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Frostburg State University Commencement Ceremonies Slated for May 26
05/16/2007

Frostburg State University Commencement Ceremonies Slated for May 26
From top to bottom, Jennifer Berkow, Jodi Keefer and Eric Worley.
Frostburg State University will celebrate and recognize the achievements of its May 2007 graduating class during the University’s 130th commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 26, in the Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center’s Main Arena on the FSU campus.

Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter, FSU President, will confer degrees on graduates during two exercises throughout the day. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremony will start at 10 a.m. and the College of Business and the College of Education will present degrees beginning at 2 p.m.

Jennifer Berkow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Jodi Keefer, College of Business; and Eric Worley, College of Education, are the featured student speakers for the spring commencement exercises. Thomas Finan Jr., a member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, will offer congratulatory greetings at both events.

To many faculty, students and staff, Jennifer Berkow is known as a highly motivated and ambitious student who has made the most of her time at FSU. While attending FSU, Berkow, a resident of Westminster, Md., pursued a double major in art and design and French language and literature. She also has a minor in art history. Berkow’s multi-faceted approach to learning and gaining important career experience extends beyond her scholarship at the University; she has also been an active member of Western Maryland’s Allegany Arts Council and directed student shows at the University’s Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery. Additionally, she served as president of the FSU Arts Club and since December 2005 has worked as a fine arts appraiser with a Westminster firm. Perhaps the most notable highlight of her FSU education was when she successfully submitted and presented a paper at the National Conference on Liberal Arts and Education of Arts in New York City. She was the first student (graduate or undergraduate) to present a paper at this professional conference. Berkow plans to pursue a Ph.D. in art history.

Accounting major Jodi Keefer, in the words of her professors, “demonstrates all the qualities of an outstanding student … in the classroom, in the University environment and in the outside world.” A resident of Hancock, Md., Keefer has made a name for herself that is strongly associated with excellence and community involvement. Her activities over the past four years include serving on the student panels in Professional Development courses, tutoring individual students, holding office as vice president for the Accounting Association and working as an accounting intern for a Cumberland firm — all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in her major. She has been accepted into the combined Accounting/MBA program at FSU.

Eric Worley, a recreation and parks management major and a leadership studies minor, was the unanimous choice of his department’s faculty for commencement speaker. Worley, an Eagle Scout from Sykesville, Md., just returned from Japan, where he was interning with the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. There he was praised for his outstanding attitude, his knowledge and his willingness to take on any job in a positive, productive way. He has taught both kayaking and snowboarding and performed a survey of student recreational needs as part of an independent study. Active in a variety of student organizations, he created a fund-raising activity called “Recreation Rocks” that utilized the climbing wall and was Recreation Chair for the University Programming Council. Worley plans to continue to serve others by working in community recreation.

Thomas B. Finan Jr. has served on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents since 1995. An independent business consultant, he is a former owner, officer and manager of the Times and Alleganian Co. in Cumberland, Md. Active in his community, he is past chairman of the board at Western Maryland Health System’s Memorial Campus and was co-chairman of the Cumberland YMCA’s capital campaign. His service to Frostburg State University includes his membership on the Marketing and Branding Task Force and his past service on the presidential search committee and the steering committee for the FSU Centennial Capital Campaign. He holds degrees from Mount St. Mary's College, The Johns Hopkins University and Frostburg State University.

Provost Dr. Stephen Simpson; Dr. Ken Witmer, interim dean of the College of Education; Dr. Danny Arnold, dean of the College of Business; and Dr. Joseph Hoffman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will present candidates for degrees during commencement.

Tickets are required for admission to the spring commencement. For more information, visit the commencement Web site at www.frostburg.edu/events/commencement.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at www.frostburg.edu.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services, and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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