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UCO Student Kalen Russell Named 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

A headshot of Kalen RussellMarch 14, 2018

Media Contact: Sarah Neese, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2121, sneese@uco.edu

UCO Student Kalen Russell Named 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

University of Central Oklahoma senior Kalen Russell, a strategic communications major from Muskogee, Oklahoma, recently earned recognition as one of Campus Compact’s 2018 Newman Civic Fellows.

Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, working to advance the public purposes of higher education, announced 268 students, including Russell, who comprise the organization’s 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

Russell’s accolades, however, stretch beyond her recent recognition from Campus Compact. She won the 2017 Martin Luther King Enterprise Oratory Competition for her speech about the importance of harmony in diversity and also spoke to legislators at the Oklahoma Capitol during the 2018 “Higher Ed Day.” Additionally, Russell was one of ten students who developed the uSpeak Project, which placed first in the national EdVenture Partners Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism competition, aimed to educate students on campus about the importance of freedom of speech and expression.

“Kalen’s abilities, intellect, and focus have allowed her to achieve remarkable success during her time at UCO. She is recognized on campus as an individual who is passionate about civic engagement, continuous educational development, and empowering her peers and colleagues,” UCO President Don Betz said.

“She has worked with programs related to social justice, inclusion of marginalized voices in decision making processes, and encouraged greater communication and understanding between law enforcement and local communities through research and guest panels on campus. Kalen is an inspiration to others and a powerful voice of leadership on our campus. She is one of Oklahoma’s brightest stars.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship, supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation and named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience, emphasizing personal, professional and civic growth. Through the fellowship, students gain a variety of learning, scholarship, post-graduate and networking opportunities, including attendance at a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows, in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate.

For more information about the Newman Civic Fellowship program, visit www.compact.org/newman-civic-fellow.

For more information about Central and its commitment to transformative learning for all students, visit www.uco.edu.

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Cutline: University of Central Oklahoma senior Kalen Russell, a strategic communications major from Muskogee, Oklahoma, recently earned recognition as one of Campus Compact’s 2018 Newman Civic Fellows.