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College capital design committee to meet

The Capital Design Advisory Committee of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City will hold an open house Dec. 5 in Glendening Annex, Room 191, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on campus. A public meeting will follow beginning at 7 p.m. in Cole Cinema of the college’s Campus Center.

The open house displays will include the final design of the Maryland Route 5 safety and traffic calming project; updated information about the Anne Arundel Hall and Maryland Heritage Interpretive Center projects; the replacement of the storage barn at Historic St. Mary’s City; improvements to the Chancellor’s Point Center at Historic St. Mary’s City; and the construction of an oyster reef at Horseshoe Bend in the St. Mary’s River.

Staff from the college, Historic St. Mary’s City, and the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association will be on hand to talk with visitors about the items presented. Feedback from the community will be welcomed.

College trustees to meet

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees quarterly meeting will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10:30 a.m. in Glendening Annex at the college. This general session is open to the public. The meeting agenda can be found at

BECA scholarships available

The Business, Education and Community Alliance Inc. recently announce the 2013 Common Scholarship Application. The application will be posted at on or about Dec. 15, and applications will be due March 15, 2013. Three dozen different scholarship offers will be available, several with multiple awards.

Earlier this year BECA awarded 23 graduating high school seniors with scholarships totaling $26,000. Including all scholarship participants on the common application, close to 100 local scholarships were awarded worth as much as $250,000. BECA is very grateful to all the scholarship providers for making these opportunities available to our community.

The major benefit of the common application to scholarship providers is the ability to reach more than 200 applicants. Further, BECA serves as a clearinghouse to ensure all applications are received and distributed properly. If you provide a local scholarship and would like to include it on the common application, contact BECA by Dec. 3, 2012. For more information, contact Mark Smith, BECA secretary/treasurer, at or 301-475-0242, ext. 110, or the college counselor or College Access Program adviser at a local high school.

Math teachers honored

Teachers Cortney Klann Dvorak and Rebekah Loker were recently recognized by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics as outstanding educators. Each year, the council selects one teacher from across the State of Maryland in each of the following categories: early childhood; elementary; middle school; high school; and other (non-classroom) educator. St. Mary’s County public schools had two winners of the five categories.

Dvorak, an instructional resource teacher at Leonardtown Elementary School, was named outstanding early childhood educator of the year. Loker, supervisor of instruction for elementary mathematics, was named outstanding educator of the year in the non-classroom category.