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NewsPress Release - 8/21/2000Sixty-Eight Students Earn Master's Degrees from The Persons Schoolof Marlboro College

MARLBORO, VT -- The Persons School of Marlboro College will award master's degrees to 68 students during its Third Commencement at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, August 27, in Persons Auditorium in Marlboro.

Forty-four students will be receiving a Master of Science in Internet Strategy Management, 10 will be receiving a Master of Arts in Teaching with Internet Strategies, and 14 will be receiving a Master of Science in Internet Engineering.

Among the students to earn degrees are 13 residents of Brattleboro and surrounding towns: Ranjan Chari, Diane Harney, Michael Hoefer, Scott Miller, Cynthia Moore, Jeremy Osborn, and Renata Watson of Brattleboro; Pamela Lester of Vernon; Kevin Bell of Putney; Susan Misnick of Newfane; Linda Maresca of Bellows Falls; and Jennifer Fribush and Rodney Tulonen of Springfield.

The keynote speaker will be Dan Harple, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Context Media, Inc., an Internet new media firm established in 1999. Not the first Internet firm founded by Harple, Context Media ( provides the means for software and services media companies to distribute their content across all available digital platforms.

A Marlboro College alumnus, Harple is also a former senior vice president of Netscape and the founder of InSoft, which merged with Netscape in 1996. InSoft developed the first generation of Internet media streaming and Internet telephony/collaborative applications. These products resulted in NetscapeConference and NetscapeMedia Server which, in turn, provided the seminal contribution to the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP).

The Persons School of Marlboro College was established in January 1998. It has become nationally renowned for preparing individuals for the multidisciplinary demands of the online profession, and for producing leaders who understand the latest technology and the fundamental changes that occur when schools and businesses go online.

All three of the master's-level programs are completed in one year, and are designed for working professionals who meet every other weekend and online for their studies. To graduate, each student must complete a Capstone project, the equivalent of a traditional master's thesis. A Capstone project demonstrates mastery of the interdisciplinary curriculum and the implementation of an innovative concept for the use of the Internet in an organizational or educational setting.

For the first time ever, the Persons School plans to have a live Webcam at commencement, enabling the ceremonies to be viewed online via a link on the Persons School Web site at

For more information, please call (802) 257-4333.

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