Athletics announces December 2018 "Hawks Soar Higher" Award recipients

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College Department of Athletics announced Fr. John Fortin, O.S.B. and Ashleigh Sargent as the December 2018 "Hawks Soar Higher" Award selections on Monday.

All-Time Award Recipients

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.

Father John, in his 52nd year of service to Saint Anselm, has served the College in many capacities, including but not limited to his time in campus ministry, residential life, the Board of Trustees, and as the Dean of Students. The 1971 graduate of Saint Anselm was also the founding director of the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies and is also a professor of philosophy on the Hilltop.

"In my association with student-athletes over the years, I have come to understand that participating in athletics enables a student a unique opportunity to develop and perfect the values of preparation, perseverance and teamwork that can be markers for success in any endeavor," said Fr. Fortin.

Sargent has been a member of the Saint Anselm community since August of 2016 and is the institution's Associate Director of Admission Operations & Communications. She is a point person for all athletics-related inquiries and has developed strong relationships with the athletics staff during her tenure, aiding coaches in the recruiting process.

"The key to the strong relationship that exists between athletics and admission is largely because of Ashleigh's hard work," remarked Eric Nichols, the Vice President of Enrollment and the Dean of Admission at Saint Anselm. "I'm sure all of our coaches would agree that when something is needed, Ashleigh is there to help."