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May 26, 2017

Wesleyan Student Honored as 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

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, including West Virginia Wesleyan College’s own Natalie Parkins. 

A senior at Wesleyan, Parkins, of Liberty, WV, plans to graduate with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry in May 2018.  While at Wesleyan, she been a part of the Service Scholar program where she volunteers her time with the Mountain Cap CDC, the WE LEAD Animal Welfare team, and various other community efforts. 

Parkins has been instrumental in recruiting volunteers for local reduced-cost and free spay and neuter days so that low-income families can become responsible pet owners in a way that will not burden them financially. She has also collected monetary donations and supplies to support the local shelter as well as a shelter affected by the devastating June 2016 West Virginia flooding. Currently, she is serving on a community committee to construct a dog park in town this fall.

"Being recognized as the Newman Civic Fellow is an amazing honor,” said Parkins.  “The work that I have dedicated myself to these past few years has not been for the sake of recognition, but for the difference I can make through it.  It is wonderful for the Wesleyan community to see that a difference is being made through me, and I hope it will inspire many more."

As a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Parkins will be a part of the first cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship. The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience 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 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.

Campus Compact is a nonprofit coalition of more than 1000 colleges and universities 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 and follow @Campus_Compact on Twitter.

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