For Immediate Release
April 22, 2014
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BROCKPORT, NY—Even the most dynamic of leaders occasionally fail—and they shouldn’t be afraid of doing so. That was the message delivered to several hundred student leaders at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, on April 21. And it was delivered to them by one of them—Alyssa Mitchell, the 2014 recipient of the College’s prestigious Marion Schrank Student Leadership Award.
“I think we have all failed at least once in our lifetime,” said Mitchell, a senior communication major, as she accepted the highest student leadership honor that the College awards. “The point is that we are human. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and we get disappointed, frustrated, down on ourselves—but you cannot let it defeat you.”
Mitchell detailed for her peers—who had assembled for the College’s annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony—how she changed her major five times during her undergraduate experience. She expressed the frustration she encountered as she tried to determine what she wanted to do with her life. And she outlined how, with the help of several College mentors, she forged a new path toward a career in higher education. Mitchell’s goal, she says, is to become a college president.
Brockport’s President, John R. Halstead, PhD, reflected on the ceremony’s theme—“Putting the Pieces Together”—and offered his own thoughts on the topic of leadership.
“There’s a saying that a successful leader leads from the front. What does that mean,” Halstead asked. “It means that you’re the ones out there setting the example by teaching, listening, and aiding others as they too put together the pieces. I like to think of the leadership puzzle as a huge mosaic.”
Other student leaders from areas all around the Brockport community were honored during the ceremony. Students who completed one of the four levels of Brockport’s national award-winning Leadership Development Program received their certificates. Leaders of student clubs and organizations were recognized for their successes. Other student leaders were honored from areas including Brockport Student Government, Residence Life, Athletics, and the Educational Opportunity Program.
“Leadership can take shape in many different forms, and that is evident by the wide range of student leaders—from all corners of campus—that were honored tonight,” says Kim Piatt, the coordinator of Brockport’s Leadership Development Program. “These students all possess the leadership abilities necessary to leave a lasting impact on society. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.”
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