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LRU Student Recognized for Civic Engagement and Dedication

Mon Apr 15 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — For the second year in a row Lenoir-Rhyne has a student leader listed among the distinguished group of Newman Civic Fellows.  Campus Compact recently presented this honor to Lenoir-Rhyne University senior Joshua Mackey of Shelby, NC. This prestigious title is given to students who are deemed civic leaders on campus and within their communities; a title that was only given to six North Carolina students this year.  Last year Clifton Garmin was the recipient of the award.

The Newman Civic Fellows award is given to students who demonstrate inspiration and dedication to civic engagement within their community. Newman Civic Fellows are students who have shown a drive throughout their college career to finding solutions to challenges facing surrounding communities. Through their service and understanding Newman Civic Fellows demonstrate lasting change.

Lenoir-Rhyne places a high priority on civic engagement and Joshua Mackey has been a student leader in this area since his arrival on campus.  His extensive civic engagement experiences have served as a model servant leadership to other students. As part of the Black Student Alliance as Vice President, Josh and the group honored Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by volunteering at local organizations and participating in service activities for the community. From organizing the tools and materials needed for packaged experiments used by local elementary schools, to cleaning and organizing the products sold at the Warehouse Resource Center where proceeds go to supporting the community women’s shelter, Josh has organized and encouraged students to be involved in these activities.

Not only is Josh an inspiration for other students to engage in community outreach and service, but he is also an advocate for non-profit business management and public administration. He is a firm believer in diversity within these facets and wants to work to bring diversity into the management level of non-profits. Through his role as a course assistant he has assisted in teaching classes on diversity, economics, and political issues. He plans to continue his work by attending graduate school in public administration.

Josh was nominated for this award by the president of the University, Dr. Wayne Powell. “Josh has been an outstanding leader during his time at LR.  Becoming a Newman Civic Fellow is a unique, and very special honor. Josh and the others receiving this award represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders,” said Dr. Powell. He continued, “They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.”

This year’s Newman Civic Fellows represent 180 Campus Compact member colleges and universities from 36 states. The award honors student leaders committed to creating lasting change. It is presented in honor of Dr. Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship.


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