Alumni Spotlight - Lacy Dickel '06

Sep 26, 2019 10:08 AM

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 Lacy Dickel ‘06

Current City: Cumberland, Md.

Current Occupation: Fifth-grade Teacher, West Side Elementary School

Why do you love FSU?

I love Frostburg State University because of everything it stands for. It is a place of learning, forging friendships and a sense of belonging, as well as a home away from home. That is what I found when I was a student there and that is what I see even now when I return as an alumna.

Why do you come back to FSU?

FSU was a place of fond memories for me. I love returning and remembering what it was like when I was an undergraduate student. I also enjoy seeing how things change and grow between my visits. Meeting the current students and attending events for the students are what I am also passionate about, so I return to be part of those things. Sharing my love of FSU with the students and igniting their passion to be involved on campus have become a fascination of mine that I love to ignite when I get the chance. 

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy doing different types of craft projects, reading books, watching movies and watching my nieces and nephews in their sporting events and gymnastics. I love to get together with my sorority sisters and go on day trips, run 5Ks or attend educational conferences.

Tell us about a class or activity at FSU that has had a surprising effect on your life.

Joining Greek Life was the most surprising life decision I have made to date, a decision that I would make again and again without hesitation. It has provided me with countless opportunities and has shaped me into the woman I have grown to be. It wasn’t something I knew anything about when I arrived on campus, and I didn’t really want to be part of it. I didn’t know what to expect or how much it would change me as a person, and I am so glad I chose to join. It provided leadership opportunities that taught me how to be a leader and how important teamwork is. I was part of events that demanded my best and for me to show up and give 100 percent in that moment, and that is what we all did. I found a family of women who provided (and still do provide) infinite love and support to me and the things that I do. I can call on any of them when I need them, and they know they can do the same of me. We have been through so many ups and downs since we met at FSU. My sisters of Gamma Chi Sigma/Gamma Sigma Chi/Kappa Beta Gamma know that it is more than just the four years; it is for life. 

Favorite TV shows?

I love Friends, The Office and Grey’s Anatomy. I don’t watch a whole lot of TV, but I enjoy comedies the most.

What cause is dear to your heart?

I am passionate about events that are connected to Alzheimer’s research because it is part of my genetic ancestry. I also support cancer-related research/events for children, especially regarding breast and pancreatic cancers, because those diseases have claimed the lives of my family and friends. 

Favorite comfort food:

I am a huge fan of pizza, but I greatly enjoy some sushi, and Chinese food, too.

Favorite vacation spot:

I don’t have a certain spot I prefer the most, but as long as my family is there or if I go with my good friends, that is a fantastic vacation for me. 

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 

This is a tough question for me to answer because I knew I wanted to be a teacher since I was in the first grade. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I have wondered what it would be like to have a job where I would travel to a lot to different places, so maybe a flight attendant.

Tell us about a person or persons from FSU who had an impact on your life.

There are several people that impacted my life when I was a student and even now as an alumna. Dr. Barbara Ornstein and Dr. Bill Bingman taught me so many things about being the best teacher I could be. Jen, Maria, Greg and my Aramark bosses taught me many thing about food service that I still use today. Jamie Winters ’92 reignites my love of Greek Life every year and includes me in things I still love to be involved in with fraternity and sorority life. Shannon Gribble ’98 has allowed me to showcase my love for my alma mater as part of the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of that group of people that love FSU as much as I do. There are so many I haven’t mentioned, but I treasure them all the same, because that is what FSU does, and that is what they are good at. You go to FSU for an education, but you leave with a degree that is tied to the love, culture, unity and treasure of FSU that never breaks and will always welcome you back home. GO BOBCATS!!