Frostburg State’s Lisa Clark to Be Honored With Civic Engagement Award

Oct 12, 2018 10:10 AM

Lisa Clark of New Market, Md., director of the A STAR! AmeriCorps program at Frostburg State University, was recently selected as the winner of Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic’s Civic Engagement Award for 2018.

“Lisa Clark has served as an exemplary staff member, managing FSU’s AmeriCorps program for over 24 years,” said Bill Mandicott, assistant vice president of Student and Community Involvement at FSU. “For Maryland’s four westernmost counties, Lisa serves as a catalyst for bringing people, organizations and neighborhoods together to work toward collaborative solutions to the many challenges facing our 21st-century communities.”

As director of A STAR!, Clark oversees 130-plus AmeriCorps members across 22 partnering agencies while serving as an ambassador and recruiter for FSU. The Civic Engagement Award recognizes her contributions to the development of civic learning and engagement in Western Maryland.

Community involvement is more than a job for Clark. She is vice chair for the Human Relations Commission in Frederick, Md. She also volunteers her time with a variety of nonprofits, including Boys & Girls Club of Frederick, Frederick Community Action Agency, United Way of Frederick, Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership, Blessings in a Backpack, Girls on the Run Mid-Maryland, Asian American Center of Frederick, Special Olympics of Frederick, Horizon Goodwill of Hagerstown and numerous others.

The Civic Engagement Award will be presented during Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic’s Presidents’ Institute and 10th Anniversary Ceremony in November. Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic is a regional nonprofit association of colleges and universities providing leadership to higher education institutions in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware to improve schools’ abilities to enhance student learning and meaningfully engage with communities.

Clark’s service and outreach in the community have previously been recognized with the Community Problem-Solving Program of Frederick’s 2013 Peach Crafter Award, an Asian American Center of Frederick Community Award in 2014 and a Staff Award for Excellence from FSU in 2017.

For more information about A STAR!, visit www.frostburg.edu/student-community-involvement/civic-engagement/ASTAR-Americorp.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.