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FSU to Participate in National “Enough Is Enough” Campaign to End Campus Violence

Annual Martin Luther King Celebration Kicks off Week of Programming
03/28/2011

Frostburg State University will participate in “Enough is Enough,” the national campaign to end campus violence, the week of Monday, April 4, through Saturday, April 9. Each day will have a different theme, and events, workshops and information will be offered throughout.

Monday is kick-off day, starting with the annual Martin Luther King Celebration in the Atkinson Room (232) of the Lane University Center at 4 p.m. Bernard Wynder, the assistant vice president of Student Services at FSU, will speak on “Enough Is Enough,” concentrating on community with an emphasis on King’s message of learning to love and serve one another. An FSU alumnus, Wynder earned his bachelor’s degree in 1978, with a double major in history and health and physical education, and his master’s in education in 1984. Wynder is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NAACP Image Award and the “Living Legend” award from Associated Black Charities of Maryland. He serves on the Allegany County Human Relations Commission and was recently elected president of the Allegany County chapter of the NAACP. Wynder’s speech will be followed by a rally and Harmony Walk beginning at 6:30 p.m., highlighted by the unveiling of the Lane Center wall fountain in the newly renovated lower lobby. Music will be provided by the FSU Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Karen Soderberg.

Following the Harmony Walk, Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning screenwriter for the movie “Milk,” will speak, beginning at 7:30 p.m., also in the Atkinson Room. In addition to his work as a screenwriter, producer and director, including on the HBO series, “Big Love,” Black is a high-profile civil-rights activist on LGBT issues and has spoken out across the country.

Tuesday is Take the Pledge Day, in which members of the campus community can sign a pledge to take a stand against violence. There will also be the first of a series of brown bag lunches, beginning with “Facing Facebook Feuds” from noon to 1 p.m. In the Lane South Addition (244), which is also serving as headquarters for “Enough Is Enough” week. Members of Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski's CMST 345/Conflict Management class, in collaboration with the Allegany Conflict Resolution Center and Alpha Phi Omega, will bring the campus and local community together to learn what to do when conflicts arise online as a result of Facebook postings. The students will discuss why it is valuable to face rather than avoid conflict and offer basic strategies and resources for managing interpersonal conflicts that begin on Facebook. The workshop is funded by a Gira Campus to Community Grant.

President Jonathan Gibralter and Dr. Tom Bowling, vice president for Student and Educational Services, will lead an online chat on civility on Blog from the ’BURG (blogfromtheburg.blogspot.com) beginning at 6 p.m. That discussion will lead into the 7 p.m. workshop in the South Addition on cyber bullying and how the web plays a role in causing harm to members of our society. Social media networks have become the new outlet for bullies to prey on their victims, and FSU students Greg Brightbill and Patty Malatt, representing the BURG Peer Education Network, will discuss how individuals can help stop the practice.

Wednesday, Unity Day, will feature a brown bag session on “Spirituality and Forgiveness” offered by the Rev. Dr. Cindy Zirlott of United Campus Ministry at noon in the South Addition. A workshop on healthy relationships, presented by the Family Crisis Resource Center, will begin at 7 p.m., also in the South Addition. Everyone will also be encouraged to leave a handprint on a “These Hands Don’t Hurt” banner, which will hang from the Lane Center second-floor railing for the rest of the week.

Thursday will be Take Action Day. In addition to an opportunity for students to create posters that will be displayed in the Lane Center, international fitness and wellness guru Scott Cole will present an evening workshop called “Get Crazy, Get Still” in the Lane University Center room 111 beginning at 7 p.m. The first hour will be aerobic activity, and after a short break, there will be a second hour of tai chi. Partipicants can join either or both activities. Members of the student organization, BTLGLASS (Bisexuals, Transgenders, Gays, Lesbians and Straight Supporters), will present “It Gets Better” at 7 p.m. in the South Addition.

On Friday, for Beats of Peace Day, members of the campus community will be encouraged to share random acts of kindness that will be used to create a “Random Acts of Kindness” PowerPoint slideshow, which will be on display in the Lane Center lobby throughout the day. Cole will also return for a daytime workshop called “Get Active, Not Physical” in the Atkinson Room, and “Late Night in the LUC” will feature fun activities reflecting the week’s themes.

Saturday is Campus Cares Day with campuswide community service activities. There will also be an all-day National Coalition Building Institute workshop in the Lane University Center room 111 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The “Enough Is Enough” campaign was initiated by NASPA President Diana Doyle in response to the call by the vice president for student affairs at Virginia Tech, Zenobia Lawrence Hike, to take action after the shootings on the Virginia Tech campus. The campaign recognizes that parents, students and community partners are critical allies who will further propel its initiatives to end campus and school violence.

The week’s activities will be supplemented by information tables and displays. For more information, contact Robin Wynder at 301-687-4050 or rwynder@frostburg.edu.

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.

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