2020 News


Dec 16, 2020
FSU Engineering Student Receives Prestigious Department of Energy Fellowship
For Frostburg State University engineering student Bria’ Johnson, getting to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s prestigious Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program this past summer was a tremendous honor. She was even more honored when her research project was highlighted on the DOE’s official website.

Dec 11, 2020
Frostburg State University Engineering Program Reaccredited by ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission
Frostburg State University’s bachelor’s degree program in engineering has been reaccredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, which is the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

Dec 15, 2020
Response to Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and Student Press Law Center
The following response was sent to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and Student Press Law Center: There is no ongoing investigation into Ms. Conklin, no punishment was considered or was planned, and The Bottom Line was not directed to do anything; rather they were informed of the events in case they chose to take action, and, if so, were asked to provide the university administration with a confidential notice of any action. FSU has always and continues to be committed to freedom of speech, journalistic freedom and integrity, civility, and the policies and privacy rights of individuals in the campus community.

Dec 14, 2020
FSU Engineering Student Profiled for “Women in Technology”
As a young girl, Frostburg State University student Kaoutar Sahmoudi always had engineering on her “radar.” But it was a career path that was uncommon for women and, particularly, women of color. Now, Sahmoudi’s commitment to pursue her dream is receiving international recognition.

Dec 8, 2020
Statement from J. Glenn Beall, Jr. Institute for Public Affairs Board on the passing of Sen. Paul Sarbanes
The Board of the J. Glenn Beall, Jr. Institute for Public Affairs of Frostburg State University wishes to express its sadness on the passing of Senator Paul Sarbanes. We extend our deep sympathies to the Sarbanes family.

Dec 8, 2020
FSU’s Student Government Association Honored with “Excellence in Service Student Group” Award by Campus Compact
Frostburg State University’s Student Government Association has been awarded the 2020 “Excellence in Service Student Group Award” by Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic, a nonprofit association that provides leadership to public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Delaware.

Dec 8, 2020
FSU Police Raise Money for Good Cause in “No-Shave November”
Frostburg State University Police officers participated in “No-Shave November” again this year and raised a total of $785 to benefit 10-year-old Landen Richie, who faces a rare genetic disorder and related medical challenge.

Dec 2, 2020
Delmock Technologies Holds Ribbon Cutting at New FSU Location
Delmock Technologies, Inc., a Baltimore-based certified HUBZone business, is the first tenant of ATC, part of the FSU Innovation Park. FSU students have already landed research internships with DTI, which is committed to “educate and train a pipeline of workers with digital and technology skills necessary to support the Advanced Technology Center in Frostburg” and grow Western Maryland’s IT workforce.

Dec 1, 2020
FOP/AFSCME Agreements Posted Online
The agreement between FSU and FOP and the agreement between FSU and AFSCME have been posted online.


Nov 11, 2020
Frostburg State University Student Tiffany Arnett Wins Z Hacks People’s Choice Award
In this year’s Z Hacks Humanity and Earth hack-a-thon, Frostburg State University student Tiffany Arnett walked away with the People’s Choice award and a $100 prize. Contestants were to design and submit posters in one of three categories: social justice, environment or the pandemic.

Nov 19, 2020
Frostburg State Alum’s Play, “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” Headed for Broadway
A critically acclaimed play on the Black experience, penned by Frostburg State University alumnus Keenan Scott II, will open on Broadway in the coming season, theatre producers recently announced.

Nov 19, 2020
FSU’s Small Business Development Center Launches Business Transition Program
Frostburg State University and the Western Region Maryland Small Business Development Center have created a new Legacy Business Transition Program to assist area business owners seeking to sell their businesses and individuals or entities interested in purchasing them.

Nov 16, 2020
Statement on RA's and Freedom of Expression
This message regarding RAs and Freedom of Expression was sent to Student Government Association and Residence Hall Association leadership on Friday, Nov. 13.

Nov 16, 2020
Frostburg State University Announces December 2020 Commencement Speakers
Frostburg State University has selected its commencement speakers for the fall 2020 ceremony, Matthew Maust from the College of Business, Abigail Burdock from the College of Education and Olivia Shaffer from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. While the in-person ceremony has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, from Monday, Dec. 7, to Friday, Dec. 11, a Grad Week series of virtual recognition activities will be presented online.

Nov 16, 2020
FSU Materials Engineering Special Seminar to Feature Four FSU Alums
FSU’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the FSU Department of Physics and Engineering will host a virtual materials engineering seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Titled “From Materials Engineering Capstone Project Success to a Current Career in the Defense Industry and/or Engineering,” the special seminar will feature FSU alumni Kamaron Cheatham, Amber Eure, Kimera Peterson and Taqi Robinson.

Nov 13, 2020
Residence Hall, Multicultural Center Names Get USM Regents Approval
Two campus buildings will now honor the history and legacy of Frostburg’s African American community following approval from the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. The newly built residence hall will be known as Brownsville Hall, and a former school for African Americans will be named the Adams/Wyche Multicultural Center at the Lincoln School.

Nov 11, 2020
FSU Moves to Online Instruction on 11/12 for Remainder of Semester
Given the governor’s office revised guidance from yesterday and recommendations from the Pandemic Recovery Team and the University System of Maryland, I have made the decision that Frostburg State University will move all classes, including finals, to online instruction for the rest of the semester, effective tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 12.

Nov 11, 2020
Psychology Behind Assassins, Terrorists, Conspiracies Focus of FSU Professor’s Book
Frostburg State University’s Dr. Scott Johnson, a professor of political science, dives into the psychology behind some of America’s most heinous criminals in his new book, “Political Assassins, Terrorists and Related Conspiracies in American History,” being released this month.

Nov 10, 2020
New Faces, Old Places Energize Coach Kylie Heyne
Nearly a decade after graduating, first-year FSU volleyball coach Kylie Heyne ’11 has returned to lead at the place where her love for coaching was born.

Nov 10, 2020
Recent MBA Graduate Pays It Forward
A recent MBA grad recognized the extra burden of pursuing a degree in a pandemic, so he donated the tuition value of two seven-week MBA classes to help someone coming behind him fulfill their dream.

Nov 9, 2020
Additional statement concerning the Salary Reduction Plan and AFSCME
FSU did receive a letter from AFSCME dated October 26, 2020, which included preconditions on their part, for AFSCME to return to the table. We responded to that and are awaiting their response. So far, we have had conversations with the union five times. We’ve responded to the union’s last request. We also have a meeting scheduled with the union on Wednesday, Nov. 11, to discuss health and safety matters.

Nov 9, 2020
FSU Police Get Scruffy for Good Cause
University Police officers are again participating in “No-Shave November” as a way of raising awareness and money to benefit 10-year-old Landen Richie, who faces a rare genetic disorder and related medical challenge

Nov 6, 2020
New Works Incubator Project at Frostburg State University Features Original Play by Alum Keenan Scott II
This November, the Frostburg State University Department of Theatre and Dance will feature a new play by theatre alum Keenan Scott II. As part of the New Works Incubator Project, Scott will develop his script with six FSU actors over a two-week period, culminating in a virtual reading for an online audience. Information about dates and attendance of the virtual reading will be shared later.

Nov 4, 2020
Additional Information About Our Testing Data and Reporting
While there is understandable concern about COVID-19 data that was shared yesterday, it is important to understand how this data is arrived at, and its place in all the factors that are being monitored.

Nov 4, 2020
Questions and Answers on the Salary Reduction Plan
Questions and answers about the salary reduction plan.

Nov 4, 2020
Food Service Changes Effective Thursday, 11/4
Due to two confirmed positive COVID cases of employees (one at Chesapeake and one in Appalachian Station at Lane Center), and out of an abundance of caution, Chartwells and the University decided to move all food service at Chesapeake Hall to grab-and-go until further notice. Appalachian Station will be closed as a precaution as well. Moe's and Starbucks will remain open.

Nov 3, 2020
Addressing Concerns Raised by AFSCME
It has come to Frostburg State University’s attention that the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which is the union bargaining unit for approximately 271 of FSU’s employees (out of 633 full-time employees), has recently issued statements to local media outlets regarding their perception of COVID-19 events occurring on FSU’s campus. FSU would like to address the following issues as raised by AFSCME.

Nov 2, 2020
Frostburg State University to Resume Blended Classes on Thursday, Nov. 5
Frostburg State University, after a review of testing numbers from the two-week period, recent symptomatic cases monitored by Brady Health Center and related indicators FSU is monitoring, announced it will resume the in-person sessions of blended classes on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8 a.m. Approximately 70% of classes feature a mix of online and in-person while the remaining 30% are entirely online.

Nov 2, 2020
University Response to Oct. 30 Story in The Bottom Line
The following response was sent on Oct. 31 to The Bottom Line in response to its story of Oct. 30.


Oct 30, 2020
Update and Additional Information on FSU Decision to Move Online
Following is additional information in Frostburg State University’s decision move to online instruction until Wednesday, Nov. 4, as well as plans moving forward.

Oct 29, 2020
Frostburg State University Transitions to Online Instruction Until Nov. 4
It is with an abundance of caution that Frostburg State University has decided to pause in-person instruction effective 8 p.m. today, until at least Wednesday, Nov. 4, due to recent increases of symptomatic cases monitored by Brady Health Center, coupled with community spread in the region and related indicators FSU is monitoring.

Oct 28, 2020
“Baby Steps in Doomsday Prepping,” Prose Poem Collection by FSU’s Gerry LaFemina, Released Just as Pandemic Arrived
Frostburg State University English professor Gerard LaFemina released his book of prose poems, “Baby Steps in Doomsday Prepping,” in February, just as COVID-19 was arriving in the United States. Now in the midst of the pandemic, he said his choice of title was “prescient.”

Oct 12, 2020
Frostburg State University Adds Major in Life-Cycle Facilities Management
Frostburg State University has received approval to offer a bachelor’s degree in Life-Cycle Facilities Management, which applies environmental, societal and long-term sustainability goals to the construction and management of buildings, manufacturing processes and products.

Oct 9, 2020
Frostburg State University Student Jessica Thayer Named Newman Civic Fellow
Frostburg State University student Jessica Thayer of Oakland, Md., has been named a Newman Civic Fellow, which recognizes and supports community-committed students. Thayer is a senior double majoring in law and society and political science and minoring in philosophy and is the Student Government Association (SGA) vice president.

Oct 1, 2020
Members of Frostburg State University Baseball Team Placed in Quarantine
Members of Frostburg State University’s baseball team are being placed in quarantine. Five players tested positive and were placed in isolation. Subsequently, the Allegany County Health Department, based on the results of contact tracing, provided the guidance to quarantine the rest of the team. Practice had already been suspended after the positive results were received.


Sep 30, 2020
Frostburg State University Goes Virtual for Homecoming 2020, Oct. 15-18
Frostburg State University alumni from across the country will be able to attend this year’s Homecoming no matter where they are — It’s virtual. The festivities can be accessed from the Frostburg State’s Homecoming website and FSU Alumni Association Facebook page from Thursday, Oct. 15, to Sunday, Oct. 18.

Sep 18, 2020
Members of Frostburg State University Men’s Lacrosse Team Quarantining Following Player’s Positive Test
Members of Frostburg State University’s men’s lacrosse team are being placed in quarantine after a player tested positive for COVID-19 and, between when the team members had been tested and the result was received, the team engaged in a high-intensity practice involving close contact among team members.

Sep 4, 2020
Frostburg State University Makes Standardized Tests Optional for 2021 Admissions
Frostburg State University has made submitting standardized test scores optional for all applicants for the 2021 admissions cycle. This includes the spring, summer and fall semesters in 2021.

Sep 3, 2020
FSU Celebrates Region’s Unique Culture With Virtual Appalachian Festival
The three-day online event kicks off with the Mountain Traditions Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., continues with the symposium, "African Americans in Appalachia," on Friday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. and culminates in a full day of workshops, presentations and musical performances on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aug 31, 2020
Scholarship Celebrates the Legacy of John Reuschlein: An Advocate for Students and Educators
John Reuschlein, who spent 45 years in the Allegany County Public School System as an elementary teacher and administrator, died suddenly in 2018, just months after his retirement. He left behind countless inspired students and a rich legacy, including a scholarship in his name at Frostburg State University.

Aug 31, 2020
Acrobatics and Tumbling Prepares to Jump Into Bobcat Athletics Scene
A new and exciting sport is coming to FSU. Beginning in the spring 2021 semester, Acrobatics and Tumbling will look to flip FSU Athletics upside down, ushering in one of the fastest-growing sports in the country.


Aug 28, 2020
FSU Breaks Ground for Education and Health Sciences Center
Frostburg State University broke ground on Friday, Aug. 28, on its newest academic building, the $80 million Education and Health Sciences Center. The building is scheduled to open in fall 2022.

Aug 25, 2020
Brownsville/Park Avenue Monument Dedicated in Honor of Displaced Community
Frostburg State University dedicated the Brownsville/Park Avenue Monument, located in the Upper Quad of campus, on Tuesday, Aug. 25. It commemorates the largely African American community that was displaced as the campus grew between the 1920s and 1960s. The dedication was attended by former Park Avenue residents and Brownsville descendants.

Aug 19, 2020
Post-Baccalaureate Certificates Offered in Business Analytics, Healthcare Management and Management
Frostburg State University now offers Post-Baccalaureate Certificates (PBCs) in business analytics, healthcare management and management as online programs. Such PBCs, which require half the coursework, tuition and time of a traditional master's degree, can strengthen business skills, provide an opportunity to go deeper into subject areas and enhance knowledge for career advancement, marketability or additional graduate studies.


Jul 30, 2020
Frostburg State University Awarded Inaugural Resilient Maryland Pilot Grant
Clean Energy Innovator Len Jornlin Named Entrepreneur-in-Residence Frostburg State University has been awarded an inaugural Resilient Maryland pilot grant of $100,000 from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) to plan a campus-scale microgrid that will bolster campus energy resilience, further sustainability goals and provide students with real-world applied learning opportunities.

Jul 1, 2020
&Former Player Follows Footsteps to Bring Coaching Experience Full Circle
Not only did Kelly Massino '09 mentor Tara Whitney '18 as a coach during Whitney's high school years, Massino also inspired Whitney to become a coach herself. Now the duo coach together at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, inspiring another generation of young women.

Jul 1, 2020
Bill Mandicott Honored as Outstanding Student Organization Advisor at FSU
Bill Mandicott, assistant vice president for Student and Community Involvement at Frostburg State University, was honored with the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award at the 2019-2020 FSU Leadership and Engagement Awards virtual celebration.

Jul 1, 2020
Robert Cooper Honored With Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award at FSU
Robert Cooper, director of Student Activities in the Student and Community Involvement Office at Frostburg State University, was honored with the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award at the 2019-2020 FSU Leadership and Engagement Awards virtual celebration.

Jul 1, 2020
Dr. Natalia Buta Honored as FSU Outstanding Faculty Member
Dr. Natalia Buta, an associate professor in the Kinesiology and Recreation Department at Frostburg State University, was honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award at the 2019-2020 FSU Leadership and Engagement Awards virtual celebration.


Jun 30, 2020
Students Helping Giant "Snot Otters" Nest Safely
In the state of Maryland, just five hellbender salamanders were found last year. Human activity is negatively impacting these gentle giants. To reverse this trend, FSU students began a program to build nesting boxes that can serve as temporary habitats for the animals.

Jun 19, 2020
Frostburg State University Tuition, Fees to Remain at 2019 Rates
Frostburg State University undergraduate and graduate tuition, fees and meal plans will remain at the 2019 rates for the coming academic year, following a vote today by the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents, that board that controls the rates at all its institutions.

Jun 15, 2020
Frostburg State University Announces Plans for Fall Semester
Frostburg State University will begin its fall semester two weeks early and end with Thanksgiving break, all residence hall rooms will be singles and classes will be adjusted to provide more flexibility and distancing options. All plans will be contingent upon state and local public health conditions and in compliance with state health guidelines.


May 13, 2020
Frostburg State University Announces May 2020 Commencement Speakers
Although the usual spring commencement ceremony is postponed until a future date, Frostburg State University recognizes three students chosen by their academic colleges as the Spring 2020 Commencement speakers.

Apr 28, 2020
Four Brothers from Ghana Make Frostburg State University a Tradition
The four Azenadaga brothers have made Frostburg State their own family tradition, with three graduates and one current student coming from Ghana to study here. “I would do it again, over and over again if I had the chance,” said recent grad, Reagan Azenadaga.

Apr 30, 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic Stalls Bobcats’ Early DII Success
The launch of NCAA Division II at Frostburg was a series of highs and lows for Bobcat student-athletes and their fans. Some teams met the challenge with great success, but the COVID-19 pandemic brought an abrupt halt to competition.


Mar 1, 2020
Frostburg State’s Graduate Programs Meet Advanced Workforce Needs
Frostburg State University provides much to the Western Maryland region in ensuring that regional businesses and industries have an employment pool with the advanced knowledge and training they require, specifically through its graduate programs.


Feb 12, 2020
Frostburg State University Named Military Friendly for Ninth Straight Time
VIQTORY, which serves military personnel and their spouses transitioning into civilian life, has named Frostburg State University to its coveted 2020-21 Military Friendly Schools list, marking the ninth time in a row FSU has received this distinction.


Jan 31, 2020
FSU’s Online MBA, Business Analytics Concentration, Ranks 10th in America as GetEducated.com “Best Buy”
Frostburg State University’s online Master of Business Administration, Business Analytics concentration, has been ranked 10th on GetEducated.com’s newest “Best Buy” list of the 57 most affordable options in the United States. The national affordability ranking is the result of a comprehensive, data-driven review of 93 online MBA business analytics programs from 89 regionally accredited schools.

Jan 28, 2020
Frostburg State University Master’s in Nursing Concentrations Receive Accreditation
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has accredited all of Frostburg State University’s Master of Science in Nursing programs, which include four concentrations, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, leadership and management, and education.

Jan 22, 2020
Nationally Known Educator Chosen as Frostburg State University’s College of Education Dean
Dr. Boyce C. Williams has been named dean of the College of Education at Frostburg State University. The nationally renowned educator in the field of public and teacher education has served as Frostburg’s interim dean since 2017.

Jan 21, 2020
FSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance Continues Season Into Spring
Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will offer three exciting productions during its spring season.

Jan 13, 2020
CES at FSU Presents World-Class Performers in Spring Lineup
The Cultural Events Series at Frostburg State University continues its 2019-20 season with a spring lineup of professional performing arts events, including ballet, circus arts, jazz, funk and orchestral music. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Jan 8, 2020
Travis Named Vice President for Student Affairs at Frostburg State University
Dr. Artie Lee Travis has been named Frostburg State University’s new vice president for Student Affairs. Travis comes to Frostburg from Bowie State University, where he has been vice president for Student Affairs since 2006.