Campus Compact President’s Awards

Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents and private sector partners who are united in their commitment to the civic purposes of higher education. The mission is to be a catalyst to integrate community service and civic responsibility throughout the academic and student life goals of its member institutions. You may visit CCNH on the web at

Each spring Campus Compact for New Hampshire coordinates a President’s Awards luncheon and awards ceremony bringing together higher education students, faculty, staff and administrators, representatives of local K-12 schools and nonprofits to celebrate and recognize community service on campuses across the state. Each year, AUNE presents awards to a student or student group, faculty member, and a community partner.

2013 Award Recipients

Presidents’ Leadership Award: Jahdiel Torres-Caba, first-year master’s student in the Conservation Biology concentration, Department of Environmental Studies
Presidents’ Good Steward Award: Abigail Abrash Walton, director of AUNE’s Center for Academic Innovation and assistant to the president for sustainability and social justice.
Presidents’ Community Partner Award: Harris Center for Conservation Education, a nonprofit organization based in Hancock, New Hampshire.

About the Winners

President’s Leadership Award

The President’s Leadership Award goes to an individual student or student organization that has made outstanding contributions to community service, service learning, and/or civic engagement efforts on their campus. This award is for a student or student organization that has made service an integral part of their college experience as evidenced through their contribution to the community. Recipients of this award show both a breadth and depth of involvement to a community organization or social issue and demonstrate leadership that translates into creating impact in the community.

Jahdiel Torres-Caba is a first year masters student in Conservation Biology who has demonstrated a deep commitment to community service and civic engagement.  He brings both energy and leadership to climate change issues on campus.  Jahdiel is a climate change organizer, who works with the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC).  He served as an SSC delegate to the United Nations Climate Change conference in Doha, Qatar late last year, and he helped organize a delegation of a dozen Antioch students and faculty to attend the Forward on Climate change demonstration in Washington, DC on February 17.  Jahdiel is currently the co-chair of the Student Alliance at AUNE, which involves environmental studies students in a variety of community service activities.  He is especially interested in diversity issues and is working on bringing a diversity and inclusion workshop to campus in the coming year.

President’s Good Steward Award

The President’s Good Steward Award is given to a member of the faculty, administration or staff who has contributed his or her professional expertise in service to the wider community and has significantly advanced public service on their campus. This award recognizes faculty, administrators and staff members who have created and strived towards a vision, demonstrated commitment towards student and community voice, and served as a resource for service initiatives on campus.

The depth, breadth, and length of Abigail Abrash Walton’s community service are truly inspiring.  Abi truly a change agent, both on campus and in the community.  She demonstrates a commitment to social justice, a collaborative spirit, and the willingness to do the hard work necessary to ensure our community is more sustainable, both now and far into the future.  Abigail serves as founding Director of AUNE’s newly created Center for Academic Innovation and as Assistant to the President for Sustainability & Social Justice. She has chaired a series of multi-stakeholder processes that have led to the development and ongoing implementation of AUNE’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force Report, 2010-20 Climate Action Plan, and 2006 Social Justice Audit. These efforts have had a major impact on campus.  She has organized and supported students in such diverse projects as the construction of a campus bicycle shelter, a composting infrastructure, and Earth Week celebrations.  Abigail serves on the Program Committee for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s 2012 Conference and on the NH Statewide Inclusive Excellence Advisory Board. She is deeply involved in the Keene community, currently serving as Chair of the City’s Planning Board.  Abi holds a M.Sc.Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

President’s Community Partner Award

The President’s Community Partner Award goes to a nonprofit organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with a college or university.

Antioch University New England is proud to name the Harris Center for Conservation Education as its 2013 Community Partner.  The Harris Center and the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch University New England have long been partners in promoting understanding and respect for the region’s natural environment through educational programs and land stewardship. The Harris Center has provided internship opportunities for literally hundreds of Antioch students, who, in term, contributed to the Center’s diverse programs.  AUNE students have undertaken projects including the design and delivery educational programs and field research on Harris Center properties.  The Harris Center has generously made its facilities available for AUNE classes, insuring that AUNE students experience deep connections to the natural world. The Harris Center is also a land trust that has demonstrated how communities can work together to create a super-sanctuary, which now consists of 33,000 acres of abutting properties in the Monadnock Region ; an effort that will enhance the quality of life both now and for generations to come.

Past Winners

2012 Award Recipients

  • President’s Leadership Award: Students from the fall 2011 Organizing for Social Change class
  • President’s Good Steward Award: Dr. Steve Chase
  • President’s Community Partner Award: Cheshire Medical Center /Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and Project 2020

2011 Award Recipients

Leadership Award: Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD)
Good Steward Award: Libby McCann, PhD
Community Partner Award: Working Families Win

2010 Award Recipients

Leadership Award: Jessica Skinner
Good Steward Award: Catherine Schlichting
Community Partner: Cheshire County Conservation District

2009 Award Recipients

Leadership Award: Vincent Pignatiello
Good Steward Award: Gargi Roysircar
Community Partner: Monadnock Conservancy

2008 Award Recipients

Leadership Award: Student Alliance
Good Steward Award: Polly Chandler
Community Partner Award: Stonewall Farm

2007 Award Recipients

Leadership Award: Sarah Gates
Good Steward Award: James Gruber
Community Partner Award: Barnes Peterson