Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 268 students who will make up the organization’s 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Alfred State College’s own Hannah Weaver.
A business administration major from Spencerport, Weaver has been active in a number of civic engagement initiatives on campus, garnering the respect of community members, peers, and faculty and staff. As the civic connections coordinator, she has been able to connect incoming students interested in civic engagement opportunities to organizations in need of volunteers.
“I have been able to make personal connections with students and place them with non-profit organizations based on their interests,” she said. “The hope and goal is to build a connection among students, organizations, and community members.”
Additionally, Weaver has provided leadership for fundraisers, including one that was able to raise 1,170 meals for hurricane victims. She also provides support to the college’s most civically active student organizations, and leads voter engagement efforts on campus.
“In the future, I hope to be able to participate in more community events such as Community Action Day, and potentially help plan more community-wide events,” she said.
In his letter recommending Weaver for the honor, Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “Hannah will be an important addition to a national fellowship of student leaders due to her passion, leadership abilities, and ability to inspire others to get involved.”
The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and engage with such an extraordinary group of students,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year's Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are bringing people together in their communities to solve pressing problems. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it's what our country and our world desperately need.”
The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.