Nationally Known Educator to Serve as Frostburg State University’s Interim College of Education Dean PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:13

Dr. Boyce C. Williams, a nationally renowned educator in the field of public and teacher education, has been named Frostburg State University’s interim dean of the College of Education.

Williams is currently president and CEO of the National Alliance for Learning, Inc., a higher education consulting agency. Previously, she was senior vice president and chief of staff at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. Her background also includes working in public school administration in East Lansing, Mich., and in teacher education at Elizabeth City State University, part of the University of North Carolina system.

“I’m at the stage of my career where I want to do things like this to support an institution as it takes itself to the next level,” Williams said. “My career has come full circle. This position calls on my many diverse experiences, especially in terms of collaborating and reaching consensus, and brings me back to my roots in supporting students and advancing the vision of an institution.”

Williams has also worked in education policy matters on Capitol Hill and in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and taught at a university in the United Arab Emirates. She was a vice president for the teacher education accrediting body NCATE, and has experience on both sides of the accrediting process.

A recipient of eight honorary doctorate degrees, Dr. Williams earned her bachelor’s in English education from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, a master’s in urban counseling from Michigan State University and her doctorate in counseling psychology from Michigan State University.

Williams will serve for the coming year as the University conducts a national search for a new dean following the retirement on June 30 of Dr. Clarence Golden, who is retiring after 18 years at FSU. Williams will arrive in Frostburg in June and work with Golden in ensuring a smooth transition in the College of Education’s departments of Educational Professions and Kinesiology & Recreation, and with the College’s many educational partners, especially among regional schools.

For more information about FSU’s College of Education, visit www.frostburg.edu/colleges/coe

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

 
Frostburg State University to Celebrate Student Successes at 150th Commencement PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:12

Frostburg State University will hold its 150th Commencement on Thursday, May 25, celebrating the achievements of the spring 2017 graduating class during two ceremonies in the Main Arena of the Cordts Physical Education Center.

FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk will confer degrees on graduates during two exercises throughout the day. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will start at 9:30 a.m., and the College of Business and the College of Education will begin at 2 p.m. Featured student speakers for the ceremony include Corey Knipple, College of Business; Adeline Eisentrout, College of Education; and Trevor Jones, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Knipple, of Cumberland, Md., will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and minors in management and computer information systems. Faculty members describe him as a student who does not settle, and consequently he graduates with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Knipple appeared on the Dean’s List each semester and earned numerous academic scholarships. He founded the local chapter of the Phi Sigma Pi national honor fraternity, held leadership roles in business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma and was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society and Frostburg’s Marketing Club. He was a member of the President’s Leadership Circle, which led to an experience teaching sanitation practices in Uganda. He also studied in Brazil and regularly volunteered for charitable fundraisers and community service events. Knipple also worked as an intermediate algebra student instructor at FSU and completed a senior internship experience with World Fuel, Inc., in Florida.

Eisentrout, of LaVale, Md., will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary educations with a minor in French, having completed her degree with a 4.0 GPA. Eisentrout has appeared regularly on the Dean’s List and received the Robert and Johanna Weimer Education Scholarship. She served as treasurer for the Frostburg Student Education Association and held membership in the Frostburg Association for the Education of Young Children and the FSU French Club. Since 2014, she has worked as student building manager for the Lane University Center. Eisentrout performed three teaching internships in local schools, two at John Humbird Elementary and the other at West Side Elementary, both in Cumberland. She also regularly volunteered for Children’s Literature Centre events. One of Eisentrout’s professors said simply, “It is clear that she will be a positive force in the lives of every child that steps into her classroom.”

Jones, of Baltimore Md., will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in his double majors of philosophy and communication studies. His professors from both departments praise Jones’ intellectual curiosity, social and political awareness, work ethic, natural leadership ability and ability to develop and sustain personal and working leaderships. From leading local community dialogue events and serving as FSU student liaison to the Allegany County NAACP to completing successful internships with Baltimore County 4th District Councilman Julian Jones, U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin and Maryland 40th District Del. Antonio Hayes, Jones has already made an important impact on local, state and federal politics. Jones has appeared on the FSU Dean’s List every semester and is a member of the Mu Omicron chapter of Phi Mu Delta. The Department of Communication Studies acknowledged his outstanding contributions to public dialogue with its Civil Citizen Communicator award. He has also earned frequent strong praise from Allegany County NAACP President Carmen Jackson for his character, knowledge and ability.

Interim Provost Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi; Dr. Clarence Golden, dean of the College of Education; Dr. Sudhir Singh, interim dean of the College of Business; and Dr. Joseph Hoffman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will present candidates for degrees.

Tickets are required to attend Commencement. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu/events/commencement.

The ceremony will also be streamed live online. For the livestream link, visit www.frostburg.edu on the day of commencement.

FSU has a special geofilter for commencement. Open Snapchat to find the geofilter, and send commencement Snaps to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or @FrostburgState. Share your best Commencement photos and clips on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by tagging them, #instaFrostburg. Tweet congratulations, photos and best wishes with the hashtag, #FrostburgGRAD

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

 
Open Mic Nights at the Embassy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 21:06
Embassy Theatre announces its premier Open Mic Sunday Nights on May 7 on the historic downtown Cumberland Mall, 49 Baltimore Street, May-September.
 
The mic nights are held from 6-10 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 6 pm. Hosts: 1st Sunday of each month will be Scott Foard; 2nd Sundays - Adam Swayne (except for Mother's Day); 3rd Sundays - Mikayla & Zach Dodge; 4th Sundays - Ian Robinson. 
 
"Get up on the big stage and share your talent in a laid back, nurturing atmosphere," says executive director Jerard Puckett. "Or, come in and relax, enjoy the A/C, have a drink, and connect with members of the local arts community."
 
"You don't have to be a musician to join the fun. Performers of all ages and genres are welcome and encouraged - that means comedians, poets, actors, dancers, vocalists...whatever you've got," adds Embassy board member Scott Foard.
 
Some instruments will be provided, but musicians are welcome to bring their own.  "Perform solo, or come up and jam with friends if the spirit moves you," says Foard.  
 
There is no cover charge, and those under 18 are permitted with adult.
 
Passport Cafe will be open during each Open Mic on Sunday Nights, with a full cash bar and snacks.
 
Call (240) 362-7183 for more information. Or, visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.
 
Embassy Theatre events and productions are supported in part by the Allegany Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.
 
Community Strengthening Coalition Addresses Opioid Addiction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elesha Ruminski   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 20:50

Community Strengthening Coalition Forum About Oipioid Addiction Recovery Resources and Partnerships Set for May 10 

 

The Allegany County Community Strengthening Coalition will host an interactive forum for community members seeking opportunities to be part of addressing the opioid epidemic in our area. The event will take place on Wed., May 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church at 11 Washington Street in Cumberland. Free off-street parking is available in the church’s lot. Light refreshments will be provided by Western Maryland Health System.

 

Presentations will be given by representatives from three local organizations working to address the local addiction crisis: Hope Against Heroin, a faith-based effort to raise awareness of the drug abuse epidemic that encourages community members to join with each other to face the problem; the Drug Abatement Response Team (DART), the only program of its kind in Maryland designed to place a person into treatment within 24 hours of an opioid-related overdose; and Prescribe Change, which has a mission to create awareness and educate the citizens of Allegany County about the growing crisis of opioid prescription drugs and heroin misuse and abuse in our community. After the presentations, community members will have the opportunity to connect with these community resources to discuss how to battle the crisis together. Additional addiction recovery resources will be available on site as well.

 

The Community Strengthening Coalition is a diverse network of individuals, groups, and organizations in Allegany County that connects people to one another and to resources. Through discussion and networking, the Coalition strives to empower community members to better our community. CSC provides a place to build relationships, strengthen and create partnerships, and collaborate. The Coalition’s mission was inspired by the community building work initiated by its originating members, Allegany County NAACP Branch 7007 and Frostburg State University’s Communication Leadership Lab.

 

For more information on the event or partnering with the Coalition, contact Caroline Kelly or Evan West at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit the Cumberland Positive Facebook group. For more information on the Communication Leadership Lab and moderating and facilitating assistance, contact Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 301-687-4480.

 
Climate Change Mirror March in Cumberland, Sunday, April 30 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Climate March   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 20:10

ClimateCome learn the truth about Clima­te Change and its threat to our planet, and make your voice heard in opp­osition to new administration policies which threa­ten to advance and not reduce the dangers of Climate Change.

Created as a "Mirr­or March" to accompa­ny the massive march in DC on April 29, the Cumbe­rland Climate Change Mirror March is a celebration of the environment, and a chance to educate citizens about the catastrophic impact of Climate Change on this planet. It is also a unifi­ed voice raised in resistance to the current administration's about-­face on environmental prote­ction and its denial of the realities of Climate Change.

Join us on April 30 at 1:00 p.m. on the corner of Baltimore and Liberty Streets in downtown Cumberland. Here we will rally to hear speakers address the various aspects of Climate Change -- environmen­tal, economic, cultural and historic -- after which we will march on the Cumberland Pedestri­an Mall. There will be live music provid­ed by folk artist Greg Latta.

 

Speakers include: State Senator Roger Manno, House Ca­ndidate Andrew Duck, House Ca­ndidate Ted Athey, Robin Summer­field of Senator Ben Cardin's office, Ro­bert Smith of the Mar­yland Green Party, Ann Bristow of the Sa­vage River Watershed Associati­on, Jessica Wise of the Sierra Club, and Nadine Grabania of Citizen Shale.

 

Sponsored by: Allegany County Green Party, Allegany County Democratic Central Committee, We're Better Than This/Western MD, and the Women's Action Coalition of Allegany County.

 
Open Mic Nights at the Embassy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 21:06
Embassy Theatre announces its premier Open Mic Sunday Nights on May 7 on the historic downtown Cumberland Mall, 49 Baltimore Street, May-September.
 
The mic nights are held from 6-10 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 6 pm. Hosts: 1st Sunday of each month will be Scott Foard; 2nd Sundays - Adam Swayne (except for Mother's Day); 3rd Sundays - Mikayla & Zach Dodge; 4th Sundays - Ian Robinson. 
 
"Get up on the big stage and share your talent in a laid back, nurturing atmosphere," says executive director Jerard Puckett. "Or, come in and relax, enjoy the A/C, have a drink, and connect with members of the local arts community."
 
"You don't have to be a musician to join the fun. Performers of all ages and genres are welcome and encouraged - that means comedians, poets, actors, dancers, vocalists...whatever you've got," adds Embassy board member Scott Foard.
 
Some instruments will be provided, but musicians are welcome to bring their own.  "Perform solo, or come up and jam with friends if the spirit moves you," says Foard.  
 
There is no cover charge, and those under 18 are permitted with adult.
 
Passport Cafe will be open during each Open Mic on Sunday Nights, with a full cash bar and snacks.
 
Call (240) 362-7183 for more information. Or, visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.
 
Embassy Theatre events and productions are supported in part by the Allegany Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.
 
Maple Syrup from City Trees Donated to the Frostburg Food Pantry PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Kirby   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 20:59

Frostburg Syrup Mayor Flanigan and Members of the City Council delivered 8 cases, each containing 12-8 oz. (half pint) bottles of real Maple Syrup to Vicki Peterson and Bob Duncan of the Frostburg Food Pantry for distribution to families in the Frostburg area.  The City was contacted by Piney Creek Maple, a local maple syrup producer, about the potential of tapping a limited number of sugar maple trees in the City’s Piney Reservoir Watershed.  The trees are not in an area that can sustain timber harvesting and so the tapping of the trees will have no impact on the future monetary value of the trees.  The vast majority of the maples trees in the watershed are not be eligible for this process.  The process and oversight was provided by the Maryland Forest Service, who helps the City manage the watershed timber resources.

 

The normal per tap rate paid by a maple sugar operation to tap trees is very limited, since it takes 10 gallons of raw sap or sugar water to make a single quart of syrup.  Instead of collected the small amount of cash the City opted to receive $1.00 and take the balance in syrup that could be donated to the Frostburg Food Pantry.  The 8 oz. bottles cost $96, but were paid for by donations from City employees. 

 

This natural, locally made food, makes a direct connect between the trees in the City’s watershed and those families needing a little assistance with their basic food needs.  The City leaders expressed appreciation to the Maryland Forest Service for helping with the transaction and encourages area residents to help support the Frostburg Food Pantry.  

 
Climate Change Mirror March in Cumberland, Sunday, April 30 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Climate March   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 20:10

ClimateCome learn the truth about Clima­te Change and its threat to our planet, and make your voice heard in opp­osition to new administration policies which threa­ten to advance and not reduce the dangers of Climate Change.

Created as a "Mirr­or March" to accompa­ny the massive march in DC on April 29, the Cumbe­rland Climate Change Mirror March is a celebration of the environment, and a chance to educate citizens about the catastrophic impact of Climate Change on this planet. It is also a unifi­ed voice raised in resistance to the current administration's about-­face on environmental prote­ction and its denial of the realities of Climate Change.

Join us on April 30 at 1:00 p.m. on the corner of Baltimore and Liberty Streets in downtown Cumberland. Here we will rally to hear speakers address the various aspects of Climate Change -- environmen­tal, economic, cultural and historic -- after which we will march on the Cumberland Pedestri­an Mall. There will be live music provid­ed by folk artist Greg Latta.

 

Speakers include: State Senator Roger Manno, House Ca­ndidate Andrew Duck, House Ca­ndidate Ted Athey, Robin Summer­field of Senator Ben Cardin's office, Ro­bert Smith of the Mar­yland Green Party, Ann Bristow of the Sa­vage River Watershed Associati­on, Jessica Wise of the Sierra Club, and Nadine Grabania of Citizen Shale.

 

Sponsored by: Allegany County Green Party, Allegany County Democratic Central Committee, We're Better Than This/Western MD, and the Women's Action Coalition of Allegany County.

 
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