Kristen Jackson Named Newman Civic Fellow

April 10, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio — A dedicated student to community service, University of Mount Union sophomore Kristen Jackson of Hiram, Ohio has been named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact.

Nominated by President Dr. Richard F. Giese, Jackson has demonstrated her investment in finding solutions to the challenges that face the Alliance community.

“Kristen is the perfect example of a servant leader,” Giese said in his nomination.

A member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, a student employee in The Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement and a mentor in the Dowling Mentor Program, Jackson is deeply involved in service-learning, mentoring programs, civic engagement and general community outreach at Mount Union.

“During my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to organize various service-learning projects, which inspired my passion for service,” Jackson said. “When I arrived at the University of Mount Union, I dove head first into Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity which not only gave me a chance to impact the community through various organizations, but also helped me to grow as a leader.”

In addition to personally participating, Jackson motivates her fellow Raiders to give back.

“Digging deeper into my love for giving back and making a difference, I found my true passion and desire in influencing the lives of future generations,” Jackson said. “I have been given the chance to make my mark in children’s lives through being a camp counselor, a mentor in the Dowling Mentor Program, a member of the Navigator’s program staff at Alliance Middle School and a youth helper at First Christian Church in Alliance while still continuously volunteering with other organizations throughout the community.”

Furthermore, Jackson is a member of CRU and helps with youth group programming at a local church. Kristen has plans to continue her career in community service in the future through service trips, continued involvement and eventually a career in education.

“At Mount Union, we believe in students like Kristen and find her dedication, compassion and motivation all attributes she should be commended for,” Giese said.

Becoming a Newman Civic Fellow is a unique and special honor. These students chosen 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.

“This passion led me to my calling to be a middle school teacher and to continue to do my best to touch children’s lives while still involving myself with other organizations for the betterment of the community and the world,” Jackson said.

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