“Sustaining Campus and Community” Celebration Picnic

The picnic, with lunch by B & B Meats and local leaders as “celebrity chefs,” will begin around noon at City Place. The event will feature live music by guitarist and vocalist Sheri Whalen and ’80s cover band, The Phoenyx Band, a popular group from the 1980s that recently regrouped for a series of special performances. The performers in The Phoenyx Band are Jack Kenney, Chris Kenney, Ken Nolan, and Gary Riggleman. The final performance will be by Grand Ole’ Ditch, a new homebrewed bluegrass band that got its name from one of the original nicknames of the C&O Canal. All about having some new fun with that old Appalachian sound, Grand Ole’ Ditch features Dave Williams on the mandolin, Jacob Mathews on the upright bass, Jody Mosser on the Dobro, Ryan Hohing and Lucas Mathews on the guitars and Craig Miller on his banjo.

The event is hosted by the City of Frostburg with FSU, the Dialogue Series, Frostburg First and the Greek Council at FSU.

The community dialogue series gathers students, year-round residents, local officials and University leaders to discuss a variety of issues and create new opportunities for collaborative problem-solving and coalition-building in Frostburg. Four action groups created through the series are focusing on managing conflict and preventing violence; improving relationships and race relations; managing off-campus housing tensions; and discovering Western Maryland, Frostburg and FSU pride.

The project, funded in large part by Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, focuses on community-based action plans to support improved campus-community communication and a non-violent culture in Frostburg. Details and documentary segments about the series can be seen at www.frostburg.

Those who would like to be part of the dialogue series should contact project manager Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski at x4480 or elruminski@frostburg.edu.

Ruminski is the chair of the Department of Communication Studies and coordinator of Leadership Studies at FSU, as well as the president of the Mountainside Community Mediation Center, a local partner of the dialogue series that offers free mediation services.

Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 12:00pm to 3:00pm

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