Take Us to Our Leaders
A series of new proposals aims to formalize instruction in leadership
skills on campus.
By Macreena A. Doyle
To institutionalize and formalize leadership education at St. Lawrence,
Vice President and Dean of Co-curricular Education Marcia Lou "Cissy"
Petty Petty has proposed a wide-ranging and ambitious program, touching
curricular and co-curricular areas. It includes:
- Creation of a Center for Student Volunteerism, to serve as a campus-wide
clearinghouse for volunteerism and community service opportunities available
to all University students, faculty and staff.
- Co-curricular counseling, where first-year students would meet with
counselors to assess program and activity interest and campus involvement,
mirroring academic counseling.
- Fall Convocation Symposia, based on a summer reading assignment for
all first-year students.
- A series of leadership and skills development workshops, held throughout
- A weekly program on some aspect of leadership development, such as
time management, conflict resolution or communication, called "Slice
- Leadership Luncheons, sponsored by the career planning and alumni
offices, that allow students to develop communication skills in a business
setting; a "business etiquette dinner" is also planned annually.
- Leadership on the Go, a series of presentations on leadership that
can be viewed as posters or on the Web.
- An Outdoor Challenge series of exercises, in conjunction with the
- Campus Speaker Series, in addition to the John F. O'Loughlin Leadership
- A visiting-leaders-in-residence series.
- A senior class "last lecture," by a faculty or staff member
chosen by the class.
- A Summer Leadership Institute for High School Leaders, planned to
begin in 2002.
- Creation of St. Lawrence University Citizen-Leader Fellows, following
the model of University Fellows.
- Creation of a Women's Institute for Leadership Development, geared
specifically to support and empower women student leaders.
- The Civitas (leadership honorary organization) Senior Celebration,
a student volunteerism project to take place during Senior Week.
- Creation of an Emerging Leaders Program, designed to recognize and
develop the leadership potential of first-year students.
- Creation of a Civic Leadership Residential College, modeled after
the first-year colleges.
- Academic seminars, taught in the education department, on topics such
as Dynamics of Effective Leadership and Issues in Greek Leadership.
Under the plan, graduating students would have a co-curricular transcript
and leadership portfolio much like their academic transcript, consisting
of a record of their activities, paraprofessional work, community involvement,
campus organizational involvement, professional and/or educational development
and the honors, awards and recognition they have received for their