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Saint Anselm Students Recognized for Service

April 11, 2013

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Matt Pendergast and Tucker MullinSaint Anselm College takes pride in the generosity and service to humanity demonstrated by its students. On Wednesday, April 10, at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics auditorium, the college recognized nine students and one student club at the 20th annual Paul S. Coleman Volunteer Service and Leadership awards ceremony.

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 seniors who demonstrate a commitment to others during their four years on campus.

This year Joseph Tucker Mullin '13 was awarded the Paul S. Coleman Senior Service Award for Outstanding Service Leadership and Matthew Pendergast '13, the Paul S. Coleman Senior Service Award for Outstanding Community Service.

J. Tucker Mullin '13
Saint Anselm College hockey captain, Tucker Mullin, awarded for outstanding service leadership, stands out both on and off the ice. During his time at Saint Anselm he has been a leader, setting an example for his team, other athletics teams, and the college community. In his nomination, the athletics office writes that he has continued to go above and beyond in all his volunteer roles. He is liason for Team IMPACT, not only teaching team member, nine-year-old cancer survivor Benjamin Roy to skate but attending Roy's First Communion, walking with him at Relay for Life and engaging both the hockey team and Roy's family in a lasting relationship. Other Saint Anselm athletic teams are now following in his footsteps, enrolling in the Team IMPACT Program. Mullin co-founded the Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation, and with his teammates began "Score for the Cure. " "A leader by example," says the nomination, "Tucker's time here will be ending shortly but his legacy will remain with the department and the college. His influence is boundless. We look forward to how many more lives will benefit from Tucker Mullin's selfless energy, enthusiasm, and drive to better the lives of others."

Matthew Pendergast '13
Awarded for his outstanding community service, senior Matthew Pendergast, is said to leave a service mark not only on Saint Anselm College's campus but around the country. During the last four years, Pendergast was deeply involved in helping families living in Langdon Mills, an apartment complex in Manchester, N.H. In addition to his dedication to Langdon Mills, Pendergast participates in the college choir, provides leadership for the Wednesday night Mass music group, and has completed Road for Hope and Service & Solidarity Mission trips. He has also been named a Newman Civic Fellow for his community work. In recognizing the Peace and Justice Studies major,  Sue Gabert, Director of Campus Ministry said he is, "the go-to-guy whenever you want to get something done, never one to shy away from a challenge. Always bringing his youthful, fun-loving, sometimes a little off the wall spirit to all he does. Matt does not simply engage in service, he commits himself to the communities and people he meets through his service experience"

Dan Forbes, Director of the Meelia Center said, "Service to others has been a defining characteristic of his [Pedergast's] Saint Anselm experience, and it will no doubt continue to guide his life after graduation. His service has been outstanding by every measure: he has engaged in a wide variety of service roles; he has powerfully touched many, many lives; he has been the go-to volunteer for a number of campus departments; he has embraced some of the most challenging service work available and he has attended to his own growth and development along his service journey."

Read the full remarks about Matthew Pendergast's achievements.

Additional Student Awards

Athletics, Campus Ministry, Health Services, Meelia Center for Community Engagement, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library, Admissions, and Student Activities recognized students for their exemplary involvement and community service.

Kyle Baker '13 - 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. Baker, a politics major is the Captain of Saint Anselm College EMS crew. Health Services Director Maura Marshall said, "He is a professional, modest team player who has helped many students, mentored new EMTs and lead the team to earn Club of the Year for the second year in a row."

Richard Manzi '13 - Annual Volunteer Award Annual Volunteer Award presented to an outstanding a member of Athletics in recognition for exemplary community service and involvement. Head baseball coach Barry Rosen said about the education major, "he is the type of player that every coach dreams of having on his team - totally unselfish, highly skilled, humble, dedicated, and supportive of his teammates. He provides the leadership-by-example that is so necessary for the development of a team and for the development of a program."

Jessica Serio '13 - Annual Volunteer Award presented to an outstanding service partnership in recognition for exemplary community service and involvement from the Meelia Center. Serio, a biology major, was recognized by Director of the Meelia Center Dan Forbes for her leadership work and management of the center's partnership with the Easter Seals Child Development Center. Speaking about his strongest student-leader, Forbes said, "Jess is the kind of Coordinator that I dream about every year when we graduate a quarter of our student staff. I trust that before long she will be the kind of doctor that I would love to see taking care of my grandchildren." 

Tara Sennick '14 - Annual Volunteer Award presented to an outstanding NHIOP student leader in recognition for exemplary involvement and community service. The politics major was recognized by the Institute Director Neil Levesque for her extensive service and leadership shown as part of the Kevin Harrington Student Ambassadors. Levesque said "each of these students show a level of commitment to civic engagement that is outstanding and vital to the success of the Institute. We are honored to recognize them for their service with us."

Lyndsay Robinson '14 - Annual Volunteer Award presented to an outstanding NHIOP student leader in recognition for exemplary involvement and community service. The politics major was recognized by the Institute Director Neil Levesque for her extensive service and leadership shown as part of the Kevin Harrington Student Ambassadors. Levesque said "each of these students show a level of commitment to civic engagement that is outstanding and vital to the success of the Institute. We are honored to recognize them for their service with us."

Amanda Sharon '15 - Annual Volunteer Award presented to an outstanding NHIOP student leader in recognition for exemplary involvement and community service. The politics major was recognized by the Institute Director Neil Levesque for her extensive service and leadership shown as part of the Kevin Harrington Student Ambassadors. Levesque said "each of these students show a level of commitment to civic engagement that is outstanding and vital to the success of the Institute. We are honored to recognize them for their service with us."

Nathaniel Charter '13 - Sr. Pauline Lucier, C.S.C. Award Presented to an outstanding member of Campus Ministry in recognition for exemplary community service and involvement. Chartier is a philosophy major. Gabert, presenting Chartier with his award highlighted excerpts of The Rule of St. Benedict and Benedict's instructions on the Tools of Good Works explaining that Chartier embodies those tools. "Continuously pushing himself out of his comfort zone in an effort to serve God, serve others; with a desire to grow in generosity, spirit, and virtue. Whatever role taken this young man always made a positive contribution to the office, programs, and fellow participants, said Gabert."

Marie Conte '13 - Fr. Michael 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. Michael Iorio, Associate Director of Admission recognized the nursing major for embodying the values of Father Michael Custer and for being an exceptional admission ambassador.

Jackie Conley '13 - Annual Volunteer Award presented to an outstanding New Student Orientation Volunteer in recognition for exemplary community service and involvement.

New Student Orientation Committee: Lauren Alfis, Lydia Fortin, Lisa Kwolek, Melissa Laurion, Linh Nguyen, William O'Connor, Nicholas Vilandre

Dance Team - Club of the Year Award was given to the Dance Team. Club captains Nicole Dilando '13, nursing major, Rebecca Golden ‘13, psychology major, and Laryssa Feliciano '13, communication major, accepted the award on behalf of their team. Jean Couture, director of student activities, recognized the team for bringing Anselmian spirit to many campus events as well as for their service to community through a variety of volunteer events.

In addition, the ceremony's keynote speaker was Saint Anselm College alumna, Emerald Russell '07 who spoke about her personal journey of service leadership.

Banquet Photos


Photos courtesy of Fr. Mathias Durette, O.S.B.