Frank Cocchiarella is the first recipient of the Patricia Storer Award for his dedication in improving quality of life in the local community and at Plymouth State University. Cocchiarella has worked at Plymouth State for 21 years, where he is currently the director of residential life. Cocchiarella said he was both surprised and gratified at the award.
“I’m proud to be a member of PSU and the community and feel blessed by the opportunities I’ve been given,” said Cocchiarella.
The Patricia Storer Award was initiated this year in honor of a longtime Plymouth State employee who exemplifies dedication, knowledge and respect in serving the students, staff and faculty at Plymouth State University. Storer said the award in her name is an honor.
“Plymouth State was good to me and still is,” Storer said. “I’m proud to say Plymouth State was my college.”
In photo at left, Cocchiarella celebrates his award with Patricia Storer, center, and PSU President Sara Jayne Steen.
Cocchiarella has an impressive record in serving the University and the community. He received the Distinguished Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) employee award in 1999, and has served as advisor for various student groups and intramural sports. He has also been named the volunteer of the year for the Plymouth Area Little League, served as president of the local Habitat for Humanity and was voted outstanding board member of the Waterville Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. Cocchiarella noted the University and the community are full of good people and he appreciates living and working here.
“The commitment of Plymouth State and the surrounding communities remind me of my own family values,” said Cocchiarella. “Take pride in your work and do good work, and above all, be competent and compassionate.”
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