PHILADELPHIA - Jeff Wiseman, Penn C’18 and member of Penn’s Track and Field team and a Philosophy, Politics and Economics major, has been named a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow. Awarded by Campus Compact, the Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders from around the country who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing their local communities.
Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership. Wiseman was nominated for his work with the Young Quakers Community Athletics Program (YQCA), a program operated by Penn’s Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, in partnership with Penn Athletics.
Wiseman serves as a "Big Quaker" and a Student-Athlete Coordinator. In YQCA, Penn athletes mentor local students in grades K-8. For the past two years, Jeff has supported YQCA coaches and his fellow Varsity Track and Field teammates both on and off the field.
In her nomination, Penn President Amy Gutmann writes “[Jeff] has gone above and beyond his given duties to ensure a quality experience for both the Penn students and the "Young Quakers." Jeff also reflects on his experience, stating “Young Quakers is an eye-opening experience. It teaches me to appreciate the little things in life—and focus more on family and friends rather than material interests. As student athletes, we [the Big Quakers] want to show that hard work and dedication can propel the Young Quakers to [reach] their dream careers. Giving these students a sense of hope and a safe place to learn is what this program prides itself on. It is crucial that the students realize Penn is only a few blocks away—and though it seems to them as an alternate world—college could become part of their everyday life."
In March 2016, Wiseman was also named a Rothfeld Family Scholar, which is linked to his work with the Netter Center. The Netter Center and Penn Athletics congratulate Jeff on his recent accomplishments. He is truly an example of how an undergraduate can make a significant, positive difference in the world.