Class Notes


David Habeeb
David S. Habeeb '87
his film Beautiful Was the Fight is a feature-length music documentary showcasing several women from the Boston music scene and their struggle to achieve equality and success while embracing their identities and finding a voice in the community. The film was a Silver Winner at the 44th Telly Awards and has been featured in a number of film festivals both domestically and internationally. A screening of the film will take place at the Mugar Omni Theater, Museum of Science on May 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Peter Reynolds
Peter H. Reynolds '83
made an appearance on Monday, April 1, on the lawn of the White House, where he performed as narrator of the TheaterWorksUSA production of DOT DOT DOT: A New Musical - a musical adaptation of three of his books about creativity, The Dot, Ish and Sky Color published by Candlewick Press/Walker Books, also known as the Creatrilogy.   Performances of the show, featuring Reynolds and the musical’s talented young actors, were part of the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition dating back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes opened the White House lawn to children after they were kicked off the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Reynolds shared, “To have my books turned into a musical was a dream come true. And now to have DOT DOT DOT: A New Musical performed on the White House lawn is truly amazing. Purposeful creativity can fuel positive civic change, so sharing the messages in my Creatrilogy series at the White House is especially meaningful.”   Produced by TheaterWorksUSA, the show is now touring the U.S., including Reynolds’ own backyard at the Greater Boston Stage Company on Saturday April 13, 2024.


Harris Upham
Harris Upham '97
former Fitchburg State Communications Media student and co-owner of Objective42, has been nominated for nine Sports Emmy awards over the years, and has won five (2002, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2022) of them for his work on the remote engineering crews for NBC's Olympics, ESPN's X Games and FIFA World Cup.


Jeffrey Aubuchon alumni 2004
Jeffrey W. Aubuchon '04
has accepted a short-term school leader position in the Peace Corps Response volunteer program. As a 22-year veteran educator and librarian, Aubuchon will mentor and coach Nepali high school teachers to improve their classroom practice and pedagogy with a focus on using educational technology.
Dan Daly
Dan C. Daly '09
was the environment designer for "Yours To Lose", a new  immersive play produced by Freedom Forum and Third Rail Projects. "Yours To Lose" premiered at South by South West in Austin, TX in 2024.


Mary Cardona-Foster
Mary Cardona-Foster '18
was among the competitors on the upcoming season of the globe-trotting, Emmy Award-winning reality series “The Amazing Race.” Read more about her adventure.
Kimberlee Connor
Kimberlee S. Connor '13
is starring in the Greater Boston Stage Company's production of Dial M for Murder from May 3-19, 2024.
Devon Jennings
Devon D. Jennings '10
has joined the newly formed Boston based Flag Football team, the Boston Brigade.
Walter Kusmirek
Walter L. Kusmirek '13
was recently hired by the New York Jets as an offensive assistant coach. He was previously a college assistant at New Haven, Wagner and Morrisville State.
Jim Notaro
James S. Notaro, Jr. '10
was promoted to senior vice president, director of digital delivery, product, and market intelligence. In this role, he will oversee the Client Care Center and the bank’s digital services, including online and mobile banking.
Maria Pontes
Maria F. Pontes '11
is retiring as Superintendent of Fall River Public Schools at the end of this academic year (June 30, 2024). Pontes received her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Management from Fitchburg State in 2011. Pontes has spent 38 years in various capacities within the Fall River community.
Christopher Riggs
Christopher J. Riggs '11
has been promoted to acting Executive Director of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) within the New Jersey Department of Public Health. He previously served as the deputy executive director and chief counsel for the CRC. Riggs holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude, from Fitchburg State University and a Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from Florida Coastal School of Law.
Janelle Rodriquez alumni 2015
Janelle Rodriguez '15
was recently appointed operations supervisor in the clerk's office at West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court. She previously held the position of sessions clerk where she was responsible for attending court sessions working directly with judges, calling the daily list, administering oaths, receiving documents and recording dispositions. She acknowledges retired Professor Beth Walsh who assisted in finding her passion for the court system through Professor Walsh's legal process class and Fitchburg State's internship program, where she was placed in a local district court where she earned credits toward her bachelor's degree.


Megan Steiger
Megan K. Steiger '20
was awarded one of the  2024 Alumni Educator Awards by The State Universities of Massachusetts.
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