Frostburg Student Honored as 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

Apr 24, 2017 3:00 PM

Frostburg State University junior James Kirk was chosen by Campus Compact to be honored as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, which acknowledges motivation and potential in public leadership. Kirk, of LaVale, Md., is one of the 273 students who were honored this year among all Campus Compact institutions.

James Kirk“I am honored to be named a Newman Civic fellow. I am really looking forward to this experience, and I’m excited about the opportunity to be a part of this program and this community of fellows,” said Kirk. “I'm currently looking into possible project ideas that I could work on to share what I learn in this fellowship with the campus community.”

Kirk is double majoring in political science and economics. He serves as president of the University System of Maryland Student Council and as the vice president and past president of the FSU Student Government Association. Kirk acts as a liaison between the student body and the Alumni Association as a student alumni ambassador and represents the University and the Admissions Office by sharing their college experience with prospective students and families as a Bobcat ambassador. He also serves on The Bottom Line student newspaper as the section editor for sports and as a contributing campus news writer.

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. Newman Civic Fellows are nominated by college and university presidents and chancellors. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“The cultivation of community-committed leaders has never been more crucial,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “We rebuilt the Newman Civic Fellowship experience because our country needs more people who know how to bring communities together for positive change. We are thrilled to welcome this group of 273 exemplary students as the first cohort to participate in this new model.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. For more information, visit compact.org/newman-civic-fellow/.

For more information on Civic Engagement at FSU, call 301-687-4210 or www.frostburg.edu/sci/civic-engagement-home.

Photo caption: James Kirk