This year’s winner of the Sr. Margaret James McGrath Distinguished Alumni Award is Ellen Faszewski ’91, chair and associate professor of math and science at Wheelock College.
Ellen graduated from Elms College with a degree in biology and went on to receive her master’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, and later her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. As a student-athlete, she was a four-year member and two-year captain of the women’s lacrosse team from 1988 to 1991. She is still the program’s all-time leading scorer with 121 goals, 22 assists, and a total of 143 points. During her four-year career, the women’s lacrosse team had the most successful four-year record in program history, with an overall record of 28-22.
Ellen’s professional accomplishments at Wheelock College are outstanding. Ellen has secured grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA, helped develop the Environmental Science Program with the Colleges of the Fenway (COF), and is currently a Leadership Fellow and member of the SENCER New England Center for Innovation Leadership Council.
Ellen has also been recognized for her care for the environment. As a recent director of the COF Center for Sustainability and the Environment, and current member of the steering committee, she co-organizes annual events including the Muddy River Symposium and Muddy River cleanup. Additionally, Ellen was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award (2007) by the Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee of the Muddy River Restoration Project, as well as the COF Emerging Collaborator Award (2006).
The Sr. Margaret James McGrath Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually by the College of Our Lady of the Elms to an outstanding Elms College alumnus who reflects the ideals and mission of the college, and has established an exceptional reputation in their careers and communities.
Selected nominees are chosen by the Distinguished Alumni Award Committee, and all nominations will be considered. The award will be presented to the Distinguished Alumnus during the Fall Convocation ceremony. To recommend a candidate, please complete the form below, and submit an essay substantiating why this person is deserving of the award; in particular, please describe how your nominee has distinguished himself or herself in different areas of his or her life, including professional, spiritual, intellectual, personal, and loyalty to Elms College.
All nominations for the 2014-2015 academic year should be submitted by April 18, 2014.