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Capitol Connector


In this month's edition of the Connector, we highlight the new year's accomplishments. Recent snow and ice have not slowed down the college's advancement, and we encourage you to get involved by giving a gift or supporting our outreach programs. Or, think about getting a graduate certificate to advance your own education! Check out what we've been up to:
Hosting FIRST
For the sixth consecutive year, Capitol hosted the Maryland kickoff for the 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday, January 9, 2010, attended by representatives from 30 teams of high school students from all across the state. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition is a unique sport of the mind designed to help teenagers discover how interesting and rewarding careers in engineering can be.
Mecha Knights RobotIn other FIRST news, Capitol's sponsored FIRST LEGO League team, the Mighty Mecha Knights, took first place overall in a state qualifying tournament on January 16, 2009, and advanced to the Maryland State Championships.
At the Space Operations Institute, astronautical engineering students will have impressive experience to add to their resume when they graduate. In addition to being the primary operations center for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, the SOI and its students now serve as the Backup Mission Operations Center for NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite mission.

WISE OutreachIn addition to their regular duties, several students serve as WISE student ambassadors for the college's Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach, reaching out to area high schools to talk about the WISE mission and their experience with WISE and the SOI.
Capitol hosts IMMA, Congressman Sarbanes
SarbanesCapitol College hosted the January chapter meeting of the InfraGard Maryland Members Alliance, titled Protecting America's Infrastructures Critical for Sustaining Human Life: Public Health, Food/Agriculture, and Emergency Services. The welcoming speaker, Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland, greeted guests and spoke on the importance of information assurance in the public health arena. Other presenters included Richard McFeeley of the Baltimore FBI; Kevin Wood, the critical infrastructure coordinator of the Maryland State Police; Dr. Al Romanosky of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Steve York, chief for plans, policy and outreach for the Department of Homeland Security National BioSurveillance Integration Center; and Patrick Beggs, director of the Cyber Security Evaluation Program, National Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security.
CICPC Spring Course Schedule
The Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center at Capitol College was established to address the technical and managerial needs of the information assurance workforce, particularly working professionals who do not desire or have the resources to participate in formal degree-bearing academic programs. If you are an information assurance professional looking to step up in your career, check out the CICPC's examination preparation offerings in CISSP, SSCP, and Security+, or earn a FISMA certificate. Just like Capitol's graduate degree programs, CICPC courses are delivered online through real-time classes recorded for later playback, making it easy for you to balance all areas of your life - home, work, and education. View course schedules for the spring 2010 semester and the new 10-week CISSP course starting in February.
Earn One Free Credit
Graduate students, now is the time to continue your education! Capitol College is offering one free credit towards your first enrollment in a master's degree program when you attend a Virtual Open House. Just like an on-campus Open House, a VOH is Capitol College's way of acclimating potential graduate students to the online learning environment, helping you to make the hard decision of choosing a college that will advance your education and career. Learn about our programs, speak directly to faculty and deans, ask questions, and most importantly experience first-hand our unique online platform, Capitol Live. Earn a $549 credit towards your first course in a master's degree program when you apply for admission and attend a VOH, awarded only for enrollment in the semester following your VOH attendance. You must meet the admissions requirements of the academic program to receive this credit. Register now for one of the following VOH dates:
  • February 11, 2010 at 7 p.m.
  • April 8, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Questions? Contact graduate admissions for more information.
Fitness Center
When Capitol's bookstore went virtual in the fall of 2007, students and campus leaders alike debated the future of the empty space left in the student lounge. A recent survey sent to students revealed their overwhelming answer, and now a new fitness center will be a hot spot on campus. A project spearheaded largely by student leadership, the fitness center is a big step forward in addressing the needs of Capitol's resident students.
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 spring 2010 semester. Discount applies to the first master's degree only. View course schedules or contact Graduate Admissions for more information.
Campus Tours
While this year's senior class finishes their final semester, 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 schedule a one-on-one tour today to find out about our degree programs, state-of-the-art equipment, job guarantee and more. The Office of Admissions conducts tours and information sessions on weekdays throughout the year.
Capitol Scholars Program Nominations
Do you know an undergraduate student who is innovative, hard-working and has a thirst for knowledge? The Capitol Scholars Program is designed for those remarkable few who have the capability to excel above others in the fields of engineering, information technology, and computer science. Nominate a student you know whose talent for technology, lofty goals, and ambitious drive could earn them a spot as just one of 14 students selected each year to be a Capitol Scholar. Scholars receive a full scholarship, an encouraging support system, dedicated mentors, and incorporation of career planning and internships into their education. This four-year program is challenging, integrated, and hands-on; direct the future Capitol Scholar in your life to apply now and be accepted to the college; we'll do the rest! Qualified accepted students are personally invited to be involved in the review process.
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In This Issue
Hosting FIRST
CICPC Courses
Free Graduate Credit
Fitness Center
Alumni Discount
Campus Tours
Capitol Scholars Program

Dr. Michael T. Wood, president, and Dr. Michael G. Gibbs, vice presidence for advancement,
represented the college at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Business Day in Annapolis, Md. on January 15, 2010, and the Technology Council of Maryland's 2010 Leadership Dinner.

 Ken Dolan, space operations director for the SOI, will moderate a panel titled "Advice to New PMs" at NASA's Project Management Challenge in mid-February 2010.

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