April 24, 2001

2001 Middlebury College Public Service Leadership Award Recipients

April 24, 2001

** Randy V. Cofield, Jr. Class of 2002

Randy has worked toward the enrichment of our campus environment since his earliest days here. He has been a force for change, serving on numerous committees and joining in many efforts including, among others, the Human Relations Committee, the Leadership Committee and the African American Alliance. He helped organize events such as a Halloween party for students and community families, and the symposium on Sub-Saharan Africa. Other of his activities have included an effort to bring a barber specializing in diverse hair types to campus, and a proposal for satellite networking at the PALANA Center, where he is the resident advisor. A recipient of the Margolin Outstanding Freshmen in Leadership Award, his work toward community awareness and social involvement amongst our students is creative and significant. In his first year of college, for instance, Randy founded and coordinated what is now the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, a day when students provide a variety of services to the local community as a special celebratory component to the national observance. Another example is Randy’s initiation and organization this year of Middlebury College’s Black History Month Conference, with five other colleges participating. It was the first such conference amongst all the NESCAC schools.


** Billie L. Goldman, Class of 2002

In Billie’s first year at Middlebury, she became a volunteer with the Special Olympics Vermont aquatics program in Addison County. She has continued to work with the program each year since, attending every practice session to help athletes who need extra personal attention to feel comfortable in the water, and to learn to swim. She has also recruited several other student volunteers to help with the team, as well. In addition to the dedication of time to coach these athletes during an intensive training schedule, Billie and her recruits also have organized and attended, annually, many social gatherings for the Addison crew—a bowling party, an ice cream social, and a dance party have helped to reinforce team spirit, as well as individual endeavor. Thanks to Billie’s infectious enthusiasm and committed coaching, one of the team’s athletes was able to attend this year’s Winter World Games in Anchorage, Alaska, and attributes her accomplishment in part to Billie’s encouragement and willingness to help make the trip happen. As one member of our college community puts it, "Billie is a giver. Her personal acts of kindness are never geared to draw attention to herself, and she gives with both grace and generosity. In Billie, caring is epitomized."


** Kelly A. Knapp, Class of 2001

Kelly has worked all four years of her college career as a "Community Friend" volunteer, demonstrating a dedication to public service on several levels. Throughout, she has been a faithful "big sister" to one child, providing creative, fun and healthy activities for him each week. The friendship and guidance she offers this young boy is a meaningful experience that helps provide the additional support and encouragement he will need to realize his full potential as a successful adult. As stated by the program’s coordinator, "The bond created between these two, through Kelly’s devoted attention, will last long after she has graduated." Her leadership extends beyond her role as a "big sister." She also serves as student coordinator for "Community Friends," and recruits many other volunteers to be positive role models through friendship with younger children. She is a skillful interviewer, and works hard to make successful "big and little sister and brother" matches between the college and grade school students. Participating in monthly program events, she also works with her peers, training them as coordinators as well as mentors, building a legacy of effective volunteer resources for the program that will continue past her graduation into the years to come.


** Marc S. Limmany, Class of 2001

Marc has served with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad since his junior year. An attendant working in a four-person crew, he provides emergency medical care in an ambulance that responds to rescue calls in 12-hour shifts. At the scene of an accident or other emergency, Marc works with the crew—often in a life or death situation—to assess the condition of shocked or injured patients, and he performs medical procedures as needed, both at the site and on the way to the hospital. A licensed emergency medical technician for three years, Marc spends his spare time in a way that is not immediately associated with the term "college student." After attending classes and studying all week, he dedicates from twelve to 24 hours each weekend to the rescue squad, for a total of 72 hours per month. He does not shy away from the grimmer, bloodier sides of life as many of us try to do, but instead struggles hard to meet their challenges preparedly and effectively. Marc’s volunteerism is absolutely indispensable. As one of his fellow students recently pointed out, "Vergennes residents depend on Marc’s volunteerism, weekend after weekend after weekend. It really means nothing short of entrusting him with their lives."


** Meredith G. Livoti, Class of 2001

Meredith is in her fourth year as a Project Independence volunteer. She has helped to provide a closely supervised home away from home for many of our community’s elder adults whose independence has been restricted because of chronic disease, disability or advanced age. She undertakes many of the small kindnesses of an ideal, dedicated "great-granddaughter" that help to make aging a gentler process. In her quiet and unassuming way, Meredith confidently goes about her work as soon as she enters the center, intuitively knowing what to do to lighten the day’s prospects for the older people around her. She cheerfully takes on numerous roles, including that of an entertaining buddy and comforting hand-holder. She is happy to accommodate, whether by reading aloud to her senior companions, or calling a Bingo game, by serving as a keen card partner, or a steady strolling partner. She understands the importance of offering a moment to keep loneliness at bay. In addition to the hours she spends personally with the Project’s elderly, Meredith also inspires her peers to make public service an important part of their lives, and recruits them for the day center. But, more than anything else, Meredith faithfully shares her sincere, helpful and joyous friendship, bringing comfort and good spirits to all those around her.


** Katherine M. Pruitt, Class of 2001

Katie began work with Page 1 as a first-year student at Middlebury. At the outset and in each year since, through her dedicated and highly successful efforts, she has been a driving force for the program, and an integral part of its ongoing leadership. She has worked both in direct literary service and behind the scenes, doing everything from tutoring and organizing book drives to designing publicity fliers and talking on local radio stations about Page 1 programs and events. In her junior year, while studying abroad in Australia, Katie stayed in close communication with the Page 1 coordinator, maintaining her involvement and leadership in the program. Upon her return, without missing a beat, she participated in a literacy event at Ilsley Library that focused on Australia, and shared her experiences of that country. This year, Katie helped Page 1 meet the needs of the Addison Central School by creating a tutoring program there. While personally working as a literacy tutor to two challenging students, Katie also made Page 1 a presence at the school by recruiting five other volunteers for the new program. She organized their work schedules and transportation to the distant school, assisted with their training, acquired appropriate tutoring materials, and served as the College’s liaison with the school’s literacy coordinator.



April 24, 2001

** Timothy S. Brownell, Class of 2002

During the past two years, Tim has promoted literacy awareness on campus and provided direct service in the community beyond, with dedication and inspiring originality. In addition to his work as a Foundation for Excellent Schools mentor, he participates in numerous Page 1 Literacy programs for elementary and middle school children. According to our Page 1 coordinator, Tim’s remarkable ability to relate to children has produced a large following of eager young scholars who ask, when signing up for a program, "Will Tim be here?" His ongoing service includes weekly participation in "Write On," a club for young authors at Mary Hogan School. Other examples of his activity range from reading aloud on a Saturday morning; attending leadership meetings; tutoring individual children; emailing encouragement to his young reading partners; and—in addition to his own commitments—filling in for other volunteers when needed. A student leader as well as a volunteer, Tim creates new Page 1 programs and recruits volunteers to help implement them. One of his programs, "Let’s Play: Reading and Writing Theater," brings reading and theater to 20 Shoreham school children. Tim not only gives large amounts of his time and energy in support of literacy, he also motivates his peers to do the same.


List of nominees and the organizations or people for which they served:

**For their work for the Addison County Women in Crisis hotline,
Morgan H. Bicknell, Class of 2001; and
Elinor E. Roberts, Class of 2002.


**For his volunteerism with at-risk youth through the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association and its "Future Stars Summer Camp" in Lowell, Massachusetts,
Matthew M. Wolf, Class of 2004.


**For her service to the elderly through the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging "Meals on Wheels" program,
Katie M. Simpson, Class of 2002.


**For his work as a mentor through the Counseling Service of Addison County's "Community Friends" program,
Christopher P. Cheang, Class of 2001.


**For her work as a "Community Friends" mentor, and also for her efforts toward the National MS Society's "Walk for Multiple Sclerosis,"
Kari N. Nygaard, Class of 2001.


**For her volunteer initiatives and activities on the Middlebury College campus and also in the local community through the Counseling Service of Addison County's "Community Associates;" for her service with the Foundation for Sustainable Development's "Centro Puntiti" program in Bolivia; and for her work with the Foundation for Community and Social Services in Ecuador,
Jessica L. Harper, Class of 2001.


**For their volunteerism on behalf of area senior citizens through Elderly Services' "Project Independence,"
Meredith G. Livoti; and
Benjamin I. Perin, both from the Class of 2001.


**For their service as mentors with the Foundation for Excellent Schools' "One More Step" program at Bridport Central School,
Grayson M. Fertig;
Kristie A. Gonzalez; and
John F. Kennedy, all three from the Class of 2002.


**For their service as mentors with "One More Step" at Middlebury Union Middle School,
Brian W. Ferry, Class of 2002;
Carl S. Larson, Class of 2003;
Michael V. Silberman, Class of 2002; and
Michael C. Unger, Class of 2003.


**For his many initiatives for the development of an enriched community awareness and social involvement at Middlebury College and in the larger community beyond,
Randy V. Cofield, Jr., Class of 2002.


**For her service to the Mary Johnson Children's Center,
Jessie Reynolds, Class of 2001.


**For their volunteer efforts on behalf of the Middlebury College Page 1 Literacy Project,
Timothy S. Brownell, Class of 2002;
Brian C. Radley, Class of 2003;
Morgan H. Wilson, Class of 2004; and
Amber L. Young, Class of 2003.


**For her efforts on behalf of Page 1 at the Addison Central School,
Katherine M. Pruitt, Class of 2001.


**For her efforts on behalf of Page 1 in conjunction with the Champlain Valley Office of Equal Opportunity's "Head Start" program,
Elizabeth A. Dawson, Class of 2003.


**For her efforts on behalf of Page 1; her leadership on campus through Middlebury College Volunteer Services and "Volunteer Preview;" and for her volunteerism at the Counseling Service of Addison County's Evergreen House,
Angela L. Schluchter, Class of 2003.


**For her many volunteer efforts on the Middlebury College campus, and for her leadership with Volunteer Services and "Volunteer Preview,"
Elizabeth J. Padgett, Class of 2001.


**For their leadership with Middlebury College Volunteer Services and "Volunteer Preview," and for service as mentors with the Counseling Service of Addison County's "Community Friends" program,
Katie E. Ziemba, Class of 2003; and
Kelly A. Knapp, Class of 2001.


**For her volunteer work as a choreographic director with the Middlebury Community Players,
Whitney J. Robinson, Class of 2001.


**For their service-from firefighting to fundraising-with the Middlebury Fire Department,
Andrew B. Klein; and
Jason A. Oleet, both of the Class of 2001.


**For her many volunteer efforts on the Middlebury College campus as well as with a medical mission in Haiti, and for her service with the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association,
Jessica L. Pasko, Class of 2001.


**For her work with the Open Door Clinic and the Community Health Services of Addison County,
Alisa J. Young, Class of 2003.


**For his volunteerism with the internationally active organization, Operation Smile, and for his initiative and leadership of the Operation Smile Middlebury Club on campus,
Christopher R. McLaughlin, Class of 2001.

**For her initiatives in Oaxaca, Mexico, and for her co-founding of its "Bridge to Community Health" program (or, in Spanish, the "Puente a la Salud Comunitaria"),
Anne M. Lionberger, Class of 2002.


**For her coaching and companionship with swim team athletes through the Special Olympics Vermont program in Addison County, and for her many other volunteer efforts on the Middlebury College campus,
Billie L. Goldman, Class of 2002.


**For his work and leadership on behalf of Spirit in Nature's Interfaith Path Center,
Dane B. Springmeyer, Class of 2002.


**For their volunteerism and leadership on the United Way of Addison County's Youth Advisory Council, and for their "Ski For Your Community" fundraising initiative,
Jaymie B. Gross; and
Nicole G. Hoeksma, both from the Class of 2001.


**For his volunteer emergency medical services on the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad,
Marc S. Limmany, Class of 2001.


**For her volunteer teaching and mentoring of children from low-income families through the Very Special Arts' "Home in the Arts" after-school program in Burlington, Vermont,
Kate H. Klapfish, Class of 2001.


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