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Campus Compact Announces 2017 Newman Civic Fellows

April 26, 2017
Campus Compact

Otterbein University student among 273 students honored representing Campus Compact member institutions from 39 states and Washington, D.C. 

BOSTON, Mass. – Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

Haylie Schmoll, an Otterbein University sophomore from Newark, Ohio, double majoring in public relations and communication and minoring in leadership, is among the 2017 cohort. She was honored at Otterbein’s Celebration of Service and Leadership on April 10. 

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education.

In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are annually invited to nominate one community-committed student from their institution for the fellowship. These nominees are individuals who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.

Otterbein President Kathy Krendl nominated Schmoll, noting that the second year student “is an exceptional scholar, a charismatic campus leader, a change agent, and an inspirational steward of our community.”

Schmoll serves as a CardinalCorps Leader on campus, recruiting over 1,000 student volunteers each year to serve the needs of the central Ohio community through student service organizations. She also facilitates a leadership program for at-risk teen girls, developing innovative strategies to help girls succeed. In her first year at Otterbein, Schmill founded the Promise House, a student-led volunteer resource center, free café and food pantry, to break down socioeconomic barriers to student success.

She has hosted student gatherings on campus to identify obstacles under-resourced students face when trying to complete their college journey, and has mobilized a team of peers to address concerns about food insecurity, textbooks, transportation, and other critical barriers to student achievement. Based on her research and food justice training, she is now developing a statewide network of college students ready to work together to break down socioeconomic obstacles in higher education.

“People are struggling in our community every day, however many don't see the hurt or aren't willing to get involved. The more I see, the more I want to do,” said Schmoll.

The 2017 Newman Civic Fellows will be the first cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship 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 United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways 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. 

About Campus Compact:
Campus Compact is a nonprofit coalition of more than 1000 colleges and universities— representing some 6 million students—committed to the public purposes of higher education. As the only national association dedicated to this mission, Campus Compact is a leader in building community engagement into campus and academic life.  For more information, visit compact.org.

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