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May 7, 2014

McAlester’s Joiner named Newman Civic Fellow at EOSC

Determined to find solutions for the challenges communities face throughout the country, 15 inspirational students from Oklahoma’s colleges and universities have been named 2014 Newman Civic Fellows in recognition for service to their local communities.

Eastern Oklahoma State College sophomore Shelly Joiner, of McAlester, was selected for the recognition. Joiner, an environmental science/natural resources major, serves as president of EOSC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is a member of the college’s Honors Program.

For the past two years, Joiner assisted with PTK’s voter registration competition and was instrumental in the success of the weeklong event. PTK members provided a variety of activities designed to raise awareness and register voters. By registering an additional 11.1 percent of EOSC’s student population, the PTK members received first-place honors from Oklahoma Campus Compact in the statewide competition for the fourth consecutive year. Joiner is also actively engaged in the Oklahoma Blue Thumb program, a statewide education program dedicated to promoting clean and healthy water ecosystems in Oklahoma. As an active member of OBT, Joiner helps provide the state of Oklahoma with invaluable data through water monitoring.

The Newman Civic Fellows program was established by Campus Compact in honor of co-founder Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning and engagement. The award is designed to recognize college students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for the challenges communities face throughout the country through service, research and advocacy. Each of Oklahoma’s 15 Fellows will receive a $500 scholarship from Oklahoma Campus Compact. Students are nominated by their college or university president.

Joiner joins the group of 197 students from 36 states who comprise this year’s Newman Civic Fellows.

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