MANCHESTER, N.H. (September 28, 2020) – Payton Gullikson, a Warren, Minn. resident and recent graduate of Saint Anselm College, was awarded the Campus Compact for New Hampshire’s President’s Leadership Award for 2020 for her outstanding contributions to community service on campus. The award is for a student or student organization that has made service an integral part of their college experience as evidenced through their contribution to the community.

Gullikson, a communication major, has been a community engagement leader since her freshman year at Saint Anselm College when she began working with the Meelia Center for Community Engagement as an office assistant. During her sophomore year Gullikson was asked to help lead Meelia’s Service Events Team and in her final semester, she had become an integral part of Meelia’s student management team. In her work with the Meelia Center, Gullikson organized a Dance-a-thon fundraiser, which successfully raised more than $4,000 for a team of young environmental activists in Puerto Rico.

While at home during the COVID-19 crisis, Gullikson worked with her local school district to provide child care to children in the district whose parents were essential workers. This was a part of the Governor of Minnesota’s efforts to help bolster the economy and ensure that essential businesses were able to remain fully staffed during the COVID-19 pandemic. She looks forward to securing a job in her field that will utilize the skills and passions she forged at Saint Anselm College to make a difference in the wider world.


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

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Payton Gullikson