Connors State College student honored as Newman Civic Fellow


Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Connors’s own Brooklyn Herriman.

Brooklyn Herriman is a sophomore animal science major from Warner, OK. Brooklyn is a member of the President’s Leadership Class, she is the Student Government Association President, an Agriculture Ambassador, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a member of the Oklahoma Native American Indian Honor Society, a recipient of the Horizon Award, and was on the president’s honor roll.

“I love the different opportunities I have been able to experience here at Connors State,” Herriman said. “This college has made a major impact on my life.

I have gained many friends during my involvements here at Connors,” she said.

When Brooklyn is not taking classes or at a school function, she enjoys raising show pigs and running her family show pig business, Dirty Creek Genetics, she said. She currently has 17 sows and multiple piglets she is caring for.

“My dream is to have a family, live on a 1,000-acre ranch have 300 momma cows, raise working ranch horses and sell them, and eventually become a stock contractor for bronc riding,” Herriman said. “I am a major nerd in genetics so that would be fun.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems. 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 apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“We are proud to recognize each of these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are committed to finding solutions to pressing problems in their communities and beyond. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.