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Student Wilks Named Newman Civic Fellow

Catawba Valley Community College student Adel Wilks recently received the prestigious distinction of being named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.

Wilks and the other 161 Fellows are committed to creating lasting change for the better in their communities. Through service, community-based research, and advocacy, the 2012 Fellows are using college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of some of the most pressing social issues that challenge everyone.  

“CVCC is committed to engaging our students and assisting them in achieving greater individual and community success,” said CVCC President Dr. Garrett Hinshaw.  “Adel exemplifies a model for all students to follow.”

Wilks will complete an associate degree in 2013 and plans to begin a bachelor’s degree in adult education. She served as a 2010 graduation marshal, was selected for the 2010-11 CVCC Student Leadership Academy and named to the Honors List in spring 2010. She is also the recipient of several scholarships from the CVCC Foundation, Inc.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Wilks has lived in Hickory for the past four years. She works as an administrative assistant in CVCC’s Personnel Dept.

Wilks demonstrates the type of civic engagement that sets an example for others, shining a positive light in a time when negativity has dominated much national conversation. Wilks has volunteered with numerous aspects of campus life, including the CVCC Job Fair, new student orientation, and Career Services. Her volunteer work at the local Family Care Center provides meaningful assistance to numerous single mothers. After representing CVCC at the U.S. Chamber's Southeastern Institute of Organizational Management, Adel developed an initiative to identify and develop leadership potential among elementary school students.

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Wilks will join a network of Fellows around the country. Sharing ideas and tools through online networking, the Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for service and change, and will continue to set examples for their classmates and others.  

“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,” notes Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central.  

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.

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