Zimmerman Gains National Award

Receives honor for leadership and service

Keely Zimmerman, a sophomore at Central Methodist University, is being honored with the annual Newman Civic Fellows Award. Zimmerman is one of 195 students nationwide to receive this honor.

Recipients are selected by Campus Compact, a national non-profit organization that promotes leadership and service among college students. Zimmerman was nominated by CMU Professor Julie Bennett. The nomination was approved by CMU President Roger Drake, and submitted by CMU Professor Kevin Carnahan, chair of the campus service-learning committee.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors students who overcome challenges within their communities and campuses through service and leadership. "We are pleased to acknowledge such an inspiring student in this group of civic leaders," said Maureen Curley, President of Campus Compact.

Zimmerman is currently a residence hall assistant for Holt Hall, CMU's women's residence hall. She has held several offices in campus organizations including social, professional, and missionary organizations. She is one of the leadership team members for the Navigators, a Christian organization on campus for which she leads a weekly bible study.

Zimmerman, a native of O'Fallon, Ill., is treasurer for Alpha Gamma Psi, a local sorority. Her sorority has given her the opportunity to serve through their philanthropies including Denim Day, which raises awareness of sexual violence.

Zimmerman is also the project manager for two different projects through Enactus, an international organization for business leaders, including Green Shoes and Imagine No Malaria. The Green Shoes project provides refurbished shoes to people in other countries.

"Enactus also partners with the United Methodist Church to provide assistance in health care, food, and nets to communities in impoverished countries that are affected by the deadly disease of malaria," Zimmerman said.

She is a member of the CMU Sustainability Committee and is an Academic Affairs minister in the campus Student Government Association cabinet.

Zimmerman is an accounting major and the daughter of James and Cristine Zimmerman of O'Fallon, Ill.


Posted April 10, 2014