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FSU Commencement Ceremonies Slated for Saturday, May 26th
05/09/2001

The 118th commencement ceremonies of Frostburg State University will be held Saturday, May 26th, 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 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 Spring commencement include Mollie Gerhard for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Austin Rentschler for the College of Business and Carly Casta Wolfensberger for the College of Education.

Vice president of the English Honor Society, Mollie Gerhard served as editor for the 2001 issue of the FSU arts and literary magazine Bittersweet. The English major was a writer for the FSU student newspaper, The Bottom Line, and an intern for the University's media relations office. A tutor for the University's Writing Center, Gerhard has been certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. She has worked for three consecutive summers as a tutor-counselor for the University's Upward Bound program and also took a semester to study at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland through the FSU/MIC Exchange Program.

A lifelong resident of Frostburg, Gerhard will attend graduate school at Northeastern University in Boston this fall in pursuit of her doctoral degree in English.

A transfer student from Garrett Community College, Austin Rentschler attended high school in South Dakota. At FSU, he majored in political science and history before he pursued his degree in economics. He feels that his experience at Frostburg has prepared him for his future graduate studies.

Rentschler is married with one child and has already accepted a position with the Department of the Navy as an acquisition intern.

As an elementary/middle education major specializing in mathematics, Carly Casta Wolfensberger interned at the first, second, third and sixth grade levels in Allegany County schools. A member of the FSU Honors Program, Wolfensberger has participated in several regional education events such as Space Week in Hampshire County, W.Va. and Read Across America. She was also president and publicity/fundraiser chair of the Maryland Student Education Association.

She is a resident of Hagerstown, Md.

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.

For more information about the FSU commencement, you can log on to the FSU Web site at http://www.frostburg.edu/events/commenc.htm.

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.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu