March 27, 2018
McDaniel College junior Atticus Rice of Portland, Ore., has been named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow, one of 268 student leaders nationwide recognized by Campus Compact.
A double major in Political Science and Communication, he was nominated for the honor by McDaniel President Roger N. Casey.
“Atticus serves his community with the utmost investment on campus, and has increasingly turned his prodigious energy towards public service, working with local, national and even international partners,” Casey wrote in his nomination.
Active on campus, Rice is a writer and editor for the McDaniel Free Press student newspaper. He leads the McDaniel ultimate Frisbee club and is president of the Honors Program as well as co-president of the McDaniel delegation of the Maryland Student Legislature. In addition, he has served on the College’s Honor and Conduct Board and has worked for the Office of Student Engagement, as the annual giving phone center supervisor for Institutional Advancement and as a research assistant in the English department.
As the current president of the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) national service fraternity, he has developed partnerships with local food banks, shelters and youth organizations as well as with the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross.
He traveled to West Virginia over spring break as a sophomore with other McDaniel students to work on community outreach projects. As a junior, he applied and was awarded a Griswold-Zepp award from the College to organize an alternative spring break experience for APO members. The group volunteered with various nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Carroll County Food Sunday and Carroll Hospital, in Westminster, Md.
“My work through these organizations has inspired me to make any future career of mine into one of public service that aligns with the values that volunteerism and community engagement have taught me,” Rice said.
According to Campus Compact, the Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year experience for community-committed college students. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.
For more information about Campus Compact and to view a full list of 2018 Newman Civic Fellows, visit http://compact.org/initiatives/awards-programs/the-frank-newman-leadership-award.