Thursday, March 28, 2002

Olympic Authority To Address The Controversial History Of The Games At April 16th Lecture

Chestertown, MD, March 28, 2002 — The Washington College Department of Physical Education and the Campus Events and Visitors Committee present "CRISIS OR TRIUMPH: THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN THE 21ST CENTURY," a lecture by Dr. John A. Lucas, Professor Emeritus at Penn State University, on Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Casey Academic Center Forum.
Dr. Lucas is a retired professor of kinesiology and has been a long-distance runner since high school. His academic background includes degrees in sport science, sport history and American and European history. A finalist in the 1952 U. S. Olympic trials (10,000 meter), Dr. Lucas has dedicated his life to Olympic ideals and written three books on the history of the modern Olympic games, the most recent being "The Future of the Olympic Games" (1992). His love of the games has compelled him to attend all summer Olympic Games since 1960.
In 1993, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized Dr. Lucas as Official Olympic Lecturer. He specializes in the historical, philosophical, ideological, financial, and political issues and contexts that have surrounded the Olympics; and he has shared his experiences, anecdotes, and viewpoints on the Games with thousands of people across the nation. In recognition of his service and support of Olympic ideals, he was awarded the Olympic Order Gold Medal by the IOC in 1996. Dr. Lucas resides in State College, PA.

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Poet William Heyen To Read At Washington College April 4th

Chestertown, MD, March 27, 2002 — Award-winning poet William Heyen will read from his works on Thursday, April 4, 2002, at 4:30 p.m. in the Sophie Kerr Room of Washington College's Miller Library. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Heyen is a well-respected American poet whose work has led many reviewers to compare him to one of his spiritual forefathers, Walt Whitman. Heyen professes his indebtedness to Whitman and subscribes to the earlier poet's belief that "the poet's art is not to chart but to voyage." According to Dictionary of Literary Biography essayist William B. Thesing, "Heyen's lyre has basically seven thematic strings—memory, nature, perception, disintegration, death, the past in Long Island and Germany, and the present community in Brockport [where he makes his home]."
Heyen is the editor of the soon-to-be-released anthology September 11, 2002: American Writers Respond, which will include includes responses from some of the finest writers in the country—John Updike, Erica Jong, Robert Pinsky and others—to the events of September 11.

April 11th Lecture To Examine The Art Of Hieronymus Bosch As A Mirror Of Human Nature

Chestertown, MD, March 27, 2002 — The Washington College Department of Art, the Friends of the Arts and the Washington College Art History Club present "A TASTE OF BOSCH: THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS," a lecture by Reindert Falkenberg, Ph.D., Henry Luce III Professor of Western Art History and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. The talk will be held Thursday, April 11, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Casey Academic Center Forum.
Dr. Falkenberg received his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Amsterdam, and has taught at such universities as Harvard, Princeton and the University of California-Berkeley, in addition to the Graduate Theological Union. His research focuses on Late Medieval and Early Modern Art, and he has taught courses on Pieter Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch and Late Medieval religious and devotional imagery.
His lecture will examine Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights" as a mirror of the human soul, used to focus self-reflection on the fallen condition and chaotic state of human nature. "The mirror, in late medieval culture," writes Falkenberg, "has a whole variety of meanings and connotations. First of all, and most directly, it relates to the viewer's self-image, how a human being looks, or how he or she is—which is not the same. Moreover, it shows how a human being should not be, or shall be, as in writings such as the "Spiegel der sonden" (the Mirror of sins), or the "Spiegel der salicheit" (the Mirror of salvation). The mirror, therefore, may relate to the visible as much as to the invisible."

Monday, March 25, 2002

The Great Age Of Sail: Ormond Opens Maritime History Lecture Series At Washington College

Chestertown, MD, March 25, 2002 — The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Washington CollegeDepartment of Art and Sultana Projects, Inc., present "MARITIME PAINTING IN THE GREAT AGE OF SAIL," a lecture and slide presentation by Richard Ormond, Samuel H. Kress Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery, Washington, D.C. Prof. Ormond's lecture will be held Monday, April 15, 2002, at 7.30 p.m., Casey Academic Center Forum. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
The former director of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, Prof. Ormond attended Brown University in 1961 before going on to Oxford for a degree in history. He is the great nephew of the American painter John Singer Sargent, and author of the book "John Singer Sargent: Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors."
Ormond's lecture is the first in a four-part Maritime Lecture Series sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience in partnership with Sultana Projects, an organization that provides unique, hands-on educational experiences in colonial history and environmental science on board Chestertown's reproduction 18th century schooner Sultana.
The series will continue this fall with lectures by Marcus Rediker, author of "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750," and with Peter Linebaugh, "The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic"; John Broadwater, internationally known underwater archaeologist and manager of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, established to preserve the sunken ironclad U.S.S. Monitor; and Lisa Norling, author of "Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery, 1720-1870," discussing the role of women in the American whaling industry. Look for coming announcements or contact Kees deMooy, program manager for the C.V. Starr Center, at 410-810-7156, for a complete program of events and times.

Upcoming Lectures in the Maritime Series at Washington College

September 19, 2002
History Professor Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh, "The Pirate and the Gallows; Or, A Tale of Two Terrors" 7.30 p.m., Washington College, Hynson Lounge
October 10, 2002
John Broadwater, Manager of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, "The Race to Save the Monitor" 7.30 p.m, Washington College, Hynson Lounge
November 7, 2002
Associate Professor Lisa Norling, University of Minnesota, "Quaker Wives and Cape Horn Widows: New England Women and the American Whalefishery" 7.30 p.m., Washington College, Hynson Lounge

America 2002: Pete Du Pont Shares Views On The Economic And Political State Of The Nation April 9th

Chestertown, MD, March 25, 2002 — The William James Forum at Washington College is pleased to present "AMERICA 2002," a lecture by former Delaware governor and columnist, the Honorable Pete du Pont, on the current economic and political state of the nation. The talk will be held Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Du Pont is currently policy chairman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a public policy analysis organization that promotes free enterprise and conservative governmental policies, and contributes a regular column — "Outside the Box" — to, the editorial page website of The Wall Street Journal. He has served as a state legislator, U.S. Congressman, governor, and in 1988 was a Republican candidate for President of the United States. He is a director in the Wilmington, DE, law firm of Richards, Layton & Finger.
Du Pont began his political career in 1968 with his election to the House of Representatives of the Delaware General Assembly. Next, he spent six years in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1970-1976. He was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and in 1975 was picked by Time magazine as one of America's "200 Faces for the Future." In l976, du Pont entered the race for Delaware governor against the Democratic incumbent and won what was then considered a landslide victory. He was re-elected in 1980 to a second term, winning a record 71 percent of the vote and becoming the first Delaware governor reelected in 20 years. During his tenure as Delaware's Governor, du Pont was known for his financial integrity and fiscal conservatism, signing into law two income tax reduction measures and a constitutional amendment that restrained future tax increases and limited government spending. In selecting him as one of the "Delawareans of the Century," the Wilmington News Journal said, "He set the stage for prosperity. As Delaware's governor, du Pont revived [the] business climate."
In 1996, du Pont co-founded, a weekly on-line public policy journal featuring the leading ideas of renowned public policy thinkers. He served as editor of this e-zine and bylined his own column until its sale in 2000. In October 1999, named du Pont as one of the "50 best, most important, and most influential journalists on the Internet." Du Pont served as Chairman of the Hudson Institute from 1985-1987 and the National Review Institute from 1994-1997.

March 28th Student Conference To Address Ethnic Diversity And The American Identity

Chestertown, MD, March 25, 2002 — Washington College and Goucher College are proud to present "Redefining the American Identity: A Student Conference on Ethnic Diversity," Thursday, March 28, 2002, at 4 p.m. in the College's Casey Academic Center Forum. The conference will open with keynote speaker Dr. Seble Dawit, a former human and women's rights consultant in Africa and now director of the peace studies program and visiting assistant professor at Goucher College, Towson, MD. All members of the community are encouraged to attend.
Twelve students will present papers addressing the complex issue of ethnic diversity and national unity in the United States. The presentations will tackle such issues as civil rights, religious freedom and identity, and the variety of and change in people's political and social worldviews since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2002.
Session I will begin at 4:30 p.m., addressing the issue "Where Self-Identity and National Identity Meet: Looking at Solutions to Conflict." Session II will begin at 7:30 p.m. and address the issue of "E Pluribus Unum: Making it Work." Keynote speaker, Dr. Dawit, will conclude the conference at 9:30 p.m.
"The goal of the conference is to make students really think deeply about the complexities of these questions and to offer their analysis and potential solutions to these pressing issues of our society," says Bonnie Ryan, organizer of the conference and Jessie Ball Dupont Scholar in sociology and anthropology at the College. "After the tragedy of September 11, the question of our nation's diversity and unity really came to the fore. The attacks affected thousands of people of different backgrounds, nations, races and creeds, while others acted out in anger against innocent Arab-Americans. This conference will serve as a forum for our students to explore and to discuss these issues that support or challenge the diversity of the United States and the unifying forces of democracy that hold our nation together."
This student conference is sponsored by the Goldstein Program for Public Affairs, Goucher College, the Campus Events Office, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lambda Alpha, the Anthropology Honors Society-Gamma Chapter, and the Black Student Union.

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Society Of Junior Fellows Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Society Supports Self-Directed Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

Chestertown, MD, March 20, 2002 — Washington College's Society of Junior Fellows (SJF) will celebrate its first decade with an Anniversary Symposium on Wednesday, March 27, 2002, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the College's Casey Academic Center. The symposium will feature presentations of undergraduate research and scholarship sponsored and funded by the Society.
Founded in 1992 and modeled after Harvard University's Society of Fellows, Washington College's SJF gives undergraduates a taste of academic freedom through the opportunity to pursue their own self-designed and self-directed studies. Membership is open to all upperclassmen that have attained Dean's List status, have a cumulative GPA of 3.4, and have demonstrated leadership qualities through extra-curricular activities and community outreach.
"The Society extends a privilege and an obligation normally reserved for graduate students and faculty," says J. David Newell, chair of the philosophy department and curator of Washington College's SJF program. "Grants are given to SJF members who submit proposals to fund projects that will extend their learning beyond the classroom and the textbook into the realm of the experiential. In turn, these students return to campus and contribute to the intellectual life of the College. It gives undergraduates a taste of the 'real world' of academic research and scholarship."
The average size of a grant is about $3,300, says Newell, and the SJF gives out almost $95,000 per year in total grant money.
The ultimate object of the SJF is to motivate students beyond the classroom, with the goal to empower and to build self-confidence, personal maturity, and competency in undergraduates. Representing about 10 percent of the College's student body, the SJF has created a collegium of students dedicated to the exchange of ideas, motivated to enrich their educational experiences, and setting standards of excellence for the entire student body.
"I like to refer to these students in Platonic terms," says Newell. "They are 'the brightest and the best.'"
The SJF has admitted just over 200 students since its inception. Competition for grants is intense—only about one-third of SJF members receive them each year. It has funded hundreds of projects and internships since its inception and financed travel for students to conduct research in over 18 countries. Recent projects have taken students to Cuba, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland and South Africa.
For more information about Washington College's Society of Junior Fellows, visit

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Rivlin To Address Dilemmas Of Successful Capitalism March 25th

Chestertown, MD, March 19, 2002 — The Goldstein Program in Public Affairs and the William James Forum as part of the Women In Science Lecture Series present "DILEMMAS OF SUCCESSFUL CAPITALISM," a lecture by Dr. Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies Brookings Institution, on Monday, March 25 at 4:00 p.m. in Washington College's Norman James Theatre. The public is invited to attend.
Dr. Rivlin has a long and distinguished career in economics in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Rivlin has served as Director and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton Administration, founding Director of the Congressional Budget Office, serving from 1975 to 1983, Chair of the District of Columbia Financial Management Assistance Authority, and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Rivlin also served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Coordination at HEW.
A recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, Dr. Rivlin has taught at Harvard and George Mason University. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from Radcliffe College in 1958. A member of the boards of directors for several corporations, she is a past President of the American Economic Society. Dr. Rivlin has written numerous books, the most recent of which is "Reviving the American Dream." She is a frequent contributor to newspapers, magazines and journals, and currently serves as Director of Economic Studies for the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution.
Dr. Rivlin's visit is sponsored by Washington College's Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, named in honor of the late Louis L. Goldstein, the College's former Chairman of the Board of Visitors and Governors, a 1935 alumnus, and Maryland's longest-serving elected official. The Goldstein Program sponsors lecture series, symposia, visiting fellows, travel and other projects that bring students and faculty together with leaders experienced in developing public policy.

Monday, March 18, 2002

A Message From President Toll: Alonzo G. Decker Jr. Remembered

Chestertown, MD, March 18, 2002 — With great sadness, I write to inform you of the loss of one of the Washington College's most cherished friends and benefactors. Alonzo G. Decker, Jr., former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Black and Decker Corporation and emeritus member of Washington College's Board of Visitors and Governors, passed away at his home on Monday, March 18. He is remembered by his colleagues at the College as a leaders of great intelligence, vision and kindness who played a major role in Washington College's advance.
A champion of philanthropy who inspired others with his enthusiasm for "the joy of giving," Al Decker served on our Board for nineteen years and was instrumental in raising funds for scholarships and for capital projects, including the Alonzo G. Decker Science Center and the Virginia Gent Decker Arboretum, and, most recently, for an endowed professorship in the natural sciences. During the 1980s, he served as co-chair, with James Price, of the Washington College Campaign for Excellence, raising more than $44 million dollars.
Al Decker was also a generous supporter of other educational and philanthropic causes, serving on the boards of the Johns Hopkins University, Hopkins School of Continuing Studies, and Maryland Institute College of Art and donating more than $1 million to the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
A Baltimore native and son of the co-founder of the Black & Decker Manufactoring Company, Al Decker started his career with the power tool company in 1922 at the age of 14. With an electrical engineering degree from Cornell University, he joined the company on a full-time basis as consulting engineer in 1930, working his way through most departments and eventually becoming chairman of the board. During the 1930s Al Decker served as an engineer in research and manufacturing. In 1940 he was elected to the board of directors, followed by his election as executive vice president in 1956, president in 1960, and chief executive officer in 1964. Four years later he was named chairman of the board. During his ten years as chief executive officer, the company enjoyed its greatest period of growth. Today, Black and Decker is a world leader in the production of devices and technical instruments, with offices in 50 countries.
Washington College awarded Alonzo Decker the Award for Excellence in 1986 and an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in 1997.
Al Decker will be remembered for his philanthropic fervor—"Don't give until it hurts," he used to say, "Give until it feels real good!"—and for his devotion to his wife of more than 50 years, Virginia Gent Decker. The Deckers have served as exemplars of grace and generosity for us all. Al will be greatly missed.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Virginia Decker and our gratitude to her for sharing her husband with the Washington College family.
Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as details are available.

Thursday, March 14, 2002

Experiencing Place: Journeys Home Lecture Series, Washington College Welcome Author, Advocate Tony Hiss

Chestertown, MD, March 14, 2002 — The "Journeys Home" Eastern Shore Lecture Series welcomes author and environmental advocate Tony Hiss on Wednesday, March 27, 2002, speaking on "The Experience of Place." The talk will be held at the Historic Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD, starting at 7:30 p.m. It will be facilitated by Robert B. Anderson of Sustainable Strategies, Centre Hall, PA, advisor in strategic services regarding food and agriculture marketing. Tickets are $10 per individual, half-priced for students.
Hiss also will present the lecture, "Landscapes that Work: Beyond the Experience of Place," at Washington College on Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m in the College's Norman James Theatre. The lecture is sponsored by the College's Center for the Environment and Society and C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. The presentation will explore the value that we place on the natural world and give new insights into how those values translate into vibrant, safe and environmentally sound communities.
Hiss became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1963, and since 1994 has been a Visiting Scholar at New York University, first at the Taub Urban Research Center, and now at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Building Images: 70 Years of Photography at Hedrich Blessing and The View from Alger's Window: A Son's Memoir.
His other books include the award-winning The Experience of Place, a work generally credited with originating the concept, "sense of place." He also authored (with Robert D. Yaro) A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area (with Robert D. Yaro), which received front-page coverage from The New York Times in 1996. His forthcoming book, From Place to Place, about solving America's transportation and sprawl problems, has received underwriting grants from four foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Hiss wrote the vision statement for Amtrak's new Great American Station Foundation, launched in December 1996. He also wrote the report that, at the beginning of the 1990s, launched New York State's 100-mile-long Hudson River Valley Greenway initiative, and was part of the 1997-1998 Metropolitan Initiative Project, sponsored by the President's Council on Sustainable Development. Hiss consults frequently on changing regional growth patterns and on imaging the future through alternate development scenes, threats mapping, ecostructure mapping, and environmental simulation. Hiss lives in New York City with his wife, novelist Lois Metzger, and their 10-year-old son, Jacob.
"Journeys Home" is co-sponsored by the Washington College Center for the Environment and Society, the Adkins Arboretum, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, the Wildfowl Trust of North America and the Maryland Center for Agroecology. Information and tickets can be obtained by contacting Andrew Stein, Center for the Environment and Society, Washington College, 410-810-7151; or Ellie Altman, Executive Director, Adkins Arboretum, 410-634-2847.

What Makes American Architecture Unique? Talk March 20

Chestertown, MD, March 14, 2002 — The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Department of Art, and the Art History Club at Washington College are proud to host Robert Duemling—Senior Fellow and Lecturer in the College's Department of Art, and former Director of the National Building Museum, Washington, DC—speaking on "Making Architecture American: Thomas Jefferson to Frank Lloyd Wright," Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Casey Academic Center Forum. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Did any architects, particularly early in our nation's history, consciously set out to create "American" architecture? Have any done so since? And is there anything particularly "American" about what has been built in this country? Duemling will address these questions.
Duemling is a former career diplomat and museum director, now retired, devoting his time and energies to a variety of philanthropic projects. Duemling spent his youth in Ft. Wayne, IN, and San Diego, CA. He attended Yale University, earning a B.A. degree with honors in 1950, and an M.A. in 1953. In 1950, he was awarded a Henry Fellowship to study at Cambridge University, England, and from 1953 to 1957, Duemling served as an air intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, with the Pacific fleet and in Japan, attaining the rank of lieutenant (senior grade).
In 1957, Duemling entered the Foreign Service, commencing a 30-year career, specializing in political affairs and the East Asian region, with assignments in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching (Borneo), Osaka and Tokyo. He also served as executive assistant to the head of the East Asian Bureau of the State Department, and subsequently served in a similar capacity with the Deputy Secretary of State. Other postings abroad included Rome, Ottawa (deputy chief of mission, 1976-80), and as Ambassador to Suriname (1982-84).
During service in Washington, he was principal negotiator for assembling the foreign military components of the Sinai peacekeeping force (1981-82), and director of the Nicaraguan Humanitarian Assistance Organization (1985-87).
Duemling retired from the Foreign Service in 1987 to accept the position of President and Director of the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, a post he held for six and one-half years. His current philanthropic commitments include the National Gallery of Art (Vice Chairman, Trustees' Council), National Cathedral (Building and Grounds Committee), National Tennis Foundation (Trustee), Cafritz Foundation (Advisory Committee), Winterthur Museum and Gardens (Academic Affairs Committee), and the Washington National Monument Association. His former associations include the boards of Washington College and the American Friends of Canada.
Duemling is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and a member of the Metropolitan and Alibi Clubs of Washington, and the Century Association of New York. He is married to the former Louisa duPont Copeland, and they reside in Washington, DC, and Worton, MD.

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Senator John McCain To Deliver Straight Talk On Politics And The Media April 22nd At Washington College

Chestertown, MD, March 12, 2002 — The Richard Harwood Program in American Journalism at Washington College presents "STRAIGHT TALK ON POLITICS AND THE PRESS" with John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona, on Monday, April 22, 2002, at 4 p.m. in Washington College's Tawes Theatre, Gibson Performing Arts Center. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Named one of the "25 Most Influential People in America" by Time magazine in 1997, Sen. McCain is many things—former presidential candidate, an outspoken independent conservative and a fighter and survivor in both politics and war. The son and grandson of Navy admirals, McCain attended the U.S. Naval Academy. Graduating in 1958, he was commissioned an ensign in the Navy and became an aircraft carrier pilot. In 1967, during a tour in Vietnam, he was shot down and held a prisoner-of-war by the North Vietnamese for five years (1967-1973), much of it in solitary confinement. He retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1981 after serving as the Navy's liaison to the U.S. Senate. When an Arizona House seat opened up in 1982, McCain announced his candidacy and beat five opponents to win the Republican primary. He went on to win the seat and served two terms in the House before being elected to the Senate in 1985. He was re-elected to a third Senate term in November 1998.
Throughout his public career, McCain has been a vocal opponent of big government, wasteful spending and special interests. He fought for 10 years to pass a line item veto to reduce pork barrel spending, and he has been a persistent proponent of lower taxes, genuine deregulation and free trade. He has become one of Congress' most respected voices for a strong national defense and sound foreign policy, and he is considered one of the leading defenders of the rights of Native Americans. Most recently, he has led the change to reform the campaign finance system, co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation with Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) to ban unlimited "soft money" contributions that corporations, labor unions and individuals now give to national political parties. Formally known as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, the bill has been signed by President Bush but now faces legal challenges on many fronts.
Sen. McCain's visit is sponsored by the Richard Harwood Endowment Fund, established to honor the distinguished career of the late Washington Post columnist and ombudsman, Richard Harwood, who was a Trustee and a lecturer in journalism at Washington College.

Monday, March 11, 2002

Defeating Stigma In Our Shore Community: April 10th Roundtable To Focus On Reducing The Stigma Of Mental Illness

Chestertown, MD, March 11, 2002 — Washington College, Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MSMHS), and Crossroads Community, Inc. are pleased to host "DEFEATING STIGMA," a roundtable discussion on changing public attitudes about mental illness. The program will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at 3:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge.
The event is free and all are invited to join the discussion and reception to follow.
"Mental health care providers often lament lack of public support for their work and inadequate reporting of mental illness by the news media," said Nancy Zinn, Executive Director of MSMHS. "At this roundtable, distinguished members of the news media and state and local mental health officials will discuss ways that they might work together, in their independent roles, to reduce stigma and increase public understanding."
The panel will by moderated by award-winning author and advocate for the disabled, Hugh Gregory Gallagher. Well-known for his acclaimed critical biography of Roosevelt, "FDR's Splendid Deception," Gallagher also has authored the autobiographical "Black Bird Fly Away: Disabled in an Able-Bodied World" and "By Trust Betrayed: Patients, Physicians and the License to Kill in the Third Reich". Joining Gallagher will be Haynes Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; Denise Riley, Executive Editor, The Star-Democrat, Easton, MD; Oscar Morgan, Director, Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration; Linda Raines, Executive Director, Maryland Mental Health Association; Roger Harrell, Health Officer for Dorchester County and President of MSMHS; Janice Brathwaite, Director, Chesapeake Rural Network-On Our Own; and Lt. Gary Foster, Commander, Centreville Barracks, Maryland State Police.
MSMHS is a private not for profit 501(C)(3) organization serving the five Eastern Shore counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot. Incorporated in 1993 through a collaboration of the five county governments and mental health stakeholders, MSMHS strives to improve the provision of mental health services through effective coordination of services with consumers, family members, providers and community leaders.
Crossroads Community, Inc., is a private not for profit organization that provides services and develops supports that empower individuals with mental health needs to live, learn and work in their communities. Crossroads has been serving the mid-Shore community since 1984.

Washington College Students Spend Spring Break Building Houses With Habitat For Humanity

Chestertown, MD, March 11, 2002 — Twenty students from Washington College are spending spring break in Columbus, GA, building houses through Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program. The groups will join 350 other college students from 18 colleges and universities across the nation spending the week of March 9-17 to build 15 houses. This is the largest Habitat for Humanity build in the country this year.
The College's team leaders, Audra Barbour '03, Minety Abraham '04, and Nicole Moore '05, an SGA service representative, led the Habitat team in a two-week fundraiser that brought $2,470.00 in donations to support the trip. The money will be given to the Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity to help build homes in the area.
"This is the third year we have participated in the program and each year the number of students participating has doubled," said Vicky Sawyer, Washington College's associate director of career development and coordinator of campus service learning. "It's a very popular program, and our students are always recruiting more people to do it for the next year."
Sawyer and Leah Newell, director of international students and programs, will accompany the students.
Collegiate Challenge is a year-round program, coordinated through the Campus Charters and Youth Programs department at Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, Ga. More than 10,000 students from more than 450 colleges, universities and high schools will work at more than 200 sites nationwide for the Collegiate Challenge Spring Break 2002. Many of the Washington College students joining the Collegiate Challenge program are active members of the Washington College Student Service Council, as well as the campus' service organizations such as Hands Out, FORCE and Target Tutoring. This program allows students the opportunity to help others build new homes, new hope and new lives, while bringing back skills, experiences and enthusiasm to share with the rest of their campus.

Visiting Fellow To Discuss The Changing Face Of U.S. Politics

Chestertown, MD, March 11, 2002 — Washington College will host Anita Perez Ferguson, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, the week of March 17-20, 2002. Ferguson, current Chair of the Inter-American Foundation, will visit classes and talk to students about internship opportunities as well as give a public presentation on Tuesday, March 19. This lecture, "The Changing Face of U.S. Politics," begins at 7 p.m. in the Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows connect a liberal education with the world beyond the campus by bringing successful practitioners to colleges for a week of classes and informal discussions with students and faculty. Fellows, who include government officials, business leaders, journalists, environmentalists and medical ethicists, help illuminate for students the roles they can play as professionals and active, informed citizens.Current Chair of the Inter-American Foundation, former president of the National Women's Political Caucus, author of A Passion for Politic, and a frequent NPR commentator, Ferguson has been "praised as a speaker who offers both substance and inspiration as she reaches out to engage and challenge each person in the audience." Ferguson has been named one of Roll Call newspaper's "Politics Fabulous 50," and one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States" by Hispanic Business magazine. Born in Puerto Rico, Ferguson received her a M.A. in counseling psychology and the University of Santa Clara and an M.A. in management from the University of the Redlands.
Ferguson's visit is sponsored by Washington College's Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, named in honor of the late Louis L. Goldstein, the College's former Chairman of the Board of Visitors and Governors, a 1935 alumnus, and Maryland's longest-serving elected official. The Goldstein Program sponsors lecture series, symposia, visiting fellows, travel and other projects that bring students and faculty together with leaders experienced in developing public policy.

Thursday, March 7, 2002

Choosing The Write Path: Alumni Share Experiences Of The Writer's Life March 23

Chestertown, MD, March 7, 2002 — The Washington College Alumni Council invites all alumni, students and the community to learn more about the professional writer's life during Life After Liberal Arts, Saturday, March 23, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. in the College's O'Neill Literary House. The program will feature four Washington College alumni who have made successful careers through writing—as editors, advertising copywriters, publishers, journalists and novelists. This is a free, open forum—all are encouraged to attend. Reception to follow.
Alumnus Brandon Hopkins of the Sophie Kerr Prize in 1997 and, since graduating, has worked in the editorial and managing editorial departments of Scholastic, Penguin Putnam and Macmillan. Currently a development editor at Educational Design, a Manhattan publishing house specializing in test preparation and educational products, Hopkins is also a freelance copywriter.
Lee Ann Chearney '81 is founder and creative director of Amaranth, an independent book producer established in 1995. Amaranth specializes in developing general nonfiction and popular reference content for publication through both print and electronic media. Chearney has held positions as assistant publisher at The Putnam Publishing Group and as associate publisher/senior editor at Ecco Press, a prestigious small publisher where she worked with renowned Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors. She also served as managing editor of the literary magazine, Antaeus. While executive director of The Philip Lief Group, Inc., Chearney developed and produced a diverse range of titles from The American Medical Association's Women's Complete Healthbook (Dell) to The National Gardening Association Dictionary of Horticulture (Viking).
Sue DePasquale '87 has served as editor of Johns Hopkins Magazine since 1994. Under her editorship, the magazine has earned top honors from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for writing, design and reporting on higher education issues. In 1998, it was named the top college/university magazine in the nation by Newsweek. DePasquale joined Johns Hopkins University in 1988, soon after completing her master's degree at the Columbia University School of Journalism. In addition to her work at the magazine, she squeezes in freelance writing assignments and she serves as consulting editor to The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Magazine. Sue lives in Lutherville, MD, with her husband, John Musachio '87, a research chemist at NIH, and her two young sons.
David Healey is a 1988 graduate and English major. He is now the managing editor of the daily Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, MD, and he teaches journalism at Cecil Community College. He is the author of the Civil War novel, Sharpshooter.

Noted Oceanographer Dr. Jerry Schubel To Develop Alternative Futures Forum At Washington College

Forum To Foster Student Environmental Leadership, Support Community Outreach

The Alternative Futures Forum will use the techniques of scenario building to identify and to explore alternative futures, said Dr. Schubel. Participating students will learn to develop possible futures by identifying, researching and studying critical factors and conditions that influence trends and by studying how various choices determine different future outcomes. Dr. Schubel is an expert practitioner in scenario development who will guide Washington College students through the essential process and methods for conducting and utilizing such studies with an emphasis on addressing sustainability issues facing communities and their natural environments.Chestertown, MD, March 7, 2002 — Washington College announces that Jerry R. Schubel, Ph.D., distinguished oceanographer and former president of the New England Aquarium, has been appointed Director of the College's Alternative Futures Forum at the Center for the Environment and Society and Visiting Professor in Biology and Environmental Studies. An accomplished "scenario" builder in the field where community, business, government and the environment interact, Dr. Schubel will create a forum in which college students explore—with the help of scholars, policy makers, researchers, community leaders and other practitioners—alternative futures for environmental systems large and small, local to the Chesapeake Bay and across the world.
"All the sciences—including the social sciences—plus engineering, the humanities and the arts will be brought to bear on the environmental scenarios that students will explore," said Dr. Schubel. "Every effort will be made to secure a client for each study and to involve community decision makers, so that the students' work will make a real impact on communities interested in creating a better environmental future."
With a long record of research, academic honors and appointments, Dr. Schubel has specialized in coastal oceanography with a focus on estuaries and other environments. He is a graduate of Alma College in Alma, MI, and received his Ph.D. in oceanography from John Hopkins University in 1968. From 1968-1974, he served as a research scientist and associate director of the Johns Hopkins' Chesapeake Bay Institute. In 1974, he left the institute to teach and to direct the Marine Sciences Research Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, which he helped to transform from a small research unit into one of the world's most distinguished coastal oceanographic institutions specializing in the application of research to solving coastal problems and educating the next generation of researchers. In 1983, he became Dean of Marine Sciences at SUNY Stony Brook and later served as the university's Acting Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, and its Provost.
After leaving SUNY Stony Brook in 1994, he became president and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA.
Dr. Schubel has chaired numerous national and international committees and panels dealing with a wide range of environmental issues, and presently chairs the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's committee assessing the effects of the proposed expansion of San Francisco International Airport on the San Francisco Bay. He is vice president of the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System and has lead the development of a public outreach program for Census of Marine Life—a decade-long exploration of the ocean that will be one of the most ambitious programs of ocean exploration ever undertaken. Earlier in his career he wrote extensively about the environment of the Chesapeake Bay in The Living Chesapeake and Life and Death of the Chesapeake Bay.
"The College is proud to welcome Jerry Schubel to our faculty," said Dr. John Toll, president of the College. "Environmental studies is one of our most popular majors. By developing the Alternative Futures Forum, we will greatly enrich our curriculum in order to prepare our students for environmental leadership roles and to tackle the environmental challenges that face the whole world."

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

College Hosts Author Hugh Gregory Gallagher

Chestertown, MD, March 5, 2002 — Washington College welcomes author, scholar and well-known advocate for the disabled, Hugh Gregory Gallagher, speaking on his recently published work "Nothing to Fear: FDR in Photographs," on Thursday, March 21, 2002, at 5 p.m. in the College's Casey Academic Center Forum. The talk will include a slide show of rare photographs from the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
An award-winning writer and historian based in Washington, DC, Gallagher is well-known for his acclaimed critical biography of Roosevelt, "FDR's Splendid Deception". The work examined more fully than previous biographies the extent and effect of polio on Roosevelt's life and career and how his disability was masked by the press during his lifetime. "Nothing to Fear" (Vandamere Press, 2001) adds to Gallagher's previous research by illustrating FDR's complete life, including rare glimpses of his adult years through hard-to-find photographs. These compelling and wonderfully descriptive photographs provide a unique document of the challenges that FDR faced and the vision and strength that he gave to a nation in the midst of financial and strategic crisis.
Gallagher contracted polio at age 19, Roosevelt at age 39. Gallagher has dedicated his life to writing, documenting and speaking on history and disability. While working for two senators for nine years and for the Johnson Administration, Gallagher trained not only in the methods of politics but produced many improvements for the disabled, ranging from a ramp at the Library of Congress to the development and enactment of the Architectural Barriers Act. His published works include the autobiographical "Black Bird Fly Away: Disabled in an Able-Bodied World", "By Trust Betrayed: Patients, Physicians and the License to Kill in the Third Reich", "Etok: A Story of Eskimo Power", and "Advise and Obstruct: The Role of the United States Senate in Foreign Policy Decisions". He is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and winner of the 1995 Henry B. Betts Award in recognition of his lifelong contributions to disability thought. He lives in Cabin John, MD.
This event is sponsored by the Washington College Office of Development, Alumni and Parent Relations.

Friday, March 1, 2002

Washington College Joins With Regional Public Schools To Form K-16 Council

Initial Project To Focus On Mathematics And Science Education

School superintendents from Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Partnership at Chesapeake College. Also signing the agreement were Dr. John Toll, president of Washington College, and the presidents of Chesapeake College, Cecil Community College, University of Maryland – Eastern Shore, Salisbury University and Wor-Wic Community College.Wye Mills, MD, March 1, 2002 — Representatives from the Eastern Shore public school systems and area colleges met at Chesapeake College Thursday, February 28, 2002, to form the Eastern Shore Regional K-16 Council. The organization will work to establish seamless educational transitions for students from kindergarten through college.
The primary goal of the council is to ensure quality education for all citizens on the Eastern Shore. To achieve this goal, the member institutions will recruit, prepare, and retain high quality teachers and other school personnel. According to the agreement, each institution will put a high priority on teacher education. The members will provide top quality clinical experiences for pre-service teachers and meaningful professional development for in-service teachers.
The council plans to create a seamless learning community through collaborative projects and other initiatives. The members will use the council to share the best information about teaching learning and instructional technology.
This new organization is an extension of the State of Maryland K-16 Council. The regional council, one of the first in the state, will participate in the national pilot project "The Bridge Project: Strengthening K-16 Transition Policies."
"This partnership is a good example of the cooperation we have among educators on the Eastern Shore. Students at all educational levels on the Shore will benefit from the collaboration of our member institutions," said President Toll, who will chair the council. "This agreement formalizes and extends already existing partnerships under which we combine our strengths and share our innovations to ease the transition of students from one level of education to the next."
Chesapeake College President Dr. Stuart Bounds added, "The segments of the Shore's educational systems have always worked collaboratively; with this new regional council, we expect to make that collaboration routine and to significantly improve the transition from high school to higher education."
The initial project, if funded, will bring teachers together to find ways to help students prepare for college coursework in mathematics and science. Educators and administrators from local schools will meet in a yearlong series of workshops at Chesapeake College beginning this spring. The participants will identify curriculum gaps, and develop ways to improve both learning and teaching in Maryland.
"The instructional and curricular implications of this effort are extraordinary," said Dr. Allan Gorsuch, director of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium. "School systems are raising the expectations for what students will be required to know and be able to do before they graduate from high school. Through this project participants will work collaboratively to assure that the transition from high school to college is seamless in the areas of mathematics and science."
The local project—Closing Hidden Gaps: Creating Regional Partnerships for Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning—is funded by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Grant through the U.S. Department of Education.

Rusted Root To Perform At Washington College April 5th

College's Homegrown Astralyte To Open Show

A colorful and multifaceted band, Rusted Root has a winding history. Mike Glabicki (lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter) and Liz Berlin (vocalist, guitarist and songwriter) initially started working together in their college years. Jim Donovan (drums, percussion and background vocalist) and Patrick Norman (bassist, guitarist and background vocalist) joined in 1990, providing a uniquely driving rhythm section. They began performing together in their hometown of Pittsburgh and were later joined by multi-instrumentalist and visual artist John Bunyak who added the signature flute and pennywhistle melodies featured on the band's first hit single, "Send Me on My Way." The band has been rejoined for this tour by former member Jenn Wertz, along with percussionist and keyboardist John McDowell.Chestertown, MD, March 1, 2002 — Rusted Root will perform Friday, April 5, 2002, beginning at 8 p.m. in Washington College's Lifetime Fitness Center. Washington College's homegrown Astralyte will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each for Washington College students, faculty and staff, $25 for general admission, and available at the Washington College Campus Center CafĂ© and from Ticketmaster by calling 800-551-SEAT. Ticket sales begin March 18, 2002.
In response to a growing public enthusiasm, Rusted Root released its first independently produced full-length CD, Cruel Sun, in 1990, which attracted the attention of Mercury Records who subsequently signed them to a major label recording contract. In 1994 they released When I Woke, which spawned the hit, "Send Me On My Way," as well as other Rusted Root standards such as "Ecstasy," "Martyr" and "Drum Trip." When I Woke went certified platinum in 1996. A more introspective album, Remember, released in 1996, was recorded at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, CA, and the band's self-titled disc, Rusted Root, released in 1998, featured a spirited cover of the Rolling Stones' classic, "You Can't Always get What You Want." In addition to these recordings Rusted Root has released three EPs entitled "Evil Ways," "Live" and "Airplane," as well as a full-length live video. Their music has been used in several major motion picture films, such as Home for the Holidays, Race the Sun and Mathilda, and they have toured with some of the icons of rock music, including the Grateful Dead, Page and Plant, the Allman Brothers Band, Sting and the Dave Matthews Band.
Opening for Rusted Root will be Washington College's own homegrown band, Astralyte, which includes former members of Ghostbox. Comprising recent graduates Ted Knight '97, Andrew Stein '99, Greg Parent '00, Tim Parent '97, and Ross Dettmering '00, Astralyte's sound is a mix of organic jams, electronic rhythms, and spacey beats, influenced by such artists as Radiohead, The Disco Biscuits, Widespread Panic and Groove Armada. Knight, Stein, and the Parents were founding members of Ghostbox, a campus band that produced two CDs together, while Dettmering formerly played in another campus band, NRG.
The concert has been organized by the Washington College Student Events Board and Student Government Association.