Hasenauer named 2015 Newman Civic Fellow

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Hasenauer named 2015 Newman Civic Fellow

Josi HasenauerJosi Hasenauer, named as Newman Civic Fellow.

Josi Hasenauer, a senior at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, is among 201 students from 36 states who have been named as Newman Civic Fellows in recognition for service to their local communities. 

 The Newman Civic Fellows program was established by Campus Compact in honor of co-founder Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning and engagement.

 The award is designed to recognize college students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for the challenges faced by communities across the nation through service, research and advocacy. Each of Oklahoma’s fellows will receive a $500 scholarship from Oklahoma Campus Compact. Students are nominated by their college or university president.

 “Josi exhibits outstanding campus and community involvement,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “She is serving as an AmeriCorps Tutor at Alva Middle School and will become a social sciences teacher after she graduates.”

 “She served as an intern for U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (Nebraska) in Washington D.C., this past summer and is passionate about investing time in the lives of students.”

 Hasenauer is committed to positive change in her role as a student and beyond.

 “When I was younger, I always told my friends and family I was going to be President of the United States,” Hasenauer said. “I thought if I was President then I could change the world. I now know I don’t need a title to change the world or a person’s life. What I do every day on campus, in schools, and in the community is changing the world - one conversation, one problem, one smile at a time.”

 “Through tutoring students at the middle school, I am changing lives of students by encouraging them to believe in themselves, work hard, find value in the little things (even the negatives count), and show them how fun learning can be. I am changing people’s lives by investing my time and energy to support their dreams, see them for who they are, and listen to them. “