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December 2021


Headshot of Drew LambertDrew Lambert, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy


Why do you decide to give back?

I give back to be a part of the Husson community. I want to support students in every way I can as a teacher and as a donor. The programs the donations support help Husson to maintain and expand their enrollment and keep the campus community vibrant.

What about Husson is most impactful to you?

The personality of the campus. Husson is open and welcoming and is a close, tight-knit community. Professors know their students. They are approachable and this makes a difference in the lives of students. And the faculty know each other and support each other. Since beginning at Husson in 2013, it has been a pleasure to meet and get to know the whole Husson community. 

Why do you think others should join you in giving?

I think giving brings people together and helps everyone be more invested in student and University success. Donations make an impact on student lives and it supports their success in a variety of different ways.



Headshot of Taylor AveryTaylor Avery, MS
Stewardship & Communications Coordinator, Office of Advancement


Why do you decide to give back?

Husson University has so many opportunities available for students no matter their interests, goals or career aspirations. I know that the extra financial support from those who give to Husson allows many students to take advantage of these opportunities -- students who otherwise may not have been able to. Regardless of the amount given or the area of campus you support, every gift counts and can help make a student's dream a reality.

What about Husson is most impactful to you?

This school has played a major role in my personal and professional growth over the past few years. Having been a graduate student here, then a graduate assistant and now back as a full-time employee, I'm very lucky to have had such a unique and transformative Husson experience. The University is truly its own community that expands farther than just the campus itself. It's amazing to see what other Husson graduates have gone on to accomplish.

Why do you think others should join you in giving?

I want every student to enjoy their time here as much as I did and to continue to have the best possible resources, classroom spaces and learning opportunities. When you give back, you are shaping the experience for students today and for future generations.

November 2021

Jeffrey Hope, MA
Journalism Program Coordinator & Instructor, New England School of Communications


Headshot of Jeffrey HopeWhy do you decide to give back?

I'm a planner, a skill that comes in handy on multiple fronts. In terms of giving and saving, I believe in the well-known strategy that advises "pay yourself first." So, with every paycheck, I have some money set aside for my family's future and some set aside for Husson's future. As someone who wholeheartedly believes in this institution, it makes sense to help in any way I can.

What about Husson is most impactful to you?

There is no simple or short answer to this, other than to say, "in many ways."

  • My life is made better daily by supportive coworkers and thoughtful students.
  • I've been greatly impacted by Husson's willingness to further my education as well as my family's.
  • I'm impacted by the positive attitude of my "can-do" coworkers.
  • The classes I teach have me constantly thinking about our world, the media and technology in ways I never would have considered previously.

Why do you think that others should join you in giving?

If you are investing in Husson, you are investing in a future for students, fellow faculty, staff, administrators, friends, and friends you have yet to meet. And, of course, you are also investing in yourself, and there is no better cause than that. Pay yourself first.



Shelly Tennett, EdD
Assistant Professor, Chair of Teacher Education, School of Education


Headshot of Shelly TennettWhy do you decide to give back?

Teaching is what I was born to do. Having a hand in shaping the future of education as a professor in the Teacher Preparation program is extremely rewarding and giving back to Husson is one way that I can show my commitment to our students, their learning and their futures.

What about Husson is most impactful to you?

The relationships that are built at Husson are the foundation of all of the great work that happens on our campus every day. Faculty, staff and students are instrumental to the success of Husson and are making a tremendous difference in our community. I have seen firsthand how these positive relationships benefit young people in our schools The ripple effect of great teaching is inspiring. Being a part of the growth of the University and the teaching profession by giving back is very exciting to be a part of.

Why do you think that others should join you in giving?

Giving back is a way to invest in the future of our community. Giving back, even in a small way, signifies our commitment to the future of Husson and the future of our students, graduates, and society as a whole.

October 2021

Tawny Cookson, MBA
Senior Accountant

Photo of Tawny CooksonWhy do you decide to give back?

 I was 16 when I first visited Husson and I immediately fell in love with the campus and knew it was where I wanted to go after high school. Since that first visit, I've gotten to "grow-up" with Husson. I was a student when Husson College became Husson University. I witnessed the campus expand and grow as I grew into adulthood, graduated and started my accounting career here. As an alumna turned employee, Husson has been such a big part of my personal history that I wanted to give back to the place that has come to mean so much to me.

What about Husson is most impactful to you?

We're a University that provides quality education, but we're so much more than that. For many of our students, Husson becomes a home, a family and a place they feel accepted. The best part is no matter what role you serve at Husson, you have the opportunity to change students' lives and be a part of their experiences and successes.

Why do you think others should join you in giving?

I like to believe that as much as Husson has impacted me, that I've had my own impact on Husson as well, through giving. I would encourage others to give and make their own personal impact because at the end of the day, this institution would not be what it is without the people who help shape it.


Kimberly Davis, OTD, MS, OTR/L
Associate Professor, School of Occupational Therapy


Photo of Kimberly Davis Why do you decide to give back?

I was lucky enough to have parents who supported my educational efforts. I want to do the same for others. Watching students succeed in the classroom and go on to follow their professional goals is one of the most rewarding parts of my career. I like being able to help them achieve their goals beyond the classroom through scholarships.

 What about Husson is most impactful to you?

I think the connections that students are able to make with faculty, staff and fellow students provide the most impact. These connections give them a link to the future in both their professional and personal lives. Students are often able to work beside faculty through internships and learn life skills including collegiality and professionalism. We as faculty are their mentors and then, after graduation, their peers. I have had the opportunity to work under several of Husson's graduates and nothing gives me more pleasure than following their lead.

Why do you think others should join you in giving?

I think it is important to support Husson's efforts in whatever way works for the individual. I believe that students see employees' support Husson endeavors through annual giving, scholarships and new building efforts. We are their mentors and they are more likely to mirror the behaviors they witness. By supporting them now, they will, in time support others.

September 2021

Cassandra White, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Headshot of Cassandra White

Why do you decide to give back?

As a native Mainer from Hermon, I knew I wanted to be a pharmacist at the age of 12. Earning my Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree at that time meant I needed to go to another state for my higher education. After the opening of Husson University's School of Pharmacy in 2007, I was able to return to Maine and find my calling in pharmacy education. I give back because I am committed to Husson and our students, have a sincere passion for pharmacy and am fulfilled by a career in academia.

What about Husson is most impactful to you?

The people at Husson are truly what makes our University special. Regardless of whether you are a native "Mainah," a "transplant," or "from away," everyone is welcomed and an important part of our institution. It has been a blessing to develop lifelong friendships with colleagues and maintain meaningful relationships with students. I also appreciate the efforts of the many administrators, faculty and staff who make Husson a fun, safe and reputable place to work.

Why do you think others should join you in giving?

Education is one of the most powerful investments we can make for ourselves and others. Giving back demonstrates your investment in Husson. I am proud to be a part of this community and encourage others in donating. It is easy to enroll in automatic payments and our future will be better for it. 


Garth Cormier, Associate Vice President of Information Technology


Headshot of Garth CormierWhy do you decide to give back?
One word: community.
What about Husson is most impactful to you?
The manner in which Husson University prepares and excites students about their futures is, in my eyes, one of the most powerful differentiators setting Husson apart. But beyond that, Husson develops great community stewards. There isn't a week that goes by that I don't see a Husson faculty, staff, or student, out in our local and regional communities making a difference. Beyond the boundaries of the campus and the classrooms are communities. These communities are stronger because of Husson University.
Why do you think others should join you in giving?
People invest their resources (money, time, effort) in the things that they believe in and things that generate a return on that investment. I believe in Husson and when one looks around our communities, the return on that investment is clear. I would ask all my colleagues to join me in a community of giving!