Monday, November 25, 2013

Week 8: Leadership in Action

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.

Week 7: Leadership and Service

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.

Leadership Article
Meg's Presentation

Week 6: Diversity

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.

Social Identity Matrix

Week 5: Conflict Management

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.

Listening To Understand
Case Studies
Conflict Management Tips
Conflict Management Powerpoint

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SOLAR Session 2: Recruitment and Retention

Participation: 107 Student Leaders
Dates: October 15th, 2013 
Location: Student Center

Recruitment and Retention

On 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 organization. 

 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.

Students 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. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Greek Leadership Academy

Greek Leadership Academy

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. 

NPHC Icebreaker

NPHC Icebreaker

Date: September 13th, 2013
Location: EMU Convocation Center

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. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Greek Convocation

Greek Convocation

Participation: 151 recorded attendees
Date October 2nd, 2013

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.

Dr. Lori Hart Making Greek Great