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FSU Honors Three With Staff Awards for Excellence

Frostburg State University honored three outstanding employees, Blair Knouse, Linda Lewis and Alan “Ike” Eichhorn, at its recent Fall Convocation. The annual Staff Awards for Excellence recognize outstanding service to the institution, and the recipients are nominated and chosen by their colleagues. This year’s award winners have a combined 51 years of service to FSU.

Blair Knouse with
President Gibralter
Linda Lewis
President Gibralter
and Linda Lewis
Alan Eichhorn
Alan Eichhorn and
President Gibralter

Knouse was honored in the Exempt (salaried) employee category. He began his career at FSU in 2013 as the Chemistry Department’s lab manager and has become a valuable asset to the department because of his efficiency and the time he takes to listen to others. His attention to detail ensures that the proper equipment and supplies are purchased and maintained. On campus, Knouse is the advisor for the Music Department’s Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity. Off campus, he serves as president of the Frostburg Arion Band and plays the flute in the band. Knouse’s commitment to the development of FSU’s students through his dedicated service to the Chemistry Department, coupled with his on- and off-campus activities, showcases his exemplary service to the campus and community.

Lewis, who has been a dedicated FSU employee for the past 15 years, was honored in the category of Non-exempt (hourly) employee. She is the executive administrative assistant for the Office of the Dean in the College of Education, where she is diligent, thoughtful and prompt in responding to the needs of the office and an invaluable resource in its day-to-day operations. Concerned for the well-being of FSU’s students, Lewis organizes events such as a “hat, scarf and mitten drive” during the cold Frostburg winter season. Dedication to the well-being of others, along with her high standards of professionalism, clearly highlights her service at FSU.

Eichhorn was recognized under the Non-exempt employee/facilities-maintenance category and has been employed at FSU for 34 years, the past 18 as a locksmith. He has literally opened doors in every building on the FSU campus, even installing brand-new locks and issuing the first keys for FSU’s newest facilities. Devoted to community service, Eichhorn volunteered on a missions trip to Haiti after a devastating earthquake in 2010. Over the years, he has served his church in various capacities, been a member of the Frostburg Fire Department and assisted as a “searcher” with the Western Maryland Crime Scene Investigators under the direction of the Maryland State Police. Eichhorn has gone above and beyond in his efforts and sets a great example for others.

Award recipients are given a plaque, a certificate commemorating their dedication and a monetary award. Staff Awards for Excellence are funded by the FSU Foundation’s Annual Fund Campaign.

For more information, contact the FSU Office of Human Resources at 301-687-4105.


For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589