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FSU to Host Focus Frostburg for Earth Week
04/09/2013

FSU to Host Focus Frostburg for Earth Week

Frostburg State University will host Focus Frostburg, a day-long teach-in about sustainability and the environment, on Wednesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lane University Center. Twenty 50-minute information sessions on a wide range of topics will be held, and many student-produced poster presentations will be showcased. All events are free and open to the public.

Focus Frostburg is part of FSU’s Learning Green, Living Green initiative, which “engages students, faculty, staff and community members to develop and coordinate programs and projects that create sustainable solutions to environmental, social and economic needs.”

Several of the information sessions are of interest to anyone concerned with his or her impact on the environment. “Contemplating Sustainability,” presented by Morning Klein, general assistant in FSU’s Department of Physics and Engineering, will encourage participants to consider what it means to live a sustainable lifestyle. “Engage! Helping Student Organizations Understand and Facilitate Sustainable Actions,” presented by Victoria Snyder, assistant director of the FSU Diversity Center, will teach professors, students and advisors how to promote sustainability efforts among Millennials. FSU Physics and Engineering professor Dr. Bob Doyle will present “Fifty Years Ahead: Economic Growth, Sustainability or Austerity?” This presentation will examine the environmental and economic impacts of our society’s consumption of fossil fuels and rare metals.

Fracking, the controversial method of natural gas drilling that could affect Frostburg-area residents, will be the focus of two back-to-back presentations in the Atkinson room (232) of the Lane Center. Environmental Science students from Mountain Ridge High School will present “Fracking: Pros, Cons, Uncertainty and Protecting the Safety of Frostburg’s Drinking Water.” Then, Shilpa Joshi from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network will present “Fracking in Western Maryland: What We Deserve to Know” about the potential dangers of fracking.

As the first part of a double session, Dr. Sunshine Brosi and students from FSU’s Ethnobotany program will give two presentations. The first will be on urban forestry and the service learning projects available as a result of FSU’s recent designation as a Tree Campus USA. The second will be on FSU’s online herbarium, which provides students, faculty and the greater community with access to information about local plant species.

In addition to presentations, hands-on activities will be provided. For the second part of the double session, Brosi and Ethnobotany students will distribute pamphlets about 10 plants found in the FSU arboretum and their uses in beverage making. Then, weather permitting, they will facilitate a series of plant walks, workshops and sharing of skills on beverage-making techniques, including the making of cider, root beer and sun teas. Later, students, faculty and members of the community can meet with the Student Sierra Club at the Clock Tower to plant seeds in their own containers to grow edible plants.

At 5 p.m., a ceremony at the Clock Tower will mark FSU’s formal designation as a Tree Campus USA, with a tree-planting to follow.

As part of “One Vision, Many Voices,” AppIndie.org’s year-long Appalachian community project, students from Beall Elementary, accompanied by Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner of the folk due Magpie, will unveil a community-made quilt and perform a folk song at 7 p.m. in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of the Lane Center. Leonino and Artzner are internationally recognized folk musicians who have dedicated much of their time, energy and music to environmental causes. The program is made possible with support from the Maryland Humanities Council; Learning Green, Living Green; Allegany College of Maryland; and the FSU President’s Experiential Learning Enhancement Fund.

For more information and a full schedule, visit www.frostburg.edu/lglg or contact Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas at 301-687-3124, and follow the #FocusFrostburg hashtag on Twitter. Updates will also be made available on the LGLG Facebook page: facebook.com/frostburglglg.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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