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Gabriel Cooks honored as a Newman Civic Fellow at Alfred State College


Gabriel Cooks works on a project in one of the mechanical engineering technology labs.

Alfred State College mechanical engineering technology student Gabriel Cooks (Brooklyn, NY) has been honored by being named a Newman Civic Fellow. The fellowship is run by Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.

During his time at Alfred, Cooks has been able to enjoy many new experiences. One of those experiences was joining the local fire department, AE Crandall Hook & Ladder. “Coming from New York City, I did not realize that volunteer firefighters were a thing. I joined the volunteer department here and went through the training. It is amazing to be part of something that’s bigger than me. To be able to help someone to make their day better is awesome to do.”

Cooks has responded to numerous calls rendering life-saving aid to fellow students as well as residents of the great Alfred area. He has encouraged other students to join him in support of the fire department.

A trip to Boston to meet with fellow students from across the country was part of the Newman Civic Fellow experience. “I got to meet people from all over the country and I learned from them and find out how they impact their community.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a year-long program that recognizes and supports student public problem solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor based on their potential for public leadership and their work with communities. Throughout the fellowship year, Campus Compact provides students with opportunities to nurture their assets and help them develop strategies for social change—creating a network of connected and engaged student leaders who can support one another in making positive change.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation, Learn more at

“It humbles me not only to serve others without expecting reimbursement but also to be able to motivate those around me to help others and to understand and respect counterparts in different aspects of their lives.”

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