Phi­lan­thropist aims to in­spire through $1 mil­lion gift to CSM

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With a vi­sion to pos­i­tively im­pact stu­dents and their fu­tures, phi­lan­thropist, busi­ness­woman and de­vel­oper Mar­i­anne Harms of Hunt­ing­town made a $1 mil­lion gift to pro­vide schol­ar­ships for stu­dents at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land.

“I be­lieve in the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land and see it as one of our great­est as­sets in our com­mu­nity, not only in how it serves stu­dents with higher learn­ing and train­ing but also how it en­riches the peo­ple of our com­mu­nity in so many ways. There is some­thing at this col­lege for ev­ery­one,” Harms said in a press re­lease.

The gift, which in­cludes $500,000 in cash and a planned gift of $500,000 through a Char­i­ta­ble Re­main­der An­nu­ity Trust, is the largest in the CSM Foun­da­tion’s $10-mil­lion “Make An Im­pact Cam­paign.”

“I see fu­tures here,” Harms said in the re­lease. “All of these funds will be di­rected to an en­dowed schol­ar­ship, the John and Mar­i­anne Harms En­dowed Schol­ar­ship Fund, hon­or­ing my late hus­band, John, who was an ar­dent sup­porter of higher ed­u­ca­tion and a very suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man. He would agree that this cam­paign is a trans­for­ma­tive cam­paign, one that will change the fu­ture of our stu­dents, and so I am estab­lish­ing this schol­ar­ship fund to help stu­dents af­ford col­lege and pre­pare for a bet­ter life.”

Born in Hager­stown, John Harms was an en­gi­neer and founded the John E. Harms Jr. and As­so­ciates En­gi­neer­ing con­sult­ing firm in 1955. He served as pres­i­dent and CEO for many years. Through the Harms’ phi­lan­thropy, the Heal­ing Gar­den at Calvert Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal, Harms Gallery at the Calvert Marine Mu­seum and the Mar­i­anne Harms Mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary Suite at the Shel­don E. Gold­berg Cen­ter for Breast Care at Calvert Health Sys­tem have been es­tab­lished.

“The com­pas­sion that John and Mar­i­anne Harms have demon­strated through their gen­er­ous of­fer­ings within our com­mu­nity has touched many lives and to­gether they have been cat­a­lysts to bring about trans­for­ma­tive change for South­ern Mary­land,” said CSM Pres­i­dent Dr. Brad Got­tfried in the re­lease. “Mar­i­anne is an en­thu­si­as­tic advocate for ed­u­ca­tion and what it can do for a per­son’s qual­ity of life. Now through this en­dowed schol­ar­ship, Mar­i­anne Harms, with her hus­band John, are cre­at­ing a legacy that will im­pact the lives of stu­dents pur­su­ing their higher ed­u­ca­tion goals far into the fu­ture, and the col­lege is hon­ored to be part of their vi­sion.”

CSM’s Im­pact Cam­paign is a trans­for­ma­tive three-year out­reach and fundrais­ing ef­fort that will cul­mi­nate in 2018 with the col­lege’s 60th an­niver­sary. “Make Your Im­pact: In­vest To­day to Trans­form To­mor­row” ad­dresses ac­cess, af­ford­abil­ity and achieve­ment by en­sur­ing that de­gree pro­grams and ca­reer train­ing are avail­able to ev­ery­one through schol­ar­ships, that high cal­iber pro­grams, fa­cil­i­ties and tech­nol­ogy are ac­ces­si­ble, and that strate­gic part­ner­ships and in­no­va­tion are created and sus­tained in the com­mu­nity.

“It is my plea­sure to make this gift and re­main in­volved with the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land and its suc­cess. I hope that this gift will in­spire oth­ers to sup­port the col­lege and to­gether we can change the fu­ture of our stu­dents and our com­mu­nity,” Harms said.

The John and Mar­i­anne Harms En­dowed Schol­ar­ship will be awarded an­nu­ally, with pref­er­ence given to stu­dents from South­ern Mary­land who demon­strate fi­nan­cial need. The first round of schol­ar­ships will be awarded be­gin­ning in the fall 2017 se­mes­ter. As part of the Harms’ Im­pact Cam­paign gift, the Flag­ship Build­ing on the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus will be named in John and Mar­i­anne Harms’ honor.

“Think of the im­pact this gift will make on our CSM com­mu­nity,” said CSM Foun­da­tion Chair Rane Franklin in the re­lease. “Mar­i­anne has taken a bold step to lead the way for other con­trib­u­tors to fol­low. Now we are look­ing for other cham­pi­ons to step up to join her and help CSM to go be­yond all ex­pec­ta­tions.”

For in­for­ma­tion on the Im­pact cam­paign ini­tia­tives, nam­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and more, visit http://IM­PACT.csmd. edu or call the CSM Foun­da­tion at 301-9347649.

‘#the­dronelife’ on dis­play at CSM gallery

Sculp­tor Do­minic San­sone will be the fea­tured artist in the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s next ex­hi­bi­tion at the Tony Hunger­ford Me­mo­rial Art Gallery on the La Plata Cam­pus.

The ex­hi­bi­tion opens Oct. 10 and will run through Nov. 3. San­sone will give a lec­ture at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11 on cam­pus.

A na­tive of Chicago, San­sone has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from the Univer­sity of Illi­nois Ur­bana Cham­paign and a master’s in fine art from the Her­ron School of Art and De­sign in In­di­anapo­lis. In 2010, San­sone was one of Her­ron’s first MFA grad­u­ates in vis­ual art and pub­lic life with an em­pha­sis in sculp­ture. Af­ter com­plet­ing BFA stud­ies, he spent two years work­ing for an aero­space com­pany pro­duc­ing fab­ri­ca­tion and as­sem­bly draw­ings for satel­lites, mil­i­tary air­craft and mo­bile ar­tillery units.

San­sone said he was in­flu­enced by the as­sem­bly line fab­ri­ca­tion of in­dus­trial machin­ery, weaponry and mu­ni­tions.

San­sone had two solo ex­hi­bi­tions last year at The Brayer in Ven­tura, California, and at the Dittmar Me­mo­rial Gallery at North­west­ern Univer­sity in Evanston, Ill.. In 2011, his work was part of the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union’s first Art and Civil Lib­er­ties ex­hibit in con­junc­tion with ArtPrize, a com­pe­ti­tion in Grand Rapids, Michi­gan, open to artists from all over the world.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be at the Tony Hunger­ford Me­mo­rial Art Gallery at the La Plata Cam­pus Fine Arts Cen­ter. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Satur­day. Artist lec­tures are usu­ally held Tues­day af­ter­noons and are free and open to the pub­lic. San­sone’s lec­ture Oct. 11 will be in the Learn­ing Re­source Cen­ter (LR Build­ing) Room 102 with a re­cep­tion im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing in the gallery.

Gen­eral Elec­tion dead­lines are ap­proach­ing

The dead­line to reg­is­ter to vote, change party af­fil­i­a­tion, up­date an ad­dress, and re­quest an al­ter­nate polling place for this elec­tion is 9 p.m. on Tues­day, Oct. 18.

To vote in the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion, Mary­land res­i­dents who are el­i­gi­ble to vote but are not yet reg­is­tered — in­clud­ing 17-yearolds who will be 18 years old or older on or be­fore the Nov. 8 Gen­eral Elec­tion — must reg­is­ter by 9 p.m. on Tues­day, Oct. 18. This is also the last day for reg­is­tered vot­ers to up­date their ad­dress at their local board of elec­tions or change their party af­fil­i­a­tion.

Res­i­dents with a Mary­land driver’s li­cense or MVA-is­sued ID may reg­is­ter to vote, change their ad­dress, or change their party af­fil­i­a­tion on­line at https://vot­erser­vices. elec­tions.mary­land.gov/ On­lineVoterRegis­tra­tion.

Vot­ers and mem­bers of the mil­i­tary, their spouses and de­pen­dents who are over­seas and who do not have a Mary­land driver’s li­cense or MVA-is­sued ID, may also reg­is­ter or change their ad­dress or party af­fil­i­a­tion on­line us­ing dif­fer­ent iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion.

Pa­per voter regis­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions must be hand-de­liv­ered or mailed to the voter’s local board of elec­tions. A hand-de­liv­ered ap­pli­ca­tion must be re­ceived by the local board of elec­tions by 9 p.m. on Oct. 18, and a mailed ap­pli­ca­tion must be post­marked by that day.

Voter regis­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able through­out Mary­land at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions: • Local boards of elec­tions • Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices • State Depart­ment of

Health of­fices • Local Depart­ment of

So­cial Ser­vices of­fices • Of­fices on Ag­ing • Di­vi­sion of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices • Pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions of

higher ed­u­ca­tion • Mar­riage li­cense

bu­reaus • Post of­fices • Pub­lic li­braries • State Board of Elec­tions Res­i­dents may also call 1-800-222-8683 to re­quest an ap­pli­ca­tion by mail or down­load and print a voter regis­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tion at www.elec­tions.mary­land.gov/voter_reg­is­tra­tion/ap­pli­ca­tion.html.

Cit­i­zens can also reg­is­ter to vote dur­ing early vot­ing. To make the vot­ing process quicker, res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter to vote by the close of voter regis­tra­tion. Those who can­not reg­is­ter by Oct. 18 are asked to go to an early vot­ing cen­ter in the county where they live and bring a doc­u­ment that proves where they live.

This doc­u­ment can be an MVA-is­sued li­cense, ID card, or change of ad­dress card, or pay­check, bank state­ment, util­ity bill, or other govern­ment doc­u­ment with the ap­pli­cants name and new ad­dress.

Most of Mary­land’s polling places are ac­ces­si­ble to vot­ers with dis­abil­i­ties. An el­derly voter or a voter with a dis­abil­ity who is as­signed to an in­ac­ces­si­ble polling place may ask to be re­as­signed to an ac­ces­si­ble polling place. This re­quest must be sub­mit­ted in writ­ing by 9 p.m. on Tues­day, Oct. 18. The re­quest form is avail­able on­line at www. elec­tions.mary­land.gov/ pdf/re­quest_­for_ac­ces­si­ble_polling_­place.pdf or by call­ing 1-800-222-8683 to re­quest a form by mail. On re­ceipt of a timely re­quest, the voter’s local board of elec­tions will review the re­quest and de­ter­mine whether there is an ac­ces­si­ble polling place with the same bal­lot as the voter’s home precinct and no­tify the voter of the sta­tus of his or her re­quest.

To ver­ify voter regis­tra­tion sta­tus or to find out if an as­signed polling place is ac­ces­si­ble, vot­ers may go to https://vot­erser­vices.elec­tions.mary­land.gov/ VoterSearch.

Start­ing Thurs­day, Oct. 27 through and in­clud­ing Thurs­day, Nov. 3, vot­ers can vote in per­son at the des­ig­nated early vot­ing cen­ter(s) in their county of res­i­dence and up­date their ad­dress. The best days to vote early to avoid de­lays are Satur­day, Oct. 29 and Sun­day, Oct. 30. Early vot­ing lo­ca­tions and hours and ad­di­tional elec­tion-re­lated dates and in­for­ma­tion are avail­able at www.elec­tions.mary­land.gov/vot­ing/ear­ly_vot­ing. html. For more in­for­ma­tion, vot­ers may con­tact the State Board of Elec­tions at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or go to www.elec­tions.mary­land.gov.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

With a vi­sion to pos­i­tively im­pact stu­dents and their fu­tures, phi­lan­thropist, as­tute busi­ness­woman and de­vel­oper Mar­i­anne Harms of Hunt­ing­town has made a $1 mil­lion gift to pro­vide schol­ar­ships for stu­dents at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land. From left are CSM Foun­da­tion Direc­tor Dixie Miller, CSM Foun­da­tion Chair Rane Franklin, Harms, CSM Pres­i­dent Brad Got­tfried, CSM Vice Pres­i­dent of Ad­vance­ment Michelle Good­win and CSM Vice Pres­i­dent Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus Rich Flem­ing.

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