Keeping the lines of communication open is one of the key factors in strengthening the relationship between Frostburg State University students and the Mountain City community. Because of that, it is heartening to know that the FSU Sustaining Campus and Community dialogue series will continue again this school year.
First begun in the spring of 2012, the sessions have brought students, year-round residents and local officials and university leaders together to discuss issues and ways to collaborate on a good student-community relationship.
The series is supported by the university as well as the Maryland Judiciary Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office and the Mountainside Community Mediation Center.
One example of how the sessions are having an impact is creation of the slogan “Frostburg...It’s just cooler here.” The slogan was created for community use and FSU Bobcat paw prints were painted on Bowery Street to promote the effort.
Another effort is an “adopt a student” program that encourages long-term residents to “adopt” and offer support to an FSU student.
There will be a retreat to kick off this year’s efforts on Aug. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lyric Theater at 20 E. Main Street. Additionally, two dialogue sessions, open to the public, will be held Sept. 12 and Oct.. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lyric.
Details and documentary segments about the project are available at www.frostburg.edu/
dept/cmst/dialogue-series/. For more information, contact Elesha L. Ruminski, chair of FSU’s Department of Communications Studies and an associate professor in the department, at email@example.com or 301-687-4480.
The dialogue series has produced favorable results in the little time that it has been under way. That success should carry over into the new school year this fall.