Tom Liebel of Marks, Thomas Architects, of Baltimore, has been selected for Fellowship in the inaugural class of LEED Fellows by the Green Building Certification Institute. The LEED Fellow Program is the GBCI’s new and most prestigious professional designation; it recognizes exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED Professionals. Liebel, who was one of the nation’s first 25 LEED Accredited Professionals, has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He serves on Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission and the board of directors of AIA Maryland and AIABaltimore.
The Community College of Baltimore County School of Health Professions has received its third Nursing Support Program grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission since 2007. This three-year Minority Student Retention and Success grant of $571,548, runs until June 30, 2014, will be used to maximize the use of CCBC’s simulation technology; increase retention and graduation rates among minority students in the nursing program and provide culturally relevant teaching for faculty, staff and students to enhance their sensitivity when communicating with those from other cultures, especially their patients. The grant allows for the hiring of two dedicated simulation technicians (one each for the Catonsville and Essex campuses) who will assist in developing multi-patient scenarios and creating realistic, controlled learning environments through simulated clinical experiences.
Monarch Academy Public Charter School, in Northeast Baltimore, recently named its first board of directors: Rose M. Backus-Hamm, former Baltimore public school principal; Dennis G. Cherot, president and CEO of Total Health Care; Ellen Cherry, singer/songwriter; Kenneth R. Darden, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore; Michael Gajewski, chief financial officer of Canusa Corp.; Gregory Gann, president of Gann Partnership LLC; Jawauna M. Greene, director of communications and marketing for the Maryland Transit Administration; David J. Nyweide, social science research analyst for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Deborah S. Phelps, principal of Windsor Mill Middle School; Carole Stolte-Upman, president of Chesapeake Disability Management and executive director of Maturity Concepts: Care Management and Consulting; and Lori Trumble, president and CEO of Lori M. Trumble LLC consulting. Monarch Academy Baltimore opened for the first time Aug. 31, to students in kindergarten to the fourth grade; it will add grades five through eighth grade. The school provides rigorous academics, project-based learning, with a focus on arts and technology in an environment that stimulates the senses.
Inna Alesina has joined Stevenson University’s School of Design, in Stevenson, as its first industrial designer Artist-in-Residence. As an independent product designer, Alesina produces products ranging from footwear and footstools to drinking glasses. Alesina’s work has been published in the compendium “Dish: International Design for the Home,” and she is co-author of “Exploring Materials: Creative Design for Everyday Objects.” She also is an instructor in the Environmental Design Department of the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore.
Maryland Institute College of Art has launched the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, the first of its kind in the United States to identify, amplify and connect arts-based practitioners advancing the cause of social justice in a particular city. The project, in partnership with a citywide advisory committee, kicks off with a two-year, $150,000 grant from the Open Society Foundations in New York. The project is Baltimore’s first within Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts Institute for Community Development and the Arts that seeks to answer a similar set of questions on a national scale through its Mapping the Landscape initiative. By collaborating with national allies in the field, Baltimore Art + Justice Project seeks to contribute to a countrywide dialogue on the role of art and design in fostering community transformation and change.