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February 2016

DEAM Conference Coming to MCG

Montgomery College Germantown campus will host the DEAM spring conference May 6, 2016. DEAM is the Developmental Education Association of Maryland.

“Keeping Students First” will be the theme of the conference, and Thomas Anthony Penny a former Marine and a leadership and professional development facilitator, will be the keynote speaker.

MC faculty are encouraged to attend and to present.

The conference: May 6, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Contact Angie Lawyer (Gemantown campus), for more information and for an application.



The Germantown Assessment Center will undergo a computer hardware upgrade on Friday, Feb 26, starting at Noon. We will need to stop testing early in order to allow IT enough time to complete this upgrade.

The Center will reopen for services on Monday, Feb 29 at 8:30am. The GT Center will work with faculty and students to schedule or reschedule testing that week. I would also encourage you to consider the Rockville and TPSS assessment centers for testing on Friday, 2/26. They will be open until 2:30pm.

Guillermo E Laya | Director of Assessment Centers | Takoma Park Campus

I like the new app and the cleaner, 21st-Century MyMC portal. Pleasantly surprised. Nicely done, Office of Info. Technology! Updates to both have been absolutely needed for years.

I’ve clicked through many of the links on the menu at left in the app. Some of them will clearly get upgrades as the college improves the rest of the web experience comes online, but what is there works and is good from what I can tell in my initial use. 

Search “Montgomery College” and download the official app (don’t be fooled by pretenders).

–Prof. Thurston

Students: Submit Your Best Work

The Humanities Advocacy Group and the Humanities Area disciplines of Montgomery College are excited to be hosting a Humanities Student Conference on Friday, April 8, 2016 in the TA Arena on Rockville’s campus. We’re looking for students to submit essays and projects related to any Humanities discipline. Essays can be up to seven pages and may be analytical, research-based, or reflective. This is a great opportunity for students to become part of the academic community, and the experience will enhance resumes or applications. We hope the conference will be a chance to demonstrate interest, engagement, and vitality around Humanities disciplines at the college. Original creative works and panel presentations will also be considered. Students’ work will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of research, of the written work, and of the creative piece, project, or poster.

To learn how to submit: Continue reading “Students: Submit Your Best Work”

Bad Toner! (Scammers aloose!)

Faculty and Staff: Don’t believe the toner salesperson!

(This is just too silly not to share…)

Earlier we cautioned you about a “toner cartridge” scam that was occurring across the college. While it has subsided, recent reports indicate that the scammers are back! The scam works like this: Continue reading “Bad Toner! (Scammers aloose!)”

“Primary Research” Discussion/Workshop


Middle States Information Tour Starting

Dear Colleagues,

As you may have heard during our professional week meetings, the College is beginning its Middle States accreditation Self-Study process.  This is a process that asks us to analyze our mission, ethics, teaching practices, student support, assessment, planning/budgeting, and leadership/governance; it is a process that involves every area of the College.  As we begin this process, it is essential that we hear from the College community about our strengths, challenges, and opportunities in each area and also hear from the College community about what we, as an institution, would like to gain from this self-study process.

Continue reading “Middle States Information Tour Starting”

FYI to students and faculty: the ENGL journalism courses–Intro. to Journalism and News Writing–were moved into the COMM department at Friday’s Curriculum Committee meeting.

The hope in the move is that MC’s degree-seeking COMM students will now have more choices in their upper-level writing courses and that the courses will have a natural audience of potential students.

Congratulations to all who helped make this possible. Changes will appear in time for the Fall 2016 semester.

Rockville Dept. Meeting

From MCR Chair Elizabeth Benton:

Hello faculty, I’d like to share with you the department meeting dates.

  • February 19 from 1:30-3:00 in SB 202
  • March 22 from 4:00-5:00 in SB 202 
  • April 22 from 1:30-3:00 in SB 202
  • May 3 from 4:00-5:00 in SB 202 (Discussion Forum)

We will continue our semester theme from fall “Semester in Engagement.”  If you would like to share something on the topic of engagement (faculty, student, scholarship, conference work) for 15 minutes at one of our meetings, please let me know.  Sharing your expertise and interest is very helpful and inspiring for the rest of us.

Montgomery College Faculty and StaffProf. Joanna Howard (English, Rockville campus) is one of six poets whose work will be featured by the Moving Words Poetry Contest in Arlington, Virginia.

Her poem, “untitled,” will be featured in an ART bus for three months this year.

Along with the five other winning poets, she will be reading her work on April 10 at  4pm at the  IOTA Club and Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201.

The 2016 MOVING WORDS Competition was juried by Francisco Aragón, poet, editor, and literary curator, and offers area poets the chance to have their work publicly displayed on Arlington Transit (ART) buses, where it will be seen by thousands of riders over a three month period.

Two New PACE sections of ENGL101A

We have a couple of new late-start PACE sections for students who tested in January.

Are you a PACE student at Montgomery College on the Rockville Campus?  Have you found a PACE section that will fit your schedule?  We’ve just opened additional PACE sections:

  • PACE CRN 37148
  • Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-12:15
  • Starts Feb. 2

  • PACE CRN 37145
  • Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-7:00 pm
  • Starts March 22. This is a late start, very fast-paced class.

If you have any questions or need help, call the EN/RD office at 240-567-7409.  Or, feel free to email

Classes have started, just barely

The snow kept us out unfairly.

Day-one: a bother.

The syllabus was covered.

But read it, I must, and carefully!

(English faculty remind students to please read your syllabus, and have a great semester.)

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