The nine students who were selected to participate in Frostburg State University’s 2012-2013 President’s Leadership Circle are making their marks as student leaders. This year’s PLC includes Tara Devezin, Max Green, Courtney Jacobs, Saul Pena Gamero, James Richards, Lauren Schoelen, Celina Szymanski, Sheena Willison and Jessie Wismer.
Seated, from left, are Courtney Jacobs, Lauren Schoelen, FSU President Jonathan Gibralter, Tara Devezin, Sheena Willison and Jessie Wismer. Standing, from left, are Director of Leadership and Experiential Learning Doug Baer, Saul Pena Gamero, Max Green, Celina Szymanski, James Richards and Vice President for Student and Educational Services Tom Bowling.
Through this group, FSU’s top student leaders are stewarding relevant causes through their proven capabilities in the classroom and community. PLC students are working with FSU President Jonathan Gibralter and other FSU stakeholders for mentorship opportunities, including shadowing Gibralter at numerous official functions. In addition, PLC members will participate in the Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership in the spring and in an international experience. Past PLC students have visited Uganda, Dubai and the Czech Republic, among other destinations.
Qualifications for PLC include 75 or more credit hours completed, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and proven demonstration of leadership on campus.
Devezin, hailing from Perry Hall, is working toward a major in international studies with a dual minor in Spanish and health promotion. She is the guest speaker chairperson for the Global Business Club, health chairperson for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and president of Amnesty International.
Gamero, from Lima, Peru, is working toward a double major in business administration and computer science with a minor in accounting. He is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary, Honors Program and Residence Hall Association. He is also the treasurer of the Global Business Club and a member of the Latin American Student Association, Chinese Culture Club and Badminton Club. Gamero will be inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success in May.
Green, from Cumberland, is working toward a double major in law and society and political science with a minor in leadership studies. He has had some great experiences this past year by interning with Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.). Green was also a teaching assistant within the honors program, where he mentored and assisted freshmen within the Honors Program.
Jacobs, a Frostburg resident, is working toward a double major in law and society and political science. She is the off-campus senator for the Student Government Association, entertainment chair for Colleges Against Cancer and historian for the Economics Club. Jacobs will be inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success in May.
Richards, who lives in Frostburg, is working toward a major in history and a dual minor in sustainability studies and international studies. He is the president of Breaking Through GLASS, vice president of membership for the Interfraternal Council and a member of Phi Mu Delta National Fraternity.
Schoelen, from Mount Airy, is working toward a double major in law and society and political science with a minor in Spanish. She is the president of SafeRide and a member of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority. She is also on the Women’s Lacrosse Team. Schoelen enjoys volunteering with her sorority to help build houses with Habitat for Humanity.
Szymanski, from Elkton, is working toward a major in law and society with a minor in sustainability studies. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Student Athletics Advisory Council and the Women’s Volleyball Team. Szymanski is an active member of the Learning Green, Living Green committee.
Willison, who lives in Frostburg, is working toward a double major in biology and psychology with a minor in chemistry. She is the president of the Pre-Professional Medical Society and a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society, Colleges Against Cancer and the FSU Wind Ensemble. Willison was an orientation peer mentor last fall.
Wismer, a resident of Davidsonville, is working toward a major in mass communication and a minor in art history. She is the assistant director of Special Events for the University Programming Council and the Pulse/Fast Lane writer for The Bottom Line.
For more information about PLC, contact Douglas Baer at 301-687-4210.