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Medfield Resident Receives Award for Service to Community

MANCHESTER, N.H. (October 19, 2020) – Theresa (Tess) Beardsley of Medfield, Mass., a senior at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., is the recipient of the Newman Civic Fellowship from Campus Compact, a national coalition of over 1,000 colleges and universities.

Campus Compact honored Beardsley, a social work major and psychology minor, with the fellowship for her leadership and dedication to serve the community. She was nominated for the fellowship by Saint Anselm College President Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D., who believed that her actions mirror the beliefs and deeds of Dr. Frank Newman, founder of Campus Compact, who was a strong advocate for fostering student civic learning, participation in service, and community engagement.

Through the college’s Meelia Center for Community Engagement, Beardsley began as a service-learner and connected what she was learning in her social work courses to her community engagement. She then became a site coordinator for the Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC), a residential facility for court-ordered juveniles. There, student volunteers, like herself, were exposed to and developed an understanding of the systemic issues impacting disadvantaged youth such as poverty, addiction, and unequal access to resources. Now, Beardsley is a community support manager for the Meelia Center where she helps manage a staff of over 90 students, facilitates group discussions, and organizes professional development opportunities.

Beardsley is also involved in other programs at Saint Anselm. She helps to lead a Good Grief group for those who have lost loved ones and coordinates Hunger and Homelessness Awareness events on campus.


ABOUT SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE: Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a nationally-ranked four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in the greater Boston region in southern New Hampshire, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts curriculum, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, commitment to inclusiveness, a highly successful nursing program, and a legacy of community service.

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Theresa (Tess) Beardsley