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For Immediate Release: April 10, 2013

Providence College Junior Honored by National Civic Organization

emma.jpgProvidence, R.I. – Emma Lane ’14, a resident of Mansfield, Conn., and a public and community service major at Providence College, was recently selected one of 181 undergraduates from 36 states to receive a Newman Civic Fellow Award by Campus Compact.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents--representing some 6 million students--who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.

The Newman Civic Fellow Award honors college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. They are nominated by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in civic and social responsibility and in public leadership.

As a community assistant, Lane managed service learning volunteers placed at her community partner, Carroll Tower, an elderly public housing complex in Providence, where she taught English language classes. She led reflection sessions for volunteers, was the central point of communication, and built strong relationships with the residents.

In addition to local service, for the past five years Lane worked with Simply Smiles, a Connecticut based non-profit. In the summer of 2012, she interned for the organization, living and working in Oaxaca, Mexico for nine weeks. While there, she helped organize food distribution programs, worked with local coffee farmers to re-vitalize their trade through a coffee cooperative, and started other projects such as building a school in the small village of Santa Maria Tepexipana, as well as health initiatives with the children in the village.

Lane is also involved with organizing multiple service activities on campus and was inducted to the College’s honor society for academic excellence.

Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3,900 students and offers degrees in 49 academic majors. For more than a decade, Providence College has consistently been ranked as one of the top five regional universities in the north in U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges. 


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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