2012 Newman Civic Fellows
7 Montanans Honored
including 5 Campus Corps AmeriCorps Members!
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 a better world.
Dawson Community College, '12, Campus Corps AmeriCorps member
Kallie is involved in all aspects of campus life and readily volunteers her time for Adopt a Family, Salvation Army, Relay for Life, Health Fairs, Dialing for Dollars, elementary school tutoring, and athletic service. So far this year, she has given 465 hours of community service.
Montana State University Billings, '13, Campus Corps AmeriCorps member
Elizabeth (Liz) Collins, a Junior at Montana State University Billings, serves as the campus Student United Way President, encouraging other students to give, advocate and volunteer in the areas of education, income and health. Elizabeth is serving an AmeriCorps term of service at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries Nursing Home. Her passion for service extends beyond the boundaries of Montana, as she served in Mississippi’s hurricane relief efforts and in an orphanage in Tijuana.
The University of Montana Western, '14, Campus Corps AmeriCorps member
Sarah Foster, a sophomore at The University of Montana Western, is genuinely devoted to a career as a health care professional. She serves (through Campus Corps) at South Central Montana Area Health Education Center, which works to address the healthcare workforce shortage in rural Montana. This summer, she plans to get certified as a First Responder Emergency Medical Technician.
Flathead Valley Community College, '12, Campus Corps AmeriCorps member
Corey Ledbetter is a sophomore at Flathead Valley Community College. Wanting to enhance his education in paramedicine, Corey began volunteering as an emergency services technician (EMT) and firefighter at the Big Mountain Fire Department. Corey also serves on the Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol as an assistant director on the board and as an instructor for outdoor emergency care classes.
The University of Montana-Missoula,'13, Campus Corps AmeriCorps member
Maureen Karlin, a junior at the University of Montana, is an active volunteer in the community. While on campus, Maureen coordinates the America Reads America Counts program. As a future special education teacher, Maureen understands the value of extra support in a classroom of diverse learners. Off campus, Maureen continually volunteers in local classrooms, at the Ronald McDonald House, and on committees that address educational issues.
Montana State University Bozeman,'14,
Michael is a leader at MSU. He uses training from a Leadership Foundations course on conflict resolution to facilitate positive changes. Michael demonstrates how to listen to dissenting opinions while also building common ground for new solutions. He uses these skills as a Hearing Board member for the University’s Student Code of Conduct process.
University of Great Falls, '14
Now a junior at the University of Great Falls, Gray is double-majoring in English and Fine Arts and minoring in Communications. She has served in the University’s Peer Mentor program for the past two years, mentoring incoming freshmen and helping students adjust to college life and being away from home. Gray also serves as a Community Living Assistant, a job which entails the enforcement of campus safety rules, providing a full range of support for campus housing students, and creating programs to assist students with socialization and learning. She is the co-founder of GLOW (Great Leaders, Outstanding Women), a club dedicated to promoting the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of women on campus, as well as providing community outreach to women in need in the Great Falls area. Gray enjoys being a part of Campus Ministry, through which she has organized clothing and medical supplies for victims of the Haiti earthquakes in 2010 and helped to organize a Spokane-area Habitat for Humanity warehouse in 2011. The Newman Civic Fellows award honors these achievements and will allow Gray the opportunity to network with other civic-minded students across the nation. Catherine organized an alternative spring break last year in Seattle to work with the Sisters of Providence in preparing materials for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Catherine made use of the streets of Seattle to lead her group in a protest against human trafficking. Catherine is a strong leader on campus, serving as a resident adviser, peer mentor, freshman orientation leader, and President’s List scholar.