Walter J. Gallo '58 Award
"What a beautiful campus!" These words are spoken daily at Saint Anselm College by visitors of all kinds: admission guests, alumni, parents, guest speakers, fans of opposing athletic teams, prospective employees, presidential candidates, and people simply passing through who stop to marvel at the inspiring landscapes surrounding them. Tonight we honor the person chiefly responsible for creating and sustaining those landscapes: Grounds Supervisor, Kimberly Britton.
The enormous pride that Kim takes in the beauty of the College campus is evident to everyone. For the past 22 years she has been an integral part and steadfast leader in every major campus grounds project, during which time nearly every significant campus scape and outdoor athletic facility has been transformed. Most recently, that has included the fashioning of the beautiful new campus green out of the former J.O.A. parking lot and the construction of the new platform in front of Alumni Hall. Prior to these projects she created and maintained landscapes for a growing residential campus and installed turf for an expanding varsity sports program that now includes twelve acres of athletic fields. In 2007, Kim was named New England Sports Turf Manager of the year and awarded a continuing education grant by that same association.
In addition to these daunting projects, Kim spends countless hours preparing for hallmark campus events like Homecoming, Reunion, Family Weekend and Commencement, determined to make the campus look even more beautiful than the year before. As an arborist she cares for and maintains an up-to-date inventory of 700 trees of 60 species and is always willing to help an alumnus or family locate or plant a tree in honor of a beloved Anselmian.
Whether standing in a cherry picker to prune an errant branch in November, kneeling in the mud to repair a sprinkler head in July, overseeing the removal of snow from yet one more February storm, or bringing the green lawns back to life in May, Kim is a woman for all seasons. In her work we see the love of the earth that she learned while growing up on a potato farm in northern Maine, and the sacredness of labor that Saint Benedict prescribes in his Rule. We are proud to present Kimberly Britton with the Walter J. Gallo Alumni Award.