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In Md. Coal Country, a Push for Clean Energy - and a College Campus Leads the Way

Maryland Matters, July 15, 2021

Frostburg State University is working to set up a microgrid fueled by renewable energy — and to educate the clean energy workforce of the future.


Gov. Larry Hogan: Maryland focuses on economic opportunities in Appalachian region

Daily Journal, July 12, 2021

The Office of Regional Development and Engagement at Frostburg State University integrates university resources with regional partners in Appalachian Maryland to meet the challenges of economic and community development while creating jobs and apprenticeships.


Physician's assistants don white coats at college graduation ceremony

LocalDVM/WDVM, June 25, 2021

After all the hard work studying for that degree to be a physician’s assistant, these Frostburg State University graduates donned their white coats to enter the work world.


Here’s the guy you want to have at your back

Cumberland Times-News, March 31, 2019
Opinion: Jim Goldsworthy

Two weeks ago, we carried a story about a Frostburg State University student who is doing active research into material that someday could be used to create America’s military and police body armor.

Submitted by the university, it said U.S. Army Sgt. Brent Patterson had been wounded three times. He rendered first aid to wounded squad members on each occasion while ignoring his own injuries. He ultimately received three decorations of the Purple Heart.

The story added, “Having been wounded in action three times, he had a more than casual motivation for his project to succeed.”

And now ... as the late Paul Harvey used to say on his radio show ... the rest of the story.



College Students Spend Spring Break Rebuilding Houston Houses

Fox 26 Houston, March 19, 2019

A group of Frostburg State University students was interviewed by local Houston news channel Fox 26 about their spring break, which they have all volunteered to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.


Issues & Insiders with Mark Kraham

LocalDVM/WDVM, Oct. 17, 2018

Hagerstown’s Local DVM sat down with Albert Delia, vice president for Regional Development and Engagement at Frostburg State University, to discuss economic development in Allegany County and throughout the Western Maryland region.


'Small ball': FSU sees regional unity as the key to our economy

Cumberland Times-News, Sept. 26, 2018

The time was that America got along just fine, on its own — relying on its own home grown talent and resources. We didn’t have to depend on anybody else, but could do it all ourselves.

That’s the way we like to remember it. The reality was far different. America has always needed the outside world.…

Likewise, some of us remember Allegany County as a virtually independent economic island with major industries that employed tens of thousands of people and a successful business community.

However, like America itself, Allegany County depended on trade and other associations with the outside world. Each of the major industries was part of a regional or national conglomerate.…

The solution now being explored by our business, academic and government circles is what baseball fans call “small ball” — scoring runs by putting runners on base and then moving them around the bases, rather than by hitting home runs.

Our economic “small ball” involves attracting a number of small businesses and industries that employ skilled people at good salaries. This has worked in other areas that are little different from ours, so it can happen here. If one of them does fail, the effect on the community won’t be nearly as calamitous as the shutdown of a major employer like the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company plant proved to be.

Ronald Nowaczyk began putting this “small ball” approach into practice when he became Frostburg State University’s president, and Al Delia has joined the school as its vice president for regional development and engagement. Our editorial board recently met with them. Delia is described as “the primary contact point for companies, nonprofit organizations and governments in the region to access FSU’s intellectual capital and other resources to address regional opportunities.” …


Students Standout: Tech High senior continues learning at summer science, math program

Herald Mail Media, Aug. 27, 2018

Summer typically means a break from structured learning. For the past four years, that hasn't been the case for 17-year-old Tyler Adkins of Hagerstown.

The incoming senior at Washington County Technical High School recently completed another summer at Frostburg (Md.) State University's Regional Math/Science Center (RMSC) with other potential first-generation college students from around the state.

Tyler heard about the federally funded program aimed at getting students to pursue two- and four-year degrees in his eighth-grade science class and was immediately interested.

"I thought it would be a really good opportunity to learn about, like, science and mathematics — basically what I want to go into as a biomedical engineer," Tyler said. "I really felt like it was a good choice, and I obviously wasn't disappointed because I came back for four years."

Every summer, he spent two to six weeks working on various projects, including programming, 3-D printing and, most recently, materials engineering, through which he learned how different substances react under different forces by building a bridge. …


School shootings don't deter those with teaching calling

Cumberland Times-News, April 11, 2018

Teaching is a passion, a calling, and not a job, according to a Frostburg State University professor, who said a person with that zeal will not be stopped from a classroom career.

Included in the list of things that will not dissuade such a person from becoming a teacher are school shootings, according to Barbara Ornstein, who teaches teachers in waiting.

“We have been recruiting very hard across the state (for education majors) and the issue just hasn’t come up,” Ornstein said during a Monday interview in Frampton Hall.

“People have come to understand that these shootings take place in all kinds of settings, not only schools,” said Jennifer Bishoff, an assistant professor.

Although school shootings are not a formal part of the curriculum for education majors at FSU, the subject is discussed in the classrooms, according to Heather Hurst, assistant professor. …


Astronauts interact from International Space Station

Cumberland Times News, April 10, 2018

Chase your dreams, FSU alumnus tells Earth audience

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, speaking Monday from the International Space Station to more than 1,000 students packed inside Frostburg State University’s Pealer Recital Hall, said no dream is “too absurd” to chase.

“Whatever you want to do in life, you owe it to yourself to try,” Arnold, a 1985 Frostburg State graduate, said.

“When I saw that NASA had opened up its applications again, I did apply, and I ended up interviewing,” he said, “and here I am talking to you from the International Space Station, so no dream is really too absurd. If you let someone tell you you can’t do something, try your hardest to prove them wrong and see what happens.” …


Astronaut shares life experiences to Frostburg students

Local DVM/WDVM, April 9, 2018

Frostburg State University took to the stars for its 120th anniversary as one of the university's alumnus spoke about his own 'out of this world' job.

Frostburg State University alumnus Ricky Arnold was once a teacher but landed himself a job as an NASA astronaut. 

Arnold is out in space for a second time on a six-month mission for NASA, but that did not keep him from being down to earth.

"This day they will never forget and the opportunity to be able to talk to an astronaut is something very special," Ron Nowaczyk, Frostburg State University president said.

The NASA astronaut took some time while in outer space to answer questions about education and spaceflight with Frostburg State University students as well as nearly 1200 middle schoolers in the area through a live downlink.

"Even though he is an astronaut at heart, he's a teacher and he connects to the students," Nowaczyk said. …


‘We have an opportunity to come together as a community’

Crossroads Business Journal, March 27, 2018

Sudhir Singh, new dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Business, talks about what he sees as the successes, challenges at the school.

Sudhir Singh, recently named dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Business by Provost Elizabeth Throop, seeks insights from leaders as diverse as Churchill, Lincoln, Gandhi and Nehru. …

He recently answered some questions through an email correspondence with Mike Lewis of the Crossroads Business Journal. The exchange has been edited for length.

What changes have you seen in students through the years?

One change I see in students today is that they are becoming more impressively perceptive, even, what I would call self-efficacious, in using technology to participate in and owning their learning processes. Access and flexibility are now the prime criteria students are using in selecting programs and institutions. Over the years, the view of students as passive consumers of knowledge has been debunked quite decisively, and astute educators are very intentionally utilizing students as co-creators and owners of their academic experience. To that end, the payoffs to being an engaged student have never been greater. …


Frostburg State University planning on honoring Brownsville community with monument

WDVM, Feb. 22, 2018

At Frostburg State University there is a lot of African American history. What now is the Quad is where a group of African Americans lived in a community called Brownsville. 

"It's amazing how many of those property deeds were deeds with woman, and by 1870 there were 98 people living here in 18 different homes," said Lynn Bowman, the author of Black in Brownsville: Echoes of a "Forgotten" Frostburg

"The people here usually had their small businesses there, laundresses and carters, and there were blacksmiths and gardeners," said Bowman. 

However, as Frostburg State University expanded, many of the residents were uprooted from their community. Many were given $10 for their homes and had to move. …

The Frostburg State University community is now doing their part to pay homage to those who lived in that community. They're planning on erecting a bronze relief monument on the quad. Kaitlyn Wharton is a student who took the pencil sketch of the monument and rendered it digitally. ...


USMH student to speak at Frostburg graduation

Herald Mail Media, Dec. 13, 2017

To say Christina Grove is goal-oriented is an understatement.

As a teenager, she set one-, five- and 10-year goals for herself, a habit she continues to this day.

The youngest of four and only daughter of Sandra Bacigaluppi, Grove watched her mother, who was single at the time, work full time while taking classes at Frederick (Md.) Community College.

Her mother earned an associate degree at age 45 in 2004, about the same time Grove graduated from Walkersville (Md.) High School. That is when Christina, then 16, set a goal to get her bachelor's degree by the time she turned 30.

On Tuesday, Grove not only will graduate from Frostburg (Md.) State University, having completed her degree at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, but she will be a commencement speaker at the Frostburg campus. She received her invitation in mid-October.

"The adrenaline was pumping. I'm very excited, very honored and very terrified to speak in front of that many people," Grove said…


Go, Bobcats! Frostburg State University in football playoffs

Cumberland Times-News, Nov. 14, 2017

Western Maryland has fielded many dominant football teams over the years, and residents of the Cumberland area admire greatness on the gridiron. Frostburg State University players have given fans something new to cheer about, having earned one of five at-large bids to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

The No. 16 Bobcats ran, passed, tackled and kicked their way to the national tournament for the first time since 1993 — only the second such appearance in the 57-year history of the program.

The fur will fly this weekend during a first-round game as the Bobcats try to sink their teeth and claws into the Wittenberg University Tigers in Springfield, Ohio, the first showdown between the schools. Kickoff is at noon on Saturday.

FSU ended its regular season at 9-1 and (8-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference) with a 14-7 double-overtime victory last Saturday over Salisbury in the 19th annual Regents Cup, earning the trophy for the second year in a row.

The Bobcats are riding a five-game winning streak following a midseason overtime loss to the Wesley College Wolverines, the only setback for Frostburg dating back to week two of last season. The Bobcats have won 18 of their last 19 games.

Back in 1993, FSU hosted Wilkes in the first-round and thwarted the Colonels by one point, winning 26-25. The Bobcats then hosted nationally ranked Washington & Jefferson in the quarterfinals and fell 28-7. ...


Geographer exploring accessibility of French books across Sask

Vancouver Sun, Nov. 3, 2017

Books in English are easy enough to find on a whim, depending where you are. Books in French, less so.

That’s what Richard Russo is finding as he researches the Fransaskois community’s access to books.

A geographer from Maryland’s Frostburg State University and a Fulbright Scholar, Russo has travelled thousands of kilometres across Saskatchewan to explore communities’ access to French books.

How an anglophone can use a library, they can just go into a library and not know what they want and maybe come out with a life-changing book,” said Russo.

“But that experience isn’t available necessarily to francophones. … You have to know what you want and order it. That’s a different kind of experience than libraries as a place of discovery.”

This research relates to Russo’s work as a cultural geographer, exploring cultural spaces. ...


'These are our heroes' | FSU dedicates Veterans Center

Cumberland Times-News, Oct. 21, 2017

FROSTBURG — Dozens of veterans and their families along with residents, local officials and university staff gathered at the Frostburg State University Veterans Center for a dedication ceremony Saturday to celebrate community and brotherhood.

"These are our heroes," District 1C Del. Mike McKay said. "This community and the center are the guides to help our heroes. Given their time and attention for our country, they're the heroes and we can guide them to become successful in the next chapter of their lives."

The center, located at 150 Park St. adjacent to the university, offers a full time staff ready to assist those returning from service with the enrollment process as well as answer questions on how to access veterans benefits such as the GI Bill, and other VA benefits.

Danielle Dabrowski, director of Veterans Services at FSU, said helping veterans with their benefit packages is more than a job.

After having family in the military, Dabrowski dedicates her life to providing service members with the critical information needed to secure collegiate prosperity.

"There's a lot of (students) that I talk to that are not made aware of what their entitlements truly are," Dabrowski said. ...

With more than 500 additional square feet than the previous campus location, the center can offer more than just benefits guidance. With a kitchen, lounge and computer lab, Marine Kodi Bowers, president of the FSU Student Veterans Association, said the space provides a community.

"When I first started coming here, we didn't have anywhere for veterans to go," Bowers said. "(FSU) had a little tiny office that didn't have a lounge or anything like that."

Bowers, 31, said he "spent a lot of time in my car because I didn't know anybody and I didn't care to know anybody."


Frostburg State president to focus on enrollment growth

Cumberland Times-News, Aug. 31, 2017

Nowaczyk highlights goals in State of University address

Ronald Nowaczyk, Frostburg State University president, said increasing enrollment will be his top priority moving forward.

Enrollment was among several goals Nowaczyk highlighted Thursday during the annual State of the University presentation given at the school's Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center.

"Enrollment will continue to be my number one focus for the upcoming years at Frostburg State University," said Nowaczyk. "It is critically important to continue growth of this institution."

... Named FSU president in February of 2016, Nowaczyk praised the university's "diverse and vibrant" student population. He said he has been pleased with the school's offerings, including programs for nursing, physician assistants, cybersecurity and teaching.

Nowaczyk said the university's budget model will be changing.

"We will be changing from a historical incremental budgeting model to a performance-based model," he said. "The incremental model is one in which you are in a very stable environment."

Nowaczyk said the model is not effective during the "dynamic times" the university is currently in. He said the incremental model is utilized for budgets that remain similar year after year and funds are dispersed in an increasing or decreasing fashion depending on availability. He said the university will benefit greatly from a focus on performance-based budgeting ...


Hundreds gather at Frostburg University for eclipse

Cumberland Times-News, Aug. 22, 2017

Nearly 500 people gathered under sunny skies at Frostburg State University Monday afternoon to observe the Great American Eclipse, making it one of the largest events sponsored by the Multimedia Learning Center, according to Michael Flinn, an associate computer science professor at FSU.

The eclipse reached more than 80 percent totality at 2:38 p.m.

The Learning Center gave out 50 eclipse-viewing glasses on a first-come, first-serve basis. Officials had to restrict the glasses given out per group from three pairs to one due to the high turnout.

Typical events have about 100 to 150 people, but this event got 200 responses in 24 hours, according to Learning Center director and assistant professor of physics Jason Speights.

“My favorite part was looking at the full eclipse,” said 11-year-old Emma Michael.

“There are some people here today who have rarely been on campus. It’s great to give us that exposure, and it’s also great to share our resources with the community,” said Bill Seddon, biology professor at FSU and volunteer at the event.

People heard about the event from many sources, including Facebook and word of mouth. In addition to those who attended the event, over 250 viewers were watching FSU’s live feed on YouTube. The live feed was streamed directly from one of the telescopes that was trained on the solar eclipse. ...


FSU president named to WMHS board of directors

Cumberland Times-News, Aug. 10, 2017

Ron Nowaczyk, president of Frostburg State University, is the newest member of the Western Maryland Health System board of directors. “We are pleased to have Dr. Nowaczyk join our governing board,” said Barry Ronan, WMHS president and CEO.

“Shortly after arriving in our community, he shared with me his interest in growing the health-related offerings at Frostburg State University.

“I know his participation on our board is a great opportunity that will benefit both organizations.” ...


The hangover: academic bad behaviour bites back in class

Times Higher Education, Aug. 9, 2017

Getting drunk in front of your students is probably never advisable behaviour for an academic. But a new study suggests that such transgressions may come back to haunt lecturers in the classroom too.

Researchers at Maryland’s Frostburg State University found that undergraduates who witnessed their tutors behaving “inappropriately” out of class were more likely to display incivility during lectures or seminars themselves: for example, by turning up under the influence of alcohol or drugs, swearing or falling asleep.

Rebecca Chory, assistant professor of management, and Evan Offstein, professor of management, suggest that students may interpret academics’ misconduct “as a cue that ‘no one cares’ and incivility is allowable or at least will not be punished”.

For their study, published in the Journal of Academic Ethics last month, the pair surveyed 145 business undergraduates about whether they had witnessed or heard about their professors displaying a range of out-of-class behaviors perceived as inappropriate, including getting drunk, taking drugs or being unfaithful to their partner. Smoking, being arrested, having an unplanned pregnancy and gambling were also listed as potential out-of-class misdemeanors.

Professor Chory and Professor Offstein find that students who saw these behaviors in a lecturer were more likely to display a range of undesirable behaviors themselves in class. As well as turning up after drinking or taking drugs, swearing and falling asleep, they also included making aggressive remarks towards the tutor, and a range of disrespectful conduct including leaving early, handing in essays late, and not keeping scheduled appointments. ...


Chinese students find second home in Frostburg

Cumberland Times-News, Aug. 9, 2017

Every summer, a group of Chinese and Taiwanese students come to Frostburg State University to learn more about their culture and participate in a variety of activities. Most of the students were born and raised in the United States.

The Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools (WMACS) camp arrived at Frostburg on July 22. The culture camp lasted for eight days, and students stayed in Cambridge Hall at FSU. About 170 students between the ages of 8 and 18 participated.

The students participated in six different culture classes that take place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. with a break at noon for lunch. In the afternoon and evening, the students took part in two different group activities, many of which take place outdoors. Some activities include water games, handball and a night market, according to Li-Ping Hwang, camp director. ...

“I was surprised by how interested I was in the discussions we had in topics about Americans’ views on philosophy and life. When I came, I wanted to understand more about America, so this helped a lot,” said Jo-Yu Liu, a student from Taipei, Taiwan.

WMACS has been offering the summer program since 1989, and the program has been located at Frostburg State for the past 21 years, according to Dave Treber, director of the Office of Conferences and Events at FSU.

“Frostburg became the place (where they settled down), and I’m really honored to have that,” Treber said. ...


Partnerships key to economic development, labor secretary says

Cumberland Times-News, Aug. 8, 2017

Several regional business leaders, educators and area politicians gathered at Frostburg State University Tuesday to emphasize the importance of partnerships between business and education for the good of economic development.  

"Without workforce development, you do not have the possibility of economic development and economic growth," said Kelli Schulz, Maryland’s secretary of labor, licensing and regulation.

Schulz was one of several speakers at the event held at FSU's Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology.

Other speakers included Michael Gill, Maryland's commerce secretary; J. Thomas Sadowski, vice chancellor of economic development for the University System of Maryland; and Frostburg State University President Ronald Nowaczyk. ...

Nowaczyk said talking to kids about a potential career path should start in middle school.

"I talked with some colleagues — some (college) presidents — last week, who are now recruiting, believe it or not, at the seventh- and eighth-grade levels because waiting until they are juniors in high school is too late," he said.

Nowaczyk was awarded a secretary citation by the Maryland Department of Commerce for his work on building strong community partnerships during his first year at Frostburg State University.


Diverse group of students improves abilities at Summer Music Academy

Cumberland Times-News, Aug. 5, 2017

A diverse group of students gathered last week in the Performing Arts Center at Frostburg State University with common goals — to improve their musical abilities and prepare a concert by the end of the week.

This is the second year that Karen Lau has run the Summer Music Academy at FSU. Around half of the 24 students were from China, while the other half were from the U.S.

Summer Music Academy staff members picked up the Chinese students at Dulles International Airport.

“I wanted to be a bridge between Asian countries and give students who are interested a chance to come here and study music,” said Lau.

The students have a diverse musical background. Some play wind instruments, others play string instruments and some are vocalists. The students are sorted into chamber groups by instrument. They perform a concert on the last day of the program, where each chamber group performs one piece and a large ensemble plays two pieces.

Lau said the Summer Music Academy also held nightly concerts in which musicians from groups such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform. Lau and other instructors find the performers through personal connections. Teachers at FSU also perform in the concerts.

“When (the guest artists) come, we get to experience world-class instruction and recitals five days in a row,” said instructor Huai-En Tsai. ...


Chinese students produce American TV at media camp

Cumberland Times-News, July 30, 2017

Three-week program at FSU a hands-on process

Students from the Beijing and Nanjing campuses of Communication University of China completed a three-week summer media camp hosted by the Frostburg State University Mass Communications Department on Friday with smiles, certificates and lasting relationships.

"It was wonderful," said Yang Dasheng, CUC freshman and media camp graduate.

The first Frostburg Media Camp kicked off with field trips to some major U.S. cities, including New York City, where students had the chance to tour the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as well as the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

During the other two weeks, students wrote, produced and edited two full television shows comprised of four stories each at the Catherine R. Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology. ...

As faculty and students gathered into the GIRA Planetarium on Friday to view the finished product, students laughed as they watched themselves on video. Melanie Lombardi, cable channel manager for FSU-TV3, said students are often their own worst critic, but she offered them a little help during the process.

"I helped with some spelling issues and a few graphics on Photoshop," she said.

Liu Xinyi, a sophomore at CUC, said she enjoyed hosting the shows and valued her time in the Mountain City.

"Frostburg is very peaceful and there are so many beautiful houses on Main Street," she said, "and so many lovely animals on campus." ...


FSU College of Business collaborates with Chinese university

Cumberland Times-News, July 29, 2017

This year, the first group of 120 Chinese students began to make their way through a program allowing them to receive diplomas from their home school, Hunan University of Commerce, and from Frostburg State University.

The collaboration between HUC and FSU used prior foundations of a relationship between the universities as a baseline. HUC had previously sent and accepted exchange students as well as sent a few visiting scholars to teach at FSU, according to Vice Provost John Bowman.

Discussions about the collaboration began in the summer of 2014. To finalize the dual degree program, it had to be approved not only by Hunan Province, but also by the Ministry of Education in Beijing, according to Bowman. It took two to three years to establish the program.

FSU agreed to see four cohorts through the program. After students in the fourth cohort finish their four years of college, the contract could be renewed for an additional term. Seventeen courses from FSU must be offered by FSU professors at HUC in Hunan Province of China, according to Sudhir Singh, interim dean of the College of Business.

“(Finding the faculty to send) is challenging, but I think it’s also very exciting,” said Singh.

The students can still complete FSU’s program without studying abroad, but it is recommended that they come to the U.S. for some time, according to professor Yan Bao. As the program grows, FSU will have to send more professors to teach their classes. Singh said that there might even be eight to nine FSU faculty members going to teach at a time.

From May to June, Bao and Jill Morris traveled to HUC to teach short-term intensive accounting and freshman composition, the first two of FSU’s courses to be offered at HUC. Both courses were taught completely in English. ...


Quality professional development plan on a low budget

University Business, July 24, 2017

By Kathy Snyder

To develop your employees, tap a university’s greatest resource: expertise

Like most universities—particularly in rural areas—western Maryland’s Frostburg State University has learned to do more with less. Shrinking state support left fewer resources for professional development. Traditional options such as national conferences, seminars and outside consultants quickly became too costly.

We understood that we risked compromising quality, but how could an institution on a shoestring budget deliver meaningful professional development? How could we bridge that divide?

Identifying campus allies

Fortunately, Jeffrey McClellan, an associate professor in Frostburg’s Department of Management, had the same concerns. Together, we identified one resource for professional development that comprehensive universities already have in abundance: knowledgeable, experienced faculty and staff.

In fall 2014, backed by these talented faculty and staff volunteers, we launched Frostburg’s Employee Development & Leadership Series (EDLS). Our goal was to identify potential campus leaders and use Frostburg’s existing expertise to prepare employees for greater responsibilities and challenges.

The budget for the leadership series has never exceeded $3,000 per year, but its value is much greater. Eight staff and two faculty members constituted our initial cohort. Successive cohorts have grown to 12 members, with more applicants each year. ...


State Circle

Maryland Public Television, July 21, 2017

Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan and Garrett County Commissioner Paul Edwards (both alumni of Frostburg State University) talk MPT’s State Circle host, Jeff Salkin, about life in Western Maryland, including FSU’s positive impact on the city of Frostburg and surrounding communities (from 06:45 to 09:00).


FSU physics professor keeps music playing

Cumberland Times-News, July 12, 2017

Greg Latta is bringing music to classrooms and audiences around the area.

“Many people don’t know that I have a second job,” said Latta, a physics professor at Frostburg State University. “I’m also a musician.”

Latta has run his studio, Latta Sound Works, since he arrived in Frostburg around 1989. He records other musicians’ tracks as well as his own in his home-based studio.

Currently, Latta is producing Tom Hawk’s second record, “Earning My Spurs.” Hawk is a competitive western yodeler and former chair of management at FSU.

Latta has also produced a Christmas album of a local barber shop quartet, Just 4 Fun, which was titled “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” He recorded almost all of FSU’s wind ensemble and choral ensemble concerts for the past 25 years.

Latta has received many awards for his music, recently receiving two Individual Artist Awards in solo musical performance from the Maryland State Arts Council. He is applying for the award again and must meet a deadline of July 21. The awards are given yearly, but the award that he applies for — Non-Classical Solo Music Performance — is awarded once every three years. ...


Preview FSU teaches freshmen about college life

Cumberland Times-News, June 24, 2017

College students and professors alike gathered at Frostburg State University this week to welcome incoming freshmen at two sessions of Preview FSU, an orientation program that has been held for almost 50 summers. Four sessions will be held this summer.

The sessions were overnight programs with about 180 students in each. Students were split into groups of about 12, and a student preview guide and faculty adviser were assigned to each group based on majors.

Every incoming student is required to attend an orientation session, where the students take placement tests, chose their schedules for the fall semester and learn more about extracurriculars and living programs offered by the university. ...

Eric Moore advised the physics and engineering majors who attended the first two sessions. He said the orientation exposes students to opportunities such as leadership, volunteering and peer education. ...

Faculty advisers took different approaches to helping the students learn more about FSU and form their schedules. Moore tried to take a more personal approach, telling the students about his own experience as a Frostburg State graduate.

Robert Larivee, chairman of the school’s chemistry department, stressed the importance of decisions the students must make during college. ...


What Big Brands Can Learn From the Challenges of Marketing a Small Town

Forbes, June 19, 2017

Most marketers focus their energy on promoting a company’s products or services. Theirs is the realm of creative ad campaigns, public relations pulse points, social strategies – all laser-focused on customer conversions and increased sales.

Consider this unique challenge: marketing an entire community. Specifically, the uphill battle of attracting and retaining residents in rural towns in the face of an evolving economic landscape that’s spurring more people – especially younger generations – to migrate to metro areas. The stakes are incredibly high. These municipalities are morphing into ghost towns, with local families’ livelihoods on the line. ...

Every community is chock-full of unique characters, voices and historical and geographic assets. The challenge is tying those seemingly disparate characteristics together and formulating an identity. Even more difficult: conveying that identity in a coherent narrative. ...

For a town (or brand) to sustain itself, it must appeal to the next generation of residents (or customers).

Consider Frostburg, Maryland, formerly (and aptly) known as “Mount Pleasant.” Nestled near the heart of downtown is Frostburg State University, which serves 5,000-plus students a year – in a town of just 9,000 residents.

Marketers in towns like Frostburg are seeking ways to connect with students in meaningful ways. It’s not about student discounts and other gimmicks for luring them into local businesses, only to see them ditch town after graduation day. It means providing a compelling reason for newly educated adults to put down roots and invest in the community.

Savvy college towns across America are fostering entrepreneurship, including incentive programs for starting businesses. Concerted efforts among communities and colleges appear to be working. In Frostburg, there’s a fresh crop of young, energetic entrepreneurs shaping the town’s future. There’s a nationally renowned, independent music label. There’s a hip coffee shop that doubles as a concert venue, which was getting off the ground when we visited the town. And many more. ...


FSU professor moves to classroom at University of Ghana

Cumberland Times-News, June 19, 2017

In James Saku’s office in the Geography Department of Frostburg State University are decorations from Africa and a T-shirt that reads “University of Ghana,” examples of deep ties to his home continent.

Saku spent three months early this year teaching at the University of Ghana, the school where he started to study for a master’s degree. He taught a graduate course on transportation development. He was also involved in research and attended public lectures.

Saku received a bachelor’s degree from University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He began studying for his master’s at University of Ghana, but later received it from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. He received a doctorate from University of Saskatchewan in Canada.

Other Frostburg State employees take similar sabbatical leaves to do work in different countries such as China, England and India.

Saku said he was invited to teach transportation development after a professor noted that he was the person who wrote a paper about the subject in Ghana that the class was reviewing. ...


University system officials, FSU tout affordability

Cumberland Times-News, June 17, 2017

Robert Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, presented the fiscal year 2017 annual report to the Board of Regents on Friday during a public session held at Frostburg State University.

“I find myself very optimistic about the future of the University System of Maryland,” Caret said. “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved thus far and know that together we can achieve a great deal more.”

Officials said a top priority is keeping education costs down. In 2017, in-state undergraduate students received a modest 2 percent tuition increase, making Maryland universities more affordable than other states, Caret said.

“USM has moved from having the sixth-highest tuition and fees in the nation all the way down to 23rd — from one of the most expensive systems to the middle of the pack,” Caret said.

FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk said affordability is the university’s best feature.

“What I think we are most proud of, and we certainly champion to parents whether they are visiting or looking at Frostburg State University, is our accomplishments in the area of affordability — which I know is on everybody’s minds these days.”

In its Student Loan Debt Ranking for 2016, LendEDU ranked FSU 113th among all four-year public colleges and universities studied in terms of lowest average student debt per borrower. ...


2017’s Cities with the Most & Least Student Debt, May 10, 2017

Post-college debts represent one of the biggest financial burdens to Americans. In fact, student loans make up the second highest form of household debt after mortgages, totaling $1.31 trillion at the end of 2016. ...

Ask the Experts:

With tuition rates and other college costs rising every year, many parents struggle to finance their children’s college education. As a result, many students take on debt or forgo post-secondary education altogether. For advice on how to afford college and insight on the impact of student loans on the economy, we asked a panel of experts to share their thoughts. ...

Angie Hovatter

Director of Student Financial Aid, Employment and Scholarships at Frostburg State University

What are the most common mistakes people make when financing their post-secondary education?

  • College costs are on the rise while federal, state and institutional aid has remained mostly stagnant. ... Families need to begin to save and prepare for a higher education while their children are young.
  • For first generation college students and even parents who graduated from college, the financial aid process is an ever-changing anomaly. ...
  • Students tend to borrow the full amount of loan funding offered to them by the institutions, even if the funds are not needed to cover mandatory costs. ...
  • Many students miss priority deadlines published by institutions and state agencies. ...

What should people consider when applying for student loans?

First year students should be conscious of the amount they are borrowing and the required repayment amount per month on just their first year’s loan. Currently enrolled students need to be aware of the total amount borrowed to date, repayment on the amount already borrowed and the real amount needed to pay the current year expenses. Students should also consider alternatives to borrowing student loans, such as applying for scholarships and obtaining a job to cover basic costs.

What programs or other steps would you recommend to anyone having trouble making their student loan payments?

Students have the right to request a deferment or forbearance, which allows for a temporary break in repayment of student loans. Borrowers should contact their loan servicer for further information on how to apply for these options. ...


After Death at Penn State: What Can a President Do to Change Campus Culture?

Chronicle of Higher Education, May 12, 2017
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After a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University died in February following a night of hazing, binge-drinking, and apparent neglect by his fellow fraternity brothers, the university’s president wrote a blunt letter to the campus’s Greek community. His frustration nearly jumped off the page as he described the many ways the university had tried and failed to rein in high-risk drinking and wild parties. ...

No campus has come close to solving the problem, but a few college leaders have put it at the top of their agenda. Jonathan C. Gibralter, president of Wells College, spent nearly a decade tackling binge-drinking as head of Frostburg State University. He also has participated in several national organizations, including as co-chair of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s college-presidents working group.

"This tends to come on the radar of college presidents when it’s too late," he says, "when something really catastrophic happens." He thinks Mr. Barron struck the right tone in addressing the community, but adds that there must be strong consequences behind the words: "You have to walk the walk." ...

One strategy he found particularly effective, he says, was to talk about how much drinking cost the campus in terms of student dropouts and staff time. "You have to be fiercely consistent about this," he says. "In some cases it takes years to change campus culture." ...


Festival participants hope to nudge students toward STEM career path

Cumberland Times-News, May 7, 2017

The clouds looming over the Mountain City on Saturday didn't stop local kids from catching some rainbows.

Close to 800 children from K-12 schools in Garrett and Allegany counties as well as their parents participated in the seventh annual Western Maryland Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival hosted by Frostburg State University. The event took place at Cordts Physical Education Center Main Arena on the FSU campus.

The mobile exploration lab, a custom-build laboratory on wheels provided by the nonprofit MdBio Foundation Inc., taught kids how a light spectrum works. It was the first time for the unit at the event.

"They're basically making the spectrum of a rainbow and learning a little math and a little creativity," said Brian Gaines, chief executive officer at the MdBio Foundation. ...

Students could build robots at multiple stations, learn plant species with members of the FSU biology department, learn how river channels migrate into the ocean with the university's geography department, or invent and design an object that an "extraordinary" character will need at the Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation station. ...

Scott Fritz, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at FSU and co-chair of the event, hopes students visiting the university for the day will someday choose the university to pursue the education needed for a STEM career.


FSU students designing art for space beneath Interstate 68 bridge

Cumberland Times-News, April 26, 2017

Several Frostburg State University students are designing artistic concepts for the space beneath the crosstown bridge at Canal Place.

Turtles, butterflies, trains, rainbows, arches and stars were just some of the ideas on display during a presentation Monday evening at the Allegany Arts Council at 9 N. Centre St.

The students are designing the art with the hopes it will be chosen to beautify neglected space beneath Interstate 68 beside the Crabby Pig restaurant and the Footer's Dye Works Building.

Jamison Odone, FSU associate professor of illustration, and four students gave presentations on the design work. Although about 15 students are participating in the project, students Lennon Gross, Taahira Howard, Joe Nader and Kaitlyn Wharton were present for the meeting. ...

John Bowman, interim vice president for international affairs, began the meeting with a description of how the Cumberland Highway Overpass Project came about.

Bowman said FSU President Ron Nowaczyk, during a visit to the Canal Place area, saw a need.

"During a visit he (Nowaczyk) was walking and got to Canal Place and they went under the underpass where you cross to get to the shops," said Bowman. "Our president is a very imaginative person. He's looking at the underpass and said 'You know, we might be able to really make that an attractive place and a welcoming place. A place that doesn't stand as a divide between Canal Place and downtown Cumberland."

Bowman said Nowaczyk also wanted to include students in the project.

"He really wanted to emphasize student participation," said Bowman. ...


Mount Savage man who rose to Army heights talks leadership

Cumberland Times-News, April 13, 2017

A Mount Savage man who retired as the 13th sergeant major of the Army told faculty and staff at Frostburg State University on Wednesday that he fell in love with his military career.

“I realized that the Army was offering me and my family as good or better a life than was available in the civilian world,” Kenneth O. Preston said during the university’s Leadership Faculty/Staff Development Conference.

Preston said that rising through the ranks, “starting in the mailroom,” is helpful for a person who seeks to become a leader.

And Preston did just that, ending his 36-year career as the highest ranking non-commissioned officer in the Army, a position he held for seven years. ...

“If you are going to pick somebody’s brain about leadership, he has to be the one,” said Vanessa Robosson about Preston.

Robosson, Flintstone, is vice president of the FSU chapter of Student Veterans of America. She served six years in the Army including tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. ...


Social justice activist brings message to university audience

Cumberland Times-News, April 10, 2017

Social justice activist T.J. Jourian spoke with Frostburg State University students, faculty and community members recently about ways to dismantle administrative systems to create a transgender inclusive society.

“Lives are dependent on it,” Jourian said.

Jourian, who said he identifies as a queer Middle Eastern Armenian trans man, travels around the country facilitating workshops at hundreds of colleges, teaching ways to break what he describes as the bureaucratically determined identity categories such as gender. ...

The event was held in honor of Women’s History Month and sponsored by the Program in Women’s Studies, with support from the Division of Student Affairs, the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Department of Sociology.

Multiple members of the FSU faculty and student groups took part in the event.

Brian Medina, the university’s residence life coordinator, said some actions have been taken on campus to lessen gender categorization.

Medina said he oversees 1,000 students at FSU.

“I brought to this campus gender inclusive housing and all-gender bathrooms” he said. “So all of our residence halls have at least one all-gender bathroom.”


Nowaczyk inaugurated as president of FSU

Cumberland Times-News, April 8, 2017

It’s official. Ronald H. Nowaczyk is the 15th president of Frostburg State University.

Though Nowaczyk took office on May 9, 2016, a traditional Inauguration Ceremony was held Friday afternoon at the university’s Pealer Recital Hall. The University System of Maryland Board of Regents Chairman James Brady and Chancellor Robert Caret performed the official investiture, a formal public step to acknowledge the leadership role assigned to the president.

As part of the investiture, Nowaczyk was presented with the Ceremonial Mace, a symbol evolved from an instrument of battle in the Middle Ages into a sign of authority now used by university marshals. Nowaczyk was also given a gold medallion necklace by university officials featuring a replica of the FSU seal. It is to be worn by the president at select university events.

“Presentation of these artifacts confirms the trust that the regents place in the president and his vision for the university,” Brady said.

Nowaczyk accepted his ceremonial duties and asked those in attendance to work with him to secure the future of FSU and the community.

“I accept the responsibilities of those 14 leaders who preceded me,” Nowaczyk said. “I ask for you to work with me, give me your counsel and advice. Give your expertise and effort to effect success for our students and our community.

“Together we can work to achieve what we cannot do individually.” ...


Frostburg State University holds inauguration for their 15th president

WHAG/, April 7, 2017

There was excitement at the Performing Arts Center Friday afternoon, as Frostburg State University officially swore in Ron Nowaczyk as the 15th president of the institution.

“It's a special day, not only for myself and family, but i think for the university and the community, it's a day where we celebrate an event that doesn't occur that often in the history of an institution and it's the transition of leadership with the university,” said Ron Nowaczyk

Nowaczyk has assumed the role of president since last May. While in office, his focus has been about student success and making the institution affordable. He also says he wants to help others in the surrounding counties. ...


There is a fundraising campaign at FSU to erect a monument in honor of the Brownsville community

WHAG/, April 7, 2017

At Frostburg State University, some students and recent graduates are working on a fundraising campaign to honor the historic Brownsville Community on FSU’s campus.

During the late 1800’s there was an African American community who once thrived and lived where the current upper quad is on campus.  FSU, which at that time was known as Normal School Number 2 kept expanding during the 1920's through the 1950's and many in the Brownsville community were forced to relocate as a result. Some students and recent graduates are looking to raise $10,000 to erect a 7-foot granite monument that would pay homage to those in the Brownsville comity.

"We have forgotten that there were people living here who gave up their homes and they're just as much in my opinion apart of forming this university as other people who initially contributed money, so I think we need to honor those memories,” said Dr. Amy Armiento, an associate professor of English and the coordinator of African American Studies.

And many of the descendants of the Brownsville community still live in the area.


Maryland Natural Resources Police scout in Frostburg for new officers

Cumberland Times-News, April 6, 2017

Sure, it’s tough making it through seven months of intense training to become a Maryland Natural Resources Police officer, but someone who wants to be successful will be successful, according to Sgt. Chris Morris.

Morris knows. He’s a trainer at the academy.

Working with fewer officers than its authorized strength of 262 and facing 40 retirements this year, Maryland's NRP has begun a robust recruiting effort to bring 17 candidates to academy training in January. ...

Thus, on Wednesday morning, Officers Robert Kapp and Jessica Felsecker sat at a booth inside the Lane Center at Frostburg State University. ...

Kenon Johnson, an FSU sophomore from Baltimore, had questions Wednesday.

Johnson, who works summers as a camp counselor at Rocky Gap State Park, said he wants a job working with people in an outdoor setting.

“That’s us,” Kapp told him.

Johnson said NRP will likely be one of the places he applies when the time comes. ...


Focus on the 4State: Children’s Literature Centre in Frostburg (Part 2)

WHAG/, April 5, 2017

WHAG news sits down with Frostburg State University’s own Bill Bingman and Barbara Ornstein to discuss the FSU Children’s Literature Centre and its upcoming Spring Festival of Children’s Literature, which will take place April 28-29, 2017.


Focus on the 4State: Children’s Literature Centre in Frostburg (Part 1)

WHAG/, April 5, 2017

WHAG news sits down with Frostburg State University’s own Bill Bingman and Barbara Ornstein to discuss the FSU Children’s Literature Centre and its upcoming Spring Festival of Children’s Literature, which will take place April 28-29, 2017.


NASA Announces Upcoming International Space Station Crew Assignments, March 29, 2017

Ricky Arnold

Five NASA astronauts have been assigned to upcoming spaceflights. Joe Acaba, Nick Hague, Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Shannon Walker all have begun training for missions launching later this year and throughout 2018. ...

Arnold will join NASA’s Drew Feustel and a Russian cosmonaut for Expeditions 55 and 56 to launch in March 2018. Arnold and Acaba’s assignments were enabled by the recent agreement to add additional crew members in 2017 and 2018 to boost space station science and research. ...

Arnold will be visiting the space station for the second time, but this trip will be much longer than his last. He also was selected in the 2004 class and flew with Acaba on STS-119. On that mission, he conducted two spacewalks, spending 12 hours and 34 minutes outside the space station.

Arnold was raised in Bowie, Maryland. He earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Frostburg State University, and a master’s degree in marine, estuarine and environmental science from the University of Maryland. He has taught school in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Romania. He also served as an oceanographic technician for the U.S. Naval Academy and a marine scientist at the Cape Cod National Seashore. ...


New Bobcat Exhibit Opens At Maryland Zoo, March 24, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD — A pair of bobcats recently moved into their new home at the Maryland Zoo.

The bobcat exhibit, which the zoo announced opened Friday, is the culmination of a renovation involving demolishing high rock walls.

Zoo officials said the idea was to give the bobcats plenty of vertical space so they could jump around and climb as they would in their natural habitat. ...

Frostburg State University, home of the Frostburg Bobcats, is sponsoring the bobcat exhibit.

"Since Frostburg State and bobcats share the western Maryland region, it is fitting and our privilege to partner with the Maryland Zoo to showcase a species native to our part of this great state," Frostburg President Ronald Nowaczyk said.

Maryland Zoo President/CEO Don Hutchinson is also a Frostburg alumnus.

“We hope people enjoy getting to know them and learning about these special native cats," Hutchinson said about Josie and Kilgore. “The two bobcats have very different personalities, but are both gorgeous representatives of their species."


Tibetan monks are on campus to share their culture with students, Frostburg community, March 8, 2017

Frostburg State University has some special visitors this week.

Tibetan monks are on the campus to share their culture with the students and community.

“The use of color is beautiful. I really admire it,” House Curtis, an art senior at Frostburg State University, said.

That's how students at Frostburg State University described Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery creating a mandala in their library.

“I feel honored to be able to share our traditional painting, the arts and performances here” Geshe Logan, a Tibetan monk, said.

A mandala is a geometric figure made with colorful grains of sand used as a symbol to represent the universe in Hinduism and Buddhism.

“We learned about the mandala, but it’s totally different to see it in person,” said Ryan Hoston, an art senior at Frostburg State University. ...


Monks creating sand mandala at university

Cumberland Times-News, March 6, 2017

Tibetan Buddhist monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery are constructing a mandala sand painting at Frostburg State University this week, part of their five-day residency at the university.

Dozens of community members, students and faculty gathered at the school's Lewis J. Ort Library Sunday evening for a traditional ceremony conducted by the monks.

"We're able to bring the world here," Mary Jane Plummer, director of cultural events at the university, said. "Given the state of affairs in our world, it's important for people to learn more about other cultures and that they aren't necessarily the enemy because you don't understand them."

The monks will construct a Mandala of Compassion, a Tibetan legacy dating back more than 20,000 years, at the campus library.

"We are very honored and happy to do this here," Geshe Loden of the Drepung Loseling Moastery, said.

The mandala of compassion was chosen by community members and students through online surveys provided by the university.

Before the construction began, monks blessed the site through chanting.

The chants allowed the monks to cultivate their motivation for the mandala, which is to help all beings through the sacred art, Loden said. They also invited all beings to assist in the sacred creation and asked spirits permission to use the space, he said. ...


Federal grant will be used for nursing skills equipment at FSU

Cumberland Times-News, March 3, 2017

The Nursing Skills Lab and Simulations Center at Frostburg State University will offer students the latest in top-of-the-line instruction equipment thanks to a federal grant approved by the the Appalachian Regional Commission on Friday.

"This kind of equipment is fairly standard in nursing and medical schools these days," said Liz Medcalf, media spokeswoman for FSU.

The grant will provide adult and pediatric mannequins for the center.

"They're computerized mannequins that respond to how the nursing students are treating them," Medcalf said. "They're very sophisticated."

High Fidelity Patient Simulation mannequins respond with dilated pupils, decreased heart rate or loss of pulse, creating a real-life situation for nursing students to learn from. ...


President Donald Trump is changing the way journalism is taught in schools, Feb. 28, 2017

In the first month of Donald Trump's presidency, he's brought numerous changes to the way the government and the press interact.

Some of those changes can be felt in journalism classrooms.

Fake news, failing and the enemy of the American people are just a few of the ways President Donald Trump describes the media.

While hearing his words has been a deterrent for many students, instead of being discouraged from the profession, journalism students at Frostburg State University are using the new administration's rhetoric as a call to action.

"I think a lot of people are feeling energized and engaged by this sort of thing," Andy Duncan, Coordinator of the Journalism Minor at Frostburg State University, said. "It certainly changes the urgency of teaching it and the atmosphere in the classroom."

According to Duncan, Trump is reinvigorating journalism.

He's seen more students than ever interested in the news, politics and the profession.


Former FSU dean of students leaves far-reaching legacy

Cumberland Times-News, Jan. 4, 2017

Alice Manicur, who worked 47 years at Frostburg State University and was the school's first dean of students, died Monday, and those who knew her best said her legacy reaches far beyond the local community.  

"What I would like people to know is how well known she was and how highly regarded she was throughout the country. It was the impact she had on the student affairs profession," said Tom Bowling, vice president for student affairs, who worked alongside Manicur for 30 years.

Since Manicur's death, Bowling said he's received emails from all over the country from people talking about her legacy. 

Manicur was hired in 1960 after earning a doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University and became Frostburg's vice president for Student and Educational Services...


Imagine that: A polling place actually ran short of ballots

Cumberland Times-News, Nov. 13, 2016

We thought we had run out of things to say about the election, but we were wrong.

This involves what we hope everyone will consider a favorable development. It suggests that the republic’s future might be a good bit brighter than some people think it is, and it was completely unanticipated.

In this day and age, when lamentations of widespread apathy abound, particularly as it relates to young people, who would have thought a polling place that’s used by college students would run out of ballots? ...

The Frostburg Community Center polling place is one of three in the Mountain City and the closest to Frostburg State University.

The county Board of Elections sent 250 provisional ballots to the community center and, by 3 p.m., all of them were gone — with five hours left to go before the polls closed. Another 500 provisional ballots were sent to the precinct within 15 minutes. ...

Credit FSU’s administration for encouraging students to vote. ...

Too often, we hear that young people don’t care. We’ve never believed that, because we know better. It’s encouraging that these young people decided to vote after finding out they still had a chance to do so.

Our experience has been that voting is habit-forming. Once you learn to do it, you want to keep on doing it, and you’ll encourage others to do the same.

We’re Americans, and that’s what we’ve been doing for a long time now.


Precinct runs out of ballots after effort to get FSU students to polls

Cumberland Times-News, Nov. 9, 2016

A Mountain City polling place ran out of provisional ballots Tuesday after Frostburg State University officials sent students an email with some last-minute voting options.  

“I sent out what was recommended to go out to that polling place,” said Diane Loibel, elections administrator for the Allegany County Board of Elections. “The state provides us with a number to send out and I even added to that number.” 

Loibel sent 250 provisional ballots to the Frostburg Community Center, one of three city polling sites and the closest one to the university. By 3 p.m., the community center had run out. ...

Since many students at FSU technically live in another county, many had no idea voting was still an option in yesterday’s election.

“I didn’t know about it till today if I’m being 100 percent honest,” said Karen Urquilla, an FSU student and Prince George’s County resident. “I knew I could vote with an absentee ballot or I could have gone home and voted in my county, but I didn’t know there was a provisional ballot until today so I came to vote. I wouldn’t have voted without it.”

Tom Bowling, FSU’s vice president of student affairs, sent a message to students, facility and staff on Monday after professor Andy Duncan provided the information on provisional voting guidelines.

The email is part of a bigger initiative facilitated by university staff in an effort to educate students and get them out to the polls.

“For some of the students, this is the first time they are ever going to vote,” said Patrick O’Brien, FSU director of civic engagement. “We try to educate them on early voting and absentee ballots, but I think some of them just needed to know if you missed all of that and you still wanted to vote, there is still a way.” ...


Frostburg State University Welcomes Students to "Best Fall Start to Date for RESNET Wi-Fi."

Yahoo! Finance, Sept. 28, 2016

"Fall is our busiest season, with students spiking demand for Internet upon arrival for the new school year," said Brian Jenkins, Networking and Telecommunications Director at Frostburg State University (FSU). "They are well-equipped and heavy consumers of bandwidth, arriving with tablets, phones, PCs and gaming devices. Despite annual upgrades to Internet capacity, we typically field multiple complaints a day as the network struggles to accommodate peak loads of data traffic."

For his part, Jenkins was looking to mitigate peak congestion periods while maintaining a high quality of service (QoS) and experience (QoE) for students. Since adding Wi-Fi to the residence hall network (RESNET) in 2015, he has seen the number of devices and volume of data expand exponentially.

FSU operates a 10Gbps campus backbone, with 1Gbps carved out for the RESNET. With an enrollment of over 5,000 students, FSU provides RESNET access to about 2,400 students living across 12 residence halls. During peak periods, mostly in the evening, the RESNET will handle thousands of devices all competing for finite bandwidth.

Prior to this fall, the RESNET configuration included rate caps per user of 5Mbps, and de-prioritized video applications. While these controls attempted to reign in excessive data traffic, the results were packet loss, retransmissions and congestion across the entire population of users. All the students on the busy RESNET experienced degraded Internet performance, and complaints were on the rise.

Perhaps because FSU has a relatively small Networking Department, Jenkins sought out an effective solution with minimal configuration and maintenance. He came upon an innovative traffic shaping technology that was being deployed in similar RESNET environments with very positive results. The company is called CirrusWorks, and their flagship product is The Governor™.

"We found CirrusWorks when researching other colleges and their RESNET configurations; specifically, The Governor was deployed to address data congestion during peak usage periods," said Jenkins. "We needed a solution that did not require heavy set up or maintenance, and could adapt to changing user demands on the fly." ...


Frostburg State University Police wearing body cameras, Sept. 21, 2016

Frostburg State University Police have 14 new body-worn cameras in their arsenal, and have already seen a shift in campus reaction to police.

University Police received a grant to purchase body cameras to help combat underage access to alcohol and the high-risk use among college students at Frostburg State University.

"When people know they're being recorded they definitely have a different way of acting," said Lt. John Ralston, Frostburg State University Police.

The goal within the police force is to improve transparency of their actions due to the current political climate.

“Last semester, we had people when we were dealing with their friends recording us the whole time,” said Sr. Cpl. Roy McKenzie, “which never bothered us. I don't have a problem with it."

The reaction from students has been positive on multiple fronts.

"Dealing with someone for an alcohol citation, I've never had anyone be belligerent anymore,” McKenzie said. “It seems like it calms them down once they know, because they know we can take that over to the conduct board or it can be used against them in court."

Starting in August of this school year, officers began wearing the body cameras on their person. ...


FSU police deploying body cameras on patrol

Cumberland Times-News, Sept. 20, 2016

Frostburg State University Police have a new tool to fight crime — body cameras.

"The videos that are recorded on body-worn cameras are just one more piece of the puzzle," said FSU Police Chief Cynthia Smith. "It's just one additional piece of information that we would have on an incident, whether it be a routine criminal investigation, issuing a civil citation or criminal citation or a traffic stop. It's just one more piece of evidence."

All FSU campus police patrolmen, sergeants and corporals will be issued one of 14 cameras secured by the university while on duty.

Ten of the cameras were purchased through a statewide prevention grant obtained by the Frostburg Community Coalition, a university initiative working to curb substance abuse through evidence-informed environmental preventative strategies, such as supporting law enforcement patrols, according to the organization's website. The additional four cameras were obtained with university funds. ...


Beam signing celebrates new Public Safety Building at FSU

Cumberland Times-News, Sept. 13, 2016

Frostburg State University officials, city and county leaders, members of the local legislative delegation and area law enforcement came together Tuesday for a beam signing — a celebration marking the construction of a new Public Safety Building on the university campus.

“It’s obviously really exciting for us,” said Cynthia Smith, the university’s police chief. “We’re in a facility that we get the job done in, but it’s not really conducive to public safety and law enforcement.”

The current police headquarters located on University Drive is more than 60 years old and was originally constructed as an elementary school in 1953. The building is incapable of meeting present-day requirements for law enforcement accreditation, according to officials. ...

Construction on the 6,127-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility began in early April and is expected to be completed next spring. It sits at the corner of University Drive and College Avenue, a main entrance to the campus. ...


Students and Local Businesses Connect with ‘Frostburg 101: A Taste of the City’

The Bottom Line, Sept. 10, 2016

Around 220 FSU students explored shops and restaurants on Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 10 during “Frostburg 101: A Taste of the City,” the first event of its kind. Between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., city businesses offered sales and discounts to attract students, while restaurants provided specials and samples. Students were able to enter raffle giveaways and appreciate live musical performances as well. The event, as well as the annual Frostburg City Block Party, held three days earlier, aimed to bring FSU students of all grades together with the community and local businesses. SafeRide provided transportation to and from campus and a city trolley helped transport students between businesses.

Accompanying the sales and specials was a city-wide pseudo-scavenger hunt. Students participating in the day’s activities were given “passports” to check at establishments, earning stamps for every new establishment visited. Students mingled with shop owners, perused merchandise, and took advantage of sales while earning their stamps. Full passports were eligible to be entered into a raffle for one of three prizes: an Insta 360 Nano Camera, choice of a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription, and a selection of gift cards to local businesses.

Jim Barnes of Crestmont LTD. was particularly satisfied with the success of the event, stating, “It’s bringing back my youth, seeing all the students in the store.” Next door at Main Street Books, students browsed Fred Powell’s bookstore, weaving between stacks of the latest releases. Students routinely reported excitement at discovering businesses and restaurants that they hope to revisit. ...


FSU students and residents mingle at annual block party

Cumberland Times-News, Sept. 7, 2016

Residents and Frostburg State University students came together on Wednesday at the annual Frostburg Block Party, an event developed to build stronger relationships and forge alliances in the community, organizers said.

“It’s a nice event that brings the community members and the college members together, so there’s an understanding of each other,” said Frostburg Police Sgt. James Sites. “When they (students/locals) get out here and mingle it could be a positive thing; they might see where each other are coming from.”

“Naturally, there’s some hardship between your community members and the college kids that come in. It seems like they are butting heads, and it’s good to squash some of that.”

Frostburg faces many of the same issues most college towns face when students return, including noise complaints and large crowds. In an effort to alleviate some disconnect and merge the two communities together, Frostburg’s Parks and Recreation Department along with the Frostburg State University Student Activities organization sponsored the annual block party — an all ages event featuring music, food and entertainment on Main Street. ...


City and university officials want students to feel at home in Frostburg

Cumberland Times-News, Aug. 28, 2016

College officials and city leaders are delivering a message to Frostburg State University students this school year — “you’re part of this community.”

“If you’re part of something,” said City Administrator John Kirby, “you’ll take care of it.”

Many young men and women enrolled at FSU may not realize that close to 5,000 of them will take up residency in the Mountain City beginning this fall, Kirby said.

“Most of the students don’t look at it as moving to Frostburg, they are going to school in Frostburg,” Kirby said. “We want to bridge that gap, and make this feel like home.” ...


Spending Your Tax Dollars

Inside Higher-Ed, Aug. 16, 2016

Here’s a strike against the idea that public master’s-degree-granting colleges and universities are inefficient bureaucracies that can quickly slash their way to lean, machinelike operations if they just cut enough fat from next year’s budget.

New research finds relatively few such institutions are inefficient when it comes to costs. It also finds the cost inefficiencies that do exist tend to be long-term, like structural practices and budgeting strategies -- not short-term, like management issues that can be changed overnight. ...

The research, titled “Are Public Master’s Institutions Cost-Efficient? A Stochastic Frontier and Spatial Analysis,” was published online Wednesday in the journal Research in Higher Education. It focuses on public master’s institutions more commonly known as state colleges and universities, according to lead author Marvin A. Titus, an associate professor of higher education at the University of Maryland, College Park. It’s a look at institutions like Bowie State, California State Bakersfield and Frostburg State Universities, not the flagship research institutions that often capture more attention and receive more money per capita. ...


FSU swaps student, community relations strategies

Cumberland Times-News, Aug. 7, 2016

Frostburg State University officials, city leaders and local law enforcement on Thursday discussed ways to manage student and community relations with an officer from a Massachusetts town dealing with similar issues.

“We’re both college towns, we both have issues with student behavior, and we both have visions of working collaboratively with the university,” said Amherst, Massachusetts, police officer William Laramee, who was appointed as that city’s first neighborhood liaison officer in 2014 after serving as a patrolman for 20 years. ...

“It’s about building relationships and humanizing the uniform,” said Cynthia Smith, chief of university police force.

“Look, they’re kids. They want to come here and have fun and we want them to have fun — but we want them to do that in a safe way that doesn’t negatively impact their neighbors, that’s the kind of thing we talk about with them,” she said.

Laramee commended FSU officials on that strategy, however, university representatives said they learned about the need for a follow-up when bad behavior does occur.

“We’ve talked a lot about proactive policing, but the followup is really critical, too,” said Jeff Graham, the university’s assistant vice president for student affairs. “When a student comes into my office and knows they are coming out with sanctions, including a fine or educational sanctions, the conversations we are having are important.” ...


Editorial: Quicker, more cost-effective way to earn nursing degree is welcome

Carroll County Times, Aug. 2, 2016

One of the more highly publicized talking points throughout this election cycle has been the ever-growing cost of higher education and the burden of massive debt facing young people who take out college loans. Not nearly as highly publicized but also important is a potential nursing shortage we could face in coming years, according to a report from the National Academy of Medicine.

So it's welcome news that Carroll Community College has partnered with three Maryland universities in a memorandum of understanding that should make it easier, quicker and less expensive for students to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, a particular goal of the National Academy of Medicine.

Once a student applies for Carroll Community's nursing program, that student can apply to Towson, Stevenson or Frostburg universities, according to Jennifer Fritzges, interim nursing program director at Carroll Community. The program works so that students can get an associate degree, get a job and continue to work on a bachelor's degree. Within about a year of completing a degree at Carroll Community, they should be able to come out with a BSN, she said. ...

This is new for Carroll, but it's not a new program. Dan Saunders, coordinator of the RN to BSN Associate to Bachelor's program at Frostburg University, said that at his school they've been trying to think creatively and have already been working to partner with community colleges throughout the state. ...


Frostburg collaboration aimed at preventing 'brain drain'

Frostburg officials have awarded a $50,000 contract to Texas-based Site Selection Group to identify what industries are most likely to employ Frostburg State University graduates, keeping them in the area.

"We all know that having a four-year university in Allegany County is a huge asset," said Elizabeth Stahlman, the city's director of community development. "How can we best capitalize on that?"

Stahlman worked on the proposal for nearly a year, securing funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the university and the city. ...

The goal is to avoid a phenomenon occurring in many Appalachian towns known as "brain drain," said Wendy Wasserman, the ARC's director of communications. ...

FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk said the study is an opportunity to showcase the university as a community asset while building on its strengths.

"We're excited about the project because it is a collaborative effort and it's recognizing the university as an asset to the region and certainly the city of Frostburg," he said. ...


Hagerstown ceremony remembers, thanks Korean War veterans

Herald-Mail, July 27, 2016

More than 60 people gathered at Hagerstown's Korean War Memorial on Wednesday night for an annual ceremony marking the end of that conflict.

"For us in particular, as veterans of the Korean War, we have acquired the label somehow of being 'the forgotten war,'" Les Bishop said before the event. Bishop is one of the founders and a past commander of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association, which organized Wednesday's ceremony. ...

Among the speakers this year was Hung Sik "Allen" Shin, a native of South Korea who is now a professor of finance at Frostburg State University. He was born in Incheon, South Korea, in December 1950, just three months after a critical battle in that region.

Shin refers to Korean War veterans as "heroes."

"I never have forgotten Korean War veterans," he told the audience. "Without their bravery and sacrifice for freedom, I do not think I would have survived this war and be speaking in front of you." ...


Smokey Joe's Cafe brings 50's rock & roll to Roxy stage

The Leaf-Chronicle, July 21, 2016

The longest running musical revue in Broadway history, Smokey Joe's Cafe comes to the Roxy stage this Friday. This Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning production pays tribute to over three dozen of the greatest songs ever recorded during the golden age of American culture. ...

This summer, the work of that legendary team will be celebrated in the Roxy Regional Theatre's production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe," running July 22 through August 20 and staged by special guest Director  Mairzy Yost-Rushton. Ryan Bowie choreographed the production...

"During the two-hour evening, we share laughter, discoveries, regrets and love," says Yost-Rushton.  "It is a nostalgic, sexy and irresistibly fun celebration of the music of Leiber and Stoller."

Yost-Rushton is a show business veteran for over twenty-five years. She has worked as an actor, director, casting director in NYC, resume consultant, studio assistant to a well-known head shot photographer, and in the production department of Screen Actors Guild. She has many credits in theatre, film and commercials, and has performed Off-Off Broadway and regionally. She continues to act and direct.

Bowie was her student at Frostburg State University in Maryland.  "Ryan is a former student," Yost-Rushton said. "I came down two years ago and had a great time. I loved the space and the town, so I told him anytime he wanted to call me he could." ...


Swimming: South Carroll grad Shattuck takes gold, breaks records in U.S. Paralympic trials

Baltimore Sun, July 8, 2016

Zach Shattuck has only been swimming competitively for two years.

Over the weekend, the Frostburg State rising junior competed for a spot on the United States Paralympic Team at the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Swim trials June 30-July 2 in Charlotte, N.C. Shattuck finished with four gold medals and set two new Paralympic American records for his S6 class.

"It's a really cool feeling," Shattuck said. "Coming from where I was two years ago and not swimming at all to now saying I was one of the fastest swimmers in the U.S., that's pretty cool."


International Students Provide Colleges a Mutually Beneficial Relationship

INSIGHT Into Diversity, July-August 2016

As state legislatures continue to slash spending on higher education and colleges and universities face continually declining enrollment, more institutions are turning their attention to attracting international students. ...

At Frostburg State University (FSU) in western Maryland, recruiting and supporting underrepresented minority and international students are equally important to the university’s strategic plan to “prepare a changing student population for an era of complexity and globalization.”

And FSU has seen success; international student enrollment grew by 250 percent between 2008 and 2015. Denise Murphy, the director of budget at FSU, says bringing in foreign students has positively affected the university’s budget amid state funding cuts, but she says international students have never taken seats from domestic or in-state students — a charge leveled at some universities.

Victoria Gearhart, associate director of the Center for International Education (CIE) at the university, echoes this sentiment.

“It is such a privilege for us to have international students and their diversity on our campus,” she says. “They are not replacing other students, but are a benefit to our campus.”

In 2014, FSU had seven students from India. The following semester, there were 11. By the next year, Indian student representation was up to 68. After talking to current Indian students, Gearhart discovered that many of them had encouraged their family and friends back home to come to Frostburg to study. And she believes that integrating international students into the campus and wider community has been mutually beneficial.


Pirates Ahoy! and the Children’s Literature Center at Frostburg State University

RecordTalkListen, June 25, 2016

Frostburg State University Irish exchange student Mairead Farrell sat down with Lydia from Record. Talk. Listen. to discuss Pirates Ahoy! The popular free event will be hosted by Frostburg’s Children’s Literature Center on July 13, inspiring creativity and imagination in children of all ages. Farrell is in charge of the event – her last before returning to Ireland to teach. From past experiences, she expects a big turnout. Hear about Pirates Ahoy! and all of the other exciting programming offered through the Children’s Literature Center.





FSU begins construction on new public safety building

Cumberland Times-News, June 21, 2016

Construction of a new $5 million public safety building at Frostburg State University is underway after the Maryland Board of Public Works recently finalized state funding needed for the project.

"This is something being built from the ground up to serve police," Liz Medcalf, university spokeswoman, said.

The state-of-the-art facility will be located on the corner of College Avenue and University Drive, a main entrance to the campus.

"This location situates the police department strategically to highlight the importance of a safe campus community," University Police Chief Cynthia Smith said.

The building's location was originally intended for Braddock Road, close to campus sports fields and the Stangle Building. During the design process, however, that location proved insufficient. The new location will allow officials more access to the Frostburg community. ...


Frostburg State University President Ronald Nowaczyk talks about issues related to college affordability, June 16, 2016

Frostburg State University President Ronald Nowaczyk recently sat down for an extended interview discussing several issues related to college affordability. During this interview, he talks about how the rise in tuition has changed higher education and how parents and students can be better prepared when they step on campus.


College costs rising year after year in four-state area, June 16, 2016

To get more knowledge, you go to college.

The importance of getting a degree has never been higher – a tried and true way of boosting earning potential, and competing in a tough job market. ...

But lately, that investment of a lifetime has a price tag that’s growing and growing. It’s no secret that college tuition has been rising sharply since the 1970’s, and it’s getting harder for students and families to afford it as the years go by. ...

“I initially was going to apply to Yale,” said Ben Forrest, who is graduating from North Hagerstown High School and will be attending Frostburg State University. “Their tuition alone, and not cost of attendance, was $63,000 a year, which is more than what my entire tuition will be after four years at Frostburg.”


Frostburg State men's lacrosse drew inspiration from Winters Mill graduate Spenser Love

Baltimore Sun, June 16, 2016

A cancer diagnosis can be a devastating roadblock in life, but that was not the case for Frostburg State’s Spenser Love.

The senior attackman underwent two rounds of chemotherapy after being informed of his testicular cancer diagnosis in June 2015. Coach Tommy Pearce did not see the Winters Mill graduate as he recovered at his parents’ home in Westminster, but when Love returned in the fall, he appeared considerably smaller than his listed size of 5 feet, 6 inches and 135 pounds.

“He’s not the biggest guy in the world, but he had lost some weight and lost some strength,” Pearce recalled. “But more than anything, he was anxious to get back into the weight room and make the most of his senior year. Spenser is one of the hardest-working, toughest guys I’ve ever known. So I think everybody on the team was obviously concerned, but right away, your second thought was, ‘Spenser’s going to beat it.’ That’s what you expect of Spenser, and he proved everybody right.”


Welcome: New FSU president makes a good impression

Cumberland Times-News, June 2, 2016

We liked what Ron Nowaczyk, the new president of Frostburg State University, had to say during a recent visit to the Times-News.

Much of it coincided with what we believe the role of education should be in American society, particularly his emphasis upon FSU’s role in guiding its students from the time they enter the campus until they depart for life-after-campus and even thereafter.

Nowaczyk said he was the first person in his family to graduate from high school and go on to college, so he realizes the importance of helping to provide a higher education for people who might not otherwise have a chance to get one.

This, he said, is one way of addressing the income gap between the rich and poor in today’s society. Education and hard work have long been the path people have taken to succeed in America, and he said that hasn’t changed.

Nowaczyk said he wants that education to be provided at Frostburg by professors and staff who care about their students and will mentor them. ...


New FSU president takes the helm

Cumberland Times-News, June 1, 2016

New Frostburg State University President Ron Nowaczyk said understanding the reasons behind the apparent increase in violence and bad behavior taking place on and around the campus will be studied this summer.

“It is on my radar,” said Nowaczyk. “We are looking at it and we are going to spend the summer really trying to understand it.”

During a visit to the Times-News offices last week, Nowaczyk (pronounced “Nu-watch-ick”) said he wants to determine the differences between anecdotal stories and the facts. He said finding positive leisure time activities for students is critical.

“My hope is to identify practices and programming initiatives that have worked elsewhere,” he said.

Nowaczyk officially took over as FSU president May 9. Although safety has been in the spotlight recently, other issues for the new president include college affordability and the ongoing development of positive relations between the university and the community. ...


Working with FSU Students was a Positive Experience

Cumberland Times-News, May 17, 2016
Letter to the Editor, Andrea De Palatis

Four students from Dr. Carol Gaumer’s marketing plans development class at Frostburg State University recently contacted me and asked if my business, Spectrum Design Services, could be the subject of a marketing plan project. I would like to share this positive experience.

Anna D’Angostino, Trevor Flynn, Jerel Womack and Keaton Zimmerman did an excellent job asking relevant questions and pulling together information to support their recommendations for my business. They were interested and engaged in the project and the group appeared to work together well. My time with them was a pleasure.

Their proposal will have a positive impact on my future business plans. Several points in their document and presentation will be implemented in the near future...


John O’Rorke with a Civics Refresher

RecordTalkListen, May 8, 2016

Our 2016 election cycle has raised a lot of questions about the process of electing a presidential candidate. I thought it was time for some facts, so I consulted Dr. John O’Rorke. He has been a professor of Political Science at Frostburg State University for the past 25 years. We had a very FUN, engaging and fact filled interview about how our election cycle works and why your vote is always important...


Smokey Bear Pays Visit to Frostburg State Staff

Cumberland Times-News,April 18, 2016

Smokey Bear recently visited Frostburg State University to present Barbara Ornstein, professor of education, with a plaque awarded to the Educational Professions Department for its contributions to fire prevention and the Smokey Bear program.

For the past 25 years, more than 3,000 early childhood, elementary and elementary/middle school teacher candidates have received environmental education training through the Project Learning Tree program...


Thirty-seven Frostburg State students will be engaged in New Jersey

Cumberland Times-News, Mar. 11, 2016

Thirty-seven Frostburg State University students will be among those headed for spring break next week, but their destination includes homes, hope and hammers rather than beaches, bikinis and beers.

Under the guidance of Patrick O'Brien, the university's director of civic engagement, the baker's three-dozen students will be in a bus on the way to Wall Township, N.J., where they will continue repairing homes that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Some of them, such as Justin Smith, Brandy Fender and Gabrielle Atwell, have been there before. They've done that.

Fender, from St. Mary's County, will be making a third trip to the Jersey Shore where the group will put up dry wall, paint and do whatever else is needed to make homes inhabitable once more.

"It's great to be able to work with the people in that community, to see them appreciate what's being done," Fender said.


Road salt putting human, aquatic lives on a collision course

Bay Journal, Mar. 3, 2016

Nationwide, 10 times as much salt goes on the road as is used to season all processed foods. But as with food, too much salt in freshwater is harmful. It’s a growing problem that threatens efforts to protect stream health in the Chesapeake watershed, and even in the Bay itself. ...

Although chloride levels peak during spring runoff — when salinity was sometimes a quarter that of seawater — they remained high much of the rest of the year, Kaushal reported. In spring, summer and fall, they were as much as 100 times greater than concentrations found in forest or agricultural watersheds without roads, where chloride concentrations typically range 3–8 mg/l.

The impact is less pronounced in rural areas, but a salt signal can still be seen around heavily salted roads. About a decade ago, Richard Raesly, a biology professor at Frostburg State University, and his students monitored salinity levels near Interstate 68 in Western Maryland. They consistently found elevated chloride levels downstream of the expressway, peaking as much as 16 times greater than upstream concentrations at one of the sites.


Want to land an interview? Job expert tells 3 things your résumé should say

NY Daily News, Mar. 3, 2016

Employers have high expectations when it comes to filling their vacant positions. Meanwhile many confident job seekers say, “If I could just get the interview, I could get the job.”

Landing that interview, though, is becoming increasingly difficult, particularly when most employers use applicant tracking systems to filter thousands of résumés quickly for job specific requirements.

If you are lucky enough to get through this first filter, you have a very good chance of having your résumé reviewed by a corporate recruiter and making it to the hiring manager's inbox.

So what happens when your résumé gets reviewed?

In collaboration with Dr. Kenneth Levitt of Frostburg University School of Business, The WorkPlace Group examined 19 distinct résumé characteristics. Rather than speculate about what might drive interview decisions, this study based its conclusions on actual interview decisions made by hiring managers.


Why College Kids are Sobering Up and Enjoying Partying Without the Booze

Teen Vogue, Feb. 2, 2016

College and drinking: two concepts so closely linked that many students can’t conceive of one without the other. However, it may be surprising to learn that binge drinking among college students has dropped 13% over the past decade. While it would be foolish to pretend that binge drinking isn’t still prevalent on many American campuses, this is a very significant (and fortunate) decrease.

So what’s behind the fall in binge drinking students? What’s the reality of being a sober scholar, and can college be just as fun without drinking? ...

Frostburg State University is one college actively fighting against the domination of drinking culture, and the results are certainly encouraging. When FSU president Jonathan Gibralter joined the college in 2006, over half the students said they binged on alcohol at least once every two weeks. There was a culture of 24-hour beer pong tournaments, dime beer nights, and even a “drink of the week” section in the student paper. Today, bi-weekly binge drinking at FSU has dropped dramatically thanks to a series of strict measures imposed by Gibralter. So what exactly were these methods?


Partnering Student Affairs and Academic Affairs: Collaboration for a Common Cause

NASPA Research & Policy Institute, Jan. 25, 2016

by Patrick O'Brien, Director, Office of Civic Engagement at Frostburg State University

The value of successful collaboration between Student and Academic Affairs is often validated in the academic and personal success of our students. In a true partnership between faculty and student affairs professional’s mutually-beneficial outcomes arise that not only promote student learning but create effective working relationships that strengthen the integrity of our programs and services.

At Frostburg State University the Office of Civic Engagement (Student Affairs) and the J. Glenn Beall Institute for Public Affairs (Academic Affairs) have joined forces with the common goal of engaging students in the democratic process. By coming together these two programs have been able to pool resources and expertise from their respective arenas to promote the exploration of the political process; launch collaborative programming and stimulate student engagement.  Efforts to cast a wider net to engage students in programming, voting, and the democratic process has proved quite successful. Through this partnership, these two programs have collaborative produced programs including a Social Change Retreat, a Series of Town Hall Meetings, and a student trip to the State capitol.


The weirder, the better: Professor hoping to collect stories of all things odd from Western Maryland

Herald Mail Media, Jan. 18, 2016

It began as a childhood interest in books about all things strange.

“This has been one of my hobbies for a long time,” Andy Duncan said. “When I was a kid, I was fascinated with crap paperbacks about Bigfoot, flying saucers, the Bermuda Triangle, things like that. And I never really got over that fascination.” ...

Duncan, who spent 10 of his adult years living in Alabama and has been on the staff at Frostburg since 2008, is putting out a public call for what he refers to as “Western Maryland weirdness.”

“As an ongoing research project, I hope to compile an exhaustive list. Whether it’s factual, fanciful or in dispute, I’d like to know about anything in Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties that might qualify as unusual, unexpected, anomalous, paranormal or legendary,” he said.


A community collaboration gives Frostburg State University art students a chance to market their work

Cumberland Times-News, Dec. 27, 2015

"(Students) put together full proposals to the town of Frostburg of what they would want as their fee, the material cost and the labor cost," said Jamison Odone, an assistant professor of illustration at the university.

The ideas are then presented to Frostburg's mayor and city council for approval.

"I didn't guarantee anything, but I said we will certainly propose it to the right people and (students) were allotted a certain amount of funding for (projects)," said Odone. "The town of Frostburg certainly came through and funded three of the projects." 

The three approved projects include a mural painting on a billboard on Broadway, literature themed banners on the Frostburg library and robots applied to brick walls on three different Main Street businesses.


Partners in pot: Maryland marijuana businesses seek novel collaborations

Washington Post, Dec. 26, 2015

At least two Maryland state universities are jumping at the chance to work with marijuana growers to research the medicinal application and cultivation of cannabis. A tiny Western Maryland town says it would happily accept a 5 percent share of profits from a company that hopes to operate there. ...

Maryland universities would be among the first in the nation to partner with marijuana businesses for research purposes, industry veterans say. ...

Any research conducted at Frostburg would be contingent on Peak Harvest getting a license to grow and would have strings attached. Cannabis wouldn’t be allowed on campus grounds, nor could the university bring specialized equipment to Peak Harvest facilities. Students would not be allowed to do internships for academic credit.

“We are trying to navigate some very muddy water,” said Joseph Hoffman, dean of Frostburg’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Frostburg, UMES researchers seeking roles in budding Maryland medical marijuana industry

Baltimore Sun, Dec. 25, 2015

Even though Maryland is following the lead of 23 other states in setting up a medical marijuana industry, the collective experience of those states has translated to relatively little understanding of how the dozens of active substances within the plant affect health. ...

Research is limited because the federal government classifies the drug in the same category as heroin and ecstasy, and restricts the cultivation of marijuana plants. Scientists need federal approval before launching studies that bring pot into labs and face oversight to ensure the drug doesn't end up in the hands of felons.

With marijuana plants on track to sprout in Maryland in the new year, companies vying for licenses and at least two state universities plan to expand on that knowledge here. Researchers at Frostburg State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore want to know how and why marijuana eases nausea or prevents seizures, whether it is any more effective than standard medical treatments and what side effects it can cause. ...

Researchers at Frostburg are unsure of what sort of research they might be able to do. Joseph Hoffman, dean the university's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and administrator of its Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies, said faculty and students may be limited to analysis of data that Peak Harvest would share.

"We know what we can't do, and that's almost anything," Hoffman said.


These Are the Colleges That Have Diversified the Most

TIME, Dec. 18, 2015

The protests that erupted on college campuses across the country this fall targeted a range of issues, but underlying many of them was concern over a lack of diversity among students and faculty. At the University of Missouri and Yale—where the most high-profile demonstrations began—data from the federal Department of Education backs up student complaints: the percentage of some minority groups trails national averages.

Yet many other schools are ahead of the curve in terms of diversity, TIME found in an analysis of undergraduates at degree-granting nonprofit private and public universities. To compare schools, TIME looked at the percentage of students at each institution who were not part of the school’s largest racial group, and how that changed from 1990 to 2014.

Frostburg State University is ranked #23 in the nation in terms of increased diversity over this time period.


Frostburg State University explores partnership with Peak Harvest Health on medical marijuana research

Washington Business Journal, Dec. 9, 2015

A Maryland university is dipping its toe into the world of medical marijuana research.

Frostburg State University said it plans to partner on research with Peak Harvest Health, a company started by D.C.-area businessmen that aims to become the first grower of medical marijuana in Maryland.

The university is one of the only institutions in the U.S. to offer a major in ethnobotany, the study of the relationship between people and plants. The school also wants to explore workforce development opportunities with Peak Harvest to the extent it is permitted by federal law, officials said. ...

Like other universities around Maryland wary of conducting medical marijuana research as state law changes, Frostburg State officials were careful to note they would strictly comply with all state and federal laws. For instance, no Frostburg State research would be allowed to occur directly on the plant unless federal law changes to permit it, said Joseph Hoffman, the dean of Frostburg State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and administrator of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies.


University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret

WKLP 1390 AM, Nov. 20, 2015

On Potomac Highlands Today, Amanda Mangan talks with University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret about his recent visit to Frostburg State University, its greater role within USM, and the future of public higher education in Maryland.


The Vision Within – Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

CJSW 90.9 FM, Nov. 17, 2015

Director Michael Snyder is interviewed on CJSW 90.9 FM’s show, “Road to Nowhere” about his film, The Vision Within. The film chronicles Frostburg State University students from the President’s Leadership Circle as they journey into the Amazon rainforest to meet an ancient culture that has lived the same way for thousands of years. The Vision Within is making its Canadian premiere during the 2015 Marda Loop Justice Film Festival.


Allegany County Opportunity Scholarships Helping Students Keep Debt Down

Cumberland Times-News, Nov. 9, 2015

County scholarship recipients shared their collegiate success stories during a meeting of the Allegany County Commission last week.

“This scholarship allows me to fulfill my potential at Frostburg State University," said Nick DeMichele, a junior at FSU. "This lightens my burden in a time where student debt is a frightening epidemic." ...

County commissioners established the Allegany County Opportunity Scholarship last year. It's funded by revenue generated from the Rocky Gap Casino Resort and available to county residents attending FSU or Allegany College of Maryland who have lived in the county for at least three years.

Since the scholarship program went into effect, about $400,000 in awards have made it into the hands of area students. The funds are administered by the nonprofit foundations at ACM and FSU.


Frostburg First’s New Main Street Manager

RecordTalkListen, Nov. 8, 2015

Frostburg State University alumna and Frostburg-native Jessica Palumbo, the town’s new main street manager, joins RecordTalkListen to talk about the partnership between the City of Frostburg and FSU, and all the exciting new events coming up in town.


Rooke Aids in Frostburg State's Planetarium Productions Whig, Nov. 5, 2015

The universe is now coming into focus through Frostburg State University’s Observatory, where stunning images from the rooftop observatory are now being projected on the FSU Planetarium and Multimedia Learning Center’s dome screen during shows.

The Observatory, located on the roof of the Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology, features a robotically mounted 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with attachable cameras to capture deep space images and planets in amazing detail.

“Its large aperture allows you to view very faint objects,” said Dr. Jason Speights, associate director of the FSU Planetarium and MLC. “At the same time, it’s capable of high magnification, so the planets can be seen in great detail.”


Harry Potter Goes to University

Herald Mail Media, Oct. 30, 2015

Just in time for Halloween, a Frostburg (Md.) State University adjunct professor is using her outside-the-box thinking to conjure up some deep thinking in her sociology course.

Hagerstown native Mandy Vandivier is teaching “The Sociology of Harry Potter,” based on the hugely popular book and movie series by British author J.K. Rowling. The fantasy novels tell the story of young Harry, who discovers he is a wizard, although he lives within the ordinary world of people known as Muggles.


FSU opens its first Veteran's Center, Oct. 12, 2015

For the first time, Frostburg State University has a center dedicated to their veteran students.

FSU’s Veterans Service Coordinator, Danielle Dabrowski, said she's been working with the university since October of last year and ever since, has been working to get a full-service veteran center.

“It’s a one stop shop for any issue they may have with their benefits, navigating the campus policy and procedures. If there's a question, we answer it," Dabrowski said.

Dabrowski said the center's first full-service day was Aug. 31, 2015, which was just in time for the university's 24 percent military student population increase from last year.


The feeling you get when your team finally succeeds, Oct. 9, 2015

Dr. Paul Bernhardt, an Associate Psychology Professor with Frostburg State University in Maryland, says for many fans, their favourite team is an “emblem of who I am and where I’m from.”

In that light, Bernhardt said cheering for a winning team symbolizes a connection to success. When our team wins, Burnhardt says we’re more likely to wear their colours and boast of their achievements.

“When our team’s winning we say ‘we won,’ but when they’re losing we say ‘they’re losers,’” Bernhardt said.


A Performance Review May Be Good for Your Marriage

Wall Street Journal, Oct. 5, 2015

Getting your annual performance review from your boss can be awkward and irritating. Can you imagine getting one from your spouse?

A growing number of marriage therapists and relationship researchers recommend that spouses and romantic partners complete periodic performance reviews. ...

Rebecca Chory, a professor at Frostburg State University’s business school, in Maryland, who studies reactions to negative feedback, has identified six strategies for giving an effective performance review.


Book Review: Clash By Night

Owl and Bear, Aug 8, 2015

The job of the music writer is to convey the emotions of a performance by describing it in evocative ways. ...

Enter Clash by Night, an anthology of “low-fi poetry” dedicated to the English band’s 1979 classic London Calling. In the book, forty contributors cover each of the album’s 19 tracks—and it feels just right. ...

It will be interesting to see which albums come next in the series. In the below interview, editors Gerry LaFemina and Gregg Wilhelm mention Exile on Main Street, the Rolling Stones’ opus, Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, and the Pogues as possibilities.


Good use for it: Revenue from casino helps fund scholarships

Cumberland Times-News, July 28, 2015

Casinos such as the one at Rocky Gap State?Park have their supporters and detractors.

One thing in their favor is that young people who otherwise might be unable to attend college are able to do so through scholarships.

Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University have been able to award several hundred scholarships because of casino revenue. ...

FSU awarded 104 scholarships in the 2014-15 school year and has given out another 163 scholarships for the coming school year


Frostburg State University gets $200,000 to develop new geochemistry lab, May 20, 2015

In today's changing economy, the energy and environmental sectors are becoming more critical to its success.

And now, thanks to a new grant, students at Frostburg State University will get a leg up on the competition. The school is receiving $100,000 in federal funding to develop a new geochemistry laboratory on campus, as well as another $100,000 from state sources of funding.


FSU Names Building to Honor Catherine Gira

Cumberland Times-News, May 4, 2015

Frostburg State University’s newest academic building is now known as the Catherine R. Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology, following an unveiling ceremony Sunday. The naming honors Gira’s 15 years of service to FSU and her distinguished career in higher education


Campus Drinking: How a Party School Sobered Up

USA Today, May 3, 2015

When Jonathan Gibralter became its president, Frostburg State University was known as a school for those who'd rather party than study, a place of 24-hour beer pong tournaments and dime beer nights. Weekends began at noon Thursdays and ended, more than once, in tragedy. ...

Which is why, on a recent Thursday night, the calm here was striking. ... In a nation increasingly concerned about college alcohol abuse and its attendant mayhem — sexual assault, hazing, vandalism — this school has become an unlikely model of how to address a problem that seemed to defy solution.


Maryland Children's Literature Festival Building Lifelong Readers

Publishers Weekly, April 30, 2015

On April 24 and 25, the small university town of Frostburg, Md., located in the state’s western mountains, hosted 268 educators, librarians and university students during its 33rd annual Spring Festival of Children’s Literature. Four featured authors and illustrators – Scott Campbell, Brian Floca, Deborah Hopkinson, and Matt Phelan – presented programs to an avid audience, who also attended professional development workshops, purchased autographed books, and participated in a silent auction. ...

“We estimate that we reached approximately 2,500 children over this past week,” said Dr. William Bingham, founder of the Children’s Literature Centre (CLC), which organizes the Festival.


10 Questions College Financial Aid Advisers Wish Parents Would Ask

US News & World Report, April 29, 2015

As college financial aid award letters roll in, families should ask questions in order to gauge the cost of attendance, prepare for financial hurdles and score more financial aid. ...

Do my taxes need to be submitted before I complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

"I don't care what your neighbor told you, you can file the FAFSA without having your taxes completed. A lot of parents don't understand that and they miss school deadlines and miss out on potential financial aid. You can use last year's taxes or your W-2. Actually, the FAFSA has an answer that says, 'Will File,' letting everyone know that you're doing this to meet a deadline," Angela Hovatter, director of financial aid at Frostburg State University, told U.S. News.


Frostburg State University Named Top Green School, April 19, 2015

For the third year in a row, Frostburg State University is featured in the Princeton's Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges for the 2015 school year.


Q&A with Gregg Wilhelm

Baltimore Magazine, April 17, 2015

Gregg Wilhelm, founder of Baltimore's CityLit Project, and Gerry LaFemina, author and associate professor at Frostburg State College, thought they were on to something when they brainstormed an idea for a poetry anthology based on the punk band The Clash's album London Calling. Wilhelm talks to us about the process, and why the album still resonates.


FSU Food Service Provider Joins School's Sustainable Living Effort

Cumberland Times-News, April 2, 2015

Chartwells, the company managing food service at Frostburg State University, has joined the college’s sustainable living efforts by recycling unwanted food into compost for Frostburg Grows, FSU’s greenhouse operation

FSU hired Chartwells last May to take over cafeteria and food service operations from Aramark, the university’s former dining service provider. Chartwells subsequently created a partnership with FSU’s six-greenhouse food growing operation called Frostburg Grows. In addition to purchasing vegetables and herbs from Frostburg Grows, Chartwells converts discarded food left by students and staff eating at the Chesapeake Dining Hall and converts it to compost.


Open Game

Standard Speaker, Mar. 1, 2015

Pennsylvania trappers might take river otters for the first time in more than 60 years if the state Game Commission gives final approval this spring. ...

The plan credits Thomas Serfass with leading the effort to return otters to rivers where they died out.

Serfass, who grew up hunting and fishing in Northeastern Pennsylvania, was an undergraduate student at East Stroudsburg University when he started reintroducing otters to their former territories in 1982.

Now a professor at Frostburg State University in Maryland, Serfass believes otters can survive the proposed trapping season, but he pointed to cultural implications of resumed trapping.


Why haven’t efforts worked to stop dangerous drinking at college?

PBS NewsHour, Dec. 12, 2014

More than 1,800 students die each year in the U.S. from alcohol-related incidents, and nearly 100,000 sexual assaults have been reported that were linked to intoxication. How do we address the dark consequences of excessive drinking on college campuses? Gwen Ifill talks to Jonathan Gibralter of Frostburg State University and Beth McMurtrie of The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Businesses, Universities Court Community College Grads

US News & World Report/Yahoo! News, Nov. 28, 2014

Community college students juggle a lot of responsibilities. Most work at least part time, many have families to care for and homework doesn't do itself. ...

Students with associate degrees have already proven they are not just ready for college, but committed to it, says Wray Blair, associate provost for enrollment management at Frostburg State University in Maryland.

"Community college graduates are often some of our strongest students," he says. "These students succeed and retain at a very high rate and are often positive campus role models."


How Student Loan Repayment Changes After Graduate School

US News & World Report/Yahoo! News, Nov. 12, 2014

Here's what to know about repaying student loans as a graduate student. ...

"The challenge for graduate students who went straight to graduate from undergraduate, I think, is sticker shock," says Angela Hovatter, director of financial aid at Frostburg State University in Maryland.


Reducing student debt requires a national commitment

The Baltimore Sun, Oct. 23, 2014
By Jonathan Gibralter

Tonight, as families of high school students across the country sit down to eat dinner, talk will likely turn to college applications. For those in the midst of the process, the conversation will almost definitely touch on affordability. And for those still a year or two out from college, the conversation may turn to whether or not the entire undertaking is even worth it.

These topics are directly related. As an industry, higher education cannot hope to put to rest questions about value until we accept — and address — the challenges we face on affordability.


An Important Talk About Life, Death and the Responsibility of Friendship

The Huffington Post, Huff Post College, Sept. 30, 2014
By Jonathan Gibralter

It's that time of year again. Students are back in class, off-campus house parties are being held adjacent to university property and tailgating before Saturday football games across the country is considered a must-attend social event. It's also when colleges and universities welcome parents and siblings to campus for Family Weekend festivities -- and from my perspective the timing couldn't be better.

We're still in the earliest weeks of the fall semester, during which new students are most acutely at risk for alcohol-related injury, death and other incidents. Freed from parental supervision for the first time, freshmen are immersed in an environment where alcohol is all-too-frequently available. Still, though physically distant, parents remain the biggest role models in their students' lives and have a special responsibility to join educators in keeping students safe.


Colleges Brainstorm Ways To Cut Back On Binge Drinking

NPR, "All Things Considered," Sept. 16, 2014

It's early Friday night, and Frostburg State University police officer Derrick Pirolozzi is just starting the late shift. At a white clapboard house he jumps out of his SUV to chat with four students on the front steps.

"S'up guys!" he calls out, assuring them he just wants to chat. All are underage but one, and that one tells Pirolozzi he's got a string of alcohol violations from past years. Pirolozzi banters a bit. He tells them to "call anytime," and reminds them not to walk around the street with open containers. ...

"The thing that's so striking to me is that many universities perceive [binge drinking] as an intractable problem and that there's nothing they can do," says Jonathan Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University.


A Purchased World of Distractions

The Huffington Post, Huff Post College, Sept. 12, 2014
By Jonathan Gibralter

Two sure signs that fall is upon us -- classes are back in session at Frostburg State University and Apple has announced its new slate of products for their consumers. I'm reminded of the overlap of these seemingly disparate items as I walk across campus and observe that the world of technology has created a world of distractions from what college and life have to offer.

On the first day of classes, it was hard for me to find any students on the sidewalks without headphones in their ears, looking down at the small screens in front of them. In our academic buildings, students had their phones plugged into recharging stations seeking a brief back-up charge to get them through their day. Everyplace I looked, without exception, students were plugged in, multi-tasking and distracted from the opportunities and people surrounding them.

Frostburg is not unusual in this regard. ...


On Parenting: How helicopter parents are ruining college students

The Washington Post, Sept. 2, 2014

Attention, parents of college students.

Say your kid has a problem with a roommate. Maybe one “borrowed” his favorite t-shirt. Maybe your daughter’s roommate leaves old, stinky Chinese take out in the mini-fridge. Perhaps your child is so upset about this he texts you five times a day to complain.

Here’s the thing: Don’t call the college president to ask him to handle the situation. (Yes, that happens.

Jonathan Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University, has had parents call him at his office to talk about a squabble their child is having with a roommate. “Don’t you trust your child to deal with this on his own?” he asks. “Rather than telling a son or daughter to talk to a [resident assistant] or [resident director], parents will immediately call my office. And that I consider to be a little over the top.”


A dangerous drink

The Baltimore Sun, Feb. 11, 2014
Commentary by President Jonathan Gibralter

As I listened to the conversation in the Maryland Senate regarding the bill to ban extremely high alcohol content beverages (SB-75), one argument said a ban would fail, and we should instead focus on educating our students. Well, incoming freshmen at Frostburg State University don't wait long before their education on the dangers of high-risk drinking begins. I start talking about it at the very first summer orientation session, and we keep telling parents and students about high-risk drinking and its consequences throughout.


The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment: Not the End but Rather a New Way of Thinking

Presidential Perspectives: A Higher Education Thought Leadership Series. 2013-2014 Series: Elevating Sustainability Through Academic Leadership. Chapter 6

For those who think that the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment has run its course, I believe you are viewing this from the wrong perspective. I say that because a heartfelt commitment to reducing carbon emissions is not an end, but rather the means of creating a new beginning. The core principles of the climate commitment are about much more than carbon footprints and the use of coal and oil. It is about taking greater care of the resources we have, including our own human resources, and embracing those things that we perceive to be infinite.


We Are Not Hypnotized

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 26, 2013
Commentary by faculty member John Raucci Jr.

... I teach face-to-face, online, and blended sections of composition at a small rural state university and I see strengths and limitations in all three approaches. My online classes look nothing like Kohler’s panoptic nightmare. Or, at least, I hope they do not -- now that I think of it, perhaps students calling me Big Brother isn’t a term of endearment after all.


Campus Health Centers Expand Services

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Nov. 6, 2013

When the demands of college life became overwhelming for Frostburg State University student Jennifer Cruz in fall 2012, she paid a visit to her Maryland campus health center complaining of chest pains. Though she met with a doctor who was able to check her heart, Cruz’s condition was unable to be confirmed. Cruz and the doctor discussed options that could help reduce her stress.

The following spring, Cruz decided to visit the school’s wellness center. Through the wellness program, she learned how to balance her residence hall supervisor job, 18-credit course load, independent study and mounting personal responsibilities, which consisted of her involvement with several campus organizations, including the Student Communications Studies Association (SCSA), Anti-Bullying Club, Latin American Student Organization (LASO) and PACDEI (President’s Advisory Council in Diversity, Equality and Inclusion).


Keeping College Drinking from Becoming Abusive

Maryland Morning, WYPR, Nov. 4, 2013
Interview with Associate Dean of Student Jeffrey Graham

College is a time of firsts—often, it’s the first time teenagers are living away from home, with freedom to set their own schedules. And for some students, those new experiences include the first time drinking alcohol.  

To find out exactly how big a role drinking plays in college life in Maryland—and what harm it’s causing—10 college presidents joined forces with public health experts.  They’ve formed the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Practices, which has released a report on the status of college drinking in Maryland.


Greenhouses at Frostburg State offer sustainable living lessons

Cumberland Times-News, Oct. 27, 2013

Reaching the end of its first full year of operation, the Frostburg State University greenhouse complex known as Frostburg Grows continues to educate students and visitors on sustainable living as well as generating a high volume of produce and native tree seedlings.

Situated on a 5-acre tract of reclaimed mineland along state Route 36 south of the FSU campus, Frostburg Grows holds three large greenhouse facilities that are maintained through a series of solar panels and rain water capturing systems.


Frostburg State University Convocation Address Sets the Stage for a Whole New World

Appalachian Independent, Sept. 28, 2013

The Lane University Center Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall was brimming with excitement on Friday afternoon as Dr. Jonathan Gibralter gave the 2013 Convocation Address. The powerful address focused on “Rolling out the Future” as it outlined advances that Frostburg State University has recently accomplished and the goals it has set for the future. A major part of this new future is the university’s new marketing tagline, “One University, A World of Experiences” which is represented in all aspects of Frostburg State Universities current goals.


FSU debuts new marketing plan, slogan

Cumberland Times-News, Sept. 27, 2013

Jonathan Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University, rolled out a new marketing plan on Friday during his annual address on the state of the university held in the campus Lane Center.

A crowd estimated at more than 300, which included university staff, government officials, education professionals and students, were introduced to the new slogan for FSU?which is: One University. A World of Experiences.


EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE: Summer program takes Frostburg State students to China

Cumberland Times-News, Sept. 3, 2013

Three Frostburg State University students, including Christopher Evanoff of Ridgeley, W.Va., spent more than a week overseas this summer as part of a program that promotes the cultural and economic sharing of ideas between the United States and China.

“It was an eye-opener,” said Evanoff, who is getting his master’s in business administration at FSU.


Making strides: Gibralter, FSU cutting high-risk drinking

Cumberland Times-News, Sept. 3, 2013

Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter is continuing to tout his school’s success in reducing incidents of high-risk drinking among its students. The latest exposure came Sunday when The Washington Post Sunday magazine detailed how the effort is paying off.
Gibralter, who earlier this year was named co-chairman of a national organization dedicated to fighting high-risk drinking by students, told the Post magazine he is confident his effort is making strides. The number of FSU students who binge drink has fallen from 54 percent in 2006 to 41 percent last year.


Schools try new strategies to battle college drinking

The Washington Post Magazine, Sept. 1, 2013

Within 30 minutes of new-student orientation kicking off at Frostburg State University on a Sunday morning in June, the school’s top leader had the microphone and was talking about alcohol. He warned the group sitting before him — mostly 18-year-olds with their parents — not to get caught up in the “college effect,” the idea presented in movies and on sitcoms that going to college means drinking.

“Beyond the tragedies, what concerns me most is the loss of human potential,” said President Jonathan C. Gibralter, who has led the public university in Western Maryland since 2006. He paused before continuing: “Please think about that this summer. Don’t let yourselves get caught up in that world of excessive, high-risk drinking and change the story of what is possible for you at Frostburg State University.”


Trying to avoid the freshman 15? There’s a dorm for that., Aug. 28, 2013

At Maryland’s Frostburg State University, for example, it’s the bWell dorm, where 70 freshmen with an interest in wellness and fitness pursue that lifestyle. They attend the kinds of health-oriented programs that many schools now offer new students, but they also do P90X and Insanity workouts together, learn how to cook healthful meals, take a substance-free pledge and try to prevent one another from going on those midnight fast-food runs.


Frostburg State students, alumni, faculty get look at leadership in Latin America

Cumberland Times-News, Aug. 18, 2013

Frostburg State University’s College of Business took another step toward globalizing its curriculum when it sent a group of students, alumni and faculty to Peru to experience leadership in an international setting July 24 through Aug. 3.


Economic forum in China an eye-opener for Rockville, Germantown students

The Gazette, Aug. 7, 2013

Two local Frostburg State University students recently attended an economic forum in China. Eric Paul, a business administration major from Rockville, and Jason Ascher, a political science major from Germantown, attended the APEC China CEO Forum in Beijing July 12-14.


Defense Department grants University of Maryland University College $250M to educate troops

The Diamondback, July 25, 2013. Appeared in multiple outlets through The Associated Press.

Frostburg State University will partner with UMUC to offer an undergraduate teacher education program for the first time.


Still Talking: Frostburg, FSU keep open path to good relationship

Cumberland Times-News, July 21, 2013

Keeping the lines of communication open is one of the key factors in strengthening the relationship between Frostburg State University students and the Mountain City community. Because of that, it is heartening to know that the FSU Sustaining Campus and Community dialogue series will continue again this school year.


Does higher education mean lower joy on the job

USA Today, July 19, 2013

Tom Bowling, vice president for student affairs at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md., says colleges should encourage students to explore their talents and passions. "We don't take the time to understand who our students are and what they're bringing to the campus," he says. "Students can become very adept at meeting the expectations of others, and we reinforce that."


So you wanna be in show business? Students, professors share what it takes

USA Today College, June 27, 2013

Maureen Groff, a rising freshman at Frostburg State University in Maryland, is a theater major on the acting track. “I also have skills and drawing and sewing so I think I’ll be able to support myself,” she says. “You just really need to build up yours skills so you’re not doing retail or waitressing between auditions and you can do what you love.”


College students hope Apple’s ‘game changers’ deliver

USA Today College, May 31, 2013

Cody Adkins, 19, says Apple hasn’t maintained its reputation as a tech leader in recent years. “Their devices have been a mere upgrade from the previous versions,” says the Frostburg State University sophomore.


FSU students help bring clean water to Ugandan villagers

Cumberland Times-News, April 28, 2013

Sheena Willison, a senior at Frostburg State University, recently traveled to Uganda as part of a group teaching lifesaving water purification techniques to outlying villagers.


Appalachian folklorist honored by U-Md. regents

ABC2 News via The Associated Press, April 12, 2013

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents is honoring a Frostburg State University folklorist for bringing Appalachian traditions to the public.


‘Now is the time’ for FSU center

Cumberland Times-News, March 8, 2013

In a continued effort to support leadership development, Frostburg State University introduced a model Thursday that may serve as the framework for the creation of a campus Leadership Center.


FSU Upholds Education Goals

Cumberland Times-News, Feb. 9, 2013, commentary


FSU to offer Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership

Martinsburg Journal, Feb. 2, 2013

Frostburg State University will offer a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership through its programs at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, with the first group of students to begin studies this fall. This applied doctoral program is FSU's first, and the first offered to all eligible students at USMH.


Frostburg State head leads alcohol awareness group

Annapolis Capital-Maryland Gazette via The Associated Press, Jan. 29, 2013

Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter is leading a national panel on college alcohol abuse prevention. The university said Monday that Gibralter has been named co-chairman of the College Presidents Working Group of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.


Alcohol Abuse: Can underage drinking be curbed?

Myth: Student Drinking is an Intractable Problem

American Council on Education's The Presidency Magazine, Spring 2012

Veterans Deserve Executive Order Without Implementation Concerns

The Huffington Post, May 21, 2012

What campuses can do to fight high-risk drinking

The Baltimore SunFeb. 21, 2012, op-ed

Frostburg State has set an example that other schools can follow in light of publicity surrounding the Huguely-Love case

Expand the Conversations

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 6, 2011, commentary

Many are working hard to encourage responsible drinking

Universities fight public health problem: Binge drinking

A University Pulls Together for a Cinematic Labor of Love

The Wrong Idea on the Drinking Problem