Baseball's Galasso, Softball's Willner-Giwerc Receive Tufts Alumni Association Senior Awards

MEDFORD - Two Tufts University student-athletes were among 12 students in all who were presented 2018 Tufts University Alumni Association Senior Awards on Saturday night (Apr. 14).

Instituted in 1955, the Senior Awards recognize members of the senior class for academic achievement, participation in campus and community activities, and leadership. Baseball's Kevin Galasso and Softball's Sara Willner-Giwerc were chosen this year. The awards ceremony was held at Gifford House (President's residence). Both Jumbos were playing with their teams in Maine on Saturday. Galasso arrived late, still wearing his uniform, and Willner-Giwerc was unable to attend.


Galasso, originally from Westfield, New Jersey, began attending Tufts in 2013. He studied quantitative economics, finance, and computer science while representing the Jumbos on the baseball team. He quickly became involved with the Tufts Financial Group, Delta Upsilon, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, and Relay for Life. In his sophomore year, Kevin was diagnosed with stage 4B Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After seven months of chemotherapy and the help of doctors, friends, family, teammates, and fraternity brothers, Kevin was able to return to his studies and the pitcher’s mound the following year. He won the Tufts Department of Athletics' Murray J. Kenney Award in 2017 for positive attitude and perseverance. Upon graduation, Galasso will join Becton-Dickinson, a global health-care company, as a financial analyst in their finance leadership development program.

From Saratoga Springs, New York, Willner-Giwerc is a mechanical engineering major with a double minor in engineering education and engineering management. She is an infielder for the Tufts softball team, which won a historic undefeated national championship in 2015. She is also a research assistant at Tufts’ Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, where her work has been focused on developing learning experiences and technologies to bring engineering into K–12 classrooms. Next year, Willner-Giwerc will continue her career as a Jumbo by pursuing her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

Lucy Zwigard, who sailed for Tufts as a freshman and sophomore, also received a Senior Award. She strives to live by the phrase, “think globally, act locally.” Zwigard grew up in both New York City and the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, a life path that leaves her deeply interested in the rural-urban divide. A double major in biology and French, she is passionate about the intersections of science and culture, particularly around food, nutrition, climate, and health. During her sophomore year, she co-founded the Tufts Food Rescue Collaborative, a thriving community coalition that fights food waste and hunger by creating healthy meals out of surplus food.

Press release courtesy of the Tufts Alumni Association