Posted: May 19, 2011
From 30 states, college and university presidents have nominated the best-of-the-best: inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, the 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," explains Campus Compact President Maureen F. Curley.
Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students' critical public problem-solving skills such as the ability to research and analyze community needs, a willingness to lead and participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about community challenges, the ability to inspire people to become part of solutions.
Ms. Amanda Manzella became President of the Alpha Pi Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Manchester Community College during the 2010 fall semester. Amanda has transformed the somewhat inactive program, to an actively engaged group focused on meaningful service in the community. An example of some of the Chapters accomplishments are a Hat and Mitten Drive, Valentines and Bingo for Veterans, a Sock Drive, Relay for Life, and a Leadership Seminar for college students and area high school honor societies. Ms. Amanda Manzella, in her calm and gentle way, has met the challenge and started a revolution at MCC.