FSU Student Jenna Puffinburger Honored as 2019 Newman Civic Fellow

Apr 2, 2019 2:05 PM

Frostburg State University junior Jenna Puffinburger has been chosen by Campus Compact as a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow, which acknowledges motivation and potential in public leadership. Puffinburger is one of the 262 students who were honored among all Campus Compact institutions.

Puffinburger, of LaVale, is an Honors student majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She is the vice president of the FSU Student Government Association (SGA) and a student representative of the Excellence in Academic Advising Steering Committee. She is also a student government representative on the University Advisory Council, working collectively with members of administration, staff and faculty on the betterment of the campus community.

As SGA vice president, Puffinburger led a project that raised more than $7,000 for a bobcat statue on campus. This project brought together students, faculty, staff and alumni, and she hopes that the statue will become a unifying feature, bringing the campus together as Bobcats.

“My focus on campus is unifying students and spreading empathy across campus,” Puffinburger said. “I take pride in leading with empathy and ensuring that every student has a voice and is given the opportunity to use it.”

“Jenna Puffinburger is committed to leading a life filled with meaning and purpose,” said FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk. “Her intellect and her sense of responsibility, along with her passion to make a difference, will serve her well as a Newman Civic Fellow.”

Puffinburger is the third Newman Fellow in three years from FSU.

The Newman Civic Fellowship 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. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and postgraduate opportunities. The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

For more information about Campus Compact and the Newman Civic Fellowship, visit compact.org.