Celebrating Our Newman Civic Fellows

November 12, 2018

Earlier this year, Campus Compact announced the students who make up the 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. 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 Newman Civic Fellows will be attending their annual conference in the upcoming weeks. Newman Civic Fellows will be able to meet other civically engaged students from all over the United States. Fellows will have the opportunity to be encouraged by speakers, connect with peers, and participate in activities that support their civic engagement efforts.

The 2018 cohort of Fellows includes 5 fellows from 5 institutions across Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Campus Compact for the Great Plains is excited to congratulate the following public problem solvers:

Jasmine Turley from Fort Hays State University is a strong civic leader involved on campus and in her community. Jasmine holds many leadership positions including a position in the American Democracy Project, Student Government Association, and a senator for the College of Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics. She has also volunteered with nonprofits and participated in service trips. Read more about Jasmine here.

Alix Fisk from the University of Kansas is a civically engaged leader who has partnered with a local nonprofit that focuses on meeting the needs of a neighborhood affected by high crime, poverty, and isolation. She has participated in research studies on health, structural violence, and adverse childhood experiences. Read more about Alix here.

Luke Merrill from Dakota Wesleyan University is a student leader with a passion for healthcare. Luke is passionate about providing healthcare services to the community. As a result, he has become an EMT, works in an emergency room, and has participated in a study studying the causes of poor healthcare within Indian Health Services. Read more about Luke here.

Cassandra Griffin from the University of Nebraska Omaha is a civic leader who has interned with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and has been involved in multiple organizations. Cassandra has a deep passion for policy and the effects it has on real communities.  Read more about Cassandra here.

Noah Temme from Peru State College is a student leader with a heart for community service. He actively volunteers with Red Cross Club and the Backpack Program. Noah also volunteers every day to help provide after school programming for kids to combat pediatric obesity. Read more about Noah here.

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 national coalition of 1000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact supports institutions in fulfilling their public purposes by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. As the largest national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, we provide professional development to administrators and faculty to enable them to engage effectively, facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses with key issues in their local communities, build pilot programs to test and refine promising models in engaged teaching and scholarship, celebrate and cultivate student civic leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity. Visit www.compact.org.