Junior Chelsey Overstreet, a native of Oxford, received the 2012 Newman Civic Fellows Award for her commitment to creating lasting change for the better in the community. She is the first Millsaps student to receive the national award.
"Chelsey's active commitment to civic engagement has made a real difference on the Millsaps campus and in the Jackson community. As a leader of the Wellspring Living-Learning Community she has helped Millsaps freshmen connect to the local community for weekly service work, which has been a fabulous learning experience for our students and a great help to our community partners," said Darby Ray, professor of religious studies and director of 1 Campus 1 Community.
As a member of the 1 Campus 1 Community student leadership team, she has worked to develop partnerships between the college community and the schools, neighborhood groups and non-profit organizations in the Midtown community.
As a Newman Civic Fellow, Overstreet 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.
The Newman Civic Fellows Award is given by Campus Compact, a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education by improving community life and educating students for civic and social responsibility.
Overstreet will be recognized during the Student Life Awards Program on April 18.