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Sophomores named Nuala Pell Leadership Program fellows for 2015-16 academic year

Twelve sophomores committed to developing their leadership skills have been selected from a competitive field of applicants as fellows in the Nuala Pell Leadership Program for the 2015-2016 academic year at Salve Regina University. Named in honor of the late Nuala Pell, the wife of U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell and a long-time university trustee, the program aims to build students’ leadership skills to be used both in the classroom and in the real world. Participating students will receive specialized leadership training throughout their sophomore years. Based at Salve Regina’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, the program is delivered by core staff of the Pell Center and outside guests. Students making up 2015-2016 class of Nuala Pell Leadership Program Fellows include: Jenna Abrams of Stamford, Conn., a psychology major; Alessio Ayuninjam of Tiverton, a graphic design major; Tabitha-Anne Bloodsaw, of New York, N.Y., a theatre and philosophy 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; Kay Scanlan of Somersworth, N.H., a psychology major; Devin Smith of Ipswich, Mass., a nursing major; and Amanda Reis of Everett, Mass., a global studies major. “As a whole, this is a high-achieving group of students who represent a variety of academic majors and bring diverse experiences, ideas and communication styles to the program,” said Chelsea Buffington, program director. The program will include monthly meetings where students engage in topics ranging from leadership theory and leadership ethics to managing change and vision mapping. Each meeting will feature a dinner during which the fellows will engage with an invited leader, organically learning specific pathways to leadership and attributes of successful leaders. In the fall, the fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. where they will participate in group meetings with a wide variety of leaders, attend a reception honoring the Nuala Pell Leadership Program, and engage in team-building exercises. Each student will also shadow an Aquidneck Island leader and participate in teams of four in a service project that they design and implement themselves. The students will also attend quarterly luncheons with Nuala Pell Leadership Fellows who have already completed the program. In spring 2016, they will participate in an individual presentation on their shadowing experience and a group presentation on their service project. At the end of the year, students will participate in a reception with all cohorts of the Nuala Pell Leadership Program along with invited leaders.