Apr 5, 2016

Campus Compact Honors FVCC Student with 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award

Randall Deffert_2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award nominee_Flathead Valley Community CollegeCampus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit coalition of colleges and universities, has chosen a Flathead Valley Community College student to receive the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award. Randall Deffert was one of 218 college students from across the nation honored for their commitment to pursuing positive social change.

Deffert was nominated for the award by FVCC President Jane Karas. “FVCC is fortunate to have many students who are committed to making a positive difference in our community. Randall is truly outstanding,” she said. “As an active member of the National Guard and a three-tour veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Randall continues to make great sacrifices for our country and our community.”

Deffert will graduate from FVCC this spring with an Associate of Science degree and plans to transfer to Montana State University in the fall to study software engineering. During his time at FVCC, Deffert has volunteered as an assistant in FVCC computer classes for senior citizens and has tutored remedial math students.

“I believe that college should be accessible for everyone,” said Deffert. “It is very rewarding to watch seniors become confident computer users.”

In addition to his volunteer work on campus, Randall has put his carpentry skills to work for Habitat Humanity through FVCC’s Service Saturday events. Randall and fellow FVCC students have helped build several Habitat for Humanity homes in the Flathead Valley

As a Campus Compact 2016 Newman Civic Fellow, Deffert will represent FVCC in a national group of student leaders. These students will receive an award certificate and an invitation to join the Newman Civic Fellows online network. They will also be featured prominently on the Campus Compact national website and invited to participate in state-specific activities.

Campus Compact is a nonprofit coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. As the only national association dedicated to this mission, Campus Compact is a leader in building community engagement into campus and academic life.

For more information, contact FVCC Student Engagement Coordinator Wendy Jeschke at 756-3908 or