(Keene, NH) Nine students have been awarded a 2016 AUNE Horace Mann Spirit of Service Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 each. A committee selected this year’s recipients from a pool of 26 applicants. Named after the university’s first president, the Horace Mann Spirit of Service Scholarship honors students who have won victories for humanity through work or volunteerism in the areas of community service, diversity, lifelong learning, sustainability or social justice.
Cherice Bock, Department of Environmental Studies
As a Christian Environmentalist, Cherice sees her service to the global community through her work communicating about climate change to the Christian community and to encourage active engagement with pro-environmental lifestyles and behaviors. In her work, Cherice teaches at a University, engages in speaking and publishing opportunities, and participates locally in environmental initiatives. She runs a community garden at George Fox University as well as at local church, and provides opportunities for people of all ages to participate in a local food system.
Jordan Goodwin, Department of Applied Psychology
Jordan is a strong advocate for the transgender community. She offers support through advocacy and volunteer work with PFLAG NH and PFLAG Keene. As a PFLAG board member, Jordan helps to provide support for families, allies, and people who are LGBTQ, providing education regarding the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ community, and advocating in the community to change attitudes and create policies and laws that provide full equality for the LGBTQ community. Most recently, she spoke at the Keene School Board meeting, in support of a transgender bathroom policy in the district elementary schools, which passed unanimously.
Nelson Hayden, Department of Applied Psychology
Nelson donates his time and service to area non-profit agencies, in addition to his studies at Antioch University New England. Nelson sits on the boards of multiple organizations, including the New Hampshire Providers Association and the Keene Serenity Center. He volunteers time at Monadnock Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coalition (MADAC), dedicated to reducing drug and alcohol use in Cheshire County. Nelson is Treasurer and Board Member for the non-profit startup, Monadnock Restorative Community, which promotes reintegration of previously incarcerated women into the community by providing skills and support necessary to achieve health and wholeness of mind.
Caiti Levitan, Department of Clinical Psychology
Since high school, Caiti has been dedicated to volunteering in local communities different than her own. Through personal experience, she became aware of a lack of support for victims of sexual assault, and is now dedicated to both providing treatment for victims of sexual assault, and working to challenge the current failures in the legal system in terms of both prevention of violence and ease of reporting.
Alice Lim, Department of Clinical Psychology
Alice started a walking/running group for blind athletes in Providence, Rhode Island, called Achilles Providence, in which athletes with visual impairment partner with sighted volunteer guides to enable people with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, and to advocate for the physical and mental well-being of both abled and disabled individuals. Alice is also a volunteer with the NYC Achilles chapter, and has been guiding athletes with a range of disabilities since 2009. This Fall, she will guide an athlete with cerebral palsy through his 40th marathon run.
Amber Maiwald, Department of Clinical Psychology
Amber takes a multi-level approach to volunteering, working both locally and internationally. She has organized fundraisers for flood relief efforts in Wisconsin, victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, as well as for Haitian communities. In Keene, she is the principal investigator of a research study devoted to reducing recidivism rates, improving the lives of inmates, and improving safety at the Cheshire County House of Corrections. She is also assistant coach for two local hockey teams, the Cheshire Ice Cats and a U14 girl’s team.
Becky Mathers, Department of Environmental Studies
Becky volunteers in a number of environmental efforts. She serves as an alternate member of her town’s Environmental Commission, which exists to protect, develop, and use natural resources within the Township. She is also involved with a local New Jersey school, helping to advance their goal of becoming a “certified sustainable” school through a program for public schools in the state. In that work, she serves as a member of the Wellness and Sustainability Council.
April Peterson Brown, Department of Education
April is bringing her educational background to other countries. In the last year of her student teaching, she was accepted into the Consortium of Overseas Student Teachers (COST) program, and left Michigan to teach abroad in South Africa. After graduating, her interest in teaching in other countries remained. After meeting her husband in Belize while teaching a workshop, she moved there and founded a school with an atmosphere of project based learning and a culture of embracing race. She has since moved on to begin her own home school cooperative, Free Spirit Learning, which brings mindfulness and peaceful teaching methods to the classroom.
Kelly Walsh, Interdisciplinary Master of Arts
Kelly currently serves as AUNE’s Social Justice & Sustainability Coordinator. In a short time, she has worked with the campus on a wide variety of initiatives to divert waste, enhance composting capabilities, deliver a social justice survey to students, worked with the Center for Civic Engagement to host a campus forum on political discourse, and collaborated with AUNE faculty and Keene State College to host a documentary film and speaker event highlighting indigenous rights. She is currently planning an on-campus, multi-day racial justice workshop. Additionally, she is continuing to volunteer with a number of initiatives in Vermont, serving as a consultant for the Vermont Commission on Women, writes grants for Central Vermont Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and is involved with the Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program.