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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Campus pools wisdom
on student leadership development

Leadership Summit
Bryan Cavins (center) confers with Kelli Daniels (left) and Tiffany Davis at the Leadership Summit.

From ROTC personnel to student affairs staff and learning community directors, the group gathered in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union yesterday all possess a strong commitment to developing student leadership.

At the Leadership Summit, they spent four intensive hours sharing information about their particular programs and their thoughts on student leadership in general. Their input will be vital to collaboration for BGSU's new Leadership Certificate Program (LCP).

"I think when you have this many people who are passionate about leadership development, it will happen," said Dr. Patrick Pauken, leadership and policy studies.

Organized by Dr. Bryan Cavins, assistant dean of students for leadership programs, the summit was the first step toward promoting collaboration among programs to both market the LCP and other leadership development programs to students across campus and to identify strengths and opportunities for sharing leadership education.

In her welcome talk, President Carol Cartwright quoted Rev. Martin Luther King about leadership: "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." The skills students learn in leadership experiences "will serve them well in the workplace and in life," she said. They will be an important co-curricular component of BGSU's new Connecting the Undergraduate Experience initiative, she added.

Leadership Advisory Board member A.J. Rinaldi of the Office of Campus Activities said the meeting "took all the advisory board's work over the past five months and presented it in a structured format. We got very good feedback and suggestions and we're excited to move forward. BGSU has very distinctive leadership opportunities."

To qualify for the leadership certificate, among other things, students must document their leadership and team experiences.

Those at the summit asked a wide range of probing questions—about ethical leadership, assessment of students' experiences, marketing the programs and identifying students with special potential, training of mentors and the role of leadership in the University's general education program.

One outcome from the summit will be a campuswide leadership event schedule, consisting of leadership events offered by all disciplines and organizations.


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Campus welcomes new
honor society

BGSU and Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society will host the instillation of the Epsilon Psi Chapter on Saturday (Jan. 30). The BGSU chapter will initiate 13 students and three honorary inaugural members. Dr. Elbert M. Saddler, founder of Chi Alpha Epsilon, will preside over the initiation ceremonies.

Chi Alpha Epsilon was formed to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and universities through nontraditional criteria and serves developmental, Student Support Services, McNair Scholars, and Educational Opportunity Program students. Locally, the BGSU chapter defines eligible students through Student Support Services, McNair Scholars program, the SMART program, and the Sidney A. Ribeau President's Leadership Academy.


Students have great resource in the Learning Commons

The Northwest Ohio Educational Technology Foundation is seeking articles focusing on the use of technology for differentiated instruction in the K-12 classroom for the March 2010 newsletter. The deadline for submission is Feb. 10 for publication in the March issue. Articles that include images or photos are especially welcome.

The printed publication has a circulation of more than 11,000 copies throughout northwest Ohio; an online edition is available as well. Story length typically ranges from 500-1,500 words. Articles are published without compensation, but include authors' photo and byline. Please direct submissions to Roger Minier at

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January 28, 2010