Mastro Named Gannon University's First Newman Civic Fellow

Lexie MastroPosted: May 23, 2013

Erie, PA; Gannon University senior Lexie Mastro has compiled a glossy resume in her three years at the University. Now she can add another distinction to the list: that of being the first Gannon University student to have been named a Newman Civic Fellow. The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders for their efforts in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country through service, research and advocacy.

Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can-and does-play in building a better world.

Mastro, a physician assistant major from Pittsburgh, has shown leadership on- and off-campus and has demonstrated a commitment to local, national and international social problems and mutually beneficial solutions. While at Gannon, she has participated in direct service and research for the University's Erie-GAINS (Erie-Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) initiative; peer leadership for the Catholic Relief Services Ambassador program projects on human trafficking awareness and advocacy; campus organizing around the issues of fair trade and conflict in the Congo and Operation Safety Net, a program of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Catholic Health East, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. In the summer of 2012, Mastro participated in a six-week internship experience in Namibia teaching orphans and vulnerable children as well as some adult learners both math and English. A chronicle of that visit can be viewed <a href="http://lexieinnamibia.wordpress.com"> here </a>.

She was a member of Gannon's NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Team that conducted a two-week summer soccer clinic in South Africa and was a Student Government Association (SGA) freshman class representative and candidate for SGA president in 2012.

Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership. Newman Civic Fellows form a unique network of leaders who will inspire and keep hope alive for one another during college and afterward, as the network expands exponentially each year.

Arlene Montevecchio, the director of Gannon's Center for Social Concerns who recommended Mastro's nomination to Gannon president, Keith Taylor, Ph. D., said, "I am pleased that Alexandra Mastro has been chosen as a Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow. Gannon has been a long-time member of Campus Compact but this is the first time one of our students is represented as a Newman Fellow. Lexie is a conscientious, intelligent, and committed student who puts her values into action through service, advocacy, and community-based research. We are proud that she is a leader at Gannon and in particular for programs in the Center for Social Concerns."