Jul. 12, 2010

Geneseo Honors Distinguished Alumni Educators at Summer Reunion

educator awards recipients

Clockwise, from bottom left : Carleen Sawicki Julian, Mary Patricia Malet Fennell and Mark Fitzgerald.

GENESEO, N.Y. - Three SUNY Geneseo alumni who have had a profound impact on individual students, schools and communities received Distinguished Alumni Educator Awards July 10 during Alumni Weekend. The three were among 70 nominated for the award from across the country.

Receiving awards were:

· Mark Fitzgerald (Class of 1985), who has taught physical education for 17 years at the elementary school in the Fredonia (N.Y.) Central School District and also coaches cross-country.
· Mary Patricia Malet Fennell (Class of 1965) from Geneseo, who spent most of her 33-year career teaching primary students in York, N.Y., before retiring in 1998.
· Carleen Sawicki Julian (Class of 1994) from Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., a resource teacher who has taught at Irvington High School in New York's Westchester County for 14 years.

A panel of education professionals and faculty from the School of Education selected the winners based upon their professional achievements since graduating from the college. The winners and nominees were honored during the awards ceremony.

"These awards honor Geneseo alumni in the field of education who have gone way above and beyond in their commitment to superior educational practices," said Osman Alawiye, dean of Geneseo's School of Education. "The recipients of this award not only teach and serve, they inspire young people to achieve more. They represent the legions of extraordinary teachers and professionals all over the world who shape our society through the education of today's students."

The awards were part of a busy Alumni Weekend at the college. More than 600 alumni and friends attended the celebration this year.

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