Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards Dinner

Antioch New England University’s (AUNE) fourth annual Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards Dinner will take place Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Keene Country Club, 755 West Hill Road, at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $50 with the option to purchase tables of eight. Proceeds from the event will benefit the AUNE scholarship fund.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Faith Linsky, director of development and alumni relations, 603.283.2163, or by email to flinsky@antioch.edu.

Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards Winners
The Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards are named  in honor of Horace Mann, Antioch College’s first president and a noted abolitionist and educator. The awards program recognizes individuals “who have won victories for humanity,” through their work and volunteerism.

By celebrating these individuals and honoring Mann’s ideals, AUNE continues its commitment to public service, community engagement, diversity, lifelong learning, sustainability, and social justice.

2014 Citizens Award | John and Jean Hoffman
John and Jean Hoffman are longtime and active community service advocates. Mr. Hoffman has held multiple board leadership positions across the state of New Hampshire. Additionally, in 1980 and 1981, he played a major role in the negotiations with Iran leading to the release of the American hostages. Mr. Hoffman’s exemplary service has warranted recognition including: Rotary Club International’s Paul Harris Fellow Award; The Granite State Award; and most recently, the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, together with his wife Jean. Mrs. Hoffman has a longstanding history of volunteer work. Currently she serves on the advisory councils of HCS Services, MoCo Arts and the Cheshire Medical Center, and is a member of the Keene State College President’s Council. More recently, using her own private battle with scoliosis, Mrs. Hoffman worked with Cheshire Medical Center to include spine therapists in their Farnum Rehabilitation programs, now known as the Hoffman Spine Center. In March, 2013, partnering with the hospital’s Healthy Monadnock program, she introduced a new initiative for Super Seniors (the over-70 population) to reenergize their interest in exercising while enjoying themselves.

2014 Staff/Faculty Award | Heidi Watts
Heidi Watts, PhD, is professor emerita from AUNE, formerly co-chair of the Department of Education, and currently working with the Doctoral Program in Environmental Studies. She follows a migratory pattern, living in Nova Scotia in the summer, New Hampshire in the fall and spring, and India in the winter, where she works with teachers in the international community of Auroville.

2014 Alumni Award | Martha Summerville
Martha Summerville, PhD, ’85, is an executive consultant with extensive experience in organization design and development, human resources and education. She is president of Summerville Consulting LLC specializing in executive consultation and board development. Ms. Summerville was a founding member of the AUNE Board of Trustees and served as the founding chair.  She was recently appointed to the Antioch University Board of Governors.   In addition, she was a faculty member in the Department of Organization and Management at AUNE for nine years.

Sponsors for this year’s Horace Mann dinner include C&S Wholesale Grocers; Markem-Imaje International; The Mountain Corporation; and the Savings Bank of Walpole.

Past Winners
2014 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards
2013 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards
2012 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards
2011 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards