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Caroline Twiggs Recognized as National Bonner Fellow

Caroline TwiggsCaroline Twiggs, Community Partnerships Coordinator at Mars Hill University, has been recognized as a National Bonner Fellow for the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. The fellowship seeks to leverage and support leadership for civic engagement and campus-community partnerships. Twiggs already has shared ideas and resources, including strategies that she’s used in teaching First Year Seminar courses and supporting the success of diverse students, with the Bonner Foundation’s national network of colleges and universities.

Selected from a competitive pool of applicants, Twiggs will serve in this role for two years. “The National Bonner Fellowship will give me the opportunity to deepen and strengthen my own education and to give back to the institutions from which I have so greatly benefited,” Twiggs observed. A graduate of the Bonner Scholar Program at Berea College and former director of the Office of Service-Learning at Wingate University, she also brings experience with other campuses. “Being a National Bonner Fellow means that I get to engage in conversations, participate in research, create workshops that promote the community engagement movement throughout the nation,” Twiggs added.

Two cohorts of National Bonner Fellows now involve representatives from ten colleges and universities including:

  • April Backus, Siena College
  • Brad Brewer, Christopher-Newport University
  • Marisa Charley, Washington & Lee University
  • Matt Cummings, DePauw University
  • Savannah-Jane Griffin, Stetson University
  • Shannon Hoffman, Rhodes College
  • Consuelo Gutierrez-Crosby, Macalester College
  • Travis Proffitt (former director of MHU's Center for Community Engagement), Emory & Henry College
  • Caroline Twiggs, Mars Hill University
  • Krystal Woolston, Montclair State University

Each individual brings a proven track record on campus. In addition to professional development opportunities, National Bonner Fellows play a leadership role in resource development and national meetings, including those sponsored by the Bonner Foundation and partners like the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (also known as NASPA). Fellows are exposed to national trends – such as assessment – for increasing the effectiveness of campus-wide integration and engagement.

The Bonner Foundation announced this new program to bolster the leadership and professional recognition of campus civic engagement professionals throughout its national network of more than 65 colleges and universities. “We recognize the central role of campus administrators who build and run these programs, combining the talent of an educator, counselor, fundraiser, community relations manager, and political strategist,” remarked Robert Hackett, the Bonner Foundation’s President, “and the National Bonner Fellowship engages some of the most exceptional administrators.”

“Like other fellowships, such as those of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Campus Compact, or Imagining America, this program targets experienced administrators who have proven they have ideas to share,” said Ariane Hoy, vice president at the Bonner Foundation. The Bonner Foundation has since 1990 worked with undergraduate institutions to support the development of service-based scholarships and infrastructure for higher education’s public mission. To date, more than 10,000 students have graduated from 65 institutions as Bonner Scholars and Leaders. Program evaluation suggests the model boosts student persistence and lifelong engagement.