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Frostburg State University Center for Communications and Information Technology to Be Named in Honor of President Emerita Catherine R. Gira
04/24/2015

Frostburg State University Center for Communications and Information Technology to Be Named in Honor of President Emerita Catherine R. Gira

The Frostburg State University Center for Communications and Information Technology will be named in honor of President Emerita Catherine R. Gira in a dedication ceremony on Sunday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the courtyard in front of the building. The naming honors Gira’s 15 years of service to FSU and her distinguished career in higher education.

“My predecessor, Dr. Catherine Gira, had the dream that, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of individuals over the last eight years, evolved into the incredible Center for Communications and Information Technology,” Gibralter said. “Frostburg State University and its faculty, staff, students and alumni greatly benefitted from Dr. Gira’s leadership and service.”

Gira was present for the building’s grand opening in September and is scheduled to attend the dedication. She was an early and strong advocate for the construction of CCIT, recognizing the need for advanced and appropriate facilities for the rapidly transforming technology disciplines.

What will be known as the Catherine R. Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology is a $70 million structure housing the facilities for computer science, communication, mathematics and graphic design, as well as studios for WFWM radio, the FSU-TV3 cable channel and the Multimedia Learning Center featuring the Planetarium. The University System of Maryland Board of Regents approved the naming of the building at its February meeting.

During Gira’s presidency from 1991 to 2006, the Performing Arts Center was completed and opened, and she successfully lobbied for the construction of the Compton Science Center, which was completed in 2003. Under her leadership, FSU experienced significant growth in academic offerings, enrollment, accreditation and research and fundraising dollars.

Following her retirement from FSU, she has continued to be active in advocacy for the arts and leadership development through her service and leadership with the Maryland Humanities Council Board of Directors and the Leadership Maryland Board of Directors.

The public is invited to the dedication ceremony at 11:30 a.m., as well as to the performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Pealer Recital Hall. Choir conductor Dr. Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker has dedicated this performance by the FSU University Chorale, the Cumberland Choral Society and the Mozart Chamber Players to Gira and Dr. Jonathan Gibralter in gratitude for their support. Tickets will be available at the door.

Gifts in honor of Gira may be made to the Catherine R. Gira Campus to Community Fund, which supports student experiences that embrace topics of leadership, alumni connections, community service, internships and study abroad. For more information, contact the FSU Foundation at 301-687-4161 or visit www.frostburg.edu/makeagift.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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