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For Immediate Release: May 31, 2011

Stewart Manor, N.Y. Resident Honored by National Civic Organization

Providence, R.I. – Kathryn C. McCann ’12, a resident of Stewart Manor, N.Y., and a public and community service studies and political science double major at Providence College, recently was selected one of 135 undergraduates from 30 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 Fellows 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.

McCann, a member of the Liberal Arts Honors Program, was initially recommended for the honor by Dr. Raymond L. Sickinger, professor of history and of public and community service studies, and director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at PC.

In nominating McCann, Sickinger praised her for making “significant contributions” to the classroom, College community, and the surrounding neighborhoods.

One of those contributions, Sickinger noted, has been as a community assistant (CA) at Carroll Tower, a facility for the elderly that is run by the Providence Housing Authority. At Carroll Tower, McCann organized a multicultural festival and led a number of ESL workshops, among many other tasks--all intended to build relationships and improve the quality of life of residents, many of whom are immigrants and refugees.

“Of all the CAs I have had the pleasure to know, Katie is one of the most responsible and most dedicated,” said Sickinger. “Without a doubt, she is one of our finest majors.”

In addition to her work at Carroll Tower, McCann has led and been engaged in a number of service initiatives throughout her first three years at PC. She has been involved with “Sweat-Free PC” and is currently the vice president for the College’s Amnesty International chapter. She also has been a Resident Assistant for the past two years.

Other efforts undertaken by McCann include serving as a student-organizer with the PC Labor Alliance, being a project coach for the Foundations of Organizational Service: Community Organizing course, and serving as a research assistant to Dr. Richard M. Battistoni, professor of political science and of public and community service studies.

This summer, McCann will be working with students at Our Lady of Grace School in Kisumu, Kenya, as a recipient of a Father Philip A. Smith, O.P. Student Fellowship for Study and Service Abroad.

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Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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