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FSU Winter Commencement Ceremonies Set for December 22nd

The 119th commencement ceremonies of Frostburg State University will be held Saturday, December 22nd, in the Harold J. Cordts Center Main Arena on the FSU campus.

Two exercises will be held during the day. The College of Business and the College of Education will present degrees beginning at 10 a.m. and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 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 John R. Kirby, Jr. the deputy director of the Department of Economic Development for Allegany County. Kirby has been with the Department since October 1985, serving a variety of senior positions, including a five-year tenure as director.

Kirby also represents the County as an advisor to the board of directors of the Greater Allegany Business Foundation, and he serves on the Economic Development Committee of the Allegany Chamber of Commerce. In October 1998, he was named a member of the Governor's Western Maryland Economic Development Task Force. He also serves as assistant secretary/treasurer to the Tri-County Council for Western Maryland along with other board and committees. He has been a member of the Maryland Industrial Development Association since 1996.

A native of Allegany County, Kirby is a second-generation alum of FSU (Class of 1979) where he received a bachelor's degree in geography.

Student speakers at the winter commencement include Brett A. Siefers for the College of Business, Sara Peoples for the College of Education and Jessica D. Walbert for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Brett A. Siefers will graduate with a double major in economics and accounting and a minor in business administration. A resident of Cumberland, Brett received practical experience with a summer internship at the Allegany County Tax and Utility Office where he distributed, collected and processed property taxes. This semester, he interned with CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Company in Cumberland and worked with data to produce pension plan evaluations for county governments.

A student-member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a dean's list student, Siefers served as vice president of the FSU Accounting Association. He also worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer/tutor for elementary students. In addition, he traveled to Key Largo, Fla., to work with other AmeriCorps members to offer tornado relief. He has accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., as an auditor.

Sara Peoples, a resident of Rising Sun, Md., was selected as Team Leader for the first-year of the Allen HallSTARS!, a nationally recognized residence hall at FSU which incorporates community service. She completed 500 hours of service and wrote a paper on her experiences that she presented at the English Colloquium. Peoples spent her remaining years at Frostburg as a resident assistant on campus.

With a double major in elementary education and history, Peoples performed internships in both areas of study and has maintained a cumulative 4.0 grade point average and spent a semester studying abroad at the Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland.

Peoples has been accepted into the Peace Corps and plans to spend two years serving in Thailand.

An English student with a graphic design minor, Jessica Walbert graduates with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. She is a member of the FSU Honors Program, English Honor Society and the Freshman Honor Society.

Walbert served as the design/advertising manager and a staff writer for the student newspaper, The Bottom Line. She presented an essay at the FSU English Colloquium, published a work in the campus literary magazine and acted as a tutor for the Writing Center on campus. She worked for two years as a student assistant during the Summer Planning Conference for incoming freshmen and was an active member of the campus BURG Peer Education Network to promote healthy choices.

A native of Frostburg, Walbert interned at German Life, a national magazine.

Presenting candidates for degrees will be Dr. Stephen Simpson, Interim Provost; Dr. Susan Arisman, Dean of the College of Education; Dr. Connie Groer, Interim 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.

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