Congratulations to our 2023 NHCUC/Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards Winners!
Apr 11, 2023
Congratulations to Reece Diener ’23, Kristi Collins, DScPAS, PA-C, CAQ-OS, and the New Hampshire Area Health Education Center for receiving the NH College & University Council (NHCUC)/Campus Compact's Presidents’ Awards. The Presidents’ Awards celebrate the work of member campuses and their community partners in providing vital aid for communities across the state. The recipients are nominated by the presidents of Campus Compact for New Hampshire’s member colleges and universities and are presented on the basis of outstanding contributions to education and opportunity in New Hampshire.
The 2023 Presidents’ Leadership Award Recipient is Reece Diener. The award is given 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. A Psychology major within the College of Health and Natural Sciences, Diener is a student-athlete and dedicated volunteer through the Peer Counseling Program. Through her leadership she embodies what it is to be a committed member of the student body within all of her identities. Following graduation next month, she plans to attend graduate school with a focus on sports psychology.
The 2023 Presidents’ Good Steward Award Recipient is Kristi Collins, MS, DScPAS, PA-C, CAQ-OS. The award is presented to a member of the faculty, administration or staff who has contributed his or her professional expertise in service to the wider community and who has significantly advanced public service on their campus. As the Program Director for the New Hampshire Master of Physician Assistant (MPAS) Program, Collins has helped make Franklin Pierce a destination institution as we teach and train the next generation of healthcare workers. Her dedication to our students, especially in the area of rural health, highlights the University’s commitment to preparing highly skilled allied health professionals in New Hampshire, the region, and beyond. She was named New Hampshire’s Community Star by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) in 2022.
The 2023 Presidents’ Community Partner Award Recipient is New Hampshire Area Health Education Center (NH AHEC). The award is for a non-profit 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. NH AHEC is a statewide network that works to improve health care and access to health care, particularly in rural and underserved areas, by enhancing the health and public health workforce of the state.
As a vital and collaborative partner with Franklin Pierce, NH AHEC and the University work together to educate our students by offering the Rural Health Scholars sessions and designation. These programs focus on addressing inequalities in access to healthcare while offering formative training and development. NH AHEC was also a vital community organization that assisted in the grant application for the Congressionally Directed Spending funds, for which Franklin Pierce University was awarded $825,000 to develop a Rural Healthcare Simulation Center on our Lebanon academic center.
To learn more about the awards and all of this year’s recipients, click here.