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Frostburg State University Wins First-Ever Higher Education Award for Leadership in National Service
12/12/2000

The Corporation for National Service presented Frostburg State University (Frostburg, Md.) with the Higher Education Award for Leadership in National Service, the first time the honor has been bestowed. Harris Wofford, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National Service, made the announcement today at the FSU campus during a "Salute to Service" ceremony recognizing the service programs at Frostburg as national models.

"Aristotle said, 'To learn to play the harp, you have to play the harp. To learn to build buildings, you have to build buildings. To learn to do justice, you have to do justice. You are active duty citizens on 100 fronts," Wofford said in a salute to the assembled members of FSU's various branches of service organizations.

Chosen from among 30 higher education applicants, FSU's programs were judged to have high quality or were unique in a variety of criteria for the award, including:

· FSU used national service in significant way to support the institution's mission to be of service to the country and to the community in which it resides.

· The University has adopted or expanded service-learning as part of the mission or fundamental goals of the institution.

· It has engaged students on a substantial scale in volunteer service, including tutoring in the America Reads Challenge.

· It has promoted or organized service activities for national days of service, particularly Martin Luther King Jr. Day and National Youth Service Day.

"Institutions of education in this country and especially in higher education, must take the lead. Frostburg State University has been doing, is doing and will be doing this," said Wofford, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, about FSU's programs and the way they work together to serve the greater community.

"Frostburg State University leads the way," he said.

FSU is a hub of service activities in the Western Maryland community. The Center for Service, Leadership and AmeriCorps is the umbrella for a consortium of national and student service and leadership programs. These include:

· The Allen HallSTARS! Education Award Only AmeriCorps Program. There are 90 HallSTARS! members, all of whom are FSU freshmen and part-time AmeriCorps members living in Allen Hall.

· The Western Maryland READS Alliance AmeriCorps *VISTA Program. There are seven *VISTA volunteers who coordinate programs around the region.

· The A STAR! in Western Maryland AmeriCorps Program, which includes 40 community members from Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties providing service at 17 sites.

· The Institute for Service-Learning, a Learn and Serve Program.

· The VOICE (Volunteer Opportunities in the Community Environment) Volunteer Clearinghouse and student service and leadership programming.

· The Center for Service and Leadership.

Participants in these programs, along with FSU students, have provided over 111,150 hours of service engaging 3,000 community volunteers in 1999-2000 alone. Service was provided in the areas of education, the environment, unmet human needs and public safety. "We're thrilled to be the first recipient of this national honor. I thank our AmeriCorps members who are part of this legacy that began many decades ago and continues to grow," said FSU President Dr. Catherine R. Gira.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu