The Frostburg State University Alumni Association will honor three alumni with its most prestigious award during the 2002 "Take Me Home" Homecoming celebration. Richard A. Brindle, Chesterfield, Va., will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, while Henry Hanburger of Gambrills, Md., and Judith G. Wolfe, Huddleston, Va., will receive Service to Alma Mater Awards.
Criteria for both awards include: outstanding professional career growth; community involvement; demonstrated interested in FSU; special achievements, awards, honors and distinctions and educational background which includes honors and involvement in special activities.
Brindle, Chesterfield, Va., a 1982 graduate with a triple concentration in business, management and marketing, began his professional career with Procter and Gamble "with several FSU campus leadership positions under my belt." He was a charter member of Phi Sigma Phi.
"I had a great ride with P & G - consistently achieving breakthrough results and increasing responsibilities along the way," he says. One notable example was his leadership of P & G's Food/Beverage business with Wal-Mart, P & G's top customer.
Brindle then joined Nabisco, Inc., in 1996 as a Director of Sales. He is now Vice President Global eSales, a division he created. He speaks or chairs eight-to-ten conferences a year on eCommerce.
"In this role, " he says, " I am leading Nabisco into the exciting new age of eBusiness. Our team has been recognized as the industry's best in the online grocery space."
A member of the FSU School of Business Advisory Board, he has performed post-graduate work in executive education, and as a certified Zenger/Miller instructor, he mentors several Nabisco managers. He has received numerous professional awards during his career, including P & G's most prestigious "Gold Club" Chairman's Award and has been active in his community as a board member of various organizations and sports coach.
"FSC gave me the foundation, tools and sponsorship for practical application I needed to excel in business," he says. " I have often pulled from my FSC campus leadership experiences throughout my career. [FSC's] administrators and teachers constantly challenged me to cultivate new strengths. "
Wolfe, who recently retired from FSU as Director of Student Support Services, has devoted most of her working life to her alma mater. A 1967 graduate with a B.S. in health, physical education and recreation, she taught physical education in Prince Georges County before returning to Frostburg in 1970 and beginning work on a master's degree in education with a concentration in health, physical education and recreation. After working part-time in the HPER Department for five years, she worked as a graduate assistant in the Programs for Academic Support and Studies (PASS) program and earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling. She became a learning specialist in the PASS program and spent 20 years working with students. In 1998, she became the Director of Student Support Services, a Federally funded program to work with first generation college students, students with a financial need, or students with disabilities.
Her awards and honors include Physical Education Department Honors for Outstanding Female Major in 1967, an honorary membership in Phi Eta Sigma in 1989, a 1994 TRIO award and the Staff Senate Award for Excellence (Exempt ) in 2002.
Judy was a guiding force in the development and administration of FSU's Staff Senate from its inception in 1994 through 1998, with service as secretary and chair. She also served as Frostburg's representative to the Council of University System Staff.
"Frostburg State Teachers College provided an experience that helped shape the person that I am and the career that I have pursued," Judy says. "I knew that I wanted to work with college-age students and felt that I could be successful in helping them academically as well as personally. Frostburg State University has been the beginning, middle and end of a wonderful and fulfilling career."
Judy and her husband, Kurt (Class of '67), retired June 2002 and moved to Smith Mountain Lake, Huddleston, Va.
Hanburger, Gambrills, Md., a 1971 psychology graduate, taught high school in Prince Georges County for nine years and earned a master's degree in counseling psychology at Bowie State College in 1978. In 1980 he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent. Hank received his training in Quantico, Va., through the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) in the area of Criminal Investigative Analysis (more commonly known as criminal profiling).
Though his employment with the FBI, he primarily focuses on violent crime matters such as bank robberies, fugitives, kidnappings and stolen property cases. For his involvement in various investigations, he was received Director's awards.
Now based in Annapolis, Hank has worked with the Iran Contra investigation, the North Carolina search for Eric Rudolph and the Montana "Freeman Standoff." He is a frequent and popular speaker at FSU's Career Day, and has been a reliable and concerned resource for students interested in law enforcement careers.
While at Frostburg, he was voted a member of the FSU Athletic Hall of Fame and Most Valuable Pitcher for two seasons. He currently maintains FSU's "Friends of Baseball" database and provides labels for mailings of baseball newsletters.
Hank's hobbies include amateur radio and coaching football, lacrosse and softball. He also has been involved with community activities.
"Frostburg State as an institution represents a place in my life which allowed me to grow and develop as an individual, learning as I went," he says. "It offered through example a set of values and customs which allowed young people the chance to evaluate and choose that which best fit them without being forced to adopt these things without question. Needless to say, it is the people of the institution who make Frostburg what it is."
The Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to the winners at the 2002 Career Day and Alumni Achievement Awards Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 25, in the Lane University Center's Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall.
For more information about the 2002 All-American Homecoming activities at FSU, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (301) 687-4068 or visit the Web site at www.frostburg.edu.
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