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FSU Foundation Marks Successful End to Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg

FSU Foundation Marks Successful End to Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg
Alumna Alison Combes with FSU’s Bill Mandicott. Combes arranged for the Cultural Events Series offices at FSU to be named in Mandicott’s honor in recognition of his mentorship.
Frostburg State University and the FSU Foundation, Inc., celebrated surpassing the $15 million goal of Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg, at a gala event honoring leading donors during the Leadership and Homecoming Weekend in October. The Foundation raised a total of $16.7 million during the course of the seven-year campaign.

Now the FSU Foundation is looking to harness the momentum and progress of these campaign years to meet the needs and goals of the University and its students in the years to come.

“Our students are worthy of our time and investment. It is up to us to ensure that they will become the leaders that our communities, state, nation and world so desperately need,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “We’re doing this for them. They are our future.”

Some significant milestones of the campaign include gifts from 5,611 donors who had previously never given to FSU, including 580 gifts of more than $1,000 each; and 43 new members of the Old Main Society – those people who have included FSU in their estate planning – nearly doubling the size of that group. In addition, 69 new endowed funds were created. These funds provide annual awards from earned income, supporting student scholarship, research, program support and equipment.

“Those individuals who founded this institution more than 100 years ago believed in providing a better life for their children and the children of future generations. I think they would be amazed if they knew how much all of us have accomplished,” said Quincy Crawford, Class of ’65, new president of the FSU Foundation Board of Directors and chair of the Staking Our Claim steering committee. “And they would be deeply inspired by the promise of this University’s future.”

Several individuals were additionally singled out for recognition. Special honorees during the evening included:

• Mel Malchenson, who earned FSU master’s degrees in ’81 and ’93, has dedicated more than two decades of service to the Alumni Association Board of Directors. During this time, she has supported the Sloop Leadership Institute and the Children’s Literature Centre. During the campaign, she chaired the Old Main Society; Malchenson and her committee helped secure 43 new members. Additionally, her contributions during the campaign have mostly been mostly earmarked to the Ethel Hollinger Malchenson Scholarship, a fund in memory of her mother and supported by her father, Paul, prior to his death.

• Sam Griffith, the FSU Foundation’s immediate past president, agreed to serve as president in 2007 and led the Foundation during a critical time of significant challenges and change. He ended up serving as president for four years. He oversaw the selection of campaign leadership, dramatic turnover in board membership and the establishment of a successful annual retreat. He and his wife, Pam, in recognition of the Foundation’s need for financial flexibility, established mostly unrestricted gifts, including the R. Samuel and Pam Griffith Endowment.

• Col. Donald White, Class of ’75, who lettered at Frostburg in football and wrestling, translated the insight he gained from college athletics into a career in aerospace and operational physiology in the Department of Defense. White and his wife, Dr. Janet Wasson, a general surgeon, established the Colonel Donald J. White and Dr. Janet L. Wasson Wellness Fund, which funds the FSU Human Performance Laboratory, where research and activities complement and enhance existing wellness initiatives, and helps to further integrate the Department of Health and Physical Education and the Department of Athletics.

• Former Maryland State Delegate Gene Counihan, Class of ’63 and a founding brother of Sigma Tau Gamma, has been instrumental in keeping the men from his era connected throughout the years. He recently spearheaded the establishment of the Sigma Tau Gamma Scholarship. A three-term state delegate representing Montgomery County, Counihan has also advocated for his alma mater. He is a founding father and a board member of the Universities at Shady Grove and is commissioner and vice chairman of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. He also had a 30-year tenure with Montgomery County schools as a teacher and administrator.

• Twin brothers, the Rev. Dr. Donald and Col. Ronald Forrester, and their wives, Anne and Dee, all members of the Class of ’67, have made service and support to FSU a family affair. The brothers honored the sacrifices their parents made for their children’s education with the G. Wesley and Margaret M. Forrester Education Scholarship, which supports students from Maryland’s four western counties. Don and Anne also memorialized their daughter, Shannon, through the Shannon Anne Forrester Memorial Scholarship for aspiring elementary and special education teachers from Garrett County. Ron, who is immediate past president of the FSU Alumni Association and a member of the FSU Foundation Board of Directors, was also instrumental in establishing the Alpha Delta Chi Memorial Education Scholarship. All are members of the Old Main Society and support all of the family scholarships.

• Alison Combes, Class of ’93, and Craig Bowman, Class of ’92, chose to support the departments that nurtured their careers and aspirations through the Alison Combes and W. Craig Bowman Presidential Merit Scholarship in Music and the W. Craig Bowman and Alison Combes Management Leadership Endowment in the College of Business. Additionally, Combes, who is now executive director of the Washington National Cathedral Choral Society, was the first student employee of the FSU Cultural Events Series, where she was mentored by Bill Mandicott, assistant vice president for Student and Community Involvement. As a tribute to his mentorship, she arranged for the Cultural Events Series offices to be named in Mandicott’s honor.

The nearly 150 attendees were treated to three student performances, a song by the cast of “How I Became a Pirate,” by FSU’s Roundabout Children’s Theatre; Keont’a Miller, a member of the FSU Dance Company, who performed to “I’ve Got Rhythm” sung by Ella Fitzgerald; and three songs by the FSU Chamber Choir.

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