Catherine Gray, University of Great Falls
Now a junior at the University of Great Falls, Gray is double-majoring in English and Fine Arts and minoring in Communications. She has served in the University’s Peer Mentor program for the past two years, mentoring incoming freshmen and helping students adjust to college life and being away from home. Gray also serves as a Community Living Assistant, a job which entails the enforcement of campus safety rules, providing a full range of support for campus housing students, and creating programs to assist students with socialization and learning. She is the co-founder of GLOW (Great Leaders, Outstanding Women), a club dedicated to promoting the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of women on campus, as well as providing community outreach to women in need in the Great Falls area. Gray enjoys being a part of Campus Ministry, through which she has organized clothing and medical supplies for victims of the Haiti earthquakes in 2010 and helped to organize a Spokane-area Habitat for Humanity warehouse in 2011. The Newman Civic Fellows award honors these achievements and will allow Gray the opportunity to network with other civic-minded students across the nation.Catherine organized an alternative spring break last year in Seattle to work with the Sisters of Providence in preparing materials for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Catherine made use of the streets of Seattle to lead her group in a protest against human trafficking. Catherine is a strong leader on campus, serving as a resident adviser, peer mentor, freshman orientation leader, and President’s List scholar.