25th Annual Paul S. Coleman Volunteer Service & Leadership Awards
By Robert Hughes '20 | April 26, 2018
On April 11, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) hosted Saint Anselm College’s 25th annual Paul S. Coleman Volunteer Service & Leadership Awards. For the past 25 years, the Coleman Awards have recognized Saint Anselm students who, through direct, local, national, and/or global involvement, make an impact on their communities. This year eighteen community-minded, civically engaged students from the Class of 2018 were honored with service awards.
Throughout the night, department service awards were presented to students who dedicated countless hours of service to their respective organizations and are leaving a positive impact. Many of the students recognized were considered for multiple department awards. Among the departments represented were the Office of Admission, the Department of Athletics, Campus Ministry, the Dean of Students office, Health Services, the Meelia Center, the Multicultural Center, the NHIOP, and Student Activities & Leadership Programs. Members of each department presented awards to the deserving seniors.
The highest honor of the evening, presented to a select few students at the ceremony, were the Paul S. Colman Senior Outstanding Service Leadership Award and the Paul S. Coleman Award for Outstanding Service Engagement Award. These two awards are presented to seniors who embody the spirit of Paul S. Coleman and are accepted on behalf of the service and service leadership of the senior class. Eighteen students were nominated for both awards, which in of itself is a great honor and a testament to their dedication to service. This year’s Paul S. Coleman Senior Service Award for Outstanding Service Leadership had two recipients, Katherine Carey (social work) and Lisette Labbe (psychology), while Jenna Baker (mathematics and secondary education) received the Paul S. Coleman Senior Service Award for Outstanding Service Engagement.
Paul S. Coleman, for whom the ceremony is named, was a sociology professor at Saint Anselm College from 1975-1985. Professor Coleman worked with several local service organizations and engaged in social work during his career and his spirit influences service-oriented students at Saint Anselm College to this day.
Cory True '09 was the evening’s keynote speaker, with remarks about his personal service experiences as well as advice for those graduating. A Saint Anselm graduate and former politics major, True works for Saint Anselm College as the integrated communications manager in the College Communications and Marketing office, a career he began in 2010. He promotes an active campus life among students, helps direct Saint Anselm’s social media feeds, and provides communications support to the college president.
During his time at Saint Anselm, True undertook a Service & Solidarity Mission Trip serving the Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. His experience left a profound impression on him. He returned to serve the Pine Ridge Reservation community after his graduation as a Program Manager and Construction Supervisor with the Re-Member nonprofit organization, which aims to aid struggling Native American reservations. Since then, he has continued to volunteer with the organization and has held several positions on the board of directors. At the end of this academic year, he will return to Re-Member as its executive director.