Two USC Upstate students have been awarded Newman Civic Fellowships.Patrick Mack, a senior majoring in English, was Upstate’s first Newman Fellow, in 2020, followed by Daniela Isaza, a senior criminal justice major, in 2021.
Fellows, who come from colleges and universities around the country, are nominated by a university chancellor or president for their efforts to find a solution to challenges facing local, national and international communities. Fellows take part in a year-long program that offers them networking and training opportunities. Campus Compact, which administers the fellowships, is a national coalition of colleges and universities committed to improving community life and preparing students to be civic leaders.
Patrick Mack has been active in disability rights and awareness since high school. For the past four years, he has worked at AbleSC, an organization committed to increasing employment and the employability of people with disabilities. As a person with a visual impairment himself, Mack has worked to challenge the stereotypes and limitations imposed on people with disabilities by those around them. He founded Common Ground, a students with disabilities advocacy group at USC Upstate that ensures everyone has the accommodations and services they need to fully participate in the campus community.
Daniela Isaza is committed to inclusion and equity for the Latinx community both on campus and in the community. She is a mentor to first-generation Latinx students, and was instrumental in creating the first Latina sorority on campus. Her community work includes serving as a translator for several organizations that help non-native speakers understand and navigate community systems. Isaza’s career goal is to become an immigration and child advocacy attorney focused on combating human and sex trafficking over the United State-Mexico border.
Seniors Honored for Service
The Division of Student Affairs honored nine students in the spring for their service work on campus and in the community.
The Earl Gordon Medal for University Service is presented annually to two graduating seniors who exemplify the qualities demonstrated by Earl Gordon, the university’s first dean of students. Those qualities are: volunteer service to the university; involvement in campus activities; volunteer service in the community; and nobility of character.
The USC Upstate 7 is the highest honor bestowed upon graduating seniors by the Division of Student Affairs and the Student Government Association. Seven graduates are selected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, campus involvement, service and other achievements.
Pictured above, from left to right: Madisyn Hughes (Upstate 7); A’Keriah Praylow (Upstate 7); Kaylee Ghent (Upstate 7); Ramonte Smith (Upstate 7); Brit Katz, interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs; Interim Chancellor Derham Cole; Sharan Ravishankar (Earl Gordon Medal); Tina Fadel (Upstate 7); DerChe’ Mosby (Upstate 7); Jackie Harkey (Upstate 7); Mahek Momin (Earl Gordon)