Chaney awards grants for CSM bee cam­pus, schol­ar­ship

The Calvert Recorder - - Business -

The Chaney En­ter­prises Foun­da­tion awarded the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land two sep­a­rate grants in Septem­ber to­tal­ing $20,000 to sup­port the col­lege’s ef­forts in­side, and out­side, the class­rooms.

First, the con­crete and ag­gre­gate com­pany do­nated $10,000 to as­sist with main­tain­ing CSM’s Bee Cam­pus USA Pro­gram. CSM was among the first Mary­land col­leges to be­come a bee cam­pus and is cre­at­ing pol­li­na­tor-friendly en­vi­ron­ments at each of its four cam­puses, a press re­lease states. In the spring, the col­lege set out to foster habi­tats that en­cour­aged pol­li­na­tor di­ver­sity and abun­dance — bees, but­ter­flies and other help­ful in­sects, as well as birds and bats.

To re­plen­ish this kind of habi­tat in South­ern Mary­land, na­tive species like bee balm and but­ter­fly weed were planted at the La Plata cam­pus. Golden Alexan­ders and lyre leaf sage are be­ing planted at the Leonard­town cam­pus this fall. New plant­ings are still be­ing re­searched at the re­gional Hugh­esville cam­pus, and the Prince Fred­er­ick cam­pus now fea­tures the largest va­ri­ety, in­clud­ing bee balm, le­mon balm, cal­en­dula, black-eyed Su­san, spirea, tansy, sweet Williams, car­pet roses, di­anthus, co­re­op­sis, oregano, fall asters, tall phlox, oak leaf hydrangea, gera­nium, candy tuft, se­dums, French laven­der and milk­weed, the re­lease states.

“The Chaney En­ter­prises Foun­da­tion is proud to sup­port the CSM Bee Cam­puses,” Re­bekah Chaney Lare, vice chair of The Chaney Foun­da­tion, said in the re­lease. “We rec­og­nize that the envi- ron­ment must be treated with re­spect and with an eye to the fu­ture. Projects like this pro­mote sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tices which is a core part of Chaney’s mis­sion.”

“Chaney En­ter­prises and The Chaney En­ter­prises Foun­da­tion are amaz­ing cor­po­rate neigh­bors, not just to CSM, but also to more than 30 part­ners and char­i­ties in South­ern Mary­land, to whom they give gen­er­ously,” CSM Pres­i­dent Mau­reen Mur­phy said in the re­lease. “Their fo­cus on our com­mu­ni­ties and the peo­ple — and work­force — liv­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties is amaz­ing. We are achiev­ing more and suc­ceed­ing as a re­gion, thanks to Chaney’s phil­an­thropic phi­los­o­phy.”

The Chaney En­ter­prises Foun­da­tion also awarded CSM $10,000 to cre­ate a Work­force De­vel­op­ment Schol­ar­ship for stu­dents pur­su­ing skilled trades at the Hugh­esville cam­pus’ Cen­ter for Trades and En­ergy Train­ing.

The gift was an­nounced Sept. 20 in con­junc­tion with the an­nounce­ment that CSM’s Con­struc­tion Work­force Part­ner­ship for South­ern Mary­land was awarded a $150,000 EARN grant from the Mary­land Depart­ment of La­bor, Li­cens­ing and Reg­u­la­tion to pro­vide full tu­ition as­sis­tance for 40 in­di­vid­u­als pur­su­ing a ca­reer in the skilled trades, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The Con­struc­tion Work­force Part­ner­ship in­cludes CSM; South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive; Chaney En­ter­prises; the Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s cham­bers of com­merce; South­ern Mary­land Mi­nor­ity Cham­ber of Com­merce; As­so­ci­ated Builders and Con­trac­tors; and the In­de­pen­dent Elec­tri­cal Con­trac­tors.

“Chaney En­ter­prises strives to serve the needs of our sur­round­ing com­mu­nity through phil­an­thropic do­na­tions,” Lare said. “Our goal is to pro­vide a bet­ter qual­ity of life for all cit­i­zens in the com­mu­ni­ties where we do busi­ness. We are proud to serve on the part­ner­ship that ap­plied for and se­cured the EARN grant and be­cause CSM is an amaz­ing aca­demic part- ner — who we turn to for as­sis­tance in train­ing our skilled trades em­ploy­ees — we wanted to give more.”

The U.S. con­struc­tion in­dus­try added 23,000 net new po­si­tions in Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to an em­ploy­ment sta­tis­tics sur­vey pre­pared by the An­a­lysts of the Na­tional Es­ti­mates Branch of the U.S. Bu­reau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics. Dur­ing the last 12 months, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, the con­struc­tion in­dus­try has added 315,000 net new jobs, the re­lease states.

To learn more about CTET and the var­i­ous path­way and cer­tifi­cates avail­able for skilled trades, or ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, con­tact CTET Di­rec­tor Bruce Posey at 301-5394733 or bposey@csmd. edu or course co­or­di­na­tor Michael Langton at 301539-4370 or mlang­ton@ csmd.edu.

For in­for­ma­tion about the Bee Cam­pus USA pro­gram and ap­pli­ca­tion process, visit www.beecityusa. org/ap­pli­ca­tion-cam­pus. html.

For in­for­ma­tion on other ways CSM is pur­su­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity, visit www.csmd.edu/ about/en­vi­ron­men­tal-sus­tain­abil­ity/.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Pic­tured here dur­ing a check pre­sen­ta­tion are Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Vice Pres­i­dent of Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and Work­force De­vel­op­ment Dan Mosser, left, Grants and Schol­ar­ship Man­ager of the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Anne Arun­del County An­gela Travers, CSM Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Work De­vel­op­ment Kelly Win­ters, The Chaney Foun­da­tion Vice Chair R.G. Chaney Lare, CSM Pres­i­dent Mau­reen Mur­phy, CSM Vice Pres­i­dent of Ad­vo­cacy and Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Michelle Good­win, CSM Vice Pres­i­dent of Aca­demic Af­fairs Eileen Abel and CSM Vice Pres­i­dent of Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Tony Jerni­gan.

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