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May 2016

Global Studies at Work in DC

Global Studies at Work in DC

  • Course #CRP110
  • CRN #: 42367
  • June 6–23, 2016 Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Pavilion Four, Room 101

Through a series of site visits to think tanks, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations in Washington, D.C., you will explore ways to apply global studies beyond the classroom.

Through site visits, classroom active learning, and reflective assignments, learn about and research potential career pathways in global studies—accessible from a variety of degree programs.

As part of the course, you will create or revise your resume, as appropriate, and create e-portfolios reflecting your new knowledge, observations, and career plans developed through the course.

Course reading materials will be provided. Continue reading “Global Studies at Work in DC”


New Course for Fall: Intro. to Global Humanities

Montgomery College English-Reading Department Distance Learning IconNEW COURSE for Fall 2016

Introduction to Global Humanities

  • 3 credit hour course
  • Fall 2016

It’s a great general elective!

  • Germantown
    • CRN: 24947
    • Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 – 1:55 p.m.
    • Sept. 6 through Dec. 18, 2016
    • Taught by Prof. Joan Naake
  • Takoma Park 
    • CRN: 24991
    • Building: SN 105
    • TR 11:00 AM – 12:25 PM
    • Sept. 6 through Dec. 18, 2016
    • Taught by Professor Gregory Wahl

Assessment Levels:

  • ENGL 101/101A, READ 120

The course is offered by the Global Humanities Institute.

New Course: Intro. to Global Humanities

Montgomery College English-Reading Department Distance Learning IconNEW COURSE for Summer Session II

Introduction to Global Humanities

  • 3 credit hour course,
  • Online Summer II, CRN: 12246
  • July 11 to Aug. 19, 2016
  • It’s a great general elective!
  • Taught by Michelle Moran

Assessment Levels:

  • ENGL 101/101A, READ 120

The course is offered by the Global Humanities Institute.

Mortar Boards MC Graduation

Fun, proud and aspirational: mortar board art at #mcgraduation! Congrats to our students!

Sorry for the fuzziness. I shot one-handed with the iPhone. –Thurston Continue reading “Mortar Boards MC Graduation”

MC Faculty at Library of Congress Mon. May 16

You are cordially invited to attend the

Montgomery College at the Library of

Congress Pilot Showcase, featuring

presentations by six

Montgomery College Fellows.

The Fellows’ reports will cover a variety of experiences, lessons

gained with Library staff in various reading rooms,

assignments they have developed as well as some

feedback on students’ experiences.

Monday, May 16, 2016

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Library of Congress Jefferson Building

Room 119

101 Independence Avenue S.E.

1st Street

Washington, D.C. 20540

Taking ENGL 101 Online? Attend Orientation

Summer Students taking ENGL-101 online, please attend a Distance Learning Orientation:

  • May 31, from 7:00-8:00 pm, Rockville HU313
  • Saturday, June 11, from 11:00-12:00pm, Takoma Park ST328
  • Monday, June 27th from 7-8pm, Germantown HT203

Questions or concerns, contact, Prof. Kateema Lee,

  • 240-567-7755

ENGL 103, Distance Learning Orientations

Summer Students taking ENGL-103 online, please attend a Distance Learning Orientation, Summer 2016:

  • Tuesday, May 31st, Germantown, 12-1,  Room PK 181
  • Monday, July 11th, Germantown, 10-11, Room PK 181
  • Tuesday, July 12th, Rockville, 3-4, Room SB 205

Questions or concerns, contact Prof. Keith Elphick:

  • (240) 567-7433

ENGL 102, Distance Learning Summer Orientations

Students in Summer Distance Learning (online) ENGL102 courses, please make time for an orientation:

  • Tuesday, 5/31 from 8 pm to 9 pm – HU106 – Rockville
  • Saturday, 06/04 from 11 am to 12 noon — HS214 – Germantown
  • Wednesday, 6/15 from 7 pm to 8 pm – HU106 – Rockville

Students, if you cannot attend, please contact Anna Deadrick, Associate Professor of English:

  • Tel 240-567-4233

Take Mythology, Summer 1



From India to Iceland, Greece to China, Africa to Mexico, and everywhere in between: join a summer adventure through some of the oldest and most intriguing myths and epics in human history. Discover the stories behind your favorite video games, movies, and books as we talk about the effects of mythology on our contemporary lives.

ENGL122 is a three-credit course that fulfills General Education Humanities requirements and transfers to UMd as an elective – with just one textbook and no big research papers!

The class will meet Tuesday through Thursday from 10:30 to 1:10 on the Germantown campus from May 31 to June 30. Questions? Contact Dr. Anne Pulju,, anytime.


Germantown READ099, Summer 2

Here’s a great opportunity to get that reading requirement out of the way before fall starts:

  • July 11 – August 18
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
  • 6:00-8:40 p.m.
  • HS236
  • Instructor Natalie Thomas
  • For more information, please contact Asst. Professor Angie Lawver:

READ099, Summer 1, Evenings

Here’s a great opportunity to get that reading requirement out of the way before fall starts:

  • May 31 – June 30
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
  • 6:00-8:45 p.m.
  • Germantown Campus: PK178
  • Asst. Professor Angie Lawver.
  • For more information, please contact

Second Lady Biden Commencement Speaker at NVCC

Just an FYI piece for everyone. Here’s the transcript of Dr. Jill Biden’s commencement address to the graduates at Northern Virginia Community College. Biden is a professor at the college and is married to Vice President Joe Biden.


Office of the Vice President


May 14, 2016

Remarks of Dr. Jill Biden at Northern Virginia Community College Commencement Ceremony as Prepared for Delivery

Jiffy Lube Live

Bristow, Virginia

Hello, NOVA!

This is a special night for me.  This will be my final commencement address as Second Lady, and what an honor to do it at the college that means the most to me.  Thank you to President Ralls and the Board of Trustees.

Congratulations, graduates, you did it!  On behalf of President Obama, the First Lady and the Vice President, my husband Joe — we are all so proud of you.  Graduating from college is an extraordinary achievement.  Cherish this moment.  Yes, it’s an individual accomplishment.  But, it’s also a team effort.  So, let’s thank your teachers, your friends and your families. Continue reading “Second Lady Biden Commencement Speaker at NVCC”

One last test (this really is it).


I’ve been testing twitter and facebook changes and updates much of the day. Sheesh. This ought to do.


Prof. Sneider Builds Writing App

Prof. Leah Sneider (MC-R, English), has created an iPhone/iPad app aimed at the pre-writing process. Congratulations, Leah!

From the website:

The Write Tool app is designed to guide the user through the pre-writing process via a series of interactive steps that rely on user input. You can jump around the different steps of the pre-writing process as needed. You may save projects and return to them later, export them to Word, Google Docs, iCloud, Dropbox, or email them to yourself, your instructor, or whomever.


Destressing Before Finals: Crafting Found Poems

Creative Writing of Poetry students on the Rockville campus finished the semester crafting found poetry collages.

Using magazines, origami paper, calendars, pens, crayons and markers, the students developed poetry that looked as beautiful as it sounded.  Some student poets plan to use their work as their portfolio covers, others will be displaying them as works of art.

Regardless of the plan, a lot of laughter and fun went into the creation, fueled by cookies and lemonade.

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Fall 2016: Composing the Self (a Learning Community Course)

Just register for these two courses in person or online:

  • ENGL101 24185, Intro to College Writing: 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday
  • PSYC102 24186, General Psychology: 12:30-1:45 Tuesday/Thursday
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus


Contact Professor Joseph Couch (English)

  • (240) 567-1352

Or Professor Andrew Herst (Psychology)

  • (240) 567-3945

Learning Community courses pair courses in separate disciplines with one another to give the student more chances to apply knowledge and develop ideas.

Take Grammar: Summer 1

Do you hate grammar? So did Prof. Thurston when he was in high school.

Now, he breaks down the intimidating and confusing rules of this important subject using a clear series of videos, lectures and exercises.

Not only will students learn many rules–such as how to use that pesky semicolon (;)–but also how to think of grammar in terms of power in their writing, using the rules of grammar to express their own meaning more clearly.

Take the Principles of English Grammar, Summer 1 2016

  • CRN: 40313
  • Monday through Thursday: 10:30 to 12:40
  • Humanities Building 317, Rockville Campus

Dept. Meeting Tuesday May 3, 4-5p.m.

Our final department meeting this spring is Tuesday, May 3 from 4:00-5:00.  We will meet “in the round” to discuss the Academic Master Plan draft and the Statement of Expectations.

As a recap: The Academic Master Plan is in draft form.  If you want to respond to it, please do so on the AMP website (search it on the MC website).  We’ll also discuss it, though, and I can send some thoughts forward as needed/as I am able.  I’ve been sending some items in already.

The Statement of Expectations is an updated version of a generally agreed upon document shared by community colleges around the state.  The committee meets twice a semester and includes faculty and department chairs.  We’re hoping the document is final by the CAO meeting in June if not long before.

See you Tuesday if not sooner—eb

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