Dartmouth, MA (May 21, 2014) -- UMass Dartmouth junior Jacob Miller, of Fairhaven, MA, a dual Political Science and English major with a minor in Leadership and Civic Engagement, has received the 2014 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award. The award recognizes a student's public involvement and motivation to create lasting change, inspiring not only other students, but their entire campus and surrounding communities. Jacob joins a group of 197 student leaders from colleges nationwide who have been recognized.
"Jacob is well-deserving of the Newman Civic Fellows Award and I'd like to congratulate him on his achievements," said Massachusetts State Representative William Straus. "Although he has many accomplishments to-date, I'm sure this is just the beginning of Jacob's commitment to learning and assisting residents throughout the Commonwealth and I look forward to hearing much more about his successes in the future."
Jacob Miller was recently elected by his peers as Student Trustee to serve on the University of Massachusetts Board Of Trustees. Jacob has served in a number of roles within student government as the Class of 2016 Senator and Recording Secretary. In addition, he is the Student Coordinator for UMass Dartmouth's community service collaboration SouthCoast Serves.
Through his active involvement in civic engagement initiatives, Jacob has played an integral role in the restoration of Tonnessen Square Park in New Bedford, establishment of the New Bedford Seaport Cultural District by the Massachusetts Cultural Council Board, development of a service-learning curriculum for the Dartmouth Public School system, and creation of a new student meal plan which includes three downtown New Bedford eateries. While serving as a legislative intern for Senator Mark Montigny, Jacob worked diligently to help pass healthcare legislation which made it easier for students to remain with their less-expensive plans under the state's Health Connector.
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. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is generously sponsored by the KPMG Foundation.