The Apartment and Office Building Association has honored Victor Stagnaro, a 19-year veteran with the rank of major in the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department. Stagnaro is the commander of the Fire Prevention and Investigation office, the agency that carries out inspections of multifamily dwellings, enforces fire safety laws and investigates fires to determine their causes. Stagnaro was instrumental in establishing guidelines calling for smoke alarm laws in for multifamily apartment houses, motels and dormitories. Those guidelines mandate that there be at least one working smoke alarm near each sleeping area; that smoke alarms be installed with a battery backup; that the alarms have a long-life lithium battery; and that they be hardwired to the building's power supply or operated on a plug-in outlet fitted with a plug restrainer device.

Jessica Powell of Bowie completed Cornell University's "Leadership Through Managerial Communication" course at the Ithaca, N.Y., campus. The three-week course included computer laboratory activities, study sessions and group projects. She helped create a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation showing ways that national restaurant corporations can adapt to new nonsmoking laws and regulations. Powell also participated in a noncredit seminar, "Strategic Perspectives on Hospitality Management." Cornell faculty members taught the courses. Powell, a junior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, is an honor roll student, a member of the French Honor Society, secretary for the Academy of Information Technology Student Advisory Board and a member of the Eleanor Roosevelt Dance Company.

Manda Jackson of Clinton received a "Healthy People 2010" fellowship award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The organization is a partner with the University of South Carolina, Benedict College, Allen University, Claflin University, Morris College, South Carolina State University and Voorhees College in their quest to identify reasons and solutions for health disparities among minority populations. Jackson is pursuing a career in the public health care field.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission named Michael P. McArdle of Bowie assistant secretary of administration. The commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools. McArdle will oversee agency finances and information technology, monitor operational activities and serve as an adviser to Calvin W. Burnett, secretary of higher education. Previously, McArdle was a senior adviser to the chief financial officer at the U.S. Department of Education. He has a bachelor's degree in history from Gettysburg College and a master's degree in accounting from Georgetown University.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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