Sophomore biology major Gabrielle Kuba named Newman Civic Fellow

NEWPORT, R.I. – Gabrielle Kuba of West Haven, Conn., a junior biology major at Salve Regina University, has been honored as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, the Boston-based non-profit organization supporting civic engagement on college campuses throughout the country.

As a fellowship recipient, Kuba will participate in a variety of learning and networking opportunities designed to enhance personal, professional and civic growth, including attending the national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

Since arriving at Salve Regina, Kuba has been passionate about environmental causes through both her volunteerism and academic pursuits. She has worked with Clean Ocean Access and with Save the Bay to clean up marine environments and track pollutants. As a facilitator for Salve’s “Service Plunge 2.0” she has spearheaded watershed clean-up efforts at Bailey’s Brook in Middletown.

Through her academic research, Kuba has been tracking nutrient levels in Narragansett Bay, which she has found to be elevated due to increasing runoff, adversely impacting two species of seaweed that she’s studying. “In last 10 years we’ve been finding that these two species of seaweed are growing out of control, which is not good for the environment or for ecological balance,” she said.

At Salve, Kuba is a member of Mercy in Motion, Protect our Wildlife and the Environmental Club. Additionally, she has served as a participant on the university’s community service trip to Nicaragua to assist individuals in the Mustard Seed Orphanage. She also works in gardens and parks near campus and supports a local animal shelter to care for animals seeking homes.

“Gabrielle has always been a spirited and hardworking young woman,” said Salve Regina President Jane Gerety, RSM, who nominated Kuba for the Newman Fellowship. “Over the past three years, I have watched her mature into a strong leader with the ability to get the job done. She has been an inspiration, leading the way in support of many worthwhile causes. She not only has a personal commitment to support social and environmental causes, but also has the ability to get other people involved and committed to service.”

As a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Kuba will be a part of the first cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship. Named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, the fellowship is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. In addition to offering learning and networking opportunities, the fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“The cultivation of community-committed leaders has never been more crucial,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “We rebuilt the Newman Civic Fellowship experience because our country needs more people who know how to bring communities together for positive change. We are thrilled to welcome this group of 273 exemplary students as the first cohort to participate in this new model.”

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