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Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Palumbo '09

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Palumbo '09
Jessica Palumbo '09

Jessica Palumbo ’09

Current City: Frostburg

Current Occupation: Director for FrostburgFirst, A Maryland Main Street Community


Why do you love FSU?

I love FSU because it is part of my home. I have the opportunity to partner with so many wonderful programs and groups from campus in my current position, which has kept me connected to the University so long after I've graduated. 

Why do you give back (time, talent and/or treasure) to FSU?

I give back to FSU because I know I am supporting programs that find ways to give back to the community. 

What do you do for fun?

For fun, I like to go to concerts, nature hike, read and craft. 

Tell us about a class or activity at FSU that has had a surprising effect on your life.

Volunteering for the Center for Literary Arts as a student was life-changing for me. I could network with other area writers, and I got to volunteer for the Indie Lit Festival, which allowed me to network with writers and publications from the mid-Atlantic region. Through volunteering, I got an internship with the center my senior year, and I served as the AmeriCorps outreach coordinator for the center after I graduated. I met so many wonderful people who’ve become lifelong friends.

Favorite bands

Currently, my favorite musicians are Shovels and Rope and Driftwood. You should check them out. 

What is your favorite memory of your time as a Frostburg student?

My favorite part of college was being so close to all my friends. I was a short walk away always. Life becomes so busy after you graduate, and your friends are all over the place. You often must schedule time just to see anyone. I miss being so close with everyone. 

What is a cause dear to your heart?

Food Security and Poverty Alleviation and any program working to address these issues. Locally, these programs include Bridges to Opportunity, Frostburg Food Pantry, the Western Maryland Food Bank, the Summer Lunch Box Program to help kids with food insecurity issues and many more.

Tell us about a person or persons from FSU who had an impact on your life.

Dr. Barbara Hurd, my poetry, creative essay and senior workshop professor, had a profound influence on my writing, always pushing me to dig deeper and push myself to places that surprised me. Professor Gerry LaFemina, my academic adviser and then-director for the Center for Literary Arts, was a great mentor who helped me get involved with writing clubs and activities beyond the classroom. His guidance has impacted my professional life tremendously.

Favorite comfort food?


Favorite vacation spot?

Camping anywhere in the woods or Nags Head, N.C.

Who is your doppelganger (famous person you resemble)?

I've been told I look like Rachael Ray.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I always wanted to be a marine biologist when I was little. 



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