Tesia Posekany, a junior biology major from Woodburn, has been selected by Campus Compact as one of three Iowa college students to receive the national Newman Civic Fellows Award.
Tesia has been a leader in the BV Buddies program, which mobilizes BVU student volunteers to mentor students at the Storm Lake Middle School. She has coordinated the program for the past three years and has been instrumental in recruiting over 100 BVU students as mentors. She also continues to mentor a middle school student.
Tesia has participated in local, state, and national service projects as a volunteer for the Iowa College AmeriCorps program. In addition to her work with BV Buddies, she assists with food distribution for The Bridge, a Christian outreach organization in Storm Lake; and helps lead a neighborhood ministry in Storm Lake. In past years she has volunteered at the Iowa Mission of Mercy free dental clinic, with a ministry organization in Woodburn, and at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota through BVU's alternative spring break program. During spring break this year she is volunteering with other BVU students at an orphanage in Haiti.
"Service is vital to the development of individuals," says Tesia. "Through service, personal horizons are broadened and many issues are recognized. Additionally, service is a learning experience unmatched by academia. Serving communities and other populations allows you as an individual and group member to observe your ability to make a positive impact in your world. Serving is lending a helping hand, heart, or ear to those in need. This is essential because together, everyone can succeed."
"Tesia is a great representative from BVU and it is an honor to have her represent us as a Newman Fellow," says Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson, director of civic engagement. "Since she has been a student at BVU she has completed over 1,000 hours of service."
Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents - representing some 6 million students - who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. The award is named in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, founder of the national Campus Compact organization.
Tesia was nominated for the honor by BVU President Fred Moore, a member of Iowa Campus Compact, a statewide association of Iowa college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education by educating students for active citizenship and building strong communities.