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On May 18, 2013, at FSU's 142nd Commencement, 7 Chemistry Majors and 5 Chemistry Minors graduated. Members of the Class of 2013 are off to graduate or professional programs in chemistry, cosmetic science, science writing, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and physician’s assistantship. Others are off to exciting careers. Congratulations Class of 2013!
Dr. Mary Mumper retired at the close of the 2012-2013 Academic Year after 16 years at Frostburg State University. Mary’s first love is her students. She dedicated her career to teaching and nurturing students. Mary became famous as the “witch” who taught organic chemistry, a necessary subject for all chemistry and biology majors and all students seeking careers in the medical professions. For many students Mary, like all organic professors, was seen as the major road block to their careers. This attitude by students quickly changed as student discovered she was no ordinary professor. First, Mary showed these students the dynamics of chemistry in medicine. To understand medicine you needed to understand the complex interaction between the compounds of the body and the medicine. In addition, Mary also showed these students the importance of working for your goals. Students soon recognized Mary cared, and the “witch” designation became affectionate.
Her work with pre-health professional students led Mary to establish the Pre-Health Advisory Committee at FSU in 1998. Mary also helped initiate a Pre-Professional Medical Society student organization and a Pre-Professional Medicine learning community. Mary has been the primary point of contact for all Pre-Med students during her career at FSU. Many of them became her advisees. She typically advised as many as 65 students every semester. She leaves behind such big shoes that no fewer than three people are stepping up to fill them.
Mary recognized very early that the faculty members at an institution play a tremendous role in developing and promoting the university. She was not satisfied just watching; she needed to be involved and like everything else she did in life, she put her whole being into it. She has served on committees, subcommittees, task forces, councils, and advisory groups at the Department, College, and University level too numerous to list. She served as Chair of the Chemistry Department from 2000-2006, during which she oversaw our move from Tawes to the new Compton Science Center. She was a member of the Faculty Senate for over 9 years, including two terms as a representative for FSU to the University System’s Council of University System Faculty. Recently she completed her second term as Chair of the Faculty.
Mary is a great proponent of strengths as a pathway to success. She was instrumental in leading FSU to adopt the Strengths Quest assessment from the Gallup organization, which helps individuals recognize and develop their top areas of talent. Mary's top five are Activator, Harmony, Achiever, Maximizer, and Positivity.
Mary will not be leaving the FSU community entirely. She plans to teach at least one more General Chemistry course as part of the Pre-Med Learning Community. She also plans to work with Student and Educational Services to continue to maximize FSU's implementation of Strengths Quest.
Mary will be missed but her legacy will live on as her former students and colleagues live up to the example that she has set for the past 16 years.
Dr. Mary Mumper was recognized with two awards for her service to Frostburg State University and its students. At the 142nd Commencement exercises on May 18, 2013, Mary was presented the second annual President's Distinguished Faculty Award by Dr. Jonathan Gibraltar. On April 13, 2013, she was presented the inaugural Mary W. Mumper Award for Distinguished Service to a Student Organization. Both awards celebrate her dedication to FSU's population of pre-health profession students. She has served as the chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee and the advisor to the Pre-Professional Medical Society for most of her 16 years at FSU. She developed and led special learning communities for freshmen students pursuing careers in the health professions. She has helped countless students apply for and get into health professions schools, even going so far as to drive students to schools for visits and interviews. The President’s Distinguished Faculty Award also recognizes Mary’s service to the university as Chair of the Faculty (2008-2013), as Chair of the Chemistry Department (2000-2006), and as a member of a great many committees in the faculty governance system.
Three chemistry majors, Keith Davidson, Jennifer Scudder, and Samantha Wasson presented on the activities of SMACS at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans in April. Additionally 25 chemistry students presented 15 posters and 1 oral presentation at the 2nd Annual CLA&S Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 3rd at FSU.
Lab manager Sherrie Noonan has resigned to move on to bigger and better things. We wish her luck and welcome interim lab manager, Ms. Sara Daskal.
FSU Graduates 14 Chemistry Students
On May 19, 2012, at FSU's 140th Commencement, 9 Chemistry Majors and 5 Chemistry Minors graduated. The Class of 2012 includes two members of the President's Leadership Circle, two graduates of the Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership, two graduates with Departmental Honors (Biology and Chemistry), two graduates with Honors in General Education, and nine individuals graduating Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude.
FSU chemistry students and faculty to participate in upcoming university events
15 Chemistry students, working with 5 Chemistry faculty, will present nine undergraduate research posters at the CLAS Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 4.
FSU chemistry students to present at national meeting in San Diego
Abstracts submitted by Marcus Carter and Sarah Russell have been accepted by the American Chemical Society. Marcus and Sarah will be presenting their undergraduate research at the Society's 243rd National Meeting and Exposition in San Diego in March 2012. Congratulations Marcus and Sarah! (Fall 2011)
Dr. Matthew Crawford joins the Department
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Matthew Crawford to the Department. Dr. Crawford is a Frostburg alum, and recently finished his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. (Fall 2011)