Our Stories

Portrait of Jannette McMenamy of Psychological Science Department
Portrait of Jannette McMenamy of Psychological Science Department

I’m so grateful to the people who listened to me and paid attention to me that I’ve adopted a pay-it-forward approach. I literally would not be here if folks hadn’t taken the time to know me.

Jannette McMenamy
Winner of the 2023 Vincent J. Mara Award for Excellence in Teaching
Adem Elveren headshot

I have always been interested in social and economic inequalities as someone raised in a poor family in an underdeveloped city in Turkey.

Adem Elveren
Winner of the 2023 Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship
Portrait of Professor Danielle Wigmore

It means being involved in a lot of aspects of the campus, not just things that affect me and my students.

Danielle Wigmore
Winner of the 2023 Faculty Award for Service
Portrait of Professor Daniel Sarefield

Graduate students are excited about history and self-motivated in a way that makes them a pleasure to work with.

Daniel Sarefield
Winner of the 2023 Contributions to the Graduate Program Award
Alumnus Ben Cezair Thompson performing Macbeth in London

I definitely wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing without my undergraduate experience at Fitchburg State.

His Hour Upon the Stage
Ben Cezair-Thompson '22
Portrait of Hope Miller ‘22

This is one of the few areas in nursing where you have the luxury of time to spend with the patient which is missing from most of healthcare today.

Hope Miller ‘22 found her calling in forensic nursing
Portrait of alumnus Jon Allen and downtown mural

The euphoria of completing a new mural always happens the first moments after you finish the last brush stroke, but as a professional I am always looking forward to the next project.

Bringing Art to Everyone
Jon Allen '12 sees community-building power of art
Portrait of Leominster High School Principal Josh Romano '10 '14

The success I’ve had as an educational leader is so invested in Fitchburg State. I look back very fondly at my time there.

Making a Bigger Impact
Joshua Romano ‘10, ‘14 was named principal of Leominster High School in Fall 2022
Portrait of Sharon Simmons '22

I like to be that person who tries to see everything as an opportunity. I loved the experience, everything about the program worked for me.

Learning Together
Sharon Simmons ‘22 found a community of learners in her MBA program