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Paige Church Named '13 Newman Civic Fellow

Catawba Valley Community College student Paige Church recently received the prestigious distinction of being named a 2013 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.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic 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. 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.

A Hickory native, Church is enrolled in the Associate in Arts degree. She graduated from Fred T. Foard High School in 2010 and is a member of the CVCC Geology Club, Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Church has been a leader from her first day on campus nearly two years ago. She has served with distinction as a Student Government Association officer. In her first year, she was instrumental in establishing the Buc’s Cupboard, a food pantry for CVCC students. When college staff observed hungry students on campus, she immediately set her sights on finding solutions. She met with college officials to find a convenient location where food could be stocked and distributed. She worked to establish guidelines for eligibility, an inventory system, and tracking system.

About the Newman Civic Fellows Award:
Second-year students at two-year institutions and sophomores and juniors at four-year institutions are eligible for recommendation. Awards are made in memory of Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. Newman’s leadership was selfless, optimistic, and determined, spanning an incredible career of more than five decades. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Newman Civic Fellows form a unique network of leaders who will inspire and keep hope alive for one another during college and afterward, as the network expands exponentially each year. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference. The Newman Civic Fellows are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work.

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