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Posted by raherschbach on 17 Apr 2015

Folded Pages: Exploring the Artist’s Book, is currently on view in the Puente Library at Capitol Technology University in Laurel, Maryland through Thursday, May 7. A reception will be held on Sunday, April 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The exhibit includes eight handmade books by Baltimore artists Ebet Chee, Elsie Grant, Kaitlyn Malloy, Maria Mendoza, Planta* and Lydia Tesfu.

Each book in the exhibit offers a different visual experience, with or without text: the puzzle of a complicated three-dimensional paper structure, a colorful explosion of painted words, a non-verbal swirl of conflicting human emotions, the imaginary journey of flower eating creatures, or the interpretation of the natural world in books about rivers or trees.

Instead of traditional signatures of pages to turn, all of the books unfold to take the viewer or reader on a journey with physical twists and turns. The designs include mazes cut and folded from single sheets of paper, expanding pop-up structures, and accordions that unfold similar to scrolls.

The public is invited to the reception and exhibit. Admission and parking are free. The John G. and Beverly A. Puente Library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Technology University is located at 11301 Springfield Road, Laurel, MD 20708.

Kierra Harrison: a passion for programming

Kierra Harrison loves to program. One thing her friends and acquaintances know about her is that, at any given time, she's probably writing code.


Posted by raherschbach on 15 Apr 2015

 I’m really going to miss Matthew Polly's book. He is the author of American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch, which is required reading in English Communications I. Shaolin has been the hands down favorite of the many books I have used over the last 13 years. On the cover is a photograph of a traditional monk dressed in his saffron-colored robes walking away from the camera clutching a Burger King bag behind his back—a fitting introduction to Matt’s story.

Matthew Polly was a sophomore at Princeton in 1992 when he decided he was going to use the rest of his tuition money to train in martial arts at the Shaolin Temple in China, home of the famous kungfu warrior monks. In the face of his parent’s disapproval and with little information about where or whether the Temple still existed, Matt set off on an adventure both funny and inspiring. He was largely driven by his list of  “Things That Are Wrong With Matt”. He doubted his masculinity and his physical courage, was insecure around girls, and uncertain of his spiritual path.  YouTube video clips of Matt’s first bouts with the kungfu monks show a tall, lanky kid towering over the small, wiry monks who systematically toppled him every few seconds. But he kept getting up and ultimately earned the respect of the monks as he demonstrated his willingness to “eat bitter”, i.e. suffer through the relentless training regimen at Shaolin.

His story also introduces the reader to rural China, where a can of Coke is highly prized and  “bottled water” is dangerous to drink because it comes from the polluted stream behind the Temple. The best medical care he receives is from the Temple’s janitor who makes a poultice with rat skin and other yucky ingredients that heals his sore knee, while the pills he gets from the local hospital do nothing to cure his recurring diarrhea.  Matt learns to use “crazy foreigner kungfu” to get attention from store clerks and hospital personnel—all Americans are unpredictable to the Chinese, so when Matt yells and carries on, folks rush to accommodate him.  And he discovers the central importance of “saving face” as he represents Shaolin in kickboxing matches and kungfu tournaments.  (If Matt wins, reasons his coach, there will be great honor for Shaolin, but if he loses, no problem.  Everyone knows that white foreigners are lousy at kungfu.)  To everyone’s surprise, he won quite often!

So for many students, Matt was a role model, someone who, like them, left family and friends to enter a new culture. He demonstrated that grit and determination are more important than raw talent, and physical comforts like a soft bed, hot water, and 24/7 media access can be distractions from learning rather than necessities.

Nevertheless, we’re saying good-bye to Matt and his book in the fall.  Martial arts are not as exotic as they once were. Taekwondo schools have popped up in strip malls across America,  kungfu busses pick up kids for after school classes, and Mom takes yoga on Tuesdays from 7-8 at the local Y.  Even the grandparents are doing Tai Chi in the backyard.  Matt’s adventures have lost their fascination …but I will miss the kid.

Alumni Profile: Terrence Bacon ‘07

When Terrence Bacon started college, he knew he wanted to do something involving computers. But coding wasn’t what appealed to him the most.

“I initially started out doing software engineering, but the emphasis was a little too much on programming for me and I wasn’t a very strong programmer,” he says. He was more interested in designing networks, configuring systems and troubleshooting any problems that came up.

Gain the Business Analytics edge with Capitol's newest doctoral program

Capitol Technology University is known as an innovator in the field of higher education. In 2010, it established one of the nation's first doctoral-level programs in cybersecurity, helping to train professionals to become thought leaders, policy makers and senior leaders in this vital arena.


Posted by raherschbach on 10 Apr 2015

Covering the financial costs of a university education can be tough, but a scholarship can go a long way towards easing the burden. From the Financial Aid office, here are listings for several scholarship opportunities with upcoming deadlines. Act now!

1. The WIA (Women in Aerospace) Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is open to women who are obtaining high education degrees in Engineering, Math or Science and are interested in pursuing a career in the Aerospace field.  I have attached a link to the scholarship website and also a link to the scholarship application. The application process is now open. The deadline is June 5, 2015.

Scholarship website link: link:

Application deadline: June 15

2. SSA-Educational Foundation Scholarship

Annual Information Security Scholarship

The Information Systems Security Association Education Foundation (ISSAEF) proudly announces an Information Security scholarship for outstanding students. To be eligible for a scholarship a student must be pursuing a career in computer science including information security and privacy and must be an active, full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an information security related program. 

 The applicant must fulfill the eligibility requirements established by the ISSA Educational  Foundation (ISSAEF) Scholarship Committee. The scholarship of $2000 will be awarded towards tuition and books during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Applications can be found in the  ISSAEF website at:
Application deadline: June 15


3. Chameleon John $10,000
Spring 2015 Student Scholarship

Our mission at is to help people save money on their online purchases. That is why we get the best coupon codes from hundreds of online stores around the United States. After having saved money for thousands of consumers, we decided to give a hand to future students who are struggling financially and thus established an annual $10,000 scholarship for University students in the United States.

The application requirements are as follow:

  • Your desired University must be in the United States;
  • You must submit your application until the 1st of June 2015.

Assessment: We will read all the essays and choose one applicant who will be granted the scholarship. The money will be transferred to their University’s bank account.

Apply at:
Application deadline: June 1

4. Digital Marketing Scholarship / Snap Agency

We have recently launched an essay scholarship search open for all students. Our goal is to encourage young minds to create cutting-edge ideas on digital marketing. The search is open to all college students regardless of their chosen majors. There is also a social media component that measures the social shares of the finalists. The winner of the search will take home $1000 which the student can use toward degree completion.  The last day to enter is 5/25/2015 and the winner will be announced 6/15/2015.
Application deadline: May 10

5. General Scholarship for Higher Learning: Spring 2015 Students enrolled in a two year, four year, or a graduate program are eligible to apply.

Lighting55 is offering college based scholarships for students aspiring to achieve a college education. As we have attended college education ourselves, we are aware of the difficulty students face in financing their education. We recognize the benefits a college degree can provide. That's why our need-based scholarship rewards students who are looking to better themselves, who have goals and dreams, and who are committed to achieving a college degree. Students of all majors of all countries who are 16 years of age or older are encouraged to apply for our scholarships. High school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners are all encouraged to apply.

The General Scholarship is awarded each fall and spring semester.

Application deadline: April 15




Posted by raherschbach on 8 Apr 2015

By Xavier A. Richards, Director of Graduate Recruitment

The National Society of Black Engineers held its annual convention in Anaheim California during March. Candace Rodgers and I participated in the graduate and career fair and so we were able to meet with NSBE members from all over the world.  

There were about 10,000 engineers at  the convention. 

We met with undergraduate students who had backgrounds in electrical, biomedical, mechanical, aerospace, astronautical, civil engineering to name a few. We also met with working professionals who are seeking to advance their careers.This diverse group of prospective students presented the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our online master's degree programs in computer science, electrical engineering, internet engineering, and astronautical engineering. There was also a great deal of interest in our cybersecurity and business master's and doctoral programs.

It was also a joy to meet Capitol alumni and current students who came up to the booth and tell us about their wonderful and most memorable time at Capitol. There were over 200 employers at the convention and we were able to network with companies that gave us information on internships and coops that are available to undergraduate students.

This event gave us the chance to recruit the brightest engineering students who excel academically and professionally and we look forward to working with them as they apply to our graduate programs.

Hoyer leads roundtable discussion at Capitol Technology University

Rising costs are pricing many prospective students out of the higher education system at a time when the United States cannot afford to waste their potential, U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said on Thursday (April 2) during a roundtable discussion at Capitol Technology University in Laurel, MD.


Posted by raherschbach on 2 Apr 2015

As warm weather returns to the area, it’s time to stretch those legs and take a break from the computer screen. And several student clubs at Capitol Technology University have teamed up to organize an event that will help you do just that.

On April 11, Capitol students will be hosting their very first Spring Kickoff, featuring music, food and a variety of games (both outdoor and indoor). Prizes will be awarded.

Capitol’s campus is on the site of the former Beltsville Speedway, and while the kickoff won’t feature any high-speed races, the event will include a car show. Anyone with a vehicle they’d like to show off is encouraged to participate.

Four student organizations – The Fit Club, SIC, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and oSTEM – are sponsoring the event, which will be held from 10 am until 4 pm. All memebrs of the Capitol community and their families are invited.

“We met with alumni of the university who told us about similar events that used to be held on campus, including a car show,” said Theodore Stewart, president of the Fit Club. “That sounded very interesting, considering that we have a lot of car lovers on campus. Indeed, there’s been a lot of excitement about it so far.

“It’s a chance for car enthusiasts to get together and talk about cars, maybe show off any upgrades they’ve done,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the games held at the event are designed to create a family atmosphere, and will include sports like volleyball and kickball. “While parents are looking at the cars, kids can be having fun playing the games,” Stewart said.

Anyone interested n participating in the car show should contact Stewart (e-mail: theodorestewart11(at) by April 3. That will help the event organizers properly accommodate all the vehicles.


Posted by raherschbach on 1 Apr 2015

By Yonathan  Goitom, Alumni Council President

As a young transfer student from Frostburg State University, I was pretty fired up about my education. I entered my sophomore year at Capitol Technology University – then known as Capitol College – with a sense of my potential as well as the motivation and passion to achieve academic success.

Potential and motivation aren’t enough, though. Any student, no matter how focused on the ultimate goal, must find a way to meet the financial obligations that come with a higher education.

It can be tough. Working at a job will help pay off the bills, but it can also cut into study time, hindering progress. Securing financial aid can make all the difference. So can the support of mentors and faculty.

I know this first-hand. To save money, I decided to move back to my parents’ house after living in a college apartment during my freshman year at Frostburg. While that reduced my expenses, it also meant becoming a commuter student. I had to give up the experience of living on campus and feeling like a full-fledged college student.

While at Capitol, I worked as a sales rep for Circuit City. Initially 10-15 hours per week were enough. As my financial burden increased, however, my part-time job became more like a full-time one, reaching 35-40 hours. It’s not hard to guess what happened as a result: my grades dropped. I also had less time available to mingle with fellow Capitol students and alumni, establish professional relationships, and identify internship opportunities.

It was at this time, when I was close to giving up on my college aspirations, that one of the important benefits of being at a small college became apparent. Though my situation was difficult, I had support. Professors at Capitol know their students on a first-name basis. I was not simply a name in a grade book. My instructors truly cared about my progress. They were committed to my success.

Claude Rankin, who chairs the business and humanities program at Capitol, saw that my academic record was slipping and wanted to know why. He listened to me patiently as I explained the difficulties of balancing work and school. And he didn’t just listen. An internship opportunity had come up, one that he felt I’d be an excellent match for.

It’s then that the difference at Capitol really hit home, The student to teacher ratio allows for faculty members to work closely with students and provide them with the attention they need -- not only when they are excelling, but when they’re struggling or facing obstacles. That’s often when they need the help of their professors the most.  You won’t often find that level of concern at a larger school, where you’re one of hundreds in an auditorium-size class.

Encouraged by Professor Rankin’s support, I applied and landed the opportunity. After that, everything changed: I made the dean’s list in successive years and graduated with an excellent GPA. Today I work for Red Hat, a leading global provider of open-source software.

As the president of Capitol’s Alumni Association, I have a strong and abiding interest in helping current students negotiate the types of challenges that I experienced firsthand. The Association recently stepped up to the plate by sponsoring the Fusion Lab, a unique facility that enables students to get hands-on systems engineering experience that will help them start their careers. We’re also endeavoring to expand our mentorship program, create professional development workshops and establish a more visible presence on campus.

If you are an alum, particularly one whose story sounds familiar to mine, or willing to work with the Alumni Council and the Association, we would like to hear from you.  Juggling classes, exams and financial obligations is never easy. With your help, though, we can assist students in meeting the challenge – and in keeping their focus where it should be: on achieving their educational goals.