PGCC Videographer

Wins Award Jimi Lyons, coordinator for cable television operations at Prince George's Community College, was one of 583 people to win a 2002 Communicators Award of Distinction for his production of the online orientation video for the college's Distance Learning Center.

The Communicator Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding work in the field of communications. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose work demonstrates a high standard of excellence and serves as a benchmark for the industry.

There were more than 3,000 entries from 48 states, the District of Columbia and nine other countries in this year's competition.

The online orientation video is sent to students in a CD-ROM format. The video provides instructions on how to log on to courses, offers study and management tips and gives trouble-shooting advice.

Lyons, of Fort Washington, joined Prince George's Community College in 1997. In addition to his video presentations, he coordinates and produces programs for the school's cable station, broadcast on Channel 75.

Black Group Hosts College Tours

The National Coalition of Black Women Inc., Prince George's County Maryland Chapter, is having its annual Historical Black University Tour from Feb. 17 to 19.

The group will take prospective college students to the following campuses: Shaw, North Carolina Central, North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State, Winston-Salem State, Johnson C. Smith, South Carolina State, Fayetteville State, Hampton and Norfolk State.

The cost of the tour is $190, which includes meals and hotels, except for dinner. Call Edna Jones at 301-559-2111 or Betty Range 301-248-3269

DeMatha Singers

Make All-State DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville had 13 students selected to Maryland's All-State Choruses.

Ten members of DeMatha's Choral Program were selected for the Senior Maryland All-State Chorus (Grades 10,11 and 12): tenors Patrick Barrett (Lanham), Ryan Carroll (College Park), Zachary Plue (Clinton), Nick Rivituso (Brandywine) and Zachary Tilkens (Beltsville), and basses Kyle Crum (Riverdale Park), Phillip Parham (Mitchellville), Eric Sillers ( Beltsville), Will Thompson (Gaithersburg), Mitchel Wynnyk, alternate (Bowie).

Junior All-State Chorus (Grades 7,8 and 9) selections include basses Andrew Sillers (Beltsville) and Joshua Turk (Bowie), and tenor Aaron Burr (Beltsville).

Open House

At Catholic School St. Matthias Apostle Catholic School will have an open house from 9 a.m. to noon today and from 9 a.m. to noon next Thursday. The school will also hold its registration at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19.

The school is at 9473 Annapolis Rd. in Lanham. Call Leslie Macfarlane, development director, at 301 577-9412.

Bay Program

For Teachers The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the National Geographic Society are seeking teachers in fourth through 12th grades for an eight-day program focusing on the ecology and geography of the Bay.

The Chesapeake Classrooms program is designed to help teachers improve students' environmental awareness, interest and stewardship. State-mandated education standards are included in the curriculum.

The experience includes a five-day immersion program on the Bay's development and current issues, training and special access to field trips for students, and mentoring by other teachers.

Scholarships are available. For more information, call 804-780-1392 or e-mail

-- Willie Pugh

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