Students Garner National Fellowship

A national leadership organization recently chose two Rose State College students—one former and one current—for an award based on community leadership.


Robin Goodiron is currently majoring in Native American Studies at Rose State College and has been named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents, representing some 6 million students. The organization said Goodiron’s student leadership is focused on the needs of Native Americans.

“Her active role as President of the American Indian Association has revitalized the student organization and its engagement as a vital force on the campus,” the organization states on its website. “She is similarly engaged in the Native Community organizing annual events important to the Native American Church and her Seneca Cuyahoga community.”


Similarly, 2013 Rose State Graduate and former student senate president Elizabeth Larios Rodriguez, now a business major at the University of Central Oklahoma, was chosen for her work as an advocate in women’s leadership.

“Through her education in business and French she hopes to help women in least developed countries develop entrepreneurship skills so they may better themselves, their families, their villages, and their economies,” the organization states in her profile. “Elizabeth plans to use her boundless energy and enthusiasm to carry this vision forward in the near future as she has recently been hired by Youth for Christ International to serve in Gambia, Africa after graduation. She is excited to serve this community and share her passion for the advancement of educational initiatives for women.”

The two women are part of a group of 196 students nationwide chosen for the recognition, and will receive a $500 monetary scholarship award from the Oklahoma chapter of Campus Compact. Both women are officially recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for their accomplishment. A total of 15 students were chosen throughout the state. The Newman Civic Fellows 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, according to the information provided by the organization.

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