Frostburg State University honored three outstanding employees, Patrick Deasy, Linda Brumage and Gary Robinette, at its recent Fall Convocation. The annual Staff Awards for Excellence recognize outstanding service to the institution, and the recipients are nominated and chosen by their colleagues. This year’s award winners have a combined 107 years of service to FSU.
From left, FSU President Jonathan Gibralter, Gary Robinette, Linda Brumage and Patrick Deasy
Deasy was honored in the Exempt (salaried) employee category. Employed by FSU for the past 41 years, he serves as a clinical counselor in the Counseling and Psychological Services Department as well as the coordinator of Veterans Affairs. As a clinical counselor, he provides counseling, crisis intervention and many other psychological services that contribute to the academic success and personal development of students. As coordinator of Veterans Affairs, he serves as FSU’s certifying official in dealings with the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Beyond his job responsibilities, Deasy can be found volunteering at commencement ceremonies, serving as a student judicial board member or helping the Allegany County Combined Crisis Response Team in times of local or regional disaster.
Brumage was honored in the category of Nonexempt employee. An employee at FSU for 43 years, she has been a stenographer and office secretary, and for the past 19 years, executive administrative assistant to four deans of the College of Education. Beyond her commitment to FSU, Brumage has given back to the community. She is involved with the Western Maryland Health System Auxiliary, the Allegany County Commission for Woman and the Cumberland Business and Professional Women, to name just a few activities.
Robinette was recognized under the Nonexempt employee/facilities/maintenance category. He has been employed at FSU for 23 years. Although his official title is “carpenter,” the Department of Theatre and Dance has always referred to him as their “Scene Shop Supervisor.” Despite titles, he has taken on a supervisory role for some 30 students per semester, mentoring them in set construction, safety and other aspects of scene construction. Over the years he has worked side by side with students on over 130 theatre productions and music operettas. Robinette is a devoted member of the Little Meadows Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and volunteers as the church custodian. His generosity came as no surprise, to those who know him, when one year he realized that a local child care facility could not afford a Christmas tree, so he built one for them.
Award recipients were given a plaque, a certificate commemorating their dedication and a monetary award. Staff Awards for Excellence are funded by the FSU Foundation’s Annual Fund Campaign.
For more information, contact the FSU Office of Human Resources at 301-687-4105.