Public Service Leadership Awards

Middlebury College is pleased to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Public Service Leadership Dana Morosini Reeve ’84 Memorial Public Service Award winner Kate Bass with then Dean Gus Jordan, Alliance for Civic Engagement Director Tiffany Nourse Sargent ’79, and donor Patrick J. Durkin ’79.Awards. This event has grown from the wish of one alumnus to recognize students who spend their lives serving others to an annual celebration of student service.

Public service takes shape in many different ways—through volunteering, activism, and advocacy—and these awards recognize the enormous contribution made by our student body to our College, surrounding communities, and beyond. Recipients are selected based upon demonstrated dedication to a cause, how the student has effected change (be it for one individual or community-wide), and the extent to which the student has adopted a leadership role in increasing the awareness and involvement of Middlebury College students in that area of public service.

The purpose of the Public Service Leadership Award is to encourage students of Middlebury College—in their work while here as well as after graduation—to strive for distinction in public service. In doing so, this suggests to all members of the Middlebury community that inherent in the Middlebury education is a responsibility and an eagerness to be an unselfish participant and leader in community, national, and world affairs. It asks each student not to settle for the commonplace in character any more than for the commonplace in academic achievement. It reminds us that one cannot make a lasting and positive impression on the world through ambition and intellectual power without an equal amount of social conscience.

In addition to six Public Service Leadership Awards, three specific acknowledgments are also made:

2010 Public Service Leadership Award winners and nomineesThe Dana Morosini Reeve ‘84 Memorial Public Service Award is given to the student who best exemplifies Dana’s spirit and determination as she tirelessly and selflessly devoted her life to caring for her husband Christopher Reeve and, through the Christopher Reeve Foundation, to her work as an advocate for all those with spinal cord injuries.

The John M. McCardell Jr. Public Service Award is given to the student who best exemplifies efforts that bring Middlebury, both the College and the Town, more closely together for a public benefit. In this way, we honor the values to which John had been so strongly committed during his tenure as president and celebrate others who continue the tradition of this very important work.

The Bonnie McCardell Public Service Award is given to a student for actions in support of youth and who best exemplifies outreach in one of the following areas: youth and family services, literacy, and the special needs that arise during the critical middle and early high school years. All of these areas were of particular interest and concern to Bonnie and causes to which she devoted much of her time and energy.

The generous support of the Patrick J. Durkin (Middlebury College Class of 1979) Fund makes these awards possible.

The 2014 Public Service Leadership Award recipients will be announced at the Dean of the College Student Leadership Awards Ceremony on May 1st at 7:00 p.m. in Atwater Dining Hall.