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UMW student wins national civic award

UMW News Bureau

University of Montana Western student Ashley Barreras has been honored with Campus Compact’s 2011 Newman Civic Fellow Award. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Ashley Barreras"]ashley barreras[/caption] University of Montana Western student Ashley Barreras has been honored with Campus Compact’s 2011 Newman Civic Fellow Award. Campus Corps works to actively engage college students in meeting community-identified needs through service projects. The program is affiliated with Americorps and is sponsored by the Montana Campus Compact, a network of 19 college and university campuses located throughout Montana. The Montana Western Campus Corps, through which Barreras won the award, is a member of the Montana Campus Compact. “The award honors student leaders committed to creating lasting change in communities throughout the country,” Campus Compact President Maureen F. Curley wrote in a letter to Montana Western Chancellor Richard Storey announcing Barreras' achievement. “It is made in honor of Dr. Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship.” Barreras joined 136 other student representatives from 30 states, Washington, D.C. and Mexico in receiving the award. Barreras has been active in many local Campus Corps efforts, taking a leading role in the Safe Routes to School program and helping to design and implement the Walking School Bus program. Safe Routes to Schools and the Walking School Bus programs seek to create a healthier, safer environment for youth by encouraging children to walk to school along properly marked routes while being accompanied by responsible adults. Barreras’ efforts with the The Walking School Bus and her involvement in other community civic projects reflect Montana Western's emphasis on community service and civic engagement. “Montana Western is committed to helping to instill an active sense of civic engagement in our students,” Chancellor Storey said. “Ashley is a perfect example of just how much a motivated individual can accomplish in their community. Her dedication and passion to make a difference is an inspiration.” Montana Western Campus Corps Team Leader Jon Stephani echoed Chancellor Storey’s comments. "Ashley has been amazing to work with,” Stephani added. “Her dedication to service and her community has been an inspiration to the entire team. Ashley truly embodies what it means to be an engaged college student." Barreras, a Salmon, Idaho native, is pursuing a biology degree at Montana Western.