Cover photo: HCC radiologic technology student Amy Bulger.
On October 11, 2011, HCC will join over 100 college and high school radio stations across North America for the first-ever College Radio Day event to celebrate the creative and independent programming produced by these local broadcast and internet stations. HCC’s “The Dragon” internet radio station was created in 2009 as part of the college’s television and radio degree program. Dragon Radio brings local audiences a diverse lineup of musical genres from jazz to gourmet rock, streams select episodes from award-winning radio and cable programs like World Vision Report and The Writing Life, and features original programming produced by HCC radio students and faculty. Log on and listen at www.howardcc.edu/Visitors/hccRadio.
After 12 years of dedicated and inspriring service on the HCC Board of Trustees, including as chair from 2006 - 2008, Dr. Patrick L. Huddie’s appointment ended on June 30. Dr. Huddie also served as chairman of the first Commission on the Future of HCC from 1998 – 1999.
College Composition students of assistant professor Rick Leith not only accomplished their course objectives for the spring semester, they made significant contributions to local history. Leith challenged his class to research and write about Columbia’s renowned outdoor music venue, Merriweather Post Pavilion. The class also teamed with HCC director of service learning, Brittany Budden, to collect and transcribe oral histories from community members about their experiences since the gates opened in 1967. The Columbia Archives was delighted to include the recorded interviews and written transcripts into their collection, as it contains very few oral histories. The students were prepared for this innovative learning experience with National Public Radio’s StoryCorp website, Howard County Book Connection selection Listening is an Act of Love, guest lecturers Barbara Kellner, director of Columbia Archives and author of Images of America: Columbia, Maryland, and Joe Mitchell, co-author of New City Upon a Hill: A History of Columbia, Maryland, as well as a tour from long-time Merriweather general manager Jean Parker.
U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Ryan Rager poses in full commencement regalia in a tent in Afghanistan. Upon learning that the HCC graduate was serving overseas and going to miss his May ceremony, the HCC bookstore sent Ryan his cap, gown, and gold honors cord.
President Hetherington is joined by HCC community members and elected officials during the opening ceremony in June for the college’s new parking garage. This second garage adds over 700 coveted parking spaces to help accommodate HCC’s soaring enrollment.
HCC has always asked for and received valuable input from community experts to develop and update curricula, and our April focus group on cyber security was no exception as representatives from 14 different organizations came to campus to engage in a lively and productive discussion. Their insightful recommendations along with HCC’s other key partnerships and resources, including the U.S. Department of Labor Cyber Pathways Grant, membership in the Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance (DACCA), and participation in The National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) program, are instrumental as the college continues to help increase the number of qualified professionals available to law enforcement, counterintelligence, national defense and legal communities.