Susquehanna Sophomore Is Named Newman Civic Fellow
Published on April 18, 2012
Susquehanna University sophomore Samantha Culin, of Wilmington, Del., has received a Newman Civic Fellow award from Campus Compact, which recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have sought solutions to challenges facing their communities.
As one of 162 Newman Civic Fellows for 2012, Culin will join a network of honorees 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,” said Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central. “They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.”
“I am honored to receive this award and to represent Susquehanna University,” said Culin. “The school is very service oriented, and to be chosen is a great honor. I am constantly surrounded by others who work to do the same things as I do. They inspire me.”
Culin is a psychology major at Susquehanna. As an incoming freshman, she participated in SU SPLASH, a one-week opportunity for incoming first-year students to serve people without homes in Selinsgrove and Washington, D.C. Culin takes part in mission trips with her church and service events with Alpha Phi Omega, Susquehanna’s service fraternity, and contributes her time and talent to the university’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Religious Life Council and charity:water group.
“Samantha was chosen because of her commitment to issues [on behalf of] people experiencing homelessness,” said Jay Helmer, assistant director of Residence Life for Civic Engagement. “As a returning SU Service Scholar, Sam has emerged as a leader on the Center for Civic Engagement staff and among her peers.”
Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents, representing more than 6 million students, who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education, that is, to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
Karen M. Jones