I cannot express enough thanks to my committee for their continued support and
encouragement: Dr. John Doe, my committee chair; Dr. Virginia Lands; Dr. Samuel Cartwright;
and Dr. Michael Sherman. I offer my sincere appreciation for the learning opportunities provided
by my committee.
My completion of this project could not have been accomplished without the support of
my classmates, Sally, Robert, Gene, and Alberta; and my children. To Jackie, Thomas, and Mary
– thank you for allowing me time away from you to research and write. You deserve a trip to
Disney! Thanks to my parents as well, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Smith. The countless times you
kept the children during our hectic schedules will not be forgotten.
Finally, to my caring, loving, and supportive wife, Margaret: my deepest gratitude. Your
encouragement when the times got rough are much appreciated and duly noted. It was a great
comfort and relief to know that you were willing to provide management of our househol