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   News (Newspaper) - May 22, 1999, Frederick, Maryland                                In Today's USA WEEKEND HUOH IS MB7 He's not the fumbling-yet-charming Brit of Three Weddings and a Funeral, nor the loveable underachiever in Netting Hill, his new movie with Julia Who, then, is the real Hugh Grant? See today's feature story in Building and Real Estate Restoring history piece by piece page B- 1999, The Great Southern Printing and Manufacturing Company Veil 16 No. 186 Saturday, May 22, 1999 Frederick, Maryland 21705 www.fredericknewgpost.roni I Si Hood College graduates more than 400 students SiuH phnlii In Timiithv Jauibscn Jennifer Martin wears her emotions not on her sleeve, but on her mortar board Saturday morning as ghe lines up with other Hood College graduates in preparation for commencement ceremonies. By IKE WILSON News-Post Staff Bachelor's and master's degrees were awarded to more than 400 students at Hood College on Saturday with Shirley Ann Jackson, chairwoman of the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission   and future president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., giving the commencement address. Dr. Jackson exhorted the graduates to build blue- prints for their lives that will withstand life's vicissi- tudes and challenges. She said with the 21st century on the horizon, a time of many unknowns, the class of 1999 is on a mountainous threshold. "Put on your seat belts. This is where it all begins. We, and you are a work in progress whether we seek to raise the cause for social justice, raise a family or pursue personal success, "Much of your time spent at Hood has been a process of drawing and re-drawing your personal blue- print. What will be your point of reference for your per- sonal choices What will be unique about your plan. How will you succeed when your plan com- You hold the responsibility to develop, create and modify your own blueprint "Resolve to maintain a strong work ethic and adhere to strict ethical standards It will keep you out of trou- ble Treat your bodies with respect Take time for med- itation and esteem the wisdom of the elderly. Be slow to accuse and quick to forget Be grateful to those who've helped you and help someone else Strive to improve your effectiveness and anticipate change." Dr Jackson said she has found those maxims help- ful when she applied them in her personal life. "Your conduct that will derive from your blueprint will affect not only you. but others Hood College President Shirley D. Peterson presided at the commencement ceremony Ms Peter son introduced Jackson to the crowd of more than when she referred to Ms. Jackson as "one of the nation's most respected and accomplished scientists. A theoretical physicist, Jackson is the chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission Her presence here today acknowledges our commitment to preparing women for opportunities that she has helped to create." An honorary degree of doctor of science was pre- sented to Ms Jackson. In making the presentation, Peterson said, "Yours has been a life of exceptional achievement and exemplary dedication.... You are the first African-American woman to earn a doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as you are the first African-American woman to serve on the United States Nuclear Regulatory Cornmis.Mon Before you, neither a woman nor an African-American has ever chaired that organization. Your induction in 1988 into the National Women's Hall of Fame confirms and celebrates your remarkable career." Before the conferring of degrees. Hood College took a moment to remember a member of its senior class, Kimberly Ann Servedio, who died in a traffic accident Feb. 3.1908, when she and her Hood soccer teammates were returning from visiting their coach in the hospital in Baltimore. Ms. Peterson said. "In her two-and-a-hall years at Hood. Kim earned the resped and the affection o) the faculty and her classmates for her many contributions to our community She was a leader, an athlete, a schol- ar and a friend She was an excellent student who planned to attend medical school after her graduation from Hood On behalf of the faculty, the Board of Trustees and the entire Hood community I am pleased to present a bachelor's degree in honor o) Kimberly Ann Servedio to her parents, Barbara and Frank Serve dio Barbara and Frank Servedio ot Glen Burnie. Md. accepted the degree from Peterson The Hood faculty voted unanimously to grant the degree posthumously in the name of 'Kimberly Ann (Continued on Page A-id Four degrees prove anything but breeze By NANCY LUSE News-Post Staff Donna Thomas has already done the graduation thing Not counting the ceremony at Middletown High School, she has already dressed in a cap and gown three times "I thought about not doing it. but I have to for the children It's their degree, Mrs Thomas said Friday about the mas- ter's she will receive today from Hood College in Frederick School has always been high on the list of life goals Mrs Thomas keeps setting for herself, first getting a degree from Frederick Community College in 1983. followed by a bache lor's in computer science from Hood in 1985. "I looked around and those who were getting ahead had their master's, so I went on to get mine in order to stay com- petitive in the said the Sfi-year-old Point of Rocks resident who earned that degree, also from Hood, in 1990. It took about three years to finish the work for her MBA, time also filled with being a wife, mother and employee She is married to Tim Thomas and they are the parents of Kirsten, 8, and Caleb. 4. Currently, Mrs Thomas is an executive manager for SRA International, Inc. a computer firm in Fairfax. Va She is in a job where she uses both her business and technology back- grounds and has been able to travel as a bonus. She recently was selected to present a paper in Australia. "As a tad I always dreamed of going to Australia, but 1 guess 1 had it in the same bucket as winning the she said Mrs Thomas said her childhood was "a little rough I've been on my own since I was 17" Her youth included time in foster homes, and she now volunteers with social services to help others make the transition from foster care to adult living She personally financed a large part of her education, at one time working three part-time jobs while attending school The success she has attained she chalks up to "hard work, determination and giving it your best she said. "I always had an optimistic outlook It wasn't going to happen unless 1 made it happen Mrs. Thomas recalled as a high school student meeting the late Edward Thomas, a state senator 'He told me not to give up she said. When he died, she wrote a eulogy which she included in her undergraduate application to Hood. She has a deep love for Hood, a school she said has helped her blossom "I could have gone other places. I have a car, 1 can ride she said. "But I chose Hood" lor many reasons includ ing that "they have world-class teachers here The education bug was also caught by her husband, Mrs. Thomas said, and the two of them are debating over who will take the entrance test for law school, Law interests her, especially since "we have some serious issues that could end up as case law. such as, how do you safe- guard the Although she doesn't "drill education into my Mrs. Thomas said the youngsters already are on the right track. Their spare change generally goes into a bank designated the Hood College fund DONNA THOMAS Episcopalians reject same-sex rituals by JULIA ROBB News-Post Staff A resolution directing the nation- al church to create a rite blessing same-sex relationships lost by one vote at the 215th annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Mary- land at the Francis Scott Key Holi- day Inn on Friday. The resolution lost because lay delegates defeated the measure while clergy delegates approved it. In order to pass, the resolution needs the approval of both laity and clergy Ninety-four clergymen voted in favor of the resolution and 39 against it; 65 lay delegates voted for and 66 against. The resolution passed numerically with 159 in favor and 105 against. The resolution was not binding on the national church, spokesmen said. The resolution was passionately argued by both sides, but many del- egates for the resolution said they are homosexuals or have homosex- ual children. Episcopal law states that the church cannot deny rights to its members due to sexual orientation, and homosexuals are "tired of being second class said Tom Ellager, a member of St. Bartholomew's Church, Baltimore. The Rev. Edward Warfield, pnest at St. Bartholomew's, supported Mr Ellager, declaring "There are no second class citizens in the king- dom of God." But the Rev. Eddie Blue, pastor at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Baltimore, said the resolution made him worry about "unintended con- sequences." Some people would leave the church if the resolution passes, he said. Moreover, the Rev. Blue said to demand rights from the church was (Continued on Page A-2) Dietz county's teach DOUGLAS TALLMAN News-Post Staff Work in progress Staff phuli) In Timolhv JarobstMi Otto Illian steps back and surveys his canvas Friday while painting an oil landscape of a section of Hunting Creek Lake in Catoctin Mountain National Park. "How many different shades of green can there Mr. Illian inquired, referring to the lush hues along the river banks. Dietz takes over the Kivd crick County Teachers Association on July 1 in a two-year term that focus on two things, time and money The West Frederick Middle School math teacher said Friday she'll seek the best pay raise po.ssi ble for her colleagues "What that is depends on how much is available I'm not comment ing on this year." Ms. Dietz said. An impasse has been declared in the FCTA's negotiations with the Frederick County Board of Educa tion. An arbitration hearing has been set for next month In addition to money, teachers need time to accomplish the pro grams piled on them Character Counts, state tests, county constant fund-raising "Finding more time or taking something off the plate is critical." she said (Continued on Page A-ifi) Phys ed: You've come a long way., baby By DOUGLAS TALLMAN News-Post Staff This isn't your father's physical education class. The "Food Group Fitness a warm-up exercise for some Spring Ridge Elementary School fifth-graders, required almost as much concentration as any math test, combining nutrition lessons with fitness exercises. The gym was filled with two fifth-grade class- es, divided into six teams, and each team named for a food group. Students had to walk, gallop, run or skip from one side of the gym to the other, where they would pick up a picture of different kinds of food. The picture was then placed on a 6-by-e grid, where each column represented one of the food groups and each square represented a different exercise When a picture was placed on a square in the grid, the group had to do that exercise. The activity combines everything they're required to learn all in one activity, said Beth Shriner, a Spring Ridge physical education teacher. As her fellow teacher Gary Bowers described it, the children were learning even though they didn't know they were learning "In the last 10 years there has been a slow but gradual turn to fitness, nutrition, and incor- porating the academics, language arts, math, social studies, science into physical education." Mr. Bowers said. The class offered plenty of evidence of that For example, at one point Ms, Shriner called out: "If your phalanges are not in your lap, you're not following directions." Phalanges are bones in the lingers Throughout the school year, Mr. Bowers had offered the students a bone or muscle of the week. After the relay, the children were moving from station to station around the gym per- forming activities that called on them to use dif- ferent skills. One station called for students to use math to calculate their optimum heart rates At another, they read the labels of cereal boxes to learn about serving sizes and nutritional con- tent. (Continued on Page A 16) Tyson set for release June 4 By SONIA BOIN Montgomery Bureau Chief ROCKV1LLE Former heavy- weight boxing champion Michael Tyson will be released from the Montgomery County Detention Center and placed on parole June 4, the Maryland Parole Commission Index Estate .B-14-C-15 Business ..............B7-8 Church..............Bll-13 Classified .........C-16-D-20 Comics ................B-9 Letters........A-6 ruled Friday. The commissioners voted 5 i for his release, contingent upon approval by the state of Indiana, where he was convicted of rape in 1992. Tyson was eligible for the hear- (Continued on Page A-16) Sports................Bl-S TV Listings.............B-6 Weatfier................A-2 Portions rt The Freaenck Post ate iwwfl wcfi day en recyciM The also B recyclable   

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