Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) student Karey Hornbaker has been selected to receive Campus Compact’s 2015 Newman Civil Fellows Award. The Morris Plains resident joins the Newman Civic Class of 2015, composed of 201 students from across the country who are being honored for service to their community.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
The students were nominated for the award by their college and university presidents—all members of Campus Compact—as a way to recognize student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in their community. Through service, research, and advocacy, these Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, discover the root causes of social issues, and design effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is generously sponsored by the KPMG Foundation.
“Karey Hornbaker’s involvement in multiple community outreach programs demonstrates how these experiences help RVCC students make the connection between their course work and becoming responsible, engaged citizens,” said Dr. Michael J. McDonough, president of Raritan Valley Community College.
Hornbaker, 28, is a second-year nursing student at RVCC. While serving as vice president of the Student Nurses Association, she has been involved in the College’s Service Learning program through three nursing courses and various co-curricular activities. This experience has offered Hornbaker an opportunity to learn first-hand about such issues as health and wellness, emergency preparedness, domestic violence, elder care, and childhood nutrition. Hornbaker also has learned about the value of contributing to the improvement of society by organizing and participating in blood drives, dental health screenings, emergency preparedness trainings, and various initiatives focused on the education and prevention of diseases. Her fund-raising events have supported such national programs as the No Kid Hungry Campaign, Doctors Without Borders, and National Council on Aging, as well as various projects for local domestic violence shelters, medical centers, and New Jersey League for Nursing.
As students like Hornbaker tackle community challenges, they provide fresh energy and perspective, inspire and mobilize others, and develop their own skills and potential. This year’s record amount of Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for engagement and change through online networking. Newman Civic Fellows will share ideas and materials to further their work through an exclusive online community especially for Fellows.
“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,” notes Campus Compact Board Chair Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner College (NY).
For additional information about Campus Compact and the Newman Civil Fellows Award, visit http://www.compact.org.