Dr. Lee B. Ross, professor of psychology at Frostburg State University, will be awarded the Mentor Award at the 2000 Career Day Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 6 in the Lane Center Multi-Use Room.
The Mentor Award is given to a current or retired faculty member who has uniquely and unselfishly provided personal and career inspiration and guidance. Ross accomplished this by his acceptance of human diversity and compassion for human suffering, according to the former student who nominated him.
Ross was one of the original group of faculty to create a learning community. He served on the Maryland Critical Incident Stress Management Team and has provided emergency stress management service for East Coast disasters, most recently following Hurricane Andrew in Florida and Hurricane Floyd in North Carolina. The undergraduate curriculum he initiated on death and dying has evolved into a graduate-level course on crisis intervention.
Ross has been described as a wonderful role model for the importance of volunteering and using one's passion for what psychologists know and understand about humanity in a way that helps alleviate human suffering, not just in our jobs, but in every facet of our lives and for the purpose of serving something greater than ourselves.
"His profound wisdom and gentle, nonthreatening approach, along with his passion for life, are wonderful attributes," his nomination letter reads.
A member of the FSU faculty since 1972, his has his bachelor's and master's degrees from DePauw University and his doctorate from Miami University of Ohio.
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