Campus Compact recently honored University of Montana student and Associated Students of UM President Zach Brown as a Newman Civic Fellow.
Brown is one of 181 students representing Campus Compact member colleges and universities from 36 states in the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows class. The award honors student leaders committed to creating lasting change in communities throughout the country.
Brown, originally from Bozeman, is a senior majoring in environmental studies and is active both on campus and in the Missoula community. Aside from serving as ASUM president, he has played an integral role in several organizations and initiatives, including the UM Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology (UMFLAT), 1,000 New Gardens, Montana Environmental Student Alliance and Clinton Global Initiative. He also has received the Truman Scholarship, two Udall Scholarships and has been named a Kentucky Colonel, an honor recognizing noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or nation.
“I am very grateful to my mentors and supporters at UM, all of whom have empowered me to put myself out there in the community of Missoula,” Brown said. “This town and our University collectively make for an incredibly special place, and I am grateful to be part of the goings on here.”
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,000 college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. It promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships and provides resources and training for faculty looking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Newman Civic Fellows are nominated by institution presidents.
“Zach truly embodies the spirit of the Newman Civic Fellow Award,” said UM President Royce Engstrom in his nomination of Brown. “He has proven himself to be an effective agent of positive change and is dedicated to working toward finding creative solutions to challenges facing our community.”
For more information call Andrea Vernon, director of the UM Office for Civic Engagement, at 406-243-5159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.