The Maryland Campus Compact, an association of the state’s colleges and universities that is dedicated to addressing community issues, has honored Frostburg State University’s Bill Mandicott with its first-ever Institutional Leadership Award, presented at the group’s recent meeting at Stevenson University.
Mandicott, assistant vice president for Student and Community Involvement at FSU, was chosen because of his vision for service on the Frostburg campus and his contribution to the overall success of campus-community collaboration and service-learning.
“No one has done more to blur the boundaries between the campus and the community than Bill Mandicott,” said Dr. Tom Bowling, FSU vice president for Student and Educational Services. “This award is a very appropriate way to recognize how his leadership has transformed community engagement at Frostburg State University since his arrival in 1989.”
In 1994, when Frostburg was among the first universities to receive an AmeriCorps grant, Mandicott contacted representatives from local service agencies to determine the needs of the community. Because of this collaboration, Mandicott facilitated a strong foundation for service and service-learning, which led to FSU’s being honored with the Corporation for National Service’s Higher Education Award for Leadership in National Service in 2000, the first time the award was given.
Mandicott’s efforts with campus involvement in the community have resulted in a full office focused on civic engagement. Among its initiatives are a learning community with a focus on service-learning whose students live together while they provide service to the local area, and an alternative-break program in which students provide service in a variety of locations during winter and spring breaks. Since its inception, well over $10 million in external grants has been secured to support this office’s initiatives.
Ever involved in student life and learning at FSU, Mandicott created the Cultural Events Series and collaborated with faculty colleagues to develop a leadership minor and build a solid core of courses well-integrated with service-learning. Among his many involvements on campus and in the community, he is chair of the Maryland State Arts Council, adviser to the FSU Student Government Association, serves on the boards of the Western Maryland Food Bank and the Allegany County Animal Shelter and has worked with the American Red Cross and the Department of Juvenile Services.
For more information about service-learning at FSU, contact the Office of Student and Community Involvement at 301-687-4411.
The Maryland Campus Compact, a state office of the national Campus Compact, is a statewide higher education association comprised of 22 two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities. Member institutions are committed to bringing the resources of the academy to bear on community issues, both locally and globally, through sustainable partnerships with their communities.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 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.