Maria Kocylowsky Honored with Pillar Award
MADISON, N.J. (Sept. 24, 2010) — Maria Kocylowsky, head of Hackensack Libraries, was honored by Fairleigh Dickinson University as a "Pillar" of the campus community at the University's annual Academic Convocation on Sept. 22.
The Pillar Award recognizes exceptional individuals within the University who have made extraordinary contributions to the character and quality of the institution, its community and its cultures. Kocylowsky is associate university librarian and director of the Business Research Library at FDU's Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J.
"You have inspired students to be creative in their research, and you have empowered them to find their own way," said University Provost Joseph Kiernan in presenting the award. "You play an equally influential role for faculty, harnessing the power of the library for transformative learning experiences."
Kocylowsky joined FDU in 1989 as a librarian on the Rutherford campus. She helped in the formation of the Business Research Library on the Metropolitan campus in 1994 and has served as the managing director since its inception. She is also the New Jersey Documents librarian and has helped to preserve the New Jersey Historical collection started at the Messler Library on the Rutherford campus. Kocylowsky has also preserved important documents and artifacts surrounding the early years of Fairleigh Dickinson University.
In addition, she serves as a marshal at Commencement each year and has supported the annual scholarship dinner of FDU's International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Kocylowsky has a master's degree in history and a M.L.S. degree, both from Rutgers University. She is a resident of Alpine, N.J.
Pictured above are President J. Michael Adams and Maria Kocylowsky, head, Hackensack Libraries.