Campus Compact has honored 162 students from 32 states as 2012 Newman Civic Fellows. Among the honorees is Corey Ledbetter of Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.
Boston, MA – Campus Compact’s member college and university presidents from across the country have nominated 162 college student leaders for the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows. These students are demonstrating a personal commitment to creating lasting change for the better in their communities. Through service, community-based research, and advocacy, the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of some of the most pressing social issues that challenge us all.
A sophomore studying paramedicine at Flathead Valley Community College, Ledbetter demonstrates the type of civic engagement that sets an example for others, shining a positive light in a time when negativity has dominated much national conversation. Wanting to enhance his education in paramedicine, Corey began volunteering as an emergency services technician (EMT) and firefighter at the Big Mountain Fire Department. Corey also serves on the Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol as an assistant director on the board and as an instructor for outdoor emergency care classes.
For the past five years, Ledbetter has actively been involved in a number of backcountry rescues including searching for avalanche victims, looking for missing hikers, and finding lost skiers through his association with the Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol. His leadership skills and commitment to the organization led to his current role as an assistant director for the Nordic Ski Patrol Board. In addition to volunteering with the Big Mountain Fire Department as an emergency services technician and firefighter, Ledbetter has worked with Flathead County Search and Rescue to prepare for a passenger train avalanche rescue, has trained with Kalispell’s A.L.E.R.T. air ambulance to learn how to participate in helicopter rescues and has obtained certifications in avalanche and mountain travel rescues.
As an advocate of being prepared and helping others, Ledbetter shares his knowledge and passion with others by serving as an instructor for the Nordic Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care classes and becoming a certified CPR instructor. In his spare time, Corey teaches CPR classes for ski patrollers, EMTs, nurses and search and rescue personnel.
Described by his instructors as very bright and professionally motivated, Ledbetter recently re-enrolled for a second 315-hour term as a member of AmeriCorps’ Montana Campus Corps program.
“Corey’s commitment to continuing his service through Montana Campus Corps is a testament to his desire to serve,” said FVCC President Jane Karas, Ph.D. “A dedicated student both in the classroom and in the field, we are fortunate to have such a devoted student, citizen, and hero in our community.”
As a Newman Civic Fellow, Ledbetter will join a network of Fellows around the country. Together — sharing ideas and tools through online networking — the Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for service and change, and will continue to set examples for their classmates and others.
“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 a better world,” notes Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central.
Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students’ public problem-solving skills, such as the ability to analyze community needs, the willingness to participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about challenges, and the ability to inspire others to become part of solutions.
“Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference,” explains Campus Compact President Maureen Curley. “He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform and this new group of Newman Civic Fellows would have inspired him. They are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work.”
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, 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