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KU Junior Honored with National Civic Award

April 3, 2012

KUTZTOWN, PA - Kutztown University's Michelle Sayles '13, a geography major, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow, "the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders," by Campus Compact, an award which recognizes college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.

A resident of Lititz, Pa., Sayles is credited with organizing KU's Environmental Action Committee, and now leads the group of more than 60 students active in projects such as community gardening, composting and creek and trail clean ups. 

As a 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellow, Sayles will join a network of Fellows nation-wide. The Fellows will impact an even greater capacity for service and change, and will continue to set examples for their classmates and others through online networking. 

Sayles is also involved with several new initiatives as part of the Off-Campus Advisory Council, helping students and community members to realize that their human impact has an environmental impact. As an artist, she has used her art to raise awareness about issues such as the impact fracking has on the environment and the waste caused by bottled water.

Campus Compact has honored 162 students from 32 states as 2012 Newman Civic Fellows. Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents-representing some 6 million+ students-who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education, that is, to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.

For more information about the organization and the award, visit