Frostburg State University’s Dr. Frank Ammer, a faculty member in the Department of Biology, was selected for the national 2010 Student Chapter Adviser of the Year by The Wildlife Society. Ammer was honored at the 73rd Annual Awards Ceremony in Snowbird, Utah, on Oct. 3.
The Wildlife Society awards the title of Student Chapter Adviser of the Year to a single adviser who demonstrates admirable work in four areas: devotion to wildlife, natural resources and students pursuing careers in the field; enhancing knowledge and technical capabilities of wildlife students; ensuring and furthering the growth and diversity of the chapter; and promoting professional standards for wildlife research, education and management among students.
“The Frostburg State University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society has been lucky to have Dr. Ammer,” said Jessica Brandt, a member of FSU-TWS. “If he isn't running and working a volunteer Arboretum clean-up with students, or taking students to present research posters at the state chapter meetings, then he’s writing letters of recommendation or helping students find jobs. Dr. Ammer is an amazing adviser and pushes students to do amazing things.”
Ammer was nominated for the award by the members of FSU-TWS. Ammer advises graduate and undergraduate students alike, often encouraging undergraduates to participate in graduate students’ projects, the nomination letter says. When his students are required to present their projects, Ammer actively advertises the presentations to give the students a formal experience. From talking about conservation to discussing career goals, Ammer is known for his willingness to share his time with students.
Ammer is also a passionate and active conservationist, the nomination letter says. He is a member of numerous conservation organizations and has seen the FSU-TWS active membership grow from less than 10 people in 2005, when he became adviser, to nearly 60 active members as of this year. Ammer even oversaw the development of the chapter’s website, http://organizations.frostburg.edu/wildlife/index.html.
“Dr. Ammer is a consummate wildlife professional,” said former FSU-TWS president Adam Brandt. “He advocates professional conduct and the use of properly derived research in decision-making – during his classes, at FSU-TWS meetings and other occasions when he has an opportunity to interact with students.”
Ammer is an advocate of experiential learning, and he provides countless opportunities for students inside and outside the classroom. He gives his time selflessly to students and conservation organizations, serving as a knowledgeable guide, according to the nomination letter.
For more information about The Wildlife Society, visit www.wildlife.org.