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Campus Compact recently named Auburn University student Rylie Gay a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow for her commitment to community development and the betterment of society through citizen action.

Gay, a freshman majoring in political science and minoring in community and civic engagement (both in the College of Liberal Arts), currently serves as president of the Community and Civic Engagement Club, where she works to strengthen relationships between Auburn University and the surrounding communities. Throughout the school year, Gay helped organize and oversee several club projects promoting sustainable student-to-community partnerships.

In the fall of 2016, Gay participated in an Appalachian Teaching Project focusing on developing students as citizens in Macon County. The work that Gay and others did on this project culminated in a successful presentation at the Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium in December of 2016.

“Rylie has demonstrated all of the values of the award,” Auburn University President Jay Gogue wrote in his nomination letter, “and I believe she will represent Auburn University and Campus Compact in the very best way.”

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. The Newman Civic Fellows program honors Dr. Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocated for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship.

More information about the award is available online