Amanda Bardonner receives Newman Civic
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Fellow Award from Campus Compact Amanda Bardonner was one of 135 students from 30 states honored recently as a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. The national award recognizes student leaders who help find solutions to community problems.
These students are considered the best-of-the-best: promising college student leaders who are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.
"These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can and does play in building a better world," said Campus Compact President Maureen F. Curley.
Bardonner, a junior from Wausau, Wis., is an active student leader serving as the state chair for the Minnesota State University Student Association. As 2010-11 Student Government president, Bardonner engaged students in complex discussions and enhanced the role of the student body in campus governance. As an extension of her role at St. Cloud State, Amanda strengthened relationships with community members and built relationships with state legislators while fighting for funding for higher education. She also served on the City of St. Cloud Student Advisory Committee that reports directly to the mayor.
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. Through the Newman Civic Fellows Award, college and university presidents acknowledge students who have the ability and motivation to create lasting change in communities.