June 30, 2016
Communications and Marketing
Katherine Carey '18, a social work major with a psychology minor, was chosen to receive both Saint Anselm College's Presidential Leadership Award and the Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship for her leadership and dedication to the college's Service Events Program and service-learning program.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is offered through Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. It honors undergraduate and graduate students nationwide who have shown commitment to social change through community engagement and leadership. Nominated by President Steven R. DiSalvo, Carey's actions mirror the beliefs and deeds of Dr. Frank Newman, for whom the award was named. Newman was a strong proponent of college student participation in service initiatives, and a supporter of their efforts to make a difference through opportunities provided by institutions of higher education.
Carey's involvement in the Meelia Center for Community Engagement, both as an employee and as a service-learner, demonstrate her dedication to making a positive impact, both on the people she works with and on society as a whole. Through the volunteer center's Service Events Program, she leads on-campus events such as the annual Wiffleball Tournament, Holiday Fair, and Valentine's Day Dance, which benefit various members of the local Manchester community including families in need and those with special needs. Carey helps plan, promote, and run these events as a fun way for students to come together and connect with community members.
The service-learning program, dedicated to civic engagement in the local community, has given her the opportunity to work with Child and Family Services of Manchester, N.H., and Sununu Youth Services Center, both to better the lives of adolescents in the area.
"In a short time Katherine has inspired hundreds of her peers to engage in community. Her ability to inspire, engage and organize others to action has led to significant contributions to the Manchester and Saint Anselm College community," says Dr. DiSalvo. "She embodies all that the Newman Fellowship and the Presidential Leadership Award stand for."
Crediting the Meelia Center for her decision to major in social work, Carey explains, "These experiences have helped me discover my passion for building relationships with people whose backgrounds are different than my own."
Carey is also involved in other programs at Saint Anselm, including Service and Solidarity Missions Trips through the Office of Campus Ministry (where she volunteered at the Benedictine School in Ridgely, Md.) and the Office of Residential Life and Education as a resident assistant.
"I am incredibly grateful for the experiences I have had while engaging in the community during my time here," says Carey. "Thanks to the endless opportunities that Saint Anselm College provides us with, I have been able to continue and strengthen my love for service."
By Lauren Wanless '17