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Speakers Bureau

Please submit your requests to:
Speakers Bureau, Montgomery College
Office of Communications
900 Hungerford Drive, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20850-1195
240-567-7950 (fax)
speakers@montgomerycollege.edu

For more information, call 240-567-7541.

When requesting a speaker, please download and fill out our "Request for Speaker" form and list the subjects in order of priority. Please make your request as far in advance as possible for scheduling purposes. A minimum of three weeks’ notice is desired.

Speakers Bureau is a service to the community from participating members of the College’s faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, and Alumni Association, who volunteer their time. Selected topics use Montgomery College students as co-presenters. Speaking engagements are fulfilled without charge.

Unless otherwise noted, these talks are designed for adult organizations or groups with an attendance of at least 15 individuals at meetings held in Montgomery County.

Because of the overwhelming number of requests, coupled with the speakers’ busy schedules, organizations now will be limited to seven requests for a speaker per year.

Topics
Business & Management
Careers
Communications
Computers
Construction and Interior Design
Cultures and Places of Interest
Current Events
Economic Development
Education
Energy, Ecology, & the Environment
Family
Geography
Government & Politics
Health
High Technology
The High Technology & Science Center
History
The Homer S. Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education
Literature
Mental Health
Money
Montgomery College
Personal/Professional Development
Psychology
Recreation
Science & Nature

 


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USINESS AND MANAGEMENT

Creative Real Estate Investing Techniques to Build Cash and Wealth
If you are serious about using real estate to create both “quick cash” and long-term financial security for you and your family, you must attend this seminar. Corporate downsizing and the stock market meltdown are leading people back to the inescapable conclusion that there is only one reliable road to financial freedom—real estate investing. No other investment has created so many millionaires in America. 90 to 120 min.; Minh Pham, Lecturer

Effective Business Correspondence
This presentation focuses on the requirements of effective business letters, memos, pamphlets, and brochures, and offers tips on e-mail do’s and don’ts. Visual aids. 60 min.; Rita Kranidis, Associate Professor, English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy

Managing Diversity in the Workplace
This talk covers the basics of understanding diversity with very informative group exercises to involve participants. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.; Brenda E. Gibson, Marketing Specialist and Outreach Coordinator Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity--A Quick Introduction
Should I be concerned about disasters and business continuity? What should I do to better prepare for disaster? What should I do if a disaster strikes? What exactly is a disaster, anyway? Come find answers to these questions and more. 45 to 60 min.; Stephen Furlong, Adjunct Professor, Management, Mathematics and Computer Science

Successful Management Tools
The speaker will provide talks on time management, motivation, stress management, supervisory skills, and human relations skills including problem solving, communication, planning, and organizational skills. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.; Dr. Jackie Middleton, Professor, Management

Strengthen Your Business by Strengthening Your Employees
Discover how your business can obtain effective customized training conveniently, on site or at one of Montgomery College’s locations in the county. To meet the workplace needs of local business, government, and community organizations, the business training services of Workforce Development & Continuing Education can partner with clients to enhance your employees’ skills through training, professional development, and technical assistance solutions. The full course inventory of the College can be tailored to meet workplace education and training needs, and can be delivered in a wide variety of learning formats to include on-site, Web-based, intensive, or semester-length instructional programs. Technical assistance may include: training needs assessments, conducting focus groups, curriculum design, and educational program design. Visual aids. 20 min.; Workforce Development & Continuing Education Staff

Understanding and Preventing Sexual Harassment
This presentation provides an overview of the legal elements of sexual harassment, how to limit employer liability, and how to prevent and eliminate sexually oriented and harassing behaviors. 60 to 90 min.; Michelle T. Scott, Director of Affirmative Action

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CAREERS

How to Become a Movie Extra
The speaker provides insights on the mindset, attitude, availability, head shots, and endurance that lead to success as a movie extra. The speaker last appeared in Head of State. You may even become a movie star! 30 min.; Wayson P. Lee, Class of 1986

A Workforce in Transition
Changing demographics, job growth, and new skill requirements are shaping the future of our workforce. Trends suggest that our workforce will become older, more diverse, more specialized, and in higher demand. The necessity for lifelong learning will continue to increase for all career fields. Education and training experiences for the workforce will become even more critical as the projected employment needs will exceed the available labor market. Visual aids. 20 min.; Workforce Development & Continuing Education Staff

The Landscape Industry
One of the fastest-growing industries in the Washington metropolitan area is the landscape industry. This talk will focus on the careers available in this field, including the opportunity to own your own business. 20 to 30 min.; Stephen Dubik, Instructor, Landscape Technology

Careers in Printing Management
How has technology changed the field of printing as a career? What is the job market in the Washington metropolitan area? What about the future? This talk will address these specific issues as well as other topics related to printing. 20 to 30 min.; Frederick Howell, Program Director, Printing Management

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COMMUNICATIONS

Radio--Its Early History (1920–1950)
The history of early radio, from the first scheduled broadcast to the early 1950s. The speaker uses excerpts from original radio broadcasts. Speaker uses his own stereo system.  60 min.; Bob Gallagher, Adjunct Professor, Computer Science

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COMPUTERS

A Brief Introduction to Computer Security
Is the Internet safe or should I be concerned about information security? How can I protect my computer files? My equipment? Get answers to these and related questions in a short, informal session. 45 to 90 min.; Stephen Furlong, Adjunct Professor, Management, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Exciting World of Computer Graphics
A brief introduction to what is happening in the area of computer graphics for the home and business. Visual aids.30 min.;  Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

How Computers Work: The Very Basics
The speaker provides a broad, yet elementary overview of computers and their attachments. The talk includes a description of all parts, their purpose, how they work, and how to use them effectively. The talk will cover keyboards, mice, monitors and printers, tapes, disks and diskettes, and the computer itself. The talk is designed to explain computer systems in a simple, easy-to-understand way that novices will enjoy. 45 to 90 min.; Stephen Furlong, Adjunct Professor, Management, Mathematics and Computer Science

Savvy Uses of the Internet for Business, Professions, Family
Internet, intranets! This discussion involves how to avoid becoming “technically disadvantaged” in the new economy. What’s real; what’s hype. The speaker teaches about the Internet from a broad business, legal, ethical, and practical perspective. He focuses not only on technology, but also on how to use it effectively. The speaker will discuss why e-mail is the most important application right now on the Internet; and how to remain competitive in the new economy for much less cost than commonly believed. 30 to 60 min.; Paul G. Foldes, Adjunct Professor, Computer Science

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CONSTRUCTION AND INTERIOR DESIGN

Interior Design: How to Communicate for a Successful Project
The speaker provides practical information about how to hire and work with a professional interior designer. Information about how your designer is able to create a residential or commercial space that reflects your interests and requirements. Discussion will include tips about questions you can ask when searching for the best interior designer for your project. Information will be included about contracts, standard vocabulary, and methods of charging. Visual aids. 20 to 40 min.; Jill Irey, Professor, Interior Design

A Construction Project: Do It Yourself or Seek Professional Help
A talk will include a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages in undertaking a remodeling or construction project either through a “build-your-own” approach or a builder/contractor. Visual aids.30 to 40 min.;  Gudelsky Institute Staff

New Home Construction from Start to Finish
A step-by-step review of new home construction discussing the methods and materials used in today’s homes. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.; Gudelsky Institute Staff

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CULTURES AND PLACES OF INTEREST

Afghanistan’s Economy: Central Banking in Afghanistan
The discussion leader was appointed by President Bush to serve on the Supreme Council of the Afghanistan Bank (which is the equivalent of our Federal Reserve Bank) to monitor monetary policy. 30 to 60 min.; Dr. Shah Mehrabi, Professor, Business Administration and Economics

Cape Breton: Off the Beaten Path?
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia’s north island, became a melting pot for various cultural groups during migration. Learn more about the groups who have impacted the island and have left their imprint on the landscape. Find out why this hidden secret has become a hot spot for tourism and study. Visual aids. 60 min.; Tanya Allison, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Applied Geography

Exploring Yellowstone
The speaker’s prize-winning images will illustrate Yellowstone’s natural wonders. The journey begins with a digital sound and image show and concludes with some observations of the place. Visual aids.25 to 45 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Mystery People of Central America--The Maya
Buried under the tropical forests of Central America, one finds the remains of an ancient mysterious people—the Maya. Learn about their civilization as it existed in 800 A.D. Visual aids. 30 min.;  Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Meet the Holy Land
This talk provides a religious Jewish perspective on the land of Israel and its political significance. 35 min.; Dr. Malcolm Kovacs, Professor Emeritus

Songs of the Jewish Calendar
A medley of songs associated with the major Holy Days of the Jewish calendar, with an explanation of their meaning. 30 min.;  Dr. Malcolm Kovacs, Professor Emeritus

A View of Cuba
This talk will focus on slides and impressions of Cuba—its present day culture, economics, and infrastructures. Visual aids. 30 min; Dr. Joan Naake, English

Canyonlands
The speaker provides a visual tour of the Canyonlands along the Colorado River. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

North to Alaska
The speaker provides a geographic tour of Alaska illustrating its mountains, glaciers, and wild life. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Images of Maryland
The speaker provides a pictorial tour of Maryland, from the Eastern Shore to the plateau. A special sound and sight presentation is available upon special arrangement with the speaker. Visual aids. 30 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

California Redwoods
This presentation covers the ecology and history of the Redwood Forest through drawings and photographs. Visual aids. 30 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Life on the C&O Canal
A discussion of life as it existed on the canal in the 19th and early 20th century. The talk is based on old photographs taken when the C&O was operating. Additional information is provided by oral interviews of people who worked on the canal. Visual aids. 30 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Photographing Maryland Landscapes
This speaker discusses some of the interesting places that can be photographed in Maryland, and techniques for making images. Visual aids. 30 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Shamanism Across Cultures
Medicine people in ancient as well as present-day cultures play an important role. Looking at Shamans across cultures, one begins to see the human commonalities. Visual aids. 40 min.; Robert L. Giron, Professor, English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy

The Capital Region
A discussion of the historical and cultural attraction of the Washington metropolitan area based upon the book of the same title. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Landscapes of Maryland
This presentation is a photographic journey across the state of Maryland. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Fire at Yellowstone
The speaker provides an interpretation and explanation of a summer-long fire at Yellowstone National Park. The presentation includes a discussion of its causes and long-term effects. Visual aids. 30 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Pine Barrens of New Jersey
A colorful look into the physical and cultural geography of this unique wilderness area. Visual aids. 30 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Strollin’ on the C&O Canal
Historical and cultural geography of the canal. A special living history presentation with costume and music. Visual aids. 30 min.;  Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Maryland’s Civil War Monuments
See how the Union and Confederate monuments in the divided state of Maryland helped to heal the wounds of society after the Civil War, learn how to read the “language” of monuments, and how monuments have changed over time. Visual aids. 60 min.; Susan Soderberg, Part-Time Instructor, Art History

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CURRENT EVENTS

The Future of Biotechnology
The speaker will provide a decade by-decade vision of possible applications of biotechnology through the year 2100. He will provide a description of the types of biotechnology companies and skills required for success in this industry. He will also highlight several different careers within biotechnology and how to prepare for them. Visual aids. 30 to 90 min.; Dr. Collins Jones, Professor and Biotechnology Coordinator

Biotechnology for Nonscientists
What is biotechnology and how does it affect you? This is a brief introduction to the language, promise, and perils of biotechnology. Visual aids. 20 to 60 min.; Lori Kelman, Professor, Biotechnology

Women’s Studies
The speaker will look at the issues confronting women today, with specific focus on global, medical, and legal issues. Different women’s issues may be arranged by request. Visual aids. 60 min.; Rita Kranidis, Associate Professor, English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy

Accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act for People with Disabilities
The speaker will discuss requirements for accommodations for people with disabilities in the workplace and in the classroom. Visual aids. 60 min.; Brenda Williams, Collegewide Director, Disability Support Services

Biotechnology
The speaker will discuss the impact of biotechnology on society, particularly on ethical issues, including artificial intelligence, implantable chips, and life extension. Visual aids. 60 min.; Dr. Jeananne Boyce, Computer Science

Bioethics, Biotechnology, and Ethics in the Information Age
A compelling discussion about advances in biotechnology, and the ethical issues it raises. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min.; Dr. Jeanann Boyce, Computer Science

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Apprenticeship Works!
Montgomery College has been partnering with local businesses and trade associations for more than 20 years. During this time, the College has provided apprenticeship-related instruction programs designed to meet industry needs. Thousands of apprentices have completed these work-based learning programs through MC. Now these apprentices can be found throughout the region in high-paying and rewarding technical careers. Learn more about the apprenticeship option through this presentation. Visual aids. 20 min.; Gudelsky Institute Staff

The Skills Standards Movement
More employers and educators alike are creating and using skill standards as education, training, and recruiting tools. Skill standards are established locally or nationally and can be adapted to meet specific employer and educational needs. Learn how skill standards are established and review potential applications. Visual aids. 20 min.; Gudelsky Institute Staff

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EDUCATION

Bicultural Education and Assimilation Issues for Immigrants
This presentation provides the melting pot versus salad bowl issues, acceptance of immigrants by the dominant culture, blending of cultures and mosaic ethnicity versus WASP culture, and the meaning of being American today. 60 min.; Dr. Dehlly Porras, Instructional Dean

Bilingual Education
This presentation highlights the pros and cons of bilingual education - and their effect in the immigrant community and the American culture. 60 min; Dr. Dehlly Porras, Instructional Dean

Adult ESOL and Literacy - GED Program
This talk describes the Adult ESOL and Literacy - GED program and the student population. It will address the purpose of the program and the services it provides. It will also define terms associated with ESOL, literacy, and the GED. Visual aids. 30 min.; Octavia Shaw, ESOL/Civics Outreach Coordinator, Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Mathematics Education
This presentation will provide the teaching and learning issues in mathematics, methods of teaching, integration of areas across the curriculum such as using writing, reading, and critical thinking learning activities as cognitive exercises for learning mathematics, plus use of computers and content area applications to enhance the teaching of mathematics. Study skills, test taking techniques, and reading skills needed in mathematics will also be discussed. 60 min.; Dr. Dehlly Porras, Instructional Dean

Putting Research to Work: Best Practices for Teaching in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse College Classroom
The diversity found in the college classroom is representative of our American society. This presentation will identify some of the challenges and best instructional practices based on current research for teaching the culturally and linguistically diverse college students. The instructor will share the results of an informal survey of college students –identifying their needs and matching the best instructional practices for reading and writing at the college level. Visual aids.60 min.; Zeporia Smith, Assistant Professor, Education

Role of Culture and Plagiarism
This presentation will present current research on the role of culture and plagiarism. What is considered plagiarism and does the definition vary from culture to culture? How can the culture of a student affect what might be considered plagiarism in our classroom. Visual aids. 60 min.; Zeporia Smith, Assistant Professor, Education

Diversity Training
This talk covers the need for diversity training and/or basic diversity awareness. It provides some things we need to do to stay focused positively on this issue. Visual aids.30 min.; Brenda E. Gibson, Marketing Specialist and Outreach Coordinator, Workforce Development & Continuing Education

How to Study, and Why!
The speaker provides a discussion of how grades and knowledge increase the quality of our life, provide for good marriages and happy families, etc. The speaker will provide a strategy for effective study. 60 min.; Dr. Donald J. Palmer, Professor, Psychology

Technical Education: Montgomery College as a National Model
This talk reveals the county’s and the state’s need for technical education. It also highlights the exciting career path for qualified people, especially women, in nontraditional careers, who would like to become professional crafts persons. 30 min.; College Officials

Motivating the Young Student-Athlete Sports can play an important role in the development of young people. Balancing the demands of sports with the demands of school is frequently a serious problem. The speaker, a psychologist who has worked with student-athletes for many years, will offer his ideas about bringing out the “student” in the student-athlete. This talk is primarily for parents and teachers who deal with adolescent student athletes. 30 min.; Dr. Robert Kauppi, Professor, Student Development

Returning to School --A Student’s Perspective
This talk describes what women and men face as they enroll in and attend college, either for the first time or after a break. This is not just a how-to approach, but also an empathetic view toward the returning student. 30 to 45 min.; Paula D. Matuskey, Instructional Dean

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ENERGY, ECOLOGY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Rising Waters
This talk deals with the problem of floods in the United States. Questions addressed include what causes floods, when and where they usually occur, and what can be done to reduce damage and the loss of life. Visual aids. 20 to 40 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
The story of acid rain and its impact on the citizens and environment of the United States. Visual aids. 20 to 40 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

What’s Happening to Our Beloved Chesapeake
The story of current problems now affecting the Chesapeake Bay. Visual aids. 20 to 40 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Energy Resources in the United States
This talk will explore current energy resources in the United States, including oil, gas, coal, hydroelectric, and nuclear energy, plus developing sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and synthetic fuels like those made from coal, tar sands, and oil shale. Visual aids. 20 min. mini-lecture or 45 to 60 min.; W. Robert Coley, Professor, Chemistry

Indoor Air Quality and Energy Management
A discussion of the relationship between indoor air quality and energy management. Issues will include contaminant sources and methods of elimination. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.; Michael Whitcomb, P.E., Energy Manager, Facilities Office

Vanishing Tropical Rain Forest
An examination of man’s destruction of the world’s precious rain forest. Includes slides of the beautiful forest complex. Visual aids. 25 to 30 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Solar Energy in Montgomery County
A slide presentation of several applications of solar energy in Montgomery County. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.;  Michael Whitcomb, P.E., Energy Manager, Facilities Office

Waste! Waste! Waste!
Reviews the nation’s waste disposal problems and ways of reducing and recycling waste. Visual aids. 30 min.;  Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Nuclear Energy Issues and Reactor Accidents
Introduction to nuclear power reactor types, fuel cycles, and issues (uranium resources and enrichment, safeguards, proliferation, safety and health effects, and radioactive waste management). Nuclear reactor accidents including Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. 60 min.; Dr. George L. Sherwood, Jr., Adjunct Professor, Physics, Engineering, and Geoscience

Nuclear Power and the Environment
Effects of ionizing radiation, releases, health effects, reactor siting, and standards. 45 min.; Dr. George L. Sherwood, Jr., Adjunct Professor, Physics, Engineering, and Geoscience

Energy Efficient Commercial Building Design
A comparison of energy efficient building design versus standard building design. The impact of first cost, operating costs, and life-cycle cost. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.; Michael Whitcomb, P.E., Energy Manager, Facilities Office

The Energy Crisis: Fact or Fallacy?
A discussion of the origins of the current energy problem and possible solutions. Visual aids. 40 min.;  Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Electric Bills: Can You Afford to Turn on the Switch?
A look at PEPCO’s commercial time-of-use rates, the impact on commercial customers, and cost-effective measures to reduce consumption. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.; Michael Whitcomb, P.E., Energy Manager, Facilities Office

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FAMILY

Child Care: Meeting the Challenge
This interactive and informative presentation will help you to focus on the child care resources available in Montgomery County for families and child care providers. Making the right choices about family needs, work commitments, and child care options is important in our county today. 60 to 120 min.; Anne Schmitz, Adjunct Professor, Psychology; Chair, Programmatic Issues Montgomery County Commission on Child Care

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GEOGRAPHY

Geography: Where in the World Is It?
A light-hearted approach to enlighten those who consider themselves geographically inadequate. Audience members will have a chance to participate by featuring their own geographic background, a perspective that may have gone unnoticed until now. 30 to 60 min.;  Tanya Allison, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Applied Geography

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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

What Have We Learned Since JFK Died?
The year 2003 marked the 40th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy. This talk focuses on the societal changes that have occurred since he died, as well as his legacy as it is viewed today. 20 min.;  Paula D. Matuskey, Instructional Dean

Focus on Presidential Leadership: Theodore Roosevelt
Recent writings have given us a far more detailed picture of Teddy Roosevelt, his persona, and his presidency. This talk will focus on his youth and how those experiences prepared him to exercise leadership as the president of the United States, upon the death of President William McKinley. 20 min.;  Paula D. Matuskey, Instructional Dean

Focus on Presidential Leadership: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only American president to be elected four times to the office. This talk will summarize his career path that led to the presidency -- a path that was altered by his encounter with polio as an adult. Also discussed will be the changes in American life that were initiated by President Roosevelt. 20 min.; Paula D. Matuskey, Instructional Dean

Is It Too Early to Think about the Next Presidential Election?
This talk examines how presidential elections are contested in the 21st century, with particular emphasis on the current front runners and the issues that will be the key elements of the next campaign. 20 min.; Paula D. Matuskey, Instructional Dean

The Electoral College
The 2000 Presidential Election provided one of those rare occasions when the candidate with the leading popular vote lost in the electoral college. This talk focuses on the origins of the electoral college, the reasons it still exists today, and its implications in how campaigns are waged at the national level. 20 min.; Paula D. Matuskey, Instructional Dean

Criminal Justice
The speaker will cover various criminal justice issues. 30 to 45 min.; Dr. Sonya Chiles, Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

Presidential Leadership
No political office in the United States commands the level of attention given to the presidency, and each president has left a mark on the office. This talk looks at examples of expansive presidential leadership and how certain individuals have changed the nature of the office for all time. 30 to 60 min.;  Paula D. Matuskey, Instructional Dean

Electronic Media and the American Presidency
Addresses the changes that electronic media have brought to the presidency as an institution and the electoral process since Franklin Roosevelt. Emphasis will be on the televised press conference, presidential debates, and how the presidential primary process (delegate selection) enhances the role of the media in designating “winners” and “losers.” Visual aids. 35 to 45 min.; Paula D. Matuskey, Instructional Dean

Should U.S. Presidents Serve Only Two Terms?
Shortly after Franklin Roosevelt was elected president for the fourth time, the concept of presidential term limitation was discussed with great intensity. The result was the 22nd Amendment, which limits presidential terms to two, or a maximum of ten years. This talk will look at why such an amendment was not necessary earlier, the democratic arguments for and against a term limit, and the arguments now presented for possible repeal. 30 min.; Paula D. Matuskey, Instructional Dean

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HEALTH

Is AIDS in Your Future?
This presentation was developed to inform, educate, and empower the people with more pertinent information and data on awareness, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and progress in vaccine research on HIV/AIDS. This information might inspire various groups to develop policies to address health issues, and further disseminate information on new and effective methods of prevention and potential treatments. Specifically, the presentation will provide strategies for avoiding infection and coping and living with AIDS, and implications for the future. Visual aids. 45 min.; Dr. Ijeoma Otigbuo, Professor, Biology; Director, AIDS Awareness Resource Center

For Girls Only: How to Eat Your Way to Perfect Hair, Skin, and Moods
Think you can stay thin by skipping breakfast? Think a soft drink and a bag of chips had fewer calories than a meal? This is your chance to see how powerful “real foods” and proper meal scheduling can be in promoting a clear complexion, a strong mind, and fabulous hair. And, you can significantly reduce the symptoms associated with PMS. This is the most powerful lecture/discussion you will attend all year. Visual aids. 60 min.; Sara Bachman Ducey, Assistant Professor, Nutrition; Certified Nutrition Specialist

It Really Does Matter What You Feed Your Kids
This talk presents the challenges of feeding your children while living in our “obesogenic” society. The speaker can tell you what you can do about it -- if you’re willing to put the time and effort into it. Learn 10 tricks for providing a nutrition environment that can really help your child be her/his best. Visual aids. 60 mm., Sara Bachman Ducey, Assistant Professor, Nutrition; Certified Nutrition Specialist

The Power of Plant Foods
You’ve heard the recommendations. Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day for health. Well, five a day is just a start – 10 is better yet! And, not all fruits and vegetables are created equally. Learn how to choose the most powerful phytochemicals available locally. Visual aids. 60 min.; Sara Bachman Ducey, Assistant Professor, Nutrition; Certified Nutrition Specialist

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Eaters
Improve the way you feel and think in just seven basic steps. The speaker provides a comprehensive lecture on healthy eating. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.; Sara Bachman Ducey, Assistant Professor, Nutrition; Certified Nutrition Specialist

End of Life Care--What are My Options?
There is no “dress rehearsal” to prepare for the last months of someone’s life. Montgomery County has plentiful resources for both patients and families. Knowledge is essential for appropriate decision making. 60 min.; Penny Gladhill, Manager, Family Services

Hypnosis
Have you ever been hypnotized before? Is it real? Yes! Everyone can be hypnotized; it only varies in degree. There’s power in hypnosis, but the power is within us. 30 min. ; Wayson P. Lee, Class of 1986

Hypnosis Demonstrated
Most everyone has been hypnotized. Everyone can -- and does hypnotize. The power of hypnosis is with us. Visual aids.45 min.; Wayson P. Lee, Class of 1986

Hypnosis: Myths and Realities
An overview of the development of hypnosis and its place in contemporary mental health treatment procedures. A look at what is myth and what is real about hypnosis. 30 min.; Dr. Richard Klimek, Professor Emeritus

Maximum Performance Chiropractic
These discussions will enlighten audiences on the value of chiropractic. The speaker will cover how chiropractic can be used with regard to stress reduction, ADD/ADHD, women’s health issues, fibromyalgia, staying fit at sedentary jobs, and children’s health issues. Please select one topic for discussion. Visual aids.45 min.; Dr. Michael W. Orr, Doctor of Chiropractic

Your Health Information Belongs to You
Overview of medical record content: why records are kept, patient access, and requesting and maintaining your own personal health records. If requested, the speaker can include a discussion on the impact of computerization, current legislation, or both. Visual aids. 30 to 45 min.; Sue Meiskey, Professor, Health Information Technology

Good Fats and Bad Fats: A Lesson in Lipid Biochemistry
We’ve been educated to believe that all fats are bad for us. Thankfully, recent lipid research is better able to show us which fats are good and which ones are bad. And, they’re not all bad. This lecture will cover the structural and functional differences between lipids groups including, for example: the sterols, omega 3 and 6 oils, and the harmful trans fats. 60 min.; Sara Bachman Ducey, Assistant Professor, Nutrition; Certified Nutrition Specialist

What to Eat When You’ve Stopped Hormone Replacement Therapy
Studies demonstrating harmful effects of hormone replacement therapy keep coming. Maybe you don’t want to take the risk that hormones pose. Learn how nutrition can help you to improve your health outcomes while you transition. 60 min.; Sara Bachman Ducey, Assistant Professor, Nutrition; Certified Nutrition Specialist

The Hard Facts about Soft Drinks
Soft drinks and fruit juice beverages have become such a common part of American life that we pay them little notice. Our complacency toward these beverages has created health problems now -- and for the future. You’ll be shocked to learn how our contemporary health issues (obesity, diabetes, high triglycerides, cancer, and accelerated aging) lurk inside these sweet beverages. Visual aids. 60 min. ; Sara Bachman Ducey, Assistant Professor, Nutrition; Certified Nutrition Specialist

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HIGH TECHNOLOGY

Emerging Technologies in Automotives, Printing, Construction, and Manufacturing
A look at the new technological developments and what the future may hold for each of these industries. Increasing advances in technology hold the potential for additional safety, more efficient production or service time, greater accuracy, and increased user options. Developments reviewed will continue to change but include onboard computers,  global positioning systems, printing on demand, electronic imaging, direct to plate output synthetic materials, subassemblies and prefabrication, smart buildings, electronic discharge machining, plasma prototyping, and computer-aided design and production. 30 min.; Gudelsky Institute Staff

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THE HIGH TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE CENTER

To meet the increasing student and business demands in the technologies, a $12.4 million, 75,000-square-foot High Technology and Science Center has opened at the College’s Germantown Campus. The High Technology and Science Center provides the first opportunity for major academic expansion and community involvement since the campus opened in 1978. Constructed with state and county funds and equipped with the assistance of the private sector, it houses courses and programs integrally related to the high technology industries of Montgomery County. The center includes a seminar room, a conference facility, a 500-seat auditorium, computer equipped classrooms, and specialized laboratories for physics, automation control, telecommunications, electronic technology, computer graphics, computer aided drafting and design, biotechnology, and microcomputer repair.

To learn more about the High Technology and Science Center and how we can help you, call the Science, Math, and Technology Office at 240-567-7722.  If your group would like to hear a presentation about the High Technology and Science Center, the following individuals will be happy to come: Kathy Michaelian, Instructional Dean, Montgomery College; Richard A. (Andy) Wheeler, Senior Project Manager, Retired, Bechtel Power Corporation

You may contact the Office of Communications by calling 240-567-7541.

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HISTORY

Traveling with Lewis and Clark
The speaker discusses the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition. A special digital and stereo sound presentation is available on request. Visual aids. 25 to 30 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Growing up in America in the Shadow of the Holocaust: Insights into Survivor Families
This is a discussion of the ways that Holocaust survivors raised their children after the destruction of their communities and families. Questions discussed include: What difficulties did Holocaust survivors endure when they came to the United States? How did they rebuild their families and lives? What did the survivors teach their children? What was it like to be the children of Holocaust survivors growing up in America? Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.; Esther Finder, Adjunct Professor, Psychology

The Holocaust: Insights into Experience and Survival
This is a discussion of the kinds of experiences the Holocaust survivors endured: ghettos, concentration camps, hiding above ground, hiding under ground, resistance, joining Allied military forces, etc. Visual aids.; 30 to 60 min. , Esther Finder, Adjunct Professor, Psychology

Returning to Face the Past: A Visit to Some Holocaust Death Camps
This is a slide show of a trip to Poland, including photos taken from the Chelmno, Majdanek, Treblinka, and Auschwitz death camps as well as some photos taken by the Nazis during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The history is taught through the Holocaust experiences of the speaker’s parents as well as through photographs. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.; Esther Finder, Adjunct Professor, Psychology

In Sight of the Dome of the Capitol
The history of the Confederate attack on Washington in July 1864. This talk traces General Jubel A. Early’s march down the Shenandoah Valley, traveling through Hagerstown and Frederick, fighting a battle outside Frederick, and finally being stopped at Ft. Stevens, near present- day Georgia Avenue in Washington. 30 to 60 min.; Bernie Siler, Adjunct Professor, Paralegal Studies

Fighting for Freedom
The speaker’s story chronicles how he, his father, and two brothers escaped from Vietnam with only a sack of clothes and a few pieces of jewelry. 45 min.; Minh Pham, Lecturer

History of the 54th Virginia Regiment
An example of Civil War history and how it was researched. 20 to 30 min.; Dr. George L. Sherwood, Jr., Adjunct Professor, Physics, Engineering, and Geoscience

The History of Germantown, Maryland
The speaker will describe how Germantown reflects the changing patterns of living in a transportation-based culture from the time of the Woodland Indians to the present. Visual aids.60 min.; Susan Soderberg, Part-Time Instructor, Art History

Vicksburg: The Long Siege
The story of this Civil War site in Mississippi. 25 to 30 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus and Tom Moreland, Adjunct Professor, Applied Technologies

Bloody Lane: The Battle of Antietam
The story of the Civil War battle at Antietam in western Maryland. 30 to 40 min.; Paul D. McDermott,  Professor Emeritus and Tom Moreland,  Adjunct Professor,  Applied Technologies

Gettysburg: Three Days in July
A pictorial review of the Civil War’s most famous battle, which is described as the high-tide mark of the Confederacy. Visual aids. 30 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus and Tom Moreland, Adjunct Professor, Applied Technologies

Colonial Vignettes: Life in Eighteenth-Century America
Selected examples of the activities and behavior of people who lived in the colonies, particularly in Maryland. A special living history presentation with costume and music. Visual aids. 30 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Life on the Oregon Trail 1840–1870
A discussion of trail life along the Mormon and Oregon trails during the mid-nineteenth century. A special living history presentation with costume and music. Visual aids. 25 to 35 min. ; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Custer’s Last Stand
Slides and narrative presentation focusing on the events and landscape involved in the defeat of General Custer at the Little Big Horn River, June 1876. Visual aids. 25 to 30 min.; Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

The Civil War in Montgomery County
Did the people of Montgomery County favor the North or the South? Did Union troops camp in the area? Did Confederate raiders ever come through? These and other Civil War questions will be answered in this inside look at how the war affected this county and the people who lived here. 30 to 45 min. ; Susan Soderberg, Part-Time Instructor, Art History

The Lincoln Assassination
This topic covers some of the lesser-known details and interesting facts surrounding the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min. ; Bernie Siler, Adjunct Professor, Paralegal Studies

Undying Glory
Deals with the unique role of black Union soldiers during the Civil War. Visual aids.30 to 60 min. Bernie Siler, Adjunct Professor, Paralegal Studies

First Thanksgiving in the U.S.A.--1598
An historical background of the first Thanksgiving in present-day San Elizario, El Paso, Texas, and its implications. Visual aids.30 min. Robert L. Giron, Professor, English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy

In the Prison Cell I Sit
Details the history and suffering of prisoners in Union and Confederate prison camps during the Civil War. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min. Bernie Siler, Adjunct Professor, Paralegal Studies

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THE HOMER S. GUDELSKY INSTITUTE FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION

The Homer S. Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education at Montgomery College represents the College’s commitment to provide high-quality, accessible education in technical and trade areas. Located at the College’s Rockville Campus, the institute houses the printing management, automotive technology, building and construction technology, and manufacturing and fabrication programs. However, technical education goes beyond this facility. By offering more than 50 technical credit programs and many noncredit programs, the College has demonstrated its commitment to the business community. Montgomery College seeks to serve business and industry needs as changes in the workplace continue. If your group would like to hear a presentation about technical education and the institute, please refer to the Careers and Education topics listed on this site.

In addition, the following individuals will be happy to come speak to your group: Frederick Howell, Program Director, Printing Management, Montgomery College; Eric Jeffers, Program Director, Manufacturing and Fabrication Technology,  Montgomery College; Ed Roberts, Instructional Dean,  Gudelsky Institute and Applied Technologies,  Montgomery College.  You may contact the Office of Communications by calling 240-567-5310.

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LITERATURE

A Revision of the Psalter
The speaker, a published poet, will read from his collection entitled Songs for the Spirit, which he describes as a new millennium psalter--without the religion—but filled with the spirit. The discussion is nondenominational. 30 min. Robert L. Giron,  Professor, English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy

U.S.A. Writers--The Southwest Americans
Presents an overview of major writers and cultural themes of American writers of Mexican ancestry. Visual aids. 30 min. Robert L. Giron, Professor, English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy

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MENTAL HEALTH

Managing Stress to Improve Memory
This workshop presentation will emphasize stress reduction strategies that will assist participants to differentiate between good and bad stress, and ways to improve their memory by reducing bad stress. 25 to 45 min. Dr. William Anagnoson, Professor, Student Development

Coping with Stress and Anxiety
Traditional and innovative techniques for dealing with what many mental health practitioners view as a major problem: exaggerated stress and anxiety and their concomitant negative effects on the body. 45 min. Dr. Richard Klimek, Professor Emeritus

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MONEY

Estate Planning
The speaker will cover the options available to individuals for passing their assets to their heirs. He will discuss current federal and state tax filing requirements; having a will—and why not having one can spell disaster; why living trusts are not for everyone; and how to choose a professional adviser to prepare a will or a trust. 30 to 45 min., Cornelius L. Mhley, CPA, Santos, Postal, and Company, P.C.

Personal Money Management
Learn how to incorporate the seven money habits of highly effective millionaires into your own financial plan. 45 min. Minh Pham, Lecturer

Tax Planning for Individuals
The speaker will survey some of the basic tax reduction techniques one can take to minimize the year-end tax burden. There are some basic tax planning considerations every taxpayer should know including use of credit cards, estimated tax payments, pension plans, securities, sales, etc. The speaker will review current federal and state income tax law changes as they relate to individuals and discuss the pros and cons of tax preparation software. 30 to 45 min. Cornelius L. Mhley, CPA, Santos, Postal, and Company, P.C.

Understanding Life Insurance
Who should purchase life insurance? How much insurance should you buy? For all its common use, life insurance may be one of the most misunderstood products in America. Learn the basic types and purposes of life insurance in an informal session. 30 to 60 min. Stephen Furlong, Adjunct Professor, Management, Mathematics, and Computer Science

Understanding Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-term care (LTC) insurance is a relatively new product in a very old industry. Walk through the basics of LTC insurance in an informal session. 30 to 60 min. Stephen Furlong, Adjunct Professor, Management, Mathematics, and Computer Science

Fundraising: Getting Sponsorship for Your Participation in a Race, Ride, or Walk
Fundraising for a good cause is a rewarding and life-changing experience. The speaker will help you make a plan to reach your fundraising goal. Visual aids. 90 min. Maggie Schmid, Interim Dean, School of Art and Design

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MONTGOMERY COLLEGE

Successful Transition to College--Students with Disabilities
The speaker, a disability support services (DSS) counselor, will discuss how a student with a disability can make a successful transition to college. The discussion also covers the academic and technological support services, including the College Access Program, that are provided by DSS. 30 min. Rose Sachs, Counselor/Learning Specialist, Disability Support Services

The College Experience Today
Students will speak about college life in today’s world. Learn how they fit school, work, and a social life into the day. Information about college life includes enrollment and registration, cost and financial aid, classes, and student activities. Availability will depend on the students’ classes and work schedule. 15 to 20 min. Montgomery College Students

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PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Memory Techniques that Work for All Ages
This presentation will emphasize the use of both visualization and association principles together with original awareness techniques. Participants will be able to practice these techniques for both academic and everyday life situations. 25 to 45 min.  Dr. William Anagnoson, Professor, Student Development,

Managing the Fear: A Guide to Confident Speaking
Most people list public speaking in their top five fears. In this workshop, the speaker will explore why the standard way of organizing a speech--state your point, prove it, and sit down--may not work. If speaking in public is one of your fears, this is the talk for you. 60 min. Fritzi Bodenheimer, Associate Professor, Speech

Overcoming a Disability
In this talk, the speaker draws from his own life and experiences as an individual with a severe disability. He will use examples of how his education helped him to overcome many of the obstacles that he’s faced. He will also describe how he obtained personal independence. 30 to 45 min. Christopher E. Powell, Instructional Assistant, Mathematics

Leadership
Learn to believe in yourself, set goals, and achieve your dreams. Increase your bottom line through proven success principles. 45 min. Minh Pham, Lecturer

Do You Have a Thinking Problem?
An introduction to critical thinking, focusing on ways in which critical thinking is influencing higher education. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min. Francine Malder Jamin, Professor, English

Problem-Solving Techniques Using Biblical Methods
A look at solving both mathematical and nonmathematical problems by methods and models from the Bible. 30 min. Alexander Bathula, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

The Nature of Excellence
The topic examines four points: What is excellence? How is it achieved? What is the price of excellence? What are the rewards of excellence? 15 min. Dr. Joan Naake, Professor, English

Dealing with Difficult People
We have all had experiences with managers, peers, and colleagues who were difficult to work with and work for. The presentation will center on the different behavior styles you may encounter and recommended approaches you can use to cope with the different styles. 60 min. Stuart R. Sklamm, Lecturer, Accounting and Management

Ethical Behavior in a Dynamic Environment
Journals, periodicals, newspapers, television, and radio are constantly providing us with cases of unethical and questionable behavior in business, politics, and academia. What is unethical behavior? What are symptoms and causes of unethical behavior? What are suggested remedies? This presentation will reflect on and address these issues. 60 min. Stuart R. Sklamm, Lecturer, Accounting and Management

Managing in a Dynamic Work Environment
Reinvention, streamlining, downsizing, reengineering: what do these terms really mean? How do today’s managers deal with them and what leadership styles and management techniques are acceptable, efficient, and effective in a changing environment? How does management “do more with less” with decreasing human resources in an increasingly sophisticated technological environment? 60 min. Stuart R. Sklamm, Lecturer, Accounting and Management

The Use of Technology in Managing People
For centuries, managers have dealt personally with their supervisors, colleagues, subordinates, and customers. Now it’s fax, Internet, e-mail, teleconferencing, and interactive television. How are these “state-of-the-art” techniques affecting management of available resources and how can managers use technology to solve today’s and tomorrow’s problems? 60 min. Stuart R. Sklamm, Lecturer, Accounting and Management

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PSYCHOLOGY

The Healing Power of Forgiveness
Learn about the latest research that shows how forgiveness can bring spiritual, mental, and (even) physical healing. This talk can be offered in English and Spanish. Visual aids. 45 to 60 min. Susana Gilardi, Senior Administrative Aide, Human Resources

How to Conquer Procrastination
In this presentation, participants will take an assessment inventory indicating how much they tend to procrastinate. Techniques will be demonstrated through the use of worksheets and small group work on how to get motivated to conquer procrastination. 25 to 45 min. Dr. William Anagnoson, Professor, Student Development

The Psychology of Engagement in Everyday Life
Living fully “in the here and now” is referred to as flow by some prominent researchers. Individuals who are more able to experience this unique state of consciousness tend to report greater life satisfaction and accomplishment. This talk focuses on the nature of flow and how we can achieve greater meaning and enjoyment in our lives. 25 to 45 min. Dr. Robert Kauppi, Professor, Student Development

A Professor Looks at Who Moved My Cheese
The professor examines the very popular and informational self-help book. Visual aids. 24 to 30 min. Paul McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Piaget’s Developmental Theory
This talk traces the stages of Piaget’s developmental theory and shows how thinking changes from one stage to the other. 30 min. Dr. Norman Schorr, Professor, Psychology

How Can We Tell When Our Teenagers Are Having Problems?
This is a discussion of the various ways certain forms of psychopathology are manifested in teenagers in ways that are different from what we see in adults. The speaker will provide strategies for helping troubled teens. 60 min. Dr. Donald J. Palmer, Professor, Psychology

What is Normal Adjustment?
A discussion of what constitutes normal adjustment to life’s stresses and how we can learn to better cope with these stresses. 60 min. Dr. Donald J. Palmer, Professor, Psychology

What is Psychotherapy and How Does It Work?
This speaker provides an overview of several types of therapy with a focus on psychoanalytically oriented and cognitive behavioral therapies. The speaker tries to show people what actually goes on in a therapeutic session with hopes of demystifying it. 60 min. Dr. Donald J. Palmer, Professor, Psychology 

Your Life’s Journey
There are many ways to think about your life’s path. This talk focuses on how to view the times of your life and how events and people have influenced who you are today. Useful for individuals wishing to write autobiographical material. 30 to 40 min. Paula Matuskey, Instructional Dean

Love: The Key to Happiness
Learn to love yourself and then to love others. 45 min. Minh Pham, Lecturer

Mind-Body Healing: The New Frontier for Psychology
New research on the mind-body relationship has shown that the mind is not only a potent factor in causing physical and psychological ills, but also a powerful agent in healing itself and the body. Practical suggestions on healing will be presented. 30 to 60 min. Dr. Richard Klimek, Professor Emeritus

Overcoming Procrastination
Have you been putting things off lately? Frequently procrastination has high personal costs, as most of us have discovered. The speaker, a psychologist and College counselor, will describe some of the “procrastinating personality types” he has encountered in his work. Techniques for dealing with procrastination in youngsters, coworkers, and ourselves will be discussed. Although this can be a painful topic, the speaker treats it with humor. 25 to 45 min. Dr. Robert Kauppi, Professor, Student Development

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RECREATION

How to Use Your Digital Camera for Wonder and Pleasure
The speaker provides tips on how to use that new digital camera to take great pictures. Visual aids.30 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Some Comments on Digital Photography
A prize-winning photographer and professor shows and comments on his images taken with digital cameras. Visual aids. 30 to 45 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Golf as Therapy: Is It for You?
Golf has many obvious benefits, such as exercise, companionship, and a chance to enjoy the outdoors. Studies have shown that there can also be deeper mental benefits to the sport. Some researchers have likened these outcomes to the benefits of psychotherapy. Whether or not you are inclined to agree with this proposition, you will find this light-hearted session interesting and thought provoking. 30 to 45 min. Dr. Robert Kauppi, Professor, Student Development

Movie Extra and Hypnosis Demonstrator
The speaker has been studying hypnosis since he joined the Screen Actor’s Guild. He earned a doctorate in stage hypnosis in 2005. Visual aids. 15 to 45 min. Wayson P. Lee, Class of 1986

Cycling Across the Country
This presenter participated in the Big Ride Across America --a fundraiser for the American Lung Association--as a cyclist in the summer of 1999 and as a volunteer during the summer of 2000. The many adventures, successes, and challenges experienced in the roles of cyclist, fundraiser, and volunteer were life changing. Visual aids. 60 min. Maggie Schmid, Interim Dean, School of Art and Design

Elementary Cryptography
An introduction to the concepts and history of secret writing. Explores and explains codes and ciphers, cryptography and cryptanalysis, and transposition and substitution ciphers. Compares classical and modern cryptology and discusses the past, present, and future importance of secret writing. 30 min. Stephen Furlong, Adjunct Professor, Management, Mathematics, and Computer Science

Turfgrass Management for Homeowners
This talk will focus on the primary practices of turfgrass management such as mowing, fertilization, and irrigation. Also included will be turfgrass species, insects, and seed mixtures. Approx. 45 min. Stephen Dubik, Instructor, Landscape Technology

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SCIENCE AND NATURE

Flood to Eternity
The speaker tells the story of the famous Johnstown Flood, which took place in May 1889. This is a digital sight and sound show. The discussion includes some observations by the speaker. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Intruders from Distant Places
The geography and ecology of places is changed dramatically by the purposeful and accidental introduction of plants and animals. These are some interesting stories of what happened and where. Visual aids. 25 to 30 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Say Hello to Yellowstone
This is a stimulating look at the scenery and geology of Yellowstone National Park. Visual aids. 30 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Tsunami—A Natural Disaster!
The recent killer seismic sea wave was one of the largest natural disasters in the 21st century. This program investigates the cause and after effects of this geologic force. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

The Story of Pompeii
A huge volcanic eruption destroyed this Roman city in 79 A.D. The excavation of its ruins reveals much about life in this period. Visual aids. 30 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Mini-Stage Hypnosis Show
In less than 30 minutes, the speaker, a hypnotist, gives a little history, some applications and benefits, and a demonstration of suggestibility and trances. 30 min. Wayson P. Lee, Class of 1986

It’s a Grand Canyon
This is the geologic story of the Grand Canyon. The presentation is based on an article written by the speaker in World Book entitled, “Seven Natural Wonders of the World.” Visual aids. 30 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

The Wonderful World of Nature Photography
A lecture focusing on the art and science of taking photographs using a 35mm camera. The speaker’s photographs have been featured in books and magazines including Mercator’s World and Journal of Geography. Visual aids. 30 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

The Mystery of El Niņo
This lecture describes how El Niņo develops over the Pacific Ocean in December. It radically alters world weather patterns, causing drought in Australia and flooding in California. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Creation of the Elements
This talk explains how the elements that make up the chemical universe were created by nucleosynthesis in stars after only hydrogen and helium were created in the “Big Bang.” Visual aids. 30 to 60 min. Dr. Harold Williams, Planetarium Director, Montgomery College

Spectra of Stars, Analysis of Starlight
How the spectra and color of stars reveal their properties. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min. Dr. Harold Williams, Planetarium Director, Montgomery College

Takoma Park Planetarium
The Montgomery College Planetarium, located on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, welcomes and encourages group visits. If you would like to schedule a group visit, call Dr. Harold Williams, the planetarium director, at 240-567-1463.

Is Most of the Universe Missing?
What evidence do astronomers have that 90 percent of the universe is dark? This talk requires that the audience understand equations and be familiar with physics at the high school level. It’s ideal for high school physics students who have learned about circular motion with a radial acceleration (a=v2/R) and understand Newton’s law of universal gravitation (F=GMm/R2). Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.  Dr. Harold Williams, Planetarium Director, Montgomery College

Light Pollution: How Seeing the Stars Will Save You Money
We cannot see the Milky Way from the Washington metro area anymore, but this spectacle could return. In fact, it could be done in such a way as to save millions of dollars--for local, county, and state government--while putting more light on the ground where we humans need to see at night and in the spectral band (color) at which we have our peak visual acuity. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min. Dr. Harold Williams, Planetarium Director, Montgomery College

Splendors of the Universe
Eighty of the most beautiful realistically correct color photographs of astronomical objects with relevant explanations of their meaning and significance. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min. Dr. Harold Williams, Planetarium Director, Montgomery College

Solar Eclipse
This talk and slide presentation covers the solar eclipse in general and the Great Eclipse of July 11, 1991, when an eclipse expedition was mounted to Mexico from Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min. Dr. Harold Williams, Planetarium Director, Montgomery College

The Whisper of Creation
This talk explores how the initial explosion creating the universe can be heard in microwave frequencies. This talk is suitable for school-age groups. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min. Dr. Harold Williams, Planetarium Director, Montgomery College

Astrolabe: Past, Present, and Future
The astrolabe was the most important astronomical instrument before the telescope was invented and the most important astronomical calculator before the digital computer was invented. Geoffrey Chaucer of Canterbury Tales fame wrote the earliest work of science education in 1387, The Treatise of the Astrolabe, for his 10-year-old son Lewis. A Star Finder plainsphere is a partially functioning astrolabe. A real astrolabe does what a plainsphere does and a bit more. Is it history or science? Visual aids. 30 to 60 min. Dr. Harold Williams, Planetarium Director, Montgomery College

Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest
Explore the fascinating volcanic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. See the volcanoes that were the focus of the news media in 1981, such as Mt. St. Helen’s, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Rainier. Visual aids. 35 min. Paul McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Hurricanes: The Curse of the Eastern Seaboard
This talk covers the origins, history, and dangers posed by these complex storms. Visual aids. 30 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Tornado! A Killer Storm
Examines the origin and distribution of violent wind storms in the United States. Examples of past storm damage and technologies for reducing property loss and injury are provided. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

The Amazing World of Maps
Program discusses the history and development of map-making. Visual aids. 30 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

Grand Canyon from Top to Bottom
A scenic tour of one of the nation’s most famous national parks. Visual aids. 30 min. Paul D. McDermott, Professor Emeritus

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