Author: CM

I often describe my work with Carroll Magazine as my hobby because I enjoy all the dynamics involved and they unfold before I leave for work or after I get home. Whether it’s parenting, gardening, working out at the gym, traveling – you find the time to do what you love. My full-time work as an academic dean includes teaching, a privilege that I have savored for the same amount of time I have been a journalist – 28 years. I love to teach because of what I learn. The more I facilitate rather than profess, the more students think. The more they think, and have the courage to share and debate their diverse views, the more we all learn. My most recent lesson came from Rebecca Olsen. Becky is a Psychology major and a member of McDaniel College’s Class of 2018. She is also a cadet with the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). She started our class on September 11 by sharing a video tribute to the people who lost their lives in DC, Pennsylvania and New York at a time when most of her classmates were 4 and 6 years old. Dressed in her ROTC uniform, Becky also shared the news that she had signed her commitment papers. “While most graduates will be worried about graduate school or first days at a new job, I will be in charge...

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Eight Minutes

by Kym Byrnes   photography by Kelly Heck The performance at a band competition lasts approximately eight minutes. Eight minutes. Eight minutes to showcase the results of weeks of training in the hot summer sun, learning new moves and understanding intricate, individual roles on one dynamic team. Band members carry heavy equipment and wear cumbersome uniforms, wave huge flags and manipulate props. Each second of an eight-minute competition requires complete concentration; one misstep during the carefully choreographed show could throw the entire performance off kilter, like one tipped domino that tumbles an entire set. Carroll County’s high school marching...

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Mental Health First Aid

by Rebekah Cartwright Training In Hopes of Holding Back Violence If someone close to you plunges into a mental health crisis that puts them, or others, at risk, would you know what to do? That question, posed in 2011 at a faculty meeting at Carroll Community College, sparked a mental health first aid program that has touched hundreds of lives across the county. As more tragedies linked to mental health disorders continued to unfold nationwide, the McDaniel College community and law enforcement agencies unfolded mental health first aid programs as well. The universal hope is that with more training,...

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Powered by the Sun

by Barbara Pash   photography by Bill Ryan Gary Cofflin and his wife, Maryanne, live in a big house in Westminster – a two-story colonial with an in-law addition and a garage converted into a kitchen that runs 3,300 square feet in size. When temperatures rose last July and the Cofflins’ monthly electric bill soared to $700, their wallets felt the heat. How did they cool off? Solar power. The first full month fueled by solar dropped the Cofflins’ electric bill to $95. “I signed up thinking I’d save $50, $60 a month [on my bill]. I’ve already saved...

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Upcoming Events

Jan
8
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all-day Legacy: Celebrating 150 Years Of... @ Carroll Arts Center
Legacy: Celebrating 150 Years Of... @ Carroll Arts Center
Jan 8 – Feb 24 all-day
The Carroll Arts Center celebrates McDaniel College’s 150th anniversary with an exhibition highlighting the fine arts program at McDaniel. Paintings, sculpture, metalsmithing, illustration, ceramic art and photography are on display by current and former McDaniel[...]
all-day Metrics at Carroll County Arts C... @ Carroll County Arts Council
Metrics at Carroll County Arts C... @ Carroll County Arts Council
Jan 8 – Feb 23 all-day
Metrics at Carroll County Arts Council @ Carroll County Arts Council
Carroll County Arts Council hosts Metrics, an exhibition featuring Baltimore artists Minas Konsolas, Cody Pryseski & Jarek Sparaco. Exhbition runs January 8 – February 23, 2018 RECEPTION: Thursday, February 1, 5:30 – 7:30 pm 91[...]
Jan
10
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all-day 150 Years On The Hill @ Miller Senate Office Building, Second Floor
150 Years On The Hill @ Miller Senate Office Building, Second Floor
Jan 10 – Mar 30 all-day
150 Years On The Hill @ Miller Senate Office Building, Second Floor |  |  |
In conjunction with McDaniel College’s 150th anniversary celebration, this timeline exhibit highlights each decade of the college’s 150-year history. The Miller Senate Office Building is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Photo identification[...]
Jan
25
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5:30 pm Flatlands: Paintings By Hannah L... @ Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
Flatlands: Paintings By Hannah L... @ Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
Jan 25 @ 5:30 pm – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Flatlands: Paintings By Hannah Leighton @ Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall |  |  |
Artist Hannah Leighton of Baltimore showcases her contemporary paintings. Leighton says that her paintings are inspired by “the shapes of stories, sounds and memories.” Leighton received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute[...]
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12:30 pm Living Healthy, Living Well with... @ Sunnybrook Apartments
Living Healthy, Living Well with... @ Sunnybrook Apartments
Feb 5 @ 12:30 pm – Mar 19 @ 3:00 pm
Living Healthy, Living Well with Chronic Conditions @ Sunnybrook Apartments |  |  |
Join a FREE 2 ½ hour workshop, held each week for 6 weeks. With mutual support, you can build confidence to make new choices and feel better. You set your goals and put new problem-solving[...]

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