The Frostburg State University Foundation’s Old Main Society, for those who have remembered FSU in their estate planning, includes many people who are well established in their lives, those thinking seriously about retirement and the legacies they will leave. It also includes a 27-year-old U.S. Navy petty officer third class, the Society’s youngest member by far.
Joe Detrick attended FSU before he joined the Navy, and he loved every minute of it. While he regrets not completing his degree, he was itching to see the world beyond his native Allegany County, and joining Navy has proved to be a great choice for him as well.
“That was the best year and a half of my life,” he said of his time at Frostburg, which followed two years at Allegany College of Maryland. “Growing up, anybody I knew who ever amounted to anything graduated from Frostburg.”
Joining the Navy with stellar ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) scores, he’s now a sonar technician, currently deployed to the Middle East on the destroyer USS Winston Churchill. The armed services encourage their members to keep their affairs in order, so even though he’s only in his 20s, Detrick decided he wanted to make sure that people and organizations he cared about would be supported.
The 2001 Fort Hill High School graduate chose FSU as one of the organizations to receive his support because he loved his time there, and because he knew of FSU’s value in the culture, education and diversity it brings to his home area. But he also chose Frostburg because he sometimes wonders whether, if he had not had to work three jobs to stay in school, he might have been able to take more advantage of campus activities, making him a little less restless.
“I might have stayed to finish my degree,” he said. “Now maybe someone else can have that advantage.”
Detrick is still planning to earn his bachelor’s degree. He’s now taking online classes through Troy University, working toward a degree in history, and he plans to continue on to earn his master’s. He hasn’t given up on the idea of a diploma that says Frostburg State University. At 27, he figures he has time.
The FSU Foundation’s $15 million comprehensive campaign, Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg, is raising badly needed funding for higher education in Western Maryland. Gifts support student enrichment, academic enrichment and regional and cultural enrichment. For more information about remembering FSU in estate planning with the Old Main Society, contact Cherie Krug, director of Major Gifts at email@example.com or 301-687-4161 or visit foundation.frostburg.edu.