Campus Compact Announces 2017 Newman Civic Fellows

For immediate release: Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. Seven fellows from Iowa colleges and universities were selected.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. Iowa Campus Compact is excited to congratulate the following public problem solvers: Cristina Heschke, Buena Vista University; Gabriella Gugliotta, Drake University; Angela Lose, Grand View University; Angela Richardson, Loras College; Sydney Samples, Simpson College; Melanie Majeed, University of Northern Iowa; and Alexa Schmitz, Wartburg College. Both Angela Lose and Cristina Heschke are also members of the Iowa College AmeriCorps Program.

The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are annually invited to nominate one community-committed student from their institution for the fellowship. These nominees are individuals who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.

The 2017 Newman Civic Fellows will be the first cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides students with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

The cultivation of community-committed leaders has never been more crucial,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “We rebuilt the Newman Civic Fellowship experience because our country needs more people who know how to bring communities together for positive change. We are thrilled to welcome this group of 273 exemplary students as the first cohort to participate in this new model.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

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About Campus Compact:
Campus Compact is a nonprofit coalition of more than 1000 colleges and universities— representing some 6 million students—committed to the public purposes of higher education. As the only national association dedicated to this mission, Campus Compact is a leader in building community engagement into campus and academic life.  For more information, visit www.compact.org or follow @Campus_Compact on Twitter.

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