TLU Student Sioned Kirkpatrick Named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow

April 10, 2015

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Award spotlights individuals with strong commitment to community involvement

Texas Lutheran University junior Sioned Kirkpatrick was recently named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow for her investment in finding solutions to the challenges that face our communities. Kirkpatrick is one of two students from a Texas university to receive the honor given to only 200 college students nationwide. Campus Compact—a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents—presents Newman Civic Fellow awards, sponsored by the KPMG Foundation, to students around the nation.

Nominated by TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey, Kirkpatrick is a member of the women’s soccer team, the President’s Black and Gold Council, and a student staff member in the university’s Center for Servant Leadership.

“Sioned embraces her role as a civic engagement coordinator, collaborating with professors to integrate civic engagement into courses, functioning as a co-educator, liaison, organizer, communicator and mentor,” President Dorsey said. “Thanks to Sioned, a highly successful Dash for Disabled Vets has been established to raise awareness and funds for Disabled American Veterans Chapter 61 in Seguin. She is an excellent representative of TLU’s mission and understands social change begins through authentic relationships that inform, inspire, and work toward a better future.”

Kirkpatrick, a chemistry and biology double major, said participating in civic engagement has been a central part of her college experience at TLU.

“The TLU Center for Servant Leadership staff have helped mold my role in this community and led me to be a part of things that I never thought I would be able to do in college,” Kirkpatrick said. “I can’t imagine where I would be without my family, friends and colleagues that encouraged me through all the work I continue to do at TLU and in the Seguin community. By building relationships and inspiring others to connect with the community, the effect we can have on society is exponential.”

About Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information, visit www.compact.org.


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