Ellen Collier was the guest facilitator for today's session. With the things that she talked about, she allowed the students a chance to really think about their futures and where they see themselves which they were able to write/draw out. Picture frames were given to the students to put their visions in to keep and continuously look at and be reminded of where they want to be in their future as a motivation to get there. She provided a handout where the students were able to think about and recognize their passions and inspirations with the chance to share them with their peers.
The night closed with a reflection of their experiences in ELS, things that they had learned about themselves, and where they see themselves in the future.
The Post-Test Assessment and weekly evaluation was administered at the end of the night.
Meg Anthony from the Vision office was the guest facilitator for today's session. She presented on how leadership goals are met through service and the difference between sporadic service and active citizenship and what it means to be a servant leader.
The students participated in a few group activities of defining certain words and ideas.
The night finished with an ice breaker, a reflection of the day, and reminders and announcements for next week.
Mary Larkin, the Program Coordinator for the LGBT Resource Center, was the guest facilitator for today's session. She presented on social identity, stereotypes and inclusion. After her presentation, there was a debrief, discussion, and reflection regarding any questions they may still have, any "ah-ha" moments and realizations that they had.
The session began with an Ice Breaker, followed by the Listening to Understand activity. After the activity, students discussed the importance of effective listening skills and how a lack of those skills can cause problems, and even conflict.
The conflict management presentation allowed students to be able to determine the way they they handle conflict. Participants were asked to create a flow chart of how they handle miscommunication and issues of conflict.
The session finished out with a discussion surrounding the article, a reflection of the night, and reminders and announcements for the next week.
Tuesday night from 7-9p.m. Casey Jordan Krone gave a presentation about
effective and purposeful recruitment. Using a resource from Phired Up
Recruitment the students evaluated the way they currently recruit for their
The handout dissected several aspects of recruitment and had the students take an honest look at what they currently do. After the students finished dissecting how their organization recruits, they were then able to create a game plan for recruiting in the future.
were asked to take a quick survey about the effectiveness of the SOLAR session, and some of their responses are:
"Loved it! It was really nice to reflect and realize our position and what we are supposed to make our organization more successful."
Students also strongly agreed that they were able to set useful recruitment goals for their organization.
Participation: 51 student participants, 6 student
peer-facilitators, 8 professional facilitators, 1 staff member
Date: November 1st-3rd 2013
Location: Sherman Lake YMCA camp, Augusta, MI
Greek Leadership Academy, or GLA is an annual leadership
retreat hosted by Campus Life. It’s target audience is second and third year
Greek community members who intend on taking leadership roles in the future. GLA
is designed to teach its participants how to become effective and positive leaders
within the Greek community and the greater EMU community. This year, the
participants spent time in large and small group sessions where they
participated in teambuilding activities, discussed and shared ideas, and created
action plans for improving their community.
The NPHC Icebreaker is an annual social event hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), geared toward incoming first year students. Icebreaker is an opportunity to meet, socialize, and dance in a fun and safe environment. The event is coordinated by members of the NPHC community and staffed by campus volunteers including professional and student staff. Free transportation is provided for student to and from the first year center and the student center. The event begins at 9:00pm and ends at 1:00am. This year free food and a deejay were provided for the attendees.
Dr. Lori Hart, the 2013 Greek Convocation speaker, delivered her program, "Making Greek Great" to roughly 150 community members. She spoke on the importance of connecting our leadership abilities to our purpose and core values. Lori was engaging and funny as she challenged her audience to be better brothers, sisters, and community members.