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Frostburg State University Hosts Forging a Pathway to Public Service Event

Frostburg State University Hosts Forging a Pathway to Public Service Event
Some of the Forging Pathways presenters and facilitators include, front row from left, Robin Summerfield, Ken Oldham, Max Green and Fabion Seaton; second row from left, Del. Carol Krimm, Mary Beth Pirolozzi, Tim Magrath, Bill Mandicott, Courtney Thomas and Al Feldstein.

Frostburg State University students had the opportunity to attend a day-long conference on Oct. 29 with successful FSU alumni and other guests to discuss careers in public service. The interactive and engaging event, Forging a Pathway to Public Service, was designed to promote mentoring, create opportunities to increase civic learning and build civically engaged leaders.

“Attending the event gave me the opportunity to learn what people in my prospective field did when they were in my situation,” said senior Mia McCaslin. “I was able to talk to people who have been exactly where I am and talk about how I should proceed after my graduation. The panelists helped me realize that putting in the time with politicians and their offices is an important prerequisite for grad school.”

“Going into public service can be a really rewarding thing if you work hard and realize that you are doing your job to help others,” said Nicole Leighty, a junior at FSU. “Frostburg can definitely help set you up for a great future in public service. The panelists all made great points and created great networking opportunities.”

Dozens of students in attendance heard from Dr. Tom Bowling, vice president for Student Affairs; Tom Slater, FSU class of ’66, founder and principal partner of Slater & Slater, P.C., and a member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents; and moderators Tim Magrath, Department of Political Science and executive director of the J. Glenn Beall Jr. Institute for Public Affairs, and Christine Willingham, Department of Communication. The presentations were split, with one focusing on government and the public policy arena and the other on nonprofit and educational organizations.

Speakers addressed how their experiences at FSU and beyond have prepared them to pursue lifelong careers in public service. Panelists discussing government and public policy were Max Green, class of ’13, caseworker for U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin; Md. Del. Carol Krimm, class of ’77, representing District 3-A in Frederick County; Fabion Seaton, class of ’13, press secretary for U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and for the congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; and Robin Summerfield, class of ’90, Western Maryland field representative to Cardin. The nonprofit and educational organizations panelists were Aaron Deeb, class of ’03/M’05, educator in Montgomery County; Ken Oldham, class of ’98, president and CEO of United Way of Frederick County; Mary Beth Pirolozzi, class of ’90/M’95, executive director of County United Way, Inc.; and Courtney Thomas, class of ’99, executive director of Allegany County Human Resources Development Council. Closing remarks were provided by Al Feldstein, class of M’77, retired Appalachian Regional Commission program manager for the state of Maryland.

The event was sponsored by the Department of Student and Community Involvement, the Office of Civic Engagement, the J. Glenn Beall Institute for Public Affairs, ASTAR! In Western Maryland AmeriCorps program, FSU Foundation, Inc., and the FSU Leadership Studies minor.

For more information, contact Bill Mandicott at or Kristine Eskridge at


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