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Antonio L.<br/>Hayes ’00

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Antonio L. Hayes ’00
Current city: Baltimore
Current profession: Chief of Staff, Baltimore City Department of Social Services

Why do you love FSU?
Frostburg provided me various opportunities through campus organizations that helped prepare for my transition into my professional career. I served in the Senate of SGA on the Senate Finance Committee. This experience exposed me to the in-depth use of Roberts Rules of Order in facilitating meetings. SGA also afforded me the opportunity to assist various student organizations seeking program funding, as well as managing the allocated budget of student activities fees. Campus Activities Board (CAB) gave me the opportunity to plan and implement the nuts and bolts of event planning from concerts, comedy shows and lectures. The highlight of that experience was when I organized “An Evening With Maya Angelou at Frostburg State University.”

Why do you give back to FSU?
Prior to FSU, I was the beneficiary of great community mentorship. The mentoring I received prior to my experience at FSU gave me the confidence to face new challenges so far away from home in the hills of Allegany. The University also empowers students to act and perform independently. This was my first experience away from the inner city on my own. The support from the faculty and staff while at FSU were few in number but potent in the impact on me. The dedicated few helped me overcome whatever anxieties I faced so far away from home. I hope to be that support to those who follow me.

What do you do for fun?
I spent a tremendous amount of time with activities involving my fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Tell us about a class or activity at FSU that has had a surprising effect on your life.
As lecture chair for Campus Activities Board, I was required to organize four lectures a year that students may be interested in. My junior year I organized a lecture with two survivors of the Holocaust who shared with us the significance of Kristallnacht, “The Night of the Broken Glass.” This particular program was exciting because it provided me with insight into Jewish culture and history that was similar to my own.

What is your favorite memory of your time as a Frostburg student?
I have so many. I am so proud of my academic experience at Frostburg; however, my experiences in campus organizations are my favorite and most memorable.

What is a cause dear to your heart?
Education and the access to education are near and dear to my heart. It has been my experience that education creates opportunities.

Favorite comfort food?
Pizza

Favorite vacation spot?
Trinidad and Tobago

   
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