For Immediate Release
February 23, 2010
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Students, faculty, staff and College Administration officially launched the Leadership Development Program on February 22 at a gathering in Seymour College Union. The program began during the fall 2009 semester, and more than 200 students are currently participating.
"Today is the culmination of an 18 month collaboration," said President John R. Halstead, PhD. "The Leadership Development Program will offer opportunities for students to gain hands-on experiences through collaborative assignments and courses of study by connecting local and regional leaders, and the local community."
Vernon A. Wall, director of Educational Programs and Publications for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), College Student Educators International, spoke about the importance of formal student leadership programs on a college campus and their impact on our society at large.
"Leadership is not positional. Anyone can be a leader," said Wall. "I think there is a tendency to believe that leadership is only about position. But, the reality is that everyone in this room has the potential to be a leader. It's up to you to tap that."
More than 50 staff, faculty and students worked together to create the Leadership Development Program, a comprehensive program which aims to prepare students for success after college as leaders. The first initiative launched as part of the program was the Green Certificate Program, which focuses on the first three Cs of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development: Consciousness of Self, Congruence, and Commitment. This stage of leadership development focuses on individual values, while subsequent programs will focus on group and societal values.
For more information on the Leadership Development Program, contact Leah A. Barrett at email@example.com.
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