Our Stories

Headshot for Matt Burke, Director of Athletics and Recreation

Many Athletic and Recreation departments frequently promote the ways we teach valuable life skills and contribute to academic success to recruits, current athletes and families. However, we often struggle to demonstrate those efforts in tangible ways.

Matt Burke
Director of Athletics and Recreation
Oscar Burgos Pimentel interning in Washington DC

It's surreal. I like the fact that I'm in the center of everything.

In the Center of Everything
Oscar Burgos Pimentel '23 on his Washington DC internship
Portrait of Hank Parkinson

Assessment not only guides our work, but also supports the work of our campus partners. In a 2019 and 2021 study, we learned that students who are not involved attribute their sense of belonging to the connection they made with a faculty member and/or academic advisor.

Dr. Hank Parkinson
Associate Dean for Student Development
Portrait of alumnus Michael Kushmerek 08 13

If I had to do it all over again, I’d come back to Fitchburg State, definitely. A Fitchburg State education has opened every door that was presented to me, including the doors to the Statehouse.

Opening Doors
State Rep. Michael Kushmerek ‘08, ‘13 found ‘the perfect fit’ at Fitchburg State
Students in Verona, Italy

In its 20 years of operations, the CIC has helped build and support world language programs, created opportunities for students and faculty to study abroad, and sustained a rich series of programs to entertain and enlighten residents of North Central Massachusetts.

Building a Strong Foundation
The Center for Italian Culture celebrates a history of supporting students
Portrait of student Christine Nibitanga '23

I spent my whole first month weighing different majors, and seeing my options. Students should try to experience other things.

Getting Started
General education courses get students off on the right path
Korry Dow 07 of Nashoba Valley Medical Center

Every step along the way has just been unexpected. I feel like I was meant to be here. I’ve been at the right place at the right time. It feels really good to love the job you’re doing.

It's Going to Change Us
Korry Dow '07
Runner Taban Manyok in the Recreation Center

I’ve been super-disciplined. Running, going to practice and going to the meets puts me in a mindset of working to be successful. If I have time to go on a 10-mile run, then I should have time to do an hour or two of homework. I make sure everything balances out.

Running Toward Success
Taban Manyok ‘24
Marissa Arseneau '17

It’s definitely been hard and anxiety-provoking, because I’ve been putting myself at risk every day for my patients. But I’m extremely grateful I can do my part and lend a hand to helping the people in need at this time.

Doing My Part
Marissa Arseneau '17
Joseph Cautela III ‘22 at Hammond Hall Information Desk

Fitchburg State is somewhere I’ve really peaked, so far. I’m going to miss being involved in so much on campus, and how it let me get to know so many people and learn so much.

Following My Passion
Joseph Cautela III ‘22