 to 1999 and was twice a member of the board of the International Rescue Committee. Currently, Ambassador Holbrooke serves on the board of directors of Human Genome Sciences, Inc., a biotechnology company that grew out of the Human Genome Project. He is the author of "To End a War", which The New York Times selected as one of the eleven best books of 1998, and co-author of "Counsel to the President", the best-selling memoirs of Clark Clifford.
In recognition of their career achievements and public service, both Mr. Turner and Ambassador Holbrooke will receive honorary Doctor of Law degrees from the College.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2001

College Announces Spring 2002 Graduate Courses in English, History and Psychology

Chestertown, MD, December 4, 2001 — Students, educators and mental health workers are invited to register for Spring 2002 graduate courses at Washington College. The College offers Master's of Arts degrees in English, history and psychology. Graduate study is also available for teachers seeking to meet requirements for advanced professional certification. Classes begin January 22, 2002 and end May 2, 2002.
The following courses will be offered during the spring semester:
ENG 599 10 Introduction to African-American Literature (Wed., 7:00-9:30 p.m.)
ENG 599-11 20th Century American Poetry (Tues., 7:00-9:30 p.m.)
HIS 500 10 The American Colonies and the Revolution (Tues., 7:00-9:30 p.m.)
HIS 598 10 Modern Europe, 1789-1918 (Wed., 7:00-9:30 p.m.)
HIS 599 10 National Policy and Public Opinion in the Vietnam Era (Thurs., 7:00-9:30 p.m.)
PSY 500-10 Statistics in Psychology and Education (Thurs., 7:00-9:30 p.m.)
PSY 503 10 Human Cognition Stanton (Mon., 7:00-9:30 p.m.)
PSY 570 10 Introduction to Counseling (Tues., 7:00-9:30 p.m.)
Students must pre-register prior to January 7, 2001 to guarantee texts. Pre-registration forms will be accepted at the Registrar's Office, either in person or by mail. Tuition is $730 per course plus a non-refundable course registration fee of $40 .
For complete information on Washington College's graduate course offerings, including detailed course descriptions and registration forms, visit online, or contact the Registrar's Office, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620, phone 410-778-7299.