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Salve sends 11 Nuala Pell Fellows to Washington, D.C. for leadership training

Eleven Salve Regina sophomores, all fellows of the Nuala Pell Leadership Development Program for 2015-2016, are spending three days in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 29-31) to meet with United States and international government officials, participate in meetings and engage in team-building exercises designed to foster their leadership skills.

They are the first cohort of Nuala Pell Leadership fellows to make the trip to D.C. as part of their year-long development program, designed to convey the ideals and vision of the late Mrs. Pell. The program was launched in 2013 during an event at Salve Regina honoring Mrs. Pell’s lifetime of public service.

The students will meet with Tom Hughes, the late Sen. Claiborne Pell’s chief of staff from 1975 until his retirement, and attend meetings with members of the Rhode Island delegation, including Sen. Jack Reed, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. James Langevin and Rep. David Cicilline. They will also attend a reception at the Embassy of Liechtenstein, and meet personally with their host, Ambassador Claudia Fritsche, Principality of Liechtenstein.

Ambassador Fritsche was instrumental in organizing the agenda for the Salve students. She said the friendship between the Pells and Their Serene Highnesses, Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein go back a long time.

“Thoughtfulness, determination, grace and generosity are just a few attributes that come to mind when you think of Mrs. Pell,” she stated. “The princely family is very happy to remain connected to the Pell Center and is looking forward to the many opportunities this leadership program will offer to future leaders in public service.”

Also during their visit to Washington, D.C., the students have meetings scheduled with Dennis Wholey, award-winning television talk show host, and Iain Guest, founder and executive director of The Advocacy Project. They will also meet with World Bank staffers and participate in museum tours.

The Nuala Pell Leadership Program is housed at the Pell Center, which was established in 1996 to honor the legacy of her husband. Awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Salve Regina in 2006, Mrs. Pell worked to integrate Pell Center programming with the university’s undergraduate curriculum in order to expand opportunities for undergraduate students across all disciplines.

Each year, a new cohort of Salve Regina sophomores are selected from a competitive field of applicants as fellows in the Nuala Pell Leadership Program. Throughout the year, the students are exposed to the fundamentals of leadership and given the opportunity to work on public issues around Rhode Island. They are expected to give back as well – on campus, in the community and wherever life may take them.

Fellows participating in the trip include Jenna Abrams of Stamford, Conn., a psychology major; Alessio Ayuninjam of Tiverton, a graphic design major; Kathryn Clancy of Chelmsford, Mass., an elementary and special education major; Luc Copeland of Kalamazoo, Mich., a nursing major; Brittany Fox of Hopedale, Mass., a history major; Alexis Jankowski of North Attleboro, Mass., a psychology major; Omar Kane of New York, N.Y., a biology/neuroscience major; Jacob Lang of North Attleboro, Mass., a philosophy major; Amanda Reis of Everett, Mass., a global studies major; Kay Scanlan of Somersworth, N.H., a psychology major; and Devin Smith of Ipswich, Mass., a nursing major.