Hall of Fame Award: Rob Freese '89
This year's recipient is Robert A. Freese, class of 1989 and current member of our Board of Trustees. Rob’s passion for his work, industry and his alma mater are palpable. Over the past several years, Rob has invested himself, his time and resources into strengthening the student experience and the SNHU community. His willingness to meet with students, serve as a speaker at our leadership conferences for undergraduate and online students have been valuable opportunities in our community. His investment, in partnership with the Student Government Association, led to a major renovation to what is now a very vibrant Robert A. Freese Student Center – the “living room” of our campus. Through his leadership on the board of trustees he has set a great example and vision helping to move the mission of SNHU forward. This same dedication is evident in his profession and commitment to community as senior vice president of marketing for his family’s NH-based, international business Globe Manufacturing Company. As a student nominee remarked, “He does what he does because he wants to have a positive influence for students as SNHU did for him.”
Distinguished Service Award: Tiffany Fifer '00, '02G
Tiffany Lyon Fifer, alumna of the class of 2000 3Year Honors Business program and 2002 masters graduate from the School of Business has sustained a high level of commitment to SNHU through her volunteer efforts as a member of the SNHU Alumni Board of Directors, the broader campus community and her employment. We’ve been fortunate to have Tiff serve as a great ambassador for all things SNHU – working in a variety of roles within Student Affairs, Alumni Engagement and currently as the Director of Online Student Engagement. Additionally, her involvement in local nonprofits and professional associations has positioned her to be a great advocate for SNHU in the community. One of her nominees noted that her “leadership really shows itself in the way she treats people.” And another “there are not enough words to describe how much of an influence she has been on my life”. The Alumni Board is very excited about her efforts to build our rapidly growing alumni community throughout the world.
Young Alumni Award: Rachael '10G and Ryan '12G Comstock
This year's co-recipients, Rachael & Ryan Comstock, both master’s degree alumni, have been very active participants as alumni in career development initiatives with undergraduate students and as members of the Alumni Board. Their initiative to help SNHU develop a more formal mentoring program like they experienced at their undergraduate alma mater helped us to build more opportunities for alumni to mentor, coach and assist students in the career exploration and development process. Additionally, Rachael and Ryan have helped us to develop our model for building regional SNHU communities. Their willingness to help at networking nights, mentor students in the year-long Signature Leadership program, and pitching in wherever they can be helpful serves as a great example of how all alumni have talents and experiences to share with the SNHU Community.
Presentation of the 2015 awards took place during the President's Reception at Homecoming Weekend on Saturday October 17, 2015.
This award was created in 1991 to recognize an alumnus or alumna who graduated (10) ten or more years ago and has made outstanding contributions to his/her profession, community and to Southern New Hampshire University.
2014 - Robert Schiavoni '722013 - Robert J. DeColfmacker '782012 - Deborah Osgood ’85 & ‘96 2011 - Mark Ouellette '77 2010 - David H. Bellman '92 2009 - Michael Brody '73 2008 - Robert J. Finlay '92 2007 - Theresa Desfosses '72 2006 - Andrew W. "Mickey" Greene '72 2005 - Ann Lally '79 & '95 2004 - Peter Perich '76 & '85 2003 - Douglas Blais '88 & '90 2002 - Rene LeClerc '71 2001 - Donald Labrie '71 2000 - Bea (Worden) Dalton '73 1999 - Thomas Tessier '74 1998 - Edward Ithier '87& '93 1997 - Robert Garneau '77 1996 - Michael DeBlasi '70 1995 - David Myler '69 1994 - Richard Courtemanche '73 1993 - Dr. Christos Papoutsy '57 1992 - Dr. Judith Bouley '74 1991 - Tony Lambert '68 *
This award can be given to an alumnus, alumna, faculty, staff or friend of the university for leadership, dedication and loyal service to the university and its objectives. The alumnus/alumna must have graduated (6) six or more years ago to be considered for this award.
2014 - Neil Donahue '822013 - Karin Caruso '82 2012 - Craig '80 & Mary '79 Ahlquist 2011 - Dr. Burton S. Kaliski 2010 - John J. Rainone '85 2009 - C. Richard Erskine 2008 - Robert P. Schiavoni '72 2007 - Linda Hicks '94 2006 - David H. Bellman '92 2005 - Rob Grenus '87 2004 - Norton (Tuffy) Phelps '85 2002 - Joseph Panaro '72 2001 - Bianca Holm 2000 - Janice (Somers) Fitzpatrick '93 1999 - Paula Riegel '87 & '92 1998 - Dr. Richard A. Gustafson 1997 - Douglas Blais '88 & '90 1996 - Peter Perich '76 1995 - Rene LeClerc '71 1993 - Dorothy S. Rogers * 1992 - Dr. George Larkin 1991 - Michael DeBlasi '70 1990 - Dale (Plavnicky) Trombley '83 1989 - Bill S. Green Esquire - Honorary '76 * 1988 - Thomas Space '74 1987 - Dr. Gertrude Shapiro - Honorary '71 * 1986 - Russell Pelletier '70 1985 - Michael Brody '73 1984 - Robert Morine '71 1983 - Maurice Raymond '70 1982 - David Myler '69 1981 - Richard Courtemanche '73 1980 - Dr. Christos Papoutsy '57 1979 - Kenneth Preve '70 *
This award was established in 2000. It is designed to recognize younger alumni who graduated not more than (5) five years ago and have demonstrated leadership and support to the Alumni Association and to Southern New Hampshire University.
2014 - Douglas Howard '09, '112013 - Angela Palladino '112012 - Elena Painchaud '08 & '10 2011 - Jared Gabrey '06 2010 - Jeffrey M. Penta '05 & 08 2009 - Ashley A. Liadis '02 & '05 2008 - Jason F. DeMarzo '03 2007 - Katherine A. McKenney '03 & '07 2006 - Tiffany A. Lyon '00 & '02 2005 - Kristina (Kintzer) Oleksak '01 & '03 2004 - Meghan (Cotton) Dalesandro '00 2002 - Robin (Sorenson) Kazes '97 2001 - Chad Mason '98 & '00 2000 - Michelle (Lamontagne) Strout '96 & '98
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