The Frostburg State University Alumni Association will honor two alumni with its most prestigious award during this year's "A November to Remember" Homecoming celebration. Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to Gladys Faherty of Frostburg, Md., for the Alumni Service to Alma Mater and Mary Flannery, Nahant, Mass., for the Distinguished Alumni Achievement.
The Alumni Service Award is based on exceptional contributions in assisting, advancing and promoting FSU; consistent involvement with alma mater; demonstrated success in encouraging other FSU alumni to take an active role in their alma mater and attainment of special achievements, awards, honors & distinctions.
Faherty (Class of '55) has a long history in local education as a physical education teacher, librarian, media specialist and classroom volunteer. She received her master of library science in 1968 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Faherty has been active in the local community volunteering for such organizations as Meals on Wheels and Frostburg City's Recycling Committee, Food Pantry, Museum and Garden Club. She served as president of the Allegany County Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society and the Lutheran Church Women at St. Paul's in Frostburg where she also has served on numerous committees.
She was honored by FSU for outstanding service to the campus at its Founder's Day celebration in 1989. Faherty is a current member and was past president of the FSU Alumni Association Board of Director and also serves as a member of the executive board of the FSU Foundation, Inc.
In 1983, she and her husband, through the FSU Foundation, created the Wensel-Faherty Scholarship which is presented to full-time freshmen from Allegany or Garrett County high schools. To date, nearly 40 students have benefited from this fund.
"Frostburg State University has influenced my life immeasurably. I am very aware that I earned my living and enriched my life because I was able to go to Frostburg State," she said.
"I also was fortunate enough to meet my husband there and to share our lives in educating children." Her husband was the late William J. Faherty.
An avid traveler, Faherty has visited such locales as Africa, Central America and Asia.
Established in 1980, the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is based on outstanding professional career growth, exceptional contributions to a career industry, demonstrated interest in assisting and advancing Frostburg State University and attainment of special achievements, awards, honors and distinctions.
A 1982 graduate of Frostburg State, Mary Flannery studied psychology, but discovered art while on campus. She combined her two academic loves and pursued a career in art therapy and eventually earned her master's degree in creative arts therapy from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass.
At Frostburg, she found ways to develop the foundation for her future success by establishing the women's rugby team. She also offered weekly art therapy services at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland.
In 1988, Flannery and two partners founded Raw Art Works, an art therapy organization in Lynn, Mass., that is committed to transforming the lives of people, especially youth, through the creation of visual art. RAW received the prestigious Coming Up Taller award, a national honor.
Recently, Flannery relinquished her role as executive director, but continues as president of RAW, which now offers a wide range of services. She initiated "Arts in Work, Works in Art," interactive corporate workshops designed to promote creativity and teamwork within the workplace. Other programs target the elderly, women recovering from abuse, incarcerated youth, families in distress, young adolescent boys, children in public housing, high school students and middle school youth with disabilities.
In 1998, Flannery's role as executive director of RAW resulted in her receiving the Leadership Award to Women in Business from the New England Council.
She continues to have fond memories of her days at Frostburg State.
"The night I graduated from Frostburg, I remember walking down the street and knowing that this was truly the place where I 'got my legs,'" she remembers. "At Frostburg, I laughed, learned and launched."
Flannery is married with two children.
The Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to the winners at the 2001 Career Day Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 2nd in the Lane University's Center's Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall.
For more information about the 2001 "A November to Remember" 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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