Martin Institute Names Outstanding Senior Award Winners
December 12, 2008
Director of the Martin Institute and Political Science Professor Peter Ubertaccio has announced Nicole Landry '09 and Christopher Tirrell '09 will both receive the Joseph W. Martin Outstanding Senior Award.
Each year, the Martin Institute honors graduating seniors committed to public service. This year the Institute sought nominees who have demonstrated their commitment to understanding the global community in conjunction with its two-year theme on globalization.
"Speaker Martin was deeply committed to the worthiness of public service as a calling. The Institute honors his service with this award," explained Ubertaccio.
"Through their impressive records of achievement, their personal gifts, and their devotion to public service at Stonehill and beyond, Nicole and Chris exemplify the Martin Institute's mission of preparing our students for lives as active citizens in service to an improved human community."
Nicole Landry '09
A psychology major and sociology minor, Landry has been passionately involved with several service groups and activities since her first year at Stonehill. She has also completed several internships and research projects during her time at the College.
One of the first members of the CROSSINGS Student Ministers program, Landry has collaborated with Campus Ministers in prayer and practice and has promoted a healthy lifestyle and spirituality for students throughout the last two years.
This year, she is serving as a coordinator for both My Brother's Keeper and the Student Ministers program. She is also Vice President of the Lambda Epsilon Sigma Honor Society.
In both the spring of 2007 and 2008, she was a H.O.P.E. Student Leader, in which she traveled with other students to Tennessee during spring break to rebuild houses and help those in need. She is planning to participate in the program again this spring.
A native of Waltham, Landry has worked as a student leader for several retreats and projects since her first-year, including the Encounters Christ Retreat.
She has received many awards for her exceptional commitment to service, including the 2008 Community Service Award, 2007 Into the Streets Service Award, 2008 Junior Class Leadership Award and the 2008 Americorps Student Leader in Service Award after completing 300 hours of volunteer work.
Last summer, Landry worked with a fellow student and Assistant Professor of Psychology Christopher Poirier through the S.U.R.E. program on a research project on age bias. The three are in the process of publishing a manuscript on their research.
Landry is currently interning with the guidance department at Bishop Stang High School. She has also interned for Stonehill Campus Ministry, the Veteran's Administration Hospital and the Stonehill Office of Career Services.
A Dean's List student since her first-year, she has maintained a grade point average of 3.79 and has been awarded three travel grants, four academic scholarships as well as the Brassil Fitzgerald Scholarship.
She plans to attend graduate school next year to earn a master's degree in counseling psychology. Following her graduate students, she hopes to complete a year of service.