PSU Graduate Lindsay Harrington Wins Stephen Eastman Leadership Award

June 25th, 2010 by Adam

During her four years at Plymouth State University, Lindsay Harrington of Derry, N.H. was a student whose classmates looked to for guidance and leadership. For her active role in the class of 2010, the PSU President’s Council has honored her with the R. Stephen Eastman Leadership Award. Steve Eastman, PSC Class of ’71, was a leader in student government, the Greek system and in the classroom. A member of the PSU President’s Council, he passed away in 2008. Council Chairman Wallace Stevens said Harrington embodies the spirit of Eastman’s legacy.

Lindsay Harrington with parents
Lindsay Harrington, center, with parents Michael and Donnamaria Harrington, is the first-ever recipient of the Stephen Eastman Leadership Award, as chosen by the Plymouth State University President’s Council. Lindsay accepted the award in a June 25 ceremony with members of the President’s Council

“Steve Eastman embodied what President Theodore Roosevelt spoke of about the joy of ‘being in the arena’ ,” Stevens said. “Steve lived his dreams to the fullest. He was not an observer of life but an active participant. He was a leader for so many.”

The award, which may be given annually, was established by the President’s Council and recognizes students like Steve Eastman, who have the courage to lead with integrity and to do the right thing, rather than that which meets with popular or emotional need.

The President’s Council is a volunteer advisory group that provides leadership and support to the President of Plymouth State University regarding development and fundraising. The mission of the Council is to raise funds for endowments and to develop University resources that will advance the mission and vision of Plymouth State University.Harrington, the 2010 PSU Student Senate Speaker, said she is grateful to receive the award.

“I’m truly grateful for being a part of this community,” Harrington said. “I don’t think I could have learned the lessons I did anywhere else, to have such an amazing support network and the people to learn from…I’m so grateful to leave here with those skills and those memories.”

Harrington has a long record of accomplishment at PSU, including:

Member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, 2008- Present

Recognized all four years for Academic Excellence in Political Science, 2006-2010

One of eight students to represent PSU at Harvard University’s World Model United Nations 2010, Taipei, Taiwan

Top 20 Seniors – selected by faculty and staff based on academic achievement, community service, co-curricular activities, and overall contribution to campus community

Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 2009 & 2010

Student Senate Torch Award, 2010 – given to an elected Student Senate member who has shown hard-work, dedication, worked to better student life as a whole, and has a strong passion for the organization.

Harrington, the daughter of Michael and Donnamaria Joyal Harrington of Derry, will continue her education this fall at the University of New Hampshire, seeking a master’s in political science.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or