John Killpack, a Buena Vista University junior biology major from Logan, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow in recognition of his exemplary volunteer service.
He is one of 160 students nationally who were selected for the honor by the service organization Campus Compact. He was nominated by BVU President Fred Moore.
“John invests multiple hours into serving the Storm Lake community and beyond and is a dedicated student,” says Ashley Farmer-Hanson, director of civic engagement at BVU. “Since John has stepped foot on campus we have seen nothing but exceptional dedication to make an impact on campus and in the world.”
John’s civic engagement activities that have been recognized through this award include his work with Student MOVE (Mobilizing Outreach and Volunteer Efforts), the student advisory board to the Office of Civic Engagement at BVU; AWOL (Alternative Week of Offsite Learning), BVU’s service-focused spring break program; and AmeriCorps. He has also been an active volunteer at The Bridge in Storm Lake, a Christian-based service organization.
“Serving others is a passion of mine that I will carry throughout my life,” says John. “One of my favorite quotes from Winston Churchill says, ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ I strive to improve my servant leadership on my campus and within the community of Storm Lake.”
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.