Featured Engagement Participant
It was announced on April 8 that Alfa Abame has received the Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow Award for 2014. Newman Civic Fellow Awards are recognition for proven student leaders who make a substantial contribution to their community through service. Student winners will receive an award certificate from Campus Compact, a financial award from Oklahoma Campus Compact and an invitation to be recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education at their April 24th regular meeting. The Fellows will be featured prominently on both the national Campus Compact and Oklahoma Campus Compact websites.
Alfa Abame, born in Ethiopia, grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma. A sophomore biology major planning to be a pediatric endocrinologist, she is an OK-LSAMP scholar, conducting research on the seeds of a plant found in Weatherford. Through her high school’s National Honor Society and Beta Club, she worked with the County Youth Shelter, organizing clothes and food drives, as well as repair and painting. Alfa volunteered for Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Stillwater Public Library, and the Stillwater Humane Society; she served as a peer advocate-tutor at her high school. Her church youth group adopted nursing home residents, visiting them, becoming their pen pals, and serving as their choir. A member of SWOSU’s Presidential Leadership Class, Alfa has worked with Backpacks for Burcham Elementary student and heads the Black Students’ Association‘s tutoring once a week at Eastside Academy in Clinton, pre-K through twelfth grade. She is a student member of the Panorama Series Committee, a member of SGA, Medical Professions and Biology Clubs, in addition to being an RA in Oklahoma Hall. Alfa has a real heart for the disadvantaged children of her native country and sees herself ultimately becoming a part of a mission such as Doctors Without Borders.