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Sophomore Honored with a National Award for Service

Posted on March 28, 2013.

HPU High Point UniversityHIGH POINT, N.C., March 28, 2013 – High Point University sophomore Erin Karpovich was recently named a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. She was one of six college students in the state to receive the honor.

The honor is given to students around the country who make the most of their college experiences by better understanding the root causes of social issues and through service, research and advocacy, finding effective mechanisms for 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 stronger communities,” notes Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.

“Reading the other recipients’ biographies, I was honored that Dr. Qubein thought I fell into the same group as these established students,” says Karpovich. “It made me take a step back to realize my own accomplishments and smile at what all the young people in colleges across the country are doing.”

This is one of the latest honors given to Karpovich for her leadership and service. Karpovich is active in the High Point community; volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters where she was named “Match of the Month” in November, is a member of the Civitan Club, and she assisted in tornado recovery efforts during a fall alternative break in 2012.

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Karpovich is invited to join a network of Fellows around the country. The group shares ideas and tools through online networking and help to set examples for their classmates and others. The Newman Civic Fellows class of 2013 is made up of 181 student leaders representing Campus Compact member colleges and universities.

Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, 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. Frank 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.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,200 college and university presidents and represents more than 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 www.compact.org.

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