Public Information and Government Relations

Faculty & Staff News

Feature Stories April 2015 McAfee artwork on display from May 15 - June 18 March 2015 Keller exhibit on display at Washington County Arts Council through April 28 September 2014 Miller writes children's book to celebrate new City Park sculpture Remembering Dr. Norman P. Shea New art exhibit by Erica Kempler on display through Sept. 30 July 2014 Ceramics artist Erica Kempler joins HCC art department HCC adjunct Benita Keller to exhibit at Bridge Gallery in August HCC promotes six faculty members June 2014 HCC professor Joan Bontempo exhibits at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts May 2014 HCC announces 2014 outstanding faculty recipients March 2014 HCC names Simonetti director of police academy February 2014 Faculty art on display at Washington County Arts Council December 2013 New exhibit by Avila and Wright on display in January October 2013 Cookie Redding showcases work at Artomatic New show by Tom Renner now on display in Kepler September 2013 Carlson named HCC’s director of instruction Janice Riley named TIC manager July 2013 HCC instructor Audra Haddock-Martenot wins photography awards at annual exhibition HCC Amanda Miller professor publishes first children’s book HCC promotes seven faculty members June 2013 HCC names Bernard Johnson as new athletic director HCC instructor Jennie Avila to perform at MSO “Salute to Independence” on July 6 at Antietam Battlefield May 2013 HCC announces 2013 outstanding faculty recipients

College Logo

Logo Usage Guidelines The logo may be used in black, white (reversed on dark background), all green (Pantone 575), or the green/black combination. The logo is not to be altered in any way and the top portion of the logo is never to be separated from the text portion on the bottom. (See sample below.) When resizing the logo, hold the "shift" key to ensure the proper proportions are maintained and it does not become distorted. Do not copy the logo from the website, as the resolution is not appropriate for printed materials. Instead, please download the logo from below. Download the HCC logo All Black Black and Green

For the Media

Media Inquiries All media inquiries should begin with the director of public information. Contact Beth Kirkpatrick at or by calling 240-500-2265. College Logo To access or download a copy of the HCC logo, visit the College Logo page. College Photos To access the public college photo archives, visit

Web & Multimedia

The PIGR Office works closely with both Online Education and Instructional Support Services and the Information Technology (IT) Department to create college videos and to maintain the college website. PIGR manages and maintains the HCC website with assistance from IT. All website requests should go through PIGR. Online Education and Instructional Support Services provides support to faculty, staff, and students in the use of audiovisual equipment, Moodle course management software and other distance education technologies. Requests for instructional or classroom videos or full-length event videos (e.g., graduation, honors convocation) should be submitted to   IT is responsible for maintaining campus computer networks and servers, computers, and other technology resources needed for instructional purposes, for student services, and for administrative functions. Although PIGR maintains the website, IT is responsible for WebAdvisor, Datatel, and Microsoft Outlook. Requests or questions about campus email, WebAdvisor, or Datatel should be submitted to Website Requests All website requests should be submitted to Promotional Photography PIGR handles all promotional photography for the college including special events and student photoshoots. Photo requests must be made in advance of an event. Photography requests - Contact Sara Moore Promotional Videos All promotional and advertising videos are created by PIGR. Examples include videos to highlight a specific program, grant, or other special initiative. Instructional videos (including lecture capture) and full-length event videos (such as graduation) are handled by Online Education and Instructional Support Services. Promotional video requests - Fill out the Video Production Request Form and submit to Sara Moore Instructional videos or full-length event videos - Contact Online Education and Instructional Support Services at

Social Media Account Request

To request an official, college-affiliated account, fill out the attached form and submit to the Public Information Office at Please note that only faculty and staff can request official college social media accounts. Students who are interested in starting a social media account for their student organization or program should contact their organization's advisor or a faculty member.


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 student organization or department, you must first obtain permission from the Office of Public Information before creating a Facebook page or Twitter account. Email for more information. Facebook Groups HCC Adult Basic Education Administrators: Dawn Schoenenberger, Lynda Geoffroy, and Jenna Freeman HCC Anime Club Administrator: Alicia Drumgoole HCC Biotechnology Program Administrator: Cindy Dove HCC Business Club Administrator: James Pierne HCC Christian Fellowship Club Administrators: Nancy Thorpe and Lori Spessard HCC Cybersecurity Program Administrators: Mohamed Ghonimy and Carol Garrett HCC EMS/Paramedic Emergency Services Administrator: Beverly Witmer HCC English Club Administrators: Amanda Miller and Marti Grahl HCC Gaming Club Administrator: Jamie Moore HCC Game Development Club Administrator: Dave Maruszewski HCC Graphic Design, Simulation, & Web Administrators: Audra Haddock-Martenot and Dave Maruszewski HCC History Club Administrators: Lore Kuehnert and Timothy Jenness HCC Information Technology Association (ITA) Club Administrator: Karen Weil-Yates HCC Internship and Job Services Administrator: Bonnie Saunders HCC Learning Support Center Administrators: Marti Grahl and Liz Hadley HCC Library Administrators: Samantha Martz HCC NOW Club Administrator: Linda Smith HCC Outdoor Adventure Club Administrator: Bernard Murphy HCC Phi Theta Kappa Administrators: Ashley Whaley and Jennifer Szczesniak HCC Political Science Club Administrator: Eric Schwartz HCC Promise Pathway Program Administrators: Christine Ohl-Gigliotti and Samantha Willard HCC Robinwood Players Administrator: Robin Shaner HCC SOLO/Children's Learning Center Administrator: Brenda Butler HCC Spectrum Club Administrators: Melissa Yourich and Ricky Martz HCC STEM Club Administrators: Tom Crawford and Veronica Stein, HCC Student Government Association (SGA) Administrator: Heather Barnhart HCC Student Nurses Association (SNA) Administrator: Teresa Weedon HCC TRiO Upward Bound Administrator: Danielle Donovan HCC Veterans Club Administrators: David Bittorf, Heather Barnhart, and Angela Ryan Official Facebook Pages Hagerstown Community College (main college page) Administrator: Brittany Lyle HCC Alumni, Foundation, and Friends Administrators: Lisa Stewart and Cindy Eyler HCC Athletics Administrator: Jane Duff HCC Continuing Education and Workforce Development Administrator: Jenna Lamblin HCC Police Academy Administrator: David Simonetti HCC Technical Innovation Center Administrator: Janice Riley HCC TRiO SSS Administrator: Lauren Payne Official HCC Twitter Channels @adultedhcc The official channel for the Adult Basic Education program at HCC. Administrators: Dawn Schoenenberger, Lynda Geoffroy, and Jenna Freeman @cyberhcc The official channel for the Cybersecurity program at HCC. Administrator: Mohamed Ghonimy @hagerstowncc The official channel for Hagerstown Community College. Administrator: Brittany Lyle @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. Administrator: Samantha Willard @hccfinaid The official channel for the Student Financial Aid Office at HCC. Administrator: Marc Dessel @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 Other Official HCC Channels Instagram Administrators: Brittany Lyle YouTube Administrator: Sara Moore Flickr Administrator: Sara Moore LinkedIn  Administrators: Beth Kirkpatrick and Janice Riley

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. 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. Brittany Lyle Brittany Lyle is the social media and public Information specialist at Hagerstown Community College. She has over five years of experience in marketing and government proposal work. She attended HCC as an ESSENCE student and received her A.A. She has a B.S. in Mass Communications from Towson 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 adopted a Tobacco-Free Policy effective January 1, 2015. 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. In consideration for tobacco users, college administration shall offer ongoing tobacco cessation programs to assist and encourage individuals who wish to quit. View a full list of upcoming workshops. 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.