University of Maryland names administration building after longtime Maryland Senate President Mike Miller

The University of Maryland announced Monday that its main administration building will be named after alumnus and longtime state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. The university said in a news release that Miller was being honored for “tirelessly advocating” for higher education in the state. Miller was “instrumental” in passing 1988 legislation that reorganized higher education in Maryland that designated College Park as the state’s flagship institution, the university said, and helped prioritize state funding, helping the campus raise its reputation. (Balt Sun)

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Towson Encore Chorale tunes up for summer program online

Joyce Keating, a continuing member of the Towson Encore Chorale, is looking forward to Encore’s summer program, which is held online over six weeks. The 76-year-old Pikesville resident, who joined Encore in 2008 after she learned about it from a friend, isn’t sure which courses among the 20 being offered she will take, but she is particularly fond of and curious about female composers. (Balt Sun)

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Howard Community College to launch esports athletics program this fall

With the short-term future of sports in question amid the coronavirus pandemic, Howard Community College is starting a sports program that can survive in a virtual format. Howard CC announced June 16 that it will launch esports as its 12th athletic program. The team will compete in the New England Collegiate Conference, which is starting its esports league this fall as well. (Balt Sun)

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Johns Hopkins completes purchase of former Newseum building

Johns Hopkins University completed on Monday the first part of its acquisition of the former Newseum complex at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C., where it hopes to start work soon on a major overhaul of the property. The $302.5 million acquisition from the Freedom Forum, which shuttered the museum dedicated to the First Amendment at the close of 2019 to make way for the transaction, was first announced nearly 18 months ago. Hopkins plans to spend another $70 million to acquire the residential portion of the complex, but that transaction is subject to the District's Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act and slated to be completed at a later date, according to Mitch Bonanno, chief real estate officer for Hopkins. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Group Continues To Push For Solution To Keep Baltimore’s Institute Of Notre Dame Open

Alumnae of the all-girls Institute of Notre Dame high school in Baltimore gathered outside the school Sunday to pray for its continued operation after leaders announced its closure earlier this year. IND is set to close on Tuesday after 173 years, but a group of graduates is hoping it can keep the school open. (Balt Sun)

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City Springs Middle School teacher chosen as Baltimore teacher of the year

A middle school teacher who has been nationally recognized for his work on social justice and literacy was chosen as Baltimore’s teacher of the year Friday. Wyatt Oroke, an English teacher at City Springs Elementary/Middle School in West Baltimore, was recognized Friday morning in a surprise announcement by CEO Sonja Santelises. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland says no student-athletes tested positive for coronavirus in initial screening process

No Maryland student-athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus in its initial on-campus screening, the university announced Friday. According to a news release, 105 student-athletes have been tested for COVID-19, the disease that causes the coronavirus. “Throughout this phase, we expect there will be some positive test results and have planned accordingly,” the release said, “through the implementation of State and county public health officials and university guidelines for education, contract train, and self-isolation.” (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore County Public Schools Release Survey For Input On Upcoming Academic Year

The coronavirus pandemic jolted schools across the nation, and while things won’t return to normal for a while, leaders want students and staff to feel safe when they return. Baltimore County Public Schools recently released surveys to get your thoughts. Ideas include transportation, in-person learning and expected challenges. (WJZ-TV)

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