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Author Bill Irwin to Speak at Frostburg State University

Author Bill Irwin, the only blind person to have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, will speak at Frostburg State University on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Lane Center's Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall.

Accompanied by his Seeing Eye dog Orient, Irwin completed the 2,168-mile trek from Georgia to northern central Maine in about nine months. His odyssey, an inspiring example of overcoming odds, was the single most publicized human endeavor that year.

Now Irwin has embarked on a journey to inspire others as a motivational speaker. With homespun humor, he offers insights gained from his life experiences, which include 30 years in the corporate world, recovery from alcoholism, adventures on the Trail and experience as a family counselor.

Audiences from the academic and the corporate world, including L.L. Bean, IBM and American Express, have enjoyed Irwin's message of hope. After hearing him, USA Today's Special Correspondent Tom Walters said, "Bill did more than achieve the unbelievable; he touched and inspired countless others with his example of courage and perseverance."

Irwin's appearance, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by United Campus Ministries, the Student Government Association and the Campus Activities Board.

For more information, call the Lane Center Information Desk at (301) 687-4411.

FSU is committed to making all of its program, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589