SVC's Sean Moore recipient of Newman Civic Fellows Award

May 4, 2011

Please join me in congratulating 5 Vermont college students who have gained national recognition as Campus Compact's first recipients of the Newman Civic Fellows Awards.  The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.  These 5 recipients, all of whom attend Vermont Campus Compact member institutions, join 135 students nationwide in receiving this recognition.

Stephanie Terry, Castleton State College
Sean Moore, Southern Vermont College
John Kleinhans, Lyndon State College
Katie Emerson, Green Mountain College
Katherine Hackett, Saint Michael's College

Dr. Frank Newman-one of the founders of Campus Compact-had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference. He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform and he would have been inspired by this first group of 135 Newman Civic Fellows, named by Campus Compact. They are, quite simply, reflections and affirmations of his life's work.

From 30 states, college and university presidents have nominated the best-of-the-best: promising college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, these Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, Vermont colleges are developing students' critical public problem-solving skills such as the ability to research and analyze community needs, a willingness to lead and participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about community challenges, and the ability to inspire people to become part of solutions.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents-representing some 6 million students-who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. Vermont Campus Compact is one of 35 state affiliates of Campus Compact. Through the Newman Civic Fellows Awards, college and university presidents acknowledge students with the ability and motivation to create lasting change in our communities. For more information about the Newman Civic Fellows, visit www.compact.org  For more information about Vermont Campus Compact, please visit www.vtcampuscompact.org.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Whitney Lower
Interim Executive Director
Vermont Campus Compact
SMC - Box 289
One Winooski Park
Colchester, VT  05439