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MCLA's Alyson Carey '13 Named 2012 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact

03/30/2012

NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) undergraduate Alyson Carey '13 of Dudley, Mass., is among the 162 students from 32 states to be honored by the Campus Compact as a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow. The Newman Civic Fellows awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges that face their communities.

The Campus Compact's member college and university presidents from across the country nominate students for this honor because they demonstrate a personal commitment to create lasting change for the better in their communities. Through service, community-based research and advocacy, the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellow make the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of some of the most pressing social issues that challenge us all.

According to the Campus Compact, Carey "demonstrates the type of civic engagement that sets an example for others, shining a positive light in a time when negativity has dominated much national conversation.

"Alyson's commitment to improving conditions for youth is shown by her work with the Student Teacher In-Class Support (STICS) tutoring program, the Pathways mentoring program, and the 'Bio Buddies' mentor program. Alyson worked closely with the North Adams Public Schools (NAPS) to design and implement (STICS). Alyson also volunteers with transitional and homeless shelters. Alyson is preparing for a career in nursing, already linking her pre-med classes with summer work with diabetic children at the Barton Center in North Oxford, Mass."

Carey said that volunteering not only teaches her about others, but about herself.

"The communication skills, listening skills, patience and optimism you learn while volunteering is invaluable. Helping others is what helps to create a positive community. I have learned many things about myself through volunteering, and it has helped me grow into a better person so I can better educate and help others," Carey said.

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Carey will join a network of Fellows around the country. Together - sharing ideas and tools through online networking - the Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for service and change, and will continue to set examples for their classmates and others, according to the Campus Compact.

"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," said Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central. 

"Dr. Frank Newman, a founder 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," explained Campus Compact President Maureen Curley. "He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform and this new group of Newman Civic Fellows would have inspired him. They are reflections and affirmations of his life's work."

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents-representing more than six 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 organization and the award, visit www.compact.org.

For more information about MCLA, go to www.mcla.edu. To read more about Carey's community service work at MCLA, go to www.mcla.edu/iphone/news/fullexperience_638/