Northwestern senior receives 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award

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Northwestern senior receives 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award

April 19, 2016

Evans & CunninghamJordan Evans (right) received the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award from Compact Connect upon the recommendation of President Janet Cunningham (left).

A Northwestern Oklahoma State University graduating senior was one of a few students across the United States who earned the Newman Civic Fellows Award from Compact Connect.

Earning this prestigious award is Jordan Evans, a history major from Edmond who has served as the 2015-16 treasurer for Northwestern’s Student Government Association (SGA) and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. He is captain of the men's cross country team and was named as Academic All-Conference for the Great American Conference. Evans served as an intern for State Senator Bryce Marlatt and was selected to Attorney General Scott Pruitt's Student Leadership Council.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, 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.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.

Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership. The awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. Frank Newman’s leadership was selfless, optimistic, and determined, spanning an incredible career of more than five decades. At the core Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Newman Civic Fellows form a unique network of leaders who will inspire and keep hope alive for one another during college and afterward, as the network expands exponentially each year. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference. The Newman Civic Fellows are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work.

“[Evans] … is a very positive influence on campus,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said. “After he graduates, he plans to continue his education and public service work. Jordan is an individual who not only exhibits leadership, but seeks out opportunities to serve.”

Evans submitted a written statement for the award: “My passion for service stems from the City of Alva and the [Northwestern] campus. The people of this community have adopted me in and have provided so much to me and my education; giving back is the best way I can repay them. I have worked to become involved in many different aspects of the university and community.

“My service as the treasurer of the Student Government Association has allowed me to assist in organizing and executing events for student body at the university. Volunteering at the local elementary schools as a tutor and mentor allows me to leave a positive impression on the next generation of this community. Civic engagement has connected me with this small city. Seeing the impact that I make on those around me has been the greatest pleasure of my college experience. I continue to gain experience on how to better my community through the Leadership Northwestern class, taught by the university's senior administrators. I look forward to continuing my life of civic engagement into the Peace Corps and someday running for public office.”

“Evans has been an integral aspect of our department for the past three years,” Dr. Kay Decker, professor of sociology and social sciences department chair, said. “He has worked in our main office, participated in the Legislative Internship Program and currently serves as the treasurer for SGA. He is always engaged, always willing to take on extra jobs, and always gives of himself to others. I believe that the Newman Civic Fellows Award is a very fitting award for Jordan. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

To see Evan’s online recognition click here or for more information on the Social Sciences department at Northwestern, contact Decker at (580) 327-8521 or