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Harrison Kane is 2019 Newman Civic Fellow

Published March 18, 2019

Nazareth is proud to announce that sophomore Harrison Kane, a legal studies major, has been selected for a 2019 Newman Civic Fellowship. Kane joins 262 students nationwide who make up the Campus Compact 2019-20 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, which provides training, resources, mentoring, networking, and scholarship opportunities. Campus Compact is a Boston-based non-profit group working to advance the public purposes of higher education.

“All my community engagement work has made me the person I am today,” said Kane. “Through civic engagement, I get to inspire others to follow in my footsteps. Getting someone else engaged in community service can start a chain reaction to better and improve people's lives.”

Kane, the Class of 2021 president at Nazareth, is currently interning at United Nations around Rochester (UNAR) and at the Catholic Family Center. At UNAR he volunteers at events centered around civic engagement, and he’s organizing a bi-weekly meal for refugees to assist them in cultural orientation at Catholic Family Center.

“I have been exposed to all different types of cultures that make me want to better mankind,” said Kane. “It is one thing to support a needy cause but going out and physically volunteering is way more beneficial for me and the organization.”

He’ll spend the fall 2019 semester at the Washington Internship Institute in D.C., and he's lined up a future semester of study in Scotland at a partner university with a law school. Harrison's dedication to service won him a Nazareth 2018 President's Community Service Award for Students at the President's Civic Engagement Awards, and he’s nominated again for one this year.

Harrison has taken advantage of multiple opportunities — including recruiting students to be election inspectors for the county, volunteering as a new-student orientation leader, and working as a peer mentor in a new-student Academic and College Success class.

‘Giving back and getting a sense of truly accomplishing a task is so rewarding to me. I have enjoyed how my positive actions have influenced a variety of people. My life would be nothing without community engagement work.”

He always includes a community service activity in events that he and fellow Class of 2021 leaders organize. One gathering included an ugly sweater contest, decorating holiday cookies, and writing cards to veterans. At Thanksgiving, students secured donations to buy enough food for 130 meals for families in need, delivered in boxes the students decorated.

Off campus, he volunteers as a riding instructor and horse trainer in his mom's Meadows of Mendon Stables business. His older sister was diagnosed with special needs as a child, and their mother began offering horseback riding programs to allow children of varying abilities the opportunity to ride horseback. Harrison, who has been riding since age 2, finds purpose in his volunteer work training horses and teaching student riders.

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems. 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 apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported 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 2,300 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.