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Frostburg State University 137th Commencement Slated For Dec. 18

Frostburg State University 137th Commencement Slated For Dec. 18
Frostburg State University will celebrate and recognize the achievements of its December 2010 graduating class during the University’s 137th commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 18, 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 from the colleges of Business, Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences during the single 11 a.m. ceremony.

Brian Brenneman, College of Business; Katherine Gardner, College of Education; and Roxann Steelman-Couch, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are the featured student speakers for the winter commencement exercises.

Brenneman, of Grantsville, Md., will graduate summa cum laude with a major in accounting and a minor in business administration. He has an associate’s degree in adventure sports management with a concentration in business from Garrett College and has received awards from both Garrett College and Frostburg, including the Most Outstanding Career Advancement Student Award. Brenneman has worked as a snowboard instructor, a back-country living skills instructor and a peer tutor; he interned this fall in accounting at Pillar Innovations. He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. For more than a month in 2010, Brenneman volunteered in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Recovery. He has fulfilled many posts in the Maple Glen Church in Grantsville, from assistant treasurer to Sunday school teacher. Brenneman will pursue a full-time position at a local accounting firm after graduation.

Gardner, of Severna Park, Md., will graduate with a major in health and physical education. She has excelled in her studies, pursuing her goal of becoming a teacher since elementary school. Her professors say she exemplifies the qualities of a health and physical education teacher. A Bobcat Ambassador for the past two years, Gardner’s outgoing personality has welcomed many prospective students and families. Gardner also pursued her passion for theatre while at Frostburg, performing on stage or working off stage in over a dozen productions. She is the treasurer of the Health and Physical Education Club and a member of the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, where she has organized team challenge sessions. She plans to return to her hometown to teach elementary school.

Steelman-Couch, originally from Winchester, Va., will graduate with a major in wildlife and fisheries and a minor in biology. She entered FSU with some concern about pursuing a traditionally male-dominated discipline, but she quickly took on a leadership role at FSU. Her love for the environment, wildlife and nature encouraged her to pursue a variety of activities on campus. Steelman-Couch served as the vice president of the FSU Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society. She worked as a field technician and laboratory assistant on several graduate and undergraduate projects. This experience, along with her academic training, enabled her to be chosen for the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Alabama A&M University, a program funded by the National Science Foundation. In the summer of 2010, her independent research project was awarded second place under that program. Steelman-Couch’s plan after graduation is to pursue a Master of Education degree focused on environmental and conservation issues in science.

Provost Dr. Stephen Simpson; Dr. Ken Witmer, dean of the College of Education; Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, 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 winter commencement. For more information, visit the commencement website at

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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