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Sociology Major Receives Presidential Leadership Award

April 08, 2015

Laura Lemire
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Hannah O'Halloran '16Hannah O'Halloran '16, a sociology and social work double major from Stoneham, Mass., has been selected by Dr. Steven DiSalvo to receive the college's Presidential Leadership Award, and to be named a Newman Civic Fellow by the national office of Campus Compact.

"Hannah is a selfless leader," says Dr. DiSalvo. "She responds to almost every call for help, but never seeks out attention or praise. The friendships that she forms and the change that she contributes to is enough reward for her. We have every reason to expect that Hannah O'Halloran will continue to seek out friendships and make change in the community long after she graduates from Saint Anselm College."

O'Halloran engaged with the college before she even enrolled as a freshman. As a senior in high school she shadowed a Saint Anselm student and ventured out to a community-based refugee outreach program during that shadowing experience.

Hannah joined the Meelia Center's coordinating team as a first semester freshman. She wanted to experience everything, from educational support and family enrichment to integrated pest management. The more things she was able to master, the more she wanted to try.

"Hannah proved to be a reliable community partner, an effective problem solver and an excellent manager of student volunteers and service-learners," says Dan Forbes, director of the Meelia Center for Community Engagement. Not surprisingly, as a junior Hannah was promoted to a staff support role on Meelia's management team. There, she helps to manage over a dozen student coordinators.

"I have always been passionate about being involved in service, so it was no surprise that my love for service led me to going to Saint Anselm College. Community Engagement has become a part of my every day life," says O'Halloran.

O'Halloran received her award on April 7 at an event recognizing and celebrating service on college campuses across the state.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,000 college and university presidents - representing some six million students - who are committed to improving community life and educating students for civic and social responsibility. The Newman Civic Fellow Awards recognize college student-leaders who work to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.

Story and photo by Cory True '09

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