2001 Middlebury College Public

Service Leadership Awards

Alma Gibbs Donchian Literacy Award

also bestowed at Middlebury College’s annual service award



Middlebury College Public Service Leadership Award Nominees and


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.


Middlebury College Public Service Leadership Award


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