WESTMINSTER — Deayne Johnson, a junior biology major at Western Maryland College, spent January working in the office of Dr. Nicholas Herrick of the Bond Street Veterinary Hospital.
This is not Johnson's first time working directly with veterinarians. She enjoys working with animals and took the opportunity to work with Herrick as part of a special studies program, she said.
During her three weeks at the hospital, she assisted the veterinarian in surgery and in making farm calls, where a variety of animals,including horses, were treated.
At the hospital, the most common type of surgery Johnson helped with was the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats.
"My most exciting experience was holding a wild hawk which was recovering from a bullet wound in the foot," Johnson said.
As part of her project, she submitted a paper to her faculty adviser on Canine Parvo Virus, a gastrointestinal disease which can be fatal to young puppies.
Also an active environmental supporter, Johnson plans to attend graduate school and perhaps work at a wildlife preserve.
She is the daughter of Joyce and John R. Johnson of Welton Manors, Fla.
* Brian Haight, a senior business and economics major at WMC, designed his own January term internship project.
Theson of Susan and Larry Haight, who own Haight's Funeral Home in Sykesville, he is researching all aspects of funeral prearrangement as a follow-up to a study he conducted last summer.
"More people are planning for the future so that the financial burden of a funeral does not fall on a relative," Haight said, adding that this is the case despite the fact that most people find the subject unpleasant.
As part of his study, Haight researched the different types of people who prearrange their own funerals and their motives for doing so.
He also is researching and tracking marketing techniques which he has helped implement in the firm and will analyze inflation and other increased costs in the funeral industry.
He then will submit a paper on his findings to his faculty adviser for three credit hours of study toward his degree.
A graduate of Liberty High School, Haight plans to study for a master's degree in business and economics after he graduates from WMC in May. He will be the third generation of Haights towork in the family business.
* WESTMINSTER -- Sharon Miller, a senior history and music major at WMC, spent her January term researching the history of bass performance.
Recently she switched from electric guitar, which she has played for five years, to the bass guitar, which she said "holds the whole band together."
Under the direction of Steven Eckhard, a lecturer in the performing arts at WMC, Miller developed her own special-studies project.
Besides submitting a research paper on her topic, she will perform both trio and quartetparts on bass in a four-track recording.
"I enjoy playing in a band more than performing solo," she said.
Miller enjoys a variety of music, including jazz and Latin samba, and has performed at the college as a part of the annual jazz ensemble under Eckhard's direction.
She became serious about music in college, she said. Last summer she participated in a guitar workshop in Connecticut.
She is the daughter of Leon and Judy Millers of Manchester.