Ivy Tech Northeast student honored as a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow for community-engaged students

Boston, MA—From across the country, college and university presidents—all members of Campus Compact—have nominated promising student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in their community to be Newman Civic Fellows, including one student at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast: Satya Sunkavalli, who is studying aviation maintenance technology.

Sunkavalli

Sunkavalli

Sunkavalli, one of three winners from Ivy Tech Community College statewide, joins award winners from other colleges and universities including Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Johnson & Wales University.

“She has used her influence on campus to promote community events focused on engaging local youth in science and designing STEM camp experiences for international students,” writes Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier in her recommendation letter for Sunkavalli. “Satya’s enthusiasm brings a much needed spotlight to a thriving industry helping engage those around her for a more STEM-centric campus and community.”

As these students tackle community challenges, they provide fresh energy and perspective, inspire and mobilize others, and develop their own skills and potential. This year’s record amount of Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for engagement and change through online networking. In keeping with their generation’s emphasis on networks over hierarchies, Newman Civic Fellows will share ideas and materials to further their work through an exclusive online community especially for Fellows.

“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,” says Campus Compact board member Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner College (NY).

The Newman Civic Fellows Award is generously sponsored by the KPMG Foundation. Through service, research, and advocacy, these 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.

Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students’ public problem-solving skills, such as the ability to analyze community needs, the willingness to participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about challenges, and the ability to inspire others to become part of solutions.

“With this recognition, Campus Compact is highlighting the remarkable impact these students are having on their campuses and communities,” says Bernard J. Milano, president of the KPMG Foundation and Campus Compact board member. “We are proud to support Campus Compact in bringing attention to these extraordinary students. KPMG seeks a diverse talent pool of students who share our values, one of which involves service to the communities in which we live and work.”

Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information about the organization and the award, visit Compact.org.

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