The Frostburg State University Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society was recognized as the Southeastern Section Student Chapter of the Year at the 64th Annual Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Conference in Biloxi, Miss. The Southeastern Section of the Wildlife Society includes 13 states, including the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The FSU chapter will receive a plaque and $1,000 for chapter activities.
Frostburg State University Wildlife Society Member Jeff Curry, back right in black shirt, watches over students from some of the 22 southeastern universities as they participate in a competition in last spring’s Wildlife Conclave at FSU. FSU’s Wildlife Society has been honored as Southeastern Student Chapter of the Year.
This award is highly competitive: The criteria include promotion of professional standards for wildlife research, education and management, enhancement of knowledge and technical capabilities of students, advocating sound information for wildlife policy decisions, encouraging professional stewardship of wildlife and the promotion of the Wildlife Society’s goals, and increasing public awareness of wildlife conservation and the wildlife profession.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication that these young professionals have displayed this year. I am honored to serve as their adviser and look forward to building on their success,” said Dr. Frank Ammer, who was recently named the 2010 Student Chapter Adviser of the Year.
There are 50 students involved in the FSU Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society, with seven executive board members. The students attend meetings throughout the year and participate in arboretum and trail clean-ups.
The Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society participates in activities, including the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow program, the Wildlife Habitat Council and the Southeastern and Northeastern Conclaves. FSU’s Student Chapter even hosted this year’s Southeastern Conclave, the largest ever. The Student Chapter encourages community participation in the chapter through Focus the Future, Focus Frostburg, the Frostburg Block Party and the Appalachian Festival.
Some members of the Student Chapter give presentations on the research they have done independently and summer internship experience, which not only gives them practice for presenting, but informs other members of internship opportunities and research methods. The members also attend presentations by guest speakers, who are able to provide information about what to do with the degrees they are pursuing.
For more information about the FSU Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society, visit http://organizations.frostburg.edu/wildlife/index.html. For more information about The Wildlife Society, visit www.wildlife.org.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional high education centers 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.