MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College Department of Athletics announced Kelly Lalonde and Charles Getchell as the first "Hawks Soar Higher" Award selections for the 2018-19 academic year on Friday.
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 awards are 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 who advocate for Saint Anselm student-athletes and go above and beyond in their contributions each day on the Hilltop.
Lalonde serves the campus community as an Associate Professor and the Department Chair for Economics and Business. Serving as the Faculty Athletics Representative for the Hawks in 2016-17, she has proven to be a strong advocate for the College's student-athletes since joining the institution in 2008.
"I enjoy working with student-athletes and seeing them be successful in the classroom as well as on the field or court," said Lalonde. "I understand how important all aspects of student life are and appreciate the hard work that the athletics department does to support our student-athletes. I am very thankful for this honor."
Getchell, the College Librarian, has assisted the campus community at large since 2013. He also has a role with the Hawks baseball program as its Faculty/Staff Team Advisor where he can be seen in the dugout at Sullivan Field during home games. He also travels to the team's annual spring break trip to support the student-athletes.
"I am so pleased to join my wonderful colleagues already recognized," said Getchell. "It is a pleasure to work with the entire athletics department, supporting our student-athletes while meeting so many families. I tell the baseball parents that I have '42 sons', including three of my own, and enjoy watching them practice and play.
"The most special moment will be when they receive their diplomas," concluded Getchell. "The appreciation these young women and men show and convey for the simple effort we make coming to see them compete is something I'll always treasure."