Fredonia native to receive Newman Civic Fellow Award

Crystal Lorenzo, daughter of Tracie Kaminski Haskin of Fredonia and Gregory Lorenzo of Pennsylvania, has been selected for the 2013 Newman Civic Fellow Award by Campus Compact, a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.

Lorenzo is a sophomore majoring in psychology and Spanish at Niagara University. To be selected as a Newman Civic Fellow, Lorenzo was nominated by Niagara University President Fr. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M.

Lorenzo was recognized for her civic work in the area of mental health. Her nomination by Fr. Levesque read in part, “As the founder and President of the Niagara Chapter of To Write Love on Her Arms, (she) is working tirelessly to address issues of depression and the co-occurring effects of substance abuse and self-injury that often result when this is not treated. (Lorenzo’s) impact is felt on the campus where she heads several initiatives raising conversations and providing safe spaces for young people to share their stories and their struggles. She is also impacting the local community where she is working with local businesses to raise awareness about teen issues and to create a local ‘It Gets Better’ video for youth who may be contemplating suicide. (Lorenzo) expects to earn her PhD in clinical psychology and open a private practice to provide mental health counseling for children and young adults. She possesses the passion and energy to make a difference that will make her an outstanding leader in her community.”