March 15, 2019


Brenna Beckett in the SUB Atrium on the MSUB university campus

MSU Billings student honored as 2019 Newman Civic Fellow

Junior Brenna Beckett recognized for serving her campus and community



University Communications and Marketing, 657-2266

MSU BILLINGS NEWS—Brenna Beckett,Montana State University Billings student,has recently received a Newman Civic Fellowship from Campus Compact, a non-profit organization based in Boston, Mass. She is one of 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.   

Beckett is a junior at MSUB, double majoring in Broadfield Science Education and Biology. She is actively involved on campus as an ASMSUB senator, student track athlete, Center for Engagement employee, and member of the Jacket Student Ambassadors. A Montana native from Broadview, Mont., Beckett is dedicated to making a difference in her campus, community, and home state. 

“Brenna has a passion for service and serves her campus and greater community continually,” said Chancellor Dr. Dan Edelman. “She volunteers for multiple science education organizations in the area in addition to serving as a volunteer coach and mentor for high school students. Brenna is the epitome of a student leader on campus.”

Brenna is the fifth Newman Fellow for MSU Billings. Previous recipients include Liz Collins-2012, Lacey Mogan-2015, Daniel Mehrens-Wallace-2016, Haylee Mooney-2017, and Halle Keltner-2018.

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. 

“We are proud to recognize each of these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are committed to finding solutions for pressing problems in their communities and beyond. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.” 

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. To learn more about Campus Compact and the Newman Civic Fellowship, visit