Business people

May 11, 2008


Askold Skalsky, a humanities professor at Hagerstown Community College, recently was published in the Oxford Round Table's elite journal The Forum on Public Policy.

Skalsky's paper, titled "The Death of 'God' and the Inherent Conflict in the Presumed 'Self,'" was published in March in the third installment of volume 13 of the journal.

The Forum on Public Policy is a scholarly review journal created by the Oxford Round Table, a nonprofit educational organization committed to providing an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of important public policy issues in regard to education, government, language, law, psychology, religion and science.


Wilson College

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Lynn Newman, Wilson College assistant professor of education, was among 10 finalists for the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award from the International Reading Association (IRA), the largest association for literacy educators in the world.

Newman's dissertation, "The Effects of Explicit Instruction of Expository Text Structure Incorporating Graphic Organizers on the Comprehension of Third-Grade Students," was an effective instructional model that helped third-graders effectively read and comprehend informational text. In addition, her study indicated that teachers must incorporate explicit instruction, scaffolding, modeling and thinking aloud into expository text instruction.

Newman will be honored during an awards luncheon May 3 at the IRA's 53rd annual convention in Atlanta.

Newman, of Fayetteville, Pa., earned a doctorate in literacy education from the University of Maryland's Curriculum and Instruction Department in December. She has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Kutztown (Pa.) University, and a master of education in reading from Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Nancy Ventura has joined the staff of the Hagerstown office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a sales associate.

Roxbury Correctional Institution

The following correctional officers recently were honored by Roxbury Correctional Institution.

- Jerry Ridge, a correctional officer II on the 7-3 shift, was named Employee of the Month for April.

Ridge, who has been employed by the State of Maryland since April 2002, recently assisted in the transportation of a fellow officer in need to and from the institution. His efforts saved the institution from requiring overtime to fill a needed position.

- Thomas Trumpower, a Correctional Officer major on the 7-3 shift, was named Supervisor of the Quarter

Trumpower, who has 33 years of service, constantly goes above and beyond the scope of his duties to ensure all operational obligations are met. He also has held the position of acting chief of security on numerous occasions.

Callas Contractors Inc.

J.R. Bothell and Mark Waugh of Callas Contractors Inc. recently completed a seven-day National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Project Management Academy.

NCCER offers construction management academies for project managers, project supervisors and safety professionals at Clemson (S.C.) University.

Joy El Ministries

Tanya Pearrell of Hagerstown has been named to the newly created position of Leadership Training Program coordinator at Joy El Ministries.

Pearrell moves to the new position after serving for nearly a year as Joy El's camping ministries assistant. She has been involved with the administrative aspects of the program in her former role and will serve to further develop the program in her new position.

Jerry Spessard

Jerry Spessard, inventor and former owner of the GameFace Sports Safety Mask, has been invited to join the advisory board of Markwort Sporting Goods Co., a distributor/manufacturer of sporting goods equipment and accessories in St. Louis.

Shepherd University

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The following Shepherd University employees were honored recently after announcing their retirements.

- John Schmidt is retiring after 40 years.

- Patricia Stealey is retiring after 39 years.

- John Landolt is retiring after 38 years.

- V.J. Brown is retiring after 37 years.

- Henrietta Eby is retiring after 35 years.

- Suda Kunyosying is retiring after 23 years.

- Grover Boyer is retiring after 19 years.

- Kathleen Gaberson is retiring after six years.

- Walter Davis is retiring after five years.

The following employees were honored for their years of service.

- David Fincham and Hang Yul Rhee - 40 years

- Marsha Branch, Roger Hamood and Philip Simpson - 30 years

- Nancy Cowherd, Kathleen Reid and Veronica Scott - 25 years

- Paula Brown, James Dunn Jr., Jacqueline Grantham, Brian Hammond, Reza Mirdamadi, John Schultz and Mary Beth Walling - 20 years

J.P. Trucking Inc.

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - The following employees of J.P. Trucking Inc. were honored during the company's Quarterly Safety Breakfast.

- Eric Andrews was honored for eight years of safe driving and longevity.

- Kenny Nelson was honored for three years of safe driving and longevity.

- Carl Johnson was honored for one year of safe driving and longevity.

Also joining the company are Drew Nichols, Butch Neighoff and Charles Whittington.

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