Newman Civic Fellows Award

frank-newmanThe Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. 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.  The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.

2018 Wisconsin Newman Civic Fellows

Alejandra Gonzalez, Alverno College
Catherine Sullivan-Konyn, Marquette University
Queenie Weesen, Moraine Park Technical College
Jeannette Ingabire, Mount Mary University
Elisha Jaeke, St. Norbert College
Wendy Hoang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Yoger Aguilar, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Zoe Betancourt, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 
Sydney Mastey, University of Wisconsin Superior
Marcellese Powell, Western Technical College


2017 Wisconsin Newman Civic Fellows

  • Katherine Watson, Alverno College, Community Leadership and Development, Anticipated Graduation date: May 2020
  • Ana Li, Lawrence University, Psychology / Spanish, Anticipated Graduation date: June 2018
  • Gloria Stendel, Madison Area Technical College, Liberal Arts, Anticipated Graduation date: December 2017
  • Chiana Román, Marquette University, Nursing, Anticipated Graduation date: May 2019
  • Maria Ortega, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Administrative Professional, Anticipated Graduation date: May 2017
  • Jasmine Babineaux, St. Norbert College, Business Management and English Creative Writing double major, Anticipated Graduation date: May 2019
  • Rena Newman, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Community Studies, Anticipated Graduation date: May 2020
  • Bianca Ruffolo, University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Molecular Biology / Bio Informatics / Chemistry Minor, Anticipated Graduation date: May 2019
  • Joanna (Jo) Niswonger, University of Wisconsin Colleges, Physical Therapy, Spanish Minor, Emphasis in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Anticipated Graduation date: May 2017
  • Yessenia Santamaria, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Sociology and Spanish Majors and Criminal Justice Minor, Anticipated Graduation date: May 2018
  • Raymond Stevens, Western Technical College, IT Computer Support Specialist and IT Web & Software, Anticipated Graduation date: April 2019

2016 WI Award Winners
Mirella Espino / UW Colleges – UW-Extension
Brittany Hawley / Cardinal Stritch University
Nasitta Keita / UW-Madison
Mathias Lemos Castillo / Edgewood College
Grace Meyer / UW-Superior
Maria Sauer / St. Norbert College
Marly Uran / UW-Parkside

2015 Award Winners
Alexa Morgan / UW-Parkside
Catherine Wiese / St. Norbert College

2014 WI Award Winners
Candace Block / Mount Mary College
Kelsie George / St. Norbert College
Katie Morici / UW-Stevens Point
Anh Nguyen / UW-Parkside
Lynda Smith / Western Technical College

2013 WI Award Winners
Stephanie Abbott / UW-Whitewater
Jessica Cox / Mt. Mary College
LaTierra Piphus / UW-Parkside
Connor Romenesko / St. Norbert College

2012 WI Award Winners
Kathleen Bauer / UW Colleges – UW-Extension
Amy Diestler / St. Norbert College
Vanessa Hope / UW-Parkside
Amy Ramirez / Mt. Mary College
Binta Sidibe / UW-Superior
Spencer White / Madison Area Technical College

2011 WI Award Winners
Kathryn Evans / UW-Parkside
Mao Kong / Western Technical College
Taylor Putz / Marian University