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New global fellow attends Clinton-sponsored conference

Roger Isom
April 23, 2013

Even before first-year student Roger Isom was formally accepted into McDaniel’s inaugural class of Global Fellows, he attended the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) held at Washington University in St. Louis April 5-7.

Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Nearly 1,200 attendees gathered earlier this month to make a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

“We all have diverse commitments that ultimately have one shared goal – turning our ideas into action,” said Isom.

An Exercise Science and Spanish major from Annapolis, Md., Isom aspires to be a strength and conditioning coach and a youth obesity prevention specialist for English- and Spanish-speaking children.

“Attending CGI U opened my eyes to the health needs of children outside of America,” he added, and now he plans to study children's health conditions in developing countries as well.

“CGI U showed me that I can do just that and because of the CGI U network that I developed, I know I am never alone.”

Isom is already volunteering at the Westminster Boys & Girls Club where he is introducing a program he calls “Fitness Buddies,” with the help of McDaniel student-athletes who lead fitness sessions, activities ranging from zumba to kickboxing to sporting games in an effort to get kids moving and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

His dream is for the Fitness Buddies program to be sustainable and he’s committed to gather the data and effectively measure the program’s outcomes to more effectively design the activities.

Isom was among 20 first-year students named to the Inaugural Class of Global Fellows at a reception held on campus April 15. Through increased international coursework, language study, study abroad, this group of students is ready to invest in their global learning over the next three years at McDaniel College.

New global fellow attends Clinton-sponsored conference
Front row, L-R:  Soohyun (Brianna) Myung, Kamiko O'Rullian, Anna Kokubu, Nicole Ringel
Middle row, L-R:  Serra Berry, Ashley Rogers, Lindsey Cardona, Morgan Stanback, Clarissa Balint, Mariah Ligas, Leanna Jasek-Rysdahl
Back row, L-R:  Claire Lawson, Keegan Farley, Andre Carneiro, Mirna Mercado, Amy McNichols, President Roger Casey, Leigh Brownell, Shannon McLellan, Casey Kelahan, Roger Isom, Caroline Unger

The Global Fellows are:
Clarissa Balint of Mount Rainier, Md.
Serra Berry of Manchester, Md.
Leigh Brownell of Newtown, Pa.
Lindsey Cardona of Silver Spring, Md.
Andre Carneiro of Silver Spring, Md.
Keegan Farley of Hampstead, Md.
Roger Isom, Jr. of Annapolis, Md.
Leanna Jasek-Rysdahl of Turlock, Calif.
Casey Kelahan of Leesburg, Va.
Anna Kokubu of Itami, Japan
Claire Lawson of Mcminnville, Ore.
Mariah Ligas of Aldie, Va.
Shannon McClellan of Boonsboro, Md.
Mirna Mercado of Olney, Md.
Soohyun (Brianna) Myung of Glen Rock, N.J.
Kamiko O’Rullian of La Quinta, Calif.
Nicole Ringel of New Market, Md.
Ashley Rogers of Abingdon, Md.
Morgan Stanback of North Highlands, Calif.
Caroline Unger of Park Ridge, Ill.