Karen A. Treber of Frostburg, general counsel for Frostburg State University, has received the 2011 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Staff Award, the highest honor bestowed on USM staff employees. Treber is being honored for extraordinary public service to the university or greater community.
She will be recognized at the Sept. 9 Board of Regents meeting.
In his nomination letter, Stephen M. Spahr, chief of staff and vice president for Economic Development and Government Relations, said that Treber is “… an efficient and intelligent attorney able to cut quickly to the heart of an issue, proposing creative and effective solutions.” As a member of the Allegany County Board of Education, she “… has made many significant contributions to the community, but also has always promoted collaborations between the K-12 system and the University, recognizing the importance of improving and increasing the education of the workforce in a county where most people do not have a college degree.”
Treber, an FSU employee since 1997, recently helped develop and strongly supported a new collaboration between the University and the Board of Education that creates a means by which students can take and receive credit for FSU courses while still in high school. She continues to encourage the board and the University to add courses to the roster so more high school students may be exposed to university-level work and earn credits. Within the FSU Department of Educational Professions’ curriculum, she also helped establish several class sessions where parents visited teacher candidates to talk about issues of importance to parents and role play parent and teacher conferences. These classes exposed teacher candidates to an aspect of education they do not normally receive in regular classroom training – how to work with parents.
Other present community activities include board member and chair, Family Support Committee for Allegany County Habitat for Humanity; board member, Allegany Law Foundation; board member, Foundation for Frostburg; board recording secretary, Soroptimist International – Frostburg Club; violist, Allegany Community Symphony Orchestra; treasurer and executive committee member, Friends Committee on National Legislation; and AFS-USA area chapter president.
The Regents’ Staff Award recognizes the achievements of salaried and hourly employees of the USM. Award winners are selected from the institutions within the University System of Maryland and are nominated based on letters and recommendations by colleagues. Each recipient receives a certificate presented during a ceremony at a Board of Regents meeting and a monetary prize.