Meyoka Jones Honored as a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow
MEYOKA JONES, a 2014 Human Services gradu-ate, has been recognized as a Newman Civic Fellow. This prestigious award is given annually by the nation-al Campus Compact in memory of Dr. Frank Newman who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. This year the Compact named 196 college students nationally who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challeng-es facing communities throughout the country. According to the Campus Compact’s web site, Newman Civic Fellows “represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as nation-al examples of the role that higher education can- and does- play in building a better world.” Ms. Jones was nominated by USCB’s Chancellor, Dr. Jane Upshaw for being an exemplary student leader who makes a difference on our campus and in our surrounding community.
In her nomination letter Dr. Upshaw noted that Meyoka has “an impressive record of academic success, civic engagement and leadership.” Academically she has an overall GPA of 3.37 and is currently ranked 4th in her graduating class, been on the Dean’s List numerous times and been an active member of the college’s Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. Through her Human Service internships she has provided more than 550 hours of service at these sites: the Bluffton Boys and Girls Club, the National Healthcare Corporation’s (NHC) local nursing home and Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. At the Boys and Girls Club Meyoka worked as a youth developer and delivered their evidenced-based program called Smart Girls that teaches pre-teen and teenaged girls resiliency and resistance skills to avoid involvement with drugs, alcohol and early sexual activity. At NHC’s nursing home she worked providing services to resident senior citizens and at Hospice Care of the Lowcountry she helped provide services to terminally ill clients and their families.
Through her internships and education here at USCB Meyoka has learned and experienced her motto which is: “What a blessing it is when you can be a blessing to someone else.”