The Strathmore Hall Foundation has hired a new vice president of development: Mary C. Kopper, who recently directed the Campaign for the Arts at American University.

Strathmore officials said Kopper, a Chevy Chase resident, had played a key role in the successful campaign to open the Katzen Arts Center at the university last month.

Kopper has also been the development director for the Washington Ballet and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

In her new job, Kopper will be in charge of a $30 million endowment campaign for the Music Center at Strathmore as well as other efforts. She will oversee a staff of three development associates.

"I am excited to become a part of Strathmore and embark on a challenging endowment campaign for this landmark performing arts organization," Kopper said.

Scheer Gives to Youth Club

Scheer Partners Inc., a Rockville commercial real estate services firm, announced that it has raised $60,000 for the Montgomery County branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

The company said the money will be used to build a new gym at the Germantown location.

"A gym is a great source of activities for children," said Robert Scheer, the firm's founder and president. "But it can also be a solid operational revenue source. It can be rented out for events, which in turn encourages businesses to sponsor teams, shirts and other activities."

A Look at Tech Workforce

The University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute campus in Rockville recently hosted a day-long conference, "Building a Competitive Workforce in the Biosciences."

"The prospect of supplying an adequate workforce to the bioscience industry presents an excellent opportunity to form a number of key partnerships across industry, education and state agency boundaries directed toward a common goal," the institute said.

To that end, conference participants were treated to talks by local and state officials from education, economic development and other departments. Officials from Human Genome Sciences and Avalon Pharmaceuticals also spoke.

Biotech Degree at Hopkins

The Montgomery County campus of Johns Hopkins University is hosting a luncheon Wednesday for those interested in learning about the school's master's degree program in biotechnology, which focuses on bioinformatics, biodefense, biotech enterprise, drug discovery and regulatory affairs.

For more information, call 301-294-7162.

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