LOGA: Alvernia University senior Brandi Loga, of Bel Air, has been named one of 181 Newman Civic Fellows from 36 states across the country by Campus Compact. The award recognizes top students who 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.
As a recipient, Loga has demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
"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 stronger communities," said Campus Compact President Maureen Curley in a press release.
Loga is a student leader on Alvernia's campus, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. Among many contributions, her most impressive accomplishment was her work this past fall with a large group of inner-city girls from Reading, Pa.
She led a team of students who designed a campus-wide Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education program delivered to 270 middle school Girl Scouts. Not only did she recruit several dozen fellow students to serve as instructors, but she also led members of Alvernia's faculty in designing the curriculum and organizing the program.
This project received universally high praise from the participants and instructors and has led to an evolving partnership with the Girl Scouts and has great potential to have a profound impact on youth in the City of Reading (one of the poorest cities in the nation).
In addition to her work with the Scouts, Loga is the Biology Team Lead and Laboratory Assistant; an Eco-Fun-Day leader, which provides environmental education to 500 sixth-grade students annually; has served as a leader for Project Exploration, which provides free science education to 100 middle-school students; and is an organizer and student leader for "Science Day," which teaches students to complete science experiments in a laboratory.
As students like Loga tackle community challenges, they provide fresh energy and perspective, inspire and mobilize others, and develop their own skills and potential.
Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. At the core of Dr. Newman's leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.
Loga attended high school at John Carroll. She made the dean's list last semester and works part time as a lab assistant. She is also vice president of the Science Association, involved in Public Relations, and the Student Government Association.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun