CCBC Faculty, Staff and fellow students sure know how to look out for one another! I hope you take advantage of some of these cool things happening………….

Monday, May 6th – Pre-Finals Stress Relief Day hosted by the Office of Student Life – 1pm to 5pm in the Barn Lounge.  Join us for refreshments, hair massages, acupuncture, and other free stress-relieving activities.

Tuesday, May 7th – Noon ‘til 7pm on the Quad – Ye Medieval Fantasy Society presents its annual Mayday Festival.  Attractions include medieval music, bellydancing performance, flow arts, padded weapon fighting, games of skill, medieval and fantasy themed movies, a dunk tank, and FREE FOOD!  Medieval garb is both welcomed and encouraged. 

Wednesday, May 8th – 11am to 1pm on the Quad – Celebrate Your Success! Presented by the Office of Student Life – Laser tag, henna tattoos, spin art Frisbee, and more!

The last SGA meeting is Tuesday, May 9 at 2 pm in K100 – please attend! Do you want to learn how you can be more involved on campus – then go to this meeting!

Come join CCBC’s ASL Interpreting Club’s Deaf Community Event – Thursday, May 30, 2013 – 7:05pm Upper Reserve Seating Section. Battle of the Beltways! Orioles Vs. Washington Nationals! – $14 each ticket, please contact 443-840-4274 for more information

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International Affair Gala Event

I was invited to present a speech at the Gala with the theme being “International Affair, A Passport to Global Education.” It was such a lovely event shared with my fellow CCBC Faculty, Staff, Students, Sponsors and an awesome support team. We ate at Martin’s West.  Everyone looked so beautiful in their cultural attire. I felt a special connection with Dr. Kurtinitis since she went with my cultural background and wore a gorgeous sari.  She always looks so elegant, but this sari with the deep rich teal blue and dark blue tones draped over her in a way that she looked like an Indian Queen!  The night was filled with fun including:

*cocktails * International Cuisine * Dancing * Bazaar * Monte Carlo Casino *

Here’s a little of my story that I’d like to share on how Global Education at CCBC has inspired me to keep it moving forward…….

I am what you consider a nontraditional student here at the Community College of Baltimore County transferring here from Northern Illinois University with a BA degree in Family & Child Studies. I relocated from Chicago to Baltimore in the summer of ‘08 and I have become very active at CCBC and the Deaf community in various leadership roles. I am so excited to announce this spring I will graduate with the Interpreter Preparation Certificate Program from the college.

I was fortunate to attend several Alternative Spring Break trips through CCBC such as Pine Ridge, SD; San Juan, PR; and the Everglades National Park in Florida. A group of CCBC students, faculty & staff have sacrificed the traditional lounging by the pool, waking up late and having lazy days in exchange for volunteering and service projects. Equipped with little more than our sunscreen and cameras, we traveled to Alternative Break sites for an amazing adventure of discovering all these different aspects of life. I can’t express how elated I was after being selected to join them on these trips! Because of these trips, everyday, I realize I want to spend my life serving the world in any capacity so that I can truly be an active citizen.

I often contemplate the unfamiliar road that lies ahead and figure out what my future holds and I seemed to have had that “Aha moment,” after the time I spent in Puerto Rico to service the communities in need. During the time we were in Puerto Rico, we worked with multiple populations including the elderly, orphans and marginalized adults. We stayed at the Evangelical School for the Deaf in exchange for our housing, and we provided much needed maintenance and repairs for the school grounds.  While studying American Sign Language Interpreting at CCBC it was the best feeling to combine what I love doing as a volunteer and utilizing my sign language skills too. There were Deaf students who came to visit while we were there and it was awesome interacting with them. I also felt lucky to meet a Deaf family who were brought to the school in hopes of sending their Deaf daughters to receive an education. Can you imagine being isolated from the rest of the world?

Once we left Puerto Rico, I realized individuals who live there are considered U.S. citizens but are not given the same access to social programs and citizenship as those who live in the 50 states. This provided an opportunity for me to really reflect on my privileges and blessings. I was happy to be a tiny part of helping these individuals and their children carve out a more hopeful future in the United States.

These trips have provided me with an invaluable opportunity to discover more about myself and how I can become a productive citizen in my community. I gained all types of knowledge from the diversity in new communities, established solid friendships, learned how to conquer negative preconceptions, and came away with a sharpened sense of civic duty. In addition, I have strengthened my interpersonal skills and have started to establish a pattern of creating change. I have a strong desire to continue the trend toward a better society by learning and demonstrating that community service is the right thing to do and we are all here to take part in helping each other succeed. I have more of a sense and understanding of global perspectives and I promised myself to participate effectively in this increasingly diverse and complex society.

Opportunities are endless. Lifelong learning is important. Outside CCBC, I had the opportunity to go on a missions trip to last summer and worked for a week and a half at the Jamaican School of the Deaf in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We were especially interested in were developing teacher training in Deaf Education.  JCSD receives no money from the Jamaican government.  Indeed, students with disabilities are not guaranteed an education in Jamaica. JCSD willingly accepts any Deaf student, regardless of their ability to pay. At this time, only 10 families are able to contribute towards their child’s uniform, transportation, room and board, school supplies and teacher’s salary. Our goals were to provide activities for the kids, to use Deaf people in leadership to model language, and empowerment, we brought supplies and curriculum to the school. We have developed an on-going partnership with the Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf and continue to provide opportunities of growth for the participants of the team.  My experiences from PR and then Jamaica ignited my passion to be more involved with the Deaf community not only locally, but also extend my service all over the world as far as it will go. What I wish for is reducing poverty, better planning to get through disasters, good nutrition, an improvement in education because knowledge is power, access to clean water, effective leadership so that countries can develop, safe environments so people can live long, healthy and productive lives, proper measures to protect equality and human rights, and most of all to build more peace and we can do that through spreading love, showing compassion and understanding each other.

I appreciate that CCBC provides students with amazing opportunities such as alternative breaks. As I mentioned earlier, I was a nontraditional student, so I will be forever grateful for having a chance to go through college again and jumping on activities such as ASB. All my experiences at CCBC truly has helped me become more assertive and curious about the world around me.  I would like to attend Gallaudet University to pursue a master’s of arts degree in international development.  This program will grow my skills and knowledge in advocacy and leadership which will prepare me even more to work side by side with marginalized groups, deaf communities and people with disabilities in developing countries with non-profit groups and government agencies to make a difference for the better. I’ve traveled this journey with many people, some who I have never met, some who are now my lifelong friends, and I can’t express enough thanks to the Faculty, Staff and students of CCBC along with the support from all the incredible donors who have transformed my life. It is because of you that I want to dedicate my life to service all human beings collectively for we are one human race. I have a strong desire to make a positive change in this world. Thank you to the CCBC Foundation, NEH, and The Center for Global Education, my peers, Faculty & Staff of CCBC from the bottom of my heart for offering amazing programs, your continued support and inspiring me to be a more active citizen.

I love my story at CCBC – one of my favorite chapters in my life!

 

Monday Blues…..

Good day all!

Today, I just wasn’t feelin’ it! I have  a case of the Monday blues, anyone else?? I woke up earlier than my alarm and that was fine. I wasn’t even tired. I had my morning cuddle time with my sweet puppy, Buddy, my regualr morning routine of yoga and prayer. I had my cup of J0e and even treated myself to a green sprinkled donut!

I was dressed for success and received a lot of compliments today.  I was asking myself, why do I feel so grumpy? Could it be the time change? Could it be that feeling because it’s finals week? The gloomy day after being spoiled with sunshine this past Sat and Sun? Could it be I had such a nice weekend and now back to the grind?

I can’t put my finger on this miserable feeling!!!! I am going to yoga class in a few minutes, so hopefully, by the time I get out I will feel like a new me. Sometimes, I don’t feel like going to yoga class. However, every time I do go, I leave with more self-awareness feeling more calm, finding strength and being more connected body, mind and spirit. Ah, I already feel better!

 

 

 

 

On the spot……

    

Two weeks ago we had the President’s Distinguished African American Lecture Series with Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Solve Our Two Biggest Problems.  I worked this event as a Student Ambassador greeting people at the door and making sure they had good seats.  All of a sudden, the Director of Student Life, Dell Hagan Rhodes approcahes me to let me know the interpreter hasn’t shown up!

I told her that I would contact the department spomsoring the event to check on the status of the interpreter. I called the agency to see what was going on and I was told that the interpreter must be on her way since she didn’t answer the phone. I decided to be pro-active and offer to interpret while we waited for the interpreter to arrive. My heart was beating fast, my stomach was in knots and I think I started sweasting a little! For those that may not know, I just compelted the In terpreter Preparation Program here at CCBC so I had the knowledge and experience under my belt to take on this challenge.

I found out the next day that the interpreter had a family emergency and did not contact the office to find a replacement in time. Yikes! Hope all went well with her and the family.  Before Mr. Jones left campus,  he autographed copies of his newest book for each of us who volkunteered as a thank you for our assistance during the event.  I thought that was really a nice gesture.

 

 

Did you watch the Grammy’s?

 I really loved how LL Cool J led the show! He was crisp, clear, and of course, he looked GREAT!

All the performances were AWESOME! My favorites were Taylor Swift,  Miguel, Alicia Keys and Adam,  Ed Sheeran and Elton John, Sting and  Bruno Mars,  Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake – I think he is so TALENTED!  I totally fell asleep for the Marley Tribute!!!!!

The Grammy Award Winners 2013… in full for those of you that might’ve missed it!

Album of the year: Babel, Mumford & Sons

Record of the year: Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra

Song of the year: We Are Young, Fun

• New artist: Fun

• Pop solo performance: Set Fire to the Rain (Live), Adele

• Pop vocal album: Stronger, Kelly Clarkson

• Rock performance: Lonely Boy, The Black Keys

• Urban contemporary album: “Channel Orange,” Frank Ocean

• Rap/sung collaboration: No Church in the Wild, Jay-Z, Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean, The-Dream

• Country solo performance: Blown Away, Carrie Underwood

• Country album: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band

• Pop/duo group performance: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra

• Traditional pop vocal album: Kisses on the Bottom, Paul McCartney

• Rap performance: N****s in Paris, Jay-Z, Kanye West

• Rap song: N****s in Paris,” Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West

• Rap album: Take Care, Drake

• R&B performance: Climax, Usher

• Traditional R&B performance: Love on Top, Beyonce.

• R&B song: Adorn, Miguel Pimentel

• R&B album: Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment

• Rock song: Lonely Boy, The Black Keys

• Rock album: El Camino, The Black Keys

• Hard rock/metal performance: Love Bites (So Do I), Halestorm

• Alternative music album: Making Mirrors, Gotye

• Dance recording: Bangarang, Skrillex featuring Sirah

• Dance/electronica album: Bangarang, Skrillex

• Latin pop album: MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition, Juanes

• Latin rock, urban or alternative album: Imaginares, Quetzal

• Latin jazz album: Ritmo!, The Clare Fisher Latin Jazz Big Band

• Tropical Latin album: Retro, Marlow Rosado Y La Riquena

• Country duo/group performance: Pontoon, Little Big Town

• Country song: Blown Away, Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins

• Gospel song: Go Get It, Mary Mary

• Gospel album: Gravity, Leerae

• Blues album: Locked Down, Dr. John

• Folk album: The Goat Rodeo Sessions, Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile

• Americana album: Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt

• Bluegrass album: Nobody Knows You, Steep Canyon Rangers

• Reggae album: Rebirth, Jimmy Cliff

• World music album: The Living Room Sessions Part 1, Ravi Shankar

• Children’s album: Can You Canoe?, The Okee Dokee Brothers

• Spoken word album: Society’s Child: My Autobiography, Janis Ian

• Comedy album: Blow Your Pants Off, Jimmy Fallon

• New age album: Echoes of Love, Omar Akram

• Jazz vocal album: Radio Music Society, Esperanza Spalding

• Jazz instrumental album: Unity Band, Pat Metheny Unity Band

• Large jazz ensemble album: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), Arturo Sandoval

• Pop instrumental album: Impressions, Chris Botti

• Compilation soundtrack album: Midnight in Paris, various artists

• Score soundtrack album: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

• Song written for visual media: Safe & Sound (From “The Hunger Games”), Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams

• Musical theater album: Once: A New Musical, Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti

• Producer of the year, classical: Blanton Alspaugh

• Producer of the year, non-classical: Dan Auerbach

• Instrumental composition: Mozart Goes Dancing, Chick Corea

• Orchestral performance: Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony)

• Opera recording: Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen, James Levine and Fabio Luisi

• Choral performance: Life & Breath: Choral Works by Rene Clausen, Charles Bruffy

• Short-form music video: We Found Love, Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

• Long-form music video: Big Easy Express, Mumford & Sons

• Historical album: The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wolfe

All the wonderful performers who inspire us through their songs, experiences and wonderful talent! Thank you for sharing your musical talents to the world!

How do YOU feel this morning?

As I walked into my office this morning this is what I’ve been hearing:

"I am so tired, well, at least I have an excuse for it."
"Late night, it will be hard to get through today."

"Joe Flacco is the greatest Quarterback ever!"

"I love the Ravens. I love Baltimore!"

I used to be more into sports growing up, now not so much, however,  I did have a few highlights  watching the game:

  • Spending time with my boyfriend, Dino, and his friends
  • Of course, all the great food provided for the Super Bowl; pizza, chicken, cabbage, green beans, chicken fried rice, mac n cheese, chips and dip, burgers….all YUM-O!
  • Lights went out, huh? why?
  • Jacoby Jones busting the moves with his touchdown dance
  • Half time show with Beyonce and Destiny’s Child!!!! Awesome entertainers!
  • Best commercial: http: Super Bowl 2013 | Taco Bell | Viva Young | Game Day Commercial 
  • Watching all the excitement after the big win!
  • Joe Flacco receiving MVP
  • My favorite quote, Ray Lewis: ‘It’s simple when God is for you, who can be against you.’

How can we apply this to school?

The Ravens worked so hard pre-season/during the season and winning the Super Bowl is their reward. This goes to show that if you put your mind to anything you want to do, you can win and succeed. Even if you don’t win, you can think about the journey and enjoy each moment of your path. Understand how it has helped you get to where you are today. Think about what you want to do next. Live your life to the fullest no matter what you do! Reach for the stars and dream big!

 

Happy Spring Semester!!!!!!

Wow friends……..Monday, January 28th came and left so fast! I hope that you all enjoyed the first day back to school.

Did you find all your classes okay? Registration go smooth? Take advantage of the fun stuff Student Life has provided? Ready to work hard and get good grades? Make a new friend or 2?

I started out my day bright and early at the Catonsville Barn welcoming new  and returning students to a fresh start for the Spring 2013 semester . Then, I worked all day be helping many interpreting students sort out various situations with there classes. Later, I headed over to Washington school in Columbia to interpret a Girls Scouts meeting as part of finishing up my internship hours! I got back to Catonsville and attended an evening yoga class.   I ended my evening interpreting for the intro level sign language class! Whew! What a busy, yet fun filled day!

Let me know how your 1st week went! I’d love to hear from you…..

B.E.L.I.E.V.E Concert

Hello Friends!

Did I ever tell you that I perform songs in Sign Language? Our group is called B.E.L.I.E.V.E.

The acronym for B.E.L.I.E.V.E. stands for: Being Empowered, Living Inspired, Exemplifying Victory Everyday

B.E.L.I.E.V.E. is building bonds of togetherness via the art of ASL performing. The members of B.E.L.I.E.V.E. intend to be a source of unity, compassion, spiritual strength, and love to ALL our brothers and sisters. We believe that – age, ethnic origin, color, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, gender, hearing status, and all other forms of diversity enrich and strengthen us as a family and we welcome all with open arms.

Tomorrow night we are having a concert at CCBC – Catonsville. Attached is the flyer with all the details. We will end with light refreshments in the Q Lounge. If you are not busy, hope you can come out and watch!

Want to read more? Visit http://www.whenyoubelieve.org/

 

Happy Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s day is a time to celebrate and honor  all the courageous people who served in the military.  In 1919, President Wilson stated the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. 

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Today, on each of our campuses, we will host a special ceremony at 11:00 a.m. to acknowledge this special day.  There will be a moment of silence and the placement of a memorial wreath to celebrate our veterans. 

 

  • CCBC Catonsville:  Salute to our Veterans Memorial Service, Wreath Laying

Time and Location:  11:00 a.m. between G & H-Buildings, Reception following  in the Barn

 

  • CCBC Dundalk:  Salute to our Veterans

Time and Location:  11:00 a.m. at the Flag Poles in front of the A-Building

 

  • CCBC Essex:  Veterans tribute with Bagpiper Kevin O’Brien and Veteran Students followed

by a Moment of Silence and Wreath Dedication at the Veterans Memorial Garden.

Time and Location:  11:00 a.m. B-Building

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
~ Maya Angelou

Thank You Veterans! Please Click to view

Click here to help: Google for Veterans and Families

Update……

I was really impressed with all the necessary precautions that people were taking to prepare for Hurricane Sandy. My landlord checked on us to make sure we are okay, suggesting to us that we should clear our basements to prepare for any floods, encouraged us to have supplies to be safe. My boyfriend, Dino, put together a little emergency kit with batteries, flashlights, enough food for Buddy and the kitties, snacks for us, and plenty of water. CCBC along with many other schools and offices were closed. I am grateful to all individuals working to keep Maryland as well as other states and countries safe. I feel lucky that I made it through this violent storm. But, many towns and neighborhoods still experienced considerable damage and I want to do something to reach out and them piece everything back together……..

Sited from http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/campaign-issues.html

Where OBAMA stands

Barack Obama

Perhaps the issue that will make or break his re-election campaign is the economy and his handling of what many call the Great Recession. Hammered by Republicans who say that he is steering the country in the wrong direction and that his policies haven’t worked, Obama made a series of reforms to crack down on Wall Street practices and instituted programs to help small-business owners and consumers. His stimulus plan, which temporarily helped boost the economy, has failed to significantly drop the record-high unemployment rate of 9.1%. Obama, who came into office facing the fiscal crisis, says economic recovery will need years to fully kick in. That’s why, his campaign says, he needs to be re-elected.

 
 

Where ROMNEY stands

Mitt Romney

On the campaign trail, Romney frequently touts his mix of experience in the public and private sectors. Romney has also expressed support for the “cut, cap and balance” approach to curbing federal deficit spending that has been championed by tea party activists and some conservative lawmakers in Congress.

 

Whoever you decide….make sure you get up and exercise your right to vote!!!