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FSU Students Perform Service Project for Unity in the Spirit of America Initiative

Eighteen Frostburg State University students enrolled in a leadership studies class recently participated in a volunteer service project as part of the Unity in the Spirit of America (U.S.A.) Initiative, created to commemorate the victims of the September 11 attacks.

The project, entitled "Service Leadership," involved participation in the 2nd Annual County United Way Day of Caring & Sharing in Frostburg. The student volunteers cleaned up roadways and side streets by removing garbage, leaves and debris and painted parking meters on Main Street.

"This was an opportunity for the students to interact with the local Frostburg community and show support," says Bill Mandicott, associate vice-president of Student and Community Involvement and instructor for the class. "They learned that many people here are struggling, yet truly concerned with world events. It was a chance for them to explore global issues in the context of local, economic issues."

In January 2001, the Points of Light Foundation, in partnership with the Volunteer Center National Network, was charged to identify and organize at least 5,000 volunteer service projects across the United States to pay tribute to each victim. FSU's project was coordinated with the Volunteer Center of Allegany County.

Mandicott's leadership studies class, one of four offered as part of FSU's Leadership Studies minor, explores leadership theory and social change, with an emphasis on practical application in the community.

"The class is designed to expose students to issues and social challenges intheir backyard and the world," Mandicott says. "Our goal is to prepare them to go into the global community to make a difference, one student at a time."

For more information on leadership studies at FSU, contact Mandicott at (301) 687-4151 or

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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