UMW student named as 2014 Newman Civic Fellow
Category: Campus Life
Written by Alyse Backus
The Montana Campus Compact recently named a University of Montana Western student as a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow.
This year’s Newman Civic Fellow from Montana Western is Jessica Lammi, a third-year student from Broadus, Mont. She tutors fellow college students at the campus Learning Center and volunteers with local schools to help younger students meet their potentials. She plans to graduate with her degree in elementary education with a minor in literacy in grade K-12.
A few years ago, Lammi served as a AmeriCorps volunteer who assisted local kindergarten classes for her 300-hour term. She also worked with Cross-Cultural Solutions, which allowed her to travel to Lima, Peru to help residents of a poor district of the city.
“Each of these opportunities yielded unique experiences,” said Lammi in her nomination statement. “Yet, I realize, whether it is helping others in my community or across the globe, the effect is the same. The hug from an eighty-year-old Peruvian woman and the hug from a five-year-old girl in Dillon, Mont., both relay an unspoken message of gratitude. This gratitude has inspired me to become an advocate for lifelong service learning.”
The 2014 National class of Fellows is composed of 197 students from 36 states and the District of Columbia. Lammi joins seven other students to represent Montana.
The fellowship is named for Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact. Newman had a tremendous impact on American education reform and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference.
Montana Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education by improving community life and educating students for civic and social responsibility.