From left, Josephine Esteban; Brian Wreckler; Nicole Archibald; Jessica West; Ingrid Johnson; Amanda Cavanagh; Ashley Hahn; and Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban. Photo Credit: Bill Blanchard
Five students were honored for their exceptional service and dedication as servant leaders in areas throughout the world, including: Brazil; Ecuador; El Salvador; Haiti; Guatemala; Colorado; West Virginia; and local New Jersey communities at the 12th Annual Servant Leader Awards on April 12. These outstanding servant leaders include Servant Leader Awards Recipients Amanda Cavanagh and Ashley Hahn and Recognition for Distinguished Service Recipients Nicole Archibald, Jessica West and Brian Wreckler.
“The Servant Leader Awards call our attention to the amazing work our students do locally and globally,” said Michelle Peterson, director of the Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) and Servant Leader Awards Committee co-chair. “This year’s recipients were so outstanding that in addition to two Servant Leader Awards winners, we honored three students with Distinguished Service Recognition.”
Members of the Servant Leader Awards Committee, comprised of nine faculty and administrators from throughout the University community, reviewed dozens of nominations before inviting a select number of students to participate in an interview process and eventually recognizing these inspiring individuals.
The evening included a dinner, with remarks from University leaders, including: Rev. Esterminio Chica, chaplin of DOVE’s service trips to El Salvador and former Servant Leader Awards honoree, and Servant Leader Awards Committee Co-Chairs Peterson and Daniel Nugent, assistant vice president of Advancement Services and Campaign Manager.
Humanitarian and Advocate Ingrid Johnson ’03/M.S.N. ’07, delivered the evening’s keynote address. While offering her thoughts on servant leadership, and sharing her own experiences serving human trafficking victims, Johnson encouraged all those present to lead with compassion.
In the spirit of servant leadership, DOVE was honored with a State of New Jersey legislative resolution and congressional letter from Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. to honor 25 years of teaching students to be compassionate, responsible citizens. Peterson and DOVE Founder Jeanine Cavanagh ’88/M.A. ’90 were presented the honors by Nugent and Fahim Abedrabbo, associate director of Government Relations. Following in the footsteps of her mother Jeanine, Amanda was recognized as a Servant Leader Awards honoree.
2016 Servant Leader Awards Recipients
Amanda Cavanagh, College of Arts and Sciences, was honored for her service in communities as close as Maplewood, N.J. and as far away as West Virginia and El Salvador. Cavanagh is the service vice president of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, where she has prepared over 120 hours of service opportunities for members. She has been on six mission trips to West Virginia and arranged DOVE’s first trip there in 20 years. She also participates in weekend camps for developmentally disabled adults, volunteers and serves as a work study for DOVE and served on El Salvador mission trips. To find out more about Cavanagh’s service work view her award video here.
Ashley Hahn, School of Law, was recognized for her lifelong commitment to service and her dedication to serving those impacted by domestic violence and child abuse. Hahn was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to travel to Australia, the U.K., India, South Africa, Brazil and Guatemala, studying domestic violence and child abuse legal and social welfare systems along the way. During school breaks she travels to Montgomery County, Pa. to work with victims in court. To hear more about Hahn’s dedication to service view her award video here.
2016 Recognition for Distinguished Service Recipients
Nicole Archibald, Stillman School of Business, was honored for partnering her entrepreneurial spirit with helping others. Archibald created Mommy and Me Tax Sessions, which afforded young women training on income tax filing and volunteered at Raphael’s Life House to offer babysitting services to women attending school. She has also participated on mission trips to El Salvador, Colorado and New Orleans, La.
Jessica West, School of Health and Medical Sciences, was acknowledged for her philosophy of service based on compassion, complete selflessness and love. West has completed service trips to Philadelphia, Pa., Ecuador, Haiti, and local New Jersey communities. She also volunteers her time at soup kitchens, Saint Paul’s Outreach and in Sexual Assault and Violence Education.
Brian Wreckler, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, was recognized for his leadership role with the Martin Luther King Scholarship Association. Wreckler created Operation X, a weekly outreach program that is dedicated to the development and mentoring of young boys in disadvantaged communities. He also served on a mission trip to Haiti and volunteers at food pantries, homeless shelters, nursing homes and development projects.
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