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March 2016

Prof. Malveaux’s Book: #1 New Release

Montgomery College Faculty and StaffProf. Greg Malveaux (Rockville, English), has a new book, Look before Leaping, Risks, Liabilities, and Repair of Study Abroad in Higher Education. says it is a “#1 New Release in Student Travel Guides.” The publication date is set for April 8.

Malveaux has long been a leader in study-abroad opportunities at Montgomery College and is the Coordinator of Travel and Study Abroad.

The book prepares both students and leaders for the potential pitfalls of studying abroad.

From the book description at Amazon:

Look before Leaping merges court trends and cases, experts’ first-hand accounts and recommendations of best practices, currently used risk-averting documents, and essential texts to bring a comprehensive study of the most common risks, liabilities, and needed repair for study abroad in higher education.



“Las Mujeres: Three Generations of Latin American Women Write and Paint for Social Justice”

“Las Mujeres: Three Generations of Latin American Women Write and Paint for Social Justice”

Thursday, March 31, 6:30 — 8:30 PM, Theatre Arts Arena (Rockville)

Alicia Partnoy will read and discuss her work, especially on her experiences as an Argentine “Disappeared,” a timely discussion now with the 40th anniversary of the military coup there and President Obama’s visit to Argentina this week.  Alicia will be joined by her poet/painter mother, Raquel Partnoy, and her poet/author daughter, Ruth Irupe Sanabria.

A book sale and signing will follow the reading.  Continue reading ““Las Mujeres: Three Generations of Latin American Women Write and Paint for Social Justice””

Poetry Master Class with Alicia Partnoy, March 30

“Translating Solidarity: A Workshop on Witness Poetry Translation”

Wednesday, March 30, 2:00 to 4:30 PM, Science Center, Room 152 (Rockville)

This a master class  with poet Alicia Partnoy, primarily for students. Seating is limited, so those interested must register with me by email at Those who can only stay for part of the workshop are also welcome.

Students will  do some hands-on translation work (for those students who do not speak any other language, editing translations will work). Ms. Partnoy’s project involves the poetry of a mother from Ciudad Juarez who started to write after the disappearance of her daughter. First, Ms. Partnoy will read and reflect on her work as a translator, and then students will work on translation projects in groups.

$150 + Hard Work = MC Degree, US Citizenship

Six years ago, I came to the USA with $150 in my hand. I worked three jobs, 60-65 hours a week, to pay my expenses and college tuition fees. I was not a smart student in my classes, but I was an ambitious student. During the time of my college years, I had many challenges such as language proficiency, cultural change, and living style. But I did not give up and kept walking on the road of my educational journey. I have worked as student aide at English and Reading department for almost two years. After I graduated with an Associate Arts Degree from Montgomery College, I became full time staff at Montgomery College started 2015.

I was awarded two scholarships, Student Employee of the Year (2013-2014), and Star Start Award (2014-2015). My first scholarship was a one term scholarship from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation (2011), and the other scholarship was a three year scholarship from the Herblock Foundation (2012-2014), Washington DC. Also, every year I was awarded a Montgomery College Board Trustee Grant which paid for my summer school tuition and fees. Continue reading “$150 + Hard Work = MC Degree, US Citizenship”

The Splendid Wake, a DC-based poetry project “that documents poets and poetry from 1900 to current day” welcomed Montgomery College professor Joanna Howard (Rockville) back to their group.

We were very lucky that Joanna Howard was able to return to her leadership role.

MischeSoupCanClick here to read Prof. Monica Mische‘s piece in the Washington Post Magazine. It’s part of their “Mine” feature in which writers talk about a specific object that has meaning to them. Prof. Mische’s: a particular can of Chalet Suzanne watercress soup. The reason it’s important is a heart-warming story.

Students: Tour Towson April 1

Tour Towson University, one of the nation’s leading public universities.

Hour long, guided walking tour of the beautiful Towson University campus is offered during the Spring semester.

April 1, 2016 10:30am ● campus tour

Highlights include:

Stevens Hall ● Cook library ●Freedom square ● University union ● “the beach” ● residence tower ● 7800 york road

To reserve your spot or for more information, contact Angela Dawson at

Sponsored by MC’s First Year Experience office.

Color Yourself Happy in April

The Wellness people are bringing back a popular anti-stress activity for faculty…StressColoring

29th Annual Women and Gender Studies Scholarship Breakfast

Celebrate the 2016 “On Their Shoulders We Stand” honorees at the 29th Annual Scholarship Breakfast Wednesday, March 23, 2016 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Breakfast, music and presentations!

Theatre Arts Arena, Rockville

Click “read more” for full details.

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Beacon Conference Papers Due March 14


Dear colleagues,

This is a timely reminder that the deadline for student paper submissions to the Beacon Conference is next Friday, Mar. 14 by 11:59 p.m.

The email after the jump includes the necessary information.

The conference is a wonderful opportunity for your students’ research papers to be acknowledged and recognized by established faculty from other community colleges in the Mid Atlantic region.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Effie Siegel, Professor
College-wide Beacon Conference Coordinator

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CEA-MAG Conference at MCR This Saturday

Montgomery College Faculty and StaffCollege English Association Mid Atlantic Group Conference will be hosted by Montgomery College, this Saturday, March, 5. Rockville campus, Theatre Arts Arena.

Contact or for more information.

Montgomery College Faculty and StaffEnglish-Reading Department professor Rebecca Eggenschwiler (Rockville) and Department Chair Elizabeth Benton (Rockville) have been accepted to present at the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies conference April 6.

Their presentation: “Community College Educational Change: A Department Chair and Faculty Member Tackle the Turbulence of a Reform Era.”

Department Award Nominations DUE: Weds. March 23


Tis the season for you to send in exemplary student essays.  Please look at the list below and see if you have some essays that might qualify for any of these awards.

Students will earn up to $100.00 in scholarship money from MC for winning an award, and they will be honored at a campus-wide event in May.

  • The Creative Nonfiction Award
  • The Poetry Award
  • The Short Fiction Award
  • The Strength in Difference Award
  • The Samuel R. Blate Award for Creative Writing
  • The Evelyn Elder Award in American Literature
  • The Charles J. Husfelt Award in Composition
  • The Jacoby-Karr Award in Literature
  • The Monty Pitner Award for Journalism

Please send any essays with cover sheet (in an email attachment from Elizabeth Benton) to Elizabeth Benton. Please submit all essays by Wednesday, March 23.

Pinkney to Speak at Staff Enrichment Day

On Wednesday March 16, the annual Staff Enrichment Day will be held at the Germantown Campus.

All staff—associate and support, bargaining and non-bargaining—are invited to participate in the multiple professional and personal growth workshops being offered.

The theme of this year’s event is “Delivering Excellence through Teamwork.” Since staff work on multiple teams, there will be something of value for everyone. The keynote speaker for the day is Dr. Hercules Pinkney, retired interim president and administrator, who has been a leader of excellence and a team player at MC for many years.

Continue reading “Pinkney to Speak at Staff Enrichment Day”

GHI: Chinese Calligraphy Event TODAY

Chinese Calligraphy as Balanced Serenity and Treasure.
Chinese Calligraphy as Balanced Serenity and Treasure.

Faculty: Have Your Students Completed the SpeakUP Suvey?

Dear Faculty,

The SpeakUPMC Climate Survey on Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct closes tomorrow, Friday March 4.

Here are FIVE GOOD REASONS for you to encourage your students to take the survey:

1.      One in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted while in college (from
2.      Maryland women have the 6th highest lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in the country (from
3.      Regardless of whether they are in college, or of whether they experience violence on a college campus or somewhere else, women ages 18-24–the age of many of our students–are at greatest risk.
4.      The survey is an educational tool that provides relevant definitions, as well as information about confidential and non-confidential, internal and external reporting resources.
5.      Increasingly, community colleges are recognizing sexual violence as a retention issue.

Continue reading “Faculty: Have Your Students Completed the SpeakUP Suvey?”

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