Granite State College Award Winners Give Back to the Community

Granite State College Award Recipients

Two members of the Granite State College community have been recognized by Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) for their efforts to help others throughout the region. Christine Williams, assistant vice president of enrollment operations, and Derek Reiss, who is completing his bachelor of science degree in Communication Studies, were honored at the award ceremony on Tuesday, April 10 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.

“Granite State College, since its inception, was intended to be a resource for the State of New Hampshire and its communities, and we take pride in the ways that our students and our colleagues apply their GSC education for the greater good,” said Mark Rubinstein, president. “It’s wonderful to have the efforts of Christine and Derek recognized as they are two of Granite State College’s best!”

Christine Williams was honored with the 2018 Presidents’ Good Steward Award, which honors a faculty, administration, or staff member who has contributed their expertise to the community through public service. Christine is a board member for Easterseals and serves as an advisory board member of Manchester’s Palace Theatre. She is vice chair and board member of Volunteer NH. Christine is also a skilled volunteer with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). She is trained to respond, along with EMS, to large-scale emergencies by providing immediate care for victims, organizing spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site, and collecting information to support first responder efforts.

Derek Reiss received the 2018 Presidents’ Leadership Award. The award honors individual students or student organizations that have made “outstanding contributions to community service, service learning, and/or civic engagement.” Derek turned his love of hockey into an opportunity to teach and help others. He supports a professional women’s hockey team, the Boston Pride, and coaches kids who are part of the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Youth Hockey organization. Derek is a veteran, having served three tours of duty in Iraq. He plays for the Skate for the 22 Foundation, an organization that uses hockey to raise funds for awareness and prevention of suicide among veterans.

CCNH brings colleges and universities together with the community to improve life across the state with the aim of raising the awareness of higher education’s role in preparing students for careers.