The Frostburg State University Foundation, through its Annual Fund, awarded financial support to 26 project proposals from faculty, staff and students, as part of its ongoing efforts to reinvest in the campus community. Proposals were selected that support the goals of student enrichment, academic enrichment and regional and cultural enrichment, the themes of FSU’s Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg.
“The FSU Foundation is working very hard to grow the Annual Fund to be more comparable to that of peer institutions so that we can continue putting money back into the campus community and supporting the many great educational experiences our students, faculty and staff are developing,” said B.J. Davisson II, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FSU Foundation, Inc. “We intend to increase the Annual Fund so there will be more funding to disperse in this competitive process each year. We believe that this process creates a level playing field in how the campus community can benefit from unrestricted gift revenues.”
A total of $75,000 was allocated toward funding proposals, a portion of the $222,269 raised for the unrestricted Annual Fund in fiscal year 2010. Twenty-six out of 52 submitted proposals were selected by the FSU Foundation Board of Directors during a meeting held on June 4. This is the third year the Foundation has made unrestricted gift revenues available to a variety of campus projects proposed by students, faculty and staff. Copies of selected proposals that were awarded funding will be placed on public file in the Lewis J. Ort Library.
The project proposals that were awarded funding included:
- Support for students and faculty to attend conferences and meetings, so they can develop professionally and through scholarship. This year, thanks to the FSU Foundation’s support, students and faculty are attending and presenting at the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference, the Model Organization of American States, the 24th Annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, meetings at the Eastern Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science and the regional conference of Phi Alpha Theta, a history honors society with a chapter at FSU.
- New equipment and supplies for students’ academic enrichment, including a Laminar Flow Hood that will provide a sterile working environment to study tissue culture in animals and plants; equipment that will enable students to collect environmental data from the Cranberry Swamp in Finzel and a variety of human anatomy models that will expand learning opportunities for biology majors interested in health professions. Other selected proposals included funding for equipment to conduct research toward developing novel synthesis techniques for semiconductor nanowires and for the purchase of a laptop cart that will recharge a set of notebook computers and help integrate Web content, digital maps and imagery into the geography class curriculum. A proposal from the Department of Music was also selected for the purchase of new instruments for FSU’s Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. Funds were also awarded to provide support and textbook scholarships to the STEM Program @ Sowers Hall, a freshman experience residence hall for students intending to major in STEM programs.
- Other selected proposals involving academic enrichment included the program development, professional development and publicity for FSU’s sustainability studies minor, a new minor that will be implemented in fall 2010; a program to pay trained undergraduate students to be in charge of computer labs for FSU’s General Psychology course to provide assistance to other students and facilitate the completion of labs; and a proposal for a Supplemental Instruction project for the Psychology, Math & Closing the Achievement Gap Task Force that will serve students who are struggling in difficult courses.
- Efforts that focus on enriching the region, including:
- FSU’s Children’s Literature Centre, which received support to continue its “Adopt-a-School” program, which gives local children an opportunity to meet and interact with a children’s author/illustrator, to foster literacy development.
- FSU’s popular Appalachian Festival and Frostburg’s Mountain City Traditional Arts, which recognize and celebrate the region’s natural landscape, history, culture, food, music and artistic traditions by offering a variety of performances, presentations, workshops and other programming.
- FSU’s K-12 Biology Outreach Program, which is working on developing a new program that will invite students and teachers to think about where their food comes from through a variety of experiments and hands-on learning experiences.
- The Roundabout Children’s Theatre, which provides FSU students with a variety of professional experiences in designing sets, lighting, costumes, directing and company management through their assistance and involvement and will take two productions on tour to area schools for middle school and elementary school children.
- The FSU Center for Creative Writing and its community outreach, volunteerism and interest in bringing writers of national acclaim to the region.
- A STEM Day Program organized by the Departments of Physics/Engineering and Biology that requested funds for equipment to facilitate hands-on activities for local students in elementary and middle schools, their parents and their schools.
- Projects that support student enrichment, including the continuation of FSU’s annual Earth Day celebration; support for E=(LG)², FSU’s student-written and student-edited magazine on sustainability; Frostburg: Take 5, a YouTube contest that invites students to create videos expressing what they love most about FSU; and the development of a journal of sociology that will highlight research and writing of various academic disciplines.
The FSU Foundation has embarked on a $15 million comprehensive campaign, Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg, to raise badly needed funding for higher education in Western Maryland. Donations to the Foundation support student scholarships and programs, academic programs, faculty development and other critical University needs. For more information about supporting FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu/admin/foundation or call 301-687-4161.
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. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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