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Campus Compact has named 181 student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country as 2013 Newman Civic Fellows.  Christopher Johnson, a junior at the University of South Carolina Upstate, was among the students from 36 states recognized as next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. He is deeply involved in the civic health of the Spartanburg community in South Carolina.

“For the past three years, he has worked diligently with many different non-profits to address social connectedness and philanthropic involvement,” said Dr. Tom Moore, chancellor of USC Upstate. “Christopher regularly volunteers his time with local voting drives, recycling initiatives, and recruiting volunteers for the non-profits. He is a charismatic leader whom is capable of empowering and mobilizing individuals to make a change in the community. Christopher’s passion for giving back to the community has enabled him to be a leader both on and off campus, and as he prepares for a career in public relations, his experiences will translate into significant improvements in the community.”

Nominated by their college and university presidents, these students 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.

As these students tackle community challenges, they provide fresh energy and perspective, inspire and mobilize others, and develop their own skills and potential. 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,” notes Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.

Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.  At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference.  This class of Newman Civic Fellows embodies this spirit and dedication.

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

About Campus Compact

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. For more information, visit www.compact.org

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