Six VLS Students Named Schweitzer Fellows
May 16, 2012
The 29 graduate students will spend the next year learning to address the social factors that impact health, developing lifelong leadership skills and living physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer's message of service. Joining approximately 220 other 2012-13 Schweitzer Fellows at 12 program sites throughout the U.S., the New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellows will partner with local community-based organizations to develop and implement yearlong, mentored service projects that improve the health and well-being of underserved people -- all on top of their regular academic responsibilities.
The 2012-13 VLS Schweitzer Fellows, who join a long list of previous Fellows from Vermont Law School, are:
• Daniel Liebowitz and Ariel Solaski, who will launch a LPFM radio station for Royalton, Vermont, and surrounding towns with programming that emphasizes community health and well-being. The radio station will serve as a platform for community members of all ages and interests to collaborate, share knowledge, and engage in discussion.
• Stephanie Peters, who will work to grow the client and volunteer base and raise community visibility for Rutland Volunteer Garden Service, a program launched by Schweitzer Fellow Kate Thomas '13 that pairs teens and seniors to provide gardening help and promote cross-generation connections.
• Robin Seila, who will implement yoga and meditation programming for senior citizens and cancer patients at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
• Karen White, who will partner with Have Justice-Will Travel, which was founded by Schweitzer Fellow Wynona Ward '98, to help provide legal assistance for victims of domestic violence.
• Natalie Wicklund, who will work with Safeline to educate high school students in the Upper Valley area about dating violence with the goal of reducing such instances.
Since 1996, VLS Schweitzer Fellows have each contributed at least 200 hours of service annually to community projects they create. The 2011-12 VLS Fellows were Theo Fetter ‘12, William Tucker ‘12, Sarah Mooney ‘13, Ida Nininger ‘13, Vikram Patel ‘13 and Kate Thomas ‘13. The 2010-11 VLS Fellows were Kelly Connolly ‘12, Renee Gregory ‘11, Maximilian Merrill ‘12, Allison Silverman ‘12 and Michelle Tarnelli ‘12.
Since 1996, the New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellows Program has supported more than 350 Schweitzer Fellows in delivering nearly 70,000 hours of service. The program is funded entirely through charitable donations and grants. Sponsors include Vermont Law School, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation in New Hampshire, the Byrne Foundation, the Couch Family Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the Grafton County Medical Society, Hypertherm, Inc., the Lintilhac Foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
Founded in 1940 to support Dr. Albert Schweitzer's medical work in Africa, ASF is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop Leaders in Service: individuals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities and whose example influences and inspires others.