St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land to hike tu­ition by 2 per­cent

Li­brary and gar­den on cam­pus re­named

Maryland Independent - - News - By JAC­QUI ATKIELSKI jatkiel­ski@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Jac­quiEn­tNews

St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land’s board of trustees met Fri­day and ap­proved a 2 per­cent tu­ition in­crease for the 2017-18 aca­demic year. In-state tu­ition will in­crease by $228 to the rate of $11,646, while out-of­s­tate tu­ition will in­crease by $532 to the rate of $27,098.

The in­crease is the sec­ond at the col­lege in four years. A tu­ition freeze locked rates into place for stu­dents be­tween 2013 and 2015, and the state leg­is­la­ture en­abled col­lege of­fi­cials to im­ple­ment an 8.6 per­cent in­state tu­ition re­duc­tion in 2014, ac­cord­ing to a col­lege re­lease.

Chip Jack­son, col­lege vice pres­i­dent for business and fi­nance, said, “We’ve worked hard over the last five or six years to keep tu­ition low. The in-state tu­ition for next year, the 2017-2018 school year, will be lower than it was for the 20112012 school year.” He said there was dis­cus­sion but no con­tro­versy at the col­lege’s board of trustees meet­ing prior to vot­ing on the in­crease.

The 2017-2018 tu­ition rate in­crease re­flects ad­di­tional state fund­ing pro­vided by Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) and the state leg­is­la­ture to mod­er­ate tu­ition for stu­dents from Mary­land, lim­it­ing the in­crease to 2 per­cent, the re­lease states.

“This mod­est tu­ition in­crease for 2017-18 will en­able the col­lege to con­tinue to ful­fill its mission to main­tain our high aca­demic qual­ity as Mary­land’s only pub­lic hon­ors col­lege while pro­vid­ing an out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram to our stu­dents that is both af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble,” Tua­juanda C. Jor­dan, col­lege pres­i­dent, said in the re­lease.

In other business, the board ap­proved the re­nam­ing of the col­lege’s li­brary to the Hilda C. Lan­ders Li­brary. This rec­om­men­da­tion will now be sub­mit­ted to Mary­land’s Board of Pub­lic Works for fi­nal re­view and ap­proval, as re­quired by law.

Lan­ders was a 1923 grad­u­ate of the St. Mary’s Fe­male Sem­i­nary. She and her hus­band, Arthur, cre­ated two trusts, the Arthur E. Lan­ders Jr. and Hilda C. Lan­ders Trusts, of which St. Mary’s Col­lege is one of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. Sup­port to date from the Lan­ders and their trusts is es­ti­mated at $6.4 mil­lion. Nearly 2,000 stu­dents have re­ceived merit and fi­nan­cial sup­port through these gifts.

In ad­di­tion, the space known as the cam­pus farm has been re­named the Kate Chan­dler Cam­pus Farm in me­mory of the life and legacy of Kate Chan­dler, a fac­ulty mem­ber with a joint ap­point­ment be­tween the English de­part­ment and the en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies pro­gram.

Bon­nie Green and Harry Weitzel Jr. were awarded Or­der of the Ark and Dove ci­ta­tions. The ci­ta­tions were orig­i­nally cre­ated in 1972 to honor those in­di­vid­u­als who have given dis­tin­guished ser­vice to St. Mary’s Col­lege.

Rec­om­mended by the col­lege’s board of trustee gov­er­nance com­mit­tee, the board rec­og­nized re­tir­ing trustees Gary Job­son, Molly Mahoney Matthews and Mike O’Brien with trustee emerita/emer­i­tus sta­tus. All have served for 12 years or more, meet­ing the el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ment for emer­i­tus sta­tus.

The fol­low­ing fac­ulty have been pro­moted to full pro­fes­sor: Jef­frey Cole­man, pro­fes­sor of English; Kather­ine Gantz, pro­fes­sor of French; Pamela Mertz, pro­fes­sor of chem­istry and bio­chem­istry; and Sa­har Shafqat, pro­fes­sor of politi­cal science. The fol­low­ing fac­ulty have been reap­pointed with ten­ure and pro­moted to as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor: Diana Boros, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of politi­cal science; Veron­ica Arel­lano Dou­glas, li­brar­ian; Bar­rett Em­er­ick, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of phi­los­o­phy; and Liza Gi­janto, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of an­thro­pol­ogy.

Tua­juanda C. Jor­dan

Chip Jack­son

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