2018 News


Dec 19, 2018
Chicago Writer Chosen for First Gunter Hotel Winter Writing Residency
Chicago writer Sandi Wisenberg has been awarded the inaugural Gunter Hotel Winter Writing Residency, a one-month writing retreat in Frostburg, Md., sponsored by the Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts and the Gunter Hotel.


Nov 30, 2018
Frostburg State University to Celebrate 153rd Commencement Ceremony
Frostburg State University will celebrate student achievements of its fall 2018 graduating class with the 153rd Commencement ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The ceremony for the colleges of Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences will take place in the Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center’s Main Arena at 2 p.m.

Nov 27, 2018
Frostburg State University Named to Charter Excellence in Academic Advising Cohort
Frostburg State University has been selected to participate in the first-ever national Excellence in Academic Advising comprehensive strategic planning process, a program created by NACADA, a global association dedicated to enhancing the educational development of students in higher education, and the nonprofit Gardner Institute.

Nov 27, 2018
Award-Winning Local Author Andy Duncan to Read in Frostburg to Celebrate New Book
From a gallows in 16th-century England to a show in 1920s New York City, from the mythical Big Rock Candy Mountain to “Beluthahatchie” – the next railroad stop past Hell – award-winning author and Frostburg State University faculty member Andy Duncan takes readers on a dozen fantastical adventures to real and imagined settings in his new book, “An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories.”

Nov 20, 2018
FSU’s F2T2 Summer Campers Teach Others About Clean Water
Seventh-graders Ackerly Mulcaster and Jalen Brown of Mount Savage Elementary/Middle School recently taught a local second-grade class about the need for clean water after attending Future Frostburg Teachers Teaching (F2T2), a one-week Frostburg State University teaching apprenticeship camp this summer.

Nov 14, 2018
Students Learn Real-World Skills Performing With the Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Frostburg State University strives to create real-world experiences where students learn by doing rather than simply reading about it. One such experiential learning effort is the recent partnership between FSU and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) made possible through the efforts of FSU’s Cultural Event Series.

Nov 6, 2018
Frostburg State and Johns Hopkins Faculty Collaborate on Vapor Sensor Technology
Vapor sensors are critical for modern life, monitoring industrial processes, ensuring air quality, detecting security threats and even aiding in medical diagnostics. One emerging technology offers great promise for cheaper, more versatile vapor sensors: organic semiconductors (OSC). Unfortunately, OSC vapor sensors are not quite ready for widespread use.

Nov 1, 2018
FSU Presents the Outstanding Mentor Award to Three Faculty Members
Frostburg State University presented the Outstanding Mentor Award to three new nominees at this year’s Career Expo luncheon. The three recipients were Dr. Paul Bernhardt of the Department of Psychology, Dr. Daniel Moorehead of the Department of Sociology and Dr. Thomas Sigerstad of the Department of Management.


Oct 31, 2018
FSU Crowns King and Queen for Homecoming; Court Raises $2,737 for Charity
Candidates for Frostburg State University’s 2018 Homecoming Court raised a combined $2,737 for regional and national charitable organizations in the weeks leading to Homecoming.

Oct 25, 2018
FSU’s Online MBA Ranked One of Best Online MBA Programs and One of Best for Health Care Management by OnlineMasters.com
OnlineMasters.com, an online service designed to encourage students to pursue higher education, has ranked Frostburg State University’s online MBA as one of the best online MBA programs nationally, as well as one of the best for health care management, in its recent rankings for 2019.

Oct 15, 2018
FSU’s Online Master’s in Computer Science Receives Two New Rankings
Frostburg State University’s online Master of Science in Applied Computer Science has received additional recognition, being been ranked 21st on Affordable Colleges Online’s Best Online Master’s in Computer Science for 2018 through 2019 and 11th on SR Education Groups Most Affordable Master’s in Computer Science Online for 2019.

Oct 15, 2018
FSU Celebrates All Things Frostburg With Homecoming Oct. 25-28
Frostburg State University welcomes students and graduates from all generations to celebrate Homecoming 2018. From Thursday, Oct. 25, to Sunday, Oct. 28, FSU will host many events that will showcase everyone’s school pride, including a Pep Rally, sports, a Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, reunions and the Homecoming dance.

Oct 12, 2018
GC-FSU Agreement Provides for Baccalaureate Partnership in Adventure Sports Management
Garrett College and its largest transfer partner, Frostburg State University, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing the foundation for a collaborative Bachelor of Science degree program in Adventure Sports Management. The agreement also provides students with a clear pathway from an associate degree to a baccalaureate degree, utilizing the resources of both institutions.

Oct 12, 2018
Frostburg State’s Lisa Clark to Be Honored With Civic Engagement Award
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.

Oct 2, 2018
FSU’s Greg Latta Receives Third Individual Achievement in the Arts Award
Dr. Greg Latta, professor in Frostburg State University’s Physics Department, has won his third Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. He was awarded $3,000 in the category for Non-Classical Music: Solo Performance.


Sep 27, 2018
FSU Professor Competes in Queen City Film Festival With Documentary Film
A film produced and directed by a Frostburg State University Communications faculty member with the assistance of more than 30 FSU students over three years will be one of the competitors at the Queen City Film Festival.

Sep 20, 2018
FSU’s Online Master’s in Applied Computer Science Ranked Seventh Most Affordable in U.S. by GradSchoolHub.com
Frostburg State University’s online Master of Science in Applied Computer Science has been ranked seventh on GradSchoolHub.com’s current listing of the 10 most affordable online master’s of computer science degrees for 2018.

Sep 18, 2018
Frostburg State University to Close Cambridge Hall, Relocate Students
Frostburg State University has decided to close Cambridge Hall, a residence hall, following moisture problems that developed following mechanical upgrades over the summer. The 154 students who reside in the residence hall will be transferred to other campus housing.

Sep 14, 2018
FSU Student Awarded Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Award
Josiah Freese, a senior Wildlife and Fisheries student at Frostburg State University, is a winner of the 2018 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Wildlife Leadership Award. The program awards a $3,000 scholarship to college juniors and seniors chosen for their leadership ability, dedication to wildlife conservation and scholastic achievements. Freese, of Mount Airy, Md., is one of only 12 students nationwide to receive the award, including a one-year membership to RMEF.

Sep 12, 2018
Frostburg State Online Master’s in Recreation and Parks Management Ranks Second in America as GetEducated.com “Best Buy”
Frostburg State University’s online Master of Science in Recreation and Parks Management has been ranked second on GetEducated.com’s newest “Best Buy” list of the eight most affordable options in the United States. The national affordability ranking is the result of a comprehensive, data-driven review of 18 regionally accredited online schools offering a master’s degree in hospitality management.

Sep 12, 2018
Frostburg State University Announces New Physician Assistant Program
Frostburg State University has received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the University System of Maryland to offer a physician assistant (PA) master’s degree program, which will be offered at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

Sep 11, 2018
FSU Mathematics Professor Awarded USM Elkins Funds to Train Colleagues in the Active Learning Approach to Teaching
Dr. Justin Dunmyre’s passion is to help students succeed at learning, and he wants to train and support his colleagues in methods to help their students succeed, too. It is that passion that earned Dunmyre the prestigious Wilson H. Elkins Professorship, an endowed professorship from the University System of Maryland.

Sep 7, 2018
Three Employees Honored With Staff Awards for Excellence at FSU State of the University Presentation
Frostburg State University honored three outstanding employees, John Brewer, Stacy Arnold and Mark Williams, at its recent State of the University presentation. The annual Staff Awards for Excellence recognize exceptional service to the institution. Recipients are nominated and chosen by their colleagues. This year’s award winners have served FSU for a combined total of 50 years.

Sep 7, 2018
FSU Department of Theatre and Dance Presents Exciting Lineup for 2018-19 Season
Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present a colorful collection of something for everyone during its 2018-19 season lineup – a powerful drama set against the race riots that ravaged Detroit in 1967, a timeless Christmas classic, five short plays that will make you laugh as well as think, a student dance concert with original choreography and a provocative romantic comedy.

Sep 5, 2018
FSU’s Online Master of Science in Nursing Ranked One of Best Online MSN Programs and One of Best for Nurse Administrators by OnlineMasters.com
OnlineMasters.com, an online service designed to encourage students to pursue higher education, has ranked Frostburg State University’s online Master of Science in Nursing as one of the best online MSN programs nationally, as well as one of the best for nurse administrators, in the administration concentration, in its recent rankings for 2018.


Aug 27, 2018
FSU Celebrates Region’s Unique Culture and Resilience With Appalachian Festival
Frostburg State University’s much-anticipated Appalachian Festival will return for its 13th year from Thursday, Sept. 13, to Saturday, Sept. 15. The free, family-friendly event brings together artists and craftspeople to celebrate all that makes the region unique – its history, culture, music and dance, folk arts, food and more – with performances, workshops, displays, discussions and activities.

Aug 23, 2018
Frostburg State Announces Major Athletics Facilities Upgrades
When Frostburg State University’s student-athletes and their fans return to campus this fall, they will be greeted by a number of upgrades and renovations to athletic facilities that happened over the summer, most notably in Bobcat Stadium and to the tennis courts.

Aug 21, 2018
CES at FSU to Present On the EDGE Series of Cutting-Edge Performances
CES’ 2018-19 On the EDGE series at Frostburg State University will once again present cutting-edge performers who stretch the boundaries of their art forms. All shows, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of FSU's Lane University Center, feature informal table seating, comfortable couch and armchair seating, and food and beverage options.

Aug 16, 2018
CES at Frostburg State University Announces 2018-19 Season
CES at Frostburg State University announces an exciting 2018-19 season of professional performing arts events featuring artists from Greece, Ireland, Russia, Japan, Colombia, Argentina, Canada, South Africa and the United States.

Aug 13, 2018
Frostburg State Names Delia VP for Regional Development and Engagement
Al Delia has joined Frostburg State University as vice president for Regional Development and Engagement (RDE), which is a new position and office at the University.


Jul 31, 2018
Poetry Can Be Found Underfoot Thanks to FSU Center for Literary Arts
Visitors to Allegany County should watch where they step – there’s Poetry Underfoot. Poetic excerpts can be found at locations throughout the county, but their appearance is transient. Unseen on dry pavement, these words reveal themselves only when wet.

Jul 12, 2018
Frostburg State University Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall
Frostburg State University officials, local dignitaries and design and construction directors broke ground for FSU’s new student residence hall today, at the Lower Quad site of the new building, a building that FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk said was “a long time in coming.”


Jun 19, 2018
FSU’s Online Master’s in Nursing Ranked Third Most Affordable and Third Top Online Degree by Great Value Colleges
Great Value Colleges has ranked Frostburg State University’s online Master of Science in Nursing as one of the most affordable in the country and a top online degree in its recent rankings for 2018. FSU’s online program is ranked the third most affordable and the third top online degree.

Jun 12, 2018
Frostburg State University Students Muscling Their Way to Collegiate Powerlifting Championships
Ingrid Braun has a lot of weight on her shoulders these days. About 300 pounds worth, actually. Deadlifting 292 pounds at a regional meet sent the FSU wildlife biology and fisheries major to the USA Powerlifting Collegiate Nationals at Texas A and M University in April. There she topped the 300 mark, deadlifting 303 pounds.

Jun 12, 2018
Leon Wyden Named Frostburg State Vice President of Administration and Finance
Frostburg State University President Ronald Nowaczyk has named Leon Wyden, CPA, as FSU’s new vice president of Administration and Finance.

Jun 1, 2018
Frostburg State Researchers: Lyme Disease Is Here and the Public Can Help
With Western Maryland back in bloom, tick season is here, and regular tick checks are more important than ever for people and pets in the region. Frostburg State University researchers have been studying the tick population in Rocky Gap State Park in recent years. Worryingly, 25 percent of the ticks they collected in 2016 tested positive for Lyme disease.


May 31, 2018
Frostburg State University Inducts 80 Into New Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi
The first Frostburg State University class of Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, was inducted on May 19. Seventy students and 10 faculty members were inducted into the 348th chapter of the national organization.

May 29, 2018
Seddon Given Frostburg State University President’s Distinguished Faculty Award
Dr. William Seddon, a professor in Frostburg State University’s Department of Biology, has been selected as the sixth recipient of the President’s Distinguished Faculty Award, which was presented during FSU’s 152nd Commencement Ceremony.

May 29, 2018
Bill Mandicott Presented With Inaugural President’s Distinguished Staff Award at FSU
Bill Mandicott, assistant vice president of Student and Community Involvement at Frostburg State University, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the President’s Distinguished Staff Award, which was presented during FSU’s 152nd Commencement Ceremony.

May 15, 2018
Primary Election Candidate Forums to Air on FSU’s WFWM Beginning May 21
WFWM 91.9 FM, public radio from Frostburg State University, will broadcast the 2018 Primary Election Candidate Forums for Cumberland Mayor, Allegany County Board of Education and Maryland House of Delegates District 1C in the coming weeks. The forums were hosted by the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Chamber Executive Director Stu Czapski. WFWM and Allegany College of Maryland recorded the forums.

May 11, 2018
2018 Faculty Achievement Award Winners to Be Honored at FSU Convocation
The recipients of the 2018 Faculty Achievement Awards will be honored at the Frostburg State University Honors Convocation on Wednesday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center.

May 8, 2018
Frostburg State University Celebrates Achievements of Spring 2018 Graduates
Frostburg State University will celebrate student achievements of its spring 2018 graduating class with the 152nd Commencement on Thursday, May 24, during two ceremonies in the Cordts Physical Education Center Main Arena.

May 8, 2018
Free Upward Bound Pre-college Program Offered at FSU to Local High School Students
For high school students who are wondering what it takes to prepare for college and a successful future or how to pay for an education or navigate the college application process, Upward Bound at Frostburg State University can help. Upward Bound is a free program for qualified Allegany County high school students that can help get them ready for college and help them navigate once they are there.


Apr 23, 2018
FSU Professor Amy Branam Armiento Elected President of Poe Studies Association
Dr. Amy Branam Armiento, associate professor of English at Frostburg State University, has been elected president of the Poe Studies Association (PSA). Since 1972, PSA has supported the exchange of information on the life, works, times and influence of Edgar Allan Poe. Armiento will serve a two-year term as president.

Apr 20, 2018
Frostburg State University Hosts Model United Nations
Frostburg State University hosted a Model United Nations activity on April 10, providing local high school students the opportunity to participate in a simulation of the United Nations Security Council. Students formed delegations representing countries from around the world and debated issues of war, peace and international relations. FSU’s Model United Nations is run by FSU students and faculty, with Dr. Stephen Twing from the Department of Political Science mediating the discussion.

Apr 19, 2018
Frostburg State Student Wants to Have Local Impact After General Assembly Internship
Forest Bierman wants to be a difference maker and sees teaching as his start to be one. Bierman, a social science major with a political science concentration, sees himself in a classroom sharing his passion for civics. But in the big picture, he sees teaching as a stepping stone to go on and become active in policymaking and politics.

Apr 5, 2018
Frostburg State University Students, Middle-Schoolers to Speak to Astronaut Alumnus in Space, Join Science Activities
On Monday, April 9, students from Frostburg State University and local middle schools will have the opportunity to speak with Frostburg alumnus and NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, who is in the early weeks of his six-month mission. The conversation will take place via a live downlink from the International Space Station, scheduled to begin at 9:55 a.m. The 20-minute downlink can be viewed on NASA TV via NASA.gov, or through links on FSU social media.

Apr 12, 2018
FSU Faculty Member Jason Speights Honored With USM Regents Award for Mentoring
Dr. Jason Speights, director of Frostburg State University’s Multimedia Learning Center (MLC) and Planetarium and assistant professor of physics, has been awarded the Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring, the highest honor that the University of Maryland Board of Regents bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement. He will be honored at the April 20 meeting of the board.

Apr 11, 2018
Frostburg State University Student’s Maryland-Themed Mission Patch to Fly to International Space Station
Astronaut Ricky Arnold isn’t the only piece of Frostburg State that is rendezvousing with the International Space Station this year. A mission patch designed by FSU art and design major Donovan Carter will be on its way to space in June. Carter won the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission Design Competition with his Maryland-inspired patch. The patch represents the University System of Maryland in SSEP Mission 12.

Apr 4, 2018
FSU to Focus on Sustainability and Climate Awareness at Focus Frostburg
Frostburg State University will once again be fully focused on sustainability and climate awareness during the upcoming Focus Frostburg event, an annual day of learning, on Wednesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will feature green activities for everyone, including presentations in the Lane University Center.

Apr 3, 2018
FSU A STAR! Book and Resources Giveaway Starts April 14
Frostburg State University’s A STAR! in Western Maryland AmeriCorps program will hold the 23rd Annual Book and Resources Giveaway from Saturday, April 14, through Wednesday, April 18. The public is invited to choose from a large variety of books and other resources at no cost.


Mar 28, 2018
FSU Student Benjamin Forrest Honored as 2018 Newman Civic Fellow
Frostburg State University sophomore Benjamin Forrest was chosen by Campus Compact to be honored as the 2018 Newman Civic Fellow, which acknowledges motivation and potential in public leadership. Forrest is one of the 268 students who were honored among all Campus Compact institutions.

Mar 27, 2018
Frostburg State University Honored With Tree Campus USA Recognition
For the sixth year in a row, Frostburg State University has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective forest management.

Mar 12, 2018
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi to Install Chapter 348 at Frostburg State University
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install its 348th chapter at Frostburg State University on Friday, March 16. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Mar 8, 2018
Frostburg State University’s John Short Jr. to Join Leadership Maryland’s 26th Class
John Short Jr., Frostburg State University’s vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FSU Foundation, has been chosen to participate in the 2018 Class of Leadership Maryland. Short is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 26th class of the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders.

Mar 7, 2018
Frostburg State University to Construct First New Residence Hall in 40 Years
This spring, Frostburg State University will begin demolishing two small buildings to clear the way for its first new residence hall in more than 40 years. Construction of the new residence hall is slated to begin this summer, with completion scheduled for 2020.

Feb 28, 2018
For Second Year, Frostburg State University Surpasses Maryland Charity Campaign Goal
Frostburg State University faculty and staff have surpassed FSU’s 2017 fundraising goal for the Maryland Charity Campaign for the second consecutive year and achieved the highest participation in FSU history.


Feb 22, 2018
Singh Named Dean of Frostburg State University College of Business
Dr. Sudhir Singh has been named the new dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Business by Provost Elizabeth Throop. Singh has served as interim dean of the College of Business since 2015 and was associate dean from 2010 to 2015. He joined FSU in 1992, with a teaching focus on finance. He has also served as director of the College of Business Center for Leadership Development since 2011.

Feb 21, 2018
Frostburg State University’s WFWM Presents “The Moth” Radio Hour
On Saturdays at 10 a.m., listeners are now able to tune in to “The Moth,” a new radio program that offers recordings of stories told live, now on Frostburg State University’s WFWM Public Radio, 91.9 FM.

Feb 13, 2018
Frostburg Ranks Nationally for Low Student Debt and High Scholarship Funding
With American college students and graduates now owing a collective $1.4 trillion – with a “T” – in outstanding student loan debt, researchers and students are closely examining the costs of various institutions, as well as the debt held by graduates.


Jan 31, 2018
Student’s Microscopic Image Uncovers Beauty in Unlikely Place and Earns Award
Frostburg State University health science graduate Logan Cheshire captured the winning image in the recent BioArt Scientific Image & Video Competition – a contest designed to celebrate the art of life sciences – with a striking electron microscope image he made in the course of his research on mealybugs.

Jan 30, 2018
Frostburg State University MBA Program Adds Concentrations in Health Care Management, Business Analytics
Frostburg State University has received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer concentrations in its online Master of Business Administration program. In addition to a management concentration, which is similar to FSU’s current MBA, approval has been granted to offer concentrations in health care management and in business analytics.

Jan 26, 2018
Local Fifth Graders Participate in FSU-Evergreen STEAM Fair
CES at Frostburg State University and the Evergreen Heritage Center (EHC) joined forces in November to present an exciting school day full of arts and science activities. The program, featuring educational activities in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) subjects, involved 80 fifth-grade students from Accident and Bel Air Elementary schools.

Jan 24, 2018
Frostburg State University to Offer Summer Music Academy for Classical Music
Frostburg State University will host its third annual Summer Music Academy from Sunday, July 22, through Sunday, July 29, featuring guest instructors and artists from top musical ensembles. The academy promotes classical music education, and the goal is to develop individual musicianship for string, woodwind, brass, piano and voice in a supportive environment.

Jan 22, 2018
CES at FSU Presents World-Class Performers in Spring Lineup
CES at Frostburg State University continues its 2017-18 season with a spring lineup of award-winning musicians and professional artists from around the world, performing ballet, jazz, country music and surreal theatre.

Jan 16, 2018
Frostburg State University Named Military Friendly for Seventh Straight Year
Victory Media, which serves military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Frostburg State University to its coveted Military Friendly® Schools list for the seventh year in a row. The Military Friendly® Schools list honors colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that go above and beyond to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Jan 9, 2018
Frostburg Degrees Ranked Among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Programs
Four of Frostburg State University’s online degree programs appear in the latest U.S. News and World Report Best Online Programs rankings. FSU’s ranked programs appear on the organization’s lists for Master of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Nursing, Graduate Business, Graduate Education, and Bachelor’s.