Capitol Connector


Fall is here in full form, the school year is well underway, and Capitol College students, faculty and staff are busy studying, teaching and advancing the college. Check out upcoming events and past accomplishments in this issue of the Capitol Connector.
Wood, LandCenter for Space Science Education and Public Outreach
Capitol College has established the Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach (SSEPO) as a component of recent strategic initiatives within the space science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, building upon the Emerging Leaders Program announced in June 2009. The mission for the Center is to provide hands-on educational and workforce development experiences for K-12, community college and college students, and those who support them, in achieving leadership careers in the STEM fields. The Center's initial efforts were bolstered by funds donated by Lockheed Martin in early September, presented by Lockheed Martin's Haden Land (pictured above).
AGI Gift-in-Kind
The Educational Alliance Program at Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) has donated a gift-in-kind of 20 educational software licenses in early September 2009 to Capitol College, valued at over $2 million, which provides faculty the opportunity to introduce a new dimension to the astronautical engineering curriculum by giving students hands-on experience with the industry-leading satellite software product. Used by tens of thousands of aerospace, defense, and intelligence professionals for national security and space initiatives, the STK Satellite Tool Kit allows students at the Space Operations Institute to research and manage many aspects of satellite missions including mapping orbits, predicting spacecraft positions, and monitoring fuel consumption.
Alumni Association Bylaws
Over the summer, the Alumni Task Force held several meetings and formed two working groups to begin the process of drafting a mission and vision statement, as well as bylaws for the alumni association. In an effort to keep the process of developing bylaws transparent, the Task Force invites and encourages comments from all alumni and other Capitol College constituents to review and comment upon the initial draft of bylaws. Comments will be compiled and provided to the task force for review and consideration. While input is always welcome, please be sure to submit your thoughts by Friday, October 23, 2009 in order to be included in this stage of the process.
SIC Yard Sale
Students Involved within the Community (SIC) is sponsoring a communitywide yard sale in support of a local battered women's shelter. The yard sale will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. SIC is accepting donations of all items for the yard sale; no item is too big or too small. Donations will be collected now through Friday, October 9, 2009 in the Admissions Office. Please take time to go through your garage, attic, closets, and drawers; we all have things we just don't need anymore! Please contact a member of SIC at 410-916-7877 to make arrangements for large items.
ASP ConferenceASP Conference
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific's 120th anniversary celebration and annual meeting was held in the San Francisco Bay area in early September 2009, co-sponsored by NASA, Northrop Grumman, Ball Aerospace, University of Chicago Press and Capitol College, among others. The theme of the 2009 gathering, "Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future," prompted representatives from Capitol College to travel to California to present the college's initiatives, including Dr. Michael G. Gibbs, vice president for advancement and director of the college's Space Science Education and Public Outreach Center. Other participants were Dave Wagner, director of the Space Operations Institute, Ken Dolan, director of SOI operations, Professor Angela Walters, associate professor of astronautical engineering and technology manager for the SOI, and Julio Marius of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, a pivotal figure in the NASA/Capitol College partnership.
IAU General Assembly
Professor Ashit Sanyal, recently inducted into the ranks of full-time Capitol College faculty, represented the college at the 27th International Astronomical Union General Assembly in Rio de Janiero, Brazil from August 3-14, 2009, participating in two panels for Commissions 27 (Variable Stars) and 42 (Close Binary Stars). Upon returning from the General Assembly, the Professor shares his thoughts about the enormous gathering of scientists and the amazing advancements in astronomy discussed during the two-week event.
DojoCon 2009
Capitol College will host the first ever DojoCon 2009 on November 6-7, 2009, a conference focused on creating an environment where industry experts share their knowledge with conference attendees in unparalleled fashion. This year's theme is "The State of Information Security," and a slate of relevant panel discussions is planned including relevant topics like incident response and forensics, security compliance, and cloud computing. Notable speakers will include Richard Bejtlich of General Electric, Ron Gula of Tenable Network Security, Marcus J. Ranum of Tenable Network Security, Matt Watchinski of Sourcefire VRT, and more. Organizer Marcus J. Carey '05 will donate $50 to Hackers for Charity for every person that registers for the event, with a goal of 300 attendees and $15,000 raised. Learn more about this event at the DojoCon website.
Graduate Virtual Open House
Haven't you always wanted to continue your education? Capitol College is offering graduate students the opportunity to attend a Virtual Open House on October 8, 2009 at 7 p.m. in anticipation of classes beginning next spring. VOH attendees should expect to learn about what Capitol has to offer and be acclimated to the available master's degree programs, all while experiencing the unique online classroom format. Register now!
Brick Commemorative Brick Campaign
In honor of the college's sixth president, Capitol College's Board of Trustees donated a feature to the campus landscape -- the G. William Troxler Symposium Court, a semicircular gathering place located at the heart of campus. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, companies, and friends of the college are invited to be a part of our exciting campus evolution by participating in the Commemorative Brick Campaign. With the purchase of a commemorative brick, your name, your company name, or a name you want to recognize can be a part of this campus landmark. Pave the way to excellence in education - purchase your brick today!
Alumni Discount
For a limited time, Capitol is offering a 15% tuition discount for all alumni who want to earn a master's degree. Students are eligible for only one tuition discount at a time and must begin classes during the fall 2009 or spring 2010 semesters. Discount applies to the first master's degree only.
View course schedules or contact Graduate Admissions for more information.
StoreVisit the Capitol Store!
Wear your support on your sleeve - literally! Capitol College merchandise such as shirts, sweaters, hats, jackets, drinkware and book bags are now available for purchase online. Check out the Capitol Store today!
Undergraduate Open Houses
While this year's freshmen get acquainted with the campus, future college students can still learn about the exciting Capitol education that could be in store for them. Encourage a friend or family member to visit the campus during a scheduled Open House to find out about our degree programs, state-of-the-art equipment, job guarantee and more. Schedule an Open House visit with the Office of Admissions for these upcoming dates:
  • Saturday, October 24, 2009
  • Saturday, November 14, 2009
Can't make it to one of these days? The Office of Admissions conducts tours and information sessions on weekdays throughout the year. Schedule a one-on-one tour today!
Issue: 8
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In This Issue
AGI Gift-in-Kind
Alumni Association Bylaws
SIC Yard Sale
ASP Conference
IAU General Assembly
DojoCon 2009
Graduate VOH
Brick Campaign
Alumni Discount
Capitol Store
Undergraduate Open Houses

 Capitol welcomes Dr. Jean Russell as the new director of foundation relations and grant writer.

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. W. Vic Maconachy,
hosted the first annual Fall Academic Colloquy on September 22, during which students and faculty shared and celebrated papers, presentations and research conducted during the previous year.

New faculty this fall are: Rodney Johnson (English), Mitch Tropin (English), Tony Miller (business), Lauren Player (math), Sara Chen (chemistry), David Barrett (computer science), and Veronica Moldoveanu (math).

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