CSM News Bytes: CAE2Y Designation, NCMPR Awards, Men’s Cross-country to Nationals

Staff from the College of Southern Maryland's Marketing Department

CSM Earns Second National Center for Academic Excellence Designation from NSA, DHS

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has been designated a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense 2-Year Education (CAE2Y) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the second time. The college joins 23 out of the more than 1,200 community colleges across the nation to receive this honor, which recognizes the quality of the college's cybersecurity educational practices and curriculum.


According to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, the global shortage of skilled security practitioners is predicted to reach 1.5 million by 2020. In the United States there are more than 209,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs and the demand for information security professionals is expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018, according to an independent analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The cybersecurity associate degree program will provide the training necessary for graduates to apply for entry-level cybersecurity technician jobs. For entry into higher-level cybersecurity jobs, students should pursue associate degrees in either computer science or computer engineering and transfer to obtain a bachelor's degree with a cybersecurity track. For information on CSM's associate degree in cybersecurity, visit, www.csmd.edu/cybercenter.



CSM Earns District Awards for Design, Public Relations

Staff from the College of Southern Maryland's Marketing Department, from left, Web Services Director Kristen Titsworth, Creative Services Director Lisa Jones, Junior Graphic Designer Katherine Reyes and Interactive Media Coordinator Marika Taylor, and the Community Relations Department were recognized by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for creativity, design and public relations efforts at the organization's District Conference in Hershey, Penn., Oct. 6.


Reyes earned a Gold Medallion for the design of an invitation for the “Splash for Scholarships” fundraising event. She also earned recognition for the “Oliver!” theatrical production poster and for pull-up banners for the college's “Beyond” campaign. Jones earned recognition for the fall 2015 credit course listing and the 2015-16 arts season rack cards. CSM Community Relations team earned recognition for a feature article on the “Engineer Like A Girl” summer program.


During the conference, Jones presented, “Beyond the Name Field: Developing a Highly Personalized Viewbook” and Titsworth presented “From Audience to Offerings:  Overcoming the Challenges of a Community College Website Redesign” with a colleagues from VisionPoint Marketing.



CSM Men's Cross-country Heads to National Championship Nov. 14

Members of the 2015 College of Southern Maryland Men's Cross-country team, from left, Head Coach Chris Tuttle, Thomas Jones of Waldorf, Alejandro Smith of Prince Frederick, Jack Prewitt of Charlotte Hall, Jacob Mwonthie, Patrick Jones and Mike Fray of Waldorf, River Rains of La Plata, Volunteer Assistant Coach Chris Jones of Waldorf and Assistant Coach Josh Trice were named Region XX Champions Oct. 24 at Hagerstown Community College.


“Last year, in the first year of the program, we finished runner-up to Hagerstown at the Region XX meet. Our goal this past year was to continue to build the team, work hard and win the Regional Championship. Sophomores Patrick Jones and Alejandro Smith stepped up to help guide the team to victory. Jacob Mwonthie has steadily approved and taken more than two minutes off his time from last year. They worked hard and it paid off-it was a complete team effort,” said Tuttle.


The team will head to Fort Dodge, Iowa, to compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship Nov. 14.