OTC’s Sarah Buxton named 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

SPRINGFIELD, MO — Sarah Buxton, a second-year student at Ozarks Technical Community College, was chosen as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.


Newman Civic Fellows are nominated by college and university presidents and chancellors to acknowledge motivation and potential in public leadership. Buxton is the first OTC student to earn recognition as a Newman Civic Fellow.


“I would like to congratulate Sarah on this honor,” said Dr. Hal Higdon, OTC chancellor. “She has proven herself an effective leader and activist through her community-minded efforts on and off campus.”


Buxton, a member of the OTC Honors program and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, represents the college as a student ambassador. She originated and chaired a politically affiliated campus organization and volunteers regularly at a local community nonprofit. Upon graduation, Buxton will transfer to a four-year university where she will earn a bachelor’s degree in public relations. She plans to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector.


The Newman Civic Fellowship program is administered by Campus Compact, a national nonprofit coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities, dedicated to campus-based civic engagement. The program provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change.



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The Ozarks Technical Community College system offers associate degrees and certificates in a variety of technical, allied health and two-year transfer degree programs, as well as workforce development opportunities. Classes are available at six locations throughout southwest Missouri, including the option to earn a complete associate degree online. Find additional resources and information about OTC (including official wordmarks and images) at otc.edu/news.

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