Professor Emeritus Don Emerson being recognized at Potomac State

Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU) will present Professor Emeritus (of biology at Frostburg State University) Don Emerson with the Alumni Achievement Award during the annual 2014 Homecoming awards banquet on October 25.

EmersonAfter attending Potomac State, Professor Emerson continued his education at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and at WVU where he earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degrees in biology and educational administration.

Additional post graduate work included: Claremont Graduate School in California where he researched oceanography, plant physiology, radiation biology, and desert ecology; Oklahoma State University (limnology); Cornell University in New York (natural history and conservation); New York University (conservation); Penn State University (educational methods); and Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Tennessee (radiation-radioisotopes).  

To simply state that Professor Emerson taught classes at Frostburg State University for 25 years would be an understatement. Professor Emerson provided his students with hands-on conservation learning experiences by taking them on field trips to locations such as Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, Assateague Island, Crisfield, the Pocomoke Forest, and Solomons Island where they observed oyster shucking and canning, learned about turkey-rearing methods, collected fossils, gathered specimens to analyze, and listened intently as professionals in various fields detailed the research projects they were working on at the time.

Professor Emerson received several commissions, including an appointment by Governor Tawes in 1966 to the Maryland Department of Water Resources, re-appointment in 1967 by Governor Agnew and re-appointment in 1971 by Governor Mandel who also appointed him to the commission on Environmental Education.   He was twice-named to the Advisory Commission of the Maryland Water Resources Administration, once by Governor Mandel and the second time by Governor Hughes.

Professor Emerson has been the recipient of many awards, three of which were the National Science Foundation Fellowship Awards. He has served as a consultant and as a keynote speaker at numerous events, conferences and workshops.

Reservations for the awards banquet are required and must be made by October 17 by contacting Libby Kalbaugh at (304) 788-6870 or 800-262-7332 or at The event will be held in the Davis Conference Center with social hour beginning at 5:30 and dinner at 6 p.m. The cost for the dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.