Don Swogger Presented With Outstanding Mentor Award at FSU

Nov 14, 2017 12:40 PM

Frostburg State University’s Outstanding Mentor Award was presented to Don Swogger, the director of the S.A.F.E office and an advisor for BURG Peer Education Network, for his genuine support for students and for being a positive role model. He was recognized on at this year’s Career Expo Luncheon in October.

Swogger has worked at FSU with BURG for more than 20 years. In addition to his dedication to BURG and S.A.F.E, he is an adjunct faculty member in the Recreation and Parks Management program.

“I truly believe that Don Swogger is a real-life definition and embodiment of servant leadership, both here on campus and within his own community. He is not fixated on winning or getting recognition, he sincerely just wants to see each and every one of us succeed,” wrote Mark Freeman, a 2011 graduate and former member of BURG.

Swogger encouraged students that he mentored to constantly strive for progression in their leadership skills, Freeman said.

“Don has taught me so much about life. He taught me how to care for people unconditionally, how to take healthy risks and the true meaning behind servant leadership. I cannot even begin to imagine what type of person I would be or where I would be had it not been for The S.A.F.E office, the BURG Peer Education Network and Don Swogger,” he wrote.

Swogger has a Master of Education degree from FSU, with a concentration in health and psychology. As a hobby, he coaches high school baseball.

Swogger was recognized in 2015 as a BAACHUS Initiatives/NASPA Outstanding Peer education advisor.

The Outstanding Mentor Award is presented by the FSU Career and Professional Development Center. For more information, call 301-687-4403.