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Students Recognized for Service and Leadership

April 03, 2014

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

On April 3, Saint Anselm College recognized three student leaders, seniors Rebecca Cronin, Shaun O'Halloran, and Lyndsay Robinson for their generosity and service to humanity at the 21st annual Paul S. Coleman Volunteer Service and Leadership Awards ceremony. In addition, 12 students and one student club were recognized for their exemplary involvement and community service by various college departments.

Paul S. Coleman, a former Saint Anselm College sociology professor, spent his life in selfless service to others. In honor of his memory, Saint Anselm presents an award for service and service leadership to students who demonstrate a commitment to others during their four years on campus.

This year Robinson was awarded the Paul S. Coleman Senior Service Award for Outstanding Service Leadership and Cronin and O'Halloran were awarded the Paul S. Coleman Senior Service Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Lyndsay Robinson '14, politics
"Self-effacing, determined, loyal, generous, and compassionate" were only a few of the words used to describe politics major Lyndsay Robinson. Considered an extraordinary student leader, Robinson is a Melucci Scholar, an NHIOP student ambassador, two-time president of Student Government Association, a member of various clubs and organizations, and a leader for national organizations: National Campus Leadership Council and the Business Professionals of America.

Aside from the many awards and titles she holds, Robinson has demonstrated her love for and dedication to her community through the development and implementation of programs, scholarships, community service events and acts of appreciation and kindness that will last long after she's graduated. Dean of Students Alicia Finn, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson said that "serving the people limitlessly" were the best four words to describe Robinson.

Rebecca Cronin '14, education studies
Rebecca Cronin is recognized for her outstanding dedication to the Meelia Center and to helping others. She's managed recruitment, placement, and supervision at the center's partnership sites, worked with local refugee high school students, participated in a Service & Solidarity Mission trip, and spent countless hours in the Meelia Center planning and executing service and fundraising events.

Director of the Meelia Center Dan Forbes says of Cronin, "When she finds a place where she is needed, she does not leave." From her freshman year, Cronin began volunteering at the Salvation Army's Kid's Café where her dedication and passion led her to become the Meelia Center's coordinator. Forbes says, "Her new job at Meelia simply provided an inside look at all of the other exciting ways that she could share herself with others, and it launched her on a journey of service that brings her here today."

Shaun O'Halloran '14, criminal justice
O'Halloran's perspective and participation on and off campus exemplifies the generosity of spirit expected of the Coleman Award recipient. In the last four years he participated and led service trips through Campus Ministry's Service & Solidarity Program, volunteered through the Meelia Center, led food and clothing donations, was student body vice-president, and was involved in numerous clubs and organizations.

In addition to his own good work, O'Halloran inspires others to get involved. He's been a powerful impact on refugees at Langdon Mills as well as his peers, demonstrating kindness and wisdom through his actions as a student leader. Director of Campus Ministry Susan Gabert told O'Halloran, "It is hard distill all that you have done while here on the hilltop into one short speech," and she continued, "I know how much I have treasured being invited along for your journey these past 4 years."

In addition, Athletics, Campus Ministry, Health Services, Meelia Center for Community Engagement, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library, Admissions, and Student Activities recognized students:

Department Service Awards


Admission

Alexandra Odegaard '14
Guy Sergi '14

Athletics Vivian Fitzgerald '14
Campus Ministry Ashley Giddinge '14
Dave Oslin '15
Health Services Devan Brazil '14
Meelia Center Julie Smith '14
Multicultural Center Vernice "Jadine" Ruiz '14
New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library Ashley Scoville '15
New Student Orientation Jorge Gonzalez '14
Taylor Overhiser-O'Leary '14
Samantha Tiscia '14
Family Weekend Amy Harrington '14
Club of the Year Knights of Columbus
Service Societies Brittany Barrett '14
Rachel McCann '15

Alexandra Odegaard '14 - Father Michael H. Custer, O.S.B. Service Award presented to an outstanding student in recognition for exemplary involvement and service to the Office of Admission and Saint Anselm College community. Fr. Michael embodied the values inherent in the Benedictine tradition; those values characterized by deep compassion, warm hospitality and genuine respect for each individual. Through the admission office Odegaard has welcomed and helped dozens of families on tours, at open houses, and on the phone calling admitted students.

Guy Sergi  '14- Father Michael H. Custer, O.S.B. Service Award presented to an outstanding student in recognition for exemplary involvement and service to the Office of Admission and Saint Anselm College community. Fr. Michael embodied the values inherent in the Benedictine tradition; those values characterized by deep compassion, warm hospitality and genuine respect for each individual. Known as the "go-to-guy" in admission, Sergi has shared his love of the college with true Benedictine hospitality to dozens of families and prospective students. He has been a dedicated and exceptional student ambassador.

Vivian Fitzgerald '14 - The Donna M. Guimont Service Leadership and Engagement Award presented to an outstanding a member of Athletics in recognition for exemplary community service and involvement. The psychology major and volleyball player was a Service & Solidarity Mission Trip leader, organized the college's first Special Olympics, and recently received the first Saint Anselm MLK social justice award for her ideas and involvement in helping others on and off campus.

Ashley Giddinge '14 - Sr. Pauline Lucier Campus Ministry Award presented to an outstanding member of Campus Ministry in recognition for exemplary community service and involvement. Giddinge was not only a leader in Campus Ministry, but demonstrated her faith in action everyday with friends and classmates. The nursing major was "a gift" to the Campus Ministry for her student leadership and dedication to helping others live spiritually.

Dave Oslin '15 - Sr. Pauline Lucier Campus Ministry Award presented to an outstanding member of Campus Ministry in recognition for exemplary community service and involvement. Oslin is a dedicated student-leader involved in many aspects of Campus Ministry from retreat teams to Service & Solidarity trips to music ministry. It was said, "His presence and example speaks loudly to those who know him. We couldn't be more grateful for his service or for his natural ability to invite others into a life of faith."

Devan Brazil '14 - Annual Volunteer Award presented to an outstanding individual for care of the sick and/or advancement of the health of our community in recognition for exemplary community service and involvement.

Julie Smith '14 - The Meelia Center for Community Engagement's Partnership Award presented in recognition for exemplary community service and involvement. Smith is recognized for her student-leadership in developing and strengthening the center's partnership with the Manchester Homeless Services Center. From recruiting student volunteers to working closely with the partner's director, Smith's dedication and management at the Meelia Center has been impressive and significant.

Vernice "Jadine" Ruiz '14 - Multicultural Center Service Leadership Award presented to an outstanding student whose leadership efforts have fostered a greater appreciation and advancement of diversity and inclusiveness in the Saint Anselm community. This dedicated student leader has played a major role in getting commuters involved on campus, is a member of numerous cultural organizations and has served as a mentor in the Transitions Program which helps first year multicultural and commuter students adjust to college.

Ashley Scoville '15 - Annual Volunteer Award presented to an outstanding NHIOP student leader in recognition for exemplary involvement and community service. Executive Director Neil Levesque describes Scoville as "organized and hard working" and "deliberate and full of life." The history major has been a powerful leader for the civic engagement committee developing and implementing programs to promote civic engagement.

Jorge Gonzalez '14- New Student Orientation Volunteer Award in recognition of their exemplary community service and leadership involvement. Jean Couture said about Gonzalez, "He gives more time and effort than most students in his roles on campus. He serves as a role model for getting involved in programming, community life and for sharing the Anselmian spirit."

Taylor Overhiser-O'Leary '14- New Student Orientation Volunteer Award in recognition of their exemplary community service and leadership involvement. A three-year orientation leader, Overhiser-O'Leary, one of the most enthusiastic and dedicated leaders, was always a positive influence and powerful contributor to the program.

Sammy Tiscia '14 - New Student Orientation Volunteer Award in recognition of their exemplary community service and leadership involvement. Tiscia is a dedicated student-leader whose commitment to the Orientation Program was demonstrated through her enthusiasm, her kindness, her creativity and leadership.

Amy Harrington '14 - Annual Volunteer Award presented to an outstanding member of the Family Weekend Committee for involvement and leadership. Harrington went above and beyond to assist with Family Weekend planning from making phone calls to recruiting students to picking up food. The only four-year member of this year's committee, she will be dearly missed.

Knights of Columbus - Club of the Year Award was presented to the Knights of Columbus for their service to the community. The Grand Knight, Stephen Sullivan and Deputy Grand Knight, Christopher McKay accepted this award on behalf of their organization.

Brittany Barrett '14 and Rachel McCann '15 - Annual Volunteer Award presented to members of the Saint Anselm Service Societies in recognition for their exemplary community service, service leadership, and involvement. Both Barrett and McCann went above and beyond to direct the planning of the Service Societies' annual Relay for Life event. Their service leadership as co-chairs of Relay was instrumental to the student effort to fundraise nearly $60,000 for cancer research.