Alumni Spotlight - Tamara Elliott Lowry ’91/M’01

Jan 4, 2022 10:00 AM

eNews Alumni Spotlight highlights alumni who give back to Frostburg in some way – time, talent, treasure or any combination. This edition of eNews features Tam Lowry ’91/M’01, director of FSU’s Student Support Services TRIO program.

Current City: Frostburg, MD

Current Occupation: Director, TRIO: Student Support Services (SSS) at FSU. 

Why do you love FSU?

I love my team members in SSS and the students. It is a great feeling to see our students learn, develop and grow to achieve their academic and life goals.

Why do you give back (time, talent and/or treasure) to FSU?

When it is all said and done, I really want to have a positive impact in the FSU community. I firmly believe in modeling what you want to see in others – compassion and a positive influence on another person.

What do you do for fun?

I like to attend sporting events. Really, I like all sports, but my favorites are football, basketball and volleyball. I read, hike, travel and spend a lot of time with my family and friends.

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

A class that had an impact on me was MGMT 485 Business Policy and Strategy; the instructor was Dr. Keramat Poorsoltan. I learned many valuable skills – organizational skills, multitasking, implementation of a lot of different concepts/strategies and working with a group of people.

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What is your favorite memory of your time as a Frostburg student?

Meeting my husband, David ’89. (He was a biology major.)

What is a cause dear to your heart?

At FSU, helping first-generation students earn their degrees.
Outside FSU, Operation Smile/St. Jude’s and other children’s charities

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

Judy O’Neil Wolfe ’67/M’80, Harriet Douglas M’96 and Dr. Jay Hegeman ’73/M’81. These individuals were on my search committee when I was hired at FSU. They truly brought me into the FSU family with their own love for FSU, their mentorship and guidance. And every student I have had the pleasure of working with – all of my past and present students – have had an impact on my life.

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Favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere with my husband and family

Who is your Doppelganger (famous person you resemble)?

I have been told Sally Field.

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

Cartography (I love maps)