Public Information and Government Relations

Official Social Media Accounts

The Public Information and Government Relations (PIGR) Office is responsible for the maintenance and monitoring of official college accounts on several social media sites as a way to provide announcements and information about upcoming events and activities as well as to provide a forum for open discussion among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community. As the administrative gatekeeper of social media, the PIGR Office is responsible for establishing, maintaining, and enforcing HCC’s social media policy and guidelines as necessary. Learn more about HCC's social media policy and guidelines. Official HCC Facebook Groups & Pages Reminder: HCC's social media pages are maintained by the Office of Public Information. If you are an existing HCC club or department, you must first obtain permission from the Office of Public Information before creating a Facebook page or Twitter account. Email lmlawrence@hagerstowncc.edu for more information. Facebook Groups HCC AIGA Club Administrators: Sean Maher and Ellen Smith HCC Anime Club Administrators: Alicia Drumgoole HCC Biotechnology Program Administrators: Cindy Dove HCC Business Club Administrators: James Pierne HCC Cheer Administrators: Heather Barnhart HCC Christian Fellowship Club Administrators: Nancy Thorpe and Lori Spessard HCC EMS/Paramedic Emergency Services Administrators: Beverly Witmer HCC English Club Administrators: Amanda Miller and Marti Grahl HCC Fitness Center Administrators: Thomas Burge HCC Game Development Club Administrators: Dave Maruszewski HCC Gaming Club Administrators: Jamie Moore HCC Hawks Softball Administrators: Thomas Burge and Chelsie Oals HCC History Club Administrators: Lore Kuehnert and Timothy Jenness HCC Humanitarian Club Administrators: Stephanie Curran HCC Internship and Job Services Administrators: Bonnie Saunders HCC Men's Basketball Administrators: Denny Mortimer and Christopher Reese HCC NOW Club Administrators: Linda Smith HCC Outdoor Adventure Club Administrators: Bernard Murphy HCC Phi Theta Kappa Administrators: Ashley Whaley and Jennifer Szczesniak HCC Political Science Club Administrators: Eric Schwartz HCC Robinwood Players Administrators: Robin Shaner HCC Spectrum Club Administrators: Melissa Yourich and Ricky Martz HCC STEM Club Administrators: Tom Crawford, Veronica Stein, and Tony Valente HCC Student Government Association (SGA) Administrators: Heather Barnhart HCC Student Nurses Association (SNA) Administrators: Teresa Weedon HCC TRiO Student Support Services Administrators: Lauren Payne and Rachael McLoud HCC TRiO Upward Bound Administrator: Danielle Donovan HCC Veterans Club Administrators: David Bittorf and Heather Barnhart Official Facebook Pages Hagerstown Community College (main college page) Administrator: Leigh-Anne Lawrence HCC Alumni, Foundation, and Friends Administrators: Lisa Stewart and Cindy Eyler HCC Athletics Administrator: Jane Duff Nora Roberts Writing Institute at HCC Administrator: Leigh-Anne Lawrence HCC Technical Innovation Center Administrator: Janice Riley Official HCC Twitter Channels @hagerstowncc The official channel for Hagerstown Community College. Administrator: Leigh-Anne Lawrence @hccalums The official channel for the HCC Alumni Association and the HCC Foundation. Administrator: Lisa Stewart @hccathletics The official channel for athletics at HCC. Administrator: Jane Duff @hccbiztraining The official channel for business training and professional development through the Continuing Education and Business Services Division. Administrators: Stephanie Hurd, Adrienne Summers, and Janice Riley @hccfinaid The official channel for the Student Financial Aid Office at HCC. Administrator: Britney Carter @hccinternships The official channel for the Internship and Job Services Office at HCC. Administrator: Bonnie Saunders @hccjobs The official channel for the HCC Human Resources Department. Administrator: Rosie Oberholzer @hcctic The official channel for HCC's Technical Innovation Center. Administrator: Janice Riley @nrwihcc The official channel for the Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College. Administrator: Leigh-Anne Lawrence @sgahcc The official channel for the Student Government Association at HCC. Administrator: Heather Barnhart @upwardboundhcc The official channel for the TRiO Upward Bound Program at HCC. Administrator: Danielle Donovan @triohcc The official channel for the TRiO Student Support Services Program at HCC. Administrator: Lauren Payne Other Official HCC Channels Instagram Administrators: Leigh-Anne Lawrence and Sara Moore YouTube Administrator: Sara Moore Flickr Administrators: Leigh-Anne Lawrence and Sara Moore Foursquare Administrator: Leigh-Anne Lawrence LinkedIn Pages Administrator: Leigh-Anne Lawrence HCC University Page HCC Company Page

Meet the PIGR Team

Beth Kirkpatrick Beth Kirkpatrick is the director of public information and government relations at Hagerstown Community College. She has more than 20 years of experience in public relations work. She holds a B.S. in communications and an M.S. in organizational leadership from Shippensburg University. Leigh-Anne Lawrence Leigh-Anne Lawrence is the social media and public information specialist at Hagerstown Community College. Lawrence has over eight years of experience in professional writing, social media management, and public relations, and regularly speaks on social media best practices at regional and national conferences, local colleges and universities, and community organizations. Lawrence has an A.A. in liberal arts from HCC, a B.A. in English from Shepherd University, and an M.A. in professional writing from New England College. Kate Zajdel Kate Zajdel is the webmaster at Hagerstown Community College. She has over five years of experience in Web and multimedia development. Zajdel has an A.A.S. from Allegany College of Maryland, a B.A. from UMBC, and an M.S. from Duquesne University. Sara Moore Sara Moore is the multimedia production specialist at Hagerstown Community College. Her professional experience includes working as a production assistant at NBC25 WHAG and and a production intern at ABC27 WHTM. She has a B.A. in telecommunications from The Pennsylvania State University.

Tobacco Free Campus

New Smoking Policy Hagerstown Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy working and learning environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on its campus, and is therefore adopting a Tobacco-Free Policy effective January 1, 2015. In consideration for tobacco users, college administration shall offer ongoing tobacco cessation programs to assist and encourage individuals who wish to quit. The Tobacco-Free Policy applies to all Hagerstown Community College facilities and vehicles, owned or leased, regardless of location.  Smoking and the use of tobacco and e-cigarette products shall not be permitted on any Hagerstown Community College property, including all buildings and facilities, walkways, recreational and athletic areas, building entrances, and parking lots.  This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, and other persons on campus, regardless of the purpose of their visit. The College administration shall establish appropriate procedures and consequences, which may include fines or disciplinary measures, for violations of this policy and create an information campaign and signage. Definitions: A.    “E-cigarette” means any electronic oral device, such as one composed of a heating element, battery, and/or electronic circuit, which provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substances, and the use or inhalation of which simulates smoking. The term shall include any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, or under any other product name or descriptor. B.    “Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe, including a hookah pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product, including marijuana, intended for inhalation, in any manner or any form. “Smoking” also includes the use of an e-cigarette which creates a vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this Policy. C.    “Tobacco Product” means any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts, clove cigarettes, or any other preparation of tobacco; and any product or formulation of matter containing biologically active amount of nicotine that is manufactured, offered for sale, sold, or otherwise distributed with the expectation that the product or matter will be introduced into the human body by inhalation; but does not include any cessation product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence. Smoking Cessation Resources Washington County Health Department Maryland Smoking Stops Here U.S. Government Cigna Employee Assistance Program Tobacco-Free Workshops - Oct. 15 - Nov. 5, 2014 The Washington County Health Department will offer a series of free "Tobacco Free for Life" workshops in October and November. All workshops will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Upcoming Workshops Wednesday, Oct. 15 Wednesday, Oct. 22 Wednesday, Oct. 29 Wednesday, Nov. 5 This workshop will cover the stages of change, coping with triggers, addiction, motivation, and creating your own personal quit plan. Class participants are eligible to receive free nicotine patches and nicotine gum. The workshop is open to all employees, students, and the public. Refreshments will be served. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call 240-313-3314, then press 1.

Social Media at HCC

Introduction Social media is a powerful communication tool and one that HCC actively uses to educate, inform, and collaborate with its students, staff, faculty, and alumni, as well as members of the community. Social media provides college staff and faculty with the ability to reach students outside the classroom and a way to better inform the public about college news and events. When it comes to social media usage on behalf of the institution, HCC expects its employees to be honest and transparent in their electronic communications as they would be in person and to respect privacy, confidentiality, and copyright laws. Posted content on college social media sites should always be accurate, concise, student-oriented, sensitive to diverse audiences, and respectful to the college, its employees, students, and the community. View or download HCC's Social Media Policy Social Media at HCC The Public Information and Government Relations (PIGR) Office is responsible for the maintenance and monitoring of official college accounts on several social media sites as a way to provide announcements and information about upcoming events and activities as well as to provide a forum for open discussion among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community. As the administrative gatekeeper of social media, the PIGR Office is responsible for establishing, maintaining, and enforcing HCC’s social media policy and guidelines as necessary. Social Media Guidelines & Procedures College staff and faculty administering institutional social media accounts are expected to follow established social media guidelines and procedures. Please note that faculty, staff, and students are NOT permitted to establish their own  department, program, or club social media accounts without written approval from the PIGR Office. View or download HCC's Social Media Guidelines and Procedures (PDF) Request an account Official Social Media Pages and Groups HCC currently maintains an official social media presence on several sites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, and Foursquare. Institutional accounts are maintained by PIGR. In addition, various programs, student clubs, and college-affiliated have their own social media accounts. View all official Facebook and Twitter accounts Best Practices for Effective Online Communication To be successful on social media, faculty, staff, and students posting on behalf of HCC should: Be respectful of others. Whether you are an administrator or a fan/follower, always treat others fairly. Be sensitive to different perspectives and viewpoints and never react in a defensive or hostile manner.   Be accurate, honest, and transparent. Make sure you are providing accurate information. Take the time to verify information before it’s posted. If you make an error or need to post a correction or retraction, do so publically so that others are aware of it. Do not say anything that is dishonest, untrue, or misleading.   Respect confidentiality and privacy laws. Use good judgment about content and respect privacy laws. Do not post confidential or proprietary information about the college, its students, its alumni, or staff and faculty. Follow college policies and federal requirements such as FERPA. If in doubt, contact the PIGR Office for guidance.   Don’t violate copyright laws. Follow the laws governing copyright and fair use dealing with copyrighted materials owned by others, including HCC’s own copyrighted material and brand. It is good practice to give credit to the owner/author/creator for content that is not your own and provide a direct link or URL to that content if possible.   Be professional. As an employee, remember that you represent HCC. You are the public face of the college and should always consider the intended audience when posting or commenting. Proofread your content prior to posting and try to avoid spelling and grammatical errors.   Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you need help, are uncertain of how to respond to a question or complaint, or need advice on how to handle a difficult situation, contact the Social Media & Public Information Specialist by calling 240-500-2262 or by emailing lmlawrence@hagerstowncc.edu.   Think before you post. Once something is posted online, it lives forever. Search engines frequently catalog posts and archive social media content. Don’t make the mistake of posting something that you will regret later or that could negatively impact the college, your current or future career, or your personal reputation.  

Terms of Use

The material contained in the Hagerstown Community College Web site is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to keep the information accurate and up-to-date; however, it is possible that such information may contain errors, and the College does not claim complete accuracy for the site.Notwithstanding any language to the contrary, nothing contained in the Web site constitutes nor is intended to be an offer, inducement, promise and/or a contract of any kind. Links from the Web site are provided as a courtesy and do not represent any endorsement on the College's behalf.The College provides this Web site and its other services for educational purposes only, and use of the Web Site or other services for personal or commercial gain is prohibited by the College.

Privacy Statement

The college will not collect personal information about visitors unless the person affirmatively chooses to make such information available. The college web server automatically recognizes only the Internet domain and IP address from which a visitor accesses the website. This information will not result in the identification of personal e-mail addresses or other personal information. However, information regarding the volume and timing of access to the website is collected. This information is collected to improve the content of the college website and is not shared with other organizations.Only aggregate information is collected and visitors’ personal information is not identified. If a visitor chooses to share personal information with the college—by sending a message, or filling out an electronic form with personal information—the college will use the information only for the purposes intended. Information will not be disclosed to other third parties or government agencies, unless required to do so by local, state or federal laws.