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Meet the new Student and Community Involvement staff

By Rose Gause '20, Social Marketing Team Journalistic Writer

Frostburg State University’s Student and Community Involvement (SCI) welcomes seven new professional staff members this semester. Marcus Freeman and Megan Dignan are current graduate students. Joshua Mallow is a current undergraduate student. Stephanie Hutter-Thomas, Misty Schurg, and Amber Ketterman are FSU alum and Colin Downey is a new member of the FSU family. Each of the newly hired staff members holds a unique position and contributes to the success of SCI.

Marcus FreemanMarcus Freeman serves as the Graduate Program Assistant for the Office of Student Activities. In this role, he has co-supervision over the University Programming Council (UPC). He works closely with the students of UPC by teaching them professionalism, helping them organize events, connecting them to the right resources for events, and making sure they understand the full scoop of organizing events.

“What I like most is watching the development of students. It’s one thing to be a resource for students, but I get to actually see them grow and be able to no longer need me…,” says Freeman.

This is not his first job position at FSU; last year Freeman served as the Westminster hall director. Freeman recently graduated from Rutgers University-Camden in 2015 with a bachelor’s in business management and has currently been pursuing his master’s degree in interdisciplinary education for the past year. Although Frostburg is currently Freeman’s home, he is a native of Camden, New Jersey. 

Megan DignanMegan Dignan, a 2017 FSU graduate earned a bachelor's of Fine Arts and hails from Cumberland. Dignan landed the position of Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life immediately following graduation. She has supervision over the marketers and designers for UPC and Late at Lane and is in charge of programming and facilitating campus events. She has currently been helping the designers and marketers come up with the marketing plan for the year and ways to better reach students. Her favorite part of her job is being able to express her ideas and helping others with theirs.

“I like that it gives me a chance to be creative and help other students foster their creativity and design skills,” says Dignan. 

In the past Dignan, worked as a student employee as a graphic designer for Late at Lane and a building manager for the Lane University Center. Dignan is currently pursuing her MLA in business administration. 

Joshua Mallow is from Cumberland and is serving his community as the Read to Succeed Program Coordinator through the AmeriCorps Program. In his position, he oversees and directs the Read to Succeed program which offers students K-8 with academic skills. One of his favorite parts of the job is coming up with individualized study plans for students.

“I enjoy serving and meeting students in college as well as serving and meeting each child that is enrolled in our program! Gathering and understanding all of the testing data and developing study plans is also something I enjoy doing,” says Mallow. 

Mallow will be graduating in May with an undergraduate degree in liberal studies and a minor in management.

Stephanie Hutter-ThomasStephanie Hutter-Thomas is a FSU alum from Cumberland, who has returned to FSU as the Program Management Specialist through the Conquering Opiate Abuse Together (COAT) Program. Her position is new to FSU and was developed because of the AmeriCorps grant FSU received to help combat the opioid crisis. In her position, she evaluates the community to see what the needs are regarding the crisis and comes up with plans to do community outreach. 

“I am very, very passionate about helping people and I think I can safely say at this point most of us have been affected by the opioid crisis in one way or another… So, having my doctorate in psychology made me very passionate about doing something community based since it’s such a serious topic,” says Hutter-Thomas.

Hutter-Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in accounting and has earned her masters from Capella University in industrial organization psychology and her doctorate in general psychology. 

Amber KettermanAmber Ketterman is a Frostburg State University alum who graduated with a degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education in 2017. Her position is an AmeriCorps VISTA AfterSchool Connections Coordinator which entails partnering with Allegany County Public Schools and Frostburg State to enhance the afterschool programs for students in 6th-8th grade.  

“I enjoy the wonderful opportunities each day brings. says Ketterman. 

Misty SchurgMisty Schurg is a local resident of Frostburg who works as an administrative assistant. She handles basic administration duties, but also assists with various events and projects for SCI. She describes her job as unpredictable and no two days being the same. Schurg has a B.S. in psychology and is also an ACE certified personal trainer.  

Colin DowneyColin Downey is a Bel Air, Harford County native who works as the Technical Service Coordinator. He manages the technical crew at Lane for all the Late at Lanes, CES shows, concerts, events, etc.

“I like the people I work with and since it’s an event-based job there is always something new and different going on. I’m constantly doing something,” says Downey.

Although Downey is from Bel Air, Harford County he also grew up in Baltimore where he earned his bachelors in communications studies from Towson University.  

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