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Prestigious Coro Fellow Program selects Huff '11

Barry McNamara
Derek Huff '11
Derek Huff, a May graduate of Monmouth College, was one of 16 recent college graduates selected to take part in The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in St. Louis, Mo.

A full-time, nine-month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program designed to prepare individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena, The Coro Fellows Program promotes both personal and professional growth.

“I am excited to learn about the realities behind public policy-making; where does political rhetoric meet action for everyday citizens, and how are those decisions made that so drastically affect us all,” said Huff. “I am looking forward to working with multiple different organizations and helping to further some excellent causes, while learning a lot about myself in the process.”

Selected from a competitive pool of national applicants, the fellows represent a broad range of academic, work, cultural, racial and economic backgrounds, ages and interests. This year’s class is now under way with field placements, group interviews, seminars, focus weeks and individual and group projects that will expose the fellows to the St. Louis community. Among the other colleges represented by this year’s class are the University of Michigan, Oberlin College and Colorado College.

“It is certainly an exciting opportunity for me,” said Huff. “We are only two weeks into the program, and already I have had to reform and refine my world view. The other fellows are brilliant individuals, and the pace of the program is exhilarating.”

A classics and Latin major, Huff was chosen as Monmouth’s 2010 Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy and delivered an address to his 2011 classmates at the commencement ceremony. Huff was a founding member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, was the founder and co-chair of Students Organized for Drinking Alternatives (SODA) and served as president of the Liberal Legion.

Additionally, Huff was a member of MC’s residence life team for three years, including two as a head resident. He served as the treasurer of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and as a member of the Associated Students of Monmouth College, the student governing body. Huff also participated in off-campus study programs in Romania, Italy, Turkey and Greece and was a curatorial intern for the James Christie Shields Collection of Art and Antiquities.

Huff is no stranger to competing for prestigious appointments, recently earning a three-month summer internship with SonoSite, Inc., a medical imaging technology company based in Seattle, Wash.

"Our faculty and staff have worked together to support MC students in their bids for national scholarships, and it is great to see those efforts bringing results,” said dean David Timmerman. “Derek was an incredible leader at Monmouth – a fantastic student and person. I am not surprised by his selection as a Coro Fellow, and I know he will distinguish himself in this endeavor, as well.”

“Derek Huff’s contributions to Monmouth College were many,” noted Jacquelyn Condon, MC’s vice president for student life and dean of students. “Chief among them were his rich involvement in the academic program, whether here on campus as a classics major or studying abroad.”

Huff is the son of Albert Huff and Marla Miller of Edmonds, Wash., and is the nephew of Monmouth alumni Donald Huff ’53 and Walter Huff ’56.