Jessica Tieman of McKendree University is a Newman Civic Fellow
2013 Awardees are Recognized as Problem Solvers and Civic Leaders
Lebanon, Ill. — Jessica Tieman, a McKendree University senior from Lincoln, Ill., is one of 181 inspiring college and university students from 36 states to be chosen a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow. The award recognizes students for their spirit and dedication in working to find solutions for the challenges that face their communities.
Tieman is a history and English double major in the university’s honors program. A Community Service Scholar and a four-year member of the McKendree Community Action Team, she has volunteered hundreds of hours of service and organized dozens of events. She co-coordinates McKendree’s service program at the Family Living Center, a transitional housing shelter in East St. Louis for homeless women and children. She is a senior senator and student counselor in the Student Government Association, president of the local chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta National English Honors Society, and treasurer of the McKendree Young Feminists.
According to a press release issued by the Campus Compact, a coalition of 1,200 college and university presidents, “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.
“Jessica has successfully blended academics and co-curricular activities into a well-rounded educational experience,” said Dr. James Dennis, McKendree University president.
“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 stronger communities,” notes Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.
Newman Civic Fellow Awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. They are made possible through the support of the KPMG Foundation. List of all 2013 Newman Civic Fellows.
Jessica Tieman, McKendree University
McKendree University ranks among the top quarter of regional universities nationwide in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” report. It is also a College of Distinction, among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” and recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media for 2013. Founded in 1828, the historic Lebanon, Ill., campus is 25 miles from downtown St. Louis. McKendree also has campuses in Louisville and Radcliff, Ky., and offers programs at Scott Air Force Base and other sites throughout Illinois and Kentucky. www.mckendree.edu
Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps forge effective community/campus partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Campus Compact’s membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education. www.compact.org