Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference
March 04, 2007

Seven students and four faculty from Wor-Wic Community College’s Honors Program participated in the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council’s annual conference at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland on March 2 and 3, 2007. The two-day event highlighted 12 panel and individual student presentations, numerous poster presentations, two lunches, and a business meeting. Honors Program students who attended include: Nathan Dorman who serves as the only community college student representative on the Executive Board of MCHC; Dan Caton, Timothy Taylor, and Jason Knapp who presented a panel discussion of arguments taken from the fictional world of Mark Twain’s satire, Letters from the Earth; and Erin Twilley, Priscilla Fauth, and Lisa Dean who performed a dramatic reading of Plato’s Meno as translated by K.C. Guthrie. Honors faculty who attended included: Dr. Elinor Cubbage, Honors Program Director, Dr. Allison Bartlett, Dr. Elaine Vander Clute, and Dr. Walter Yurek. The conference had attendees from eleven two-year and four-year institutions.

Our Portz Award Nominee, Michael Rippetoe, came in a very close second place to the winner from Montgomery College for the Outstanding Honors Student from a Two-Year College. According to MCHC’s Past President, “Michael’s Portz paper, an evaluation of the relative success of the UN as measured against its stated ambitions, was compelling and elegantly written, drawing much of its power from the clear influence of his military experience.” Michael serves as the Maryland State President of the Middle States Region of Phi Theta Kappa and as fundraising chair of his local chapter, where he is currently spearheading a Darfur fundraiser.

Wor-Wic will be hosting next year’s MCHC conference on February 29 and March 1, 2008.