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Sophomore Jennifer Wess Earns 2016 Newman Civic Fellow Award

Published April 04, 2016

Nazareth College is pleased to announce that Jennifer Wess is the recipient of the national 2016 Newman Civic Fellow Award. The Newman award, presented by Campus Compact, is given to college student leaders who represent the next generation of civic leaders through service, research, and advocacy. Wess is among 218 students honored, representing Campus Compact member institutions from 36 states; Washington, D.C.; and Mexico.

Wess, a sophomore at Nazareth College, is a student leader active in the College's Partners for Serving program, an innovative co-curricular service program that focuses on poverty reduction, education, and community empowerment by building partnerships with schools, education centers, and human service organizations. She is a valued contributor to Rochester's efforts to reduce the number of individuals experiencing homelessness, in particular the youngest of our community who are living in extreme poverty. For the past two years, she has worked closely with after school programs and transitional homes such as Sojourner House and Community Place to promote education and a positive mental health for youth.

Nazareth College President Daan Braveman has high praise for Wess. “Jenny is committed to social change and to looking at the root causes of poverty,” Braveman said. “In addition to her work with youth in area homeless and transition homes, Jenny is also committed to creating and participating in dialogue with other youth around issues of race, power, and privilege. She is a passionate, dedicated woman who is committed to working toward positive change in our local and global communities. I am confident that Jenny will continue to make a positive impact in Rochester and beyond.”

The Newman Civic Fellows Award is named for Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning and engagement. Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—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 Newman Civic Fellows Award is generously sponsored by the KPMG Foundation and Newman's Own Foundation.

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.