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Schneider named a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow


Illinois College senior Matthew Schneider of Waterloo was one of 181 students in the nation recognized as a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact for demonstrating an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

“I feel the next step for me is to further develop these leadership skills,” Schneider said. “I do feel that joining a network of other outstanding college students as a Newman Civic Fellow would prove useful in meeting my goals. It seems fitting that I will end my undergraduate career by joining this network, potentially linking me with individuals who can help me move from being a community leader to becoming a global leader through conversation, planning and joint action.”

Nominated by their college and university presidents, Campus Compact says that these students are making the most of their college experiences to better understand the root causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

Illinois College President Axel Steuer said, “This is a great accomplishment for Matthew. He embodies the sort of personal growth, commitment to one’s community, idealism and lifelong dedication to lead by serving others that the founders of Campus Compact hoped to encourage among our nation’s college students.”

Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. At the core of Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference. This class of Newman Civic Fellows embodies this spirit and dedication.

“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 stronger communities,” said Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.

The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation. For a full list of the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows, please go to:
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Matthew Schneider, a senior at Illinois College, is very involved on campus (resident assistant, student ambassador, Peer Health Educator, president of the Sociology Club, president of History of Tomorrow and Illinois College baseball), and demonstrates a deep commitment to community service on many levels. Volunteering in various capacities has allowed him to start making connections between course work, current issues (global, national, state and local) and the varying human experiences. Through his experiences, especially a service learning trip to Ecuador, tutoring students at the Illinois School for the Deaf and a recent internship with 8 Points Charter School, he reports that his most passionate interests lie in education and global development. During his time at Illinois College, he has progressed from basic volunteerism to true civic engagement. His leadership initiatives range from leading an anger management skills course for developmentally disabled adults at the Jacksonville Developmental Center, to organizing the annual Senior Day event for the Prairie Council on Aging, to recruiting and leading activities for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jacksonville. As Schneider prepares for graduate school and beyond, he is poised to move from being a community leader to becoming a global leader through assessment, planning and joint action.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps forge effective community/campus partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Campus Compact’s membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education. For more information, visit
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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