February 22, 2012
(Columbia, MD) – Hunan Manor Restaurant shuts-down its regular business at 2 p.m. for one day each year at no cost to Howard Community College and commits 100% of all ticket-sale proceeds for one night to benefit students enrolled in the Silas Craft Collegians Program; the entire restaurant, full wait staff, all food & beverages are graciously included. Named after a Howard County civil rights leader and educator, the Silas Craft Collegians Program wraps its arms around multiple cohorts of students whose past academic performances do not reflect their true potential. Among those who will be attending this year’s feast will be Mrs. Dorothye Craft, the 89 year-old widow of the program’s namesake who meets with the students and sends letters of encouragement during the academic year, and Congressman Elijah Cummings, who offers the Silas Craft Collegians an inspirational message of encouragement. The Silas Craft Collegians will visit each table to thank guests personally. The restaurant, located at 7091 Deepage Drive in Columbia, will host its annual feast on behalf of the students on Monday, March 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The evening, which is open to the public, draws approximately 400 to 500 of HCC’s most devoted fans who dine on a bountiful gourmet Chinese feast --- all to support the Silas Craft Collegians. A $45 ticket lets everyone enjoy a continuous feast that fully benefits the Collegians. A rich tradition, HCC faculty and staff typically offer to pay for HCC student tickets, which are $15, and donate the tickets to the college’s students. Over the past 12 years, Hunan Manor Restaurant has raised $237,000 in scholarships for HCC’s Silas Craft Collegians.
Information on The Silas Craft Collegians Program
Led by professors with boundless compassion, the cohorts of students are guided through a life-changing academic/social experience as a bonded learning community. Three active cohorts of students (each group at a different stage in their academic and personal development) can be found annually on HCC’s campus through the program. The second- and third-year cohorts often mentor those entering the first-year cohort. Click here for more details about HCC’s Silas Craft Collegian’s Program www.howardcc.edu/academics/academic_enrichment/silas_craft/whowas.htmlnline registration is now open for spring 2012 continuing education noncredit courses at Howard Community College (HCC). Mailed brochures reach county single family home residences the second week of March.
Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to nearly 29,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, and Laurel College Center. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.