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Fritz wins Maryland Charity Campaign Coordinator of the Year

By Rose Gause I Mass Communication '20
Social Marketing Team writer 
Jenn Fritz wins MCC Coordinator of the Year
From left to right: Joseph Bach, loaned executive for the Department of Commerce; Kathleen M. Smith, assistant secretary of state for the Office of the Secretary of State; Jennifer Fritz, administrative assistant for the Lane Center & Office of Civic Engagement; Dr. James Fielder, Maryland higher education commission secretary
Multiple employees from across the state of Maryland serve as Maryland Charity Campaign (MCC) coordinators for their universities and agencies. Out of all the coordinators, Frostburg State University’s very own Jennifer Fritz won Coordinator of the Year from the MCC. FSU’s goal was to raise $18,527 by the end of 2017 MCC, which lasted from November 1 until December 15, 2017. Under Fritz's coordination, Frostburg State University had its highest participation rate in the history of its involvement in the campaign and raised a total of $20,727.  
The MCC is a program that offers state employees and eligible retirees the opportunity to donate to any of the 900 charities participating in the campaign through payroll deductions. The donations collectively benefit Maryland’s public health, safety, and residents by providing food, shelter, healthcare, mental health services, and much else to Marylanders in need. This year the campaign closed at 99.6 percent of its goal just $13,000 short of 3 million dollars.  
In the 2016 campaign, Fritz was the building captain for the MCC. This past campaign, Dr. Shakil Rahman, professor for the department of management, asked her to co-chair with him under Dr. Robert Nowaczyk, president of FSU, who served as chair of the campaign. She agreed to become co-chair which made her the coordinator of the program for FSU. As coordinator, she gave out pledge cards, kept in contact with donors, collected donations, and answered any questions involving the campaign.  
“It was a lot of work, but it was worth. It was very rewarding and I enjoyed it a lot,” says Fritz. 
She was nominated for the coordinator of the year by Dr. Rahman and Joseph Bach, the loaned executive for FSU who works at the Department of Commerce. On Tuesday, February 20th she attended the award luncheon at Montgomery Park Building in Baltimore, Maryland where she was presented with the Coordinator of the Year award by Kathleen Smith, assistant secretary of state.  
“I was in shock and very humbled by the whole experience. It was an amazing experience and very rewarding. I think we all have that charity that hits home and is special to us and just being able to give and help support that is an amazing feeling... I’m just really proud of the university and all the contributions and everyone’s efforts,” says Fritz. 
Fritz has served as the administrative assistant in the Lane University Center for almost two years. Her daily routine consists of tasks such as scheduling meetings and creating student time sheets and performance contracts amongst other administrative duties. She also serves as the main administrator assistant for the office of civic engagement and does administrative duties for ECHOSTARS and any services and volunteer programs.   


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