Representatives from Frostburg State University's AmeriCorps Program will present workshops at prestigious national service conferences this spring and summer. Two workshops will be presented at the 2001 COOL National Conference in Cambridge, Mass., and a third is scheduled for the 2001 National Community Service Conference (NCSC) in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
TheCampus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) Conference, scheduled for March 16 through 18 at Harvard University, will bring together roughly 1,500 students, administrators and others in the field of community service and social change. Inspired by a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this year's theme is "The Path of Service Leads from Charity to Justice."
FSU's acclaimed Allen HallSTARS! Program will be the focus of the workshop "Living, Learning, Serving in a Residence Hall Service-Based Program," to be presented by program director Tony Washington, second-year member Shannon Graham and AmeriCorps alumna Rosa Smith at the COOL National Conference.
T.E.A.M.U.P. - Together Everyone Accomplishes More Understanding People - is the title of FSU's second COOL workshop. Presenters Angela Gleason, AmeriCorps project coordinator, Lisa Sellers, second-year AmeriCorps member and Lori Wilson, A STAR! in Western Maryland program director, will offer tips and toolkits on how to improve group dynamics through better communicating, facilitating and coaching.
Sellers looks forward to her first COOL conference. "It's an honor to represent A STAR! and Frostburg State University at a national conference aimed at COOL participants and show them that A STAR! in Western Maryland is getting things done," she says.
The theme of this year's NCSC, set for June 29 through July 1, is "2001: The Year that Changes the World - Celebrating the International Year of Volunteers." Designed as a premiere training event for individuals involved in community volunteering and national service, the conference will feature workshops on traditions, diversity and innovations of service, as well as inspiration through service.
"Breaking Down Barriers Through Diversity Awareness" will be FSU's contribution at the NCSC at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Presenters include Tony Washington, Angela Gleason, Cherie Krug, director of FSU's Center for Service Leadership/AmeriCorps and Courtney Thomas, Western Maryland Reads Alliance program director.
Drawing from principles promoted by the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), this interactive seminar will focus on ways to overcome prejudice by finding common ground through individual and group healing of past fears and injuries.
At last year's NCSC, which attracted more than 5,000 community leaders, FSU's HallSTARS! residential and educational service opportunity garnered national attention and praise as a unique program and national model. Secretary of State General Colin L. Powell and CEOs from business and prominent national volunteer organizations were among those attending.
FSU's Gleason comments, "After focusing so much on our impact at the local level, it's wonderful to see the national movement through these conferences. It's very invigorating and affirming."
The NCSC is being convened by the Points of Light Foundation and the Corporation for National Service, in partnership with the American Association of State Service Commissions, America's Promise, Communities in Schools and the United Way.
For more information on AmeriCorps programs at FSU, call 301-687-7599 or visit the Web site at http://www.frostburg.edu/clife/lanec/hallstars/leadernav.htm
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