Office of Development and Alumni Relations
45 Adams Road
100 State Street PO Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701-9101
Each year Framingham State University's Office of Alumni Relations recognizes alumni for their accomplishments and contributions in both their careers and in their communities. Alumni Achievement Award winners are honored as part of Commencement and Reunion Weekend.
Any person or group may nominate an alumnus of the University for this recognition by submitting a nomination form or contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at (508) 626-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 Alumni Achievement Award Winners Are:
Janina '67 and Nancy '68 Swiacki - Distinguished Alumni Award
Ellen DiBattista '98 - Alumni Service Award
Timothy Cornely '75, '80G - Alumni Educator Award
Rob DeLeo '06, PhD - Young Alumni Award
Each of this year's winners will be honored during All Alumni Commencement and Reunion Weekend, May 17-19, 2013.
Janina Swiacki ’67 and Nancy Swiacki ’68
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Janina and Nancy have spent their entire adult lives as teachers and community advocates. Janina taught at Burgess Elementary School in Sturbridge, MA, for 34 years. Nancy taught in the Southbridge Public School system for 33 years, spending the bulk of that time at the high school. The sisters are longtime supporters of the annual Framingham State Children’s Literature Festival, helping sponsor the event each year through the Swiacki Children’s Literature Fund. Janina and Nancy are also very active in their community, volunteering at their local parish, co-chairing a committee to have a sculpture erected in the Southbridge Town Common, and co-chairing a committee that supports programs at Harrington Memorial Hospital.
Ellen DiBattista '98
Alumni Leadership and Service Award
Ellen is the senior Merchandise Manager for Classic and Basketball Footwear and Apparel for Reebok, Intl. She has been an active alumna at FSU, serving on the Industry Advisory Board for the University’s Fashion Design and Retailing program and has supervised many FSU interns at Reebok. She has also mentored new hires at Reebok who are FSU graduates and she attends and critiques the Fashion Design and Retailing program’s annual portfolio day. Ellen is teaching an online independent study course at Framingham State this semester.
Timothy Cornely '75, 80G
Alumni Educator Achievement Award
Timothy spent 35 years in the Holliston Public School system, serving in a wide variety of roles prior to retiring in 2011. During his career he served as an elementary school teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, and curriculum director for the district. He spent his last seven years as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Timothy’s family has strong ties to FSU as his sister, brother and oldest daughter are alumni. His youngest daughter will earn her master’s degree from FSU this spring. He is a current member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Rob DeLeo '06, PhD
Young Alumni Achievement Award
Rob is an assistant professor of Global Public Policy at Bentley University, where he teaches courses on public policy and state and local government. His research interests include public policy theory (problem definition and agenda setting) as well as public health policy, science and technology policy, and environmental policy. His work, which examines policy change in anticipation of potentially catastrophic events, has appeared in a number of academic and professional journals. Rob received his doctorate in political science from Northeastern University in 2012.