The Frostburg State University Alumni Association has honored Mel Malchenson of Hagerstown with the Service to Alma Mater award for her consistent dedication to the advancement of FSU.
The award was presented at FSU’s annual Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership on March 8.
“Mel’s love for Frostburg State University is seemingly unparalleled,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “While she credits us for giving so much to her, it is her selfless dedication that has been and continues to be a gift to us.”
Malchenson earned two master’s degrees from Frostburg in 1981 and 1993. She was a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors for two decades, is former chair of the Old Main Society and, with her family, in 1992 established the Ethel Hollinger Malchenson Scholarship Fund in memory of her mother. The scholarship supports education students from Washington County, where she lives; Frederick County, Md., where she had her career; and neighboring counties in Pennsylvania.
Malchenson began her career teaching special education first in Grant and Wood counties in West Virginia, then in Frederick County, for a total of 17 years. She then moved into guidance counseling for the next 10 and retired in 2003. She said that her experience living with movement and mobility problems related to cerebral palsy is what encouraged her career choice as a special education teacher. She wanted to be a role model to her students.
Malchenson serves on the St. John’s Lutheran Church Scholarship Committee and Elks 378 Scholarship Committee, both in Hagerstown.
“Meeting Mel was indeed an honor, and it became immediately clear to me why this phenomenal woman should be recognized for her service to this institution that she holds so dear in her heart,” said Rosemary M. Thomas, FSU vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FSU Foundation Inc.
The award recognizes alumni who, through their consistent involvement and dedication, have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of FSU and have encouraged other alumni to take an active role in supporting their alma mater.
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