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Posted by raherschbach on 19 May 2015

Are you a high school student making plans for your summer? How would you like to spend part of that time learning how to detect cyberattacks and foil those who try to carry them out?

This summer, Capitol is offering a unique, week-long camp experience for high schoolers in grades 9-12 with an interest in computer networks and how to defend them.

Capitol Cyber Challenge will be offered twice: from June 22 to 26, and from July 20 to 24. The program will include scavenger hunts and other cyber games; training in computer forensics; coding and scripting with Python and other languages; creating software robots; working with 3D printers; and other fun and informative activities. The program will run from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.

"It's perfect both for students who are interested in cybersecurity but don't know much about it, and also for those who have had some cybersecurity experience during high school and want to increase their knowledge base," said Meghan Young, director of Admissions Operations. "They'll have the opportunity to come to this camp for a week, nine to four, and get hands-on experience under the guidance of experts in the field."

"It's a really great experience for high school students to come in and have a college experience over the summer. I think a lot of students and parents are going to be pretty excited about it," Young said.

Capitol Cyber Challenge will be hosted at the McGowan Center on the university campus. The cost for a one-week session is $500. Click here for a printable registration form, or contact Joy Exner at or (240) 965-2485 for more information.


Commencement 2015: Celebration and a "call to arms"

The digital era has brought about a new kind of conflict – cyber conflict – and with it the need for intelligent, creative individuals who can assist in protecting networks and assets, US Cyber Defense Advisor to NATO Curtis KS Levinson told graduating students of Capitol Technology University at the school’s Commencement ceremony Saturday (May 16).

“In cyberspace, we fight invisible and often anonymous adversaries in a battle without either clear goal or end,” Levinson said.  “The weapons are no longer metal but mental.”

Capitol CubeSat selected for NASA launch

Capitol Technology has been emerging as a hub for research and experimentation using miniature, cube-shaped satellites, known as CubeSats.  In February, Capitol’s program received a major boost, with NASA selecting it to participate in its CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI).


Posted by raherschbach on 14 May 2015

They've been an integral part of the Capitol story as the school grew from a technical instiute into a full-fledged university. Now, after close to five decades of service to the academic community, two revered professors have announced their retirements.

John M. Ryan and Charles A. Vergers have decided to step down from full-time teaching following the spring semester. Both professors will continue in an adjunct role.

They were honored at a faculty and staff Town Hall held on April 22, with Capitol's president, Dr. Michael T. Wood, praising them for exemplifying the university's values.

"They represent the kind of dedication and excellence that we all strive for," Wood said, adding that they passed along the same ethic to those that they teach.  "Our students work their hearts out for these guys."

Ryan and Vergers both began their Capitol careers as students, earning bachelor of science degrees before being tapped to run labs and later teach courses. Ryan was instrumental in Capitol's move to the current Laurel campus, helping to transport the institution's equiipment, books and material from the previous location in Kensington, MD.

He says he strives to see things from a student's point of view, in order to assess the most effective way to get the curriculum across.

"One of my philosophies of teaching...has been to approach it from the standpoint of how I would want to be be taught this particular subject. What would I want to hear? How would this best be explained?" Ryan said in a 2002 interview.

Vergers has authored books on electircal noise and network synthesis but is proudest of his vocation as a professor and mentor.

"I have put a lot of work into lectures," Vergers said in 2002. "I have always tried to give the students a good lecture...I think that is one of my best accomplishments."

Iin addition to his faculty duties, he is known for his role in the annual Commencement ceremony. He has played organ music for the processional and recessional nearly every year since 1983, and has also provided music for Alpha Chi inductions.

Photos: John Ryan (top), Charles Vergers.



Posted by raherschbach on 11 May 2015

It's time to celebrate the achievements of Capitol's soon-to-be graduates as they complete their paths to a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. Commencement ceremonies will be held on the Capitol campus in South Laurel on Saturday, May 16, beginning at 9:45 am. The event will  be streamed live via this link. For graduation requirements, commencement procedures and other information, click here.

The program will include presentations of student awards, remarks by President Michael T. Wood, a special musical segment, and the presentation of degrees.

This year's commencement speaker is Curtis KS Levinson, the United States Cyber  Defense Advisor  to NATO and a member of Capitol's Board of Trustees.

Mr. Levinson has 25 years of focused experience in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. He has advised  two sitting Presidents of the United States, two Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  and the Chief Justice of the United  States on issues of Cybersecurity and Enterprise Technology.

He is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC and the London School of Economics  in London, England. He has also completed postgraduate coursework at the National  War College, Columbia University, and the  Wharton School of Business. His professional certifications include: Master Business Continuity Planner, Certified Data Professional, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Business  Continuity Planner and Certified Homeland Security Professional.

"I am especially pleased to have Mr. Levinson as our commencement speaker for several reasons," President Wood said. "One is the contribution he has made to our country by serving as our defense advisor to NATO on cybersecurity. He has done a great deal to enhance the corporate and government posture of the United States in terms of antcipaiting and responding to cyber threats.

"At the same time, he has shown dedication to and support of Capitol Technology University as a member of our Board of Trustees. I think that what he has to say to our graduates will present an inspiring message to them as they go forward with their careers."

In addition to Mr. Levinson's address, the commencement program will include musical selections performed by the Columbia Brass Quintet and soloist Andrew Exner. The Color Honor Guard of Laurel High School will present the school colors, and Reverend Robert B. Culp, a retired Presbyterian minister, will conduct the invocation.

Capitol Technology University is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to education in engineering, computer science, information technology and business through practices of leadership and innovation. Founded in 1927, Capitol offers associate, bachelor’s and master's degrees, doctoral programs in cybersecurity and management and decision sciences, and professional development training and certificates.

Academic programs are grounded in centers of excellence; these include the Space Operations Institute, the Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center, the Innovation and Leadership Institute, and the Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach. The college campus is located in Laurel, Maryland, a suburban setting midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.



Posted by raherschbach on 7 May 2015

Carl Hansen,  a senior in the astronautical engineering program, is the 2015 recipient of the Avrum Gudelsky Memorial Scholarship, endowed by Homer and Martha Gudelsky in memory of their son, Avrum. This scholarship recognizes and encourages academic excellence among outstanding seniors who are pursuing a bachelor of science degree. It is the highest academic honor the college confers.

Since beginning his studies at Capitol, Hansen has not only excelled in his classes but has helped develop and test an innovative satellite communications concept. 

He is a member of Project HERMES, which aims to develop a system that uses TCP-IP – the same protocol used on the internet – to communicate and control CubeSats. Hansen set up a radio-based backup communications system for use in HERMES test missions.  From 2013 to the present, he has been a participant in the University of Maryland’s Nearspace High Altitude Balloon project, helping to test the HERMES communications concept.

During the summer of 2014, Hansen participated in the NASA’s RockOn! Workshop, held at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. There, he helped build a payload that was placed on the Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket, which reached an altitude of 73.3 miles before splashing down in the Atlantic. He then continued with NASA’s ROCKSAT-X, where his team is preparing the HERMES payload for rocket launch in August 2015. It will be launched 100 miles into the atmosphere before landing in the ocean.

Meanwhile, Carl has kept a strong focus on academic excellence, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.84. He has also been active in campus life. He revived and serves as the current president of Capitol’s Amateur Radio Club, is a current member of the Rocketry and VelcroSat Clubs, and assists with the Space Dish Project when needed.

Carl has been working as an intern for Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. since January 2014 on the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM) Flight Operations Team.  Carl hopes to continue with Honeywell Technology Solutions through graduation next year and then transition into a full time position.  His ultimate career goal is to be a part of the Flight Operations Control for the first manned mission to Mars.  His passion for space systems began with playing with Legos as a child, and later took shape as a career aspiration while Carl was a junior in high school.  “It was when the Space Shuttle program ended that I realized I can go after this field (astronautical engineering) contribute and achieve as opposed to thinking about it,” Carl said. 

A native of Bowie, Maryland, Hansen is a licensed ham radio operator, with the call sign KC3BXO, and is currently a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor for Space Exploration, Astronomy and Aviation merit badges.



Posted by raherschbach on 1 May 2015

Accepted Student Overnights have become an increasingly popular way to give prospective students a taste of the college experience. During April, Capitol held its first-ever such event, inviting 33 successful applicants to the campus for an overnight stay.

The students attended classes, met the Capitol Student Ambassadors and representatives of student clubs, and participated in games and other activities,. Members of the admissions staff were on hand to answer any questions they had. After a pizza dinner, it was time to unroll the sleeping bags on the floor of the Student Center -- though many students stayed up late through the night, talking with newfound friends and potential future classmates.

"The idea is we bring all these accepted students to campus to really figure out if they want to be here or not," explained Director of Admissions Operations Meghan Young. "They immerse themselves at Capitol for 24 hours. It's our hope this will help them with their decisions on where to attend."

The impact of the April 7-8 event was noticeable, Young said. “Following their overnight stay, many students submitted deposits or signed up for housing. I think the event solidified the decision for many students who might have been on the fence. They came away knowing this school is where they want to be."

Participants took both a morning and afternoon class, selecting from courses in engineering, computer science and humanities. Activities organized for the group included a scavenger hunt and a trivia game. Prizes included Capitol spiritwear -- which proved to be in hot demand.

"When their parents came, the students who hadn't come away with a Capitol t-shirt or sweatpants wanted to go buy them from Student Life," Young said. "Although the event hadn't been designed as an opportunity to promote school merchandise, our inventory was going fast."

Plans to do it again next year? "Absolutely," she said. "It had a very positive effect."

Photo: Meghan Young


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Posted by raherschbach on 28 Apr 2015

No, Capitiol Technology University hasn't won an Oscar or an Emmy.

But the school's "Feed Your Geek" admissions campaign did receive a 2014 MarCom Award -- and, with it, a statuette made by R.S. Owens, the same firm that produces those given to movie and TV stars.

Capitol's campaign, created by The Design Channel in collaboration with the Office of Admissions, has been named a 2014 Platinum winner. Out of 650 entries in the branding and integrated marketing category, only 65 received awards -- and only 25 made it into the Platinum category. The "Feed Your Geek" campaign was one of them.

The MarCom Awards is a leading international awards program administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The international awards competition recognizes outstanding creative achievement in  the field.

There were over 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries in the 2014 competition. The competition includes categories in marketing campaigns, publications, promotion, digital marketing, interactive and more.

Different judges based on criteria and with a numbering system independently score entries to the competition. If an entry scores above a certain number, it is awarded a gold or platinum placement. This year, approximately 6,500 entries were submitted across all categories. .

Pictured: George H. Walls, senior director of Admissions (center). with The Design Channel's Cory Farrugia (right) and David Franek.


Posted by raherschbach on 24 Apr 2015

“A good poem delights us in many ways and for many reasons. It may arrest us by startling: it may win our affection by comforting: it may hold us by telling a true story or persuading us about something too good—or too wild—to be true. But it is the way of telling that makes one poet differ from another, and makes poetry differ from verse. It is the combination of the strange and the familiar that is the chief power of poetry: the power of surprise.”— Louis Untermeyer

April is National Poetry Month, and here at Puente Library, we started the celebration early. This year in early March we hosted a poetry-writing workshop led by Capitol’s own published poet Robert Herschbach, and organized in part by Senior Library Aide Rachel Derocher. At the workshop, students had the opportunity to read works by published poets, learn about different types of poetry and try their hand at writing poems themselves. Rob, stated of the workshop turnout: “The participants seemed engaged, and their comments were so insightful and spot-on…[t]hey pointed out interesting aspects of the poems that I hadn't noticed before - and these are poems I know pretty well and have read often.”

Capitol student and poetry fan, Karen Tavarez commented that “it was interesting to do the workshop with Rob, as it made students want to engage with the poems he shared and interact as we got to write our own poems at the end which made it really fun.”

The poetry workshop also kicked off the Puente Library’s annual Sandy Pisano Poetry Contest. Each year students submit their original poems, which are then judged by various faculty and staff. This year’s poetry contest judges was Robert Herschbach (Director of Communications), Dianne O’Neill (Vice President for Planning) and Nicole Magnani (Assistant Director of Finance). The judges read through the submitted poems, and the Puente Library is proud to announce and congratulate the winners of the 2015 Annual Sandy Pisano Poetry Contest:. First Prize went to Tim Johnson, Second Prize went to Anthony Lacilla, and Third Prize went to Karen Tavarez. We look forward to reading even more poetry entries next year!

The library has a growing collection of poetry books that are available for check-out, including current and classically acclaimed poets with a wide variety for differing tastes. Stop by and check out the poetry collection downstairs, if you aren’t sure where to look, just ask a library aide at the circulation desk for assistance. If you have any poets you particularly would like to see added to the library’s collection, please let us know via the suggestion box at the circulation desk or email us at We love to hear about what you would like to see added to the library’s offerings.

In closing, the Puente Library would like to thank Rob for all of his hard work and helping us pull off a successful poetry workshop, we couldn’t have done it without you!

--by Susanna Carey, Librarian (