Dr. Elizabeth Throop Named Provost at Frostburg State University PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:33

ThroopFROSTBURG, Md. – Dr. Elizabeth Throop, currently Acting Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Frostburg State University. She will join FSU on July 1, 2017.

“What I heard consistently from the University community, including students, was about Dr. Throop’s engaging personality and her genuine interest in Frostburg State University,” said FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk. “I believe her experiences as an academic leader and faculty member who has enjoyed working in a rural setting will help Frostburg as we define ourselves for the upcoming years. I am very pleased she is joining us.”

Throop, whose academic background is in cultural anthropology and social work, was dean of the UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to her appointment as acting provost. She has experience leading university divisions in liberal arts, education, business and the sciences, covering the disciplines of FSU’s three colleges.

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Frostburg State University team,” Throop said. “When I visited, I was so impressed with the thoughtfulness and professionalism of the faculty; it was clear to me that we share many values, especially emphasizing student learning and success. I found the students to be serious and engaging. FSU’s deliberate focus on diversity speaks to me in important ways, and, of course, the campus is beautiful!”

As provost, Throop will serve as the University’s chief academic officer, overseeing FSU’s three academic colleges, academic support programs and the Lewis J. Ort Library.

“Spending time with the president's executive cabinet was terrific as well,” Throop continued. “I know we will work well together. Most importantly, President Nowaczyk is an inspiring leader with vision and stances that I also hold. I look forward to participating in the strategic planning process as we work on preparing Frostburg State for the rest of the 21st century!"

Throop was chosen following a national search, which included open, on-campus meetings with faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi has been serving as interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs since July of 2015. He will return to his previous post as dean of the College of Business when Throop joins FSU in July.

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 www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

UW-Platteville, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016, has nearly 9,000 students in three colleges: the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and the College of Liberal Arts and Education. UW-Platteville is part of the 26-school University of Wisconsin system and one of the 13 four-year campuses across the state. The university is located in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, fewer than 30 miles from both the Illinois and Iowa borders.

Baltimore County Council Votes To Endorse a State-Wide Fracking Ban PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brooke Harper   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:13

County  Council approves resolution to support a state-wide ban in Maryland and to ban fracking within Baltimore County if the moratorium is allowed to expire

Towson MD. – Baltimore County  voted 6 to 1 to approve a measure supporting a state-wide ban on hydraulic-fracturing.

More than a dozen localities in Maryland have now approved or introduced measures to either ban fracking locally or to endorse a permanent, statewide ban. The list includes the western Maryland towns of Friendsville and Mountain Lake Park, the counties of Prince George’s, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, and Frederick, and the cities of Baltimore, Rockville, and Greenbelt.

Baltimore County Council Chair Vicki Almond stated, “Given the ever growing scientific evidence that fracking is harmful to land, water and people, we must continue to ban this practice in Baltimore County and throughout the State of Maryland.”

Polling shows that, by a 2-to-1 margin, voters across Maryland support statewide legislation to ban fracking. Unless the General Assembly passes a permanent, statewide ban next year, Governor Larry Hogan’s administration could allow fracking to begin after October 2017, when the state’s moratorium will expire.

“A groundswell of support is building across Maryland to ban fracking,” said Brooke Harper, Maryland Field Director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “In 2017, it’s time for the General Assembly to follow the lead of western Maryland citizens and cities like Frostburg and pass a permanent, statewide ban.”

Frostburg Professor’s Legacy Lives On Through Luzader Physics Scholarship PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Monday, 19 December 2016 18:23

StephenIn physics, actions cause equal and opposite reactions, but interactions are less predictable with humans. People seldom realize their full impact on others.

One of those people was Frostburg State University professor emeritus Dr. Stephen Luzader, who lost his eight-year battle with cancer on June 12, 2016.

To preserve his legacy at FSU and support the physics program he loved so much, his widow, Dr. Hang Deng-Luzader, and former student and colleague Dr. Eric Moore, both faculty in the Department of Physics and Engineering, recently established the Dr. Stephen Luzader Physics Scholarship.

The Luzader Scholarship supports physics majors with a GPA of at least 3.0, with preference for juniors or seniors pursuing graduate school or teacher certifications as demonstrated through an essay.

Though she still grieves, establishing the scholarship has helped Deng-Luzader cope.

“There were things I did after he passed away to make me feel better, like physical exercise and going out with friends, but I think this scholarship was really the best thing I did,” Deng-Luzader said.

She writes personal thank-you letters to each contributor, some of whom knew Luzader well. Some had never met him.

“I write everybody with tears,” she said. “I cry because it warms my heart, and it’s very comforting, very soothing to know that people appreciate his work and his life.”

Luzader’s impact transcended physics. He led stargazing parties, served as secretary and treasurer for the Cumberland Astronomy Club and played French horn with the Potomac Concert Band and the Allegany County Symphony Orchestra.

Within the teaching of physics, Luzader’s impact continues to resound.

He actively contributed to the American Association of Physics Teachers, serving as Appalachian Section leader and on multiple national committees. His physics demonstrations were legendary within AAPT. The Appalachian Section awarded him a Distinguished Service Citation. “Steve’s love of physics exuded all around him, unpretentious, unmistakable and inspiring,” AAPT wrote in a memorial statement.

At FSU, Luzader and Deng-Luzader established a “Summer Center for the Physics of Solar and Wind Power” for gifted middle school students. Luzader also collaborated on the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s “Improving Teaching Quality Through Training Opportunities in Physics and Physical Science” workshops for middle and high school teachers.

Moore, who now occupies Luzader’s former office on campus and chairs the department, was an undergraduate physics major at FSU when he first met Luzader.

Moore wouldn’t realize his professional calling until graduate school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As a grad assistant, Moore began to enjoy teaching, and he often contemplated Luzader’s hands-on lessons and the thought that had gone into them.

“At UMBC, they actually started trying to incorporate more computer- and sensor-based lessons using the same Vernier software and sensors that we used when I was a student here at Frostburg!” Moore said. “They started using it at UMBC at least my second or maybe even the third year.”

As a professor at FSU, Moore frequently finds himself relying on techniques and strategies Luzader used on him as an undergraduate.

“It’s weird for me to say that at the time he was impacting me, but looking back, he definitely impacted my philosophy and approach to teaching now, that’s for sure,” Moore said.

Luzader’s impact on physics continues through professors like Moore and still others who never met him.

“After he passed away, one Arundel Mills professor told me even though she never met Steve, she’s using his lab instructions with his name,” Deng-Luzader said. “So that’s really nice.”

In those ways, students are still learning from Luzader. Now, students can look to him for financial help as well.

“He would really be happy that physics students get this scholarship in his name, and I think his former students are happy to hear that,” said Deng-Luzader.

To support the Dr. Stephen Luzader Physics Scholarship, visit www.frostburg.edu/waystogive. For more information about the Department of Physics and Engineering at Frostburg, visit www.frostburg.edu/dept/engn

Embassy Theatre Presents "Arrowettes Christmas Extravaganza" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:47
ArrowettesEmbassy Theatre, located at 49 Baltimore Street on the Downtown Mall, will present "Arrowettes Christmas Extravaganza" Saturday and Sunday, Dec 17 and 18, at 7 pm both performances.
According to Shannon Leith Martz, advisor, these shows will be Rockette-inspired Christmas shows, featuring the Allegany High School Arrowettes. They will be performing a variety of dance and kick routines with a Christmas theme. "It will be festival and fun!" adds Ms. Martz.
There will be tickets sold at both performances for chances to win a gift basket filled with goodies from Spa at Nemacolin, valued at $300.
Admission is $10 per person. For advance reservations, call the Embassy at (240) 697-0966 .
Presents for Paws Brings Christmas to Animal Shelter Pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:35

Presents for PawsThe Saturday before Christmas has become a big day for the dogs and cats housed at the Allegany County Animal Shelter.  December 17th will mark the sixth year supporters of the shelter have promoted Presents for Paws, a family giving day for the pets at the Furnace Road facility.

“It’s a common dilemma in institutions of any kind,” ACAS Executive Director Tina Rafferty explained, “The big holidays when workers and volunteers spend time with their families can be lonely – manned only by a small crew. Our solution to that problem over the holidays has become a very nice tradition of bringing the celebration to our pets on the Saturday before the big day.”

As in previous years, the Shelter will be holding an Open House from 11 am to 5 pm and is encouraging local families to come out with gifts of animal food, animal toys, pet care items, blankets, towels, straw, bleach and general cleaning supplies. A list of suggested items can be found on the shelter's website,

“This year our community and our Shelter team placed 1,400 animals in adopted homes, fosters and rescues or were returned to owners saving the lives of well over 95% of the animals that came into our care,” Rafferty said. “It’s a huge undertaking but one that our community has come to value. Allegany County has the first, and only one of two, municipal no-kill shelters in the Maryland. That’s something to celebrate.”

In the past years, organizers estimate that over 18 tons of supplies have been donated through Presents for Paws. Some of the shelter’s adoptable pets will be decked out in their Christmas finest to greet attendees.

More information on Presents for Paws can be obtained by calling 301-777-5930 or joining the Allegany County Animal Shelter page on Facebook.

Dylan to be January Topic of Book Group at Main Street Books PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Powell   
Monday, 19 December 2016 18:25

The book group of Main Street Books in Frostburg will meet on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:30 pm in the bookstore.  Bob Dylan's Tarantula will be included in the discussion of Dylan's music, poetry and his awarding of the Nobel Prize Award for Literature.  New members welcome.  From additional information call 301/689-5605 or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mother’s Grief Healed while Training Dogs to Heel PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimberly Hartke   
Monday, 19 December 2016 14:33

Unique Dog Care Service will Work with Problem Pets


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A challenging rescue dog, and a grieving mother’s journey to heal them both, is the inspiration for a unique pet care company. Laura Haynes, the founder of Sammy’s Dawgz, rescued a dog while struggling over the tragic death of her 29 year old son. The dog, Tanner, proved difficult to handle. While learning to help Tanner work through problem behavior, she realized the therapeutic benefits of dog training for both dog and human.


“Because of my experience moving through grief with the help of a dog, I am inspired to help others bond with their dogs. At Sammy’s Dawgz, we teach people why and how to take a leadership role with dogs. Dog owners can learn to overcome difficult issues and have a calmer relationship with their dogs,” explains Haynes.


Sammy’s Dawgz was founded in memory of Haynes’ late son, Samuel Bowers III, who loved Rottweilers. The business is located in Grantsville, MD near Deep Creek Lake, and offers in-home pet care services, including dog walking, in-home dog training, and board and train. Training emphasizes dog psychology and teaches owners how to be the “pack leader.”


In addition to the in-home options, the company is building a facility to house at least six dogs at a time. When completed, the facility will include a grooming room, training room and outdoor runs for exercise and socialization.


Photo Caption: Laura Haynes with Cesar Millan.


Haynes is certified in fundamentals of dog psychology I & II, by Cesar Millan. Millan is the author of 6 books on the subject and considered the leading dog psychologist in the world.


Sammy’s Dawgz services focus on correcting difficult dog issues as an alternative for dog owners before they face giving up their dogs. Haynes envisions developing a short-term foster program for dogs that need temporary housing while their people deal with a crisis.


The company will serve a radius of 20 miles for in-home pet care services that include feeding, dog walking, and cat care. While the focus is on dogs and cats, other animal care will be considered on a case by case basis. Sammy’s Dawgz will also travel up to 25 miles for dog training sessions to work with dog owners in their own home where the behavior problems can be observed. They offer board and train services for more difficult cases. Future services will include daycare for previous training clients.


Sammy’s Dawgz is licensed and insured. For more information, please contact Laura Haynes by phone at 301-245-1658, by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or send written inquiries to P.O. Box 731, Grantsville, MD 21536 or visitwww.sammysdawgz.com.

City of Frostburg to Discuss Amending City Code to Prohibit Fracking PDF Print E-mail
Written by City of Frostburg   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:43

The City of Frostburg will hear and discuss the following ordinance at its City Council Meeting, Thursday, December 15th at 7 pm at the Frostburg Community Center, 27 S. Water Street. 


Frostburg Citizens Wishing to Comment During a Public Hearing Are Asked to Come to the Podium and State Their Name and Address for the Official Record


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