April 26, 2011
Campus Compact honored 135 students from 30 states with the Newman Civic Fellow Award. Among the honorees is Taylor Putz of Marian University. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Dr. Frank Newman—one of the founders of Campus Compact—had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference. He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform and he would have been inspired by this first group of 135 Newman Civic Fellows, named today by Campus Compact. They are, quite simply, reflections and affirmations of his life’s work.
From 30 states, college and university presidents have nominated the best-of-the-best: promising college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, these 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,” explains Campus Compact President Maureen F. Curley.
Taylor Putz, a Marian University sophomore from Fond du Lac, is motivated to find solutions to issues of social justice on campus and in the larger community. He is passionate about building a healthier Wisconsin community through his initiative to work with the Drug Free Communities Coalition of Fond du Lac County, where he advocates for reducing substance use among young people. He believes in the strength of student voice in that it serves as a catalyst for change. He looks for venues where his peers can share their discourse on this pressing issue. He has a thirst for positive social change.
“Taylor is an outstanding student representative who continues to live the Marian Core Values, as demonstrated in his words and actions,” said Dr. Steven DiSalvo, president of Marian. “I look forward to working with Taylor next year as he takes on the role of Student Senate President and, together, continuing to move Marian forward.”
Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students’ critical public problem-solving skills such as the ability to research and analyze community needs, a willingness to lead and participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about community challenges, and the ability to inspire people to become part of solutions.