Member Spotlight

June 4, 2016 – Five Alumni were recognized at Framingham State’s All-Alumni General Assembly and Achievement Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend.

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Jaune is one of the most acclaimed American Indian artists today. In addition to over 100 solo exhibits, she has organized and/or curated over 30 Native American exhibitions and lectured at more than 200 universities, museums and conferences internationally. She has also completed several collaborative public artworks, including the floor design in the Great Hall of the Denver Airport.

Kenneth Racicot ’97, G ’99 received the Alumni Leadership and Service Achievement Award. Kenneth is a Team Leader for the Performance Nutrition Team at the Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center. He leads a team of 11 scientists whose purpose is to ensure that military service members receive ration components that optimize physical and mental performance in the field. He has received 16 special act of service awards, including eight Army commendations.

Mary-Ellen Meegan, PhD, ’66 received the Alumni Educator Achievement Award. Mary-Ellen is a professor Emeritus at Worcester State University, where for 38 years she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy, children’s literature, early childhood and elementary education. She has taught in preschool and elementary schools and been a reading and literacy consultant for re-kindergarten through grade 12.

Joan Murtaugh ’61 received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Joan taught elementary school for 36 years in Framingham before retiring as a reading specialist. Joan has established several scholarships and is a supporter of the Adventures in Lifelong Learning Series, a program held in cooperation with the Framingham Public Library. She was a Framingham Town Meeting member and volunteers at the Framingham History Center. Joan is currently vice president of IAFSA.

Kristen Anderson ’09 received the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Kristen, who majored in Fashion Design and Retailing, started her career designing lingerie for Bennett & Company along Boston’s North Shore. She now designs for a start up lingerie company, Adore Me, in New York.

June, 2013 — Merle Marquis ’73 of Framingham was named this year’s recipient of the Jason Vitale Memorial Award by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Massachusetts Chapter at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Night. This November Merle will celebrate her 15th year of being cancer free. She has been a First Connection participant, volunteer for Light the Night, an Ambassador of Hope, and an Honored Hero and mentor for Team in Training. She also fundraised for Walk for a Cure for five years, raising more than $ 10,000.

June, 2013 — The Framingham Massachusetts School Committee held a reception for over two dozen employees retiring this school year.
Among those Framingham State alumni retiring are:
Fuller Middle School Principal Juan Rodriguez ’78, with 19 years of service
Wilson Elementary School Principal Robin Welch ’77, with 14 years of service
Special Education Director Betsy McKeon G’82, with 38 years of service
Elementary Teacher Helen Higgins ’75, with 37 years.

Juan Rodriguez ’78, was named the 2005 Massachusetts Middle Level Principal of the Year.
Also in 2005, Robin Welch ’77, was named the Thomas C. Passios Outstanding Principal of the Year / 2005 National Distinguished Principal from Massachusetts.

April, 2013 — Congratulations to Mary Dulong ’12 currently serving with the Americorps in Douglasville, Georgia. Mary was awarded Volunteer of the Year Award from the Boys and Girls Club in Atlanta. Mary has helped with disaster relief, helping people impacted by tornadoes and violent weather.

March, 2013 — Congratulations to Dick Cugini ’73, honored with the “Heart of the Community” Award from Natick Center Associates. The award is in recognition of his outstanding service to the Natick Community and will be presented at the Annual Heart of Natick Fundraising Dinner on May 19th, 2013. Dick worked for the Town of Natick for 37 years recently retiring as the Town’s first Community Services Director.

March, 2013 — Congratulations to Dawn Ross, ’08, internship coordinator in the FSU Office of Career Services and Employer Relations, selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of the Commonwealth’s Unsung Heroines of 2013. She will be honored at the 2013 Unsung Heroines Ceremony on Monday, April 29, at the Massachusetts State House. Annual Unsung Heroine honors go to incredible women who have been nominated by legislators from their districts and selected for their contributions to their community and the Commonwealth.

February, 2013 — Congratulations to Megan Turner ’07 and Patrick Ball ’07, who recently announced their engagement. Megan is acquisitions editor at Jones and Bartlett Learning, and Patrick is a senior local editor (Concord-Bedford, Massachusetts area) for Patch media.

January, 2013 — Lieutenant Commander Brett J. Morash G ’00, U.S. Navy, announced his retirement from the United States Navy, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode, Island, as of Friday, April 5, 2013.

January, 2013 Virginia Scott ’48, is exhibiting her landscapes, floral, and portrait paintings at the Sherborn Inn, Rt. 16, Sherborn, Massachusetts, from January 14 through February 4, 2013.

December, 2012 — Kudos to Karen White ’92, G’99, a registered dietitian and part-time FSU instructor, who has her own cooking program, Healthy Bites, on Westborough’s public access television.  Karen shows viewers how to make quick, healthy, and low-fat meals, using simple recipes while explaining the nutritional and health benefits of each ingredient.  The show, begun in 2010, has been broadcast by public access channels in nine states, several towns in Massachusetts, and the Cambridge Public Schools.  It was the subject of a recent feature article in TelegramTowns, an edition of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.

December, 2012 — Congratulations to Tom Kelley ’76, Framingham State University head football coach, who was honored as the 2012 Division II/III Coach of the Year at the New England Football Writers’s annual Captains and Awards Dinner on December 6th.  Kelley coached the FSU Rams to a 10-2 season, their most successful season yet, claiming their first NEFC championship, the NEFC Bogan Division Title, and MASCAC Championship.  During Kelley’s six years as head football coach at FSU he has been recognized as coach of the year five times by four different organizations.

November, 2012 — Congratulations to Cheryl Freier G ’03, who has published The Wild Grasses: Hidden Truth Poems through Author House. Her book is a sequel to The Grayling and combines poems with text recalling her husband’s experience in Nazi Slovakia. Her book is available on

November, 2012 — The poems of Judith Dudley ’83 were read by her mother, Marjorie A. Dudley, as a featured poetry reading at Barnes and Noble in Worcester, Massachusetts.  The reading was arranged by the Worcester County Poetry Association with which Judith had been involved before her death in 1995 from diabetes.

November, 2012 — Congratulations to Madlyn A. Fafard ’64, G ’71, who has published her second book, Small Town America:  Framingham Thru My Eyes:  The War Years and Beyond, now available on  Her memoir covers what it was like to be a child in Framingham during the Second World War and into the 1950’s.

August, 2012Michael Fabbri ’80, was officially named associate justice of Framingham District Court on August 30th.  Mike, who’s been an assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County for more than 25 years, was honored in May with the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Prosecutor Award.  He has handled many challenging cases, including the prosecution of Neil Entwistle, the British man convicted in 2008 of murdering his wife, Rachel, and their 9-month-old daughter Lillian-Rose.

August, 2012 – Works by calligrapher Gerry Jackson Kerdok ’66 are currently part of the exhibit The Art of Letters at historic Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth, Massachusetts.  The exhibit runs until Sunday September 16th, 2012.  See this link for details and directions.

July, 2012 – Elaine Bridge, G ’98 was recently named interim Chief Operating Officer at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Massachusetts.  Elaine continues as Chief Nursing Officer and has been on the hospital’s executive management team for 12 years.  She is also a clinical instructor at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, the University of Massachusetts, Worcester Graduate School of Nursing and Cambridge College.

July, 2012Lt. Carl Steven Sickman ’73, G ’77 retired from the Bridgeport, West Virginia Police Department after 24 years of service. Prior to that Steve was a teacher in the Waltham, Massachusetts schools for 13 years.   After several family reunion and wedding trips this summer, and getting his daughter Katie settled into graduate school at Radford University in Virginia, he will be taking a position as Deputy Chief of Security/Assistant Site Manager at a large local mall.

June, 2012Pearl Oliva ’66, host of the “Guido Oliva Italian Hour” radio program on WSRO will be honored by the station. A special event is planned in November (Date to be announced.) to celebrate Pearl’s 62 years of celebrating Italian culture via her weekly Sunday program. A link will be added to so that people can send stories and photos about Pearl.

May 19, 2012 – Four Alumni were recognized at Framingham State’s All-Alumni General Assembly and Achievement Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend.

Edward Carr ’96 & G ’06 received the Alumni Service Achievement Award. Ed is the administrator of the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) which serves 12 communities in the MetroWest Boston area, including students at Framingham State.

Dr. Irene Foster ’87 & G ’88 received the Alumni Service Achievement Award. Irene has been enthusiastically guiding students at Framingham State for more than 20 years. She coauthored with Dr. Judy Flynn ’69, Research Methods for the Fashion Industry, the first textbook written specifically for research in clothing and textiles.

Susanne McIvor ’62 & G ’69 received the Alumni Educator Achievement Award. Susanne served as a dedicated administrator in the Waltham, MA public schools, initiating new programs and activities. She was named “Woman of the Year” in 1994 by the Greater Boston/Waltham Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Kathleen Roberts ’37 received the Distinguished Achievement Award. Kathleen is so active in the Massachusetts Teachers Association that a documentary is being made about her. In 2011 the MTA created a new award in Kathleen’s name, the Creative Leadership Award. She taught for 47 years and is an active volunteer in the Raynham Public Schools where she taught, as well as in other Raynham community and civic organizations. Kathleen is a past president of IAFSA.

April, 2012Mary Liscombe ’70, of Medway, Massachusetts, is the Director of the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center at Framingham State. Mary was selected as the first recipient of IAFSA’s new Touch the Future Award honoring outstanding “teachers of teachers.” The primary purpose of the Christa McAuliffe Center is to support teachers in their work. The Center offers exciting science and math programs designed for both students and teachers, all closely based on the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks. At IAFSA’s annual meeting on April 28, 2012, Mary was presented with a plaque and check towards a scholarship fund to enable more schools to send teachers and students to the McAuliffe Center.

April, 2012Matt Rabidou ’01, of Upton, Massachusetts, is the author of a newly published book featured in an article in the MetroWest Daily News on April 1. His debut novel, Prophecy of the Mayans, is an adventure tale based on the Mayan Calendar’s prediction that the world will end on December 21, 2012. The book was published through Create Space and is available on

April, 2012 – Congratulations to Cheryl Freier G ’03, who has published The Grayling: Hidden Truths: Poems by Martin Freier through Author House. Her book combines poems with text recalling the Freier family’s experience as a Jewish family impacted by the Holocaust. Her book is available on

March, 2012 — With blended families becoming more and more the norm, saying “I do” for many single men means becoming a husband and a father as well. Instantly. Alum Joe D’Eramo ’87, a Plymouth, Mass.-resident and step-parent of two, recently published a new e-book, 25 Ways to go from Stepfather to StepDad, to offer some helpful suggestions for soon-to-be or newly married men who are becoming husbands and fathers for the first time. Visit the 25 Ways to go from Stepfather to StepDad Facebook page,, for more information.

March 1, 2012 — Happy 100th Birthday to Thelma Pond ’33, of Holliston, Massachusetts! After graduating from Framingham Normal School, Thelma taught at the Wilder School in Holliston, retiring in 1972. She remained active at Wilder on a volunteer basis, helping students one-on-one with reading for another 20 years.

February, 2012 — Congratulations to Kerri O’Brien ’08 on being named a “You Are Special” recipient as part of the 2012 Salute to Framingham awards! Kerri teaches first grade at the Mary E. Stapleton School in Framingham.

February, 2012Phyllis Hamilton Frechette ’45 has recently published a book called Remembering Millington: A Village Swallowed Up By The Quabbin Reservoir, available on Phyllis, a mother of three, taught elementary school for 32 years. During her retirement, she entered theological school and became an ordained minister at the age of 75. In 2005 Phyllis was honored with an Alumni Achievement Award at the Alumni Recognition Day Assembly.