2013 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards
Awards were presented to three individuals who have won victories for humanity through their work or volunteerism at the third Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards dinner on September 20 at the Keene Country Club.
The Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards are named for Horace Mann, the first president of Antioch College and a noted abolitionist and educator. They honor the efforts of individuals who have “won victories for humanity,” in Mann’s words, through their work or volunteerism. The awards represent the selfless efforts of extraordinary women and men in our community.
Proceeds from the event benefit the AUNE scholarship fund.
Sylvia McBeth, former vice president of marketing, planning, and community relations for the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK), Keene, New Hampshire; statewide leader; and incoming chair of the board of trustees for CMC/DHK. Sylvia has served broadly in the New Hampshire community and is also on the Board of the Savings Bank of Walpole.
Dr. Beth Kaplin, core faculty member in AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies and director for the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation at AUNE. An internationally known scholar, Beth founded the Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift and is helping to create an educational system for conservation biologists in Africa, including an MS program at the National University of Rwanda.
Bhavani Jaroff, MEd ’01, owner of iEatGreen, an educational organization based in New York City. Bhavani founded the first natural foods catering company in the city and, for the last 25 years, has partnered with many organizations to feed the homeless. One example: she serves 400 people at her annual Thanksgiving Feast in Queens.
This year’s keynote speaker will be AUNE’s new president, Dr. Stephen B. Jones.