MCLA Student Receives Newman Civic Fellow Award


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced that MCLA student Chris Hantman '14 recently was selected by the Campus Compact as one of nine students in the Commonwealth to be recognized as a Newman Civic Fellow.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, 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.

"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 stronger communities," said Campus Compact President Maureen Curley. 

In addition to recognizing nine students in Massachusetts as the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders, the Campus Compact honored, in total, 181 community-engaged college students from 36 states.

Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership. Newman Civic Fellows awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.

At the core of Newman's leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Newman Civic Fellows form a unique network of leaders who will inspire and keep hope alive for one another during college and afterward, as the network expands exponentially each year.

The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students' citizenship skills, helps forge effective community/campus partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Campus Compact's membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education.

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