4 Graduate Alumni Honored at Homecoming
The 2009 Alumni Recognition Awards were presented Saturday, October 17, 2009, as part of Homecoming and Family Celebration Weekend. Four of the seven recipients are graduate alumni who have been recognized for service to Plymouth State, their community, and their professional achievements. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!
Alumni Achievement Award
Fred Bramante G06
Established in 1978, and modified in 1991, the Alumni Achievement Award recognizes deserving alumni who exemplify the university’s motto “Ut prosim” (That I May Serve) through active participation in and special contribution to the activities of the PSU Alumni Association, their chosen professional field, or the improvement of society in general. Bramante, a successful businessman and former state school board chair, has long advocated reforming school systems to include ‘real world learning,’ such as involving local businesses in offering mentoring opportunities to students. Bramante said the alumni award is significant to him.
“It’s a recognition that the work I’ve been putting forward has merit and people are starting to accept it and move in a new direction in improving schools around the country,” said Bramante.
Faculty/Staff Award of Excellence
Linda Levy G04
Established in 2008, the Faculty/Staff Award of Excellence is awarded to a faculty or staff member who exhibits a commitment to supporting alumni and students connections in a campus environment. Levy, an associate professor in the Health and Human Performance department, said she hoped that she can continue to give as much to the University as she has received.
“It’s very humbling to receive an award from an alumni association,” said Levy. “For me, it’s just a way to give back to a place that’s given me so much.”
Recent Alumni Award of Excellence
Heidi Pettigrew 1999, G07
Established in 2008, the Recent Alumni Award of Excellence is awarded to alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years, in recognition of professional excellence and outstanding service to the University, association, community, and/or nation. Pettigrew received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from PSU and is currently the marketing manager for PSU’s College of Graduate Studies. Pettigrew said she is deeply honored to receive the award.
“As a student, Plymouth prepared me with the skills and knowledge I needed to succeed professionally,” Pettigrew said. “Now, as an employee, Plymouth has given me the opportunity identify and pursue my professional interests; connect and collaborate with staff, faculty, students, and alumni; and explore and implement new ideas to best serve the University and our constituents. I look forward to continuing to serve Plymouth State—as an employee and proud alum.”
Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award
Kim Rawson Sychterz G09
Established in 2008, the Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award is awarded to a graduate alum who through earning an advanced degree has been able to impact their profession, community, or society in a positive and meaningful manner. Rawson Sychterz credits PSU’s faculty with her success and said the award reflects their hard work.
“It’s a huge honor,” said Rawson Sychterz. “The faculty have given me so many opportunities; they’ve helped me become what I am today and accomplish the things I have today.”