Fall 2020 Plan and Information
COVID-19 Updates and Information

Successes/News

CARES Act Funding Reports

 

On 8 September 2020, project director Kara Rogers Thomas (Sociology) was awarded $4,750 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funds by East Tennessee State University for the Appalachian Teaching Project, Appalachian Maryland Agriculture: Lessons from the Past.

 

On 25 August 2020, project director Jamelyn Tobery-Nystrom (Education Professions) was awarded $113,809 by the Maryland State Department of Education for the project, The HUB: Shifts & Connections to Build Family Engagement.

 

On 25 August 2020, project director Jamelyn Tobery-Nystrom (Education Professions) was awarded $11,191 by the Maryland State Department of Education for the project, Building Capacity through an Accessible & Equitable Education Community of Learners using Evidence Based Practice.

 

On 24 Aug 2020, project director Melanie Moore (Cultural Events Series) was awarded a $4,500 Mid Atlantic Tours Program grant by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in support of an Engagement with the Acrobuffos in April 2021.

 

On 23 August 2020, project director Tim Malloy (Upward Bound) was awarded $473,169 by the US Department of Education for the TRIO program, Upward Bound (FedFY2021). The program provides participants with the academic skills and motivation required for successful completion of secondary and postsecondary education.

 

On 22 August 2020, project director Rita Hegeman (Upward Bound Regional Math/Science Ctr) was awarded $360,938 by the US Dept of Education for the TRIO program, Upward Bound Math/Science (FedFY2021). The program prepares high school students for postsecondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science.

 

On 17 Aug 2020, project director Stacey Park (Education Professions) was awarded $85,525 by the Maryland State Department of Education for a Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (FY2021). The Fund covers tuition, fees, and required textbooks for students who are completing the required coursework in pursuit of a degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Child Development and Special Education, or other State-approved fields.

 

On 11 Aug 2020, project director Tamara Lowry (Student Support Services) was awarded $396,320 by the US Department of Education for the TRIO program, Student Support Services (FY2021).

The program is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of low income, first generation college students and students with disabilities who come primarily from rural Western Maryland and the inner cities and suburbs of Baltimore, MD, and Washington, D.C.

 

On 7 Aug 2020, project director Lisa Clark (Student and Community Involvement) was awarded $393,817 in Corporation for National and Community Service funds by the Governor’s Office for Service and Volunteerism for the AmeriCorps project, ASTAR (Appalachian Service Through Action and Resources) in Western Maryland, FY2021.

The project funds AmeriCorps members who build capacity for non-profits, institutions of education, and government agencies, serving communities in Allegany, Garrett, Washington, and Frederick Counties through resource development and organizational support.

 

On 7 Aug 2020, project director Patrick Obrien (Director of Civic Engagement) was awarded $80,927 in Corporation for National and Community Service funds by the Governor’s Office for Service and Volunteerism for the AmeriCorps project, Combating Opioid Abuse Together (COAT) in Western Maryland, Year 4.

The project funds AmeriCorps members who educate the community on resources, trainings, and harm reduction in Allegany, Garrett, Washington, and Frederick Counties.

 

On 6 Aug 2020, project director Kara Rogers Thomas (Sociology) was awarded a $3,500 Creative Placemaking Grant by the Allegany Arts Council for the project, Mountain Traditions Documentation.

 

On 6 Aug 2020, project director Melanie Moore (Cultural Events Series) was awarded a $1,500 General Operating Grant by the Allegany Arts Council in support of the Cultural Events Series.

 

On 6 Aug 2020, project director Nicole Mattis (Theatre & Dance) was awarded a $1,500 General Operating Grant by the Allegany Arts Council in support of the Mountain Maryland Theatre Festival (FY2021).

 

On 6 Aug 2020, project director Jennifer Browne (English) was awarded a $1,250 General Operating Grant by the Allegany Arts Council in support of the Frostburg Center for Literary Arts (FY2021).

 

On 29 Jul 2020, project director Kara Rogers Thomas (Sociology) was awarded $46,000 by the Maryland State Arts Council in support of Folklore & Folklife Programming at FSU.

 

On 22 Jul 2020, project director Sandy Mehalko (WMd Small Business Development Ctr) was awarded $125,000 by the Maryland Small Business Development Center to supplement the Covid-19 related consulting now offered by MD SBDC consultants already on staff.

 

On 21 Jul 2020, project director Melanie Moore (Cultural Events Series) was awarded $41,439 by the Maryland State Arts Council in support of the Cultural Events Series.

 

On 16 Jul 2020, project director Al Delia (VP, Regional Development & Engagement) was awarded $520,000 by the University of Maryland Global Campus for the project, CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

The funds are to support students with expenses and financial needs related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

On 3 Jul 2020, project director Michael Mathias (Interim Provost) was awarded $2,000 by the University System of Maryland (USM) in support of FSU’s participation in USM’s Maryland Placement Policies Community of Practice.

 

On 5 Jun 2020, project director Jennifer Browne (English) was awarded $1,500 by the Community Trust Foundation in support of the Backbone Mountain Review, an annual literary journal that features the work of writers from Western Maryland and the surrounding region.

 

On 26 Jun 2020, project co-directors Justin Dunmyre (Mathematics) and Chelsea Daggett (Communications) were awarded a $6,000 Statistics and Civic Education Collaborative Grant of US Department of Education funds by the University System of Maryland for the project, Build-a-Bag: Bringing the Food Insecurity Crisis into the Statistics Classroom through Information Literacy and Civic Engagement.

 

On 4 Jun 2020, project director Melanie Moore (Cultural Events Series) was awarded $3,000 by the Community Trust Foundation in support of an engagement with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

 

On 4 Jun 2020, project director Leon Wyden (VP, Administration & Finance) was awarded $192,067 in CARES Act, Strengthening Institutions funding by the US Dept of Education.

 

On 27 May 2020, Al Delia (VP, Regional Development & Engagement) was awarded $100,000 by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) for the project, Frostburg State University MicroGrid Plan, in partnership with Optimize Renewables (OR), an energy system planning and design firm. These funds are for engineering a campus-scale, electrical microgrid to serve the University and local community. The microgrid will bolster campus energy resilience, further sustainability goals, and provide students with real-world job training under the direction of OR and in partnership with the University. This project will help displaced workers transition to the clean energy industry.

 

On 20 May 2020, project director Stefanie Hay (Nursing) was awarded $490,836 over five years by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) for the project, Planning for the Future: NSPII Cohen Scholars. These funds are to develop and implement a cohort model program to support current and future clinical and academic nurse educators through a structured mentoring model. The goal is to remove cost barriers to graduate education and encourage passionate nurses to pursue faculty and hospital educator roles within Maryland.

 

On 20 May 2020, project director Kara Platt (Nursing) was awarded $220,714 over two years by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) for the project, Planning for the Future: Expanding Pre-licensure Capacity. The funds will be used to develop a proposed new, traditional nursing program that will allow students to earn a BSN degree within four years in order to increase the capacity of initial BSN graduates within the state of Maryland.

 

On 19 May 2020, project director Kris McGee (Education Professions) was awarded $25,000 by the Washington County Board of Education for a literacy and STEM-based summer enrichment program, Promoting Awareness of Literacy Skills (PALS).



On 15 May 2020, project director Doris Santamaria-Makang (Education Professions) was awarded $39,849 by the USM William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation for the project, Western Maryland OER Team. The funds are to develop, in partnership with Allegany College and Garrett College, a collaborative model showing how multiple institutions can network, harness collective knowledge, and share open education resource (OER) efforts.



On 15 May 2020, project director Paul Bernhardt (Psychology) was awarded a $1,000 mini-grant by the USM William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation to adapt open educational resources (OER) for Statistical Methods in Psychology that fit within the guidelines and desired outcomes of the Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) program.



On 15 May 2020, project director John McMullen (Sociology) was awarded a $1,000 mini-grant by the USM William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation to adapt open educational resources (OER) for Introduction to Sociology that fit within the guidelines and desired outcomes of the Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) program.



On 6 May 2020, project director Don Swogger (S.A.F.E. Office) was awarded $159,723 by the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene for the project, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention Center.

The Center engages students in developing leadership and critical thinking skills, which support academic success and wellness, resulting in a reduction of student drinking and other substance use.  



On 6 May 2020, project director Al Delia (VP, Regional Development & Engagement) was awarded $1,962,520 by the US Dept of Education for the project, CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (Institutional Allocation).

The funds are to support the University with expenses and financial needs related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.



On 24 April 2020, project director Al Delia (VP, Regional Development & Engagement) was awarded $1,962,520 by the US Dept of Education for the project, CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (Student Allocation).

The funds are to support students with expenses and financial needs related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

16 Apr 2020: OSP announces that the GrantForward Funding Opportunity Search and Recommendation Service is now available to all members of the University. See here for details.

 

23 Mar 2020: OSP begins implementing modified procedures to be able to continue undisrupted operations while many campus personnel are working remotely as part of the State of Maryland’s efforts to lessen the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on citizens and hospital systems.

 

On 16 Jan 2020, project director Kris McGee (Education Professions) was awarded $15,000 in Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation funds by the Frostburg State University Foundation in support of the Promoting Awareness of Literacy Skills (PALS) Summer Literacy, Math, and Mindfulness Program.

 

On 15 Jan 2020, project director Jamil Abdo (Physics & Engineering) was awarded $80,330.50 by the Maryland Technical Enterprise Institute (MTECH) and Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc., for the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) project, LIDAR Performance Assessment in Autonomous Vehicle.

 

On 3 Jan 2020, project director Daniel Hocking (Biology) was awarded $16,233 by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for the constructing, placement, and monitoring of hellbender, artificial nest structures.

 

On 12 Dec 2019, project co-directors Jennifer Bishoff (Education Professions) and Michael Flinn (Computer Science & Information Technologies) were awarded $49,774 by the Maryland Center for Computing Education, University System of Maryland, for a $79,151 project, Integration of computer science standards and pedagogy for K-12 education, in partnership with the Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick County public school systems.

These funds are to prepare K- 12 educators with the content and pedagogy needed to effectively integrate computer science into elementary and middle school classrooms—specifically, for

  • faculty training,
  • curricular revisions of Elementary methods classes in their undergraduate and graduate initial certification teacher education programs,
  • and professional learning opportunities for mentor teachers in the school systems.

 

On 14 Nov 2019, project director Jason Litten (Geography, Western Maryland Regional GIS Center) was awarded $90,000 by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for general cartographic and Geographic Information System (GIS) services.

 

On 25 Oct 2019, project director Sandy Mehalko (Regional Development & Engagement) was awarded $81,249 by the Maryland Small Business Development Center in support of the Western Maryland Small Business Development Center (FY2020).

 

On 18 Oct 2019, project director Kara Rogers Thomas (Sociology) was awarded $25,000 by the Maryland State Arts Council in support of Folklore and Folklife Programming.

 

On 26 Sep 2019, the US Department of Education awarded $502,986 for year one of the project, Maryland Accelerates: Teacher-Leader Residency for Inclusive Excellence.  

Under the direction of Boyce Williams (Dean, College of Education) and in partnership with Garrett County and Frederick County public school systems, the project is to increase the number of certified teachers in Maryland schools, especially in the sciences, mathematics and computer science, as well as to provide a career path for established teachers to mentor new educators.