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Alumni donates flag
By Rose Gause I Mass Communication '20
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2/23/2018
 
Lohff donates American flagAlum Sam Lohff '17 works as a geospatial analyst for the United States Department of Defense. During his recent work overseas, he decided to bring back a memento of his experience. On January 29, 2018, Lohff donated an American flag to Frostburg State University's Lane University Center which flew on a military aircraft during an ISR mission.
 
"The flag is a symbol. It's not perfect, there are ups and down in life... kind of like your college experience, but it's our responsibility to make sure that the flag means something and continues to make our country strong. The folded flag also holds a special place in my heart because it is a symbol of sacrifice and service. Those who have given their lives to this nation are forever immortalized by a folded flag given to there families and my principles have always built around the idea of service and sacrifice for others," explains Lohff. 
 
As part of his job duties, Lohff conducts geospatial analysis, processes different imagery and supports operations. He earned his degree in geography with double minors in international relations and political science. While at FSU, he worked in the Lane University Center in many capacities including tech crew, building manager and reservation specialist. Lohff was also a member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity, SafeRide, ECHOSTARS, Bobcat Ambassadors and Residence Hall Association.
 
He explains how his courses especially geography 275, fundamentals of geographic data handling, helped him prepare for his current position. Geography 275 introduced him to the geographic information software (GIS), something he now uses quite often. 
 
"I wanted to give something back to the school, and more importantly, that started my professional work experience. It also is something I can point to years later to my kids and to current students, and say I did that and it's because of what I did here at Frostburg," says Lohff.
 
Although Lohff enjoys working as a geospatial analyst, he also enjoys serving the community as a firefighter. While at FSU, he served as a volunteer firefighter for the Frostburg Fire Department for two years. He plans to one day return to being a firefighter.
 

 

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