Storer Award Honors Both Recipient and Namesake

February, 2009

Pat Storer and Frank Cocchiarella

Director of Residential Life Frank Cocchiarella is the first recipient of the Patricia Storer PAT (Professional, Administrative, and Technical Staff) Award for his dedication to improving quality of life in the local community and at Plymouth State University.

“I’m proud to be a member of PSU and the community and feel blessed by the opportunities I’ve been given,” says Cocchiarella, whose record of service includes advising various PSU student groups and intramural sports teams as well as volunteering with the Plymouth Area Little League, serving as president of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, and serving on the board of the Waterville Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Patricia Storer PAT Award was created to honor Patricia Storer ’48, a longtime Plymouth State employee who, during her career, served in a variety of roles, including faculty member in the education department, dean of women students, associate dean of academic affairs, and registrar. For Storer, having a PSU award named in her honor is deeply meaningful. “Plymouth State was good to me and still is,” Storer says. “I’m proud to say Plymouth State was my college.”

Storer is pictured at left, with Cocchiarella, the first recipient of the award named in her honor.

Editor’s note: We at PSU were saddened to learn of Pat Storer’s passing on January 14, 2009.

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