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Arab American Heritage Month Events, There's Something for Everybody!

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Dr. Pollard's Weekly Public Schedule is Available on Inside MC

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"Cannonballs, Donuts, and Secrets: An Introduction to Elliptic Curve Cryptography" by Dr. Lawrence C. Washington, April 15

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Baseball Week in Review

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The Impact of Arab Spring on Peace in the Middle East - April 15

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Montgomery College Dance Company to Present Annual Spring Dance Concert, April 26-28

MC Foundation

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Montgomery College Awarded $100,000 from GlaxoSmithKline to Benefit the Biotechnology Programs

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Commencement Update

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Commencement Volunteers Needed

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Professor Tammy Peery to Receive Chair Academy's 2013 International Exemplary Leadership Award

Professional Development

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Corpora and Language Teaching: Ideas for the Classroom - Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in SW111

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April is Scottish American Heritage Month

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4 Days Left!!!! Online Adoption for Summer I, Summer II, and Fall 2013 Course Materials/Textbooks is Due on Friday

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2013 African Culture Night - April 19 at MC-TP/SS

April is Scottish American Heritage Month

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Published: Apr 9 2013 12:00AM

Scottish American Heritage Month is celebrated during the month of April. The 2010 United States Census reported that 28.9 million American citizens claimed Scottish and/or Scottish-Irish heritage, with the majority residing in southern states including Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. In Montgomery County there are over 16,000 Scottish Americans and over 7,000 Scottish-Irish Americans. Scottish Americans are citizens of the United States whose ancestry originates wholly or partly in Scotland. Scottish Americans are closely related to Irish Americans and both communities emphasize and celebrate a common heritage. Several United States presidents including Harry Truman, George H. W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Regan, and Bill Clinton are of Scottish descent.

On April 6, Scottish Americans celebrate an annual tradition, National Tartan Day. This celebration highlights the contributions Scottish Americans have made to US democracy, industry and society. April 6 is also the anniversary of the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath (Scottish Independence) and according to the U.S. Senate Resolution 155, 1999 the Declaration of Arbroath was a model for the Declaration of Independence.

On National Tartan Day and other special occasions, Scottish men and women wear traditional kilts, which are knee-length, wraparound tartan garments. Tartan is a horizontal and vertical criss-cross pattern of multiple colors on any material. In North America, tartan is often called plaid. In Scotland, however, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a blanket used on a bed for warmth.

During April, there are several national and local events to celebrate Scottish American Heritage Month. Montgomery College acknowledges and celebrates the heritage and contributions of our Scottish American community members. Employees and students are encouraged to participate in events and activities at the College and within the surrounding communities to celebrate Scottish American Heritage.

To read more about the history, culture and contributions of Scottish Americans, please visit http://www.scotland.org/about-scotland/scottish-culture-and-traditions; http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/89659/0021549.pdf, or http://www.tartanday.org/influence.htm

To read more about Montgomery County population and races, please go to the link, http://www.usa.com/montgomery-county-md-population-and-races.htm

To read other related topics, please go to the Office of Equity and Diversity website http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/edu/department.aspx?id=33970.

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