Book, Panel DiscussionPrince George's Community College will host a panel discussion, "The Misconceptions, Myths and Realities of Africans in the Americas," from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. today. The Black History Month discussion aims to examine the similarities and differences between Africans and African Americans. Largo Student Center, Hollow Tree, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Author Marita Golden will discuss her book, "Don't Play in the Sun: One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex," from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Both events are free. 301-336-6000. Education SeminarsThe Maryland Institute for Minority Achievement and Urban Education is sponsoring a spring 2007 colloquium series about issues including high-quality early care and single-sex education. The seminars will be as follows: March 7, In-School Support: Single-Sex Classes; March 28, Family and Community Support: One-to-One and Group Mentoring; and April 18, High Standards and Academic Opportunity: Increase Number of African American Males Taking PSAT in 10th Grade. The seminars will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 0220, College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park. 301-405-5211.

Howard ScholarshipThe Howard University Alumni Club of Prince George's County has created a scholarship for county residents who are high school seniors and plan to attend Howard University. Applications are due March 15. Students who apply must confirm their acceptance to the university by mid-April. Semifinalists will be chosen in April, and scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-May and early June. Recipients will be acknowledged at an August reception for incoming freshmen at Howard. Scholarship winners will receive $500 to be used at the Howard University Bookstore. Applications are available at or by e-mail at Opportunity to MentorThe America Reads America Counts program run by the University of Maryland has begun for the school year. The program is a partnership between the university and Prince George's County schools and gives university students the opportunity to mentor elementary school children. Some students volunteer while others receive internship credit. Mentors also receive federal work-study funding that goes toward college.

Donation to Oxon Hill HighThe Prince George's County Board of Trade and the Peterson Cos. donated $13,300 to Oxon Hill High School. The money will go toward the school's business program. The Board of Trade raises money each year at auction for county educational programs. Last year's recipient, DuVal High School, received $12,000. Scholarships for SeniorsDel. Tawanna P. Gaines (D) is taking applications for scholarships for the 2007-2008 school year for high school seniors and college students. Applicants must be residents of legislative District 22, and the money must go toward undergraduate, graduate or professional studies on a full- or part-time basis. Institutions of higher education must be approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Applications are due April 30. For information or to apply, visit or call 301-858-3058. Applications should be mailed to Pamela Bowers at 207 Lowe House Office Building, Annapolis, Md., 21401.

PGCC Gets New DirectorsPrince George's Community College has hired three directors: Troy Hengst is director of the Hospitality Institute; Barbara Denman is director of adult education; and Rhonda Spells is director of the Distance Learning Center.

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