Goodbye to Senior Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassadors

By Katherine Buck ‘20, Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador | May 11, 2020

Outside NHIOP

This May, the Kevin B. Harrington student ambassador program is saying goodbye to thirty-three seniors. 

Although beginning their journeys at different times, our seniors had the unique opportunity for Saint Anselm students of any major to work closely with the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and develop essential citizenship skills.

Student ambassadors play an integral role in the New Hampshire Institute of Politics’ mission – to educate, engage, and empower citizens of all ages to actively participate in the civic and political life of their communities and strengthen democracy. Student ambassadors support the Institute’s events by assisting in the promotion of events, welcoming guests and VIPs, and serving as greeters and ushers. 

Senior Politics and Criminal Justice major Julianne Plourde says, “NHIOP has really been a home to me. I’ve been able to make so many memories there throughout the past 4 years. There was pre-class Common Ground Cafe dates with friends, finals study sessions in the library, ambassador meetings, meeting candidates in the auditorium, and so many more.”

She continues, “I’ve made some of my closest friends through being involved at NHIOP, and through planning events and meeting people have grown so much. I’ll miss always being able to walk into the offices to chat with Lorie, Lexie, Ann, and Neil.”

Senior Politics and Peace and Justice major Matthew Solomon reflects on his four years at the Institute, “The NHIOP means so many different things for me, it means meeting amazing new people, it means engaging with the community outside of Saint A’s, it means having class and developing my academic interests, it means working alongside supportive and inspiring people, but ultimately it means a place you can go to discover who you really want to be.”

This program provides students with unique opportunities both on and off campus. Senior Politics and Communication major Christina Damian says, “From the ambassador program to VideoLink to polling to sorting through the archives to all of the opportunities to meet politicians and so much more, NHIOP will always hold a special place in my heart.”

She continues, “The idea that the incoming freshman will discover on their own all of the reasons why many of us love NHIOP and all that it has to offer is enough to make me smile in these difficult times. Thank you for everything NHIOP, and for being filled with the best people on campus.”