Thursday, July 10, 2008

Student receives service award

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Jefferson resident Casey Keyser did not simply attend Frederick Community College; she left a lasting impression through her service there.

And on June 19, the Maryland Higher Education Commission Student Advisory Council announced that she had been recognized for her efforts as this year’s two-year undergraduate recipient of the Dr. Regina Lightfoot Student Service Award.

Among her many contributions and achievements at the college, Casey served as president of the Student Government Association. In her capacity as the group’s president, she served as the voice of FCC students.

She also participated in the design phase of the New Student Center Building, added to the College’s Strategic Facilities Plan, aided in the planning of the Frederick Community College’s 50th anniversary celebration and helped create new collaborations between faculty, staff and students at the college and at Frederick County Public Schools.

‘‘On our campus, there is no student who has contributed more to college life, team-building and creating a vision of student engagement than has Casey,” said Jeanni Winston-Muir, director of the Center for Student Engagement at Frederick Community College. ‘‘She is an outstanding young woman with unlimited potential, passion and dedication. She will change the world.”

Keyser graduated in May with an associate degree in early childhood development. She will continue her education at Towson University and plans to become an elementary school teacher.

‘‘Her service to our faculty became part of our college’s attempt to continuously improve teaching and learning ... She has modeled a willingness to make a difference and has changed the way many faculty will teach in the future,” said Christine Helfrich, the college’s associate vice president for teaching at learning, in a letter she wrote recommending Keyser for the award.

This was the first year the award bore Regina Lightfoot’s name as a memorial to her contributions. She was a member of the state higher education commission’s director of Academic Affairs.

Student service awards were also given to an outstanding student at the four-year undergraduate level and at the graduate level.

On campus

* Five area students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at St. Mary’s College, the school announced July 2.

They include Alysia Marie Birkholz, Colleen Erin O'Neil and Justin William Swain, all of Jefferson; Seth Michael Farber and Jessica Lynn Russell, both of Middletown.

In order to be awarded dean’s list honors at the school, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better and take 12 or more credits.

* Five area students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at Salisbury University, the school announced June 30.

They include Ashley Brown of Myersville; Mark Rivas of Middletown; Corinne Spence of Point of Rocks; Mark Susinko of Jefferson; and Lauren Wolz of Knoxville.

Middletown man graduates

Air Force Airman Beau S. Embrey graduated recently from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The son of Middletown residents Eddie and Cindy Embrey, the airman was a 2000 graduate of Middletown High School.

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