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With midterms behind them, Capitol students can celebrate the hard work they've put in this semester and look forward to several events taking place on campus. The President's Forum is the headline event of the semester, as Capitol welcomes renowned astronomer Pamela L. Gay, PhD, to campus.

We hope to see you there!

Get Ready for Alumni Weekend!

As Commencement approaches, so does Alumni Weekend! This weekend is a perfect opportunity to visit campus, meet up with old friends, make new friends and network with fellow Capitol alumni at several fun events.


May 12: Campus Toursstudents outside

Take a tour of the Laurel campus and see what's new at Capitol College. 


May 13: Alumni Reception

Join fellow alumni, faculty, staff and graduates at the Alumni Reception in the William G. McGowan Academic Center.    


May 14: Metro Area Tours

Take a tour of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, explore The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, or visit Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum with fellow members of the Capitol community.   


Learn more about Alumni Weekend and the various events taking place on campus and in the Metro Area. 

Honors Convocation Speaker Announced
Nolan Clifford, CEO of Information Security Solutions LLC, will be speaking at the 2011 Spring Honors Convocation on Thursday, March 24, at 3 p.m. in the Avrum Gudelsky Auditorium. During his address, Clifford will discuss his experience and knowledge of entrepreneurship from his professional career.

The annual Honors Convocation is a chance to celebrate the hard work and academic achievements of Capitol's students during the past year. Friends, family members and alumni who would like to share in the recognition of Capitol's scholars are encouraged to attend.


During the event, the following students will all be recognized for their achievements: scholarship recipients for the 2010-2011 academic year, dean's list members for 2010, honor society inductees, and SOI award recipients.


If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to Joy Exner at 301-369-2800 ext. 3023, by Monday, March 21.

Summer Tuition Rates Reduced

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For the fourth consecutive year Capitol will offer reduced rates on all summer undergraduate courses. Students taking courses in the engineering, computer science or technology programs will pay just $421 per credit hour, down from $829. Business and management students can take classes for $226 per credit hour, compared to an original price of $354.

Summer classes are perfect for alumni to brush up on their skills or expand their knowledge at a discounted price. All 12 undergraduate programs will offer reduced tuition this summer. Students can register for classes on myCapitol starting March 30.
ILI Welcomes Renowned Astronomy Speaker, Dr. Pamela L. Gay
Pamela GayThe Capitol College Innovation and Leadership Institute is proud to welcome Dr. Pamela L. Gay to campus on April 13 at Noon for the President's Forum. Gay's speech, titled Citizen Science: From the Cosmos to Cornflowers. The Story of how Ordinary People are enabling large-scale discovery, will discuss the nature of "citizen science" and detail how average people are making extraordinary discoveries every day.

"We live in a new age of technology driven science, with new instruments and new computers allowing us to collect more information - more images, more DNA profiles, more environmental sensor data - than ever before," Gay says. "These new technologies make it possible to answer new questions and do new studies that couldn't even be imagined in the past."

The ILI hosts various government and business leaders who teach and mentor students, while fostering a climate for innovation and leadership development. Speakers share their knowledge and experiences with students, which are needed to succeed and flourish in our global economy.  


For more information about the ILI or President's Forum, follow this link

Doctoral Students Complete Residency
Doctoral ProgramThis past month, the first cohort of Capitol's doctoral program visited the Laurel campus for the first of their three residency courses. The course titled Situation Awareness Analysis and Action Plan Processes focused on operational leadership, both from the long-term perspective and crisis intervention.

Over the weekend, the students also chose their dissertation topics with help from the IA faculty of Dr. Helen Barker, Dr. David Ward, Dr. Audrey Andrews and Dr. Craig Johnson. The dissertation topics are wide ranging and focus on network security in the health care, psychology and law industries.

Because the doctoral program is completed almost entirely online, the program can be offered to students located globally. For the residency weekend, students traveled from as far as Stuttgart, Germany, to complete the course.

Learn more about Capitol's doctorate.

Robotics Team Places Second at BEYA
Capitol is thrilled to announce that the Robotics Team finished in second place at the 2011 BEYA Conference VEX Robotics College Challenge. This was the Robotics Team's first competition, as the club has been in existence for less than two years.

Robotics Comp

Teams were provided with the parameters of the competition last April and months of preparation went into the competition. Capitol's team built two robots to complete a list of tasks, which included transporting rings in a designed course. Capitol also received the Rookie Award for their efforts.

Follow this link for more information about Capitol's Robotics Team.
narhams logoModel Rocket Contest Welcomes Alumni
On March 26, the National Association of Rocketry Headquarters Astro-Modeling Section (NARHAMS) is hosting a model rocket contest at Capitol's Laurel campus. The event is free and all model rocket enthusiasts are urged to attend.

All teams and individuals will launch their rockets from the designated launch pad, and the rocket with the longest flight time will be determined the winner. Two age groups will compete: one for contestants 15 years and younger, and one for contestants 16 years and over.

To learn more about the event and find the requirements for the competition,
click here!
SOI Student Creates Software for NASA
Senior Cordell Kennerly spent more than two years researching, developing and programming his software CHIMP (Command Housekeeping ITOS Monitoring Program) for NASA engineers.

Last month, a group of engineers from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission visited Capitol and were given an up-close look at  Kennerly's work.

Read more about Kennerly's SOI project.
Students Participate in GLOBE at Night Globe at Night
For the second straight year Capitol SOI students will be participating in the
GLOBE at Night Campaign, which measures the prevalence of light pollution worldwide.

For two weeks at the end of March, participants will measure the brightness of the night sky by matching the appearance of the constellation Orion with seven star maps of progressively fainter stars. The results are then sent to GLOBE scientists who compile a map of light-pollution levels worldwide.  


"Capitol College is pleased to once again participate in this important citizen-science campaign encouraging people to record the brightness of their night sky," Dr. Michael Gibbs, vice president for advancement and director of the Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach, said.

Issue: 26
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In This Issue
Alumni Weekend
Honors Convocation
Summer Tuition Drop
President's Forum
Doctorate Residency
Robotics Team
Model Rocket Contest
SOI Student Project
GLOBE at Night


Photo Shoot


Stop by the Laurel campus on Thursday April 8, for Capitol's photo shoot!  


 Be a part of this fun event that showcases Capitol's spirit.  


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