2019 News


Dec 12, 2019
Frostburg State University Students, Staff Create WMSR Polar Express Scenery
Students and staff in the Frostburg State University Scene Shop painted, assembled and placed the “North Pole” scenery for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s “Polar Express” train ride this holiday season.

Dec 4, 2019
FSU Student Richards to Serve on American Academy of Physician Assistant Panel
Calvin Richards of Hagerstown, a student in Frostburg State University’s physician assistant (PA) program, was selected from thousands of PA students across the country as one of 18 to participate in the American Academy of Physician Assistant (AAPA) House of Delegates National Conference in May 2020. The House of Delegates establishes policies and guides the direction of the AAPA Academy each year.

Dec 4, 2019
FSU Police Get Scruffy for a Good Cause
FSU Police Get Scruffy for a Good Cause: The Frostburg State University Police Department joined other members of Allegany County Law Enforcement to raise money for Fort Hill High School student Ben Starr, who is undergoing aggressive cancer treatment. FSUPD’s No-Shave November this year was dedicated to Starr in his battle against T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma.

Dec 3, 2019
Frostburg State University celebrates student achievements with the 155th Commencement ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 18. This year’s commencement speakers are Mackenzie Swift from the College of Business, Kyndra Dawson from the College of Education and Robert Burns from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Nov 15, 2019
FSU Alumna Elizabeth Green Wins Poster Presentation at Natural Areas Conference
Elizabeth Green of McHenry, Md., an August 2019 graduate from the Frostburg State University Master of Science program in applied ecology and conservation biology, was awarded the Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award at the Natural Areas Association’s Natural Areas Conference (NAC) in Pittsburgh.

Nov 12, 2019
Scott’s “Thoughts” Carry Him on a Theatrical Journey of Discovery and Development
Who am I? A central question that we all ask. Playwright and Frostburg State alum Keenan Scott II ’09 chose to take on just that quintessential question from the perspective of today’s black man in his play, Thoughts of a Colored Man, a project born while he was a student at FSU.

Nov 7, 2019
Two From FSU AmeriCorps Programs Honored with Governor’s Service Award
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan honored two volunteers from Frostburg State University-affiliated AmeriCorps program – FSU senior Mekhi Jones and AmeriCorps alumnus Robert Zellner -- during the 36th Annual Governor’s Service Awards Ceremony, which was hosted by the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism in October.

Nov 6, 2019
Frostburg State University’s First Solar-Powered Bench Can Charge Your Phone
Frostburg State University’s first solar-powered Soofa bench has been installed not just for sitting, but also for charging devices. The new addition is on the on the balcony of the Lewis J. Ort Library.

Nov 6, 2019
Children From West Side Chinese Program Meet Cirque Mei Performers at FSU
Four elementary school students who participate in West Side Elementary School’s Chinese Partial Immersion Program visited Frostburg State University to meet with Chinese circus artists from Cirque Mei prior to their performance in October.


Oct 8, 2019
Frostburg State University Awarded $4 Million for Maryland Accelerates Teacher Education Program
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Frostburg State University nearly $4.1 million over five years for the Maryland Accelerates program, a partnership that is designed to increase the number of certified teachers in Maryland schools, especially in the sciences, mathematics and computer science, as well as to provide a career path for established teachers to mentor new educators.

Oct 7, 2019
Frostburg Crowns King and Queen for Homecoming Court
Candidates for Frostburg State University’s 2019 Homecoming Court raised a combined $1,993 for regional and national charitable organizations in the weeks leading to Homecoming.

Oct 2, 2019
FSU’s Dustin Davis’ Metal Sculpture Wins “Best of Show” in Online Art Competition
Frostburg State University’s Professor of Visual Arts Dustin Davis has been awarded “Best of Show” for his sculpture “Yellow Abstract,” which was featured in “The HUMAN Figure,” September-October online show by the Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, one of several honors Davis’ work has received in recent months.


Sep 30, 2019
Ghost Town
In this three-part series, students and faculty seek to uncover how people lived in an Appalachian coal town in the early 20th century. What they discovered might surprise you!

Sep 30, 2019
Listening to the Past
Students explore life in the now-abandoned coal town of Kempton through archeological digs. "I imagined things would be starker than they were,” Flood said. “One of the first things we found on the surface was a gas-powered washing machine mount – a luxury item. We didn’t find a washboard that somebody would be slaving over. "

Sep 30, 2019
The Long Dark Shadow of Coal: Acid Mine Drainage in Kempton
The Kempton mine closed nearly 70 years ago, but its hazards remain. FSU's Geography students received hands-on experience and the potential to reshape the view of the region’s past – and its future.

Sep 30, 2019
Demystifying Paint Color With the Tap of an App
Some tech industry giants noticed when FSU professor and student presented new research in a paper they co-authored: “Paint Code Identification Using Mobile Color Detector.”

Sep 30, 2019
Puppet Masters - Students Design and Build Theatrical Puppets
Hollywood is full of unlikely characters. Are they are costumed actors or computer animations? No, they're puppets! Theatre 407 was a special topics class designed to teach various production techniques. In spring 2019, the technique was puppetry.

Sep 25, 2019
New Minor in Climate Science Serves Pressing Topic
As the climate becomes a more pressing topic, climate literacy will be essential when communicating with decision-makers in the public sector, private sector, research and academic fields. Now, Frostburg students across multiple disciplines can gain a firm foundation with a minor in climate science.

Sep 24, 2019
Number of Frostburg State University Students Voting Doubled Between Midterms
More than twice as many Frostburg students voted in the 2018 midterm election than cast ballots in the 2014 election, mirroring a trend nationwide of increased student voter engagement.

Sep 19, 2019
It’s a Bobcat Celebration at FSU for Homecoming Oct. 3-6
It’s that time of year again when Bobcats of all generations come together to celebrate during the Frostburg State University 2019 Homecoming! FSU students, alumni, faculty and staff will be showing their Bobcat pride from Thursday, Oct. 3, to Sunday, Oct. 6.

Sep 11, 2019
Three Employees Honored With Staff Awards for Excellence at FSU State of the University Presentation
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.

Sep 6, 2019
FSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance Presents Journey Through Time for 2019-20 Season
Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will take the audience on a journey through time for its 2019-20 season lineup, traveling from the Civil Rights movement of the Deep South to the hilarious music halls of the Victorian era, then from the conclusion of the Civil War to the brink of World War II. With four stage productions and an originally choreographed student dance concert, this year’s series promises to bring the full range of the joys and sorrows, love, intrigue and action of history to the stage.


Aug 29, 2019
FSU Celebrates Region’s Unique Culture, History, Music and Dance With Appalachian Festival
Frostburg State University’s much-anticipated Appalachian Festival will return for its 14th year from Thursday, Sept. 19, to Saturday, Sept. 21. 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. This year’s event focuses on “Just Transitions: Climate, Economy and Culture.”

Aug 20, 2019
Frostburg State University Rededicates John Leake Hall of Fame Room
Frostburg State University recently rededicated a space in the Harold J. Cordts PE Center in honor of John Leake, a coal miner who became a member of the House of Delegates and played a crucial role in the establishment of State Normal School No. 2 at Frostburg.

Aug 13, 2019
Campers Learn and Teach About STEM at Frostburg State University’s F2T2 Camp
The Frostburg State University campus continues to buzz over the summer, but instead of college students, it buzzes with those attending numerous camps and conferences. One is the Future Frostburg Teachers Teaching (F2T2) day camp, now in its second year.

Jan 1, 2016
CES’ On the EDGE Series at FSU to Present Another Year of Cutting-Edge Performances
CES’ 2019-20 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 will begin at 7:30 p.m., and aside from the Sept. 26 performance, will take place in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of FSU’s Lane University Center, which features informal table seating, comfortable couch and armchair seating, and food and beverage options.


Jul 31, 2019
CES at Frostburg State University Announces 2019-20 Season
The Cultural Events Series at Frostburg State University announces an exciting 2019-20 season of professional performing arts events, including ballet, comedy, circus arts, international dance, jazz, funk and orchestral music. Unless otherwise noted, all performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Jul 22, 2019
Frostburg State University Tennis Center Court Dedicated in Memory of Coach Athey
Friends, family and former players of the late Frostburg State University tennis coach Lonnie D. Athey gathered this spring to dedicate the Center Court of the newly refurbished campus tennis facility in his honor.

Jul 17, 2019
Karalewitz Honored With 2019 USM Board of Regents Staff Award
Bridgette Karalewitz, administrative assistant for Student Support Services at Frostburg State University, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Staff Award, the highest honor bestowed on staff members by USM.

Jul 16, 2019
Surprise Posthumous Gift One of Largest in Frostburg State University’s History
When James A. Jeffries, a diligently private man who divided his time between traveling the world and his Frostburg hometown, passed away on June 6 at 91, he left one final surprise: a gift to the Frostburg State University Foundation of nearly $1.5 million, one of the largest gifts FSU has ever received.

Jul 12, 2019
Frostburg State University Accepted Into NCAA Division II Membership Process
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that Frostburg State University has officially been accepted to begin the Division II membership process, capping a 41-year run as a member of Division III.


Jun 26, 2019
FSU’s Dr. Thomas Bowling Honored with University Medallion, Lifetime Leadership Award
Dr. Thomas Bowling, vice president for Student Affairs at Frostburg State University, who is retiring this summer after 43 years of service to FSU, was lauded with two significant awards to round out a distinguished career, the University Medallion and the Lifetime Leadership Award.

Jun 17, 2019
Latisha Cooper Honored as 2018 FSU Outstanding Student Organization Advisor
Latisha Cooper, learning specialist of Programs Advancing Student Success at Frostburg State University, was honored with the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award at the 2018-2019 FSU Leadership Awards Reception.

Jun 17, 2019
Boggs Named Frostburg State University College of Business Alumnus of the Year
The Frostburg State University College of Business has named nationally recognized financial advisor Larry Boggs as 2019 Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Thomas Sigerstad, associate dean of the College of Business, presented Boggs with the honor at FSU’s annual College of Business Honors Reception in May. The event also recognized the top business students and faculty of the year.

Jun 13, 2019
From the President’s Desk: Welcome to a Special New Bobcat
President Nowaczyk lays out the University’s goals, part of the strategic plan that will be guiding the University in the years leading up to the 125th anniversary in 2023.

Jun 11, 2019
Frostburg State University’s Beth Smolko Elected President-Elect of AAPA
Dr. Beth Smolko, director of the Frostburg State University Physician Assistant Program, has been elected as the president-elect of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

Jun 7, 2019
Spring Sports Wrap-Up
The men’s lacrosse team chalked up another first for the program, this time winning the ECAC Championship for the first time.

Jun 7, 2019
Alumni Spotlight - Dwight Sims ’94
eNews Alumni Spotlight highlights alumni who give back to Frostburg in some way — time, talent, treasure or any combination. This edition of eNews will feature Dwight Sims ’94.

Jun 6, 2019
Karalewitz Given Frostburg State University President’s Distinguished Staff Award
Bridgette Karalewitz, administrative assistant for Student Support Services at Frostburg State University, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the President’s Distinguished Staff Award, which was presented during FSU’s 154th Commencement Ceremony.

Jun 6, 2019
Rankin Presented With President’s Distinguished Faculty Award at FSU
Dr. Jennifer Rankin, an associate professor in Frostburg State University’s College of Education, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the President’s Distinguished Faculty Award, presented during FSU’s 154th Commencement Ceremony.


May 14, 2019
2019 Faculty Achievement Award Winners to Be Honored at FSU Convocation
The recipients of the 2019 Faculty Achievement Awards will be honored at the Frostburg State University Honors Convocation and Reception on Wednesday, May 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center.

May 7, 2019
Free Upward Bound Pre-college Program Offered at FSU to Local High School Students
For high school students wondering what it takes to prepare for college and a successful future, how to pay for an education or how to 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 them prepare to enter college, learn what to expect in college and know what classes to take.

May 6, 2019
Frostburg State University Celebrates Achievements of Spring 2019 Graduates
Frostburg State University will celebrate student achievements of its spring 2019 graduating class with the 154th Commencement on Thursday, May 23, during two ceremonies in the Cordts Physical Education Center Main Arena.

May 3, 2019
FSU’s New 5-Year BS in Exercise and Sport Science/MS in Athletic Training First in Maryland
Allied health professions are among the fastest growing career paths in the country. In response to that need, Frostburg State University will begin offering a combined Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science/Master of Science in Athletic Training, a program that can be completed in just five years.

May 1, 2019
Frostburg’s New Physician Assistant Program Receives Accreditation-Provisional Status
Frostburg State University has received accreditation-provisional status for its new Physician Assistant (PA) Master’s degree program, which is being offered at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.


Apr 17, 2019
FSU Biology Professor Seeks Ticks for Study
Frostburg State University biology students want ticks! Yes, that’s right – Dr. Rebekah Taylor, associate professor of biology at Frostburg State University asks that anyone who finds a tick send it to her with the specific location of where that tick was found.

Apr 17, 2019
FSU Marketing Club Shows That They Can Compete in Today’s Business World
Competing against universities with names like Yale and Syracuse, Frostburg State University’s Marketing Club proved that they have the ideas and the skills to compete in today’s business world.

Apr 4, 2019
Frostburg State University to Honor Astronaut Ricky Arnold With Honorary Doctorate
Frostburg State University will present NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold, a 1985 Frostburg graduate, with an Honorary Doctor of Science degree at its 154th commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 23.

Apr 1, 2019
Hixson Named Dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dr. Kim Hixson has been named the dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Hixson comes to Frostburg from Utah State University, where he was department head for the Journalism and Communication Department.

Apr 2, 2019
FSU Student Jenna Puffinburger Honored as 2019 Newman Civic Fellow
Frostburg State University junior Jenna Puffinburger has been chosen by Campus Compact as a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow, which acknowledges motivation and potential in public leadership. Puffinburger is one of the 262 students who were honored among all Campus Compact institutions.


Mar 28, 2019
Catherine R. Gira, President Emerita of Frostburg State University, Dies at Age 86
Dr. Catherine Russell Gira, president emerita of Frostburg State University, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the age of 86. Gira led FSU from 1991 to 2006. Gira, FSU’s 13th president, presided over a period of growth in infrastructure, reputation and diversity, despite weathering national economic downturns.

Mar 27, 2019
From the President’s Desk - Learning From Alumni
When Frostburg alumni share their experiences with current students, those exchanges create uniquely valuable learning opportunities. What lessons might our students learn from your own life experiences?

Mar 25, 2019
International Studies Student Lives and Learns in the Nation’s Capital
Living and learning in the nation’s capital was an eye-opening experience for Joshua Riggs, a recent graduate of Frostburg State University’s International Studies program. Riggs spent his fall 2018 semester in Washington, D.C., working as an intern for U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin.

Mar 20, 2019
Beall Institute Creates Opportunities to Live and Learn in the Nation’s Capital
Living and learning in the nation’s capital was an eye-opening experience for Joshua Riggs, a recent graduate of Frostburg State University’s International Studies program. Riggs spent his fall 2018 semester in Washington, D.C., working as an intern for U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin.

Mar 19, 2019
FSU Launches CREED - Center for Regional Engagement and Economic Development
The College of Business' new Center for Regional Engagement and Economic Development offers a clear conduit for regional business, nonprofit and government organizations to work directly with FSU's expert faculty.

Mar 19, 2019
Alumni Spotlight - Katie Staub '16
eNews Alumni Spotlight highlights alumni who give back to Frostburg in some way — time, talent, treasure or any combination. This edition of eNews will feature Katie Staub '16.

Mar 18, 2019
Winter Sports Wrap-Up
The Bobcat women's basketball squad played an impressive 15-win season, including postseason trips to the CAC and ECAC Tournaments, and numerous men and women earned individual honors for Bobcat Swimming and Track & Field.

Mar 13, 2019
FSU Launches Center for Regional Engagement and Economic Development
Businesses, nonprofits and local governments in the tri-state area have a straightforward new way to access business expertise at Frostburg State University: the College of Business’ new Center for Regional Engagement and Economic Development (CREED).

Mar 12, 2019
Frostburg State University’s Danielle Dabrowski Elected to NAVPA Board
Danielle Dabrowski, Frostburg State University’s director of Veterans Services, has been elected to the National Association of Veterans Program Administrations (NAVPA) Board of Directors as Region II Delegate and to the Executive Board as the organization’s treasurer.

Mar 12, 2019
Frostburg State University’s Al Delia to Join Leadership Maryland’s 27th Class
Al Delia, Frostburg State University’s vice president for Regional Development and Engagement, has been chosen to participate in the 2019 Class of Leadership Maryland, the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders.

Mar 6, 2019
Frostburg State University Designated Voter Friendly Campus Again
Frostburg State University has once again been designated a Voter Friendly Campus by national nonpartisan organizations Campus Vote Project and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. FSU is one of 123 designated schools in the country. FSU first received this recognition in 2017, following the 2016 presidential election.


Feb 25, 2019
Frostburg in Running for Top Adventure College
It’s not March Madness yet, but Frostburg State University is watching its bracket! Beginning this week, Blue Ridge Outdoors is asking its readers to choose which college deserves to be crowned Top Adventure College.

Feb 22, 2019
Frostburg State University Names Arlene Wesley Cash as Inaugural Vice President for Enrollment Management
Frostburg State University President Ronald Nowacyzk has established a new position of vice president for Enrollment Management, naming Arlene Wesley Cash, most recently vice president for Enrollment Management at Guilford College in North Carolina, to the office.

Feb 19, 2019
Student-Veteran’s Research Impresses at International Conference, Recognized in Congress
Frostburg State student and U.S. Army veteran, Brent Patterson, has had a big year. Patterson not only presented his research on the potential of plant-based bullet-resistant materials at the Materials Science and Technology Conference in Ohio, but he was also awarded three purple hearts.

Feb 18, 2019
FSU’s Master’s in Counseling Program Recognized as One of Best and Most Affordable in U.S. by Human Services Edu
Frostburg State University’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology has been recognized by the online service Human Services Edu as one of the best and most affordable counseling programs in the nation for 2019, and one of only two recognized in the state of Maryland.

Feb 5, 2019
Frostburg State University’s John Short, Jr., Graduates From Leadership Maryland
John T. Short, Jr., Frostburg State University’s vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FSU Foundation, has completed Leadership Maryland, the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. He was one of 52 individuals chosen for this program.


Jan 15, 2019
Amy Kelsch Bielski - Ripple Effect
Ripple Effect, a woman-owned small business based in Rockville, Md., was ranked #467 in Inc. magazine’s annual rankings of the fastest growing private companies in the nation and #15 in Maryland. Washington Business Journal ranked it at #41 in its 75 Fastest Growing Companies list.

Jan 22, 2019
Frostburg State University Named Military Friendly for Eighth Straight Time
VIQTORY, which serves military personnel and their spouses transitioning into civilian life, has named Frostburg State University to its coveted 2019-2020 Military Friendly Schools list, marking the eighth time in a row FSU has received this distinction.

Jan 14, 2019
Frostburg Professor’s New Book Unveils the Dangerous Hidden Game Lurking Online
Within rhetorical studies, the study of persuasive communication, the internet presents a conundrum. Since Ancient Greece, traditional rhetoric has considered invalid arguments to be ineffective and unworthy of study or response. Online, though, traditional rhetoric is typically ineffective, and fallacies are commonplace. Rather than arguing rhetorically, internet trolls can simply gang up to mock or threaten people into quitting an argument or logging off entirely.

Jan 9, 2019
CES at FSU Presents World-Class Performers in Spring Lineup
CES at Frostburg State University continues its 2018-19 season with a spring lineup of award-winning musicians and professional artists from around the world, performing rhythmic pop and soul, jazz, Irish folk and international music, a cappella singing and ballet.