SVC Student Tyler Morton Receives National Newman Civic Fellow Award

April 6, 2012

Southern Vermont College (SVC) student Tyler Morton of New Bedford, Mass., was one of 162 students from across the country to receive a Newman Civic Fellows Award this year by Campus Compact, the national coalition of college and university presidents. The Newman Civic Fellows Award recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Morton was one of two students from Vermont who was recognized.

A senior Communications major, Morton has shaped community service at SVC as a founding member of MooseCorps, a community service club, and an organizer of campus blood drives and days of service. Morton has participated in Alternative Spring Break trips and the Penguin and Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. “Morton demonstrates the type of civic engagement which sets an example for other students,” said SVC Dean of Students Anne Hopkins-Gross. “He is always helping others and always rallying others to help.”

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Morton will join a network of Fellows around the country and share ideas and tools through online networking to leverage greater capacity for service and change. “These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world,” states Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central.

College and university presidents from 32 states nominated their most promising student leaders in honor of the award named for Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. “Dr. Newman . . . had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference,” explains Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.

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. For more information about the Newman Civic Fellows, visit www.compact.org.