Wednesday, May 8, 2013

CGCC student receives national community outreach award

Christopher Vance, a sophomore engineering major at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC), was selected as a 2013 Newman Civic Fellows Award recipient. The award recognizes college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

Vance, a student liaison at CGCC's  Environmental Technology Center (ETC), helps design and build compost bins and other environmental-friendly projects on campus. He has given presentations about composting to local elementary schools and serves as the president of CGCC's Humanitarian Environment Action Team (HEAT), which focuses on informing and inspiring individuals about environmental issues and humanitarian disasters.

"I am honored to receive the Newman Civic Fellows award and look forward to furthering my outreach efforts," said Vance. "I hope to grow my leadership skills through my work at the ETC and in the community as well as motivate students, staff and the CGCC campus toward a greener and more environmentally friendly world."

Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership. The students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They also serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.

Newman Civic Fellows awards are made in memory of Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others.

Learn more about the Newman Civic Fellow awards.

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