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President Nowaczyk Represents Frostburg State University at White House for Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

President Nowaczyk Represents Frostburg State University at White House for Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

Frostburg State University President Ronald H. Nowaczyk was among some 40 college and university presidents invited to the White House in late September for the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, an invitation extended because of Frostburg State University’s commitment to and success in community service and civic engagement.

This was the sixth such meeting organized by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to encourage the college presidents to engage in conversation about the importance of interfaith and community service on college campuses across the nation.

The presidents represented schools of all sizes, public and private, and from across the United States, Nowaczyk said. The annual meeting recognizes the leadership role that higher education plays in increasing dialogue among people of differing belief systems and helping their organizations work together for the common good.

“The discussion focused on community engagement and how universities can harness the energy they have among their students and faculty to help address issues in their communities, build understanding and serve people in need,” Nowaczyk said.

FSU has a long history of community service and civic engagement initiatives, including being among the first universities nationwide to commit to hosting AmeriCorps programs on its campus and receiving the first-ever Higher Education Award for Leadership in National Service from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In recognition of its ongoing commitment to building community engagement, FSU was selected in 2013 to participate in the National Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (Lead Initiative), a program of NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. FSU is only one of about 100 schools to participate. Now FSU is one of eight Lead Consulting Institutions, in which, over the past two years, FSU staff have been mentoring other schools in the Lead Initiative in how to educate students into informed, engaged citizens of a democratic society.

“We continue to look for meaningful and intentional opportunities for the University and our students to engage in our community,” Nowaczyk said.

For more information on community service initiatives at Frostburg State University, contact the Office of Civic Engagement at 301-687-4210 or visit


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