Northampton Community College student honored as 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

Congratulations to Jesse Lewis!

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BETHLEHEM, PA (03/06/2018) Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 268 students who will make up the organization's 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Northampton Community College's own Jesse Lewis of Cresco, PA.

Lewis is a fist year general studies/veterinary technician intent major, with a career goal of becoming a veterinarian. Lewis has volunteered weekly for the past four years at his local veterinary clinic. Through these experiences, he became passionate about a career in veterinary science. As an apprentice falconer, he helps to preserve the many populations of birds of prey. Lewis volunteers in his local community supporting the fire department. He is a member of the P.A.T.H (Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health) study, where he assists in research assessments that address the use of tobacco and its effects on our health. Lewis is a sitting member on the Board of Directors of the Chazz Foundation which is dedicated to rescuing and re-homing German Shepherds. He supports and promotes this organization by setting up community events to raise money and awareness about the breed.

"Jesse's countless hours volunteering and supporting service learning projects have made him an asset to his community. We are very proud of all that he has accomplished, and congratulate him on the distinguished honor of being named a Newman Civic Fellow," says Dr. Mark Erickson, president of NCC.

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and engage with such an extraordinary group of students," said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. "The stories of this year's Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are bringing people together in their communities to solve pressing problems. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it's what our country and our world desperately need."

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman's Own Foundation.

About Campus Compact
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. Visit

About Northampton Community College

With an enduring commitment to the regional community it serves and a focus on student success, Northampton Community College has developed a reputation as an institution of extraordinary distinction, earning accolades at the state and national levels for innovative programs, outstanding faculty and impressive student achievements. It counts among its successful alumni a 4-time Pulitzer Prize winner and an Academy Award winning director as well as a host of CEOs, presidents, and leaders of business and industry. Today, Northampton Community College has locations in Bethlehem, Southside Bethlehem, and Monroe County, serving more than 30,000 students each year from 53 counties, 48 countries and 25 states. For more information, or to apply, please visit