Highlights of November 2019

Throughout a remarkable and unprecedented year, CCBC continued to provide instructional, training and enrichment opportunities on campus and in virtual environments.

Community forum focuses on impact of addiction

students posing for a photo holding a brochure“You’re Not Alone,” a community forum focused on the impact of addiction on families, attracted more than 100 attendees to CCBC Dundalk in November.

Sponsored by CCBC and co-facilitated by  The Dundalk Eagle  and The Avenue News, the free public event featured a panel of CCBC Dundalk students dealing with substance use disorder in their families, as well as family members, experts in the field, and a representative from Al-Anon.

As part of a project for a CCBC Honors Communications class, four students spoke about what it is like to grow up in a household where one or more of their family members faced addiction. “You’re Not Alone” was an opportunity for participants to share feelings, learn more about the impact of addiction, and come together to support families in crisis.

The program concluded with an outdoor candlelight vigil to remember lost friends and loved ones.

Dance Company presents fall concert

performers dancing on stageThe CCBC Dance Company presented its Fall 2019 Dance Concert on Nov. 14-16 at CCBC Catonsville. The performances featured excerpts from a new evening-length work titled EMERGE: Coming to Light. This collaborative piece between the CCBC and the Towson University Dance Company has engaged both companies in an innovative artistic exchange.

Each company set pieces on student dancers at both locations, and combined their creative efforts to share the stage in a collaborative work premiered at Towson University during their Fall Concert on Nov. 20-24.

Holiday event addresses food insecurity

person volunteering by plating foodMore than 240 students attended CCBC Catonsville’s Fourth Annual Holiday Family Feast, an event free to students who might not otherwise get a holiday meal. Menu items are donated, prepared, and served by CCBC faculty and staff. In addition to a nutritious meal and the opportunity for community connection, the event provided each student with a gift bag of hygiene products.

According to a 2019 study by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, approximately 48 percent of community college students are food insecure, meaning they have a “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food.”

Kurtinitis honored with Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award

CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis was named a 2019 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award honoree by the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Each year, this prestigious national award is presented to individuals who demonstrate involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for scouts and other youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds. The award is in recognition of Dr. Young’s dream of justice and equality for all.