HJC students receive citations from governor

May 10, 1997


Staff Writer

Three Hagerstown Junior College students discovered that getting a citation can be a good thing - especially when it comes from the governor.

Sherry Owen, Liz Waldrop and Brenda Rohrer received governor's citations at the Recognition of Excellence in Public Safety and Health awards ceremony Friday evening at Kepler Theater.

"I am ecstatic, overwhelmed and elated," said Waldrop. "I feel a huge amount of pride. I hope this leads to bigger and better challenges."


"I'm tickled to death," said Rohrer.

The three administration of justice majors created a 30-minute video for the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation as part of their internship.

"It will be used all over the state and shown to anyone who wants to know what the Division of Parole and Probation is about," said Gene Farmer, public information officer at the division's Frederick, Md., office.

He plans to show the video at the Maryland Municipal League Conference, at high school and college career days and during police training.

W. Roland Knapp, director of the Division of Parole and Probation, approved the project, Farmer said.

Farmer, who is an HJC alumnus, said he called on Professor Steve Zabetakis of HJC's administration of justice program asking for volunteers.

Owen, Waldrop and Rohrer signed up.

"They did it with enthusiasm," said Zabetakis, the students' instructor and adviser, who has taught at HJC for 21 years.

"The videotape portrayed a large number of the various components of the department of parole and probation, and what they're functions and duties are. It will be beneficial to all parties involved."

"It was challenging," Waldrop said. "None of us had worked on a video. We had to mold all of our ideas to go in the same direction. Each of us had a part that was individually us."

Waldrop, 28, did the on-camera interviews. She plans to graduate this month. She lives in Smithsburg on West Moose Lane.

"Most people think like me - you go to jail and get out and that's it," Owen said. "That's not it. After your release, you go through various agencies for six months to years. It's not just time in prison, it's time on the outside, too."

Owen, 38, wrote the interview script. She lives on North Main Street in Smithsburg.

"We put in close to 200 hours on this," Rohrer said. "We found out exactly what goes on at that agency."

"I didn't know about boot camp and all the drug programs," said Rohrer, who filmed the interviews.

Her son, Rickey Fraley Jr., 18, sometimes carried the equipment. He also was "recruited" to portray a law-breaker in the video.

The trio visited headquarters in Pikeville, Md., boot camp in Jessup, Md., and centers in Baltimore and Hagerstown.

They interviewed at least 14 department officials as well as Director Knapp.

"Each division sparked interest in things we didn't know. They gave up a lot of valuable time to help us," Owen said.

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