Sophomore Daniel Gaines named Newman Civic Fellow

Sophomore Daniel Gaines was named a 2019 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change.

Gaines was nominated by AU President John Pistole to become part of a national cohort of community-committed students. “From the beginning of his time at the university Daniel has fully engaged in on-campus and off-campus civic involvements,” said Pistole.

Gaines has pursued national security studies, political science, history, and math during his time at AU. He is also involved with the Student Government Association, is VP for College Republicans, and participates in several music ensembles. Gaines was elected into the university’s Center for Public Service as a fellow, Alpha Chi (national honors society), Sigma Zeta (national honors society for science, math, computer science), and Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society). He also serves as a tutor for the Kissinger Academic Center for Excellence.

Even with his busy schedule, he continues to be actively engaged in volunteerism at Bethany Christian Church, Madison Park of God, Alexandria Community Band, and the Fifth St. United Methodist Church Food Pantry. Additionally, his civic involvement led him to serve as a House Page for the Indiana House of Representatives.

Through his civic involvements, Gaines shares that he is learning “distinct skills of good leadership: strong communication, non-partisan position holding, and constant involvement in the community.” He recognizes that by collaborating with others, maintaining a spirit of openness, and seeking mutually agreeable solutions to today’s complex problems, he can more fully impact positive social change.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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