MCTA Presents Irish Fiddler Kevin Burke PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Friday, 19 April 2019 09:30

Kevin Burke 1Frostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will once again host legendary Irish fiddler Kevin Burke on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The live entertainment is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $15.

Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional Irish music for more than 30 years. He has been established as a first-class musician ever since his work in the early 1970s with such renowned performers as Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band and with his far-reaching solo album, “If the Cap Fits.” During his long musical career, Burke, a National Heritage Award Fellow, has earned international acclaim in Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk musics foremost groups.

Although Burke has spent much of his life playing in groups, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he puts it. This is evident in his new live solo release, “An Evening With Kevin Burke,” a collection of performances and stories before audiences in Ireland and the U.S. Whether solo or accompanied, Burke is an immensely engaging performer.

Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, MCTA is a program of FSU, with support from FrostburgFirst, the Allegany Arts Council and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council.

For more information, email MCTA at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 301-687-8040.

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.

ACM to Host Community Dedication and Free Tennis Clinics PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristin Kehrwald   
Friday, 19 April 2019 09:27

Allegany College of Maryland invites you to bring your rackets, family and friends for the dedication of the newly renovated Dr. Glenn O. Workman, Jr. Tennis Facility on Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m.


ACM President Dr. Cynthia Bambara and Athletics Director/Coach Steve Bazarnic will lead the dedication ceremony. Workman, now in late eighties, will attend the dedication with his family. Sons Rick and Rodney Workman (both ACM alum) as well as Brendan Mattingly, a former ACM tennis team player and student of Workman, have been instrumental in planning the dedication and establishing the Dr. Glenn O. Workman Jr. Tennis Fund.


We’re excited to honor Glenn with this dedication. This is the best gift we could imagine for him – the chance to watch tennis instructional professionals from around the country share their knowledge and skills with current and next generation players,” said David Jones, ACM’s vice president of advancement and community relations and executive director of the college’s foundation. “Our hope is to encourage the community to use these beautiful courts and enjoy time together.”


Event organizers will have rackets of all sizes and tennis balls on-hand for even the youngest players. Seasoned tennis players as well as those who have never held a racket are encouraged to attend. In addition to tennis lessons, instructors will offer pickleball lessons for more mature tennis players looking to transition to a less grueling game.


The ACM Foundation created the Dr. Glenn O. Workman Jr. Tennis Fund to support and enhance the tennis court complex so that students and community members will be able to enjoy the courts for years to come. Donations to the fund may be made through GiveCampus or by mailing a gift to the college’s Foundation Office.


Workman joined the ACM faculty in 1968 as a science and forestry professor and division chair until his retirement in 1992. He founded its forestry program, and established and directed the college’s Honors Program. An accomplished tennis player and member of the NJCAA Men’s National Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, Workman coached intercollegiate tennis teams, compiling a 99-23-1 record over nine seasons. During his tenure, ACM tennis earned three state and regional championships, and competed in the NJCAA national tournament.


For more information about the Dr. Glenn O. Workman, Jr. Tennis Facilitydedication, please contact Chandler Sagal at 301-784-5153 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Established in 1982 as the fundraising arm of the College, the Allegany College of Maryland Foundation, provides funding for student scholarships, special programs and projects. For information about the foundation visit or contact 301-784-5200.

FSU Fraternity Cleans Up Community PDF Print E-mail
Written by City of Frostburg   
Friday, 19 April 2019 09:08

Fraternity Cleans Up Community

The City of Frostburg would like to thank and recognize the service Iota Phi Theta fraternity of Frostburg State University has provided to our community.  The fraternity brothers provided a street clean up in our community on April 7, 2019.  They exemplify the spirit of "Frostburg:  It's Just Cooler here!





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The City of Frostburg would like to thank and recognize the service Iota Phi Theta fraternity of Frostburg State University has provided to our community.  The fraternity brothers provided a street clean up in our community on April 7, 2019.  They exemplify the spirit of "Frostburg:  It's Just Cooler here!"
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The Lightbearer- a Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Derlan   
Tuesday, 09 April 2019 13:45

     LightBOn a Saturday morning, the ladies of a church gather to do their “Christian duty,” making cancer pads and sharing “bad” coffee. These are the lightbearers, women who have laughed, cried and worked together for most of their lives. On a set depicting a church hall and a hospital waiting room, designed by Mike Hartman the ladies of The Lightbearer by Shane Riggs explore the serious issues of their lives: sex, marriage, children, death and religion.

     With nimble direction by Tim Bambara, the production at the Embassy Theatre celebrates the 15th anniversary of the play’s premiere and is also a tribute to theater founder, Mark Baker. The play is filled with allusions to community theater and local places. Shopping at Peskin’s, hot dogs from Coney Island, and steak subs from D’Atri’s all get a mention.

     Different actresses play the main characters to indicate the changes in maturity from 1952 to 1970 to 2000. Nicole Halmos portrays the elder Ida, a strong woman who has outlived two husbands. Ms. Halmos gives an excellent, compassionate performance of a woman who has maintained her dignity and friendships through years of troubles. Linda Julien, in the scenes set in 2000, plays Annie, Ida’s best friend. At first Annie appears simpler and quieter than Ida, but as the audience learns more about the characters, Annie’s personality becomes clearer. Sue Shelton as Lucy, Danise Whitlock as Ellie, and Carrie Wolford as Winnie complete the play’s group of life long friends.

     Flashing back to 1952, the younger version of the women appear, as they begin families and become adults. Caitlin Weems is successful mimicking mannerisms and accent matching the other Ida. Both Denise Adams and Delanie Blubaugh take on the role of young Annie (on different weekends). Costume clues, like Annie always wearing a certain color, or necklace, might help the audience to quickly know which younger woman is which, but the personalities become defined after a few minutes of observation. Rebecca Bensavage as young Lucy, Victoria Mann as young Ellie and Whitney O’Haver as young Winnie all deliver fine performances. Robbie Smith creates a nice Reverend, a man of god who is slightly afraid of the strong women in his church. Sam Seek does not say much, but shows what the young women might look for in a man. Haley Geiger and Tim Bambara may also be seen during the second weekend’s performances.

     Costumes by Danise Whitlock and hair and makeup by Cheyenne Hart really help the audience to follow the time changes, as 50s fashions change to 70s looks.

     While the play includes some mild sexual humor and a few expletives, the production is family entertainment. For women of a certain age, who have spent hours with friends doing volunteer work, parts of the play will be like looking into a mirror. Produced by Jerard Puckett, The Lightbearer at the Embassy Theater offers audiences a few good laughs and a chance to appreciate the simpler joys of life. The play runs April 5-7 and 12-14. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm, Sundays at 2.

Environmental Artist Zaria Forman to Present at FSU PDF Print E-mail
Written by Student Affairs   
Sunday, 31 March 2019 16:41

Zaria Frostburg State University will host a presentation by artist Zaria Forman on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. This event, sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the President’s Advisory Council for Sustainability, is free and open to the public.

Forman, who documents climate change with pastel drawings, will discuss her artistic practice, process and the intent behind her work and how she seeks to inspire change by sharing the beauty of the remote and threatened landscapes she depicts. She will share details of her trips with NASA and the most recent body of work those trips inspired.

Forman travels to remote regions of the world to collect images and inspiration for her work, which is exhibited worldwide. She has flown with NASA on several Operation IceBridge missions over Antarctica, Greenland and Arctic Canada. She was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN and PBS. She delivered an online TEDTalk; spoke at Amazon, Google and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; exhibited in Banksy’s Dismaland; and was the artist in residence aboard the National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica. Her works have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal and Smithsonian Magazine.

For more information, call the Office of Student Affairs at 301-687-4311.

ACM Hosts Tri-State Mathematics Scholarship Contest with LaVale Lions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristin Kehrwald   
Friday, 19 April 2019 09:19

 Mountain Ridge High School Junior Bereketab Tessema may not have crossed a finish line but he did take home an award.


scholarship recipients with ACM staff for media


A member of Mountain Ridge’s National Honor Society and track and field team, Tessema received first place honors at the 33rd annual Tri-State Mathematics Scholarship Contest awards ceremony at the Allegany College of Maryland on April 10, 2019. Thanks to the generosity of the LaVale Lions, he received a scholarship to ACM to use towards early college courses during his senior year of high school, summer courses or fall/summer courses following his high school graduation.


The college-sponsored Tri-State Mathematics Scholarship Contest competition encourages high school juniors to test their math knowledge and earn ACM scholarships. This year’s event drew 120 contestants from ten high schools, a 50 percent increase in number of participants from the past year.


The top 10 scholarship winners were determined by their scores on one-hour algebra, geometry and problem-solving test which was administered during a field trip to the campus in late-March. In many instances, students “tied” by having the same score, according to the test developers and scorers—all faculty from ACM’s Mathematics Division.


The top three scholarship awardees included:


  • Tessema, Mountain Ridge High School, first place/$1,000 scholarship;

  • Stephen Hess, Fort Hill High School, second place/ $500 scholarship; and

  • Orion Helmick, Frankford High School, third place, $300 scholarship.


The remaining awardees each received a $250 scholarship and included:


  • Chaz Lankey, Bedford High School, and Kaitlyn Maxwell, Everett Area High School, tied;

  • Bryan Gough, Frankfort High School, William Meagher, Southern Garrett High school, and Joey Windows, Bedford High School, tied;

  • Katherine Catulle, Southern Garrett High School; and

  • Jason Chen, Mountain Ridge High School, and Noah Peterson, Allegany High School, tied.


Mountain Ridge juniors Tessema, Chen and Hana Chitsaz were the top ranked team. Gouch, Helmick, Michah Lewis, and Kate Linthicum from Frankfort took second place. The third team was comprised of Brandon Fischer, Lankey, and Windows from Bedford High School.


PHOTO CAPTION: L-R: Dr. Stacey Boggs from ACM, William Meagher of Southern Garrett High School, Bereketab Tessema of Mountain Ridge High School, Bryan Gough of Frankfort High School, Stephen Hess of Fort Hill High School, Katherine Catulle of Southern Garrett High School, Orion Helmick of Frankfort High School, Noah Peterson of Allegany High School, Kaitlyn Maxwell of Everett Area High School, Chaz Lankey from Bedford High School, David Jones from ACM, Joey Windows from Bedford High School, and Cynthia Zumbrun from LaVale Lions.


Speakers at the ceremony included Lions Club Member Cindy Zumbrun, ACM Foundation Director and Advancement and Community Relations Vice President David Jones. ACM President Dr. Cynthia Bambara, ACM Student/Math Lab Tutor Hope DeVore Spencer, Contest Chair/ACM Mathematics Professor Dr. Stacey Boggs, ACM Professor/Mathematic Division Director Dr. Mark Shore and ACM Assistant Professor of Mathematics Clorinda Calhoun.


Spencer thanked the students “for having a love of math” and spoke about opportunities for helping others find the joy in its study. Jones paid homage to the event’s unsung heroes: the parents, teachers and principals who encourage students to achieve.


Some scholarships recipients spoke about possible STEM careers after high school. Tessema hopes to attend Cornell University to study engineering. (His dad, a professor of engineering at Frostburg State University, and his mother, a nurse, could not be prouder.) Maxwell mentioned her plans to pursue mechanical engineering after graduation, inspired in part by her older sibling who is majoring in engineering and music.


For students like Tessema and Maxwell, pursuing careers in STEM occupations holds great promise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s 2017 Spotlight on Statistics STEM Occupations: Past, Present, and Future publication, “the STEM group that is projected to grow fastest from 2014 to 2024 is the mathematical science occupations group at 28.2 percent, compared with the average projected growth for all occupations of 6.5 percent.”

Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2019 09:23
FSU to Focus on Sustainability and Climate Awareness at Focus Frostburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Publications   
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 08:44

Focus FrostburgFrostburg State University will again be focusing on sustainability and climate awareness during the upcoming Focus Frostburg event, an annual day of learning, on Monday, April 22, with events occurring all day starting at 10 a.m. The programs are free and open to the public.

Learn about FSU’s environmental commitment from a range of presentations from faculty and students at the Lane University Center, including such topics of sustainable recycling, solutions to global development issues, religion and environmental activism, co-operative sustainability and climate change.


Several events will be happening throughout the day. “Witness,” a student art exhibition exploring themes of climate change, will be held outside the Lane Center throughout the day. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., students will be presenting details from FSU’s spring 2019 Recyclemania competition focusing on recycling. There will be poster designing, recycling competitions, opportunities to learn more about FSU’s efforts and tours of FSU’s recycling center led by Recycling Coordinator Erick Kasecamp.


There will be two featured films playing periodically. “A Simple Way,” a documentary from FSU and Interdependent Pictures exploring a trip to Uganda and solutions to global development issues, will be shown in the Lane Center starting at 10 a.m. Also playing will be “The Vision Within” at 10:30 a.m. that explores the critical role our inner visions play in our lives.


Presentations start at 10 a.m. with “Religion and Environmental Activism,” featuring the documentary project “Renewal,” the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today’s religious-environmental activists.

Two presentations begin at 11 a.m. The Wholesome Harvest Co-op will present “Co-operative Sustainability,” which will cover local sustainable initiatives involving recycling, reducing plastic use, supporting local agriculture and how to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle. “Ego vs. Eco” will explore the beauty of our planet and provide information about impactful changes that future generations can make toward sustainability.


A variety of presentations will begin at noon. The “Tree Campus USA Arbor Day Celebration” will discuss what FSU has done to be recognized as a Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA Program. “Discover the Green New Deal” will focus on the proposed economic stimulus programs aimed at addressing climate change and economic inequality. Opportunities for local community support will be explored. “The Green Map” will focus on the SUST455 capstone course efforts in developing a Green Map highlighting campus and community resources and sustainable ideals.


At 1 p.m., “The Upstream Initiative: Positive Change Begins With U&I” will explore efforts in the community. CMST 322 students will present “Students Advocating for Sustainability” in the Gira Center to cover information about sustainability topics, including local food movement, recycling and endangered species advocacy.


Starting a 2 p.m., there will be five presentations: “Comparison of 30 Tree Species for Use in Dendrochronological Studies at 12 Parks in the National Capital Parks Regions in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia,” “Habitat Suitability Modeling of Culturally Important Plants of the Lakota at Wind Cave National Park,” “Lakota Priorities and Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Sustainable Plant Gathering,” “Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay” and “Western Maryland Food Council – Cultivating a Sustainable Food Future.”


There will be two presentations at 3 p.m. “Plastic Walks” will showcase a plan to reuse plastic and polymeric sand to replace crumbling concrete sidewalks on campus. “Increasing the Sustainability of White Oak (‘Quercus alba L.’) for Use in Traditional Cherokee Basketry” will explore the different woods suitable for basketry and how to determine the suitability prior to harvesting the tree.


The final presentation, “Reckoning the Anthropocene,” will be at 4 p.m. where participants can engage in open reading or performance of poetry, prose, songs or musical scores exploring environmental themes.


At 6 p.m. following the presentations will be “Aiming for the STARS: Exploring FSU’s Sustainability Goals,” hosted by SUST 455 students and campus sustainability student groups. This will be an interactive introduction to FSU sustainability initiatives. Topics of discussion will include the United Nations’ 17 Development Goals and FSU’s quest for Gold in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS rating system. There will be a chance to engage with campus sustainability ambassadors.


For more information, contact Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit


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 or 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.

Allegany College of Maryland Opens Food Pantry for Students PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristin Kehrwald   
Tuesday, 09 April 2019 13:39

More Than 75 Students Attend Grand Opening

CUMBERLAND, Md. (Apr. 9, 2019) – For Heather Greise, an Allegany College of Maryland assistant professor of Developmental Education, finding out that many students were food insecure – not knowing where their next meal was coming from – was her motivation. For Academic Access & Resource Advisor Dione Clark-Trub, it was wanting to do something to reduce the barriers (hunger, lack of reliable transportation and housing problems) to success that some students face. As co-chairs of the ACM Student Emergency Task Force, Greise and Clark-Trub lead a group of 21 who are tackling hunger and homelessness on the College’s Cumberland campus.

For over ten years, ACM employees have been quietly providing canned and boxed food, personal hygiene supplies and emergency funds to ACM students in need at multiple locations on the college’s Cumberland campus. But that’s all about to change.


“We realized that far too many students were falling through the cracks. Students had to be aware that we had a Student Emergency program, know who to trust to ask for help, and locate the designee during work or office hours. We wanted to take steps to remove inadvertent barriers to this resource,” explained Greise.


Charged by ACM President Cynthia Bambara to expand and improve the process for students, the Task Force opted to streamline the process and centralize assistance. “Thanks to funding through the College’s micro-grant program, we’re proud to be one of the more than 200 college food pantries in the country,” said Clark-Trub.


On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Bambara, Student Emergency Task Force members and the college community held a grand opening for The Pantry – a permanent food and supply pantry for ACM students in need. More than 75 students attended to learn about available resources and be part of the college’s Hashtags for Hunger campaign. The Pantry, located in College Center Room 54, is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to current ACM students with valid student identification.


Students request assistance using an online form ( on the College’s website or by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . ACM employees prepare their requests and students to pick up their bagged orders during office hours. During its three-week ‘soft’ opening, employees filled over 35 requests for assistance. 


“We know the need is there,” noted Task Force Member/Pathways for Success Office Manager Debby Hardinger. “Even small efforts can make a big difference for a student struggling to pay for basic necessities. Whether you’re donating boxes of breakfast bars or unopened hotel shampoo bottles from a recent trip, it makes an impact.”


Donations of canned (pull-tabs preferred) or boxed goods, personal hygiene supplies (deodorant, shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene items, individual wrapped rolls of toilet paper) and basic First Aid supplies may be made during The Pantry’s open hours.


The Pantry receives the majority of its donations from ACM employees throughout the year and through the ACM Professional and Support Staff Association’s annual Student Emergency Supply Drive. In addition, The Pantry is sponsored by the Centenary United Methodist Church in Cumberland, and has established a partnership with the Western Maryland Food Bank.


The ACM Foundation is also able to accept tax-deductible donations to The Pantry online at or by calling 301-784-5200.


Ranked among the top 20 community and technical colleges in the country by the Brookings Institution, Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) offers world-class education in a caring environment that transforms lives, strengthens communities and celebrates life-long learning. Serving more than 3,000 credit and 7,000 continuing education and workforce students annually, ACM offers over 80 associate degree, certificate, and letters of recognition programs at affordable rates. To learn more, visit or call 301-784-5000

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