April 25, 2001

2001 Middlebury College Public Service Leadership Awards

Alma Gibbs Donchian Literacy Award also bestowed at Middlebury College's annual service award dinner.

2001 Middlebury College Public Service Leadership Award Nominees and Recipients

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—More than 40 Middlebury College students received citations of commendation for volunteer work in the Addison County community at the College’s annual Public Service Leadership Award dinner held on Tuesday, April 24. Of the students who received the certificates of merit, six received the 2001 Public Service Leadership Award. Another student received the Alma Gibbs Donchian Literacy Award.

The seven award-winning students will each choose a nonprofit organization to receive a $300 donation, made by the College on each student’s behalf. Donations on behalf of the students will amount to a total of $2,100.

It is estimated that more than half of the College’s students have been engaged in community service projects or service-related initiatives this year. More than 500 students are involved in ongoing projects, providing a minimum of two hours per week for dozens of agencies and individuals, amounting to more than 28,000 hours of student volunteer effort per academic year—the equivalent of nearly 20 people working for the needs of the community full-time, year-round.

Award recipients were seniors Kelly Knapp, of Clinton, N.Y., for volunteer services on the College campus and also with the Counseling Service of Addison County’s "Community Friends" program; Marc Limmany, of Albuquerque, N.M., for his emergency response team efforts with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad; Meredith Livoti, of Scarsdale, N.Y., for her volunteerism with Elderly Services, Inc.’s "Project Independence;" and Katherine Pruitt, of Colorado Springs, Colo., for her work on behalf of Addison Central School and the College’s Page 1 Literacy Project. Also receiving the award were juniors Randy Cofield of Fairview Heights, Ill., for his leadership with the College’s Martin Luther King Day of Service, Black History Month Conference, and other initiatives for the development of an enriched community awareness and social involvement; and Billie Goldman, of Doylestown, Pa., for her coaching and companionship with the Special Olympics Vermont swim program in Addison County. The recipient of the Donchian Literacy Award is Timothy Brownell, of Ridgewood, N.J., for his efforts on behalf of several area schools and programs through Middlebury College’s Page 1 Literacy Project.

At the dinner, President John McCardell told honorees that the public service aspect of student life ranks among the most noteworthy achievements. He said, "You join a lengthening line of Middlebury students embodying the values of volunteer service, a tradition that is one of the most respected on campus. Through your efforts, the lives of people throughout the broad community in which we live are improved."

Keynote speaker for the dinner was Peter Langrock, founding partner of Langrock Sperry & Wool. Under Langrock’s leadership, the successful firm has kept pro bono work at the heart of its community focus, and was awarded the 2000 Pro Bono Law Firm Award by the National Law Journal.

Each year in February or March, a call for nominations goes out to the community to begin the selection process for the award. Decisions are based upon students’ demonstrated dedication to a cause, level of help toward making a positive change for an individual or for the community, and initiative toward increasing the awareness and involvement of other Middlebury College students in public service. Each nomination was returned to the College’s service learning office and reviewed by a committee of College students, faculty, and staff.

2001 Middlebury College Public Service Leadership Award Recipients


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