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Bethlehem, Pa., March 21, 2013—Moravian College junior Jennifer Leedom (Conshohocken, Pa.) is one 181 students nationwide recently named a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. The honor is given to student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. 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.
Leedom, a math major at Moravian who was nominated by President Christopher Thomforde, is actively involved in various organizations both on and off campus. As a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of the Lehigh Valley, she has worked with the marketing and development team. This position has assigned her tasks of designing organization guides on Habitat initiatives. In addition, Jennifer has created professional presentation materials providing a brief overview of HFH.
Her exceptional research skills and dedication to service have enabled her to create outstanding presentations that capture the programing initiatives of HFH, Women Build, ReStore and Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. Jennifer also assisted in planning and promoting the local Polar Bear Plunge for the HFH.
Jennifer’s membership in Gamma Sigma Sigma, the national service sorority, allows her to be involved in a plethora of service projects with a wide variety of focuses. She has participated in bake sales to benefit local animal shelters, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Holiday Hope Chests for Children of the Lehigh Valley. She also helped to crochet scarves for victims of Hurricane Sandy, donated blood and is actively involved in America Reads, where she volunteers two hours a week at Lincoln Elementary School.
“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. For a full list of the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows, visit the website. A photo of Jennifer is available on her profile page on the 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.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.