Volunteer extraordinaire and dedicated Spartan alumna Cecelia Hunt ‘11 was awarded the 2020 Spartan Service Award of Excellence by Castleton University. Recognized for her years of distinguished service in the Castleton community and beyond, Hunt has served as a member of the Friends of the Fair Haven Library, a Fair Haven Library trustee, the Fair Haven Town moderator, the Slate Valley Unified School District moderator, a board member of Fair Haven Concerned, a board member and Treasurer of the Castleton Community Center, a member and officer of the Fair Haven Historical Society, and a member and officer of the Castleton Women's Club, in addition to her continued role on the Castleton Alumni Association Board of Directors.
“My husband would describe me as a professional volunteer, but I have always loved working collaboratively with others,” she said. “Working for community organizations like the library, Fair Haven Concerned, and the Castleton Community Center allows me to meet and work with others who enjoy building community.”
The Spartan Service Award is given for outstanding service to the University. The award recognizes the achievements of individuals working on behalf of the University through service in alumni programs, on advisory committees, and through efforts made to ensure the welfare of the institution, in addition to significant contributions of time, service, and talents throughout the years. This individual exemplifies what it means to be a Spartan and inspires the world around them through service to the community.
Hunt has served on the Castleton Alumni Association Board of Directors for nearly a decade, including two terms as board President spanning over six years. She also engages with the University on a variety of other levels including helping to organize and attend social events, specialty student programming, and homecoming as well as philanthropically supporting important University endeavors. She is a staple at the University’s signature events, such as candle lighting, career fairs, blood drives, and Commencement. She was recently selected to serve on the VSCS Chancellor's Alumni Council, and in January 2020, Hunt was invited by Governor Phil Scott to attend his State of the Union address, where he recognized her for her volunteer work in the community.
The Spartan Service Award of Excellence award was to be presented to Hunt at the annual Castleton Gala in June 2020 which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will instead be presented at a small campus awards gathering in August.