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President's Newsletter

Frederick Community College
March 2020
A Message From the President

We are saddened that Carl Miller, a longtime supporter of FCC and many other local organizations, passed away last month at the age of 87 years old.

Carl was well known for the many community contributions he and his late wife, Norma, made over the course of their lives.  

They hold a special place in the history of FCC. The Millers donated funds and more than 275 acres of land to create, and later expand, the Carl and Norma Children’s Center at FCC, which recently celebrated its 25th year.

The Millers were known for their philosophy of “growing your own.” As young adults in the 1950s, Carl and Norma lacked the financial means to attend college. Instead, they grew a successful business, Concrete General, and later created educational opportunities for others that they did not have themselves.

Through the creation of the Miller Family Foundation, they have provided scholarships to many FCC students throughout the years. In 2007, the Millers received the FCC Foundation Eagle Award, the highest annual award given by the FCC Foundation.

FCC is only one of many local organizations that benefited greatly from Carl and Norma's generosity.  Their contributions also led to the creation of what is now the Kline Hospice House in Mt. Airy and the Billy Miller Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Frederick Health.

We will always be grateful for Carl’s longtime generosity and support of FCC and our students. The Millers' legacy at FCC lives on in the success of our Children’s Center and the students who were able to achieve their educational and academic goals because of their scholarship support.

We will keep Carl’s loved ones in our thoughts and prayers. To read his obituary, click here.


Best wishes,

Elizabeth Burmaster
President, Frederick Community College

FCC Athletics Announces 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

FCC has named nine new members to its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2020 Hall of Fame class will be inducted during a ceremony and dinner celebration on Saturday, May 2, 2020. The event is open to the public and tickets are now available for purchase.

The 2020 inductees are:
  • Darrick Bowens (Men’s Basketball) – 1987-1989                         
  • Don Boyd (Men’s Basketball and Baseball) – 1979-80, 1984-85                
  • Alex Buccilli (Baseball) – 2009-2010                         
  • Keith Collins (Men’s Soccer) – player 1987-1988, Assistant Coach 1993-1994, Head Coach 1995-2001                      
  • Danny Dierdorff (Baseball) – 2010-2011                       
  • Matt Morton (Golf) – 1993-1994                              
  • Neal Pitt (Men’s Basketball) – 2006-2008
  • Danielle Thomas (Women’s Basketball) – 2000-2001
  • Judy Whims-McGraw (Women’s Basketball and Volleyball) – 1996-1998   
“We look forward to celebrating our inductees for their incredible athletic accomplishments and their contributions to both FCC and our community,” FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster said. “While at FCC, these individuals didn’t just set themselves apart as athletes. They were valuable student leaders who represented the best of our College in the county, state, and region.”
The inductees make up the seventh Hall of Fame class, bringing the current number of FCC Hall of Famers to 58. 
“On behalf of the Department of Athletics, I congratulate these nine outstanding former student-athletes on their well-deserved induction into the FCC Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Chad Smith, FCC Director of Athletics. “We welcome our new members and thank them for their commitment to excelling at a high level here at FCC and beyond. They serve as incredible role models for our current student-athletes on what it means to succeed.”

Event Details:
Saturday, May 2 in the Cougar Grille (located in the FCC Student Center)

An informal happy hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the award ceremony.

Note: a student-led tour of the FCC main campus will be offered at the conclusion of the FCC baseball game against CCBC-Essex, which begins at noon.

Tickets are $50 per adult (ages 16 and older), $20 per child (ages 10-15), free for children aged nine and under.

Tickets are available for purchase online until April 20. Click here for more information.

If you have questions, contact Laura Scafide at 301-624-2713 or


FCC Percussion Day Celebrates 15 Years

FCC faculty Anita Thomas (bass), Jordan Clawson (piano), and Greg Herron (drums) perform with internationally renowned jazz vibraphonist, Chick Redd, at the 2020 FCC Percussion Day held on February 29. 

Since 2006, FCC has held Percussion Day to bring together internationally-renowned musicians and local high school and community percussion groups. Master percussionists of all styles, including jazz, classical, contemporary, and world music, have presented clinics during the event.

Percussion Day also offers local talent the opportunity to showcase their skills. Groups including Frederick Town Fife and Drum, Linganore High School Percussion Ensemble, Urbana High School Drum Line and Front Ensemble, and Oakdale High School Percussion Ensemble have performed at the event. 

Each year, the event is free and open to the public. We thank Greg Herron, FCC percussion instructor, for creating this event 15 years ago and continuing it with the support of the FCC Communications, Humanities, and Arts Department. 

FCC Restaurant 200 Monroe Opens to the Public for Dinner and Lunch Service

The FCC restaurant, 200 Monroe, is now open for a new season of gourmet three-course dinner and express lunch service prepared by students under the guidance of culinary and hospitality instructors.

“The opening of 200 Monroe has become a highly anticipated event for our entire community,” FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster said. “It is impressive to see the delicious and inventive food created by our students. We thank HCTI Program Manager Elizabeth DeRose, her passionate team of instructors, and our students for sharing their talents with our community.”

The restaurant delivers a capstone learning experience for Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Institute (HCTI) students who work in the open-kitchen restaurant setting during their final semester of the program. Students take turns preparing food in the kitchen and serving guests in the dining room.

The restaurant was one of only two restaurants to receive a five-star review by Frederick News-Post food critics during the entire year of 2019.

“Not only is it incredibly affordable and fun to see students in action, the food is also incredibly good,” Reporter Katryna Perera wrote of 200 Monroe in her November 2019 review.

In past seasons, 200 Monroe has been named to numerous OpenTable Diners’ Choice lists, including the best overall, best value, fit for foodies, great for lunch, and best food lists.

The restaurant is open for dinner service on Thursdays, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 5 through May 7, with the exception of April 9 due to the College spring break schedule.

The menu includes numerous options for first, second, and third course selection, as well as a choice of beverage, for $35, including tax and gratuity.

Dinner reservations are required and must be made online through OpenTable. To make an online reservation, or to view the menu, click here.

The restaurant is also open for lunch service on Wednesdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., March 4 to April 29, with the exception of April 8.

The express lunch will feature a “build-a-bowl” concept, with options for a base, such as spring mixed greens or couscous and white bean; a protein, such as shredded chicken chimichurri or Cajun beef tenders; add-ins such as roasted vegetables, creamy cucumber-dill salad, or tomato and olive salad; and various dressing options. No reservations are needed for lunch.

Restaurant revenue directly supports HCTI student training and instruction in the program. Accepted payment methods include American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa (no cash please).

To read Katryna Perera’s full review of 200 Monroe in the Frederick News-Post, click here.

For additional restaurant inquiries, call 301-624-2768 or email

FCC Baseball & Softball Teams Start Season with Tournaments in Florida, South Carolina

FCC Head Baseball Coach Rodney Bennett notched his 650th career coaching win on Feb. 27, as his team won their first 8 games to start the season during an opening tournament in Florida.

The Cougars are now 10-2 on the season and rank #13 nationally in the NJCAA.

We congratulate Coach Bennett on this significant coaching milestone. He has positively impacted the lives of countless student-athletes during his career, and FCC is fortunate to have him leading our baseball team.

The FCC softball team kicked off their season this past weekend at a tournament in South Carolina. FCC starting pitcher Rachel Benden pitched a complete game, striking out eight batters, to help the Cougars begin the season with a win. The team is now 3-5 on the season.

FCC Student Artwork Displayed at DISTRICT Arts Gallery This Month

The FCC Visual Arts Program is excited to announce that the DISTRICT Arts gallery in downtown Frederick will exhibit student artwork from an FCC watercolor studio class taught by Behnaz Ghorbani.
The contemporary art gallery, located at 15 North Market Street, will hold an opening reception for the exhibit on Saturday, March 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The landscape, portrait, and still-life watercolor pieces done by FCC students will be on display at the gallery from now until April 5.
For more information, visit or contact Wendell Poindexter, Director for the FCC Visual & Performing Arts Center, at 301.846.2513 or Staci McLauchlan, Founder of District Arts, at or 301.695.4050.

HCTI, FCC Foundation Team Up to Host Community Dinner Event

Last week, our Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Institute (HCTI) and the FCC Foundation hosted a joint dinner to highlight student culinary work and raise donations for student scholarships.

We thank Elizabeth DeRose, program manager for HCTI, and Deborah Powell, Executive Director for the Office of Institutional Advancement and the FCC Foundation, for making this wonderful event possible.

Joe Canlas, executive chef for Brewer’s Alley, and Chef Maiya M. Lonesome, HCTI baking instructor, 
mentored and guided the students during the event as they prepared and served a gourmet five-course meal.

Robin Sagoskin of Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard and Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog Brewery, were on hand to provide both a wine and beer pairing with each course.

We thank Joe, Robin, Jim, and their staff for supporting this dinner event and sharing their expertise and passion with our attendees.

We were honored to have in attendance Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner and Executive Director for Visit Frederick John Fieseler.

We recognized the Plamondon family for their longtime support of FCC and HCTI through the Plamondon Companies, Roy Rogers Restaurants, and Marriott Hotels. Pete Plamondon Sr. and wife Lorrie helped fund the HCTI kitchen that is used today. We were glad to have Jim, Cary, Pete, Jr., and Gayle Plamondon in attendance.

We thank FCC Board of Trustee members Ellis Barber and Tom Lynch; Janice Spiegel, the Liaison from County Executive Jan Gardner’s office to the Board of Trustees; and FCC Foundation Board of Directors Chris Clemons, Karlys Kline, Michele Mills, and Philip Sewell for attending.

We thank all our attendees for providing our HCTI students with this learning opportunity, and we look forward to hosting this exciting community event again next year.  

FCC Alumni Spotlight - Dr. Todd Campbell

Each month, we highlight an FCC alumna or alumnus in this e-news. This month, we are featuring FCC graduate and current faculty member, Dr. Todd Campbell. 

Dr. Todd Campbell recently started his first semester as a faculty member at FCC, though his connection to the College dates back to August 1986, when he enrolled as a student. A Gov. Thomas Johnson High School graduate, he earned his associate degree in General Studies from FCC in 1988 while also completing studies at Omega School of Recording Arts and Sciences (located in Rockville) in Audio Production. Dr. Campbell continued his studies at West Virginia University, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music. He then earned his doctorate degree in Communications Media and Instructional Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

After completing his master’s degree, Dr. Campbell quickly transitioned into teaching, holding positions at SUNY Oneonta, South Plains College, Shenandoah Conservatory, Elizabeth City State University, and Bloomsburg University. Before coming to FCC as an assistant professor in January of this year, he was a lecturer in the Department of Music at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

Why did you decide to enroll at FCC and what did you learn from your time here?
I was a young musician and FCC was very convenient in the sense that it fit into my schedule. I could take a full load of classes each semester while still finding the time to play percussion in a band. I remember enjoying the small class sizes and the learning opportunities that came from that. Our classes felt very personalized and you got to know your professors. I learned a lot about time management and discipline during my time at FCC, and those skills were critical when I transferred to West Virginia University.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I really enjoy helping students get from point A to point B. I love helping them learn about the elements of audio production, which can be very complicated and abstract conceptually. It’s amazing to see them grow in pursuit of that knowledge and then watch them complete the program and move on to a position or internship.

As a former FCC student and now FCC faculty member, how do you think FCC contributes to our community?
The population here is growing, and as this community has grown, so has FCC. The resources offered at FCC are available and affordable to so many people, no matter what their goals are. For me, it’s been a great opportunity to come back to Frederick where I grew up, and give back to the College and the Audio Production program. This is a really strong program that has so much potential. There are some four-year audio production programs nearby, but given the strength and the opportunities provided by the Audio Production program at FCC, I’d recommend that interested students should come in and see what our program offers.

If you know of an FCC alumna or alumnus who would be good to highlight, email Caroline Cole at 

Registration Open for Children and Teens Summer Programs at FCC

Registration is now open for interactive summer programs at FCC for children and teenagers aged six to 15 years old. There are options for half-day or full-day schedules, with before and after care also available for the first time this year.
“FCC prides itself on offering educational opportunities for all our community members, and that includes children and teenagers,” FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster said. “It is a highlight of our summer each year to have so many young people bring their energy to FCC and enjoy our interactive learning programs.”
The Kids on Campus and Teens on Campus  programs offer hands-on engaging classes designed to keep children and teens academically engaged during the summer months while also having fun. Classes are available in a variety of topics, including science, technology, culinary and creative arts, music, fitness, the outdoors, and more.
There are additional classes at the FCC Monroe Center for middle school students focused on technical skills and career exploration.
“FCC has been a destination for educational summer fun for 25 years and each year we add new and exciting classes to keep up with what kids and teens are interested in,” Karen Freeman, FCC Youth Programs Manager said. “We also know many working parents need more flexibility and all-day options, so this year, we’ve added before and aftercare, meaning parents can build a schedule that works for them and have coverage starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.”
There are over 180 classes to choose from this year. Classes are available weekly from June 29 to August 14. Morning classes run from 9 a.m. to noon, while afternoon classes run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of Theatricks Circus Arts and Video Storytelling that run for full days and include lunch.  Students who opt for a morning and afternoon class can also sign up for “lunch bunch,” where all students eat together in the Student Center. Supervised before and after care are available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To browse classes, get more information, or to register, click here.
For more information, contact Karen Freeman, FCC Youth Programs Manager, at (301) 846-2661 or

FCC Cyber Expert Will Discuss Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Threats During Talk on March 18

FCC Cybersecurity and Computer Science Program Manager James Hatch will share tips on protecting yourself against cybersecurity threats during the next Moving Mountains Speaker Series talk on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 7 to 8 p.m.

During his interactive talk, Hatch will show audience members firsthand how cyberattacks occur, discuss how easy it is for people to fall victim to them, and share tips on protecting yourself against cyberattacks.

The Moving Mountains speaker sessions for teens and young adults are free and open to the public, and take place in the JBK Theater, located inside the Visual & Performing Arts Center on the main campus. No registration is required to attend.

For more information, contact Mike Pritchard at or 301.846.2417.

FCC Students Advocate for Community College Funding in Annapolis

Last month, a group of FCC students and staff traveled to Annapolis to advocate for community college funding at the Maryland Statehouse.

The visit was part of the annual Student Advocacy Day, sponsored by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), when hundreds of community college students from across the state come together to make their voices heard.  

“It was inspiring to see how engaged and passionate our students were as they shared their stories and heard from others,” Jeanni Winston-Muir, Executive Director of the Center for Student Engagement, said. “You could see them making connections and learning about their own empowerment and responsibility to advocate for themselves as community college students and speak their truths.”

The day began with a rally that included remarks from numerous legislators on the importance and value of community colleges and their students.

The FCC group then held meetings with Delegate Ken Kerr (pictured below) and Delegate Carol Krimm, as well as members of Del. Krimm’s staff. 

We thank these students for taking the time to be a voice for all community college students and share their inspiring stories with our state lawmakers:
  • Jonathan Samayoa
  • Colleen McDougal
  • Gabby Miller
  • Tamyka Waters
  • Jassbeck Ramirez
  • Brynettira Wilson
We thank these College leaders for attending Student Advocacy Day and providing this unique opportunity for our students:
  • Dr. Nora Clark, Vice President for Learning Support
  • Kristi Mills, Assistant Director of the Center for Student Engagement
  • Jennifer Moxley, Coordinator of Student Leadership & Service Learning
  • Jeanni Winston-Muir, Executive Director of the Center for Student Engagement 

Spring Transfer Fair to Be Held March 24

FCC will hold its Spring Transfer Fair on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, for students who plan to transfer to another college or university after their time at FCC. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Athletics Center.
The Transfer Fair gives students the opportunity to meet transfer admissions representatives from more than 30 colleges and universities, discover which schools offer their desired major, and learn about the admission process, application deadlines, major requirements, and scholarship opportunities.
“It is important that students who plan to continue their education beyond FCC begin their search and information gathering as early as possible,” said Marsha Mason-Sowell, Transfer Services Counselor. “Deciding where to transfer will allow students to make better choices about FCC course selection and other timely decisions so that the transfer process is as smooth as possible.”

The fair is open to all and free to attend. It does not require pre-registration.

To see a list of colleges and universities participating in the fair, click here.

For more information about the Transfer Fair or transfer options, call 301.846.2471. 
Spring classes are enrolling with various start dates throughout the semester.
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