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Nazareth Student Alyssa Henry Honored as 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

Published April 12, 2017

Nazareth student Alyssa Henry of Johnstown, N.Y., is among 273 students honored as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow representing Campus Compact member institutions from 36 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico. Campus Compact is a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.

“Alyssa approaches social inequalities using a unique youth-centered approach and is dedicated to creating positive change while empowering others to do so,” says Nazareth President Daan Braveman, who nominated her for the award. “She embodies all that the Newman Civic Fellowship stands for, ‘a demonstrated commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.’ ”

Henry is currently a junior occupational therapy and community youth development double major at Nazareth, and she has been proactively participating in multiple community service programs, including:

  • Global Youth Service Day, helping to create dialog about opportunities beyond high school with students from East High School
  • Service Learning with SUTS, working with youth from recreation centers across Rochester
  • Ganondagan Corn Project, partnered with the Ganondagan Native American Reservation to learn about their culture and perspectives while processing a native species of corn for sale
  • Clinton Global Initiative University in 2016, a nationwide conference where college students receive mentoring, attend presentations, and develop projects that create a positive community impact

As a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Henry will be a part of the first cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship. Named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, the fellowship is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

Campus Compact is grateful to the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation for their support of the 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship Award. The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

About Campus Compact:

Campus Compact is a nonprofit coalition of more than 1000 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. As the only national association dedicated to this mission, Campus Compact is a leader in building community engagement into campus and academic life. For more information, visit and follow @Campus_Compact on Twitter.


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.