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FSU Commencement Ceremonies Slated for Saturday, Dec. 16th
12/01/2000

The 117th commencement ceremonies of Frostburg State University will be held Saturday, Dec. 16th, in the Harold J. Cordts Center Main Arena on the FSU campus.

Two exercises will be held during the day. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present degrees beginning at 10 a.m. and the College of Business and the College of Education ceremonies will start at 2:30 p.m. FSU President Catherine R. Gira will confer graduate and undergraduate degrees at both events.

The featured speaker this semester will be former member of the Maryland House of Delegates Betty Workman. Ms. Workman, also a graduate of Frostburg State, was awarded the FSU Alumni Achievement Award in 1993. She received her master's degree from West Virginia University in 1965 and has studied at several institutions of higher learning including St. Johns College in Exeter, England, the University of London, Case Western Reserve and the University of Illinois.

Her contributions to Western Maryland are countless, including working 20 years as an algebra and geometry teacher at Allegany High School in Cumberland. She also served for many years as a member of the Maryland Professional Standards and Teacher Education Advisory Board. During her time as delegate, she represented Western Maryland on the House Ways and Means Committee. She was past president of the Women Legislators of Maryland and the Women's Democratic Club. She was also a member of the Allegany County Democratic Central Committee and delegate to the 1982 National Democratic Convention.

Ms. Workman is currently a member of the FSU Foundation, Inc., Cumberland Rotary, Retired Teacher's Association, LaVale Century Club and League of Women Voters. In addition, she serves on the boards of directors for the American Red Cross, Family Crisis Resource Center and Potomac Council of Boy Scouts.

Student speakers at the December commencement include Ann Genova for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Niki Rhoderick for the College of Business and Shawn Swisher for the College of Education.

Ann Genova, a history major with a minor in women's studies from Frostburg, has pursued her fascination with women in Latin America and Africa while at FSU. As part of her education, she has twice attended the University's study-abroad program in Ecuador, spent four weeks in Tanzania through Crossroads Africa and FSU's African American Studies Program and studied for a semester at the University of Ghana.

In addition, she has volunteered for environmental activist groups and "Food Not Bombs," a group that prepares food for the homeless. As a student representative on the International Studies Advisory Committee, she has worked in FSU's Center for International Education. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate studies in African history.

Niki Rhoderick, of Frostburg, will graduate with a degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics. She has managed a variety of school-related and personal activities while earning excellent grades at Frostburg. She also completed the FSU Honors Program by the end of her sophomore year.

While maintaining a packed class schedule, she held leadership positions on FSU's swim team, volunteered with AmeriCorps' "Read to Succeed" Program, participated in campus-sponsored community service activities, was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and served as vice president of programs in the FSU Finance Club. She completed a successful summer internship with Stangel Financial Services in Cumberland during the summer of 2000.

A resident of McCoole, Shawn Swisher will earn a bachelor's degree in early childhood/elementary education. As a student teacher, Swisher has received accolades from students, teachers, parents and administrators. He is a former offensive guard for the FSU Bobcat Football team and has been called an "excellent role model for children," having been a speaker for the DARE drug awareness program.

Outside of the classroom, Swisher tutors elementary school students, volunteers in the George's Creek area and works in the weight room of the Gett Physical gym in Westernport. He has used his free time to help with field trips and school activities at Westernport Elementary School.

Presenting candidates for degrees will be Dr. Christine R. Grontkowski, Provost; Dr. Susan Arisman, Dean of the College of Education; Dr. Steven P. Wilkinson, Dean of the College of Business and Dr. Fred Yaffe, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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.

Web Address for More Information: http://www.frostburg.edu/events/commenc.htm.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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