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Back to School

Aug. 21, 2002

Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) Part-Time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science is offering graduate and undergraduate courses. Graduate courses are available in a variety of engineering and applied science disciplines, including computer science, biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Undergraduate courses are available in electrical engineering, engineering science and mechanical engineering. Registration is scheduled for Aug. 27, from 4-6:30 p.m. on the Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive in Rockville. Fall semester classes begin Sept. 4. Call 1-800-548-3647 or visit

The JHU Whiting School of Engineering provides opportunities for students to take college engineering courses at its Rockville campus, getting high-tech work experience through the HeadsUP (Hopkins Engineering Advanced Summer University Program). Students interested in earning college credits through internships should apply for the summer 2003 program at 301-294-7070.

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking nominations for its sixth annual award for “Distinguished Service to Public Education” which recognizes and shows appreciation for individuals, groups or organizations who have made “exemplary contributions to public service in Montgomery County.”

Up to three awards will be given in each of the five categories: Business Individual/Organization, Individual Pioneer, Community Individual, Community Group/Organization and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Staff.

The Pioneer award is presented to an individual who may not be active currently, but who has made extraordinary contributions in the past, and whose impact has had a profound system-wide effect on MCPS over the years.

The other three awards go to an individual, group or organization that has, within the past three years, provided sustained service, support and commitment to public education, as demonstrated by an outstanding contribution of time and expertise to MCPS programs, the development and/or implementation of an exemplary program or project or a contribution that results in system- wide benefit. Any person or group may submit nominations. Self-nominations are also accepted.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 12. Forms may be obtained from local schools or the MCPS Central Office on 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville at Rooms 112 or 123. Additional forms are available at Call 301-279-3301. Nominations sent by mail must be postmarked by Sept. 12 and mailed to: Montgomery Country Board of Education, 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 123, Rockville, MD 20850.

The Pacific Intercultural Exchange program is seeking host families for English-speaking foreign students between the ages of 15 and 18 years. Students have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance and are anxious to share their cultural experiences with American families.

Programs are designed to match a family’s needs and range in length from a semester to a full academic year, where students attend local high schools.

Families are eligible to claim $50 per month charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student. Call toll-free at 1-800-631-1818.

Montgomery County bookmobile services have been canceled until further notice due to mechanical problems and emergency repairs. To reserve or request books to be sent to another branch library, call the bookmobile office at 301-565-7341, or the Telephone Reference and Language Line at 240-777-0001. To renew materials, call the Automatic Renewal Line at 240-777-0007.

Interages, an agency devoted to bringing the young and older generations together for their mutual benefit, needs volunteers 55+ to participate in mentoring, tutoring and discussion groups with students of all ages. An orientation will be held in September. Call 240-777-2600.

Little Acorns Daycare, a NAEYC-accredited child care center, has achieved their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credentials. The CDA is a nationally-recognized credential awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition of Washington, D.C. The day care center is located at 11315 Falls Road in Potomac.

The Jewish Social Service Agency is sponsoring discussion/support groups for teens beginning in September. Participation may be insurance reimbursable:

The Teen Boys Group, for ages 15-17, will meet Thursdays, Sept. 12-May 15, from 5-5:50 p.m. at 11B Firstfield Road in Gaithersburg. Topics will include school, parents, peers, handling conflicts, solving problems and more. Cost is $55 per session. Call 301-990-6880, Ext. 341.

The Teen Girls Group, for grades 9-10, will meet Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Dec. 18, from 3:45-4:45 p.m. at 6123 Montrose Road in Rockville. The group will focus on improving social skills, peer relationships, emotions and self-esteem. Cost is $55 per session. Call 301-816-2633.

Awards and Achievements

Army Pvt. Paul J. Kamara has graduated from basic military training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. During training, Kamara received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, rifle marksmanship, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Kamara is the nephew of Usman Sesay of Reston, Va. and husband of Alice Kamara Will of Potomac.

Potomac resident Allison Puca, a 2000 graduate of Winston Churchill High, was named to the dean’s list at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. In May, she was the recipient of the dean’s award for “exemplary leadership and service to the Boston College community.” Puca will be a junior in the fall and is majoring in accounting and marketing.

Jacob Orin Wolfsheimer, son of Janet and Ron Wolfsheimer of Potomac, was named to the dean’s list at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. Dean’s list honors are awarded to students who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Lindsey Clayton, daughter of David A. and Lauretta L. Clayton of Potomac, has been designated a Rufus Choate Scholar for outstanding academic achievement in the 2001-2002 academic year at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Clayton is one of only 62 members of Dartmouth’s Class of 2004 to receive the Rufus Choate Scholar distinction. Clayton’s grade point average places her within the top five percent of the college.

Erika Mullenbach, daughter of Hugh and Linda Mullenbach of Potomac, has received a bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern University’s Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

A graduate of Georgetown Day High School, Mullenbach was a biological sciences major, a member of the Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honor Society and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

She also tutored weekly at the Metro Tutoring Center in Chicago and accompanied music majors on the piano during performances at the Northwestern School of Music. She will attend Tulane Law School the fall of 2002, and intends to be a patent attorney of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Mikael Naygauz of Potomac has been named to the spring dean’s list at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa. Naygauz is a pharmacy student. Dean’s list students complete and pass all assigned courses with no grade below a “C” and attain an academic average of at least 3.4.

Boston University awarded degrees to the following area residents in spring 2002:

From Potomac, Senay Abbay earned a B.S. in biomedical engineering; Yang-Ming Fan earned a M.C.P. in city, community and regional planning; Alana M. Feld earned a B.S. in communication; Nicholas M. Love earned a B.S. in film and television; Justin C. Park earned a B.S. in communication; Brian A. Reiver earned a B.S.B. in business administration and management; and Janine M. Shore earned a B.S. in communication. From Bethesda, Khodayar N. Akhavi earned a B.S. in film and television; Elana R. Heideman earned a Ed.M. in curriculum and teaching; Bettie C. Levy earned a B.S. in film and television; Joshua P. Levy earned J.D. in law; Ann E. Nash earned a B.A. in psychology, magna cum laude; Melissa D. Rossaki earned a B.S.B. in business administration and management; and Daniel M. Savada earned a B.A. in classical civilization.

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) Board of Directors awarded grants totaling more than $843,000 for resources to county artists, scholars and humanities organizations. Local recipients are listed below under the categories for which they received their funding.

v Cultural Programs provide funding to non-profit arts and humanities organizations to present cultural programs to a wide variety of audiences:

Composers’ Society of Montgomery County, Inc., in North Potomac, will receive $1,500 for a concert performed for a live studio audience.

The Quotidian Theatre Company, Inc., in Rockville, received $2,500 for a production of “A Doll’s House,” which will be performed at The Writer’s Center beginning Nov. 8.

Wildwood Summer Theatre, in Bethesda, will receive $2,500 to supplement production funds for “West Side Story.”

v Administrative Development will support non-profit arts and humanities organizations in development of management capabilities:

Coral Cantigas, in Rockville, will receive $1,000 for the review of financial records by a public accountant.

Paul Peck Humanities Institute, in Rockville, will receive $3,000 to develop a marketing plan for the Potomac Review, a literary magazine.

v Visiting Artists and Scholars grants support individual artists and scholars:

Lenore Blank Kelner, in conjunction with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Elementary School Services, in Rockville, will receive $1,000 to present an after-school creative drama program.

Alice Sims and Laurie Stepp, in conjunction with Stepping Stones Shelter, in Rockville, will receive $7,000 to make and decorate ceramic pieces with homeless children, teens and adults.

v Arts in Schools grants support artists who perform or present programs for students in Montgomery County schools:

Michael Friend and Soul in Motion Players in conjunction with the Carl Sandburg School in Rockville, will receive $1,000 for African drumming and dance presentations.

Lenore Blank Kelner, in conjunction with the Children’s Learning Center, in Rockville, will receive $1,000 for performance and drama classes for kindergarten and first grade students.

Christina Vidovich, in conjunction with Robert Frost Middle School, in Rockville, will receive $780 for after-school ballroom dance classes.

Kevin Sockwell, in conjunction with Rockville High School, will receive $800 for skit writing and performance classes for one semester.

v General Support grants support operating budgets of non-profit arts and humanities groups with expenses greater than $350,000:

Adventure Theater in Glen Echo will receive $15,867.

Friends of the Library in Rockville will receive $24,036.

Imagination Stage (BAPA) in Bethesda will receive $58,855.

Maryland Youth Ballet in Bethesda will receive $35,875.

Metropolitan Ballet Theater in Rockville will receive $13,755.

Montgomery County Historical Society in Rockville will receive $15,946.

Musical Theater Center in Rockville will receive $46,139.

The Puppet Co. in Glen Echo will receive $14,263.

Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville will receive $28,197.

Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda will receive $59,760.

The Writer’s Center in Bethesda will receive $27,971.

v Advancement Support grants support operating budgets of non-profit arts and humanities groups with expenses from $50,000-$350,000:

Arts for the Aging in Bethesda will receive $8,865.

Cantate Chamber Singers in Bethesda will receive $2,256.

Create Arts Center in Bethesda will receive $5,256.

Mighty Special Music Makers in Bethesda will receive $2,279.

Montgomery County Masterworks Chorus in Bethesda will receive $3,630.

Montgomery County Youth Orchestras in Bethesda will receive $4,038.

National Chamber Orchestra in Rockville will receive $15,894.

Peerless Rockville will receive $6,583.

Rockville Arts Place will receive $11,620.