Emerald Russell ‘07 Receives Saint Anselm College Award For Service and Citizenship
May 21, 2007
During Saint Anselm College’s 114th Commencement Exercises on May 19, Emerald Russell ‘07 received the Saint Anselm College Award for Service and Citizenship.
Included below is the citation as was read by Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of Saint Anselm College. For a video highlighting Emerald Russell’s work in Tansania, visit http://blip.tv/file/162919.
Students all have a way of leaving their mark on a college. But every now and then is one who particularly reminds us that a life well-lived can entail getting one’s hands dirty in the struggle to cultivate human dignity through direct service and through citizen advocacy.
As so many potential students do, this year’s recipient went on a college tour road trip that did not have Saint Anselm on the itinerary. Traveling with family and a high school friend to schools in the south, the group somehow ended up here on a very sunny day. Disappointed that the southern tour had not produced a tan, she decided that the perfect place to make up for it was the lawn right in front of the statute of Saint Benedict. Whether through his watchful intercession or her own realization that this was the right place, she applied, enrolled, and today completes a journey that has been so very successful, not only academically, but in her own spiritual and human growth.
The recipient, who will shortly be a cum laude graduate of our college, managed to be on the Dean’s list of scholars every semester even as she devoted herself to a number of unusually valuable causes. From a primary school in Tanzania, to an orphanage and home for abused girls in Costa Rica, from raising money to build a sun-safe building for blind children to facilitating transcontinental medical visits to the National Institute of Health, from assisting New Americans to learn English, to raising awareness of the crisis of genocide in Darfur, from service in campus ministry and the office of admission to work in soup kitchens and preschools, our recipient demonstrated the care and compassion that are inspired by her deep faith and profound learning.
Because her concern for her brothers and sisters is as recognizable as her blond dredlocks, because her faith is strong, and because she balanced the power of her education with the power of her heart, Saint Anselm College is pleased to present this second award for service and citizenship to a member of the Class of 2007, a Psychology major from Winterport, Maine, Emerald L. Russell.