MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College Associate Professor of Chemistry Nicole Eyet and Director of Physical Plant Don Moreau were named the recipients of the "Hawks Soar Higher" Award for the month of March 2018. Both individuals were presented with their awards in person on Tuesday.
Debuting in the Fall of 2017, the special award was created to allow the Department of Athletics to recognize individuals that are instrumental to the College's efforts to offer a first class, transformational student-athlete experience. The award will be issued each month during the academic year to two individuals employed by the institution outside of athletics.
Recipients will be colleagues, faculty, staff or administrators that advocate for Saint Anselm student-athletes and who go above and beyond in their contributions each day on the Hilltop.
Now in her ninth year at Saint Anselm, Eyet has taught a variety of courses within the chemistry department at Saint Anselm, including general chemistry, physical chemistry and instrumental chemistry, as well as instructing the corresponding labs. She also regularly teaches an integrated science course for non-majors designed for education studies majors. Eyet also performs fire dynamics research with students.
"It's an honor, I come from a department that potentially doesn't have the same density of athletes than other departments but it's always nice to see them excel in my classes," Eyet said. "We have some really great student-athletes in our classes, so it's great to be able to support them when I can."
"Organizational skills are the things that make them stand out," she added. "Not that our other students aren't busy, but student-athletes are good at using the time they have – it's impressive how student-athletes perform with their typically rigid schedule."
A 1980 alum of the College, Moreau has worked on the Hilltop for over 25 years and has been the director of physical plant since 1989. Along with his team, Moreau has been at the heart of many major projects in athletics, including the construction of Grappone Stadium and the renovation of the new student-athlete success center.
"I really appreciate this award," Moreau remarked. "Most of the credit belongs to my staff. I direct but they do most of the work. We are all happy to help in any way and it is great to be part of the continued improvements on campus."