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New Schweitzer Fellows Named

Below is the email press release from the New Hampshire/Vermont Schweitzer Fellowship program announcing this year’s Vermont Law School Schweitzer fellows..congratulations to all!

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is thrilled to announce that five Vermont Law School students have been selected as 2010-11 New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellows. Over the next year, these VLS students will join approximately 200 other 2010-11 Schweitzer Fellows across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the unmet health-related needs of underserved individuals and communities:

  • · Kelly Connolly, Vermont Law School
    Connolly aims to improve the health status of local elderly individuals by implementing a pet therapy visitation program. The presence of companion animals has been found to confer remarkable physiological, psychological, and emotional benefits-especially with lonely, isolated, and ill individuals-and this program will seek to maximize that healing presence. Community Site: TBD
  • · Renee Gregory, Vermont Law School
    Gregory aims to address the needs of rural domestic abuse victims by working with the Have Justice-Will Travel legal staff to provide direct services for clients. Additionally, she will research the development of a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) module within northern Windsor and Orange County.  The CCR module creates a protocol for communication between agencies and organizations dealing with issues of domestic abuse, increasing their overall effectiveness in preventing violence and responding to situations of abuse. Community Site: Have Justice -Will Travel (launched by Schweitzer Fellow and VLS alum Wynona Ward)
  • · Maximilian Merrill, Vermont Law School
    Merrill will address the mental and physical health needs of at-risk youth by creating an outdoor mentoring program that aims to mitigate “nature deficiency disorder.” With the help of volunteer mentors, the youth will learn to tie flies, understand ecology, try their hand at fly casting, and participate in flyfishing expeditions. Community Site: TBD
  • · Allison Silverman, Vermont Law School
    Silverman plans to improve environmental and community health by partnering with local certified energy auditors and Efficiency Vermont to initiate home energy audits and weatherization improvements in the Vermont Law School community. Silverman aims to promote energy efficiency and encourage local partnerships. Community Site: Dartmouth Energy Collaborative; Campus Greening Committee
  • · Michelle Tarnelli, Vermont Law School
    Tarnelli aims to improve the safety and health of children in Vermont by developing an awareness program with Vermont officials that will tour school districts throughout the state. Tarnelli will develop on-site student committees that will aid in leading school initiatives to increase awareness of child abduction, and support efforts to bring home missing children in Vermont and nationwide. Additionally, she plans to engage local cyclists and athletes to launch Vermont’s first Ride for Missing Children. Community Site: TBD

Upon completion of their initial year, these three Schweitzer Fellows will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life-and join a vibrant network of over 2,000 individuals who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals. They’ll follow in the heels of last year’s Schweitzer Fellows from VLS, Lisa Campion, Amanda George, Kirby Keeton, Codi Raymond, and Louisa Yanes.

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