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Franklin Pierce U. Senior Ray Carmody is Named Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact

March 28, 2012


Campus Compact today honors students from 32 states as 2012 Newman Civic Fellows. Among the honorees is Ray M. Carmody of Hopkinton, Mass., a senior at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.

Campus Compact’s member college and university presidents from across the country have nominated 162 college student leaders for the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows. These students are demonstrating a personal commitment to creating lasting change for the better in their communities. Through service, community-based research, and advocacy, the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of some of the most pressing social issues that challenge us all. 

“I am especially pleased that Ray Carmody's commitment to service is being recognized by the national Campus Compact organization,” stated James F. Birge, President of Franklin Pierce University. “His work to educate others about important social issues through Reality Check demonstrates his understanding of thorny social issues and how to use his skills and talents to help others be aware of these issues.”

Dr. Birge is very familiar with Campus Compact and its programs. “Having served as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Campus Compact, I was fortunate to know Dr. Frank Newman and many other students committed to an ethic of life-long service,” he said. “Ray certainly equals their commitments and talents.  I thank Campus Compact for recognizing Ray and for honoring Franklin Pierce University with Ray's selection as a Newman Civic Fellow.”

“Ray Carmody, a senior at Franklin Pierce University, demonstrates the type of civic engagement that sets an example for others, shining a positive light in a time when negativity has dominated much national conversation,” said Cara Lovell of Campus Compact. “Ray has been active in community service throughout his four years at Franklin Pierce University as a member of Reality Check, an issues-based theater group presenting in regional schools and shelters.”  Ray has served as Director and Club Leader and currently serves as the coordinator for Reality Check.  In addition, Ray has volunteered with Computer Tutor for the Elderly, and Kitty Rescue and Adoption.

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Carmody will join a network of Fellows around the country. Together — sharing ideas and tools through online networking — the Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for service and change, and will continue to set examples for their classmates and others. “These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world,” notes Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central. 

Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students’ public problem-solving skills, such as the ability to analyze community needs, the willingness to participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about challenges, and the ability to inspire others to become part of solutions. “Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference,” explains Campus Compact President Maureen Curley. “He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform and this new group of Newman Civic Fellows would have inspired him. They are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work.”

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million+ students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education, that is, to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information about the organization and the award, visit or contact: Cara Lovell, or 617.357.1881, x208



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Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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