Campus Compact Names Nathan Jones as Newman Civic Fellow

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Campus Compact Names Nathan Jones as Newman Civic Fellow

April 18, 2012

 Nathan Jones
Beaver native Nathan Jones (center left), a senior at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently was named as a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow.  Dr. Janet Cunningham (center right), president, presented Jones with the award.  Jones also is photographed with Ashton Ghaemi (left), service learning coordinator, and Dr. Kay Decker (right), Department of Social Sciences chair.

Nathan Jones, a senior at Northwestern Oklahoma State University from Beaver, has been named as a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow.

The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize inspiring college student-leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.

Jones is a campus and community leader. Since his arrival at Northwestern, he has been involved with the Baptist Student Union to assist community improvements. He also is a member of the Leviathan, which focuses its work on civic leadership through voter registration drives, candidate forums and Constitution Day awareness events.

In 2010, he was selected as Northwestern's first Civic Education Fellow. This fellowship allowed him to intern for Sen. Bryce Marlatt where he spent the last weeks of the Oklahoma legislative session at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

For his capstone study at Northwestern, he is analyzing different approaches to curbing gang behavior in public schools.

“Nathan represents what we all hope to see in young people today, personal motivation, passion for life and learning, abilities to collaborate well with others and attention to the needs of others around him,” said Kay Decker, chair of the Department of Social Sciences. “He is an outstanding young man and will go far in his chosen field.”

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Jones will join a network of Fellows around the country. Together — 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.

Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students’ public problem-solving skills, such as the ability to analyze community needs, the willingness to participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about challenges, and the ability to inspire others to become part of the solutions.

Campus Compact’s member college and university presidents from across the country have nominated 162 college student leaders for the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows. Dr. Janet Cunningham, president, nominated Jones.

“Nathan represents some of the best qualities that so many of our Northwestern students possess,” Cunningham said. “I am pleased to see him recognized for his accomplishments.”

These students are demonstrating a personal commitment to creating lasting change for the better in their communities. Through service, community-based research, and advocacy, the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of some of the most pressing social issues and challenges.