Crystal Finefrock Named PSU’s 2009 Distinguished PAT

April 30th, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-For thousands of Plymouth State University students, finding their way through the maze of financial aid grants, loans and personal financial issues is frustrating and exasperating. For many, their questions are answered and their problems resolved by Crystal Finefrock, PSU’s Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid.

Crystal Finefrock
PSU 2009 Distinguished PAT Crystal Finefrock, left, accepts clock award from PSU President Sara Jayne Steen at May 1 ceremony

For her efforts in assisting students, Finefrock has been honored as PSU’s 2009 Distinguished Professional, Administrative, Technical (PAT) Employee.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Finefrock has truly improved the lives of many students.

“Crystal has done an extraordinary job working on behalf of our students,” said Steen. “PSU and our students owe her a debt of gratitude for her work; she’s really made a difference in student’s lives.”

Among Finefrock’s achievements are hosting seminars for students, providing individualized financial aid packets and helping launch the program, Students Monetary Awareness and Responsibility Today, or $MART, to help students learn personal financial literacy. The program focuses primarily on students who are borrowing more than 50 percent of their tuition by offering one-on-one sessions with a financial aid counselor. For this program, Finefrock was recently honored with a Champion of Educational Opportunity Award from the New Hampshire Educational Opportunity Association.

Finefrock said she was shocked by the Distinguished PAT award.

“It’s very overwhelming,” said Finefrock. “I love what I do, I love everyone I work with, I feel like I’m the luckiest person in the whole world, doing what I do.”

Finefrock, a Manchester, N.H. native, is a resident of Moultonborough and has worked at PSU for 9 years.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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