Alumni Spotlight - Aaron Ware ’14

Jun 23, 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 Aaron Ware ’14, the new Alumni Relations and Events Specialist at Frostburg State University.

Current City: Hagerstown, Md.
Current Occupation: Alumni Relations & Events Specialist, FSU

Why do you love FSU?

FSU gave me some of the most fun years of my life! I got to discover and practice my love of writing at The Bottom Line, grow in my faith and serve as a leader at United Campus Ministries, get in front of the cameras at TV3 and so much more! FSU even gave me my beautiful fiancée, Veronica Morris ’15.

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

I want to see this school prosper. I would not be where I am today if I didn’t decide to make FSU my home, and I want to make it possible for future prospective students to have those same opportunities. Frostburg did so much for me, so I am more than willing to do the same for it.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy reading – I’m currently working through Coach John Thompson’s autobiography, I Came As a Shadow – watching sports, attending sporting events and collecting sports memorabilia.

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

English 101 and American Literature would be those classes. I had never considered doing anything with journalism or that I’d even had a talent for writing until I got into those particular courses. I ended up writing for The Bottom Line, The Gazette (Prince George’s County) and a few sports websites as well!

Favorite movie?

My favorite movie is Coach Carter! Great soundtrack and a great story as well.

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

It has to be when I made the front page of The Bottom Line for the first time. I still have a few copies of that issue at home.

What is a cause dear to your heart?

Anything working towards preventing bullying. It’s something I went through and absolutely do not stand for now. You never get to truly see how or how long it can affect a person.

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

Chaplain Cindy Zirlott oversaw my spiritual growth, guided me towards leadership within United Campus Ministries and beyond, always made sure I had snacks and still checks in to make sure I’m OK. My time here wouldn’t have been anywhere near as prosperous without her love and care.

Favorite comfort food?

Baked mac and cheese and my mother’s caramel cake.

Favorite vacation spot?

Ocean City is always fantastic, but my world changed when my family visited San Diego.

Who is your doppelganger (famous person you resemble)?

Future baseball Hall of Famer David Ortiz. I’m a Red Sox fan, and I’ve been stopped while out and about sometimes when I wear my gear because folks think I’m him!

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

I would love to either be the sports information director at a university or open a sports memorabilia/bookstore.