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May 2011

Release Date: May 2, 2011ASU Logo

ASU Agriculture Student Named Newman Civic Fellow

Angelo State University sophomore Morgan Ostwinkle, an animal science major from Phoenix, has been named a 2011 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a national coalition of college and university presidents.

The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are named for Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact. They recognize inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. This is the first year the awards have been handed out, and Ostwinkle is one of only 135 students from 30 states to be honored.

According to a news release from Campus Compact, Ostwinkle “is a student leader passionate about purposeful change. For the past year, she has worked to improve communication between Angelo State students and their appropriate legislators on issues such as state funding for public institutions as well as legislation concerning the allowance of concealed handguns on college campuses. She also has a strong passion for agriculture and the environment demonstrated through her tireless work within her major as well as her efforts to increase awareness among students through the creation of environmental sustainability programs.” Ostwinkle was nominated by ASU President Joseph C. Rallo.

“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders,” said Maureen F. Curley, Campus Compact president. “They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can – and does – play in building a better world.”

Ostwinkle was recently featured in the cover story of Angelo State University Magazine’s spring 2011 issue, which can be viewed online at She is also featured in several related agriculture-themed stories in recent issues of Farm Journal and Successful Farming magazines, and on the Texas Farm Bureau website.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents – representing some six million students – who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. Through the Newman Civic Fellows Awards, college and university presidents acknowledge students with the ability and motivation to create lasting change in their communities.

For more information about the Newman Civic Fellows, visit

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