Next in Frostburg Community Dialogue Series Features Faith Community Leaders
The Frostburg State University Sustaining Campus and Community Dialogue Series will hold its next session on Tuesday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Lyric Theater at 20 E. Main St. in Frostburg. It will be free and open to the public.
This session will feature guest speakers from the Frostburg faith community, Pastor Everett Spence from God’s Ark of Safety; the Rev. Tim Smith, senior pastor of the Frostburg Church of the Nazarene; and Ken Fisher, president of Neighborhood Friends Care, an ecumenical network of care based at the Frostburg Presbyterian Church.
The dialogue sessions assemble 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. In the February session, the progress of five action groups that have emerged in the dialogue series was reported. The groups focus on managing conflict/preventing violence, improving race relations, managing off-campus housing tensions and discovering Western Maryland/Frostburg and FSU pride. For example, the Frostburg City Council is using a slogan for internal memos that was developed in the Discovering Western Maryland/Developing FSU and Frostburg Pride group – “Frostburg: It’s just cooler here!” Paw prints should appear on city streets in April to promote Bobcat pride, short-term students and long-term residents are gathering at church to get to know each other, FSU’s Black Student Alliance is working to do more projects connected to the broader community to interact more with long-term residents and the Community Coalition continues its efforts to promote awareness and prevention of high-risk behavior related to alcohol. Also, students and community members are meeting with FSU President Jonathan Gibralter to move toward a proposal for an off-campus housing office at FSU.
The project, funded in large part by Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), focuses on community-based action plans to support improved campus community communication and a non-violent culture in Frostburg. Nationally known conflict resolution scholar-practitioners Dr. Frank Dukes, lecturer and director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia, and Dr. Marvin Johnson, founder and executive director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, continue to help facilitate the sessions.
Details and documentary segments capturing the Sustaining Campus and Community efforts can be seen at the dialogue series website at www.frostburg.edu/dept/cmst/dialogue-series. Participants of the series will celebrate achievements to date at a picnic on Saturday, May 4, from noon to 3 p.m. at City Place. The event will link to the annual service day in Frostburg, “Beautify the ’Burg.”
Those interested in being part of this community-building effort should contact project manager Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-687-4480.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 5:30pm
20 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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