EMU student receives first O'Connor Scholarship for civic engagement
YPSILANTI - Robin Miller, a sophomore from Grand Rapids, will be the first recipient of Eastern Michigan University’s Father Bernard J. O’Connor Scholarship in Civic Engagement.
"Robin Miller's understanding of and commitment to the principles of civil society were central to her selection as the first recipient of the O'Connor Scholarship,” said Raymond Rosenfeld, coordinator of the selection committee and head of the political science department at EMU. “Through her many volunteer activities as well as her interest in humane public policy, she reflects the basic concepts and values that guide Father Bernie's life of service."
Miller, a public administration major with a double minor in art history and conservation and resource use, is a Presidential Scholar and a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar. Her extracurricular activities at EMU include: being service coordinator of Circle K International; recycling coordinator of Residence Hall Government; a member of American Humanics; and treasurer of the Public Administration Club. In addition, she works as a Holman Learning Center Supplemental Instructor in literature classes.
Miller’s civic engagement includes: participating in the Relay for Life to raise funds for the American Cancer Society; serving as a First-Year Mentor at EMU; assisting in New Student Orientation; and being a Play and Activity Leader (PAL) at the Frederik Meijer Children’s Garden in Grand Rapids.
With all of her activities, Miller maintains a 3.88 grade point average.
Father Bernard J. O’Connor left Eastern Michigan University in 2004 to assume a position in the Vatican in the administration of Pope John Paul II. O’Connor and a number of his friends and colleagues established the Father Bernard J. O’Connor Endowed Scholarship in Civic Engagement, to be awarded annually. The recipient must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.20; have successfully completed at least 18 credit hours at EMU at the time of the award; may come from any college and major; and must have a verifiable record of excellence in civic engagement within the student’s program of study, as well as co-curricular and/or extra-curricular activities.
At EMU, O’Connor, or “Father Bernie” as most people knew him, taught political science; served as assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; counseled EMU students and staff; and was the ROTC chaplain. In Rome, O'Connor serves as a member or "adviser" to the Eastern Churches, which include countries such as Egypt, Syria, Iran and Jordan. His responsibilities include helping the eastern regions of the Catholic Church communicate with one another and working with various governments on human rights concerns.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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