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Peru State sophomore Allie Buesing of Cozad named Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact


Third Newman Civic Fellow awarded to a Peru State student in as many years


Allie Buesing
Allie Buesing

(Peru, Neb.) The Campus Compact has named Peru State College sophomore Allie Buesing, an exercise science major and business administration minor from Cozad, a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow.

Jamie Theye, a senior business, marketing and information technology major from Odell, earned the honor in 2013. Kesha Beethe, a sport management and exercise science major from Tecumseh, was honored in 2012 as a junior.

The award honors 197 student leaders annually from across the country. Through service, research and advocacy, those selected have demonstrated a personal commitment to understanding the root cause of social issues and finding lasting solutions for challenges facing communities.

“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world,” notes Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central. 

The Newman Civic Fellow Award is named for Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning and engagement. Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.  

Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students’ public problem solving skills, such as the ability to analyze community needs, the willingness to participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about challenges, and the ability to inspire others to become part of solutions.

Buesing’s honor is directly attributed to her work with the Children’s Health, Activity & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE) Initiative. Developed by Associate Professor of Education Dr. Kyle Ryan and Associate Professor of Business Dr. Sheri Grotrian-Ryan, the CHANCE Initiative is a grant-funded partnership between Peru State, Auburn Public Schools, Johnson-Brock Public Schools, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and Auburn Family Health Center, P.C. The goal is to encourage healthier lifestyles among area children and their families by creating awareness and educating them about better choices.

President Dan Hanson said, “Allie exemplifies the characteristics of the Newman Civic Fellow Award. Only a sophomore, Allie has already assumed an important leadership role in community outreach and engagement. She clearly demonstrates her motivation and propensity for long-term leadership in civic engagement through her work with the CHANCE Initiative and her other educational and career commitments. She understands how to work with others and will be a wonderful resource and colleague for other Fellows with the capacity to develop life-long professional relationships. I congratulate Allie on this well-deserved honor.”


Associate Professor of Exercise Science Dr. Kyle Ryan, co-director and creator of the CHANCE Initiative, said, “Allie has willfully taken advantage of every opportunity that Dr. Grotrian-Ryan and I have offered to her. Whether participating in Phi Epsilon Kappa with me, Phi Beta Lambda with Dr. Grotrian-Ryan, or pursuing grant opportunities we have exposed her to, Allie understands how fortunate she is to work with faculty that understand the importance of hard work and how, through hard work, she is capable of achieving great things.”

Buesing said, “It was an honor and rewarding moment when I was named 2014 Newman Civic Fellow. My service with the CHANCE Initiative has presented me with many leadership opportunities - opening my eyes to an exciting new career path and inspiring me to pursue a career in public health. I have also been able to build a strong connection with the Peru State campus and our surrounding communities. All these opportunities and learning experiences wouldn’t have been possible without the mentoring of Dr. Ryan and Dr. Grotrian-Ryan.”

Buesing currently serves as president for the Physical Education, Activity & Kinesiology Students (PEAKS) organization, historian of Phi Beta Lambda (a state and national business and leadership association), a Residence Life assistant, student ambassador and AmeriCorps Services Scholar.

Buesing is part of a three-person team who recently won a national championship at the PBL National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The competition focused on a wide range of business and leadership-related tests, including subjects ranging from financial analysis and economic concepts to human resource management and business ethics. Buesing and her counterparts won first place in the Community Service category for the presentation The CHANCE Initiative.

In 2013, Buesing was selected to represent Nebraska as a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador by Youth Serve America and the Festival of Children Foundation. She has received funding and training to lead a large-scale service initiative in an effort to combat childhood obesity in Nebraska.

Buesing has been accepted into the Public Health Early Admittance Student Track (PHEAST) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she will pursue a Master’s degree in public health upon graduation from Peru State. She is the daughter of Paul and Johna Buesing of Cozad.

The KPMG Foundation generously sponsors the Newman Civic Fellow Award. For a full list of 2014 Newman Civic Fellows, visit

As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps forge effective community/campus partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Campus Compact’s membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education.

For more information about the Campus Compact, visit