Thursday, January 24, 2013
Baltimore resident Charlotte Robinson was charged with felony theft for misusing a university credit card for personal purchases.
A former University of Maryland, Baltimore County employee pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge stemming from claims she made nearly $7,000 in personal purchases on a state-issued credit card. Baltimore resident Charlotte Alexis Robinson, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft, according to Attorney General Doug Gansler's office. “When public employees abuse taxpayer money, it erodes the public trust in government,” Gansler said in a statement. “This conviction and sentence will ensure the reimbursement of all public funds and hopefully serve as an example that defrauding taxpayers will not go unpunished.” Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Mickey J. Norman sentenced Robinson to a five-year suspended jail sentence and ordered her…
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Community colleges and four-year universities could lose revenue and might have to reduce the number of classes offered or increase tuition.
Voter approval of a bill granting in-state tuition to some illegal immigrants could have economic benefits totalling $66 million annually, according to a study released this week. The study, released by the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, also found that costs to community colleges and four-year universities may not be fully covered by state subsidies. The shortfall could result in either an increase in tuition or the reduction of classes offered. Authors wrote that the study highlights "that by increasing educational attainment, the DREAM Act will increase lifetime earnings of beneficiaries, as well as tax revenues." [A copy of the study is attached to this article.] …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Supporters say law gives students who are illegal immigrants "a level playing field."
Karina is a "Dreamer." She says she's not the only one. The 22-year-old illegal immigrant and Montgomery College student spoke Wednesday at a news conference at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to kick off Educating Maryland Kids, an effort to pass the Maryland DREAM Act. "My mother has always told me that education is the path to my success and I very much believe that," said the woman who was only identified by her first name. Karina, who plans on graduating next year with dual associate degrees in general studies and mental health, called for support for a bill that would grant in-state tuition rates to students like herself who are in this country illegally or are considered undocumented immigrants. The law that would grant…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Campus police say a student had a gun but no apparent threats were made.
4:18 p.m. Update: Charges are pending against a UMBC student who brought an unloaded replica weapon on campus and became violent while in student housing, according to police officials. Police are withholding the name of the suspect, who has been identified as a student from Maryland, pending the filing of charges that are expected tomorrow. The incident began on the night of Wednesday May 30, when the suspect was seen with a handgun by a female student, police said. According to UMBC police deputy chief Paul Dillon, the female witness said she saw the suspect pull back the slide of an automatic-type pistol. The female student became concerned later in the night, when the suspect was involved in a confrontation within student housing and …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Freeman A. Hrawbowski III is on Time Magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.
UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski III has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, in Time Magazine's annual list. The 61-year-old Hrabowski has been at the helm since 1992 and has been named to several influential lists before. In 2009, Time named him one of the 10 best college presidents. He was also named to U.S. News and World Report's best leaders in America. U.S. News also ranked UMBC as the No. 1 "up and coming" university in 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to UMBC. In an article in the Baltimore Sun, Hrabowski said his success and the success of the campus are the same. Time praised the college's Meyerhoff Scholars Program, which was started in 1988 as a financial and academic support program for black …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Scott Ward, director of Aquatics at the McDonogh School, was awarded the prestigious Thomas R. Harper Endowed Teaching Chair.
Scott Ward, director of aquatics at the McDonogh School, isn’t much for personal accolades. Ward, a 1992 UMBC graduate, doesn’t know his record of wins as swimming and water polo coach at McDonogh, where he thinks he’s worked for about 18 years, give or take. That Ward doesn’t even keep track of the most simple statistic – time of service – makes his point. “I just feel like it’s not that important,” Ward said. “I can look it up.” Being more focused on student athletes than himself is perhaps exactly why Ward was awarded the Thomas R. Harper Endowed Teaching Chair at the school. McDonogh headmaster Charlie Britton called Ward humble, while also solving the mystery of his tenure (16 years), during an announcement to the school’s faculty …
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene warns residents.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is warning area residents and others in Maryland that they might have been exposed to the measles virus if they were in certain areas last week. Earlier today, a letter was sent out to the Catonsville High School community that a person who was later diagnosed with measles was at Catonsville High School's commencement held last Wednesday at UMBC. Later today, the state health department released a list of places this person had been, which includes the following: “People who may have been exposed should be vigilant for the signs and symptoms of measles,” said Frances Phillips, the deputy secretary for public health services for the department. “Quick identification and medical attention …
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
A look at some of the week's headlines from across the region.
Memorial Service Held for Eldest Von Trapp of 'Sound of Music' Family Maryland Alpaca Show and Sale UMBC Men’s Lacrosse Loses to Hopkins You Said It! The Daily Commute