Three Employees Honored With Staff Awards for Excellence at FSU State of the University Presentation

Sep 11, 2019 10:20 AM

Frostburg State University honored three outstanding employees, Robert “Coop” Cooper, Cindy Troutman and Kathy Leck, 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 41 years.

Cooper, director of Student Activities and Fraternity and Sorority Life, was honored in the Exempt (salaried) Employee category. An FSU employee for 11 years, Cooper transformed the student activities program, initiating or supervising more than 140 evening and weekend events on campus, including initiatives such as the monthly late-night event Late@Lane, the EDGE collaborative music series and SOAR, a training and development series for student organization leaders. Affectionately known to students and staff as “Coop,” Cooper has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to building inclusive programming and leadership skills among students. Cooper also teaches Introduction to Higher Education and REC 389 Event Programming.

Troutman, executive assistant II in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, won the award in the Nonexempt Employee category. Employed at FSU for 17 years, Troutman works efficiently and effectively with 19 departments in the college, as well as with other units on campus. As a critical member of the Dean’s Office staff, Troutman is a team-oriented professional with creative problem-solving abilities, allowing her to handle even the most challenging situations. Troutman also volunteers her time in the community as a volleyball coach. She is being recognized for her dedication, service and accomplishments over the many years of her employment.

Leck was recognized in the Nonexempt Employee/Facilities-Maintenance category. Employed at FSU since 2006, Leck’s role has changed over the years due to her willingness to take on new tasks and skills. In 2015, Leck was promoted to program administrative specialist for the Facilities Management Department, where she is able to work with all employees of the Facilities Department, contractors, vendors and the end-users of FSU. Not only does she help with the many state reports required of the department, Leck also handles pest management along with many procurement and budgetary duties. Leck also supports the campus through volunteer activities, one of which is the FSU-Maryland Charity Campaign that encourages employee giving.

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.