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FALL 2020 UPDATE: The Office of Alumni and Development will provide in person services on a walk-in basis, Monday - Friday from 8am - 12pm. The office will also offer appointments in person and remotely, Monday through Friday  8am - 4:30pm for the Fall 2020 semester.  To make an appointment with a member of our team please contact the office at 978-665-4555 or email  

A message from President Lapidus, April 14, 2020

Dear Alumni,

I hope this message finds you well. These last few weeks have put our campus to the test, as I am sure they have for you and your families. There is so much uncertainty, and we are all doing our best to push through.

I am inspired and reassured by the way everyone across the Fitchburg State campus has come together to support each other in a safe, calm and good-spirited manner as we continue to prepare to meet the challenge of this crisis and assure the successful delivery of our educational mission. I encourage you to find inspiration where you can, whether it be through the creativity of your children while they are cooped up at home, the ways people are staying connected through video chats, or the heroic acts we see all around us. However long this pandemic may last, let us stay positive, stay healthy, be safe, and like our campus motto, persevere.

Fitchburg State has taken seriously the guidance from the CDC, state health officials, and others, and will continue to be attentive to directives from authoritative sources and conservative in our decision-making to maximize the protection of our community. We believe that the measures that have been enacted will help to preserve the health of our campus population.

Our students are showing incredible understanding and resilience as their world has been upended. Since our last correspondence with alumni, faculty have quickly shifted classes to online and remote formats to deliver academic content to our students through the rest of the semester. Our Information Technology team has been integral in making this happen in such short order. Staff members are busy working on continuity plans, providing services and opportunities such as tutoring and counseling online, and addressing the myriad of individual needs and questions that arise with a disruption of this magnitude.

Our facilities crews are working tirelessly to clean our campus thoroughly and professionally to prevent the potential transmission of viruses from solid surfaces. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. We are taking increased precautions for cleaning and urging good health practices that include covering coughs, social distancing, handwashing, and limiting interaction with large groups of people.

While guidance is ever-evolving, I wanted to let you know of the ways Fitchburg State is supporting the community. Our students continue to be our primary focus during these extraordinary times. With this in mind, the University has taken the following steps:

  • 21 students with extenuating housing circumstances remain housed on campus and are safely distanced from both each other and University staff.
  • We have established a Student Emergency Fund to support things such as travel, housing, technology needs for remote learning, lost student wages, food insecurity and more. This fund provides the University with the flexibility and resources necessary to address student hardships as they arise. (Donations may be made at
  • Spring commencement has been postponed until further notice. We have surveyed the senior class and are working with the senior class officers on alternative ways we can make our graduates feel special and congratulated during this significant milestone. 

Despite these challenges, alumni and donors have already stepped up in ways that are incredibly heart-warming. I cannot thank you enough for your continued support through these uncertain times. Your generosity has made it possible for the University to pivot during this critical time and provide students with emergency assistance.

Financial support is only one way in which we can help our students. Many will complete their degrees soon and will benefit from the guidance of alumni. You can help by becoming an Alumni Advisor or posting jobs or internships in the Fitchburg State Handshake database ( as they become available. You might also consider joining the online alumni community to connect professionally or socially (stay tuned this summer for more information). Finally, there will be opportunities to provide advice, comfort and words of wisdom to our students through our upcoming virtual programming. All of these ways of getting involved support our Falcon community now and in the future.

As long as we stand together, and support each other—even if we are standing six feet apart—we will succeed, and in the end be stronger for it.

Thank you again for all you do on behalf of our students. I am always proud to serve the Fitchburg State University community. I hope you and yours stay healthy, and I look forward to better times for all of us in the near term.

Yours in perseverantia,

Richard S. Lapidus
President of Fitchburg State University


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The Alumni Association has partnered with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI) to help collect information from as many alumni as possible and produce the 2020 Fitchburg State University Alumni Directory, 125th Anniversary Edition. From December 2019 through June 2020, PCI will be contacting alumni via mail, phone and email asking you to participate by updating your contact information. Thank you for your participation.

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