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Reading native connects students with community

By Alvernia University

Mar 17, 2021

Newman Civic Fellow connects students with community

Local and global service efforts lead to national recognition for Alvernia grad student

READING, Pa. – Alvernia University grad student Kirsy Rosario ‘20 (Reading, Pa.) has earned national recognition for her local and global service endeavors by being named a 2021 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. She will join 212 students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico to form the 2021 cohort.

“Kirsy’s willingness and desire to constantly improve service efforts and her dedication to serving local and global communities do not go unnoticed,” said Alvernia University President John R. Loyack. “She is committed to Alvernia’s mission of serving the underserved in an impactful and meaningful way.”

Rosario, a former Reading Collegiate Scholar who graduated from Alvernia in 2020 with a BA in accounting, returned to Alvernia for the 2020-21 year as a graduate assistant in The Holleran Center for Community Engagement. In the role, Rosario has been the driving force behind a new volunteer management system that has proven crucial for connecting student volunteers to community projects. In addition, she has traveled to the Dominican Republic through Alvernia’s Alternative Breaks program and to Mexico, where she served their communities through church renovations, community cleanups and other service activities.

Rosario is pursuing an MBA at Alvernia and is the ninth student in university history to be named a Newman Civic Fellow.

“My time at Alvernia has shown me the importance of serving and providing support to others,” said Rosario. “After working with the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program, I saw the impact one could have on others, and it inspired me to continue to make an impact. Being able to serve locally and globally has allowed me to have a different perspective on others.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a year-long program for students from Campus Compact member institutions. The students selected for the fellowship are leaders on their campuses who demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities locally, nationally and internationally.

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Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact supports institutions in fulfilling their public purposes by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. As the largest national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, we provide professional development to administrators and faculty to enable them to engage effectively, facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses with key issues in their local communities, build pilot programs to test and refine promising models in engaged teaching and scholarship, celebrate and cultivate student civic leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity.

Alvernia University is a thriving comprehensive university that empowers students to become ethical leaders with moral courage, while providing an intellectually challenging environment with real-world learning experiences. Operating on a scenic 191-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, Pennsylvania, the distinctive Franciscan university of nearly 3,000 students is conveniently located near Philadelphia (60 miles) and within an easy drive of New York, Baltimore and Washington, DC.

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