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Big Fish, Featured, Schools

Big Fish: Onward and Upward With New Goucher President Jose Bowen

0 Written by: | Monday, Oct 20, 2014 2:53pm

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Jose Bowen’s CV is 33 pages long, and it reads like a how-to guide to a liberal arts education. A musicologist with four Stanford degrees under his belt, starting with a B.S. in Chemistry, Bowen has risen quickly through the ranks of academia – at Stanford, the University of Southampton (England), Georgetown University, Miami University, and for the past eight years, as Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Read More →

Big Fish, Culture, Featured

Big Fish: A Conversation With Doreen Bolger As the BMA’s Centennial Nears

1 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 02, 2014 1:55pm

 

Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post

BMA Director Doreen Bolger. Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post

Since taking over as Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art 16 years ago, Doreen Bolger has presided over an era of carefully thought-out change. There was the renovation of the Cone Wing in 2001, the initiation of several scholarly traveling exhibitions, and the elimination of general admissions fees in 2006 —as well as everyday crises like this year’s return of the stolen Renoir. Read More →

Big Fish, Featured, Money & Power

Big Fish Q&A with Democratic Candidate for Atty. Gen. Brian Frosh

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 22, 2014 11:55am

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State Sen. Brian Frosh

State Sen. Brian Frosh has held office in Annapolis since 1987, when he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates representing the state’s 16th district in his native Montgomery County. He moved from the House to the Senate in 1995 and is currently the Democratic nominee for Maryland Attorney General.

His professional resume includes work on many ethics and environmental commissions. Protecting children and seniors, curbing violence, environmental stewardship, and consumer protection make up the key issues of his campaign. Recently Sen. Frosh took some time to tell us a little about his life philosophy and school us on the importance of the state’s top lawyer, a job he will face off for against attorney Jeffrey Pritzker in the general election on November 4.

Sum up your life philosophy in one sentence.

We have an opportunity to make a difference every day of our lives – I try to make the most of it.

What is the best advice you ever got? Did you follow it?

If you have a job to do, whether you like it or not, do it well. I always follow it.

What advice would you give a young person who aspires to do what you do?

Never underestimate the power of personal relationships to help you achieve your goals. I never won a single campaign or got a law passed without help from friends and colleagues. Put in the time to build substantive, trusting relationships throughout your life and you will be rewarded not just with personal success but, more importantly, a lifetime of friendship, support and wisdom.

What do you see as the cause behind low voter turnout (among both Republicans and Democrats) in the June primary?

Moving Election Day up from September to June drove down voter turnout. People were not used to the early date and many families were focused on finishing school and leaving for summer vacations. But I saw something deeper at work during the primary. Many question whether their elected leaders care about their needs. More voters than ever are skeptical their vote makes a difference. As a result, belief in government and the power of democracy is at an all-time low. I am committed to making government work for all Marylanders. Read More →

Big Fish, Featured, Schools

Big Fish: Garrison Forest School Starts the School Year Under New Leadership for the First Time in 20 Years

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 3:30pm

Kim Roberts

This fall, for the first time in two decades, the Garrison Forest School community welcomes a change in leadership. Dr. Kim Roberts, a California native with an impressive and varied background in education, will take the place of long-term head Peter O’Neill, who led the independent K-12 girls’ school in Owings Mills for 20 years before retiring at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

Replacing the beloved O’Neill, who had become a fixture at the school during his lengthy tenure, will be a challenge. But Roberts, who exudes confidence, youthful energy, and a keen sharpness, appears more than prepared to greet the task head on. Also in her favor, Roberts is a firm believer in single-sex education, of which she herself is a product. Recently, Roberts broke from her busy start-of-the-year schedule to share a bit about herself, what drew her to Garrison Forest, and her vision for the school’s  future.

You were living on the West Coast when you interviewed and accepted the position at Garrison Forest. How did you know this job, on the other side of the country, would be a good fit?

I had spent ten years in Charlottesville, Virginia, so I felt like the Mid-Atlantic was somewhat known to me. My husband is from Virginia. I also lived in Washington, D.C. for a couple years. But more than the city itself, the school felt like a good fit.

Peter O’Neill was head of the school at Garrison for 20 years. What’s it feel like to step into the position after him, given that he was a fixture here for so long?

He was incredibly supportive of me, and continues to be. That helps a lot. It’s a little daunting to follow a veteran. My feeling is that he was adored in the Garrison community, but they’re also excited for change. And, he always felt like a woman should be leading the school.

What’s at the top of your priority list as the new head of Garrison Forest?

This first year, I just need to get to know the people in the community. Schools are all about people anyway. So my top priority is to get to know the students, families, and people who work here. Beyond that, I’m really trying to look closely at our academic program, to make sure we’re delivering the best and most relevant program we can. Read More →

Big Fish, Lifeline

Helping Veterans Move From Military to Civilian Life: A Q & A With Leaders of COMMIT

1 Written by: | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 11:30am

Commit supporters John Harbaugh and Gen. Odierno with Commit Co-Executive Director Matt Eversmann and his wife Tori.

Commit supporters John Harbaugh and Gen. Raymond Odierno with Commit Co-Executive Director Matt Eversmann. Photo by Jessica Kartalija via Facebook.

For hundreds of service men and women re-entering civilian life, the transition can be a challenging and unsettling one. They grapple with how their unique skills and training translate to the civilian workforce and question whether they will find a job that fits their individual goals and needs. While assistance programs existed to address these issues, there remained a gap in information, confidence and imagination for these veterans.

In 2012, Anne Meree Craig and Guy Filippelli collaborated to launch a branch of The COMMIT Foundation, an organization formed to mitigate the gaps. Through mentoring workshops, one-on-one transition assistance, and corporate education, the group strives to make the transition back to civilian life an easier one. The Baltimore program is one of eight across the country, in cities in Northern California, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York. Read More →

Big Fish, Columns, Featured

Big Fish: Baltimore Artist Greg Otto Tackles The Cylburn Mansion — And Takes On A New Town

2 Written by: | Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 9:40am

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Greg Otto’s crayon-colored, Pop-Art inspired paintings of Baltimore landmarks – the Domino Sugar factory, the Bromo Seltzer Tower, the Hippodrome and hundreds more – have made him one of Baltimore’s most recognized and beloved artists. For nearly 30 years he has drawn inspiration from the quirky buildings of Baltimore’s industrial past, famous landmarks and storefront churches alike, distilling their beauty and zapping them with color. Towering or tiny, dignified or drab — they take on new glamour when seen through his eyes.

And we’re not the only town that loves him. His work received national attention a decade ago, when the American Institute of Architects/Chicago asked him to paint a series of Chicago’s awe-inspiring buildings for the 2004 AIA Convention there.

A few years ago he began work on a group of paintings of New York City – a city Otto has been fond of since the early 70’s, when the legendary abstract expressionist art dealer Betty Parsons included him in her stable of artists. At the time, Otto was working in a style that could hardly more be different than his current color-infused canvases – minimalist abstractions in pencil on paper which are both subtle and fascinating, and which he is still returns to occasionally. Read More →

Big Fish, Featured, Schools

Meet Baltimore’s Sean McComb, the 2014 National Teacher of the Year

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 11:00am

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As the school year winds down, it’s an apt time to reflect on those teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty. You know who they are. They’re the teachers who are willing to come in before school, and stay after the final bell rings, to work with kids who didn’t quite grasp a concept during class. They’re the teachers who are champions for their students as much as they are purveyors of information. They’re the teachers who wake up something latent in students that translates into a lasting impact. They’re teachers like Sean McComb. Read More →

Big Fish, Culture, Featured

New MICA Head Samuel Hoi Talks About the Creative Economy (It’s Booming), Art and Moving to Baltimore

2 Written by: | Monday, May 05, 2014 11:14am

 

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Samuel Hoi will arrive in Baltimore on July 1 to become the new president of MICA, taking the reins from the much-admired Fred Lazarus. Sammy (as he is known) is coming from Los Angeles, where he has spent 14 years as president of Otis College of Art and Design. In his time there, he has increased enrollment, tripled the endowment, added new buildings to the campus, implemented Otis’s first comprehensive strategic planning and branding efforts, and overseen the creation of distinguished academic programs such as Creative Action: Integrated Learning, Graduate Graphic Design and Graduate Public Practice. Read More →

Big Fish, Featured, Money & Power

Big Fish Q&A with Maryland Delegate Heather Mizeur

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 07, 2014 8:38am

 

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Gubernatorial candidate Del. Heather Mizeur’s platform is so unapologetically progressive, it makes some of her fellow Maryland Democrats look downright right wing. Her position on marijuana is to outright legalize it. She proposes a broader expansion of pre-kindergarten programs and a higher minimum wage increase than either of her party rivals, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. And her stance against hydraulic fracturing in the state is utterly unambiguous. Read More →

Big Fish, Health and Fitness

Moving the Goal Posts: Catching Up with Molly Shattuck

5 Written by: | Monday, Mar 24, 2014 12:15pm

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Molly Shattuck has grabbed the attention of Baltimoreans ever since becoming – at the age of 38 with three young children – a Baltimore Ravens’ cheerleader, the oldest in NFL history.

We watched her appear on the reality television show “Secret Millionaire” in 2008, as she and her mother, Joan, lived for a week on “welfare wages” and passed out checks totaling $1 million to needy residents of a small town in rural Pennsylvania. Three years later, she released an exercise video and started a website called Vibrant Living, showcasing a healthy-lifestyle approach that she lives and advocates.  Now, the recently separated wife of former Constellation Energy CEO Mayo Shattuck has written Vibrant Living, the book. (Available at mollyshattuck.com and amazon.com.) Read More →

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