Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco recently recognized the outstanding civic work of select Tufts students with the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service. For over a dozen years the awards have recognized outstanding civic achievement across Tufts schools.

“These awards honor outstanding student achievement as active citizens – a core Tufts value and one of our defining strengths as an institution,” said President Monaco in his opening remarks. “The inspiring community service and social change accomplishments of students from all parts of the university illustrates the broad spectrum of civic leadership that Tufts supports. Our students are truly making an impact on critical real world challenges – on campus, in our host communities, and internationally.”

The Presidential Award was established in 1999 by then President John DiBiaggio. All Tufts students are eligible for nomination. This year’s recipients were:

Graduate Students
Anne Fleming, V13
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Introduced by Joann Lindenmayer, Associate Professor


Nicholas Gordon, D12
School of Dental Medicine

Introduced by Melissa Ing, Associate Professor

Ivan Rasmussen, F14
The Fletcher School

Introduced by Gerard Sheehan, Executive Associate Dean


Catherine Logan, M12
School of Medicine

Introduced by Amy Kuhlik, Dean of Students

Zara-Marie Spooner, G14
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Child Development

Introduced by Kathleen Camara, Associate Professor, Child Development


Inga Keithly, D12
School of Dental Medicine

Introduced by Stephen Hsu, Clinical Associate Professor


Kaitlyn Dunn, M12
School of Medicine, JD/MPH

Introduced by Marcia Boumil, Associate Professor

Undergraduate Students
Brianna Atkinson, A12
English, School of Arts and Sciences

Introduced by Katrina Moore, Director, Africana Center


Patrick Cassidy, E12
Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering

Introduced by Jay Civetti, Head Coach, Athletics

Allister Chang, A12
History, School of Arts and Sciences

Introduced by Jeanne Marie Penvenne, Associate Professor, History

Sasha deBeausset, A12
Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences

Introduced by Rosalind Shaw, Associate Professor and Interim Chairperson, Anthropology and Sherman Teichman Director, Institute of Global Leadership

Laura Glick, A13
Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences

Introduced by Rebecca Scott,  Director, Planned Giving, The Sharewood Project

Chelsea Hogan, A12
Chemistry and Environmental Studies, School of Arts and Sciences

Introduced by Jonathan Kenny, Professor, Chemistry

Kristen Johnson, A12
International Relations, School of Arts and Sciences

Introduced by Mindy Nierenberg, Senior Program Manager, Tisch College

Christopher Larson, A12
Peace and Justice Studies, School of Arts and Sciences

Introduced by Dale Bryan, Assistant Director, Peace and Justice Studies

Originally published May 2012