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Community Outreach

Be like Bob- Discover YOUR Adventure  and Scholarship

The Robert A. Norr Scholarship

Who was Bob? 

  • Bob Norr was an outstanding student, loved by all who knew him, who lost his life in a tragic kayaking accident in 2012. Bob had a passion for kayaking, and with his recreation training, wanted to introduce this passion to wounded warriors to help them discover a new world they could enjoy and benefit from.

The Robert A. Norr Scholarship:  Established in 2012 in memory of Bob, the scholarship is dedicated to helping future students complete their college education. The scholarship is awarded to sudents who want to be like Bob by demonstrating their dedication to making a diference in people's lives.


It is awarded to students who:


  • Are studying Recreation and Parks Management
  • Are honors students
  • Are/or/may concentrate in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Exemplify the character and spirit of Bob


Each year the goal is to raise $5,000 to invest in the endowment fund for the future and an additional $3,000 to provide an immediate scholarship for one student. Since the scholarship's founding in 2012 it has supported four students.

What can your contribution do?

  •      Help a Recreation and Parks management student achieve his/her goal of a college degree
  •      Help support the efforts of students helping students
  •      Celebrate Bob Norr's life and inspire students to help others
  •      Assist students in discovering their personal passion and ways to make a positive  impact on other's lives

Chris: “The scholarship helped me astronomically. I was able to pay for part of my tuition and continue education at Frostburg State University. I am now working for the Army MWR at Fort Meade as a Recreation Assistant”

"Be like Bob -Discover Your Adventure" is the result of students paying tribute to Bob.  With the oversight, training and support of recreation faculty, -- students plan, organize, fundraise, manage and carry out the event.   The day is filled with fun for the entire student body at Frostburg State University, alumni, and family and friends of Bob.  People can participate in laser tag, water volley polo, indoor rock climbing, kickball games, and much more.

How is the scholarship funded?

  • Participants pay an admission fee, which is dedicated to the scholarship.  In addition, grants and contributions are sought from individuals, businesses, civic and educational organizations and numerous other sources to fund the event.

Heather: “Working the event is something I won't forget because it is working something that is more important than grades and classes. It is continuing the memory of a fellow Parks and Rec. major…...”

How to contribute to the "Be like Bob -Discover Your Adventure"

I swim for bob participants I swim for bob canoeing the FSU pool

Halloween Events

Each year the recreation program has a costume judging competition in Cumberland and an event in Frostburg. These events give children a safe and exciting environment to participate in the Halloween spirit and have a fun time with peers. The program is a town favorite and brings a great number of children excited to participate in the costume contest as well as other fun activities! This is a great chance for students to give back to their communities and get into the spooky fun spirit.




     Halloween costume contest in cumberlandStudent helpers at a Haloween eventStudents working resgistration at the halloween event in Cumberland


Discover Allegany Outdoors

At Discover Allegany Outdoors students are given the chance to help show the community how wonderful the outdoors are! This event is open to individuals of all ages and offers events like hiking, fishing, games and so many more educational opportunities. Students will be given the opportunity to help with this event and share their love for the outdoors with others.

students at discovery allegany outdoorsDr Buta with a park ranger at Discover Allegany outdoorsScales and tales at Discover Allegany Outdoors



New Zealand – Sustainability

This three and a half-week experiential program will examine resource conservation and the natural, and related social, history of New Zealand’s South Island. In this course you’ll use New Zealand as a case study to examine different cultural perspectives on the three pillars of sustainability: environment, social equity, and economics. The program travels to many of the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, and coastlines of New Zealand to learn from knowledgeable local experts and practitioners, including professors at Lincoln University, the University of Canterbury, and Otago University, government officials (e.g., Department of Conservation staff), iwi (M?ori tribes), and scientific research bodies (e.g., Landcare Research).

The program follows a circular route around the South Island, stopping at a diversity of ecosystems along the way. City time includes days in Christchurch, which is one of Lonely Planet’s Top 40 places to see in 2014 due to its innovative rebuild after a series of devastat ing earthquakes, and the quaint university-oriented Dunedin. Meanwhile, Aoraki/Mount Cook, the country’s highest mountain, and the wild West Coast provide rugged landscapes to learn about alpine ecology and geology and glaciology. And field studies along the coastal areas of Kaikoura, where you can swim with a pod of wild dusky dolphins, and Abel Tasman National Park, where you will kayak and hike along golden sand beaches, offer lessons about the effects of tourism on the natural environment.

Program Highlights

  • Swimming with dolphins, walking to a glacier, hiking through alpine meadows, and cruising below towering waterfalls – get to work on that bucket list!
  • Everywhere you go on New Zealand’s South Island, the scenery is jaw-dropping. You will feel like you stepped onto the scene of a “The Lord of the Rings” movie!
  • Are you looking for an active study abroad adventure? This program includes hiking, kayaking, swimming, and more.
  • If you are more of a culture vulture, you’ll enjoy an overnight stay at a traditional M?ori marae (meeting house), the exciting buzz of rebuilding Christchurch, and catching a concert or show in artsy Dunedin.
  • There are more sheep than people in New Zealand. Visit a sheep farm and see how shearing happens and dog work the flock.
  • Give something back by helping with a service learning project that will contribute to the rebuilding of one of Christchurch’s badly damaged communities.

For all programs, students apply directly to the university offering credit. Please click on the university link for the program that you wish to attend.

For more information view the  Frostburg State University study abroad page

Group enjoying New ZelandSnowy New Zeland they built a snowman Trip to New Zeland