President’s Awards for ANE Community Members

Antioch University New England honored individuals and community partners at the Campus Compact of NH (CCNH) spring awards ceremony on April 17. The annual event gathered representatives from New Hampshire educational institutions and nonprofits to celebrate and recognize community service on campuses across the state. This year’s Antioch New England President Award winners exemplified community service and civic responsibility.

ANE president Dr. David Caruso said, “We are very proud of the amazing contributions of each of these nominees, whose work so embodies the mission and values of Antioch New England.”

The President’s Leadership Award was presented to Sarah Gates, a Keene, NH native. As a fourth-year student in Antioch New England’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Sarah has dedicated herself to serving the community. Sarah has served as a research assistant with the Center for Research on Psychological Practice (CROPP) and for the Tomey Center, both the applied research/consultation/service arm of their departments. Through her work with CROPP, she conducted research on a psychotherapy training program at Antioch’s Psychological Services Clinic, developed a program to improve the treatment culture and evaluation system at Monadnock Family Services, and helped Keene State College evaluate and improve a suicide prevention program.

The President’s Good Steward Award was presented to James Gruber, founding executive director of Antioch New England Institute (ANEI). Jim has delivered over 130,000 hours of community service and community service-learning since the Institute’s founding in 1994. This work has benefited the Monadnock Region, New England, and beyond. ANEI’s mission is to engage people in the process of creating environmentally healthy, culturally rich, and economically strong schools and communities.

The President’s Community Partner Award was presented to Barnes Peterson, mental health clinician, and Richard Van Wickler, Superintendent of the Cheshire County Jail and House of Corrections. Dr. Vic Pantesco, director of Antioch Psychological Services Center said, “These men have facilitated an ongoing relationship with Antioch New England doctoral student clinicians, providing psychological services to inmates at the jail. Superintendent Van Wickler’s philosophy of respect suffuses his facility and quickly embraces our students and our supervisors. Barnes and Rick have provided the inspiring combination of welcome, tutelage, respect for emerging expertise in trainees, enactment of core values closely aligned with Antioch’s mission, and the edifying example of professionals who move in the world with that exquisite combination of expertise and humaneness.”

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