December 15, 2006

Mother & Daughter Bio Students Graduating Sunday from FSU

We did an article for the final issue this semester on two biology students - a mother and daughter - graduating together this Sunday. It's a neat little story, starting, surprisingly enough, with the events on September 11, 2001. They are both friends, coworkers and classmates of mine who deserve the recognition.

From "A Long Journey for Mother & Daughter":

According to Frederick Robertson, "Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life." This is surely the case for mother and daughter Sherrie Noonan and Lindsay Wilson, who are both slated to graduate from Frostburg State University with a B.S. in Biology this Sunday.

Sherrie Noonan is a mother of two, and has had a busy educational career. Out of high school, Sherrie attended Allegany College and received a 2-year degree in Mental Health Technologies. In her later twenties, she began work as an addiction counselor for the State of Maryland, a job she maintained for eleven years.
In the eighties, Sherrie returned to school, this time to Frostburg State, in order to catch up with increasing requirements for her job as a addiction counselor.

"I guess they wanted me to get into Psychology or something, but I found English a little more interesting," said Sherrie with a laugh.

The nineties were a whirlwind of activity and change for Sherrie. After receiving her degree in English, she then pursued a Master's degree in Education. In 1995, after talking with a friend, they opened the original Tombstone Caf�, which Sherrie was involved with for five years. She spent some more time in the restaurant business, before deciding it was time to return to school.

"The Biology degree was the one I always wanted, but never got," said Sherrie. "I figured I might as well do it now before I become too old to remember stuff, so I came back."

Sherrie's time in pursuing a Bachelor's degree has been an especially interesting one, since her daughter has been pursuing the same degree at the same time. Lindsay Wilson has had an interesting journey as well, starting her collegiate career at a college on Staten Island in New York City in 2001. With the horrible events that took place on September 11th of that year, Lindsay's perspective, and location, changed.

It's a nice story to cinch up the semester for TBL.

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