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Rashaan Rhoden finds success through summer internship

By Rose Gause
Mass Communication '20
Social Marketing Team writer
11/3/2017

Rashaan RhodenEach year, during homecoming week, Frostburg State University recognizes student and staff excellence at its annual Career Expo Luncheon. This year’s luncheon was held on Friday, October 20th, 2017 in the Atkinson Room of the Lane University Center. The event honored mentors and interns from different University departments. Among the interns honored, Rashaan Rhoden was nominated for the Outstanding Intern Award by Dr. Natalia Buta and presented with it by Jeffrey Graham, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

Rhoden was recognized for the hard work he demonstrated over the summer while interning for the Baltimore County Department of Recreational Parks Management under his supervisor, Kevyn Allgeier. He was required to complete 450 hours in a minimum of twelve weeks. Rhoden completed over 500 hours within thirteen weeks. Rhoden was Allgeier’s first intern and he has set the bar high for interns in the future. The success he accomplished through his internship soon got back to his advisor, Dr. Natalie Buta.

While interning, each week Rhoden would help prepare summer camps by putting together athletic fields and creating programs for the special needs children known as therapeutic camps. He also assisted Allgeier by managing his office, engaging in activities with the children, evaluating camp events, and helping out with his favorite task, which was special events. The special events included Special Olympics and LAX Splash, which is considered one the biggest youth lacrosse events on the east coast.

“This is my last semester and I have never received a physical award. Receiving this award really meant that I accomplished everything that I wanted to accomplish. It also felt good because I was able to bring eight guests to the event and seeing them proud of me, meant a lot to me. My advisor who I love to death… she is always looking after me and putting in a good word for me. Taking the picture with her and my supervisor Kevyn also meant a lot. Kevyn coming up here to receive an award right along with me was a very proud moment,” says Rhoden.

Rhoden, a fifth-year upperclassman, will be graduating this December where he has been chosen to speak at commencement. He is majoring in recreational parks management with a minor in sociology. He is a member of the Late at Lane production team, Tau Kappa Epsilon National Fraternity, Recreational Society, Peer Academic Learning (PAL) Program, and a Student Success Mentor. Rhoden to coordinate special events for a hotel or resort one day.

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