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Frostburg State’s Dougherty Honored by Maryland Recreation and Parks Association
07/27/2016

Frostburg State’s Dougherty Honored by Maryland Recreation and Parks Association

Dr. Maureen Dougherty, a faculty member in FSU’s Recreation & Parks Management program, was honored with the 2016 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association’s Presidential Recognition Award and named a Mentor Emerita.

Dougherty is the former coordinator of FSU’s Recreation & Parks Management undergraduate program at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville and now teaches in FSU’s graduate program.

MRPA President Peggy Mark bestowed the honors, recognizing Dougherty’s commitment to students in recreation and parks curricula. Mark highlighted Dougherty’s work to establish MRPA’s Student Mentor Program, “which has generated internships and job placement for hundreds of students.”

“It was a tremendous honor to be recognized by our state professional association, MRPA, where I’ve been fortunate to work with so many dedicated park and recreation professionals across the state of Maryland who have served as valuable mentors to our students throughout the years,” said Dougherty.

The Student Mentor Program began more than a decade ago, when Dougherty first invited student attendees at the MRPA conference to attend lunch and sessions with Parks and Recreation professionals. The program has grown to serve students across the state of Maryland, familiarizing them with the daily realities of their chosen profession.

“I couldn’t ask for a better legacy than ‘Mentor Emerita,’ as I view professionals who mentor our students as being a key and valuable extension of the education process,” added Dougherty. She praised her parents, Frank and Peggy Dougherty of Cumberland, for their longtime support.

Dougherty also led efforts to make the Master of Science in Recreation & Parks Management available entirely online in 2010, allowing professionals to earn their master’s degree while continuing to work. It was FSU’s first academic program offered completely online, and the program has been nationally ranked as a “Best Buy” by GetEducated.com.

For more information about FSU’s Recreation and Parks Management programs, visit www.frostburg.edu/home/academic/majorminors/bachelor/bachelor-in-recreation-and-parks-management/ for the undergraduate program or www.frostburg.edu/rpm/rpm-graduate-program-home/ for the graduate program.

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