Each year the college selects a book that it recommends to the community. Students are urged to read the book and faculty members are urged to include it or selections from it in their courses. A series of cultural and academic activities—films, plays, dance performances, debates, panels, and lectures—are organized to support the project. The goals of the Community Book Connection are to enhance student and community learning, to strengthen our common human and intellectual bonds; and to demonstrate the many ways that classroom learning is deeply connected to our lives in the everyday world.
Who We Are
The Community Book Connection is a faculty-initiated program designed and organized by people who believe that classroom learning is inextricably linked to real-life social issues and concerns. We strive to demonstrate--through our reading choices, lesson plans, extracurricular programs, and relationships with students and community-- the vital, exciting connections between literacy, education, and social awareness. We believe that we are all learners, and that education is a critical factor in creating a just society in which human creative potential is fully realized. And we believe that critical, engaged reading continues to play a central role in the educational process.
We invite you to share your talent and ideas and to become involved in the program. Contact anyone on this list below to ask questions or get more information on the Community Book Connection.
Essex CBC Coordinator and Publicity Coordinator: Carr Kizzier, Assistant Professor of English email@example.com
Catonsville CBC Coordinator: Tara Ebersole, Professor of Biology firstname.lastname@example.org
Dundalk Coordinator: Michael Walsh, Assistant Professor of Speech, email@example.com
Overall Chair of CBC: Kim Jensen, Assistant Professor of English firstname.lastname@example.org
Webmaster: Sharon Casey, Librarian, email@example.com
Bibliographer: Sharon Casey, Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Event photographer: Kevin Mick, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, email@example.com
Event Funding Committee: Julie Lewis (Assistant Professor of Theatre firstname.lastname@example.org ), Carr Kizzier, Tara Ebersole, and Kim Jensen
- For extra help, advice, or questions related top CBC programming, you can also go to your campus CBC coordinator:
Essex: Heather Harris (email@example.com) (Publicity Coordinator)
Dundalk: Michael Walsh (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Book Selection Coordinator)
Catonsville: Tara Ebersole (email@example.com) (Pedagogy Coordinator)
Current active faculty and staff:
Peter Adams (English, Essex), Jan Allen (English Coordinator, Essex), Bill Barry (Labor Studies Coordinator, Dundalk), Gayona Beckford Barclay (International Student Counselor), Scott Black (Dean, School of Liberal Arts), Candy Carr-Smith (Health, Essex), Annmarie Chiarini (English, Essex), Larry Coleman (Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs), Trude Cooke-Turner (Psychology, Essex), Erin Cordray (Director of Radiography, Essex), Steven Dashiell (Sociology, Catonsville), Janet Delgavio (Administrative Assistant, English), Heather Foss (ESOL, Catonsville), Fred Hickok (Westside Science Chair), Diane Fletcher (Administrative Assistant to Vice President of Instruction), Kathleen Gandy (Business, Catonsville), Mary Jo Garcia (English, Dundalk), Dawn Greeley (History, Essex) Ronald Gompf (Sociology, Essex), Christine Gray (English, Catonsville), Debbie Halperin (Reading, Catonsville), Heather Harris (English, Essex), Michele Hax (Social Sciences, Essex), Barbara Hill (Nursing, Essex), Danielle Holland (Teacher Education, Catonsville), Robert Koca (Math, Essex), Rita Kolb (Math, Catonsville), Rachele Lawton (Chair, Reading and Foreign Language) Julie Lewis (Theatre, Essex), Bernadette Low (English, Dundalk), Elaine MacDougall (English, Dundalk), Margy McCampbell (Chair, English), Mark McColloch (Vice President of Instruction), Kevin Mick (Social Sciences, Dundalk), Nelda Nix (Sociology, Essex), Karen Olson (History, Dundalk), Judith Parker (English, Essex), Pat Rennie (English, Catonsville), Patricia Rhea (Coordinator, HFMJ, Catonsville), Anne Roberts (English, Dundalk), Cynthia Roberts (Director, Library Services), Tom Robertson (Social Sciences, Essex), Paige Rogers (English, Catonsville), Rae Rosenthal (Honors Program Director, English, Essex), Michael Sanow (Social Science, Catonsville), Cheryl Scott (English, Essex), Jackie Scott (English, Catonsville), Morgan Slusher (Psychology, Essex); Precious Stone (Speech and Mass Comm, Essex), Donna Tupper (Math, Essex), Sharon Trumbull (Art, Essex), David Truscello (English, Dundalk), Karen Valentin (Health, Essex),Amy Wilson, (English, Essex), Monica Windley (English, Essex), Gretchen Wright (Librarian, Catonsville), Nancy Zimmerman (Management, Catonsville).
* The Community Book Connection's operating budget comes through the Office of the Vice President of Instruction, Mark McColloch.
We are happy and proud of the administrative support and collaboration that we have enjoyed, most notably from many of our Academic Deans,
the Office of Student Life, The Office of the President, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.