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Frostburg State University Commencement Ceremonies Slated for Dec. 15

Frostburg State University Commencement Ceremonies Slated for Dec. 15
From top to bottom, Courtney Kamauf, Heather Shanholtz and Shavonne Shorter
Frostburg State University will celebrate and recognize the achievements of its December 2007 graduating class during the University’s 131st commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15, 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 Business and the College of Education ceremonies will start at 10 a.m. and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present degrees beginning at 2 p.m.

Courtney Kamauf, College of Business; Heather Shanholtz, College of Education; and Shavonne Shorter, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are the featured student speakers for the winter commencement exercises. Thomas G. Slater, a member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, will offer a congratulatory greeting at the morning ceremony.

In the words of her professors, Kamauf, a quantitative economics major, “impressed everyone in the department with her maturity, congeniality and academic performance.” It was these qualities that helped Kamauf sail through courses such as micro and macroeconomic theory, and 23 credit hours of math, all while maintaining a perfect 4.0 and a busy schedule. During her time at FSU, Kamauf, a resident of Cresaptown, Md., had the honor of serving as an intern with former Sen. Paul Sarbanes. She also was treasurer of the math honors society, Kappa Mu Epsilon, and a member of the business honors organization, Beta Gamma Sigma. Kamauf’s professors feel confident she will represent the College of Business and FSU extremely well, given her history of outstanding scholarship and enthusiastic involvement at FSU.

Shanholtz arrived at FSU with a dream she had known since she was five years old—to become a teacher, just like generations of her family before her. Throughout her time here, the Frederick, Md., resident has worked steadily toward her goal by serving as a teacher intern at Middletown Primary School and Middletown Elementary School and helping as a teacher assistant at Flintstone Elementary School—all while maintaining a 3.7 grade point average. She is a member of the Frederick County Reading Council, the International Reading Association and the Maryland Student Education Association and has served as a volunteer for FSU’s popular Storybook Holiday event, in addition to many other activities. Professors praise Shanholtz for her strong leadership skills and her calming influence on those around her—qualities that will undoubtedly help her achieve great success in her work with children.

In three and a half years — one semester shy of the four years typically needed to finish college — Shorter has managed not only to maintain a stellar academic record but also stand out as a true leader and advocate for her peers. Her outgoing personality and endless enthusiasm have taken her everywhere from serving as vice president of the Communications Studies Club to working as a resident assistant and Bobcat Ambassador to serving as the president of the Student Government Association. She also represented Frostburg at the state level as secretary-treasurer of the University System of Maryland Student Council, all the while finishing a degree in communication studies, completing a leadership studies minor and becoming fluent in Spanish. A native of Crownsville, Md., Shorter is now taking her outstanding skills as a communicator and scholar to the next level by pursuing a master’s degree in communication studies.

A member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents since July 2007, Slater has built a successful career as both an educator and an expert of law. After graduating from Frostburg State College in 1966, Slater taught in Frederick County Schools for 16 years and obtained his master’s degree in U.S. history before entering law school at the University of Baltimore. He completed his law degree in 1980 and began practicing law in Frederick part time while teaching high school. Today Slater is the founder and principal partner of the Law Offices of Thomas G. Slater, P.C., based in Frederick, Md. He has contributed to the success of FSU in many ways: he served as a member of FSU’s University Board of Visitors from 1981 to 1991 and was president of the Alumni Association and chair of the Frostburg State University Foundation Inc. He received the FSU Alumni Achievement Award in 1990.

Provost Dr. Stephen Simpson; Dr. Ken Witmer, 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 not required for admission at the December commencement exercises. For more information, visit the commencement Web site at

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.

To learn more about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at

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