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Director of FSU's Volunteer and Service Programs Attends Rural College/Community Summit

Cherie Krug, director of the Center for Volunteerism and National Service at Frostburg State University, recently participated in the Rural College/Community Summit hosted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Maryville College in Tennessee.

Held on August 8 and 9, the Summit brought together experts from non-profit organizations around the country and rural community stakeholders from East Tennessee to discuss the creation of a Center that would help student community leaders better understand the communities in which they work and how to improve them.

Through the Center, students and community leaders could gain knowledge and tools from professors and experienced practitioners in a solutions-oriented environment.

Guiding principles include:

· A focus on undergraduate interdisciplinary learning and leadership.

· A focus on community leaders with programs built around regular visits and continual learning.

· The creation and maintenance of a network of "Community Fellows."

· A commitment to monitoring, measuring, tracking and reporting results.

At the Summit, Krug discovered that other participants view FSU as a model for community service. "It was gratifying to be able to share our volunteer and national service program model and be a resource for Maryville College in establishing their Center," she said.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. Maryville College has a history of strengthening community as a primary purpose of its curriculum.

For information about FSU's community service programs, contact Krug at (301) 687-4210 or

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