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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Senior Erin O'Donovan, a Loras College student, has been recognized as a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow.  She is one of seven Iowa students and one of just 201 students nationwide to receive the award.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award recognizes student leaders who inspire other students and the entire campus and community.  Recipients receive national recognition and networking opportunities.

O'Donovan, an elementary education major, has served for two years as a crew leader for Future Talk, a program run through the Multicultural Family Center in Dubuque, designed for teens facing significant challenges in their personal lives and with literacy. The curriculum combines work experience, conservation education, and engagement with community by participating in different projects around the community.

In her role as crew leader, O'Donovan has taken students beyond the scope of these projects and helped them become speakers and presenters on race and learning. O'Donovan, along with her teen crew, have spoken at a state-wide conference in Dubuque for parks and recreation professionals, the NAACP annual banquet, and a workshop event on race and the classroom, organized for O'Donovan's fellow pre-service teachers.

O'Donovan will be recognized at the Loras College Student Awards Luncheon as part of the Legacy Symposium on April 29. She will also receive recognition at the Engaged Campus Awards ceremony on May 29 in Des Moines.

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