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Widener Student Named Newman Civic Fellow

Today, 135 students from 30 states were honored as Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact. Among the honorees is Anna Miller of East Prospect, Pa., a junior chemistry major at Widener University in Chester, Pa. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

College and university presidents nominated the best-of-the-best: promising college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research and advocacy, these 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, according to Campus Compact president Maureen F. Curley.

“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,” Curley said.

At Widener, Miller is a member of the Presidential Service Corps (PSC)/Bonner Leaders Program, which requires members to donate 300 hours of community service. She also serves as site team leader at City Team Ministries in Chester, where she coordinates the efforts of 10 other PSC students to help City Team better serve their clients. In recognition of her exceptional leadership skills, Miller was invited to become a member of the Bonner Advisory Board where she helps to plan and lead national conferences. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Christine Miller of East Prospect, Pa.

“Part of our mission at Widener University is to inspire our students to be citizens of character who demonstrate professional and civic leadership,” said Widener University President James T. Harris III. “Anna Miller is a living example of our mission. Frank Newman was a personal friend of mine and someone I admired greatly. I know that he would be pleased with the selection of Anna for an award in his name. She exemplifies all that Dr. Newman wanted to see in a college student; a young woman dedicated to living out the democratic principles of our nation and making a difference in the world.”

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, and the ability to inspire people to become part of solutions.

Dr. Frank Newman—one of the founders of Campus Compact—had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference. He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. Through the Newman Civic Fellows Awards, college and university presidents acknowledge students with the ability and motivation to create lasting change in our communities. For more information about the Newman Civic Fellows, visit

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,600 students. Visit the university website,