Sophomore Sydney Samples Honored as 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

Add another honor to Simpson sophomore Sydney Samples’ growing list of accomplishments.

Samples, a Culver Fellow who was the first sophomore elected Simpson’s Student Body President, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the purposes of higher education.

She is one of 272 college and university students in the country — and one of seven in Iowa – to receive the award.

This is another great example of the kind of success Simpson students can achieve on campus.

“When I found out I received this recognition I was extremely excited and happy to be part of the program next year,” said Samples, who is from Des Moines. She is a double major in Environmental Studies and Spanish with a minor in Political Science.

In his nomination letter, Simpson President Jay Simmons said this about Samples:

“Even among her high-achieving peers, Sydney’s clear vision and determination to achieve her goals set her apart. Her passion for nonpartisan civic engagement inspires her fellow students to work harder and challenge their own comfort zones. Her leadership traits as the youngest-ever student body president at Simpson College highlight the qualities that will make her an excellent and productive Newman Civic Fellow.”

Samples will be participating in a revamped fellowship program, which is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional and civic growth.

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.

Samples said she is excited about the prospect of attending the national conference this fall.

“I will have the opportunity to meet other civically engaged students from across the nation and talk with them about projects that have been successfully completed on their campuses,” she said. “In addition there are a lot of resources that will be available to me as a Fellow.”

Samples is taking full advantage of the opportunities available to Simpson students.

“My Simpson experience has been great thus far,” she said. “I have been very active on campus in a variety of organizations and have many different leadership roles. One of my favorite things about Simpson College is student’s ability to become involved in whatever they want and really make a difference on the campus. There are so many unique opportunities that Simpson has to offer that you are not going to find at other schools.”

She added, “My advice to incoming students is to find at least one organization or club to join. For me, once I started getting involved more opportunities kept popping up. Just doing one activity on campus will open more doors than you would imagine.”