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Widener University Sophomore Amanda Keidel Honored as 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

Amanda Keidel, nursing major

Widener student Amanda Keidel was named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

Chester, Pa. – Widener University is proud to announce that undergraduate student Amanda Keidel of Aston, Pennsylvania has been named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. Based out of Boston, Campus Compact is a non-profit organization that recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. This year Campus Compact awarded the fellowship to 268 students.

Keidel, a sophomore nursing major, is a member of the Widener Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leader Program. As one of the 60 program members, Keidel performs 300 hours of community service in the Chester area each academic year. Over the course of her volunteer career, Keidel has developed a strong focus on advocating for adolescent health. She uses her time out in the community to educate children about nutrition and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

In addition to children's care, Keidel is passionate about addressing the issue of mental health. She is involved in a variety of community organizations such as the Chester Upland Soccer for Success Program, Crozer Hospital, the Widener Partnership Charter School and Relay for Life. When she is not engaging with these various organizations, Keidel volunteers her time at events throughout the year including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

"I am so humbled by this honor," Keidel said. "I am excited that my achievements here at Widener are being noticed and appreciated. This will be an awesome experience to engage with other students that are passionate about civic engagement. It will prepare me for my future."

Her passion for community service sparked long before she arrived at Widener. Her first volunteer role was at her grandmother's nursing home while growing up. She immediately fell in love with providing services to others and giving back to members of the community.

"For me, community service can open up your eyes to other things that are going on in the world," Keidel said. "You can make a difference in such a simple way like making someone smile. I think it has a big impact on people that some just might not realize."

"On behalf of the Widener community, I want to congratulate Amanda on this outstanding achievement," said Widener University President Julie E. Wollman who serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Campus Compact. "She truly exemplifies what it means to be a student civic leader. Her countless hours of service underscore her personal character and commitment to contributing to the greater good of our community. This national recognition is well deserved and I wish her the best of luck in the fellowship program."

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year 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 apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and engage with such an extraordinary group of students," said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. "The stories of this year's Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are bringing people together in their communities to solve pressing problems. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it's what our country and our world desperately need."

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman's Own Foundation.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact supports institutions in fulfilling their public purposes by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. As the largest national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, we provide professional development to administrators and faculty to enable them to engage effectively, facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses with key issues in their local communities, build pilot programs to test and refine promising models in engaged teaching and scholarship, celebrate and cultivate student civic leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity. Visit www.compact.org.

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