At a dinner and program honoring leading donors during the recent Leadership and Homecoming Weekend, Frostburg State University and the FSU Foundation Inc. celebrated raising nearly $3 million in the year since Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg launched its public phase one year ago, and set their sights on reaching the final $15 million goal by the end of fiscal year 2011.
Since the 2008 Leadership and Homecoming Weekend, $2,942,880 was raised in support of FSU, with $10.7 million raised so far toward the $15 million goal.
“This is extraordinary, given the state of the economy,” FSU President Jonathan Gibralter told approximately 130 guests assembled in the Lane University Center’s Manicur Assembly Hall. “It is also a tribute to your dedication and support, and a sign that our ultimate campaign goal of $15 million is within our sights.”
“The economic challenges that the world and our country face are affecting all of us in our work and private lives, to some degree or another,” FSUF President Sam Griffith told the honorees. “Yet despite these challenges, all of you have demonstrated exemplary leadership and generosity through your support.”
Several individuals and organizations were additionally singled out for recognition. Special honorees during the evening included:
• NewPage Corp., which has played a significant role in providing FSU with the resources to keep up with technology through an endowed technology fund;
• Russ Younkers, FSU Class of ’68, is helping the Foundation raise much-needed money for athletics through his membership on its Campaign Steering Committee, and who with his wife, has donated significantly to both athletics and the unrestricted Annual Fund;
• Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon, chair of the FSU Department of Music, a founder and key organizer of Friends of Music, who has provided her personal funds and matching gifts from her late husband’s employer to provide musical instruments and other music program priorities;
• Joseph Maley, Class of ’50, who attended FSU on the GI Bill in preparation for a career as an educator, and who established the Joseph E. Maley Endowed Scholarship Fund to help other Allegany County education students;
• Dr. J. Hopwood Wooddell and his wife, Karen Wooddell, who established the Karen and Joseph Wooddell Scholarship for Garrett County students; and
• Nancy Beall, widow of the late Sen. J. Glenn Beall Jr., who with her husband and family established the J. Glenn Beall Jr. Institute for Public Affairs at FSU to encourage young people to embrace public service, and which supports scholarships, internships, outreach programs and research fellowships.
Gibralter praised those who were honored, saying, “The obvious love and commitment everyone has for the University are absolutely overwhelming, and their commitment and support are just extraordinary.”
Attendees were treated to a performance by the FSU Chamber Choir and a video featuring historical images of the school that began in 1898 as Maryland State Normal School No. 2, as well as interviews with some of FSU’s strongest advocates explaining their varied reasons for supporting the University. A gourmet meal was provided by Aramark, led by award-winning Executive Chef Greg Carter.
The FSU Foundation has embarked upon a $15 million comprehensive campaign, Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg, to raise badly needed funding for higher education in Western Maryland. Gifts support student enrichment, academic enrichment and regional and cultural enrichment. For more information about supporting FSU, visit foundation.frostburg.edu or call 301-687-4161 or 1-866-241-3296, toll free.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 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.