Alumni Spotlight - Leonard Wright ’88 and Angie Terrell Wright ’87

Jun 30, 2021 12:00 PM

eNews Alumni Spotlight highlights alumni who give back to Frostburg in some way – time, talent, treasure or any combination. This edition of eNews features Leonard Wright ’88 and Angie Terrell Wright ’87, who started their journey together when they met at the ’Burg.

Names:  Leonard Wright ’88 and Angie Terrell Wright ’87
Current City: Boyds, Md.
Professions: Leonard is a senior programmer analyst working with the Federal Aviation Administration, and Angie is in higher education, serving as dual enrollment academic coordinator at Montgomery College.

Why do you love FSU?

Leonard: My No. 1 reason for loving FSU is because it’s where I met my wife Angie for 32 years of marriage. Outside of that, acquiring a BS degree in Mathematical Sciences has allowed me to land the career of working at the Federal Aviation Administration as an analyst. I’ve moved around to many companies, all contracting at the FAA, and FSU has given me the base for my career advancement. I was embraced at FSU by coaches and students, which allowed me to accept FSU as a second home. The majority of the students were encouraging and friendly. I learned so much about the popular music and lifestyles in different regions of Maryland with the majority of students being from Maryland. There were many high school classmates attending, which also increased my comfort level with settling in at FSU.

Angie: I love FSU because it was my home for four years, and it allowed me to meet some lifelong friends and have experiences that I treasure today. Even though it’s been 34 years since I graduated, when I come back to the ’Burg for Homecoming and other events and see old friends, I am able to reminisce, laugh and quickly reconnect as if no time has passed at all.

What did you do for fun?

Leonard: My experiences at Frostburg were so much fun. I reflect back on them all the time. From my arrival at Sowers Hall, where I met many lifelong friends, was taught about cultures I was not familiar with and pushed to doing things I would have never done on my own. Getting involved in activities was key to me having so much fun. Intermural flag football, intermural basketball, playing pool at the Lane Center, watching TV with strangers at the Lane Center, participating in Track and Field, weekend entertainment shows, going to football, basketball, volleyball games. It was full of things to do, but you had to get out to enjoy it. Having friends who wanted to get out allowed me to experience Frostburg in a way I wouldn’t have known on my own.

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

Leonard: My favorite memory as a Frostburg student is when maybe 50 of us were headed towards the Mustard Seed for a party, and we realized none of us were Greek. We all formed in a line and marched to the party with a chant that joined us all together.

Angie: I have too many fond memories to narrow it down to just one, but the things that I remember most are spending hours trying to get my high score on the pinball machines and Pac-Man in the Lane Center, becoming a member of Delta Sigma Theta and the great times I had as a member of the Frostburg Track and Field team.

Favorite TV show?

Angie: This changes constantly, but currently I enjoy watching The Flash and Arrow on Netflix. Almost every night Leonard and I binge-watch a few episodes.

Leonard: I could watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air over and over again. It keeps a smile on my face.

Favorite vacation spot?

Angie: Orlando, Fla. I enjoy going to Disney World and Universal Studios. Kids and adults can have fun in both places. I love the way these parks bring familiar childhood icons to life in an interactive way. Every ride is a unique adventure.

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

Leonard: I’ve always been fascinated with airplanes and helicopters and thought I would love to be a pilot someday, but then I realized that it wasn’t flying the plane I wanted to do, but I am very fascinated by how the aircraft flies. So an aircraft mechanic would have been a profession to attempt if being an analyst didn’t work out.

Favorite comfort food?

Angie: Ice cream. Individually my favorite flavors are butter pecan and coffee; however, I love going to Cold Stone Creamery to get the “Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some” sundae made with coffee ice cream, cookie dough, caramel, fudge and chopped almonds instead of the chocolate chips. I could eat this every day.