Student named Newman Civic FellowDate: 4/3/2012
Alvernia secondary education and biology major Jennifer Kingman has been awarded a 2012 Newman Civic Fellowship for civic engagement by Campus Compact. The awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents, representing more than six million students, who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education by improving community life and to educating students for civic and social responsibility. Kingman, a junior, is a leader on campus and a peer tutor in the university's Learning Center, where she helps other students with writing, statistics and chemistry. She also serves on committees and student groups on campus. She is the Event Planning Chair for Students Teaching Others Peace (STOP), an Orientation Day of Service Leader, and Planning Committee member for the campus-wide Earth Day of Service (held April 21 this year). On April 20, Kingman will service as a student leader for Eco Fun Day at Angelica Park, an annual event that brings sixth-grade Reading School District students into the field to learn about natural habitat. After graduating, Kingman plans to pursue a career in secondary education. Kingman is one of only 162 Newman Civic Fellows across the country.
According to Campus Compact, Newman Civic Fellows demonstrate a personal commitment to creating lasting change for the better in their communities. Through service, community-based research, and advocacy, the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of some of the most pressing social issues that challenge us all.
“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,” notes Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central. “Jennifer Kingman demonstrates the type of civic engagement that sets an example for others, shining a positive light in a time when negativity has dominated much national conversation.”
As a Newman Civic Fellow, Kingman will join a network of Fellows around the country. Together, sharing ideas and tools through online networking, the Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for service and change, and will continue to set examples for their classmates and others.
The Fellowship is named after Dr. Frank Newman a founder of Campus Compact. “Dr. Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference,” explains Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.
- History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
- Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
- Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
- Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
- Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
- Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
- Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
- Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.