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44 Ways to Change the World project

Dr. Vaughn Crowl

This fall, faculty and staff at Hagerstown Community College launched the “44 Ways to Change the World” project in honor of psychology professor Vaughn Crowl, who will retire at the end of the fall 2011 semester.

The “44 Ways to Change the World” project was inspired by Crowl’s 44 years of teaching service to the community, 41 of which have been at HCC. According to Loretta Thornhill, professor, paralegal studies, and a fellow faculty member in the Behavioral and Social Sciences/Business (BSS) Division, Crowl has touched many lives during his time as a teacher and it is those stories that faculty in the BSS Division would like to highlight.

BSS faculty are asking that current students, former students and alumni, faculty, and staff members begin an individual or group service project in Crowl’s honor. Participants are asked to document their work through pictures and submit photos and a brief summary to no later than Oct. 21. Submitted items will be compiled into a scrapbook, which will be presented to Crowl later this fall. Current and former students are also encouraged to submit stories of how Crowl inspired them to begin service projects, or in other aspects of their lives, for inclusion in the scrapbook.

“This is one of several events planned to honor Dr. Crowl’s outstanding service to his students and the college,” says Thornhill. “Dr. Crowl believes in service to others and he incorporates this ideal into his psychology courses, as well as the leadership course he teaches to high school and college students. We wanted to find a way to recognize his commitment.”

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