Admission Counselor, recent grad, honored as Newman Civic Fellow
Katherine Hackett, a Saint Michael's admission counselor and 2011 cum laude graduate, was recognized as a 2011 Newman Civic Fellow by Vermont Campus Compact (VCC) at their 2012 Statewide Awards Ceremony on April 12 at the Capitol Conference Center in Montpelier, Vt.
Former Governor of Vermont Madeleine M. Kunin presented the award to Ms. Hackett.
"This award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change."
Ms. Hackett was cited for her outstanding volunteer work while a student at Saint Michael's. She worked for four years with Best Buddies, an international organization creating integrated opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and she continues now, post-graduation, with her commitment to her buddy Linda. She was also cited for her work while studying abroad in Ecuador where she worked with students with cognitive and physical disabilities. She was also a remarkably effective organizer for the Penguin Plunge, a fund-raiser in Vermont for the Vermont Special Olympics.
The citation concluded that "Through direct interaction, and as a fundraiser and advocate, Ms. Hackett has offered education and awareness to the wider community, insisting on respect and dignity for all."
A very active student at Saint Michael's, Ms. Hackett served as office manager for the student activities office from January 2009 till she graduated in May of 2011. In this capacity she supervised student workers, managed Eddies, the student lounge, and organized major events including New Student Orientation, Senior Week and Family Weekend. She was a campus tour guide for visiting families for three years, and coordinator of pre-orientation weekend for three years. She also served as an executive in the student government filling the office of Secretary of Academics, and in that role she started the 24-hour study-space initiative.
Ms. Hackett, now a resident of Winooski, VT, is the daughter of William and Madelaine Hackett of Huntington L.I.
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