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Katelyn Moga Receives Newman Civic Fellow Award

Monday, May 2, 2011

Westminster College junior political science major Katelyn Moga was among 135 students from 30 states honored as Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact. 

The award recognizes college student leaders who demonstrate 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," said Maureen F. Curley, president of Campus Compact.  "They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can--and does--play in building a better world."

At Westminster, Moga serves as a student associate trustee on the Board of Trustees, president of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and president of Model United Nations.  She is a member of Student Government Association; Student Westminster Admissions Team; Student Alumni Association; Pre-Law Society; Habitat for Humanity; the honor societies Pi Sigma Pi, Mortar Board, Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology), and Pi Sigma Alpha (political science); and participates in the Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania Program through Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

She led a student lobbying effort to preserve financial aid appropriations by organizing meetings with state legislators to help them understand the impact of cuts on the underserved student population.

Off campus, Moga serves as regional coordinator for Americans for Informed Democracy, a Washington, D.C., non-profit that encourages increased awareness of global issues and involvement in dialogue and civic participation.

Moga was nominated for the award by Westminster College President Dr. Richard H. Dorman: "Katie Moga has distinguished herself as a student through her dedicated service to both Westminster and the surrounding community.  She is among the most civic-minded students I have met and is richly deserving of this important recognition."

Moga is a daughter of Timothy and Pamela Moga of Ashtabula, Ohio, and a graduate of Edgewood High School.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility.  Visit www.compact.org for additional information about the Newman Civic Fellows. 

Email Moga at mogakm@westminster.edu for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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