School Volunteer

Cynthia A. McIver, a longtime District resident, was presented with an award recently by the D.C. public school system for exemplary volunteer service.

Working with the community service guild of the Church of Scientology, 2125 S St. NW, McIver helped organize intensive Saturday tutoring sessions in math and reading for students at Maury and Bruce-Monroe elementary schools.

The Saturday Learning Extension Program, which is open to students who live within a 10-mile radius of the two schools, emphasizes early education basics such as phonics.

Weekdays, McIver is the public affairs director for the Chesapeake Ability School, a private school in Springfield.

A resident of the Michigan Park area of Northeast, McIver has been volunteering for six years. She said she does it "because I'm a resident of D.C. and I care about children and whether they are successful in real life."

GWU Appointee Louis H. Katz is the new vice president and treasurer of George Washington University, succeeding Charles Diehl, who retires this month after 20 years in the post. Katz had been at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he had been vice president for administration and treasurer since 1982.

As vice president and treasurer, Katz will oversee all of the university's financial affairs, including an annual operating budget of about $500 million and endowments of more than $250 million.

March of Dimes Grants Two Washingtonians recently received grants from the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation for projects aimed at reducing the incidence of birth defects and low birth weight.

Nina Scribanu, a physician and professor in pediatrics at Georgetown University's child development center, received a grant of nearly $32,000 to provide genetics training to social workers and nurses so they can work more effectively with families facing birth defects.

Tamara Lucas Copeland, director of the southern regional project on infant mortality at the Southern Governors' Association, which has headquarters in the District, received $15,000 to create a network of religious leaders and civic activists to promote the prevention of low birth weight and infant mortality throughout the South.

Native Returns Yes, that was Washingtonian Marilyn Sokol playing the go-between Mistress Quickly in the production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" these past two months at the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger. The show closed Sunday.

It was the first appearance on a District stage in 23 years for the actress, who graduated from Coolidge High School in 1961. In the interim, she has had numerous roles on Broadway; parts in eight movies, including "The Goodbye Girl" and "Crocodile Dundee II"; and a guest appearance on "The Tonight Show." She was also the voice of Ma Otter in puppeteer Jim Henson's "Emmett Otter's Jug-Band Christmas."

Sokol said it felt good to be back where she fell in love with the theater. After Coolidge, she was a student at the Washington School of Ballet.

"I've had a lot of dreams since I've returned -- remembrances of the past," she said. "My mom used to take me to National Theatre all of the time. That's where I saw the big shows that came from Broadway. I loved the theater from a very young age."